STROLEY INTERNATIONAL

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Era / Area:- B .... In STROLEY WORLD this is .... say .... CREWE 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

WEST 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 – B 11)                                These early morning departures have been serviced and cleaned overnight and are platformed ready for the influx of passengers.  87022 squeals to a halt with a heavily laden MGR in the lower through freight road whilst the TGV unit at platform 1 which was the last international service to arrive last night will be the first of today’s European departures for the South of France and Marseille in particular.  Platform 2a is occupied by an East Midlands Trains’ Class 153, 153374 and will depart soon for Stoke-on-Trent.  Platform 3b hosts a Virgin Voyager for Reading and 5a a Northern Rail Class 153, 153324 timetabled for Stockport and Manchester Airport.  The three car Northern Spirit liveried 158811 has Edinburgh via Newcastle as its destination.

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2 – B 15)                                Entering platform 6 with the first southbound Inter city service of the day is the East Midlands Trains’ 43055.  The correctly attired employee has taken notice of all the H & S notices displayed around the end of the TMD area before crossing to the platform end and after the HST has come to a complete stop.  Porterbrook’s 47817 is receiving minor defect correction from the late shift employees.

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3 – B 16)                                A multicoloured swap shop of liveries in this scene.  Nearest is the Res liveried 47778 “Irresistible”, then 37798 in Mainline Freight; 47714 in the now obsolete Anglia livery whilst Fragonset’s 31452 “Minotaur” brings up the rear of the refuelling locomotives.

Heading the vehicle transporter train is the Spanish loco 333,313 in its eye catching blue & yellow, their equivalent of the UK’s large logo blue livery.  With a destination of the Glasgow area, this north bound train originated in Italy, travelled through the Channel Tunnel under the new Europorte access license, was re-marshalled at Dollands Moor where this loco was assigned to take the train forward to it’s Scottish destination.

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4 – B 19)                                A very busy scene, and one that is all too familiar at Stroley International.  Platform 1 hosts the recently arrived terminating East Midlands Trains’ HST from St. Pancras International via Derby and Manchester.  Sharing platform 2 is the Northern Spirit 3 car Class 158, recently arrived from Scarborough, and the Arriva XC Super Voyager from Paignton, both terminating here.  The “down” Virgin HST resting at platform 4, next to depart north bound to Manchester Piccadilly, will terminate at Preston whilst the “up” Arriva XC Class 170 aims for Stansted Airport shortly from platform 5a.  The Freightliner Heavy Haul hoppers wait for a break in the north bound traffic before it can proceed to Fiddlers Ferry Power Station.

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5 – B 21)                                The break in the intensive passenger timetable has finally happened and the driver of the Stobart liveried Class 66 “looks sharp” and heads his hoppers along the bi-directional middle line across the arches and one towards Fiddlers Ferry Power Station with his “load 8”.

Having left Manchester Piccadilly right time, the latest Virgin HST is now 15 minutes down due to being signalled behind a late running “semi-fast”.  Luckily, when it pulls into platform 3, it will have five minutes to depart right-time as there is spare waiting time here due to the schedules further down the line to Birmingham and eventually London Euston.

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6 – B 23)                                Judging by the fact that two freights are held in the through roads, the passenger timetable is still quite hectic.  82141 is on the rear of a Virgin electric service to Liverpool Lime Street in platform 5.  The Railnet postal service terminated in platform 1 is loading / unloading Stroley mail before heading back down the WCML to the Willesden Mail Hub.  87101 is held in the upper freight road with its heavy load of Amoco fuel tanks for Heathrow, as is the “booze train” from Dollands Moor and destined for Grangemouth.

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7 – B 24)                                Stocks of fuel are being replenished courtesy of a couple of 100 tonne “Amoco” tanks brought into the fuel unloading road by one of the resident shunters, in this instant it’s Mainline blue liveried 09006.  Currently in the adjacent refuelling roads are EWS’ 47787 Windsor Castle and 47714 in the Anglian turquoise livery.

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8 – B 27)                                Back to the northern end of the station and a variety of TOCs and liveries can be spied.  From platform 1 through 6 (top to bottom) can be spotted the ICE unit, one of the four European countries supplying international services to the UK.  This service originated from Munich (Munchen) and is timetabled to return there within half an hour.  Platform 2 plays host to a set of Regional Railways’ Mk.2s, terminating as a “summer extra” service from Newquay, Cornwall.  The Pendolino service from Glasgow to Euston is patiently waiting to head to the Capital as the InterCity 87, 87002 “Royal Sovereign” has another “extra” service and will head north to Carlisle soon.  The First North-Western service in the hands of158758 waits to run through to Preston and Southport whilst the EMT HST has terminated and will run back to Sheffield later this hour.

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9 – B 28)                                In the few seconds since the previous photo was taken, the only addition to the station is the Railnet service that has arrived in the lower through freight road from the Warrington Postal hub and hauled by 86210 “C.I.T. 75th Anniversary” in Res livery.  This is just signal checked and won’t set down / pick up mail this trip.  The Alphaline / Wales & West Class 158 is in charge of a semi-fast service and Cardiff as its destination.

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10 – B 29)                              Twenty minutes later and it’s virtually all change again.  The ICE set is now ready to depart for HS1, the Channel Tunnel, France, Belgium and eventually Munchen in southern Germany, one of the longest journeys a service from Stroley undertakes.  “Ugly Betty” 70006 and the Vehicle Transporter heading for Italy is held as is 86261 with the pipe load which eventually will have a West Midlands destination.  The Virgin service headed by the Class 82 will leave for Euston behind the ICE set whilst 150246 in the attractive Arriva Trains Wales livery is Carmarthen bound and the Class 153 has a local for Chester in platform 6a.

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