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This is believed to be Cohen's yard at Kettering, in early 1970. It contains many Met-Camm Lightweights. Tony Wilkins.
BR blue 'Derby Lightweight' driving trailer M79184 awaiting the torch at George Cohen's scrapyard at Cransley near Kettering on 21st June 1970. A victim of the many branch lines axed in the 1960's and being non-standard 'Yellow Diamond' coupling code. Gordon Edgar.
Still in its original green livery, 'Derby Lightweight motor coach' E79025 awaiting its fate at George Cohen's scrapyard at Cransley, near Kettering on 21st June 1970. A victim of wholesale line closures in the 1960s. Gordon Edgar.
All of the original West Cumberland trailer cars (M79600-12) were scrapped by Arnott Young at various locations other than two which moved to Derby. There one became part of the Ultrasonic test train, the other, M79610 (which was the original partner of the ultrasonic test train power car M79018) was scrapped at Cohens in Kettering in early 1971, where it is pictured. Tony Wilkins.
M79610 at Cohens in Kettering in early 1971. During it's time at Derby it's had a hole cut in the side (why?) and glass removed, but otherwise looks complete. Grey paint has been applied (covering graffiti or an experiment?) but it's clear its last livery in traffic was plain blue with yellow cab doors and 3" numbers. Tony Wilkins.
The remains (underframe and number panel) of Derby Lightweight 79633 at Cohen's Kettering yard, probably in 1971. It had been built as power car 79191 before conversion to a trailer in 1962. Behind, another vehicle awaits the chop. The grey material scattered all over the ground is blue asbestos. Tony Wilkins.
Class 100 DTC 56310 has Class 129 55998 for company at Cohen's at Kettering on the 11th August 1979. Neil Cannon.
It's fanciful to think that this Class 120 Cross Country dmu, 53704 leading, has come across the country to reach Kettering Junction from Cambidge. It's actually a Bletchley to Leicester service proceeding on the down fast under the watchful eyes of the Junction signalman. 30th April 1984. Mike Dean.
Class 122 single unit M55004 (built by the Gloucester RC & W Co in 1958) at Kettering with the 09.13 service to Corby on 16 April 1987. This was the day that services were restored to Corby after a gap of 21 years, the station having been closed in April 1966 when regular passenger trains over the Oakham-Kettering line were withdrawn. The 1987 re-opening was on an "experimental" basis, and services were withdrawn again as from 2 June 1990. This closure left Corby as, allegedly, the largest town in Europe without a rail service, and, in the ensuing years, there were various proposals for trains to serve Corby once again. But it would be nearly 19 years until East Midlands Trains re-introduced a regular service, including through trains to London, to the town. Lewis Bevan.
Almost 21 years to the day since Corby station had closed in 1966, rail services were reinstated. Trains shuttled between Kettering and Corby, provided by dmus based at Bletchley and operated by Network SouthEast. Initially there were two Gloucester RCW class 122 "bubble cars" dedicated to the service, embellished with the Corby coat of arms. Here, in the first week of service, M55004 climbs out of Kettering with an afternoon train on 16/4/87. New signals are in place but there are still four tracks, a situation that will change at the end of 1987. The "Jockloper" lasted barely more than three years, though in 2008 a more permanent service again re-connected Corby to the outside world. Mike Dean.
Two car Class 108 dmu, 54493 + 51942, crosses from down main to down slow at Kettering Junction. The service had originated at Bletchley and would terminate in another mile or so at Kettering. The destination blind shows "St. Albans Abbey". Taken on May 7, 1987. Mike Dean.
The three-car 108 set led by 51572 will prove more than adequate for the day's last service to Corby as it waits at Kettering on platform 3 (as it then was) while an up Inter City speeds through platform 4. October 31, 1987. Mike Dean.
Class 122 55011 ticks over in the bay platform at Kettering between duties on the Corby service, November 25, 1987. Not much left of this scene, though Kettering Station box, now at Swanwick Junction, is a notable survivor. Mike Dean.
Mainly associated with Lincolnshire, some of the Derby built heavyweight units were subsequently moved away. Inevitably in its quest for non-standardisation, Tyseley received some. Here, trailer 54027 leads a Corby service into Kettering on 7/1/88. The car park to the right was the site of the steam shed. Mike Dean.
A Network South East Three Counties class 108, 54194 leading, 51916 pushing, waits at Kettering with a Bedford service. I don't know whether any passengers were confused by the destination displayed: in fact I don't know if there were any passengers. Taken on January 25, 1989. Mike Dean.
Having just arrived from Corby, Network SouthEast liveried Derby built Class 108 DMU 54194 + 51916, is now on the Midland Main Line at Kettering, and will soon be returning to Corby on 2nd June 1990. This was the last day of regular passenger services over the Kettering-Corby route until February 2009. Andrew J Crowther.
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