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Great read.

And an early experience of being bowled out by a Duff when you were expecting a Deltic!
 
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A great report of the ALR from 1972.

Never saw Scafell Pike myself - well done on tracking it down.

Likewise never got M55987. M55988/9/90 were regulars at Manchester Victoria, though.

Here's some spotting lists from forty yrars ago. It was Tinsley Open Day, hence the presence of the 03 and Deltic as guest exhibits. There was no Open Day at Shirebrook, but got most things there from the outside, whilst the few locos noted at Toton were on the way down the main drive seeking someone to request permission for a look round, which was not forthcoming!

15/06/80 - East Midlands sheds
TI (Open Day): 03129; 08022, 08492, 08510, 08523, 08543, 08749, 08866; 13001, 13002; 20017, 20034, 20048, 20057, 20066, 20078, 20131, 20133, 20139, 20186, 20212; 25101, 25253; 31181, 31186, 31227, 31292, 31303; 37107, 37226; 40085, 40183, 40187, 40194; 45006, 45009, 45012, 45019, 45021, 45027, 45028, 45029, 45030, 45039, 45041, 45043; 46020, 46041; 47168, 47174, 47312, 47319, 47331, 47372, 47412; 55013; 56007, 56008, 56078; 76033
SB: 08255, 08263, 08285, 08429, 08867, 08869; 20022, 20026, 20058, 20064, 20092, 20213; 31214, 31264, 31270, 31271, 31306; 37136, 37209; 47309, 47316, 47371; 56001, 56002, 56003, 56004, 56010, 56013, 56015, 56018, 56020, 56075, 56076
TO: 08320, 08330; 20042, 20159, 20162, 20164, 20189, 20190, 20193, 20197; 24061; 25092, 25121, 25252; 45140; 47425, 47442, 47515
 

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A great report of the ALR from 1972.

Never saw Scafell Pike myself - well done on tracking it down.

Likewise never got M55987. M55988/9/90 were regulars at Manchester Victoria, though.

Here's some spotting lists from forty yrars ago. It was Tinsley Open Day, hence the presence of the 03 and Deltic as guest exhibits. There was no Open Day at Shirebrook, but got most things there from the outside, whilst the few locos noted at Toton were on the way down the main drive seeking someone to request permission for a look round, which was not forthcoming!

15/06/80 - East Midlands sheds
TI (Open Day): 03129; 08022, 08492, 08510, 08523, 08543, 08749, 08866; 13001, 13002; 20017, 20034, 20048, 20057, 20066, 20078, 20131, 20133, 20139, 20186, 20212; 25101, 25253; 31181, 31186, 31227, 31292, 31303; 37107, 37226; 40085, 40183, 40187, 40194; 45006, 45009, 45012, 45019, 45021, 45027, 45028, 45029, 45030, 45039, 45041, 45043; 46020, 46041; 47168, 47174, 47312, 47319, 47331, 47372, 47412; 55013; 56007, 56008, 56078; 76033
SB: 08255, 08263, 08285, 08429, 08867, 08869; 20022, 20026, 20058, 20064, 20092, 20213; 31214, 31264, 31270, 31271, 31306; 37136, 37209; 47309, 47316, 47371; 56001, 56002, 56003, 56004, 56010, 56013, 56015, 56018, 56020, 56075, 56076
TO: 08320, 08330; 20042, 20159, 20162, 20164, 20189, 20190, 20193, 20197; 24061; 25092, 25121, 25252; 45140; 47425, 47442, 47515
For TOTON I found it is a better bet to go down the road on the other side of the main lines (parallel to the depot access road). Then up onto the huge bank overlooking the depot. Binoculars essential though. Cannot be sure it was accessible then in the early 1980s but I think it was.
 
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Toton was always a difficult depot. No passenger railway nearby, not one you could go round easily. Longsight, Stratford, Bescot I remember as being depots you could go round with a quick chat to the staff on duty.
 

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There was a period when Toton was VERY open every Sunday. The local staff had acquired a pad of depot visit permit forms, and if you turned up and asked nicely at the foreman's office he would relieve you of a few shillings and write out a depot permit for you. I think the takings went into the staff welfare fund. I vaguely recall the whole scam got stamped out when a spotter fell into an inspection pit and broke his arm!
I only managed to do this (semi official visit) once. On that day the full set of D1 - D10 were there apart from number 6, and I managed to nab a ride in D3 while it was shunting into the depot for maintenance. I was even allowed to drive it a short distance. (This took place on my second All Line Rover, the year after my exploits above).
 

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Diesel Day Dodgy Doubles! Part 3

Great Central Railway 31st March 1996


I wasn't travelling on this occasion, just a photting session at Quorn and Woodhouse. I think I might have cycled there.

