STROLEY INTERNATIONAL

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16)                   Just fifteen minutes later than photo 15 above, the scene has changed substantially.  Recently arrived from Paris is the Eurostar (Half Set Nos:- 3219 & 3220), and is disgorging its international passengers onto platform 1.  Getting ready to depart for Bournemouth in platform 2a is the Super Voyager, 221135 in Arriva XC colours.  A southbound intermodal train is held in the upper freight road whilst 91129 QUEEN ELIZABETH 11 and its Mallard set with 82219 DUKE of EDINBURGH, out of sight and leading the formation, is already signalled to leave platform 3 and will beat 211135 to the Up / Main.  43105 CITY of INVERNESS (and its partner out of sight on the rear) 43113 The HIGHLANDS, have a ten minute timetabled wait in platform 4 before continuing to Glasburgh.

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17)                   170102, part of the Arriva XC family, has slipped out of platform 6b and takes the “cross country” route through the industrial area of Stroley as it returns to Newcastle.  57601 wearing the Porterbrook “graffiti” livery, negotiates the point work and will haul its Monsterbox load 9 containing logs, into the lower freight road.

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18)                   The Monsterbox log load takes preference over the container train as it passes through the throat and onto the Up / Relief.  The intermodal hauled by Advenza’s 66842, waits in the upper freight through line as the Arriva XC service to Penzance, in the hands of 221135 will be the next southbound departure on the Up / Main out of platform 3.  The First / ScotRail “Barbie” liveried Class 170, 170413 is champing at the bit in platform 4a, as WYPTE Metro’s 158906 relaxes in platform 5a alongside Northern Rail’s 156484, covered in the Settle & Carlisle vinyls, the next departures for Cleethorpes and Sheffield respectively.

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19)                   With a slight lull in services at the southern end of Stroley International, Advenza’s 66842 is able to haul its container service right across to the “Yard-Line”.  Arriving on the scene and now held at the signal guarding the throat on the Down / Relief, 170102 now waits patiently for a clear aspect before continuing into the station.  A colourful selection of locos and liveries can be spotted in the refuelling roads.  59001 YEOMAN ENDEAVOUR in Hanson Aggregates livery sits alongside DRS “Compass” liveried Class 57, 57011 and EWS’ 66135.

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20)                   The container service is held at the signal on the “Yard-Line” guarding the Fitzwilliam Yard as The White Rose GNERstar (half sets 3301 & 3302) gathers speed after the Stroley station stop on its way to London King’s Cross via the Up / Main through the country section.

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21)                   Looking back towards the station in the opposite direction from the last photo, and as the GNERstar passes, the Arriva XC Class 170 (170102) awaits the clearance of the signal, just visible through the arched bridge, as the container train waits in the Yard-Line for access to the Fitzwilliam Yard.

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22)                   Viewing the southern end of the station and with a birds eye from the yard lamp nearest the loco washer, the scene has again, completely changed.  East Midlands Trains’ Class 153, 153374 has just arrived into platform 2a from Derby.  The 9-car GNER HST (with 43113 The HIGHLANDS leading) simmers in platform 3 before departing for the Capital and shares the island platform with Central Trains’ 2-car 170515 recently arrived from Hereford in platform 3a.  156490 in blue Northern Spirit colours and markings, awaits its return to Hull imminently.  A brace of Class 153s, in platform 6a form the next “local” service to Sheffield.  This service is in the hands of Arriva Trains Northern’s 153359 and Northern Rail’s 153324.

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23)                   Viewed from the parapet of the arches bridge, Freightliner’s Class 90, 90041 is held alongside 156425, Northern Rail’s attractive white and blue colours.  Both trains await the departure of the Northern Spirit service from platform 5a (last photo).

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24)                   Whilst held at the signals to the south of the station throat, as in the previous photo above, 156425 and 90041 and its loaded FHH hoppers can be seen to good effect from a different angle.

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25)                   The hourly international passenger service has arrived on time via the Channel Tunnel and High Speed One.  This hour is the turn of a Thalys service from Amsterdam.  International trains are hourly and rotate in order and terminate here.  The exception is the additional bi-hourly “through” Eurostar service.  The Internationals run as follows: Eurostar / TGV / “through” Eurostar / ICE / Thalys throughout each day.  Like the Thalys set, they almost exclusively terminate in platform 1.  90041 and hoppers slows as it’s signal checked in the lower through road.  156425 will be the next Leeds service waiting in 5a as Central Trains’ 150125 in platform 6a, will return to Birmingham International shortly.

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26)                   The upper through road now plays host to 66100 and a matching set of Thrall hoppers carrying stone for a major road contract in the Bradford area.  The Paris bound “through” Eurostar (half sets 3219 / 20) from Glasburgh comes to a halt in platform 3 as cousin, GNERstar (half sets 3301 / 2) picks up more passengers bound for Leeds.  Freightliner’s 90041 and matching set of FHH hoppers is still held in the lower through road.  221135, Arriva XC’s service to Glasburgh is currently departing northbound from platform 6.

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27)                   Both the Super Voyager departure and the GNERstar (photo 26) passed through this section, the northern route out of Stroley International.  Now 66100 and its loaded hoppers snake through the point work from the upper freight road and are signalled for the cross country route, and a destination of the Leeds area.

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28)                   Platform 1 now hosts the TGV service from Bordeaux, taking a well earned break after its marathon service all the way from the south-west of France.  For the record this is Set No:- 537.

A northbound ECS stock move of Caledonian sleeper stock in the upper through line is halted as 92001 VICTOR HUGO detaches from the formation with a minor cab fault.  The driver has failed his loco and will move it to the TMD in due course.  A replacement loco has been summoned.  66407 in DRS’ Compass livery is held in the lower through route with a long rake of vehicles, originating in Italy and bound for a Scottish distributor.  The Northern Spirit Trans Pennine Express liveried 158811 has brought the Sunderland bound service into platform 5b as the East Midland Trains’ 153374 has a destination of Bradford, scheduled to leave in fifteen minutes.

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29)                   The ECS sleeper stock now has a replacement loco, another Class 92, 92030 ASHFORD and now has the green light to depart for the north.  The EMT Class 153 in platform 6b, 153374 will imminently take the cross country route for Bradford before the DRS Class 66, 66407 and its vehicle load, follow the ECS sleepers on the direct northerly route.

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30)                   66407 with the vehicle load has now left the lower through (freight) road in the station and is snaking through the point work on the arches section, heading through the city’s industrial area and the cross country route to the north.

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