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97405 - 40060 at Wigan Springs Branch Depot.7 viewsClass 40, 97405 - ex 40060, was one of quartet of 40s given new identities for use with the Crewe Station remodelling project in 1985. The locos were then used on engineering duties around the north-west until withdrawl from service in 1987. On the 9th September 1986, the former Scottish Region machine was stabled at Wigan Springs Branch Depot. Whilst 97406/7/8 were eventually preserved, 40060 was not so fortunate and was subsequently broken up for scrap.
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Class 47, 47085-'Mammoth' at Starcross.5 viewsClass 47, 47085-'Mammoth' arrives at Starcross with an all stations Paignton to Exeter St Davids service in May 1986. The class 47 was one of the small western region batch, named after original GWR locomotives, in the 1960s. The straight nameplates had lettering in GWR style Egyptian serif. Mammoth was named in 1965, and carried the name until 1988, when 47085 became a Railfreight Locomotive. 47085 was scrapped at Wigan CRDC in early 2000.
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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 08, 08516 at Skipton.2 viewsIn the days when there was enough work at Skipton to keep an 08 occupied, a rather faded looking 08516 was stabled in the loading dock at the rear of Skipton Station on April 15th 1989. This area now forms part of the extended station car park. 08516 was originally numbered D3678. In 2012, the loco is still working for a living as depot pilot at Bristol Barton Hill.

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31432 arrives at Preston.8 views31432 rolls into Preston with the 13.20 Blackpool North to Liverpool Lime Street service on May 7th 1994. This was a glorious period when the old order returned due to unreliable second generation multiple units and a general shortage of DMUs, bringing a return to loco haulage on certain routes in the North-West.
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37027 & 37188 at Preston Dock St.4 viewsA pair Glasgow Eastfield Depot Class 37s, 37027-'Loch Eil' & 37188-'Jimmy Shand' were stabled in the sidings at Preston Dock Street on January 30th 1987. The locos had worked the Gunnie to Clitheroe Clyde Cement working overnight, and after working light engine to Wigan Springs Branch Depot for refuelling, the locos retired for the afternoon to Preston before collecting their train from Clitheroe in the late afternoon for the return working via the WCML & Shap.
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37279 at Doncaster Works.4 viewsStripped to a bare shell and sat on temporary accomodation bogies, Class 37 37279 stands outside the Crimpsall Shop at Doncaster Works on June 17th 1978, whilst undergoing a major overhaul.
The pre Tops number of 6979 is just visible on the end of the loco. The 37 was new from Vulcan Foundry in May 1965 and was eventually converted into an ETH fitted Class 37/4 in 1985. As 37424 it was withdrawn from service in March 2000. The loco is now preserved at the Churnet Valley Railway.
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47532 at Daisyfield Junction, Blackburn.0 views47532 in Large Logo Blue livery brings a diverted Glasgow Central to London Euston through the derelict platforms of Daisyfield Station on the North East side of Blackburn on March 11th 1989. This was in more enlightned days when engineering work on the WCML North of Preston meant a full service diverted via the S&C. Today its all on coaches via the M6, not a good advert for rail. The station at Daisyfield was closed by BR in 1958.

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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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