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HST Power Car 43063 at Wigan North Western.1 viewsHST Power Car 43063-'Maiden Voyager' leads the Virgin Cross-Country, 13.00 Edinburgh to Penzance 'Cornish Scot' Service, calling at Wigan North Western on the 17th May 1998. 43063 not only carried a non-standard yellow front end that extended on to the cab roof, but was also adorned with the short lived Virgin Cross-Country XC bodyside logos. The power car is now part of the First Great Western fleet.
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101682 at Romiley.0 viewsIn branded Regional Railways livery but part of Longsight Depots First North Western fleet, 42 year old Class 101 2-Car set, 101682 stands at Romiley in dramatic lighting conditions, with a Manchester Piccadilly to Sheffield Service on the 14th October 2000. These well-worn units were seeing out their last days on services from Piccadilly to Marple & Sheffield.
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Coradia Class 175, 175115 at Blackpool North.1 views175115 shares a platform with 175108 at Blackpool North on May 29th 2004. The North Western branding had been blanked out on the First Group 'Barbie' livery, as by this date the units were also being used by Wales & Borders, drawn from a common pool at Chester Depot, home to the Coradia Fleet.
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Central Trains Turbo 170513 at Crewe.0 viewsDecorated to celebrate 10 years of the Robin Hood Line, 1993-2003, Central Trains Turbo, 170513 enters Crewe whilst working a Birmingham New Street to Liverpool Lime Street service on July 31st 2004.

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Res Propelling Control Vehicle (PCV) 94340 at Crewe.1 viewsRail Express Systems Propelling Control Vehicle (PCV), 94340 stabled in what was formerly Crewe Diesel Depot on July 31st 2004. The coach had been a Eastern Region Class 307 Emu Driving Trailer numbered 75012, and was converted to a PCV with roller-shutter doors for use in mail trains by Hunslet Barclay at Kilmarnock in 1996. With EWS losing the contract to carry mail in 2004, 94340 and most of the 42 strong PCV fleet were subsequently scrapped.
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Virgin HST 43065 at Oubeck.0 viewsWith building work at Lancaster University on the skyline, HST power car 43065 catches the evening light as it trails at the rear of the 08.30 Plymouth to Glasgow Central service on August 2nd 2003.
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EWS 66097 at Blackpool North.0 views66097 stands amidst the semaphores at Blackpool North on May 29th 2004, awaiting departure with a return private charter to Edinburgh formed of Mark I stock. The scene here will be transformed with the forthcoming electrification.
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Midland Mainline HSTs at Chesterfield.0 viewsMidland Mainline HST Power Cars pass at Chesterfield on September 30th 2000, as 43055 brings up the rear of the 12.30 London St Pancras to Sheffield service, 43052 accelerates away with the 14.24 Sheffield to St Pancras. Both power cars carry the smart Midland Mainline livery that when kept clean made these then 25 year old HSTs look like new stock.

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EWS 47760-'Ribblehead Viaduct' arrives at Hellifield.0 viewsIn immaculate condition, EWS Class 47 47760 -'Ribblehead Viaduct' catches the evening light as it arrives at Hellifield with a Carlisle to Leeds charter on April 10th 1999. The loco had been named earlier in the day at Ribblehead Station. 47760 was new from Crewe Works in September 1964 numbered D1617. The loco is still active on the main line with West Coast at Carnforth.Dec 02, 2013
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Virgin Class 57/3, 57301-'Scott Tracy' passing Hellifield.0 viewsPrior to being fitted with a Dellner Coupling, Virgin Trains Class 57/3, 57301-'Scott Tracy' shows a clean face as it brings the diverted 10.05 London Euston to Glasgow Central service past Hellifield on March 23rd 2003. 57301 was formerly class 47, 47845.
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Midland Mainline HSTs at Chesterfield.0 viewsMidland Mainline HST Power Cars pass at Chesterfield on September 30th 2000, as 43055 brings up the rear of the 12.30 London St Pancras to Sheffield service, 43052 accelerates away with the 14.24 Sheffield to St Pancras. Both power cars carry the smart Midland Mainline livery that when kept clean made these then 25 year old HSTs look like new stock.Feb 26, 2013
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EWS 66097 at Blackpool North.0 views66097 stands amidst the semaphores at Blackpool North on May 29th 2004, awaiting departure with a return private charter to Edinburgh formed of Mark I stock. The scene here will be transformed with the forthcoming electrification.Dec 10, 2012

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323231 at Manchester Oxford Road.0 viewsIn First North Western livery, 323231 arrives at Manchester Oxford Road with a Deansgate to Manchester Airport service on September 24th 2004. 43 of these 3-Car sets were constructed by Hunslet of Leeds in 1992/93, 17 sets for use around Manchester and the remaining 26 sets for the West Midlands.Dec 09, 2012
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Fragonset 31459 at Chester.0 viewsFragonset Class 31, 31459 -'Cerberus' stands between duties at Chester on March 24th 2004. The loco was top & tail with four Mk2 coaches & 31602, the consist was working for First North Western. It had arrived with the 06.40 St Annes to Greenbank, laying over at Chester for most of the day before returning with the 15.49 to Blackpool North. Dec 09, 2012
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TPE 158769 at Scarborough.0 viewsOn the last day of operation before being replaced by new Class 185 units, First TransPennine Express Class 158, 158769 is stabled at Scarborough Station on Sunday August 27th 2006. The 158s operated by TransPennine still carried the base purple 'Northern Spirit' livery but with blue vinyl overlays on the lower part of the bodysides.Dec 04, 2012
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Virgin Class 57s at Crewe.1 viewsVirgin Class 57/3 Thunderbirds, 57316, 57302 & 57303 gather at Crewe on September 11th 2005. 57316 was originally converted from 47290, 57302 was converted from 47827 and the former identity of 57303 was 47705.Dec 02, 2012

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