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Friday, 17 September 2010

More from 1986/87

Two 'Peaks' (class 45) and a class 40 feature in today's post (17th September 2010). The pics are from Dave Harris and Jeff Nicholls. They were taken in 1986 and 1987 and, as a result, are of historic interest - scanned from old slides with commensurate picture quality.

Dave's pics are of two class 45s or 'Peaks', built between 1960-1963 at Derby Works. The class emerged as D11 - D137 but after August 1968 the 'D' prefix was removed. From 1973 the class was renumbered 45001-45077 and 45101 - 45150. From 1966 the livery changed from green to BR blue. An interesting point about the 'Peaks' is that several of them carried 'unofficial' names.



The first pic shows class 45, 45103, (previously D116) on platform 4 at Earlestown Station in 1987 the year before she was withdrawn from service (2nd August 1988). She was unofficially named Griffon and faced the cutter's torch in 1990.




Pic number two of Dave's is of another class 45 (number not known). The loco is shown approaching Old Alder Lane bridge at Winwick heading a mixed rake of passenger coaches in the same year, 1987. Dave adds that the the train would have been a Provincial Sector Holyhead working from Manchester Victoria.



The final pic is from Jeff Nicholls. A class 40, 40122, is depicted on a line just east of Warrington, sporting a 'Train Tours Travel Club' headboard. Interestingly, Jeff adds that the steam heating can be seen working, even though the date of the pic was Bank Holiday Monday, 30th August 1986.

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