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Class 121 W55027 at Greenford.0 viewsFlanked by Central Line tracks, Single Car Class 121 DMU, W55027 approaches the single platform terminal platform at Greenford on the 23rd October 1979. The unit has just run the 2.75 miles from Ealing Broadway on the Great Western Main Line.
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Single Unit M55006 at Stourbridge Town.2 viewsAt just under a mile in length the former GWR branch from Stourbridge Junction to Stourbridge Town is a rare survivor. In July 1977, single unit M55006, waits to depart for the Junction, in the original station of 1879, which still had a BR Western Region, chocolate enamel running-in board. The station seen here has now been demolished and the site is a bus station. The branch has been shortened and a new station has been erected.
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Class 104, M50526 arrives at St-Annes-On-The-Sea.0 viewsComplete with its First Class saloon behind the drivers cab, Class 104 M50526 rolls into St-Annes-On-The-Sea whilst working from Blackpool South to Kirkham in September 1979. This station could have been a showpiece gateway for the resort, cleaned and restored to its former glory. The opportunity has now been lost for ever.
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Class 104, M50474 at St-Annes-On-The-Sea.0 viewsNormally dedicated to the Manchester Victoria to Blackpool North Services, one of the 3-Car Newton Heath Class 104s, complete with white bodyside stripe, was working the Kirkham to Blackpool South shuttle service in September 1979. M53474 leads a service from Kirkham into the magnificent station at St-Annes-On-The-Sea.
The iron & glass canopies and ornate buildings were swept away in fit of official vandalism in the 1980s. What a waste!

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143605 at Windermere.0 viewsHeaton Depot allocated Class 143, 143605 formed of cars 55671 & 55646, awaits departure from the terminus at Windermere with a service to Oxenholme on the 8th March 1992. The 10 mile branch was heavily rationalised in the early 1970's, and was made one long single line from Oxenholme.
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The Last BR train - Ramsbottom.2 viewsCurious locals look on, as the last BR train from Bury to Rawtenstall crosses Bridge Street as it departs from Ramsbottom, on the 14th February 1981. Cravens Class 105, M50794 was at the rear of the train. It was 1987 when the East Lancashire Railway started regular services from Bury to Ramsbottom.
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Class 33, 33107 Weymouth Harbour Tramway.1 viewsClass 33/1, 33107 exits the one-way system on Commercial Road, Weymouth as it plods slowly along the tramway with a Channel Islands Boat Train from London Waterloo on the 30th May 1986.
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Class 33, 33107 Weymouth Harbour Tramway.1 viewsComplete with two flagmen and with a flashing light attached to the cab front, 33107 makes its way along Commercial Road on the Weymouth Tramway, on the 30th May 1986. The train was formed of two 4-TC sets, 406 & 428.

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33107 on the Weymouth Harbour Tramway.1 viewsThe Ford Granada gets out of the way as Class 33/1, 33107 heads along Commercial Road at Weymouth. The Boat Train from London Waterloo was passing the bus depot, and slowly making its way to the Harbour Station at walking pace on May 30th 1986.
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33107 on the Weymouth Harbour Tramway.1 viewsThe Reliant Regal 3-Wheeler sticks close to the kerb, as 33107 runs slowly down the middle of Commercial Road, flanked by car parks, with a Channel Islands Boat Train from London Waterloo on the 30th May 1986. Such civilised methods of going on holiday have now ceased, the last train to use the tramway was in 1999. There was always something fascinating about this line - the sight of a main line train in the middle of a main road with any stray traffic keeping well out of the way!
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377431 at Bishopstone.0 viewsHaving just travelled the one mile from the terminus at Seaford, Electrostar 377431 arrives at Bishopstone with a service to Brighton on September 25th 2010.
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Southern 377431 departs from Bishopstone.0 viewsSouthern Electrostar, 377431 departs from Bishopstone on the Seaford Branch, with a Seaford to Brighton Service on the 25th September 2010. The unit is heading for its next stop at Newhaven Harbour.
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