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Class 304, 011 at Longsight Depot.8 viewsIn original 4-Car formation, Class 304 set number 011, is stabled at Longsight Depot with a sister unit in September 1979. The first batch of class 304s, 001-015 were built at Wolverton in 1960.
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47150 at Farington Junction.5 viewsSunday engineering work on the WCML North of Leyland on the 26th October 1986, saw Class 47, 47150 stood on the Up Slow at Farington Junction with a rake of spoil wagons. In the background is the former Leyland Motors Bus & Truck Factory at Farington. The 47 emerged from the Brush Factory at Loughborough in June 1964 numbered D1743. The loco went new to Old Oak Common Depot in West London. It lasted in service for 44 years before being withdrawn in 2008. The loco has been subsequently scrapped.
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25323 at Farington Junction.4 viewsClass 25/3, 25323 was stood on the Down Slow Line at Farington Junction during engineering work on Sunday 26th October 1986. The Class 25 was amongst the last batch built at Derby Works in 1967 after production was halted at Beyer-Peacock in Manchester after they hit financial problems. When new to traffic the loco was numbered D7673, it was allocated to London Midland Region Depots for almost 20 years, being withdrawn just 5 months after this image was recorded. It was scrapped in October 1987.
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Reading Signal Works Shunters.5 viewsNot the best of images, but impossible to repeat now. A chance visit to Reading Diesel Depot on November 15th 1981, found all the shunters involved with the nearby Signal Works. Nearest in the line up was withdrawn 97020, a Ruston & Hornsby 88DS, works number 408493 dating from 1957, Barclay 0-4-0 Class 06, 06002 was next, it had travelled down from Scotland as a source of spares for the third in the line up, Class 06, 97804 (ex 06003) which was the replacement loco for 97020.

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03008 at Swindon Works.4 views21 years after being constructed, Class 03 03008 has returned to the famous A Shop at Swindon Works for one final visit to the workshop where it emerged new as D2008 in January 1958. The loco had been withdrawn from Cambridge Depot on New Years Eve 1978 and sent back to its birthplace for stripping and component recovery. Within a month of this picture taken in February 1979, 03008 ceased to exist. Which phillistines allowed this grand building to slip away in an orgy of destruction in the name of progress?
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Withdrawn D1056 -'Western Sultan' at Swindon Works.5 viewsClass 52, D1056 -'Western Sultan' has reached the end of the line as it awaits the torch at Swindon Works in February 1979. No more would the locomotive visit Paddington, travel along Brunel's billiard table to Bristol, head underneath the red cliffs alongside the South Devon coast and never cross the Tamar heading for the far west. D1056 emerged from Crewe Works in March 1963 and was withdrawn from Plymouth Laira Depot in December 1976, clocking up 1,352,000 miles in its 13 year career.
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W43001 at Derby RTC.4 viewsOne of the two prototype HST power cars, W43001 was stabled outside the Railway Technical Centre at Derby on August 5th 1979. Behind the power car is MkI test coach 9, numbered ADB975631, which was attached to part of a newly built APT set. In front of the HST is one of the First Class prototype Mark 3 Coaches, whilst in the background there is a PEP electric multiple unit, one of the prototypes that was the forerunner of the 313/314/315/507/508 EMU fleet.
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Gloucester Class 100, M56111 at Longsight TMD.4 viewsGloucester Class 100 Driving Trailer Composite M56111 was stabled with various other items of rolling stock, including two more Class 100 vehicles, at Longsight TMD on June 18th 1978. After BR use, M56111 became an instruction coach on the Ministry of Defence railway system at Moreton-On-Lugg. It was eventually scrapped in 1985. Alongside is the Longsight Overhead Line Maintenance Train, with two former LMS vintage coaches visible.

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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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