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AC Electric, Class 83 83008 at Lostock Hall Depot.3 viewsOne can only speculate why 83008 was at the former Lostock Hall Depot on July 30th 1981. The former engine shed was then in use as a wagon repair depot and much of the former steam-age infrastructure was still in evidence. On the left adjacent to No.1 road is the bay window of what had been the foremans office. The depot was the last steam shed on BR, and has since been demolished. 83008 was built at Vulcan Foundry in November 1960 numbered E3031. Withdrawn in 1983, it was scrapped by Vic Berry in 1984.55555
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Class 108s at Preston.6 viewsA pair of Newton Heath Class 108s stand in Bay platforms 3A & 4A at the south end of Preston Station on March 18th 1974. The unit on the left was being used on services to Ormskirk, whilst the one the right was stabled although if the destination blind is to be believed it has seen some use on the Windermere Branch. Class 108s were the norm on the Ormskirk services at the time. To the right of this scene is the former Fish Dock, situated on the closed East Lancs side of the station, closed in 1972.55555
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Ruston Diesel - Leyland Metal Company.6 viewsAfter the Goods Yard at Leyland closed in 1968, the area was used by the Leyland Metal Company as a scrapyard. Still rail served, the scrap metal was loaded into 16 Ton Mineral Wagons, shunted about the yard by this Ruston 88DS Diesel Shunter. Built in 1956, works number 466626 the loco had previously worked for Bowater Packaging. It was also fitted with overhead wire warning plates, as the loco worked into a headshunt alongside the electrified WCML. This image was recorded on 28th September 1981.55555
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D200/40122 passes Farington Junction.6 viewsResplendent in its BR green livery, Pioneer Class 40, D200/40122 passes Farington Junction on the Up Fast with the Traintours 'Corby Cutler' Railtour on the 3rd May 1987. The train started from Preston, ran via Manchester & Stockport to London St Pancras, and included a visit to Toton Depot en-route.55555
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Class 37, 37704 at Deepdale.7 views37704 stands on the former Longridge Branch, East of Skeffington Road level crossing on the 27th August 1993. This literally was the end of the line, the track in the foreground was the extremity of the former Preston to Longridge line retained as a shunt neck for coal trains coming to and from the coal depot beyond Deepdale Mill Street. The train was about to reverse the loaded HEA hoppers back through Deepdale Junction, taking the original 1840 route into the yard.55555
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Class 104s at Salwick.8 viewsNot the best of images, but it shows the ex LYR canopy at Salwick Station, and a pair of 3-Car class 104 DMUs, complete with Manchester-Blackpool white stripes, a familiar sight on services between Manchester Victoria and Blackpool North in the 1970s. In this scene from 1977, the units are Blackpool bound. Salwick was on the on-time four track section between Preston and Kirkham, heavily used in the days when the routes to Blackpool were busy with excursion traffic. 55555
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Class 120 DMU at Salwick.9 viewsA Swindon built Class 120 DMU sweeps through Salwick Station whilst working a Manchester Victoria to Blackpool North Service in August 1983. Although the station buildings were demolished in the early 1970s, the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway platform canopy was retained, now sadly replaced by a small shelter.55555
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Leyland Motors Sidings Farington.12 viewsRunning parallel to the WCML at Farington, just south of Leyland are the sidings of the former Leyland Motors Farington Factory. On the 1st May 1982, along with the resident Fowler diesel shunter, was BR mark 1 coach M21234. The coach was awaiting movement to the British Leyland factory at Workington, for rebodying with a modified Leyland National bus type body. The coach became RDB977091, and was a possible replacement for ageing loco hauled stock. It was not a success, and the project was not followed up.55555
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66030 at Bamber Bridge.0 viewsIn the very last of the light on April 14th 2015, 66030 grinds along upgrade at Bamber Bridge with 6C37 from Fiddlers Ferry Power Station to Newbiggin British Gypsum.55555
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Colas Rail 66849 at Britannia Drive footcrossing, Preston Docks.0 views66849-'Wylam Dilly' threads along the Ribble Steam Railway Line at Britannia Drive footcrossing as it top-and-tails a Portway to Riversway working as part of the Diesel Gala on Saturday March 7th 2015. 55555
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Last Train - Courtaulds Ribbleton/Longridge Branch.3 viewsAs the shunter walks towards the brake van, 140 years of railway activity on the former Longridge Branch beyond Deepdale, comes to a close on Friday February 12th 1980 as the last ever train of empty 16 Ton Mineral Wagons has left the Courtaulds Exchange Sidings at Ribbleton behind Class 25 25140. Having moved out onto the former Longridge Branch, the train paused briefly before continuing on its way back to Preston and onto Wigan. There is now no trace of the railway here.55555
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31276 Farington Moss (Ormskirk Line)3 viewsOn a dull, cold Winter morning with frost still on the ground, 31276 stands with a rake of Grampus wagons on Farington Moss on December 3rd 1989. In the foreground is Sod Hall Crossing, the wagons were being filled with redundant materials from the former up line that was taken out of use in 1983.55555
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