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Class 76s at Woodhead.6 viewsClass 76, 76036 and an unidentified classmate, head a loaded train of HAAs out of Woodhead Tunnel in August 1977. The train will be heading for Fidders Ferry Power Station, near Warrington. To the left of the train can be seen the original 1845 Up Line single bore tunnel, which since 1963 has carried National Grid power lines under the Pennines. The tunnel has a 2ft gauge railway for maintenance purposes.
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76001 at Torside.9 viewsPioneer production series Class 76, 76001 passes Torside in the Longdendale Valley, as it climbs up towards Woodhead with a train of vacuum fitted 21Ton Coal Hoppers in August 1977. Built in 1950 at Gorton Works, numbered 26001, the locomotive was sent to Ilford for trials, before operating on the first electrified section of the Manchester-Sheffield line that was energised in 1952. 76001 was withdrawn from service in November 1980, Eight months before closure of the line in July 1981.
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47191 at Wigan Springs Branch Depot.4 views'Sans Teeth, Sans Eyes, Sans Taste, Sans Everything' - (Shakespeare - 'All the Worlds a Stage').
Stripped down to a bare shell with bogies, 47191 was lanquishing at Wigan Springs Branch Depot on the 28th February 1993.
The loco emerged from the Brush Traction Works at Loughborough in April 1965 as D1841. It was withdrawn from active service in June 1987 and cannibalised for spare parts. The remains were scrapped by Gwent Demolition at Wigan in September 1993.
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Mark I Coach E4315 at Berrys Scrapyard Leicester.3 viewsStanding alongside what had been the former Great Central Main Line, Mark I TSO, E4315 was awaiting scrapping at Vic Berrys Yard at Leicester on the 19th July 1982. E4315 had been built by the Birmingham Railway Carriage & Wagon Co. (BRCW) at Smethwick in 1956, as part of lot 30207. In the background can be seen a Class 306 EMU, 090. The stock is taking partial shelter under Upperton Road Bridge, spanning the many tracks at this once busy location. The bridge was demolished in 2007.

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Class 116 M53059 at Croston.2 viewsComplete with Tyseley Depot Board in the cab window and minus its centre trailer coach, a Class 116 Suburban DMU with M53059 leading, makes an appearance on a Preston to Ormskirk service at Croston on the 4th August 1987. This was a time when there were unit shortages at Newton Heath Depot due to the unreliability of the recently introduced Class 142s. Judging by the date on the board it would appear the set was on short term loan from its West Midlands home.
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Class 108 M54231 at Hoscar.4 viewsAt the West Lancashire rural outpost of Hoscar, Class 108 Driving Trailer, M54231 leads a Manchester Victoria to Southport service at Hoscar on October 4th 1986. The station with staggered platforms, serves a small hamlet in a rural landscape, the area being well known for its arable crops grown in the fertile soil of the West Lancashire Plain.
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Class 45, 45022-'Lytham St Annes' on the Lickey Incline.5 views45022 -'Lytham St Annes' plods upgrade almost at the summit of the Lickey Incline with a northbound working formed mainly of Mk2 stock on September 5th 1981. This brings back fond memories of a excellent day, 32 years ago, at the lineside with my old friend Roger Sutcliffe. A warm sunny day, pleasant location and a procession of locomotive hauled trains in both directions. Happy Days!
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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.

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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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