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Vrgin Trains HST 43087 passes Leyland.0 viewsRaising the echoes early on a Sunday morning, Virgin liveried HST power car 43087 accelerates a Longsight Depot to Preston ECS working through Leyland Station on the 24th June 2001.
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Fragonset 31602 at Weeton.0 viewsHarvest time at Weeton, as Fragonset Class 31, 31602 -'Chimaera' catches the evening light as it leads the 17.06 First North Western, Manchester Victoria to Blackpool North service on September 8th 2004. The four mark 2 coaches were used in top & tail mode with 31459 at the rear.
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Fragonset 31602 at Weeton.0 viewsFragonset Class 31, 31602-'Chimaera' comes out of the cutting at Weeton and runs briefly alongside Mythrop Road whilst working the First North Western, 17.06 Manchester Victoria to Blackpool North service on September 7th 2004.
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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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47750 arrives at Chester.0 viewsEx Virgin Class 47, 47750 with EWS lettering, brings the 13.16 Bangor to Crewe, First North Western service into Chester on March 24th 2004. The four Mark 2 coaches have been hired from sister First Group Company, Great Western and are in 'fag packet' livery.
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Res 47, 47732 at Chester.0 viewsIn well-worn Rail Express Systems livery, 47732 -'Restormel' drifts round the side of Chester Station with an ecs working on March 24th 2004. The loco was heading for the triangle of lines west of the station in order to reverse, ready to form the 17.19 Manchester Piccadilly to Holyhead First North Western service.
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60082 approaching Manchester Victoria.1 viewsStill carrying Railfreight grey livery with Transrail branding, EWS Class 60, 60082 drifts downhill as it approaches Manchester Victoria with a Salford Hope Street to Peak Forest empty stone working on September 24th 2004. Reminders of the past are all around at this much changed location. There are a distinct lack of apartment buildings in this view, today apartment blocks dominate the skyline here.
60082 was taken out of service in 2008 still carrying grey livery, and is still in store at Crewe.
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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.

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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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