A 2 car Craven dmu on a train to Beverley waits outside Hull Paragon's beautiful North Eastern Railway 1904 trainshed on 1st October 1981. Pete LG99.
Cricklewood North London on 27th February 1977 and a dmu arrives from the north into the station with a St Pancras service on a sea of trackwork past a forest of semaphore signals (do forests grow in seas???). A rather different everyday scene from today's. Pete LG99.
A Class 131 parcels bubble car is attached to the rear of a three-car hybrid (105/101) set in three different liveries passing through Princes Street Gardens to Edinburgh Waverley. S Saunders.
Oval buffered Swindon Cross-Country 51587 leads hybrid set 303 (presumably with 59553 + 53292) through Princes Street Gardens away from the Scottish capital. S Saunders.
Class 120/101 hybrid set 532 passes through Princes Street Gardens on its way out of Edinburgh Waverley circa 1987. S Saunders.
This appears to be 51529 at the front of a six-car set departing Edinburgh Waverley with a Stirling service circa 1987. S Saunders.
51228 at the front of 101 306 in Edinburgh Waverley circa 1987. S Saunders.
Derby suburban set 317 seen near Suckley on October 5th, 1963, led by DMBS W50068. Michael Mensing.
Derby Heavyweight set 314 (M50073 leading) is seen at Birmingham Snow Hill in October 1966 with a Park Royal set on the rear. Only the DMBS in the Derby set carries lining. Michael Mensing.
M59005 is the centre car in this refurbished Class 116 set arriving at Wood End on September 4th, 1976, with the 2.10pm Birmingham (Moor St) - Stratford-on-Avon. The power car appears to be M50094 which would make it set TS505, refurbished in June 1976. Michael Mensing.
M51138 is at the front of set TS546 when seen at East Whiteacre in 1978. Michael Mensing.
Class 116 set C334 led by W51152 arrives into Chepstow station in 1986. Michael Mensing.
The 12.40 Doncaster - Cambridge has Cravens set 37 trailer E56457 with a Stratford painted silver roof, while alongside just arriving is the 14.30 Cambridge - Lincoln Central with Derby heavyweight Class 114 E50013 + E56045. In March station on May 22nd 1982. Gerard Fletcher.
On 22nd May 1982, the 12.40 Doncaster - Cambridge dmu is formed of Cravens Class 105 set no. 37, E50370 + E56457 which had been transferred from Stratford to Norwich three months earlier. It didn't last much longer and was withdrawn in October 1983. There was always an air of desolation about the joint line platforms at weekends without the passage of freights in and out of Whitemoor. Gerard Fletcher.
For a time in around 1982 the 17.10 Cambridge - Peterborough local was booked for a Lincoln based dmu set, rather than a Norwich one. Here a hybrid liveried Lincoln Class 114 set with E50010 nearest the camera trailing and E56033 passes Norwood Road on its way to Whittlesea and Peterborough on a rather overcast 17th May 1982. Gerard Fletcher.
E50666 + E59384 + E50626 at March on 15th May 1982 with the 13.55 Cambridge - Doncaster. There certainly seem to be plenty of passengers, though whether they are boarding or disembarking is unclear. E50636 had had the two character heacode panel plated over, this was a short term fix and at the next major overhaul it would be rebuilt with a flush front. Gerard Fletcher.
The northbound lunchtime service over the joint line, the the 13.55 Cambridge - Doncaster is seen arriving at March on 15th May 1982 formed of a Derby Works 3 car dmu E50626 + E59384 + E50636 allocated to Leeds Neville Hill. The set was refurbished later in 1982. It was not uncommon to see sets from Neville Hill and even South Gosforth on the joint line trains, although most of the time the Derby Heavyweight Class 114s and Cravens Class 105 sets held sway. In the background behind the Shenfield units can be seen withdrawn LMR DMUs including a Class 104 centre car and a Cravens. Gerard Fletcher.
The 12.38 Doncaster - Cambridge via the GN/GE joint line leaves March on 15th May 1982 formed of Cravens Class 105 set no. 53 E51277 + E56463. In the rear is Lincoln based Class 114 unit E50016 + E56018 which was in a hybrid livery of old and new refurbished paint schemes. E51277 was to last another three years being withdrawn in May 1985. Gerard Fletcher.
Wednesday would usually be my day off from work around the time this photograph was taken, so quite often I would buy an Anglia Day Ranger ticket and do a circular tour from March or King's Lynn. This was the case on 5/3/80 when this was the scene alongside Ipswich station at 11.25 that morning. Set 63 with Felixstowe on the blinds comprised E56432 with power car E51268 at the rear. The most interesting aspect of this shot though, are the two dmu cars in the background. Set 70 has obviously had some incident befall it, as Gloucester RCW Class 100 power car E51127 has been separated from its partner Cravens Class 105 trailer E56134. Some of the Gloucester RCW units had charmed lives and E51127 had already survived being withdrawn in 1972 and stored in 1974 on its native Scottish Region, before being sent down to Norwich in May 1975. It lasted here until October 1980 when it was dispatched to the LMR ending up at Tyseley and finally Newton Heath from where it was retired in Dec. 82. Gerard Fletcher.
A scene during the tenure of BRCW Class 104 dmus at Norwich. The first BRCW sets arrived from Neville Hill in October 1975 and some were in poor condition compared with the Metro-Cammell sets which they replaced. At their most prolific, there were 9 x 3 car sets and 5 twin units. Eventually refurbished Metro Cammell sets replaced them from 1980 onwards, the last BRCW cars soldiering on until 1982. The twin sets were often hybrids paired with Cravens Class 105 cars. On 5th March 1980, Set 55 led by BRCW car E56189 and paired with Cravens power car E51255 is ready to depart with the 12.45 to Yarmouth. This unit continued in the diagram operating the 13.50 Yarmouth - Norwich, 14.33 Norwich - Ely, 17.24 Ely - Cambridge and 17.51 Cambridge - Stamford. On the right are BRCW set 77 E56188 + E50594 and behind it set 79 comprising cars E50597 + E56187. Gerard Fletcher.