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Class 76, 76010 at Guide Bridge.6 viewsIn a convoy of locomotives arrived at Guide Bridge in September 1978, was Class 76, 76010. Close examination of the tommy, reveals that it has had some attention to its paintwork, bogies & pantographs, possibly done at Crewe Works.
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Warship 818 at Swindon Works.5 viewsThe lost Warship. After being withdrawn from active service in 1972, Class 42 Warship, 818-'Glory' was 'preserved' at Swindon Works, and over the years became a gate guardian usually on display near the turntable, in full view from passing trains on the main line. The closure of Swindon Works, announced in GWR150 year, saw the planned exhibition at Swindon Works cancelled, and in 1986 as the rundown of the works began, 818 was put to the torch.
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Class 06, 06002 at Reading.4 viewsWhen Class 06, 06003 was transferred from Scotland to shunt the Reading Signal Works, 06002 was also sent along to provide a source of spares. The two 06s, were at Reading Depot on the 15th November 1981.
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Class 50 50005 at Exeter St Davids.6 viewsIn original un-refurbished condition, Class 50 50005-'Collingwood' stands at Exeter St Davids on the 7th August 1979 whilst working a Paddington to Paignton Relief Train, formed of Mark 1 stock. The locomotive was a product of English Electric, built at Vulcan Foundry in Newton-Le-Willows in 1967 as D405. The loco was eventually withdrawn from service in January 1991.

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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 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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Deltic 55009-'Alycidon' at Doncaster Works.8 views55009 plays to the gallery at Doncaster Works on display as part of the 'Farewell to the Deltics' open day on Saturday 27th February 1982, just 8 weeks after the Deltic Scotsman Farewell brought down the curtain on 20 years of ECML Deltic operation. The survivors were gathered at Doncaster and during the open day 55009 was wound-up for entertainment. With the exhaust display came a fine shower of unburnt diesel fuel, not apprieciated by my girlfriend who was wearing a light coloured coat!
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Class 76, 76001 at Reddish Depot.3 viewsWithdrawn pioneer Class 76, 76001 keeps company with other redundant Tommies and some interesting rolling stock at Reddish Depot on July 12th 1981. The cable drum carrier in the foreground, (Ex Lowmac Wagon) ADB904685 had been part of the Guide Bridge based electrification maintenance train, but with closure of the Woodhead route a week away, the need for the various specialist wagons had passed and like the class 76s would eventually end up being scrapped.

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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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