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Class 25, 25296 at Deepdale.5 viewsMaking a change from the normal coal train, Class 25, 25296 heads a mixed rake of wagons through the site of the long closed Deepdale Station in June 1978. The train had originated at Maudland Goods Yard and was heading for Deepdale Junction in order for the locomotive to run-round.
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Cravens Class 105 DMU at Bamber Bridge.6 viewsVery much the daily routine at the time, a Cravens Class 105 2-Car DMU, with M50771 trailing, departs from Bamber Bridge with a Preston to Colne Service on the 23rd August 1980.
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Class 37, 37244 Deepdale Branch.5 viewsWith loaded HEA coal hoppers from Washwood Heath, Class 37, 37244 runs along the Deepdale Branch near St Georges Road on the 3rd May 1990.
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Ex Class 127 DMU at Preston Maudland.4 viewsFormer Bedford-St Pancras DMU driving trailers with hydraulic transmission, M51591 & M51625 were converted to Parcels Units in 1985, finished in BR green and renumbered M55966 & M55967. The former M51591 had been finished in BR green in its last days when working from Cricklewood Depot. Selected for preservation by the NRM, it was then handed back to BR to become part of the conversion programme. The unit was stabled in the sidings adjacent to the Preston Power Box on Sunday 2nd March 1986.

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25142 at Courtaulds, Ribbleton (Longridge Branch).2 viewsHistory in the making, the secondman looks back at the empty rake of 16 Ton Mineral Wagons coming out of the exchange sidings for the Courtaulds Rayon Factory at Ribbleton behind Class 25, 25142 on February 12th 1980. This was the last train from the doomed factory. On the right of this scene is the remaining length of the former Longridge Branch, a short section being kept beyond Ribbleton for use as a headshunt, when the rest of the branch was lifted in 1967.
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142057 at Croston.5 viewsWith the oil seed rape in full bloom, Merseytravel liveried class 142, 142057 passes Club Lane Crossing, having just departed from Croston with a Preston to Ormskirk service in May 2005.
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Sentinel 'Progress' at Preston Docks.6 viewsStill in the ownership of Preston Corporation, Sentinel 'Progress', built in 1968, works number 10283, awaits the arrival of incoming tank wagons from Lindsey Oil Refinery in July 1985. There was major construction work in progress at the time, transforming the former Dock Area into a retail & residential area. To the left of the loco are the earthworks for the new railway & road route to access the redeveloped areas. In the background can be seen the partially completed bridge across the River Ribble.
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37222 at Deepdale Junction.6 viewsThe train crew have gone to open the level crossing gates at Skeffington Road, as Cardiff Canton allocated Class 37, 37222 stands at Deepdale Junction with a rake of loaded HEA coal hoppers in July 1991. The train will run forwards over the level crossing, then reverse back along what was the original Preston & Longridge route dating from 1840, seen on the right of this view, to access the coal depot built on the site of the original passenger terminus.

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20042 & 20209 Deepdale Mill Street.2 viewsClass 20s 20042 & 20209 have collected the empty Cement Wagons & HEA Coal Hoppers from Preston Deepdale and are waiting beyond Deepdale Mill Street level crossing before propelling the wagons through Deepdale Junction, where they will reverse en-route back to Preston on May 16th 1986. The route here is the original course of the Preston & Longridge Railway to its isolated passenger terminus at Deepdale Street opened in 1840.
Class 20s were not common visitors to the Deepdale Branch.
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Regional Railways Class 37, 37418 at Chorley.4 viewsWith the flowers in full bloom, Regional Railways liveried Class 37, 37418-'The East Lancashire Railway', approaches Chorley with a Manchester Victoria to Blackpool North Service in August 1995. The loco is running alongside what was once part of Chorley Goods Yard, this area is now the station car park.
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47280-'Pedigree' at Lostock Hall Depot.6 viewsAt the former Lostock Hall MPD, 47280 has coupled to a GUV van, to act as a reach truck in order to retreive a newly painted ballast wagon on the 7th November 1986. The track over the inspection pits inside the depot was in a perilous state and would have not supported the 114 Ton locomotive.
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Internal User, Full Brake 92193 at Preston.4 viewsFor many years, a Mk1 Full Brake was kept at Preston Station for Internal Use only. NEA 92193, built by the Gloucester Carriage & Wagon Company to lot 30716 in 1962, was kept either at Pitt Street Sidings, or as seen here in July 2006, at the rear of the PCD Platform. The coach was removed from Preston for disposal, by road in 2010.
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