updated : 2017/03/24
37 photos
026 East Coast Main Line

026 East Coast Main Line

By late 1981 the Deltics were working out their last miles on secondary and overnight passengers on the East Coast Main Line. Withdrawal of the remaining members of the class was scheduled for the end of the year. Most of these pictures were taken during November and December 1981 as the end approached.
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updated : 2017/06/06
38 photos
029 Barnetby Area

029 Barnetby Area

Barnetby, in north Lincolnshire, is a busy spot for freight trains, handling large volumes of coal, oil, iron ore and biomass from the ports of Immingham and Grimsby. The semaphore signals (sadly now gone) and some attractive locations nearby add to the interest.
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updated : 2017/06/06
10 photos
053 Midland Main Line

053 Midland Main Line

The Midland Main Line from St Pancras to Sheffield via Derby, Toton or Nottingham is relatively quiet compared to the East and West Coast routes but carries significant volumes of freight, particularly north of Leicester. This gallery contains photos taken on the main line itself and the associated freight only connection to Stenson Jn, south of Derby.
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updated : 2017/06/04
17 photos
078 Peak District

078 Peak District

This gallery covers the Hope Valley line between Sheffield and Manchester together with the freight lines from Chinley to Buxton and on to Dowlow. The freight lines, serving quarries at Peak Forest, Tunstead and Dowlow, generate significant volumes of stone traffic there are still semaphore signals at Peak Forest and Great Rocks Junction.
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updated : 2017/07/23
31 photos
116 Didcot - Aynho Jn

116 Didcot - Aynho Jn

The Didcot - Aynho Junction line is part of a major route linking the Midlands with Reading, London and the south coast via Oxford, a major source of passenger traffic in its own right. In addition to frequent passenger trains, the line carries a significant volume of freight, mainly containers and cars.
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updated : 2017/07/23
5 photos
122 Reading - Basingstoke

122 Reading - Basingstoke

The Reading - Basingstoke line is a short, double-track railway linking the aforementioned towns. Its true value is as part of the main route from the Midlands to the port of Southampton and south coast resorts such as Bournemouth and Poole. Freight traffic, mainly containers and cars, is heavy and there are also frequent local and long distance passenger trains.
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updated : 2017/07/21
66 photos
125 Thames Valley East

125 Thames Valley East

The four track main line from Reading to Paddington is one of Britain’s busiest diesel worked routes carrying frequent HSTs and DMUs from the West Country, South Wales, Berkshire and Oxfordshire into London. A growing volume of freight traffic includes container, steel and stone trains. It’s not the most scenic line in the country but there are some attractive locations between Reading and Maidenhead, many of which have already been ruined by electrification masts.
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updated : 2017/03/24
86 photos
125Thames Valley West

125Thames Valley West

The main line from London to the west of England and South Wales follows the Thames Valley through some attractive countryside between Reading and Didcot. The line is very busy but the number of loco hauled passenger workings has declined to zero over the years. Freight traffic is reasonably bouyant with container trains from the port of Southampton predominating. Most of these photos were taken in 2003 and 2014, before the electrification masts were erected.
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updated : 2017/03/24
15 photos
135 Berks and Hants

135 Berks and Hants

The Berks and Hants line was built in the late 1840s and eventually formed part of the GWR's direct route from London to Taunton and beyond. It still handles expresses between London and the West of England and local trains as far west as Bedwyn but the main interest is the stone traffic from Merehead and Whatley Quarries to the London area. These include Britain's heaviest trains weighing up to 4800 tonnes and hauled by Class 59 diesels.
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updated : 2017/03/24
38 photos
158 Waterloo - Weymouth

158 Waterloo - Weymouth

This was the London & South Western Railway's principal main line, linking London with the port of Southampton, and eventually extended to Bournemouth and Weymouth. The line is still important with frequent passenger trains, gradually becoming less frequent towards the west end. They're all EMUs and DMUs these days but the Basingstoke to Southampton section sees a lot of freight, particularly container and car trains serving Southampton Docks.
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updated : 2016/07/06
4 photos
Bedlay Colliery

Bedlay Colliery

Bedlay Colliery in Lanarkshire was one of the last in Britain to use steam locomotives. Although I lived fairly close, Bedlay was a difficult place to get to by public transport and it was only at the very end that I got around to visiting the mine. Steam lasted until Bedlay closed in December 1981 and these pictures were taken in the last year of operation.
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updated : 2017/06/06
53 photos
classic diesels

classic diesels

This gallery contains pictures of diesel locomotives introduced before 1980, including later rebuilds such as the class 57s. These were the locos I grew up with, collected the numbers of as a teenager and cut my teeth on as a photographer.
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updated : 2017/07/23
186 photos
freight

