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Class 108 DMU at Midge Hall.7 viewsOn possibly the last occasion that a first generation DMU worked along the Preston to Ormskirk line, a class 108 with car 54238 trailing has just collected the token from the signalman at Midge Hall, whilst working from Preston to Ormskirk on May 16th 1992.
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Class 25, 25321 at Maudland on the Deepdale Coal.9 viewsClass 25, 25321 is about to cross over the span that bridged the drained section of Lancaster Canal at Maudland on May 3rd 1985. The loco is heading for Deepdale with loaded HEA coal hoppers on the former Longridge Branch. 25321 was the former D7671 and was the last locomotive built at Derby Works in 1967.
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Class 37, 37407 at Leyland.9 viewsIn Transrail Livery, Class 37, 37407-'Blackpool Tower' stands at Leyland, on the Up Slow Line, with the early morning Blackpool North to Manchester Victoria 'Club' Train formed of Regional Railways Stock in May 1996.
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Swindon Cross Country Class 120 DMU at Leyland.7 viewsIn the early 1980s a batch of Swindon built Class 120 Cross Country DMU sets were allocated to Newton Heath Depot, primarily for use on Manchester to Blackpool North Services. M53680 brings up the rear of a Manchester Victoria to Blackpool North Service at Leyland on the 9th November 1986. This part of Leyland Station on the Down Slow Line, still had its low height platform, a legacy from the opening of the North Union Railway in 1838.

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47501 at Preston.5 viewsIn InterCity livery, 47501 -'Craftsman' stands in platform 2 at Preston with three Mark I coaches forming the 13.32 Blackpool North to Manchester Victoria service on Saturday August 27th 1988. This was the period when faults with newly introduced Class 142s were causing loco hauled substitutions to be introduced to cover various diagrams.
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Class 47, 47821 on Farington Curve.8 viewsIn InterCity Swallow Livery, 47821-'Royal Worcester', labours up Farington Curve with a Preston Guild commemorative excursion from Preston to Carlisle on the 16th May 1992. The 47 came off at Blackburn to be replaced by Flying Scotsman for the remainder of the journey to Carlisle via the S&C.
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Deltic D9009 passes Flag Lane Penwortham.6 viewsEven the cow looks up as Deltic D9009-'Alycidon', in immaculate two-tone green livery, heads along the Up Fast at Flag Lane Penwortham on the 3rd September 1999. On the rear was 55019. The train was a Regency Rail Excursion returning from Clapham to Chester.
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Class 25, 25181 at Deepdale Junction.8 viewsClass 25, 25181 arrives at Deepdale Junction with a train of loaded HEA coal hoppers on the 12th April 1985. The 25 had worked the train from Warrington Arpley Yard. The bridge in the background carries Hawkhurst Road over the former Longridge Branch.

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150274 departs from Chorley.5 viewsStill carrying Regional Railways livery, but branded 'Northern', Class 150/2 150274 departs from Chorley with the 15.11 Blackpool North to Buxton service on August 28th 2006. The car park is on the site of the former goods yard.
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Class 120 DMU at Salwick.9 viewsA Swindon built Class 120 DMU sweeps through Salwick Station whilst working a Manchester Victoria to Blackpool North Service in August 1983. Although the station buildings were demolished in the early 1970s, the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway platform canopy was retained, now sadly replaced by a small shelter.
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Class 108 DMU at Midge Hall.7 viewsSubstituting for the non-availablity of a class 142, a Class 108 2-Car DMU returned to its old stamping ground on the 16th May 1992. With car 54238 leading, the 08.21 Ormskirk to Preston Service has just returned the single-line token at Midge Hall Signalbox. The unit is about to pass through the derelict platforms of the former station, closed in 1961.
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'Skipper' 142026 climbs Farington Curve.5 viewsEx Devon & Corwall 'Skipper' Class 142, 142026 in pseudo GWR chocolate & cream livery, climbs Farington Curve with a Blackpool South to Colne Service on the 8th September 1990.
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