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Date: 03/09/17 14:31
Back in time - the 1980s
Author: 86235

Started scanning some of my slides from the 1980s. Here are three

July 1983: a pair of class 312 outer suburban EMUs passing Bethnal Green en-route to Liverpool Street. The 312s were nice units, based on the Mk 2 bodyshell but still with slam doors and droplights to lean out of. They were swept away in the early 1990s by the class 321 invasion of Great Eastern lines.

May 1988: as part of the Great Western 150 celebrations in 1985 this class 117 DMU was repainted in 1950s era chocolate and cream. I liked the rather old fashioned Derby designed DMUs. These were primarily a suburban design, but that didn't stop them being used on inter urban journeys of up to 100 miles, for which they were not best suited.

May 1988: taken the same day 86241 Glenfiddich passing Atherstone in Warwickshire on a down West Coast express.








Date: 03/09/17 15:02
Re: Back in time - the 1980s
Author: Chooch

I love the architecture on those old English RR Stations.

Jim
Hatboro, PA



Date: 03/09/17 19:04
Re: Back in time - the 1980s
Author: DKay

Yes,me to.....and also their signal Boxes.
Regards,DK


 Chooch Wrote:
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> I love the architecture on those old English RR
> Stations.
>
> Jim
> Hatboro, PA



Date: 03/09/17 23:25
Re: Back in time - the 1980s
Author: 86235

Here are a couple more with station and signalbox

In 1984 a class 33 on a London Waterloo to Weymouth Quay Channel Islands boat train storming through Woking, passing a 4VEP slam door EMU. The station at Woking was rebuilt by the Southern Railway in the mid 1930s and included what was known as a Queen Mary style signal box.

In 1987 a 'jaffa cake' liveried 4CEP EMU at Wadhurst on a Charing Cross to Hastings train.

Both stations are essentially unchanged, although Woking signalbox is no longer operational.






Date: 03/09/17 23:48
Re: Back in time - the 1980s
Author: krm152

Very interesting photos.
My railway experiences in England were limited to riding the Victoria Station - Gatwick trains.  We always went First Class which was very comfortable.
Thanks for posting your photos.
ALLEN



Date: 03/10/17 14:21
Re: Back in time - the 1980s
Author: tq-07fan

Nice stuff. I realized after reading some of the books and other stuff that to model Great Britain in any particular era you would almost have to have been there at that time. So I sold my Class 117 and used the money for stuff from 2013.

I like the cantilever gantry signal in the 1984 picture at Woking. I doubt many of those with that lattice work are still around.

Jim



Date: 03/10/17 15:00
Re: Back in time - the 1980s
Author: 86235

Thanks Jim, you're right that not many of the lattice signal gantrys survive, mainly where resignalling has not involved resiting signals. At Vauxhall there are still some Southern Railway era gantrys with LED signals!



Date: 03/12/17 17:47
Re: Back in time - the 1980s
Author: Peak45068

Looking forward to your Peak photos of the 1980's  on this forum



Date: 03/13/17 20:52
Re: Back in time - the 1980s
Author: 86235

krm152 Wrote:
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> Very interesting photos.
> My railway experiences in England were limited to
> riding the Victoria Station - Gatwick trains.

The first weekend of Gatwick Express service, May 1984.




Date: 03/14/17 00:45
Re: Back in time - the 1980s
Author: cricketer8for9

At Wandsworth Common southbound I assume.



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