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14th May 1981
At one time Barnetby station in North Lincs sported a full array of Great Central Railway buildings, this image hints at those, and some other changes which have taken place in the relatively recent past. It features a Class 124 "Trans-Pennine" (or possibly a class 124/123 hybrid unit) DMU departing Barnetby with a semi-fast service to Cleethorpes - 14/05/1981. To the extreme left is of one the GCR stores buildings, whilst mostly hidden behind the trees to the left is the old maltings building, now the site of a modern housing development. Immediately to the left of the DMU is the remains of the old gallows-style starter signal, only then recently replaced by the standard signal to its left. The bracket signal is for the up slow and the cross-over to the up fast. The up slow closed in June 1987, and the bracket signal is now long gone. © 2013 - 53A Models of Hull Collection. Scanned from the original 35mm colour transparency; photographed by the late David R Vickers. 53A Models of Hull Collection.
From a fading low-quality 126 film print, but used as images of Trans-Pennine units with tail loads are pretty unusual. Departing from York, date unknown. Tony Wilkins.
20th September 1981
On arrival at Sheffield, I made my way to the other end of my unit and found the leading car was a genuine Trans-Pennine beast. The full set formation was : E51964 (seen here) + E59765 + E59767 + E52087. What a sad state E51964 presents here, it reminds me of a WD 2-8-0 in the final days of steam. These units ran in pristine condition in the early years. I do recall to this day though, the comfortable ride I enjoyed that day. 20/9/81. Gerard Fletcher.