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47971-'Robin Hood' departs from Preston.8 views47971-'Robin Hood' with 87012 in tow, accelerates the 15.15 departure for London Euston away from Preston on the 28th August 1993. Due to Sunday Engineering work, the train was being routed via Chorley, Bolton & Manchester. 47971 had been formerly 47480, but was renumbered in connection with hauling test trains for the Derby Research Centre. The loco was withdrawn from service in 2000 and scrapped in 2001.
Deepdale Jct Signalbox & Level Crossing.9 viewsDeepdale Junction Signalbox was retained for controlling the crossing gates on Skeffington Road, and operating the pointwork for coal trains to access the sidings on the stub towards Deepdale Mill Street. Trains serving the Courtaulds Rayon Factory at Ribbleton also passed here, using the remaining length of the former Longridge Branch, until the plant closed in 1980.
The signalbox was a London & North Western Railway (LNWR) Type 4 design dating from 1882. This view dates from August 1977.
31448 at Salwick.11 viewsDuring the period when ongoing problems with the Class 142s, forced the re-introduction of some locomotive hauled services in the North West, class 31, 31448 was working a Saturday afternoon service from Manchester Victoria to Blackpool North on the 18th June 1988. The service was one of the few trains to call at Salwick Station, which still retained its L&Y platform canopy and immaculate platform!
08815 Farington Curve - Ormskirk Line.9 viewsAn emergency services training exercise was carried out on the first quarter of a mile of the Preston to Ormskirk line, just below Farington Curve, on Sunday 5th November 1989. Preston Station Pilot, Class 08, 08815 was used, along with condemed mark 1 coaches, W18982, W18595, W19021, W18373, 35332 & brake van B955110. 08815 had a brief moment of fame when it appeared in the 'Rocket 150', celebrations at Rainhill in May 1980.

Buffer Fitted 43080 at Preston.8 viewsBuffer Fitted HST Power Car 43080 stands at Preston on the 28th August 1993. The power car was a small batch of eight power cars fitted with buffers in 1987 as they were used as temporary DVTs on the electrified East Coast Main Line using Mk3 stock, pending the introduction of the Mk4s & DVTs. 43080 eventually passed to Virgin and via a period in store at Long Marston, is now part of the Grand Central fleet fitted with an MTU engine, numbered 43480 and plying the ECML once again.
Coradia 175114 at Salwick.8 viewsRunning in Spring sunshine, 3-Car Coradia 175114 approaches Salwick whilst working the 12.52 Blackpool North to Manchester Airport, First North Western service on March 13th 2004.
Accident damaged Class 47, 47111 at Lostock Hall Depot.8 viewsFortunately no-one was killed or seriously injured when a return football excursion from Carlisle to Accrington formed of a Class 104 DMU, collided with 47111 just south of Preston Station on the 18th January 1986. The class 47 was stood light engine when the collision occured. On the early morning of the 20th January 1986, 47111 was at the former loco depot at Lostock Hall, awaiting assessment and removal. Originally numbered D1699, the loco never worked again, it was scrapped at Cardiff Canton Depot.
Class 87, 87014 at Farington Junction.9 viewsClass 87, 87014-'Knight of the Thistle', draws to a stand on the approach to Farington Junction on 12th October 1985, with a southbound ECS working on the Up Slow Line. All services were using the slow lines and being hand signalled through the area, due to re-modelling work taking place at Euxton Junction. The scene here is much changed, with the site of Lostock Hall Carriage Sidings above the train, now covered by a housing development.

47541-'The Queen Mother' at Preston Dock St.10 viewsCelebrity Class 47, 47541 -'The Queen Mother' in Scotrail branded InterCity livery , and complete with Highland Rail logo, was stabled at the entrance to Dock Street Sidings at Preston on Sunday 7th September 1986.
101683 arriving at Preston.9 viewsIn Regional Railways livery, Three-Car Class 101, 101683 arrives at Preston with the 09.45 Manchester Piccadilly to Blackpool North Service on the 12th April 1997.
GWR 150 Class 47, 47628 at Leyland.8 viewsTurned out in pseudo GWR style livery and embellishments for the GWR 150 celebrations in 1985, 47628 -'Sir Daniel Gooch' was still in fine external condition on June 13th 1988 at Leyland with an evening Blackpool North to Manchester Victoria service. This was in the period when newly introduced Class 142 Pacer Units were having reliability issues and with many of the old first generation DMUs gone, some diagrams were turned over to Locomotive haulage.
20077 & 20120 at Brownedge Sidings, Bamber Bridge.5 viewsIn contrasting liveries, Class 20s 20077 & 20120 have deposited a rake of Ballast Hoppers in the DCE sidings at Bamber Bridge on January 10th 1988. The locos are stood in the goods loop alongside the East Lancashire Line to Blackburn. To the left of the locos towards the houses on Brownedge Road is the course of the route to Preston that ran via Todd Lane Junction, closed in 1972. Just visible on the right of this scene is the now demolished Baxi Heating factory, now a housing estate.
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