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Class 47, 47451 at Farington Junction.5 viewsWith the four tracks of the West Coast Main Line in the foreground, 47451 brings a Carlisle to Stoke-on-Trent Excursion off the 'back line' at Farington Junction on the 1st May 1989.
The 47 was new from Crewe Works in 1964 numbered D1568. It was renumbered to 47451 in November 1973, the loco was withdrawn from service in 1991 and scrapped at Booths, Rotherham in 1994.
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Deltic 55021 at York.8 viewsYork in the good old days......Class 55 Deltic, 55021-'Argyll & Sutherland Highlander' pauses at York with a Edinburgh to London Kings Cross service on June 19th 1979. The loco was new from Vulcan Foundry at Newton-Le-Willows in March 1962, and survived in service until the last active day of Deltic ECML running on the 31st December 1981, completing 19 Years and 9 months of running. 55021 was scrapped at Doncaster Works in September 1982.
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31414 at Exeter St Davids.5 viewsA rather battered looking Class 31/4, 31414 has backed on to a Saturday Only, 7-Coach Paddington to Barnstaple through service on July 25th 1979. This service was in the tradition of the 'withered arm' - Summer holiday trains from London working into deepest Devon on former Southern territory. Exeter St Davids was still controlled by GWR/Western Region Lower Quadrant Signals. Alongside 31414 is a loaded Brute trolley filled with parcels, destined for the vans stabled in the former Exe Valley Bay Platform.
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76055 & 76031 at Reddish Electric Depot.4 views76031 keeps company with withdrawn sister class 76, 76055 at Reddish Electric Depot on August 31st 1980. 76031 was actually 76044, the loco was renumbered in 1976. Vacuum Brake only 76055 was withdrawn as surplus to requirements in 1977. The loco was one of the steam-heat batch for use on passenger workings and carried the name 'Prometheus' from 1960 to 1970.

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20199, 20028 & 20198 at Dundee.3 viewsProving that recessions are nothing new, surplus Class 20s were stored surplus to requirements in the NCL warehouse at Dundee on July 20th 1981. This was a period when industry was contracting and work for locos such as these was drying-up. All the locos here eventually returned to traffic, 20199 was eventually withdrawn in 1990, 20028 and 20198 being withdrawn in 1991. All have since been scrapped.
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Class 116 DMU at Kentish Town.1 viewsMinus its centre trailer, a reformed 2-Car Class 116 Derby Suburban DMU, formed of cars M50054 & M50075 stand at a very dilapidated looking Kentish Town after arrival from Barking on September 20th 1980. The Assembly House public house dominates the skyline here.
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46001 at Newquay.1 viewsOn a perfect Summers evening, a rather woe-begone looking 46001 awaits departure from Newquay with a local service to Plymouth formed of 5 MkI coaches on July 23rd 1980. 46001 was new from Derby Works in October 1961 as D138. The loco was withdrawn from service on December 14th 1980, just shy of 5 months after this image was recorded. The loco was scrapped at Swindon Works in July 1982.
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Class 25 25052 at St Blazey Depot.3 viewsIn deepest Cornwall, A tired looking Class 25, 25052 keeps company with various Departmental Wagons and a Single Unit Railcar (W55026/P126) at St Blazey Depot on an overcast 27th July 1980. It was the transfer of Class 25s from the London Midland Region in the early 1970s that brought an end to the short careers of the small Western Region Diesel Hydraulics, (NBL Class 22s & Hymeks). 25052 emerged new from Derby as D5202 in 1963 and had been a LMR allocated loco until transferred to Bristol in January 1972.

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37013 at Farington Curve Junction.0 views37013 trundles along the Up Slow as it approaches Farington Curve Junction whilst working the Saturday only Blackpool North to Sheffield formed of Mark 1 stock on August 13th 1983. This was a time-honoured Summer service that ran out and back on a Saturday running via East Lancashire and Copy Pit.
Dec 10, 2015
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08954 at Plymouth.2 viewsWith the roof tops of Plymouth as a backdrop, 08954 was shunting parcel and mail vans at Plymouth station on July 26th 1980. This was a time-honoured scene at all major stations - now sadly consigned to history. The 08 was new from Darington Works in October 1962 numbered D4184, its first home was at Ebbw Junction (86A) and it was tranferred to Laira (84A) in May 1971.Nov 07, 2015
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47033 arrives at Dawlish.1 views47033 and its 6-coach train of Mark 1 coaches has emerged from Kennaway Tunnel and is running alongside a busy looking Marine Parade, as it arrives at Dawlish whilst working a Paignton to Exeter St Davids local stopping service on April 8th 1980.Nov 07, 2015
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Class 45 45005 passes Dawlish Warren.2 viewsOn a rather overcast 8th April 1980, 45005 accelerates a lengthy NE/SW service made up of MkI stock on the Down through road at Dawlish Warren. With mechanical signalling and plenty of loco-hauled trains - Happy Days!Oct 02, 2015

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Class 25, 25221 at Wigan Springs Branch.3 viewsWithdrawn Class 25 25221 pokes out from under Warrington Road bridge at the side of Wigan Springs Branch Depot on June 30th 1984. 25221 was originally D7571, built at Derby Works in 1963, it was withdrawn in January 1984 and after lanquishing for a while at Wigan, was scrapped at Swindon Works in 1986.Mar 08, 2015
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08457 at Rugby.1 viewsOn a damp May 17th 1981, 08457 spends Sunday Afternoon sheltering in one of the bay platforms under the LNWR overall roof at Rugby.Mar 08, 2015
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Class 40, 40082 at Northwich Depot.6 viewsOn a damp 9th September 1984, 40082 was stabled outside Northwich Depot between duties. The loco was new from Vulcan Foundry at Newton-Le-Willows in June 1960 as D282. Its first allocation was at York (50A). It spent 13 years as an Eastern Region machine before being transferred to the London Midland Region in 1973. 40082 was withdrawn from service due to power unit damage in November 1984 and was scrapped at Crewe Works in January 1986.
Mar 01, 2015
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Class 306 EMUs at Leicester (GC).2 viewsDating from 1949, former Liverpool St-Shenfield Class 306 EMUs, 055, 033, 083 & 078 wait at the entrance to Vic Berrys Scrapyard at Leicester on July 19th 1982. The location is adjacent to the former Great Central Main Line, that last saw a passenger train in 1969 when the DMU service between Rugby and Nottingham was withdrawn. Upperton Road bridge that once spanned the extensive trackwork at this location, was demolished in 2007 - yet another bit of the infrastructure of the old GC Main Line lost forever.Feb 13, 2015

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