STROLEY INTERNATIONAL

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Era / Area:- E .... In STROLEY WORLD this is .... say .... EXETER in the LATE 80s

  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

SOUTH - WEST

during the

N.S.E. / LATE 80s Period.

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33s & 73s, 47s & 50s abound hauling  NSEs; Regional Railways and Blue & Grey Mk.2s

All sorts of colours on 117s along with Executive Mk.3s plus the odd 158 & 159.

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

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01 & 02 – E01 & E04)              These photos are of the main fiddle yard and stocked ready for this era’s operation.  Spare locos are stored on the shelf above ready for replacing on the diagrams after they have had their first turns.  Please note that the International trains are used in all eras as part of my I.B.I.S.I  R.A.I.L membership!  Three 2 + 6 HSTs are operational in the era, a “Blue” set, a “Pullman” set and the “Swallow” set.  Class 33s; 37s; 47s; 50s; 59s and 73s to name but a few are prominent.  NSE, Blue / Grey & Regional Railways Mk.2s form most of the passenger services whilst the usual suspects freight rakes run through Stroley International.

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03 – E05)                                 A terminating “Swallow” HST service from London Paddington is disgorging its passengers onto platform 2 with 43103 John Wesley that arrived on the rear.  The InterCity Pullman at platform 5 with 43136 in charge awaits its early morning commuters for London Paddington and the “Blue” set has a service from Birmingham New Street to Penzance waiting to depart.  47581 Great Eastern, in the original  “toothpaste” NSE livery is well off its normal patch with an inter-regional service of blue / greys from Plymouth to Norwich resting for five timetabled minutes at platform 3.  At the opposite platform face, 33027 Earl Mountbatten of Burma is in charge of a rake of Regional Railways Mk.2s for Swansea and will depart in ten minutes via the Up-Relief..

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04 – E07)                                 Arriving into the lower through road from the Down-Relief and into the sea of passenger services is 59102 Village of Chantry, in the updated ARC livery, with a short rake of ECC China Clay hoppers destined for the china clay loading terminal at Burngullow.

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05 – E10)                                 A brace of Class 20s, D8001 in green and 20192 in blue, saunter along the three track raised (arches) section with their load of empty tanks, heading for the upper through road as the 3 car NSE Class 117 (set L424) comes off the cross country route from Paignton and is signalled into platform 6a.

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06 – E11)                                 With a service to London Paddington via Bristol Temple Meads, 43103 John Wesley heads the Swallow HST set onto the Up-Main out of platform 2 just as 37025 Inverness TMD hauls a “down” container service into the lower freight road.

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07 – E13)                                 With the pair of 20s and the empty Amoco tanks held in the up through road, 33027 Earl Mountbatten of Burma hauls its load 8 of Regional Railways Mk.2s onto the Up-Main and an eventual Swansea destination.  Arriving into platform 6 from Bristol Temple Meads are a pair of Provincial liveried Class 156s "Super Sprinters" led by 156443.

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08 – E16)                                 Whilst 50047 Swiftsure gets a makeover from the maintenance staff in the foreground at the Lindeven TMD, the NSE Class 117 departs again from platform 6.  37025 Inverness TMD and the container train are held waiting for a lull in the passenger timetable which isn’t imminent.  50020 Revenge has arrived into platform 4 with a rake of NSE liveried coaches destined for Newquay.

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09 – E17)                                 37702 Taff Merthyr in Transrail Big “T” livery and its Tiphook and continental freight train is held at the Down-Relief due to the intensive passenger traffic at present, but the pair of 20s and their empty Amoco tanks manage to slip out of the upper through road onto the Up-Relief for Avonmouth docks.

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10 – E19)                                 A matter of seconds after the 20s and tanks cleared the station throat, 37429 Eisteddfod Genedlaethol and matching Mk.2s in Regional Railways colours, slips off the Down-Main and terminates in platform 2.

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11 – E22)                                 With a Paignton to London Waterloo service coming off the cross country route into platform 6b is the brand new Class 159 in NSE colours.  This unit is 159001, the recently named City of Exeter.

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12 – E24)                                 The 3 car Class 159, 159001 City of Exeter now emptying passengers onto platform 6b alongside cousin unit 158757 in Regional Railways Express livery at platform 5b.  Both sets will continue their diagrams in opposite directions shortly, the former to Waterloo whilst the latter will head for Plymouth.  Another InterCity grey / yellow HST has crept into platform 3 whilst the NSE Mk.2s and the container freight patiently await their departure slots.

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13 – E25)                                 Virtually a full house!  From the top in platform 2 is 37429 Eisteddfod Genedlaethol, 43136 and 50025 Invincible then 37025 Inverness TMD, 158757 and 159001 City of Exeter and lastly 50047 Swiftsure completes this line up.

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14 – E28)                                 With simultaneous west bound departures, 43136 heads the HST towards the main route to Cornwall and Penzance in particular, as the Regional Railways Express unit, 158757 takes the cross country route along the raised (arches) section and another Paignton destination, this time from Cardiff.

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15 – E29)                                 The line up in the refuelling TMD area is as follows.  Passing through with minor faults hoping to be quickly rectified is HST power car 43129 in the new “Swallow” livery being hauled from the Paxton Carriage Sidings through to the Lindeven TMD by one of the resident Class 08s, NSEs 08600 Ivor.  A pair of 50s, 50004 and 50023 Howe stand next to Class 47, D1733 which in turn rubs shoulders with a brace of Class 59s, 59102 Village of Chantry and 59001 Yeoman Endeavour.

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