STROLEY INTERNATIONAL

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16 - F36)                     As the container train rumbles along the Down / Relief, an unidentified ScotRail “Whoosh” liveried Class 170 rushes south on the Up / Main.  In the foreground, the sports car driver has gone into the reception hut to register and sign in his visitors’ status to the EWS premises.  The hi-viz jacket wearing staff member seems to be doing a little day dreaming as he watches the “boxes” passing.

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17 - F37)                     Another hectic scene at the north end of the station.  With a clear aspect, the driver of 66412 continues his intermodal service on the lower through road and eases off the throttle slightly and keeps to the 35mph limit of the raised arches section on the northern exit of the station.  This train will take the cross country route to avoid the expresses that keep to the faster, more direct route just to the north of the station.

170413, wearing the First / Scotrail “Barbie” colours has just arrived and the driver will, momentarily push the “door opening” button in his cab to release the passengers onto platform 5b.

Occupying platform 4, 91129 QUEEN ELIZABETH 11 and her Mallard set of Mk.4s, with “hubby” 82219 DUKE of EDINBURGH on the other end, have arrived from King’s Cross.  43113 The HIGHLANDS in platform 3 is ready for departure and will be heading for Inverness in the merest hint of time, when the appropriate signal clears.

The Thalys set (Set No:- 4321) has just arrived into platform 1 from Oostende whilst 87101 STEPHENSON in the upper through road, has full FHH hoppers as its load for Drax Power Station, departing at the earliest opportunity.

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18 - F39)                     Heading through the three track section over the arches and taking the direct northern route is the “through” Eurostar service, this one from Paris.

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19 - F40)                     The rail enthusiasts at the end of platform 6 have spotted something unusual and are straining with their cameras for the best shot as 82219 DUKE of EDINBURGH rests with its Mk.4s in platform 4.  158758 in First North Western blue waits patiently in platform 5a for its next diagram.

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20 - F41)                     Held at the signal covering the station throat on the Down / Relief, is an unidentified Class 158 in the “Barbie” livery alongside the “Whoosh” liveried 158741, held at the exit to the Yard Line to allow the terminating Pendolino safe passage from the Down / Main into the station.      

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21 - F42)                     The Virgin Class 390 snakes its way through the station throat from the Down / Main into platform 3 where it will terminate.  82219 DUKE of EDINBURGH on the rear of the Mallard Set waits for onward travel in platform 4 as the North Western / First’s 158758 waits for its departure time for Aberdeen in platform 5a.

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22 - F44)                     91129 QUEEN ELIZABETH 11 and its Mallard Set continue their journey north over the arches.

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23 - F45)                     In the distance, held against the Down / Main station boundary signal is First ScotRail’s “Barbie” liveried Class 158, which is still awaiting entry to platform 6a.  Fortunately for that driver, the North Western / First Class 158 to Aberdeen is held in platform 5a as the Pendolino takes president, and signalled onto the Up / Main in front of the outgoing 158.  The “Barbie” 158 will shortly slip into its nominated platform as this will no cause any conflicting moves.

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24 - F46)                     The Thalys set (Set No:- 4321) having arrived into platform 1 from Oostende some thirty minutes ago, has had an internal “wash & brush up” and is now ready to accept passengers for Lille, Brussels, Rotterdam and Amsterdam.  It will also pick up passengers from the London area at Ebbsfleet International prior to passing through the Channel Tunnel.

The opposite platform face sees a 3car Strathclyde PTE liveried Turbostar waiting for its passengers for Manchester Piccadilly via Carlisle and the WCML.

The Freightliner Heavy Haul (FHH) hopper MGR still waits for a north bound path to Drax as the ScotRail “Whoosh” Class 158 sits in the company of sister “Barbie” 158726, at platform 6.

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25 - F47)                     A very busy scene at the refuelling area sees all loco bays full.  From left to right are Freightliner’s 66623 BILL BOLSOVER; 67005 QUEEN’S MESSENGER in Royal Claret livery; the Virgin Thunderbird 57307 and 47715 HAYMARKET in ScotRail livery.

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26 - F48)                     Still accepting international passengers for Lille and cities in Belgium in platform 1 is the Thalys unit (Set 4321).  87101 STEPHENSON and the FHH load of coal hoppers for Drax, still haven’t been given a northbound path as the colourful Class 156 pairing of 156484 (nearest) and 156425 rest in platform 4 before rolling on for Wemyss Bay, whilst a pair of Class 90 electrics come to a halt in the lower through freight road.  This pairing consisting of 90128 in the “Dutch International” colours and GNER’s dark blue covering 90024, are in charge of a long rake of loaded MEA wagons also heading for Drax Power Station.

The “Barbie” Turbostar, 170413 will also head north, but with a destination of Fort William, no doubt in front of the two MGRs.

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27 - F50)                     A member of Network Rail’s staff took this photo from a legal position and the safety of the boundary of the TMD, of 90128 and 170413 as they wait against the colour light signals guarding the northern exit of the Stroley International station.

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28 - F51)                     The DMU servicing / stabling area is full up with Scottish units consisting of a double pair!  Class 158s and 170 Turbostar units enjoy the mid afternoon passenger train lull as staff hurriedly spruce up the units before the evening onslaught hits the relative peace.

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29 - F53)                     Two members of Network Rail staff can now cross the “duck board” crossing safely as the two departing Classes 158 and 170 units have cleared the station throat area.

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30 - F54)                     Both routes, Up / Relief and Up / Main have green aspects as the drivers of the respective units, 158741 in the “Whoosh” and 170413 in the “Barbie” liveries, appear to be racing each other.  They are professional drivers and wouldn’t even contemplate such a thought!

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