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47608 departs from Blackburn.8 viewsDue to engineering work on the WCML between Preston & Carlisle, all services were diverted via Blackburn, Hellifield & the Settle to Carlisle route, during weekends in the spring of 1988.
Class 47, 47608 climbs away from Daisyfield Junction at Blackburn, and is seen crossing the arches at Beechwood Road with a London Euston to Glasgow Central Service on the 11th March 1988.
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Ex BR 03012 at Snailwell.6 viewsStill in full BR blue livery, and carrying its TOPS number 03012, the yards Class 03 diesel shunter is at the rear of three stripped BR Mark 1 First Class Corridor Coaches, ready for positioning in the firing tunnel at Kings Scrapyard at Snailwell on the 29th November 1980. A rake of Mark 1 Sleeping Cars await their fate on the right. As happens with many scrapyard shunting locomotives, 03012 found it a hazardous place to work, as the loco was broken up for scrap here in 1991.
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Class 104, M53529 at Rufford.5 viewsWith the former goods loading dock ramp in the foreground, a Class 104 2-Car DMU with M53529 leading, departs from Rufford with an Ormskirk to Preston Service on the 11th May 1988. For many years this unit had been a three car set working off Newton Heath Depot on Manchester Victoria to Blackpool North Services. By the time this image was recorded the unit had lost its centre car and was having an extended life as the newly introduced class 142s were starting to have reliability issues.
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Class 37, 37188-'Jimmy Shand' at Preston Dock St.5 viewsWay off its normal territory, Glasgow Eastfield Depots Class 37, 37188 -'Jimmy Shand' complete with West Highland Terrier markings, was stabled in the sidings at Preston Dock Street on the 21st June 1987.

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Class 123 DMU E52100 at Longsight Depot.3 viewsA former Western Region Swindon built 'Inter-City' DMU was sharing the sidings at Longsight Depot on August 31st 1980 with a magnificent selection of BR first-generation DMU sets. Alongside E52100 are Class 104s, 108s and on the extreme left is a Gloucester RC&W Class 100. There were 10 of these 4-Car Class 123s built at Swindon Works in 1963 and they were the last of the BR first-generation DMUs. None of these stylish units have survived.
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Class 25, 25188 at Horwich Works.3 views25188 stands at the South end of the former Locomotive Erecting Shop at Horwich Works, during the Works Open Day on August 16th 1980. Alongside is stripped Mark 1 Restaurant First Open Coach, 1025. Stripping and conversion of Mark 1 Coaches for departmental use was one of the jobs that was keeping the works busy. To the right of the Erecting Shop, where the compressor was located, used to be the site of the small loco shed which was home to the 18" gauge locos used on the works internal system.
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03008 at Swindon Works.4 views21 years after being constructed, Class 03 03008 has returned to the famous A Shop at Swindon Works for one final visit to the workshop where it emerged new as D2008 in January 1958. The loco had been withdrawn from Cambridge Depot on New Years Eve 1978 and sent back to its birthplace for stripping and component recovery. Within a month of this picture taken in February 1979, 03008 ceased to exist. Which phillistines allowed this grand building to slip away in an orgy of destruction in the name of progress?
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08423 at Horwich Works.3 views08423 in the yard of the former Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Workshops at Horwich on May 10th 1986. This was twilight time for the once busy works, rolling stock repairs had ceased in 1983 and only the Foundry and Spring Shop remained. BREL sold the operation in 1988 and the direct rail connection to the Bolton - Preston line at Blackrod was removed in 1989. Much of the site remains intact, including the former Locomotive Erecting Shop complete with its massive overhead cranes. Heritage Centre anyone?

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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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