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16Ton Mineral Wagon in Rail Blue at Horwich Works.7 viewsOn the 9th May 1982, there were some 16Ton Mineral Wagons in internal use at Horwich Works. Resplendant in Rail Blue was ex B576498, loaded with scrap metal from dismantled SR emus.
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Class 55, 55013 arriving at York.7 viewsClass 55, Deltic, 55013-'The Black Watch', catches the evening light as it arrives at York with a terminating service from Kings Cross in September 1979. The locomotive was in service almost to the end of Deltic operation on the ECML, and was withdrawn from service in December 1981 and subsequently scrapped at Doncaster Works.
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Ex BR 03012 at Snailwell.6 viewsStill in full BR blue livery, and carrying its TOPS number 03012, the yards Class 03 diesel shunter is at the rear of three stripped BR Mark 1 First Class Corridor Coaches, ready for positioning in the firing tunnel at Kings Scrapyard at Snailwell on the 29th November 1980. A rake of Mark 1 Sleeping Cars await their fate on the right. As happens with many scrapyard shunting locomotives, 03012 found it a hazardous place to work, as the loco was broken up for scrap here in 1991.
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47217 at Rufford.5 viewsClass 47, 47217 stands in the passing loop at Rufford with an engineering train in conjunction with the modernisation of the level crossing and new signal box on Sunday 13th November 1988. This was a rare visit of a locomotive to the former main line between Preston and Ormskirk.

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Class 37, 37132 at Worksop.6 viewsAllocated to Sheffield Tinsley Depot, Class 37 37132 was stabled between duties in the winter sunlight at Worksop on a freezing cold January 16th 1977. The loco was built at Vulcan Foundry in 1966 numbered D6832, it was renumbered to 37132 in 1973 and eventually became 37673. Withdrawn from service in 2000 after 37 years in traffic, the loco was not scrapped until 2008.
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3H Class 205, 1124 enters Southampton Central.4 views3H 'Hampshire' Class 205 DEMU enters Southampton Central on a dull July 28th 1978 with a service for Portsmouth & Southsea. The unit is passing the utilitarian brick signalbox constructed by the Southern Railway in 1935.
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08689 at Allerton Depot.5 views08689 stands at Allerton Depot on a Sunday afternoon in July 1978. Alongside the 08 are a rake of 14 Ton tank wagons for depot internal use only. 08689 was new from Horwich Works as D3856 in October 1959. Its first allocation was Brunswick Shed (27F) at the southern end of the Liverpool Dock complex. The loco remained in service long enough to be owned by EWS and was not withdrawn from service until 2010. It was scrapped by EMR at Kingsbury in August 2010.
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Deltic Class 55, 55007-'Pinza' at Doncaster Works.4 viewsOn display at the hastily arranged mini open day at Doncaster Works on February 27th 1982 were all the surviving Deltics, on display for one last gathering. A work-stained 55007 looked as though someone had made a half hearted attempt at cleaning the yellow front. The loco had been named 'Pinza' after the racehorse that won the Epsom Derby and the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot in 1953.The loco was withdrawn from service in December 1981, completing over 20 years of ECML service.

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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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