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47218 at Bowkers Siding Bamber Bridge.9 viewsOn the day that the newly installed siding and railfreight facility was officially opened at Bowkers, at Bamber Bridge, 47218 in ex-works Railfreight Distribution livery was waiting to enter the site. The loco was stood on the short spur leading from the East Lancashire Line to the terminal in Bowkers premises. Later that morning 47218 was named 'United Transport Europe' by the local MP. 20th July 1990.
Class 25, 25142 - Last Train Courtaulds, Ribbleton.11 viewsThe last train of empty 16Ton mineral wagons is slowly brought out of the exchange sidings, at the doomed Courtaulds Factory at Ribbleton, and onto the former Longridge Branch, on February 12th 1980, with Class 25, 25142 in charge. This view is looking in the direction of Grimsargh & Longridge, with the truncated branch trailing away behind the locomotive. This area has been completely transformed with the building of an industrial estate, and a link road to the M6 Motorway.
Leyland Motors Sidings Farington.12 viewsRunning parallel to the WCML at Farington, just south of Leyland are the sidings of the former Leyland Motors Farington Factory. On the 1st May 1982, along with the resident Fowler diesel shunter, was BR mark 1 coach M21234. The coach was awaiting movement to the British Leyland factory at Workington, for rebodying with a modified Leyland National bus type body. The coach became RDB977091, and was a possible replacement for ageing loco hauled stock. It was not a success, and the project was not followed up.
Class 104s at Salwick.8 viewsNot the best of images, but it shows the ex LYR canopy at Salwick Station, and a pair of 3-Car class 104 DMUs, complete with Manchester-Blackpool white stripes, a familiar sight on services between Manchester Victoria and Blackpool North in the 1970s. In this scene from 1977, the units are Blackpool bound. Salwick was on the on-time four track section between Preston and Kirkham, heavily used in the days when the routes to Blackpool were busy with excursion traffic.

'Energy' at Preston Docks.11 viewsThe peace of the derelict former Preston Docks site is disturbed by one of the Preston Corporation owned Sentinel Diesel Shunters. There was a trio of identical locomotives, purchased new for the dock railway in 1968. 'Energy' is seen here en-route, on rails now lifted, to the Tar Distillers Plant, situated at the west end of the dock estate. Today, the loco would coming out of the McDonalds restaurant drive through! Pedders Lane is in the background. July 1984.
60096 Preston Docks.7 viewsIn faded EWS livery, Class 60, 60096 arrives in the exchange sidings at Portway on the former Preston Dock Estate, with the load tank wagons, forming the 6M32 service from Lindsey Oil Refinery on Humberside. 4th September 2010.
60096 Preston Docks.7 viewsHaving been uncoupled from the loaded tar tank wagons, 60096, prepares to run round to collect the empty wagons to form the return working on the 4th September 2010.
66013 Strand Road Level Crossing.7 viewsClass 66, 66013 brings the rush hour traffic to a stand as it easies it heavy train of loaded tar tank wagons onto the former Dock Estate, with 6M32 from Lindsey Oil Refinery on the 10th September 2010.

66154 Strand Road - Preston Docks.7 views66154 waits with 6M32 from Lindsey Oil Refinery, for permission to cross Strand Road Level Crossing on the 13th September 2010.
66154 Strand Road Level Crossing.7 viewsWith the barriers down, 66154 gets its heavy load underway across the busy Strand Road Level Crossing, before entering the former Preston Dock Estate on the 13th September 2010.
Mainline Blue Class 60, 60011 at Strand Road.7 viewsIn obsolete Mainline Blue livery, Class 60,60011, creeps slowly round the sharp curve on the approach to Strand Road Level Crossing, with 6M32 from Linsey Oil Refinery on the 15th September 2010.
60011 Strand Road Level Crossing.7 viewsA pedestrian stands back, as 60011 rolls onto Strand Road Level Crossing on the 15th September 2010.
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