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Hastings Units at Hellifield.7 viewsAt the rear of the 'Long Thin Drag' railtour on the 12th April 1986, a pair of Hastings Power Cars were placed as 'Insurance' should problems arise during this lengthy tour. Set 1032 formed the main section of the train, with power cars from set 1001 bringing up the rear as the tour passed Hellifield during a lucky burst of decent light on an otherwise overcast day.
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Ex Scottish 'Inter City' DMUs at Snailwell.6 viewsThe end of the line for former Scottish Region, Swindon built 'Inter City' DMU cars, SC79105, SC79109 & SC79164, as they stand off the rails in Kings Scrapyard at Snailwell in Cambridgeshire on a wintery 29th November 1980. Introduced in the mid 1950s, the units worked principally between Glasgow & Edinburgh, until the introduction of Class 27 push-pull services in 1971.
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HST Power Car W43025 at Bristol Temple Meads.8 viewsHST power car W43025 brings up the rear of service bound for London Paddington at Bristol Temple Meads on the 25th October 1980. Still carrying its original well designed livery, blending the Mark 3 trailers with the power car, W43025 was only four years old when this image was recorded. 31 years later the power car is still earning its keep for First Great Western plying the routes from London Paddington - one can only guess what mileage this machine must have accumulated since its introduction in 1976.
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47291 departs from Skipton.3 viewsA well timed burst of sunshine highlights 47291 -'Port of Felixstowe' departing from Skipton with the Hertfordshire Railtours 'Thames Eden Pullman' from London Kings Cross to Carlisle on the 6th May 1989. The train went out over the S&C and returned from Carlisle over Shap. Formed of refurbished BR InterCity Charter Unit Mark I stock, the tour had been hauled from Kings Cross to Leeds by the unique electric loco, 89001.

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Class 40, 40105 at Daisyfield Level Crossing.3 viewsWith a train of loaded Presflo wagons from the Cement Works at Clitheroe, Class 40 40105 passes over Daisyfield Level Crossing on the North East side of Blackburn on a glorious June 8th 1979.
40105 was the first of a batch of twenty Class 40s built at the Robert Stephenson & Hawthorn Factory at Darlington, which was then part of the English Electric empire. Completed in October 1960, the loco had just over 20 years in service, being withdrawn in December 1980. It was scrapped at Swindon Works in March 1981.
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Class 03 Diesel Shunter, 03371 at Halifax.5 viewsThe Goods Shed at Halifax makes a good refuge for 03371 and its runner truck at Halifax on August 9th 1980. There was still sufficient work for a shunter here during the working week, the image was recorded on a Saturday afternoon when the loco had been 'put to bed' until needed on Monday! The loco was built at Swindon in 1958 and was orginally allocated the departmental No.92, allocated to Lowestoft. From 1968, D2371 became a North Eastern Region Machine, and was withdrawn from service in 1987.
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Class 104 E50563 at Lancaster Up Yard.3 viewsFollowing a minor derailment whilst entering Lancaster with a Leeds to Morecambe service on March 5th 1979, the following day the 4-Car Class 104 set was moved to what remained of the Up Yard at Lancaster for the set to be examined and minor repairs carried out prior to returning to its home depot at Neville Hill, Leeds. Nearest the camera was Composite Driving Trailer E50563. In attendance was a British Rail Commer/Dodge Van, reg no. URC 555S, which was almost new at the time!
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08001 at Swindon Works.5 viewsIn the British Rail TOPS numbering system, 08001 was numerically the first of the class, but actually the fifth 08 to come off the production line at Derby in 1952, numbered 13004. The loco was withdrawn from service in June 1978 from Gateshead Depot and was sent to Swindon Works for disposal. 08001 is seen awaiting its fate, having been stripped of useful components, the loco was stood outside Swindons famous A Shop in February 1979. In the yard beyond is a Presflo Wagon, an LMS CCT Van & 6w Milk Tanks.

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37013 at Farington Curve Junction.0 views37013 trundles along the Up Slow as it approaches Farington Curve Junction whilst working the Saturday only Blackpool North to Sheffield formed of Mark 1 stock on August 13th 1983. This was a time-honoured Summer service that ran out and back on a Saturday running via East Lancashire and Copy Pit.
Dec 10, 2015
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08954 at Plymouth.2 viewsWith the roof tops of Plymouth as a backdrop, 08954 was shunting parcel and mail vans at Plymouth station on July 26th 1980. This was a time-honoured scene at all major stations - now sadly consigned to history. The 08 was new from Darington Works in October 1962 numbered D4184, its first home was at Ebbw Junction (86A) and it was tranferred to Laira (84A) in May 1971.Nov 07, 2015
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47033 arrives at Dawlish.1 views47033 and its 6-coach train of Mark 1 coaches has emerged from Kennaway Tunnel and is running alongside a busy looking Marine Parade, as it arrives at Dawlish whilst working a Paignton to Exeter St Davids local stopping service on April 8th 1980.Nov 07, 2015
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Class 45 45005 passes Dawlish Warren.2 viewsOn a rather overcast 8th April 1980, 45005 accelerates a lengthy NE/SW service made up of MkI stock on the Down through road at Dawlish Warren. With mechanical signalling and plenty of loco-hauled trains - Happy Days!Oct 02, 2015

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Class 25, 25221 at Wigan Springs Branch.3 viewsWithdrawn Class 25 25221 pokes out from under Warrington Road bridge at the side of Wigan Springs Branch Depot on June 30th 1984. 25221 was originally D7571, built at Derby Works in 1963, it was withdrawn in January 1984 and after lanquishing for a while at Wigan, was scrapped at Swindon Works in 1986.Mar 08, 2015
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08457 at Rugby.1 viewsOn a damp May 17th 1981, 08457 spends Sunday Afternoon sheltering in one of the bay platforms under the LNWR overall roof at Rugby.Mar 08, 2015
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Class 40, 40082 at Northwich Depot.6 viewsOn a damp 9th September 1984, 40082 was stabled outside Northwich Depot between duties. The loco was new from Vulcan Foundry at Newton-Le-Willows in June 1960 as D282. Its first allocation was at York (50A). It spent 13 years as an Eastern Region machine before being transferred to the London Midland Region in 1973. 40082 was withdrawn from service due to power unit damage in November 1984 and was scrapped at Crewe Works in January 1986.
Mar 01, 2015
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Class 306 EMUs at Leicester (GC).2 viewsDating from 1949, former Liverpool St-Shenfield Class 306 EMUs, 055, 033, 083 & 078 wait at the entrance to Vic Berrys Scrapyard at Leicester on July 19th 1982. The location is adjacent to the former Great Central Main Line, that last saw a passenger train in 1969 when the DMU service between Rugby and Nottingham was withdrawn. Upperton Road bridge that once spanned the extensive trackwork at this location, was demolished in 2007 - yet another bit of the infrastructure of the old GC Main Line lost forever.Feb 13, 2015

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