freight

Freight traffic declined steadily through the British Rail years despite numerous initiatives to stem the tide, some of which were more successful than others. Happily things have got better since privatisation and today the freight scene looks healthier than I can remember. Most of the interesting classes have disappeared but at least multiple private operators have brought a good variety of liveries to liven up the scene.
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updated : 2017/07/23
40 photos
loco hauled passenger

loco hauled passenger

The locomotive hauled passenger train is a real rarity in the UK these days but it wasn't always so. Many different loco classes worked passenger trains during the 1980s and 1990s and in the days before the internet, these trains were far easier to predict than freights, making them a natural target for photography. Passenger is loosely interpreted here and includes sleepers, parcels and mail trains as well as empty stock workings.
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updated : 2016/07/06
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class 31

class 31

One of BR's least inspiring but longest lived classes. The original Brush Type 2s were so successful they had to be re-engined after a few years. The rebuilds were heavy and underpowered but at least they were reliable and eventually saw service on most parts of the system. Most were withdrawn in the 1990s but three remain in service with Network Rail today, almost 60 years after the class was introduced.
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updated : 2017/07/23
37 photos
class 43 HSTs

class 43 HSTs

The introduction of class 43 powered HST sets from the late 1970s revolutionised rail travel in the UK, bringing new levels of speed to a number of main lines that hadn't benefited from electrification. Almost forty years later they're still going strong on several major routes. See the High Speed Trains gallery for all types of high speed train including the class 180 Adelantes and class 220 and 221 Voyagers.
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updated : 2016/09/10
19 photos
class 47/57

class 47/57

With 508 locos built, the class 47 was Britain's most numerous class of main line diesel and could be found on main line passenger and freight services almost everywhere from Aberdeen to Penzance and Holyhead to Norwich. Most have been withdrawn but around 30 remain in service with various operators and a similar number have been rebuilt with EMD 645 engines and reclassified as class 57.
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updated : 2016/07/06
21 photos
class 55 Deltics

class 55 Deltics

Without doubt the most remarkable diesels ever to run on the BR system, the Deltics packed a massive 3300 horsepower into a 99 ton loco, a power to weight ratio that remains unbeaten to this day. After 20 years and millions of miles working 100mph expresses on the East Coast Main line they were worn out and slated for withdrawal at the end of 1981. These photos were taken during their last few months of service.
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updated : 2017/07/21
26 photos
class 59

class 59

Fifteen class 59s were built in three batches for three different private companies between 1986 and 1995. They were unusual at the time in being American built and privately owned. How things have changed! Foster Yeoman and ARC bought their locos for stone traffic between the Mendips and S.E. England while National Power's were intended for power station coal traffic in northern England. After EWS acquired the N.P. locos they migrated south to join their sisters on the Mendip stone traffic.
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updated : 2017/06/06
23 photos
class 60

class 60

These heavy freight locos were the last built for British Rail before privatisation with 100 entering service between 1989 and 1993. All passed to EWS and successors DBS but both operators appear to prefer class 66 and most of the class 60s have been in store for several years. Ten locos were sold to Colas Rail in 2014 but again, less than half appear to be in regular service.
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updated : 2017/07/23
109 photos
class 66

class 66

Although class 66s look almost identical to the class 59s, they're based on the next generation EMD design with a 710 series engine and various other enhancements. Over 450 are now in service with several different UK operators with DBS and Freightliner having the largest fleets. The class has operated the vast majority of freight services on the UK network for the last decade.
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updated : 2017/07/23
12 photos
class 70

class 70

After a decade when GM EMD products dominated the British freight scene, General Electric tried to get a share of the action with the class 70 introduced in 2008. So far Freightliner have taken 20 and Colas 10.
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updated : 2017/06/06
10 photos
class 158-159

class 158-159

The 2-car class 158 DMUs were introduced in 1989 to replace loco hauled trains on major regional routes. They were soon found to have inadequate capacity and some of the later units were built with 3 coaches, while others were reformed into 3-car units. The 159s are very similar but were originally owned by Network South East rather than Regional Railways. They are still in use with a number of operators.
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updated : 2017/07/23
25 photos
class 165-166

class 165-166

The Class 165 and 166 DMUs were introduced in 1990 and have operated local services on the Great Western and Chiltern routes west of London ever since. As DMUs go they're among the most attractive in use in the UK today with rounded fronts unspoilt by corridor connections.
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updated : 2017/07/23
4 photos
class 168 & 170-172

class 168 & 170-172

Classes 168, 170, 171 and 172 are all developments of the Class 165 and 166 DMUs produced by BREL for British Rail and were built for numerous privatised operators by Bombardier in Derby since the late 1990s. Many are used on longer distance services such as Norwich - Birmingham and Glasgow - Aberdeen.
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updated : 2017/07/23
11 photos
class 180

class 180

The Class 180 DMUs have had a chequered existence, entering service 18 months late and being plagued with reliability problems in their earlier years. The FGW units seem to have settled down now and generally operate services between Paddington and Worcester. These pictures were all taken on the GWML although 180s also work open access services on the East Coast route.
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updated : 2017/06/06
4 photos
class 185

