BRCW 4-car DMU (DMCL E50577 nearest camera) at Alexander Dock, Hull, pictured during the RCTS (West Riding branch) 1Z02 "Hull Docks Rail Tour" - 10/10/1964. Tour itinery at: http://www.sixbellsjunction.co.uk/60s/641010rc.html © 2018 - 53A Models of Hull Collection. 53A Models of Hull Collection.
A rare sight of a Gloucester RC&W Class 122 Single Unit, M55006 coupled to the rear of a 2-Car Class 108 departing from Croston with an Ormskirk to Preston service on August 5th 1985. Newton Heath Depot had a pair of Class 122s allocated for use on the Stockport to Stalybridge services, but the appearance of one on the Ormskirk Line was almost certainly a one-off. The former Jubilee Mill complex that forms a backdrop here has now been demolished and replaced with houses. Martyn Hilbert.
A 2-Car Class 108 DMU, with M50955 leading passes Cocker Bar, Ulnes Walton with a Preston to Ormskirk Service on New Years Eve, 1982. The Distant Signal is for Preston bound trains approaching Midge Hall. The former main line was singled west of Midge Hall in 1970, all trains now use what was the former Down Line. Martyn Hilbert.
With the restored Class 503 EMU in the adjacent platform, a 2-Car Class 108 DMU with M53929 leading, awaits departure from Southport with a service to Manchester Victoria on September 28th 1985. That chap seems to be looking at something of interest inside the door vestibule of that 108. This was the period when the first generation DMU fleet was on the way out, and time-honoured scenes such as this became a thing of the past as shiny new Class 142s and 150s came on stream. Martyn Hilbert.
On September 23rd 1984 the Newton Heath based Gloucester/Cravens twin set, 53355/53812 was being used on a shuttle service from the Steamport Museum to Southport Station as part of a joint open day. In this view the set has just left Steamport and is heading towards St Lukes before reversing back towards Southport Station. Note that the disused island platform at St Lukes was still in existance, despite the station closing in 1968. This section of line also carried the electrics to Meols Cop, Hesketh Park, Churchtown and Crossens, sadly lost in an act of wanton vandalism and stupidity when the line from Preston to Southport was closed in September 1964. Had the electric service survived it would now be well patronised and could have formed the basis of a park and ride from the A565 near Banks that would have relieved Southport of much traffic. Martyn Hilbert.
The shuttle service between platform 6 at Southport and the Steamport Museum in the former MPD at Derby Road was being operated by a Class 108 DMU formed of cars M51936 & M52051 with 03189 providing the power on September 11th 1982. Martyn Hilbert.
Birkenhead allocated 03189 was having a weekend at Southport during a joint BR/Steamport open day on September 11/12th 1982, when the 03 and a Class 108 DMU (M52051/M51936) formed a shuttle service between the Museum in Derby Road and Southport Station. In this view the exhibits on display are visible in platforms 5 & 6. The tracks in the foreground were once electrified and used by the services to Meols Cop and Crossens. Martyn Hilbert.
With the paraffin tail lamp moved to the cab front of Motor Brake Second M50764, the Cravens Power-Twin prepares to depart from a Wintery Ormskirk with the 09.19 to Preston in January 1979. During this period the Newton Heath based Class 105s were not common on the Ormskirk Line, the Derby built Class 108s were the normal fare. The weather was a total surprise on that day, no snow on leaving Preston, the wintery weather started across Farington Moss and got progressively worse towards Merseyside. Martyn Hilbert.
A Class 104 DMU at Selby on 12/10/1978 departing with the 11:25 Selby - York. Graeme Phillips Collection.
Two Class 108 DMUs arrive into Whitehaven, Cumbria, on 17/04/1989. Graeme Phillips Collection.
A four-car hybrid Class 101/104/108/108 set forms the 17:10 Newcastle - Almouth service seen at Heaton, Newcastle, on 02/08/1977. Graeme Phillips Collection.
A Class 124 DMU departing Doncaster for Sheffield circa 1980. E51957 is possibly at the front. Graeme Phillips Collection.
A Class 108 DMU in Whitehaven station on 22/03/1991 with a service for Carlisle. Graeme Phillips Collection.
Class 101 DMUs at Newcastle on 06/10/1976, with E59069 nearest the camera. Graeme Phillips Collection.
A Class 105 DMU at Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, on 15/06/1976, with the 14:16 Hitchin - Huntingdon which arrived at 14:57. Although this is the East Coast Main Line, many semaphore signals are still in evidence. The station is largely unreconstructed at this time - work took place gradually from the mid-1970s until 1988. Graeme Phillips Collection.
A Class 108 DMU calls at South Gosforth down platform on 13/10/1976, with the 1145 Newcastle-Newcastle clockwise circular service around the North Tyneside loop. Graeme Phillips Collection.
Plain blue DTC M56274 is working with a refurbished liveried DMBS when seen in Manchester Oxford Road circa 1978. John Law.
Allerton Class 108 set AN123 arrives into Manchester Oxford Road station circa 1972. John Law.
A Cravens set in Oldham Mumps. Undated. John Law.
Class 123 set 710 in Manchester Piccadilly in 1982, 52100 closest. John Law.