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Ex Scottish Region 'Inter City' DMU at Snailwell Scrapyard.5 viewsBuilt in 1955 at Swindon Works, 'Inter City' DMU driving car, SC79159 stands forlorn in the snow at Kings Scrapyard at Snailwell in Cambridgeshire on a cold 29th November 1980. The unit is surrounded by fellow classmates and Mark 1 coaching stock. The scrapyard here had a firing tunnel for disposing of asbestos contaminated rolling stock.
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Class 104, M53529 at Rufford.5 viewsWith the former goods loading dock ramp in the foreground, a Class 104 2-Car DMU with M53529 leading, departs from Rufford with an Ormskirk to Preston Service on the 11th May 1988. For many years this unit had been a three car set working off Newton Heath Depot on Manchester Victoria to Blackpool North Services. By the time this image was recorded the unit had lost its centre car and was having an extended life as the newly introduced class 142s were starting to have reliability issues.
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Deltic 55021 at York.8 viewsYork in the good old days......Class 55 Deltic, 55021-'Argyll & Sutherland Highlander' pauses at York with a Edinburgh to London Kings Cross service on June 19th 1979. The loco was new from Vulcan Foundry at Newton-Le-Willows in March 1962, and survived in service until the last active day of Deltic ECML running on the 31st December 1981, completing 19 Years and 9 months of running. 55021 was scrapped at Doncaster Works in September 1982.
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Class 108 M54231 at Hoscar.4 viewsAt the West Lancashire rural outpost of Hoscar, Class 108 Driving Trailer, M54231 leads a Manchester Victoria to Southport service at Hoscar on October 4th 1986. The station with staggered platforms, serves a small hamlet in a rural landscape, the area being well known for its arable crops grown in the fertile soil of the West Lancashire Plain.

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Class 25, 25248 at Horwich Works.3 viewsOn tracks now lifted, 25248 arrives at Horwich Works with the Breakdown/Re-Railing Train from Wigan Springs Branch Depot, as part of the Works Open Day on August 16th 1980. After the remaining part of the Works finally closed in 1988, the area seen here has been concreted over for storage of lorry trailers, as part of an Industrial Estate.
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Withdrawn D1056 -'Western Sultan' at Swindon Works.5 viewsClass 52, D1056 -'Western Sultan' has reached the end of the line as it awaits the torch at Swindon Works in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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Class 116 DMU at Kentish Town.1 viewsMinus its centre trailer, a reformed 2-Car Class 116 Derby Suburban DMU, formed of cars M50054 & M50075 stand at a very dilapidated looking Kentish Town after arrival from Barking on September 20th 1980. The Assembly House public house dominates the skyline here.
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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.

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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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