STROLEY INTERNATIONAL

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 PHOTOS UPLOADED ON 19th DECEMBER 2011.

  31 – E69)                                 59005 Kenneth J. Painter hauls a short rake of China Clay hoppers along the Yard-Line from the Fitzwilliam yard where it had been stabled for a couple of hours.  It will be held at the signal guarding the station throat as 37116 Sister Dora, in the blue Big “T” Transrail livery passes on the Down-Relief with the Amoco tank empties.

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32 – E71)                                 Now released from the TMD, 08600 Ivor has passed through an empty refuelling road, picked up the two empty tank wagons from the fuel unloading road, and is currently manoeuvring them onto the rear of the Amoco empties that are waiting in the lower through road for these additional wagons. 

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33 – E73)                                 Now coupled to the rest of the Amoco tank empties, Ivor has been released from the tanks and awaits safe passage back to the more familiar territory of the depot of yard.  Whilst this operation was being performed, a German ICE International train set has terminated into platform 1 from München (Munich) as a Regional Railways set of Mk.2s headed by 73235 simultaneously arrives into platform 6 from the opposite direction.  Platform 3 is now occupied by a Class 50 with a load four of NSE Mk.2s.

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34 – E75)                                 With that flurry of excitement now passed, 08623 has the authority to haul the Class 43 back to the Paxton Carriage Sidings via the Yard-Line.  33035 departs the area via the Up-Relief for Southampton during a lull in the hectic passenger train schedule.

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35 – E76)                                 Slowing for the Stroley International station stop, a colourful set of matching Class 50s and their long rake, all in the “toothpaste” NSE livery, pass over the arches and are signalled for platform 3.  50017 Royal Oak leads 50023 Howe with their Penzance to London Paddington via Bristol Temple Meads service.

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36 – E80)                                 An excellent, but some might say unusual sight.  The brace of NSE liveried Class 50s, 017 Royal Oak and 023 Howe and matching Mk.2s are ready to depart for Paddington via the Up-Main whilst the cab-to-cab Class 20 pairing is the “unusual” part of this scenario, are held in the lower freight road with their container train which is destined for Felixstowe.  50035 Ark Royal heads the parcels service in platform 6 which has Low Fell as its destination in Newcastle, departing after the NSE 50s and before the Class 20s.

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37 – E84)                                 The Lindeven TMD alongside platform 6 appears to be very busy with five Class 50s needing varying degrees of mechanical attention.  Visible are 50010 Monarch, nearest the camera whilst just visible behind is 043 Eagle and out of sight behind that is 047 Swiftsure.  In road one (left) can be spotted 013 Agincourt and bringing up the rear is 050 Fearless.  Generally all have minor ailments and the mechanics here at Lindeven have a very good repairs track record … pun intended!!

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38 – E85)                                 50004 St. Vincent has just arrived into platform 5 with a set of blue / greys on a service from Newquay that will eventually end up at Newcastle, but not with the “50” though.  That will be exchanged when this service reaches Bristol Temple Meads.  For now though, some rail enthusiasts, travelling on this diagram have rushed to the platform end and are straining with their cameras to photograph the refuelling locos.  They need to be reasonably quick as this train is timetabled to depart first.

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39 – E92)                                 On platform 5, another enthusiast has taken this snap of 50023 Howe as it waits behind classmate 50017 Royal Oak for Paddington with their rake of matching Mk.2s.  A good view here of the platform detailing.

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40 – E93)                                 A sea of Class 50s at the “up” end of Stroley International.  From top to bottom and left to right, the following locos can be observed.  50035 Ark Royal departs from the upper through road for the “Up-Relief” with a parcels working as the NSE pairing of 50023 and 50017, Howe and Royal Oak, occupy platform 3.  50031 Hood has a mixture of blue / grey Mk.1s and 2s eventually northbound in platform 4 with 50004 St. Vincent, timetabled first out of platform 5.  Platform 6 plays host to 50037 Illustrious with the chocolate and cream Mk.1s, and the driver patiently waits to be uncoupled from the north end of his train, so the loco can run-round and return to Cornwall as scheduled, half an hour later.

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41 – E98                                  Delicately negotiating the point work through the station throat, 50035 Ark Royal heads for the “Up-Relief” and an eventual destination of Low Fell in Newcastle.  A driver and loco change is diagrammed for this parcels service when it reaches Bristol Temple Meads.

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42 – E99                                  D1015 Western Champion sneaks into the area via the Down-Relief with a load five of replacement rail sections that are bound for the next Network Rail possession due later this evening on the cross country route just west of the arches.                            

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43 – E100                                A Western and an HST in a sea of Hoovers at Stroley International.  In view here from top to bottom we have 50045 Achilles, 50034 Furious, 43194, 50028 Tiger, D1015 Western Champion, 50027 Lion, 50002 Superb and 50013 Agincourt being worked on in the TMD.

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44 – E104                                Viewed from the Transport Exchange above the station can be seen the western end of the station.  Visible here from the left are 50034 Furious, 43194, 50028 Tiger, D1015 Western Champion, 50027 Lion and 50002 Superb all waiting for their departure times to various towns in Devon and Cornwall.

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45 – E109                                A birds eye view of this end of the station.  The only additional loco in view here is 50048 Dauntless that is waiting for the loco wash to be powered up in the foreground.

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