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Class 47, 47192 at Preston Docks.8 viewsClass 47, 47192 departs from the old Preston Dock Estate and is about run across Strand Road Level Crossing in July 1985, returning empty Blue Circle Cement Wagons to Hope in Derbyshire. Blue Circle had established a discharge facility on the former dock estate during the construction of the new river crossing to carry the extended Penwortham ByPass Road.
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Class 40, 40195 at Crewe Works.8 views40195 stands at the head of a line of withdrawn locomotives awaiting scrapping ar Crewe Works on the 4th July 1987. In the middle distance can be seen the sheeted remains of the locomotives damaged in the collision at Colwich Junction in 1986, 86211 & 86429.
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Class 47, 47110 at Penwortham.8 views47110 heads a northbound Speedlink service at Penwortham, just South of Preston on the 22nd June 1987. The WCML at this location has six running lines.
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Hastings Unit 1032 at Hellifield on 1Z25.5 viewsA brief patch of sunlight illuminates Hastings Unit 1032 as it leads the 'Long Thin Drag' Railtour through Hellifield, bound for Carlisle on the 12th April 1986. Units 1032, 1011 & 2 power cars from 1001 were used. The tour was organised by Hertfordshire Railtours & The Southern Electric Group, and had departed from Hastings at 04.50, travelling to London Victoria, where departure was at 06.52. This amazing tour came back from Carlisle over the WCML via Shap. The adult fare for this mammoth day out was £25.

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Class 06, 97804 at Reading.5 viewsFormer Scottish Region Class 06, 06003 was transferred to Reading for use in the signal works, taking over shunting duties from resident Ruston & Hornsby diesel shunter, 97020. The loco was at Reading Depot on the 15th November 1981.
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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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Class 76s, 76024 & 76015 at Reddish Electric Depot.4 viewsCoupled together and with their pantographs raised, 76024 & 76015 keep company with Class 40, 40093 and a pair of British Rail Ford dropside trucks at Reddish Electric Depot on August 30th 1980. By July the following year, daily routine scenes such as this, of a pair of vintage Tommies ready for work on the 1500v DC Manchester-Sheffield Woodhead route, had gone forever.
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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.

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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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