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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 : 2017/03/24
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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 and some attractive locations nearby add to the interest.
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updated : 2017/03/24
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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