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08276 - Remains of - Doncaster Works.7 viewsThe mortal remains of Class 08, 08276, stand in the cutting area at the rear of Doncaster Works in February 1980.
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Class 104 DMU at Southport.9 viewsA joint open day was held at Southport on the 28th September 1985, between British Rail and the Steamport Museum, situated in the former Southport MPD. A shuttle service was oprated between the station and the museum by a Class 104, 2-Car DMU. On tracks now lifted, 53469 & 54175 run along the link from the station towards the former St Lukes station, before reversing into the Museum yard.
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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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40106 at Reddish Electric Depot.7 viewsWhen 40106 was the last operational green liveried Class 40 in 1978, the loco entered Crewe Works for an overhaul and repaint, it should have emerged in rail blue, but to everyones amazement it was given a repaint in BR green. The loco was stabled at Reddish Electric Depot on the 12th July 1981, surrounded by soon to be made redundant class 76 Tommies, closure of the Woodhead route was only a week away. The class 40 was built at the Robert Stephensons & Hawthorns Works at Darlington in 1960, numbered D306.

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47191 at Wigan Springs Branch Depot.4 views'Sans Teeth, Sans Eyes, Sans Taste, Sans Everything' - (Shakespeare - 'All the Worlds a Stage').
Stripped down to a bare shell with bogies, 47191 was lanquishing at Wigan Springs Branch Depot on the 28th February 1993.
The loco emerged from the Brush Traction Works at Loughborough in April 1965 as D1841. It was withdrawn from active service in June 1987 and cannibalised for spare parts. The remains were scrapped by Gwent Demolition at Wigan in September 1993.
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Class 76, 76022 at Reddish Electric Depot.3 viewsIt is three months since the 1500V DC Manchester to Sheffield line was closed as a through route, and the Class 76 electrics that plied the route on a daily basis for nearly 30 years, are gathered together on October 3rd 1981 at Reddish Depot awaiting their fate. 76022 had become a minor celebrity as it was the only Class 76 to retain the old Lion & Wheel emblems on its Rail Blue paintwork. It was still hoped that the route would re-open, but it was not to be - 76022 was eventually scrapped in 1983.
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37012 & 37164 at Farington Curve Jct.4 views37012 & 37164 come off the East Lancashire Line at Farington Curve Junction, as they head Northbound onto the down slow line with the Clitheroe to Gunnie Clyde Cement working on August 21st 1987.
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DMU Excursion at Blaenau Ffestiniog.3 viewsAnother view of a Ramblers Excursion from East Lancashire to North Wales, stood in the former LNWR Goods Yard, amidst the slate at Blaenau Ffestiniog in May 1978. The 10-Car formation consisted of a Class 104 3-car set, a Class 108 2-car, a Class 105 2-car and at the rear another 3-car Class 104. The train had first travelled to Llandudno before traversing the Conway Valley Line. The nearest car is Class 104 DMBS M50468. The former LNWR station was still in use at this time, just visible on the left.

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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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