class 185

Class 185 consists of 51 3-car DMUs built by Siemens for TransPennine Express services. The units were introduced in 2006 and can still be found on TPE services in northern England.
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updated : 2017/07/23
20 photos
class 220-222

class 220-222

Classes 220 to 222 are high speed DEMUs built by Bombardier between 2000 and 2005. They can be found on services operated by CrossCountry, Virgin West Coast and East Midlands Trains.
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updated : 2017/03/24
11 photos
class 444

class 444

South West Trains Class 444 5-car EMUs are part of the Siemens Desiro UK family, built at Wien-Simmering between 2002 and 2004. They have a maximum speed of 100mph and are used on SWTs principal long distance services between London and Portsmouth, Poole and Weymouth.
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updated : 2017/07/23
69 photos
High Speed Trains

High Speed Trains

Originally high speed trains meant HSTs, or InterCity 125s as they were sometimes known, but the category has expanded to include the InterCity 225s on the ECML, Pendolinos on the WCML and various types of high speed DMU such as Voyagers and Adelantes. This gallery includes all high speed trains. For classic HSTs see the class 43 HSTs gallery.
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updated : 2017/07/23
78 photos
DMUs

DMUs

DMUs have been a major part of the British Railway landscape since the modernisation plan units first appeared in the late 1950s. This gallery contains all forms of self-contained diesel passenger train except the classic HSTs, as their class 43 power cars are considered to be honorary locomotives.
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updated : 2017/05/28
15 photos
EMUs

EMUs

EMUs have been used in Britain for over a century and, with the demise of locomotive hauled passenger trains and continuing electrification, will probably be the dominant form of traction in the current century. They come in many variants, designed for everything from urban mass transit to high-speed Inter City travel and carry a wide variety of liveries.
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updated : 2017/07/23
46 photos
British Rail

British Rail

From nationalisation in 1948 to the completion of privatisation in 1997, the UK's main line railways were operated by British Railways, known from the late '60s as British Rail. This gallery includes pictures from the BR era and locos in BR liveries after privatisation.
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updated : 2017/07/23
11 photos
CrossCountry

CrossCountry

The imaginatively named CrossCountry took over the Cross Country franchise from Virgin in late 2007 and inherited most of Virgin's fleet of Class 220 and 221 Voyager DMUs. CrossCountry is an Arriva subsidiary, hence owned by DB, and operates trains on a variety of routes linking major towns and cities via Birmingham. Class 170 DMUs are used on some shorter routes.
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updated : 2017/07/23
85 photos
DB Cargo

DB Cargo

EWS, the UKs largest freight operator by a considerable margin, was taken over by Deutsche Bahn in late 2007. Just over a year later, EWS and DB's other European freight operations were rebranded as DB Schenker Rail. In early 2016 DBS was renamed DB Cargo. Relatively few ex EWS locos have been repainted into the red DB livery so far.
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updated : 2017/07/23
60 photos
EWS

EWS

US regional railroad Wisconsin Central took over 5 of the 6 freight companies formed when BR was privatised and merged them to form the English, Welsh and Scottish Railway in 1996. EWS was the UK's largest freight operator and was sold to DB in 2007 by Canadian National which had taken over Wisconsin Central.
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updated : 2017/07/23
67 photos
Freightliner

Freightliner

BR's intermodal freight activities were privatised in 1996 and retained the Freightliner name. The company has since expanded into other parts of the freight market under the Freightliner Heavy Haul banner. It's now the second largest rail freight operator in the UK.
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updated : 2017/07/23
64 photos
Great Western

Great Western

Great Western Trains was one of the first privatised passenger franchises, created in 1996 to operate former WR InterCity services. It has since expanded to include many local services as well, including suburban services from Paddington. Known for a while as First Great Western it has now adopted the name Great Western Railway with a matching green livery.
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updated : 2017/03/24
12 photos
Mendip Rail

Mendip Rail

The rail operations of Foster Yeoman and Hanson (formerly ARC) were combined to form Mendip Rail in 1993. The Mendip Rail main line fleet consists of 8 class 59 locomotives used to haul stone trains from Merehead and Whatley quarries to various destinations in southern England
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updated : 2017/05/28
20 photos
South West Trains

South West Trains

South West Trains took over the operation of passenger services between London, Portsmouth, Southampton, Weymouth, Salisbury and Exeter, as well as the suburban network in south west London and neighbouring parts of the Home Counties, in February 1996. It operates a large fleet of 750V 3rd rail EMUs but also uses some DMUs, principally on the London - Salisbury - Exeter and Salisbury - Southampton routes.
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updated : 2017/03/24
8 photos
Virgin Trains

Virgin Trains

Virgin Trains operate services on the West Coast route and also had the Cross Country franchise from 1997 to 2007. This gallery currently covers Cross Country services in the Thames Valley.
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