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Class 50, 50013 at Bristol Bath Road.7 viewsClass 50, 50013-'Agincourt' exits Bristol Bath Road Depot on the 25th October 1980.
03084 at Norwich.4 viewsPlenty of Rail Blue hardware at Norwich on the 27th April 1980. Class 03, 03084 with its runner truck (TDB530638) partially hidden, stands between a Class 104 DMU and a Bogie General Utility Van.
76050 at Reddish Depot.4 viewsThe grounded remains of 76050 at Reddish Depot on July 12th 1981.
37130 at Bamber Bridge.1 viewsIn time-honoured fashion, Class 37 37130 digs in as it approaches Bamber Bridge with the Summer only Blackpool North to Sheffield working on May 29th 1982. This service had run out and back for many years and brought the welcome sight of an Eastern Region 37 or if you were lucky a 31, to the Lancashire Coast. 1982 was the last year of loco-haulage, in 1983 the service went over to DMU operation. The service did not operate in 1984, bringing to an end another chapter in BR Summer holiday traffic.

Class 76, 76010 at Guide Bridge.6 viewsIn a convoy of locomotives arrived at Guide Bridge in September 1978, was Class 76, 76010. Close examination of the tommy, reveals that it has had some attention to its paintwork, bogies & pantographs, possibly done at Crewe Works.
Ex Scottish Region 'Inter City' DMU at Snailwell Scrapyard.5 viewsBuilt in 1955 at Swindon Works, 'Inter City' DMU driving car, SC79159 stands forlorn in the snow at Kings Scrapyard at Snailwell in Cambridgeshire on a cold 29th November 1980. The unit is surrounded by fellow classmates and Mark 1 coaching stock. The scrapyard here had a firing tunnel for disposing of asbestos contaminated rolling stock.
Class 47 47042 at Bamber Bridge.9 viewsWith a dusting of snow on the ground, Class 47, 47042 brings a lengthy Severn Tunnel Junction to Carlisle freight out of the loop at Bamber Bridge on the 22nd March 1978. These were the last days of long distance wagon load freights making the diversion off the WCML and using the East Lancashire Line to Blackburn in order to access the S&C.
03079 at Doncaster Works.5 viewsClass 03, 03079 has returned to its birthplace at Doncaster Works, for overhaul in October 1979. Built in 1960, the shunter had been allocated to North Eastern Region Depots and was a Gateshead machine when this picture was taken. Fame was still in the future for 03079, as in 1983 it migrated south to Eastleigh, before being transferred across the Solent to the Isle of Wight in April 1984. It was withdrawn from service in 1996, and was eventually preserved at the Derwent Valley Railway near York.

85032 & 47531 pass at Farington Curve Jct.3 viewsClass 85, 85032 heads South on the Up Slow at Farington Curve Junction with a Glasgow Central to Birmingham New Street relief service, as 47531 travels North on the Down Slow with a Liverpool Lime Street to Preston all-stations service on October 12th 1985. Due to remodelling work further South at Euxton Junction, all trains were using the Slow Lines.
20199, 20028 & 20198 at Dundee.3 viewsProving that recessions are nothing new, surplus Class 20s were stored surplus to requirements in the NCL warehouse at Dundee on July 20th 1981. This was a period when industry was contracting and work for locos such as these was drying-up. All the locos here eventually returned to traffic, 20199 was eventually withdrawn in 1990, 20028 and 20198 being withdrawn in 1991. All have since been scrapped.
47217 at Rufford.5 viewsClass 47, 47217 stands in the passing loop at Rufford with an engineering train in conjunction with the modernisation of the level crossing and new signal box on Sunday 13th November 1988. This was a rare visit of a locomotive to the former main line between Preston and Ormskirk.
Class 24, 24066 at Doncaster Works.6 viewsPreviously allocated to Edinburgh Haymarket Depot, Class 24, 24066 had been withdrawn from service in February 1976 and was at Doncaster Works for scrapping in June 1978. Final disposal of the former D5066, which was vacuum braked only, came in September 1978. The image taken at the works open day, clearly illustrates the perils of photography at such occasions!
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