STROLEY INTERNATIONAL

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Era / Area "D" - Page Two

26)                   The Eurostar (half sets 3219 & 3220) is arriving with the first Paris to Stroley International service of the day via the Channel Tunnel into platform one, usually reserved for the International trains.

In “Stroley world” time has stood still.  You can find Westerns, Warships, Hymeks and Hoovers rubbing shoulders with International Sets in this era.      Platform 2 is still playing host to the Express Parcels which is still being loaded by the Post Office staff.  The brace of 20s (D8000 piloting D8134) are ready for departure time as is the blue InterCity 125 in platform 3.  43113 City of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (leading) and 43167 have Paddington as their destination.  The Pullman InterCity 125 in platform 4 (43126 out of sight at the front & 43136 on the rear) will depart any minute for Plymouth after a fifteen minute timetabled stop at Stroley International.  D1067 Western Druid with its 6 China Clay hoods patiently waits in the lower through road for a lull in the passenger services to enable it to cross to the Up Relief and onward passage.  Platforms 5 and 6 play hosts to D7039 and 117305 respectively.

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28)                   The Express Parcels service has the green light on the Up Relief and the pair of 20s (D8000 leading D8134) whistle away contentedly as they pick up speed as they clear the speed restriction in the station area.  D95 is held at the signal with the chocolate and cream Pullman service for a few seconds as the signallers safely clear the departures first before allowing the Peak into platform 3.

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30)                   D1067 Western Druid and the China Clay hoods depart along the Up relief which in turn, holds Warship D818 Glory and its steel coil load at the Down Relief signal as the latter waits for the lower through road from which the Western is departing.

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31)                   D1007 Western Talisman and its blue / greys negotiates the point work and slows into platform 5 from Birmingham New Street for onward passage to Penzance after a five minute timetabled stop.

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33)                   A pair of blue / grey class 117s (sets W51530 & W51332) arrive from the west along the arches section and slow as they enter platform 3.  This is a Taunton to Gloucester limited stop service.

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37)                   This photo was taken by an enthusiast who had climbed onto the high concrete wall of the Transport Exchange above the station, and after taking this photo was escorted from the premises for “endangering life by his actions”.  From left to right, in platform 1 the Eurostar set will return to Paris again in half an hour.  In platform 2 the chocolate & cream set has arrived from Manchester Piccadilly.  The pair of blue / grey Class 117s rest in platform 3 as D95 heading the Pullman train continues to disgorge its passengers onto platform 4 at its destination.  D818 Glory is held in the lower through road as D1007 Western Talisman is now ready to depart for Newquay from platform 5.

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39)                   Negotiating the bi-directional three track arches section to the west of the station, Class 31, D5512 brings its lengthy load of VDA / VIXs into the upper through freight road between platforms 2 & 3.

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42)                   Just 180 seconds separate the Class 31 freight and the Class 37 D6707 with its pipe load as it negotiates its way through the area and into the lower through freight route between platforms 4 & 5.

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43)                   The brace of Class 117s (sets W51530 & W51332) in the eye catching blue / grey livery, take the Up Main through the country section out of Stroley International and a destination of Gloucester.

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46)                   Serendipitous timing!!  Unidentified Classes 117 and 108 are held on the Down Main and Down Relief at their respective signals guarding the station throat as the chocolate & cream Class 117 (117305) has departed across the throat from platform 6 onto the Up Main just as the blue Class 101 departs on the Up Relief out of platform 2a.

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47)                   A 9-car three set rake of Class 117s come off the Down Main and enter platform 6.  This is a Cardiff to Taunton service and due to its length is a popular commuter service from the Welsh capital.  Two sets of blue / greys top & tail a green set to form this colourful combination.  Busily being refuelled and awaiting their next diagrams can be spotted two Hymeks, a Western, Peak and Class 47.  For the record these are D7036; D7035; D1037 Western Empress; D67 The Royal Artilleryman and 47635 Jimmy Milne in blue / large logo livery.

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50)                   A very busy morning rush continues as we look across the eastern end of Stroley International.  From the top, D5512 is in charge of the VDA / VIX combo in the upper through road whilst D1662 Isombard Kingdom Brunel tops a chocolate & cream set in platform 3.  D95 has “swapped ends” and waits to return the chocolate & cream Pullman set to London Paddington in platform 4.  D6707 and its load of pipes for a new road project in the Cheltenham area patiently awaits “the off” whilst D7097 with another rake of blue / greys stands alongside the unidentified Class 108 in platform 6.           

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53)                   From left to right are Classes 108, 35, 37 and 44.  The unidentified DMU in platform 6 stands next to Hymek D7097, then D6707 and finally the Peak D95 in platform 4.

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