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Class 506 emus at Reddish Depot.5 viewsClass 506 emus gather at Reddish Electric Depot on a Sunday afternoon in August 1980.
M59606M & M59603M are nearest the camera. The 1500vDC Manchester, Glossop, Hadfield units survived beyond the end of the Woodhead Route in July 1981, and migrated over to Longsight Depot to work out their final years until the 1500vDC lines were converted to 25KvAC in December 1984.
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Class 104, 53589 at Leyland.6 viewsOn the bright morning of the 1st May 1986, A Class 104 3-Car DMU set, with 50589 leading, calls at Leyland with a Blackpool North to Manchester Victoria Service. This was a familiar time-honoured scene, the class 104s dominating these services during the the 1970s & 1980s, until ousted by Class 120 Cross-Country units for a short time, until the arrival of new Class 150 Sprinter Units in 1987/88.
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Ex Scottish 'Inter City' DMUs at Snailwell.6 viewsThe end of the line for former Scottish Region, Swindon built 'Inter City' DMU cars, SC79105, SC79109 & SC79164, as they stand off the rails in Kings Scrapyard at Snailwell in Cambridgeshire on a wintery 29th November 1980. Introduced in the mid 1950s, the units worked principally between Glasgow & Edinburgh, until the introduction of Class 27 push-pull services in 1971.
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Deltic 55016-'Gordon Highlander' at Doncaster Works.7 viewsA work-stained Class 55 Deltic, 55016-'Gordon Highlander', stands in the yard adjacent to the Crimpsall Shop at Doncaster Works in October 1979. These were the twilight years of the Deltics, 55001 & 55020 had already been sidelined at this time, 55016 lasted in frontline service until the end of Class 55 operation in December 1981, the locomotive completing 20 years ECML service.

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Class 37, 37214 at Pontrilas.6 views37214 was on Sunday P.Way work at Pontrilas near Abergavenny on the 9th September 1984.
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55018-'Crepello' arrives at York.3 viewsEvening at York on September 22nd 1979, as 55018 -'Crepello' reaches journeys end with a semi-fast working from Kings Cross. This is a vanished scene now totally transformed with electrification and simplification of the track layout. It is as far removed now, as the era of Gresley Pacifics was then. 55018 was named after the racehorse that won the St Ledger at Doncaster in 1957. The loco was new in November 1961 and almost survived until the end of ECML Deltic operation, being withdrawn in October 1981.
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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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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.

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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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