STROLEY INTERNATIONAL

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ERA / AREA:- A .... In STROLEY WORLD this is .... say .... DONCASTER in the 2000s.

This section of the website represents

  S  T  R  O  L  E  Y

I N T E R N A T I O N A L

in the

PRESENT DAY

on the

EAST COAST MAIN LINE

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I Am A Member of the "I. B. I. S. I.– R. A. I. L." School of Model Railways.

( I Built It So I’ll Run Anything I Like )

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1 & 2)              This is 2007, before Virgin lost to Arriva, the Cross Country franchise and GNER “handed back the keys” to the East Coast franchise.  The White Rose, GNERstar, (Set Nos:- 3301 & 3302) slows into platform 3 with a Leeds to London King’s Cross service as a Virgin Super Voyager (221130) restarts its northbound service originating in Bournemouth and heading for Edinburgh.

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3)                     Still in 2007, The White Rose, GNERstar Set Nos:- 3301 & 3302 rest in platform 3 for a few minutes before continuing the London King’s Cross service along the Up / Main.  The Virgin HST, leading with 43196 The NEWSPAPER SOCIETY (out of sight at the front of the train) and the un-named 43162 will continue on to Aberdeen, after a ten minute timetabled rest at platform 4.  Platform 5a hosts 158811, the 3-car Northern Spirit, Trans Pennine Express awaiting “the off” via the Up / Relief and a service to Cleethorpes.  Finally in platform 6a, the Virgin Voyager, 220001 awaits the passage of the GNERstar before continuing its southbound journey along the Up / Main and a Birmingham New Street destination.

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4)                     A 2-car Northern Rail, Half Moon liveried 158905, runs along the three road raised section with a local from York to Sheffield.  58009, in triple grey with Mainline brandings, brings its long train of a mixture of both EWS and Mainline coal hoppers off the “cross country” route, and is signalled into the through (freight) road between platforms 4 & 5.

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5)                     158905, the 2-car Northern Rail, Half Moon liveried Sprinter, after entering the station from a northerly direction along the through (freight) road, uses the mid-platform turnouts to reach platform 2a.  This manoeuvre to the “a” section of the platform, frees up another for operational ease.  This unit will continue on its journey to Sheffield via the Up / Relief line imminently.

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6)                     With Virgin expresses temporarily stationed at Stroley International’s platforms 3, 4 and 6; triple grey liveried 58009 enters the southern of the two through (freight) roads with an MGR.  A trio of Class 67s are being treated to a layover in the TMD including the fixing of common minor ailments.  For the record these locos are, in EWS livery 67001 NIGHT MAIL and 67002 SPECIAL DELIVERY with 67029 ROYAL DIAMOND behind in the “Silver Beasties” EWS livery.

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7)                     Under the ScotRail Open Access licence, the 3-car Turbostar, 170470 in Strathclyde livery crosses the station throat from the Down / Relief to platform 2a.  After a short stop to set down and pick up passengers for principal stations to Edinburgh, it will continue its northbound service via the turnouts midway along this platform.  A brace of Class 66s; 66722 SIR EDWARD WATKIN and EWS’ 66135 along with DRS’ 57011 look on.

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8)                     Picking its way northbound through the three track section from platform 3 and onto the “cross country” route, the Virgin HST, headed by 43196 The NEWSPAPER SOCIETY, continues on its journey to Aberdeen.

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9)                     Passing 66722 SIR EDWARD WATKIN, 66135 and 57011 in DRS “Compass” livery, 221135 the Virgin Super Voyager, departing from platform 6, crosses the impressive station throat heading for its Reading destination via the Up / Relief.

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10)                   Hauled by DRS’ Stobart liveried 66411, this container train, after a layover in the off-stage Fitzwilliam goods yard has traversed the Yard-Line and is continuing its northbound journey to Grangemouth via the station throat and the northern of the two through (freight) roads.  Here it will be held again until a suitable break in the passenger schedule allows.

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11)                   A driver’s eye view of the station throat from the cab of his train at platform 5.  Crossing from the “Yard-Line” top right, to the northern through (freight) road, a container train eases through the intricate point work before being held in the latter road.  Waiting alongside the camera in the southern through (freight) road for onward southbound travel, is 58009.

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12)                   Slowing into platform 4 from the Down / Main is the multi coloured mixture of MML and EMT liveried HST stock.  Leading this northbound service from St. Pancras International for Scarborough is 43070 in the older Midland Main Line blue & white livery.  The bright colours of East Midland Trains cover the first two coaches whilst the later MML tangerine & teal colours adorns the rest of these Mk.3s.

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13)                   Negotiating the bi-directional middle route of the three line section above the arches, and about to slow into platform 6 is Grand Central Railway’s 43080 (leading and nearest the camera) and the out of sight 43068 plus matching Mk.3s.

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14)                   An extremely busy scene at Stroley International.  Just visible under the Transport Interchange in platform 1b, Strathclyde liveried 170470, on loan to Northern Rail, awaits its turn to head to Grimsby.  Platform 2a plays host to 158905 in “Half Moon” Northern Rail colours and held in the upper through road, the container train.  Platform 4 hosts the multi-coloured EMT / MML HST whilst still held in the lower through road is 58009 and its MGR.  158811 the Trans Pennine Express still in platform 5a awaits the departure of the Grand Central Railway’s HST for London King’s Cross headed by 43080.

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15)                   Taken just a few minutes after photo 14 and to show the current hectic passenger train schedule, plenty of movement is now recoded.  Still in platform 1b, 170470 is almost ready to depart for Grimsby whilst recently arrived from Bristol Temple Meads into platform 2b is the Arriva XC Super Voyager 221135.  The two freights have managed to continue their respective journeys whilst the Virgin Super Voyager 221130, on the Birmingham New Street to York service who’s driver hopes he can make up his current ten minute delay.  158811 now has the “right away” after the Northern Rail “S & C” liveried 156484 snuck into platform 6a.  Arriva XC’s 170102 from Newcastle, now occupies platform 6b.

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