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Mark 1 BSK M34467 at Horwich Works.5 viewsBR Mark 1 coaches are stripped for conversion to overhead line maintenance vehicles at Horwich Works on the 16th August 1980, for the Bedford to St Pancras electrification scheme. Former BSK M34467 was originally built by the Gloucester Carriage & Wagon Company in 1954. After conversion to departmental use, the coach was numbered ADB975682.
Hastings Unit 1032 at Hellifield on 1Z25.5 viewsA brief patch of sunlight illuminates Hastings Unit 1032 as it leads the 'Long Thin Drag' Railtour through Hellifield, bound for Carlisle on the 12th April 1986. Units 1032, 1011 & 2 power cars from 1001 were used. The tour was organised by Hertfordshire Railtours & The Southern Electric Group, and had departed from Hastings at 04.50, travelling to London Victoria, where departure was at 06.52. This amazing tour came back from Carlisle over the WCML via Shap. The adult fare for this mammoth day out was £25.
Class 506 EMU, M59406M at Horwich Works.6 viewsManchester Glossop Hadfield, 1500v DC emu driving trailer, M59406M, was undergoing an overhaul in the main erecting shop at Horwich Works on the 16th August 1980.
Class 40, 40148 at Manchester Victoria.7 viewsIn the Manchester Victoria of old, Class 40, 40148 awaits departure with a summer Saturday holiday train to Scarborough, formed of Mark 1 stock in August 1977. The well-worn station still retained its 1950s BR maroon running-in nameboards.

Deltic 55016-'Gordon Highlander' at Doncaster Works.7 viewsA work-stained Class 55 Deltic, 55016-'Gordon Highlander', stands in the yard adjacent to the Crimpsall Shop at Doncaster Works in October 1979. These were the twilight years of the Deltics, 55001 & 55020 had already been sidelined at this time, 55016 lasted in frontline service until the end of Class 55 operation in December 1981, the locomotive completing 20 years ECML service.
76001 at Torside.9 viewsPioneer production series Class 76, 76001 passes Torside in the Longdendale Valley, as it climbs up towards Woodhead with a train of vacuum fitted 21Ton Coal Hoppers in August 1977. Built in 1950 at Gorton Works, numbered 26001, the locomotive was sent to Ilford for trials, before operating on the first electrified section of the Manchester-Sheffield line that was energised in 1952. 76001 was withdrawn from service in November 1980, Eight months before closure of the line in July 1981.
40091 & 85001 at Crewe Works.7 viewsIts the end of the line for Class 40, 40091 and Class 85, 85001 as they stand at Crewe Works awaiting scrapping on the 4th July 1987.
Class 108 M56266 at Lancaster.8 viewsWhen some members of the BR diesel Multiple Unit fleet underwent a refurbishment in the 1970s, someone thought that a white livery, replacing the BR Rail Blue, would be a good idea. A class 108, with Driving Trailer Composite M56266 nearest the camera, displays its new livery complete with blue stripe whilst stabled at Lancaster in November 1978. The unit is stood on the short length of track remaining that once formed the link to the Midland Station at Lancaster Green Ayre.

31438 at Southport.8 views31438 stands at Southport on Sunday 31st January 1993. The loco & stock will work the early morning 'club' train service on Monday to Manchester Victoria.
Deltic 55021 at York.8 viewsYork in the good old days......Class 55 Deltic, 55021-'Argyll & Sutherland Highlander' pauses at York with a Edinburgh to London Kings Cross service on June 19th 1979. The loco was new from Vulcan Foundry at Newton-Le-Willows in March 1962, and survived in service until the last active day of Deltic ECML running on the 31st December 1981, completing 19 Years and 9 months of running. 55021 was scrapped at Doncaster Works in September 1982.
Class 40, 40195 at Crewe Works.8 views40195 stands at the head of a line of withdrawn locomotives awaiting scrapping ar Crewe Works on the 4th July 1987. In the middle distance can be seen the sheeted remains of the locomotives damaged in the collision at Colwich Junction in 1986, 86211 & 86429.
47608 departs from Blackburn.8 viewsDue to engineering work on the WCML between Preston & Carlisle, all services were diverted via Blackburn, Hellifield & the Settle to Carlisle route, during weekends in the spring of 1988.
Class 47, 47608 climbs away from Daisyfield Junction at Blackburn, and is seen crossing the arches at Beechwood Road with a London Euston to Glasgow Central Service on the 11th March 1988.
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