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185128 departs from Preston.1 viewsClass 185, 185128 departs from Preston, with a Blackpool North to Manchester Airport service on the 13th March 2011.
Virgin Voyager 221116 at Coote Lane, Lostock Hall.0 viewsVirgin Voyager, 221116 runs along the up fast line at Coote Lane, Lostock Hall with the 12.00 Glasgow Central to Birmingham New Street, on the 2nd May 2011.
60097 at Morecambe Promenade.2 viewsAt the head of the Pathfinder 'Lancastrian' Tour, Class 60 60097 arrives at the doomed Morecambe Promenade Station on the 22nd May 1993. The train reversed here to traverse the branch to Heysham Port. The ex Midland Railway Signalbox dating from 1907, closed in 1994 along with the seafront terminus. The replacement station was sited where the signalbox was located.
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.

378205 arrives at Harrow & Wealdstone.1 views378205 arrives at Harrow & Wealdstone whilst working a London Overground Watford Junction to London Euston, DC Lines Service on September 9th 2012. A 1972 Tube Stock unit is tucked away in the turnback siding ready to follow with a Bakerloo Line service.
To the right of the 378 is the site of the horrific triple collision that occurred here on the morning of October 8th 1952 at 8.19am. There were 112 fatalities, and almost 60 years on, the platform walls still bear the scars.
FGW 165136 at Kings Sutton.0 viewsWith the church spire of St Peter & St Paul on the skyline, First Great Western Class 165, 165136 gathers pace after calling at Kings Sutton with the 17.19 Oxford to Banbury stopping service on Sunday 9th September 2012.
56085 at Strand Road Crossing.6 viewsWith three home signals guarding the exit to Strand Road level crossing, 56085 emerges from the former Preston Dock Estate with a mixed load of empty tar & petroleum tank wagons, being returned to Lindsey Oil Refinery on July 25th 1984.
150224 arrives at Prescot.0 views150224 arrives at Prescot with the 15.08 Wigan North Western to Liverpool Lime Street service on April 18th 2014. Newly-erected electrification masts are all along the route here. Apartment blocks now stand on what was the biggest employer in Prescot, the former BICC cables factory.

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Merseyrail Electric - New Book - Out Now!0 viewsPublished by Fonthill Media, ISBN Number 978-1-78155-513-2.
96 Pages with detailed introduction, colour illustrations throughout, includes a route map and fleet list.
Features Class 502's, 503's and the 507/508 fleet in various liveries. Includes some of the Class 73's and other locos that have worked on the system.
May 08, 2016
VTEC 91128 (Xmas) at York.0 viewsComplete with its festive vinyls, Virgin Trains East Coast 91128 stands at York with the 11.00 London Kings Cross to Edinburgh on December 12th 2015.Dec 13, 2015
EPS 37601 - Folkestone Harbour.0 viewsAs the tide begins to come in, 37601 sits on the viaduct at Folkestone Harbour with the Pathfinder Tours 'Atomic Harbourmaster' railtour on October 20th 2007. Out of sight at the other end of the train was fellow EPS class 37, 37603. This was one of the last diesel hauled trains to traverse this line. The itinerary on that day included a trip along the Dungeness Branch. It was a long day - an 06.15 start from Crewe on Saturday morning and only getting back to Crewe at 01.24 on Sunday morning!Dec 10, 2015
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

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
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
66182 at Clitheroe.0 views66182 propells the empty PCA cement wagons from Avonmouth into the Cement Works at Clitheroe on October 24th 2015. On the right is one of the ex Shotton Steel Works diesel shunters (GECT 5396/1975) one of a similar pair that are used in the works here.Nov 05, 2015
66182 at Pimlico (Cement Works Branch)0 views66182 has uncoupled from the empty PCAs on the Cement Works branch at Clitheroe ready to run round the wagons before propelling the train into the works on October 24th 2015.Nov 05, 2015

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