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Courtaulds Ribbleton Sentinel Diesel Shunter.7 viewsThe last train of empty coal wagons departed from the Courtaulds Rayon Factory at Ribbleton on the 12th February 1980. The resident Courtaulds diesel shunter, Sentinel 10280 built in 1968 is seen passing under the bridge carrying the B6243 Preston to Longridge main road. The works was connected to the truncated remains of the Longridge Branch by a one mile connecting spur. This was the last day of work for this locomotive, following closure of the factory it moved to the British Celanese Plant at Spondon.
DRS 47790 at Preston with the Northern Belle.4 viewsA well turned out 47790 -'Galloway Princess' stands at Preston with the Northern Belle on May 31st 2014.
47277 at Deepdale Mill Street.8 viewsOn a rather overcast 22nd June 1987, 47277 of Stratford Depot crosses Deepdale Mill Street as it reverses its train of empty HEA coal hoppers back towards Deepdale Junction. The 47 has been embellished with a Cockney Sparrow motif as well as the customary silver roof.
Class 31, 31178 at Preston Dock Street Sidings.5 viewsWith the Fishergate Baptist Church dating from 1858 on the skyline, Class 31 31178 in workstained Railfreight Red Stripe livery was stabled with the Fisons Weedkilling Train at Dock Street Sidings on July 2nd 1988. The Penwortham By-Pass extension is now built across the site of the sidings. 31178 was built in 1960 as D5599, it was withdrawn in 2000 and scrapped in 2003.

Leyland Motors Sidings at Farington.3 viewsA view looking North along the siding complex at the Leyland Motors Farington Factory at lunchtime on May 1st 1982. Looking at the rusty rails, the resident Fowler Diesel (4210108/1955) has not been used for some time. On the right alongside the loading bank where some staff are having a dinnertime stroll, is BR MkI BFK, M21234. The coach was awaiting transfer to the Leyland National factory at Workington, where it would receive a bus body as an experiment, and be renumbered RDB977091.
ARC Class 59, 59104 at Farington Junction.7 viewsNot the best quality, but a record of a one-off working in poor light on a rainy July afternoon. ARC Class 59, 59104 passes Farington Junction on the Up Fast Line, with a loaded test train from Carlisle to Crewe on the 30th July 1991. BR engineers were conducting a haulage trial to assess the GM locomotive.
Class 104 DMU at Lostock Hall.7 viewsA Class 104 2-Car DMU, complete with Network South East Logos, formed of cars 53522 & 53541, call at Lostock Hall with the 11.05 Blackpool South to Colne Service on the 24th October 1987. The station here opened in 1984, replacing an earlier station situated on the other side of the bridge, which closed in 1969.
Class 37, 37244 at Deepdale Junction.9 viewsHaving reversed its short load of empty HEA Coal Hoppers out of the coal sidings at Deepdale, 37244 waits at Deepdale Junction, before returning to Preston Station and then onwards to Washwood Heath. 3rd May 1990.

Class 47, 47303 on the Ormskirk Line.10 viewsNear to the former Moss lane Junction at the top of the incline from Farington Curve Junction on the Preston to Ormskirk line, Class 47, 47303 stands with an engineering train on Sunday July 7th 1991. The train was recovering scrap track materials from the former Up line, disused since 1983, and patch ballasting on the remaining single line.
Class 37, 37704 at Deepdale.7 views37704 stands on the former Longridge Branch, East of Skeffington Road level crossing on the 27th August 1993. This literally was the end of the line, the track in the foreground was the extremity of the former Preston to Longridge line retained as a shunt neck for coal trains coming to and from the coal depot beyond Deepdale Mill Street. The train was about to reverse the loaded HEA hoppers back through Deepdale Junction, taking the original 1840 route into the yard.
Cravens Class 105 passes Hoghton.4 viewsA Cravens Class 105 Power-Twin has just passed over the half-barrier level crossing at Hoghton with the 11.33 Preston to Colne on May 11th 1981. The former Goods Shed in the background was home to a dealer in ex Ministry of Defence vehicles. The area surrounding the line then had an open aspect, today the trackside is tree lined and the Goods Shed has been demolished and housing now covers the site.
87013 passes Farington.5 viewsWith Loco & Stock in Virgin livery, Class 87, 87013 -'John o Gaunt' brings the 14.40 London Euston to Glasgow Central service past Farington on the 7th August 2004. In the background is Mill Street bridge, with Leyland Station in the far distance.
After being discarded by Virgin in favour of Class 390 Pendolinos, 87013 found further employment in Bulgaria.
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