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47532 at Daisyfield Junction, Blackburn.0 views47532 in Large Logo Blue livery brings a diverted Glasgow Central to London Euston through the derelict platforms of Daisyfield Station on the North East side of Blackburn on March 11th 1989. This was in more enlightned days when engineering work on the WCML North of Preston meant a full service diverted via the S&C. Today its all on coaches via the M6, not a good advert for rail. The station at Daisyfield was closed by BR in 1958.
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Class 24, 24077 at Swindon Works.1 viewsWithdrawn Class 24 24077 was out to grass at Swindon Works on July 18th 1977. The loco was new from Crewe Works in February 1960 as D5077. It was withdrawn in July 1976 and was scrapped at Swindon in June 1978.
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47089-'Amazon' at Lostwithiel.2 viewsWatched by the signalman from the box at Lostwithiel, 47089 -'Amazon' gingerly brings a rake of loaded Clayhoods onto the Cornish Main Line on July 31st 1980. The loco is passing over the level crossing that takes Grenville Road across the line. Lostwithiel is the junction station for the Fowey Branch, closed to passengers in 1965 but kept active with China Clay workings to the Docks. 47089 was one of the original batch of Western Region named 47s, the loco was new from Crewe Works in April 1965 as D1675.
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Class 47, 47011 at Dawlish.6 viewsAllocated to Bescot Depot, 47011 complete with silver roof, passes Dawlish with an Eastbound Speedlink working on the 29th May 1986. The locomotive first emerged from the Brush Works at Loughborough in September 1963, numbered D1538. It was an Eastern Region allocated machine, spending time at various depots, until 1985 when it was moved to Cardiff Canton. It was withdrawn from Bescot Depot in 1987 and scrapped at Booths Rotherham in 1994.

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Class 76, 76028 at Reddish Depot.8 views1500vDC Class 76, 76028 stands with one of its pantographs stretched high, stabled outside Reddish Electric Depot on the 31st August 1980. The Woodhead route had only 11 months of operation left, before closure in July 1981.
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Western Class 52, D1021-'Western Cavalier' at Swindon Works.3 viewsWith rust erupting through its paintwork, a forlorn looking D1021 -'Western Cavalier' stands awaiting scrapping at Swindon Works on a dull January afternoon in 1978. The once-proud locomotive emerged new from Swindon in June 1963 in maroon livery, and lasted in service for just over 13 years, being withdrawn from Plymouth Laira Depot in August 1976. During that time D1021 amassed 1,280,000 miles. The loco was scrapped in February 1979. Just visible behind D1021 is fellow Class 52, D1034 -'Western Dragoon'.
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47035 at Vigo on the Lickey Incline.2 views47035 toils up the Lickey Incline with a relief SW/NE service formed of MkI stock on a hot Saturday September 5th 1981. 47035 and its train had assisted the previous train hauled by 47480 up the incline. As 47480 restarted, the two services separated and followed each other towards the summit. In todays health & safety obsessed world, can you imagine this happening now! In a sign of the more civilised times back then, the two youthful enthusiasts wanted to know which 47 was on the train in front.
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Class 506 1500vDC emu at Godley Junction.6 viewsIn the last few weeks of 1500VDC Class 506 emus, in November 1984, M59407M draws into Godley Junction with a Manchester Piccadilly to Hadfield service.
The Class 506s finally bowed out on the 7th December 1984, when the line was converted to standard 25KvAC. Godley Junction Station closed in May 1995.

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Deltic 55010 at Doncaster Works.6 viewsWhat a way to treat a legend.......... An open day was arranged at Doncaster Works on the 27th February 1982, when all the surviving Deltics were on display in the works yard. Amongst the crowds was 55010-'The Kings Own Scottish Borderer', the first Deltic to reach 2 million miles in January 1973. The loco presented a sorry sight, work stained, shorn of nameplates and with rust patches erupting through the paintwork. 55010 was withdrawn from service on Christmas Eve 1981, and was scrapped in May 1982.
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Class 33, 33111 departs from Dawlish Warren.1 viewsHaving called at Dawlish Warren, 33111 emerges from the Down Loop with an Exeter St Davids to Paignton service on June 3rd 1983. In the foreground the concrete troughing is being installed in readiness for the West of England resignalling scheme, which would see the abolition of the time-honoured lower quadrant semaphores.
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Class 25 25052 at St Blazey Depot.3 viewsIn deepest Cornwall, A tired looking Class 25, 25052 keeps company with various Departmental Wagons and a Single Unit Railcar (W55026/P126) at St Blazey Depot on an overcast 27th July 1980. It was the transfer of Class 25s from the London Midland Region in the early 1970s that brought an end to the short careers of the small Western Region Diesel Hydraulics, (NBL Class 22s & Hymeks). 25052 emerged new from Derby as D5202 in 1963 and had been a LMR allocated loco until transferred to Bristol in January 1972.
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47472 at Blackrod.3 views47472 with 7 Mark I Coaches in tow, calls at Blackrod whilst working the 12.20 Blackpool North to Manchester Victoria service on July 21st 1983.
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