The folk on the GCR obviously have a thing about pairing Hymeks and kettles. This time round it was D7076 and 6990 double-heading:

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Maintaining the West Country feel, a hydraulic pairing of 832 and D7076. Any old-school bashers have such a pair on the main line? The chap on the platform appears to be saluting:

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I also have a phot of D8098 working that day, but I don't know what else was in action. Clearly nothing big enough to make me buy a ticket!

Llangollen Railway 19th October 1996

Its strange how our weekends away always seemed to coincide with diesel events. While my other half ahd a trip on the canal, I had a day on the railway. My first move of the day was this 24/20 pairing - waiting to depart Llangollen are 24081 and D8142:

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Big draw for me that weekend was Deltic 15, and I had several runs behind Tulyar. However, someone then decided it would be a good idea to pair it up with 24081. Here they are at Glyndyfrdwy, where I had bailed off:

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I was standing on the level crossing for that shot, btw! I then had a bit of a fester, as due to a bit of over-exuberant driving at Llangollen there was a bit of a bump as D7629 + 25313 were backing on to their stock. My plan to phot the pair of rats arriving at Glyndyfrdwy were therefor dashed, as it was too dark by the time they got there. I did enjoy them for haulage, however.

Battlefield Line Railway 2nd November 1996

As it turns out, I didn't have too long to wait to photograph a double-headed Class 25 on a preserved line. Here are D5215 and 7615 backing on to their train at Shackerstone:

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The two rats also each had a run paired up with Class 20 D8048, and there was also a Gronk double with 11215 + D3236. Sadly these combos escaped my camera, but were all sampled from a droplight window.

Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway 7th November 1997

Finally for this selection, a day where every train I traveled on was double-headed. I had two round trips behind D7629 + D8137, and then the Bomb was swapped for a Duff for the final run. Here are 47105 and D7629 at Toddington:

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There will be another installment in a week or two...
 
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Here are a couple of shots of 55015 Tulyar.

The first is at the Rainhill 150 Years Anniversary (late May Bank Holiday 1980) seen here pulling a brake van, 86 214 and 26020 (76020, not the McRat) from the sidings at Bold Colliery just to the east of St Helens Junction.

The second is just after arriving at Liverpool Lime Street having worked through from at least York. After the HSTs were introduced on the ECML, a number of Deltics covered the transpennine services and I had several from St Helens Junction to Lime St. This was in autumn 1981.

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I think they were the most handsome locomotive ever to grace the British railway system.
 

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The first is at the Rainhill 150 Years Anniversary (late May Bank Holiday 1980)
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After the HSTs were introduced on the ECML, a number of Deltics covered the transpennine services and I had several from St Helens Junction to Lime St. This was in autumn 1981.
If you have any phots of Rocket, Sans Pareil, or Lion at the Rainhill performance, you might see me waving from the carriage windows!
I had a run out of Liverpool in August 1979 with Ballymoss. As might be expected the front coach featured a goodly number of bashers, and the carriage windows were wide open. The driver took it very gently off the platform end (as was normal when pulling away with a Deltic) then we were routed via the small single-bore tunnel, where the engines were opened up. The results were spectacular, with clag filling the coach, and the howl from the Deltic competing with the spluttering coughs of the bashers!
As you say, beautiful charismatic locos, with a hint of insanity.
 
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Home Sweet Home part 2

Here are a few photos from October 1981 when I was just moving away from spotting towards bashing. I'd obviously started to get a liking for 40s and it would be a very rare day that didn't see several lined up in Arpley Sidings. All these Arpley shots are from 17th October.

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Here are 40 198, 40 166 and 40 181 with Arpley signal box in the background. 166 was my last 40 for sight. It was a Haymarket loco at one point.

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40 129 and an unidentified 40 taken from the other end of the sidings. This was a Saturday so less busy than midweek, but there would have been movement on and off the sidings all day.

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40 087 and 40 198 (again) from the back of the yard. 087 would be withdrawn the following summer.

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40 166, 40 087, 40 198, 25 218 and, trying to hide, 08 472 with the iconic Gartons/Snotrag building to the right. The company name was in massive white letters across the roof and Gartons spells Snotrag backwards. It was a seed works.

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25 235 and 40 198 from just in from of Snotrag. I seemed to have had free rein to wander about!

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The previous Sunday, 11th October, 40 127 is seen here at Bank Quay with the also iconic Crosfields/Lever Bros factory in the background. 127 was only to last 4 months being withdrawn on Valentine's Day 1982.

More Warrington nostalgia soon...
 

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