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Class 40 40002 at Deepdale.9 viewsClass 40 40002 slowly reverses its train of empty 21 Ton Coal Hoppers across Deepdale Mill Street Level Crossing on the 15th August 1983. Once the train has reached Deepdale Junction, the 40 will haul the empties to Healey Mills Yard.
When new in 1958, D202 as the loco was then, was a regular performer on class 1 duties on the East Anglian Main Line, based at Stratford Depot and working express services from Liverpool Street - a far cry from the Deepdale Branch 25 years later!
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Class 45, 45106 at Ladywell House.7 viewsNever common visitors to Preston, the Class 45s made the odd welcome appearance on the Summer Saturdays Leicester to Blackpool North Service in the 1970s. It was only in their twilight years, after the locos had been ousted from Class One duties on the Midland Main Line by HSTs and the class fell on hard times, that they graced the local scene on a more regular basis. 45106 with the name 'Vulcan' applied by Sheffield Tinsley Depot was stabled between duties at Ladywell House on the 12th September 1987.
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Class 101 53334 at Midge Hall.7 viewsPassing the only semaphore signal still operational in the Preston area, at Midge Hall, a class 101/108 hybrid DMU, with class 101 53334 leading passes along the former main line with a Preston to Ormskirk service on the 26th September 1987.
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142037 departs from Kirkham.5 viewsIn Greater Manchseter/Regional Railways livery, 142037 departs from Kirkham with the 14.16 Colne to Blackpool South service on the 31st August 1996.

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Class 92, 92041 at Barton & Broughton.6 viewsClass 92, 92041-'Vaughan Williams' stands in the down loop at Barton & Broughton on July 26th 2003 with new Ford Cars in tow, en-route to dealerships in Scotland.
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Class 26, 26031 at Preston.7 viewsScottish Class 26, 26031 in Railfreight Livery, passes Preston on the 10th June 1989 whilst transferring two 3-car DMU sets from Edinburgh Haymarket Depot to Newton Heath Depot.
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47353 at Farington Junction.6 viewsIn Dutch Civil Engineers livery, 47353 stands on the Down Fast Line at Farington Junction with a ballast train of 'Catfish' hopper wagons on Sunday 23rd June 1991.
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37222 at Deepdale Junction.5 viewsOn July 25th 1991, 37222 has brought a rake of loaded HEA Coal Hoppers from Washwood Heath and was stood at Deepdale Junction waiting for the level crossing to be opened at Deepdale Mill Street before propelling the wagons into the Coal Depot. Allocated to Cardiff Canton Depot, the loco is a long way from home. The track to the right leads to Maudland and Preston, part of the old Preston to Longridge Branch. The train is stood on the original P&L route opened in 1840 to its isolated Deepdale terminus.

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47018 at Farington Junction.11 viewsIn Railfreight Livery, Class 47 47018 passes Croston Road, just North of Farington Junction, as it travels on the Down Slow Line with a Liverpool Lime Street to Preston Service on the 27th July 1988. In the background can be seen the 'back line' leading to Lostock Hall Junction, and also the site of the former Lostock Hall Carriage Sidings which have now been covered with a housing estate.
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47339 at Bamber Bridge.2 viewsIn the attractive Railfreight red stripe livery, 47339 trundles a lengthy consist of engineers wagons out of the bi-directional loop at Bamber Bridge on a warm June 20th 1989. The train has originated in the DCE sidings at Brownedge visible above the 47. The sidings ran parallel to the direct East Lancashire Route to Preston via Todd Lane Junction that was closed in 1972. Beyond the sidings is the Baxi Heating factory, now long gone the area is covered by a housing development.
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150209 calls at Salwick.5 views150209 calls at Salwick with a Manchester Victoria to Blackpool North service on June 14th 1988. Although the station buildings had been demolished, the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway iron canopy remained, looking rather forlorn and with the supports still in maroon & cream. The undergrowth in the foreground was once the neat station garden that in happier days even included a wishing well! The canopy was eventually destroyed in the name of progress and replaced by a small shelter.
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57303 & 390017 at Bamber Bridge.5 viewsDue to engineering work on the WCML between Preston and Carlisle on May 6th 2006, all Virgin services were being diverted via Blackburn and the S&C. Class 57/3, 57303 -'Alan Tracy' with Pendolino 390017 in tow, passes Bowkers Siding on the approach to Bamber Bridge whilst working the 07.15 London Euston to Carlisle service. With the Class 57/3 fleet scattered far and wide, and the current policy of sending passengers via the M6, such scenes are unlikely to be repeated.
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