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Class 58, 58010 at Southport.2 viewsAs part of a joint BR/Steamport Museum open day on September 30th 1984, Class 58 58010 and Class 20 20212 were on display at Southport Station. This was possibly the first and last time that a Class 58 visited Southport. 58010 was only 8 months old at the time, having emerged from Doncaster Works in February 1984. After being withdrawn by EWS in 1999, the loco eventually found further use working for the French operator TSO.
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31188 at Kirkham.2 viewsIn Dutch Civil Engineers livery, 31188 slowly reverses its train of empty ballast hoppers near Kirkham North Jct, after returning from the newly re-laid coast line to Blackpool South on the 8th March 1997. During the month long engineering possession of the line, a spare 20 ton brake van, Tops code ZTR, (ADB954550) was kept at Kirkham along with Class 08 shunter 08742 stabled out of harms way, along the former Marton Line at Bradkirk.
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158810 at Manchester Victoria.1 viewsThe clock has stopped, as 3-Car Class 158, 158810 awaits departure from Manchester Victoria with the 19.17 departure to York, via Leeds & Halifax on the 25th April 1992. When this part of the station was redeveloped into a look-alike Birmingham New Street, the tile faced building and its Victorian clock were destroyed.
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31439 at Kirkham Nort Junction.1 viewsIn Regional Railways Livery Class 31, 31439-'North Yorkshire Moors Railway', stands at Kirkham North Junction with a train of loaded ballast hoppers on the 22nd March 1997. The train was involved with the re-ballasting of the newly laid track on the former coast line to Blackpool South.

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Class 47, 47190 -'Pectinidae' at Padiham Power Station.0 viewsComplete with an ex-works Shell TEA bogie tank wagon, 47190 -'Pectinidae' in Railfreight Petroleum Sector livery was one of the exhibits at the Padiham Power Station open day on October 8th 1989. Allocated to Crewe Diesel Depot, the 47 was one of several that carried the Latin names for various shells, a corporate link to the traffic carried to and from from the Shell oil refinery at Stanlow. The loco was new from Brush in June 1965 numbered D1840. It was withdrawn from service in 1994 and scrapped in 1998.
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HST Power Car 43198 departs from Dawlish.1 viewsThe 07.28 Saturday Only, Leeds to Paignton Service, gets underway from Dawlish on the 23rd May 1992. The leading power car, 43198 was the last one built, emerging from Crewe Works in 1982.
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Metro-Cammell Prototype Sprinter 151003 at Llandudno Jct.2 viewsThe two Metro-Cammell prototype Class 151, 3-Car Sprinter units were built in 1985, numbered 151001 & 151002. They were used for evaluation purposes, but the BREL built Class 150s were built in volume and the 151 pair were eventually withdrawn as non-standard in 1989. 151003 (ex 151001) presented a sad sight stored in the carriage shed at Llandudno Junction on the 11th April 1993. The duo were eventually moved to Crewe and were scrapped in 2004.
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Class 58, 58030 at Butterley.0 viewsThere is still an element of newness about 58030 as it stands on display at Butterley on 13th July 1985 as part of the Midland Railway Centre diesel gala. 58030 had been constructed at Doncaster Works a month earlier in June 1985. The loco was withdrawn from service in 2002 carrying EWS maroon livery. 58030 departed for Spain in 2004 working for operator GIF.

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151004 at Llandudno Jct.2 viewsMetro-Cammell prototype Class 151, 151004 (ex 151002) stands forlorn in the carriage shed at Llandudno Junction on the 11th April 1993. Along with sister unit 151003, it had been withdrawn from service in 1989 as being non-standard. The unit is keeping company with a Class 101 produced in the same Washwood Heath factory in 1958. The 151 duo were scrapped in 2004.
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31188 at Kirkham North Junction.2 viewsIn Dutch Livery, Class 31 31188 passes the former Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway signal box at Kirkham North Junction on the 8th March 1997. The loco was working ballast trains from Kirkham onto the coast line to Blackpool South, which had had the track replaced along its entire length.
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101681 at Hooton.2 viewsOnce a four track main line from Birkenhead Woodside to Chester, the route has been rationalised following the closure of the Woodside Terminus in 1967, and the run-down of rail freight from the docks of Birkenhead. On September 1st 1993, 101681 in Regional Railways livery was stood at Hooton with the connecting service to Chester. The emu is in the adjacent platform having arrived from Liverpool. The 3rd rail was extended from Rock Ferry to Hooton in 1985 and was futher extended to Chester in 1993.
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Class 37, 37676 at Deansgate.2 viewsIn Railfreight Construction Livery, 37686 drifts through Deansgate as it heads light engine towards Manchester Oxford Road on April 25th 1992. The loco was a product of Vulcan Foundry at Newton-Le-Willows in September 1963, numbered D6872. It became 37172 in 1973 and was renumbered 37676 in 1986. The loco was withdrawn from service in July 2000 and finally scrapped at Booths, Rotherham in 2006.
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