Peaks

Another locomotive type I enjoyed photographing was the Class 45 'Peaks', perhaps because they were seen less often in the Edinburgh area than the usual diet of 25/26/27/40/47.  At the time I started taking slides the Class 46 variants had almost all been withdrawn and all of the images here are of 45s.

Click here for the full image (68kb) Pictured from a passing train, 45017 waits for a path with an eastbound freight at Miles Platting in Manchester on 12 April 1984.


Click here for the full image (67kb) 45036 is stabled at Millerhill on 14 July 1984.


Click here for the full image (113kb) 45049 "The Staffordshire Regiment (The Prince of Wales's)" passes through Edinburgh Waverley station running westbound light engine on 1 February 1984.


Click here for the full image (59kb) 45055 "Royal Corps of Transport" approaches Bristol Temple Meads on 8 September 1984 with a passenger service from the south-west.


Click here for the full image (100kb) St Pancras station and the Midland Main Line were for many years associated with Class 45s.  45118, without its "The Royal Artilleryman" nameplates, is stabled on 9 April 1987.  This locomotive was withdrawn the following month but happily it has been preserved at the Northampton and Lamport Railway.


Click here for the full image (108kb) The old and new order is seen at St Pancras on 13 May 1983.  Awaiting departures with northbound passenger services are 45120 and an HST set headed by power car 43046.


Click here for the full image (88kb) On a wet 4 April 1985 45121 arrives at Derby station with empty coaching stock.


Click here for the full image (85kb) 45123 "The Lancashire Fusilier" arrives at Darlington with the 1115 Bangor to Newcastle on 11 May 1985.


Click here for the full image (109kb) 45127 awaits departure from Newcastle with the 1750 to Liverpool on 18 January 1986.


Click here for the full image (66kb) 45130 shunts coaching stock at Newcastle on 4 April 1985.


Click here for the full image (82kb) 45141 carrying the unofficial name "Zephyr" arrives at Sheffield with the 1040 Poole to Newcastle service on 18 April 1988.  This cross country service was one of the last passenger services which Class 45s were rostered for and I travelled on this train from Sheffield to York on this day.  This locomotive struggled on for a further four months until August 1988, when most of the class were withdrawn from service.


Click here for the full image (68kb) Time for a crew change at Doncaster on 10 April 1985 as 45143 "5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards" calls with a northbound passenger service.


Click here for the full image (79kb) 45144 "Royal Signals" awaits its next turn of duty at Sheffield on 10 April 1985.


Click here for the full image (73kb) 45146 departs from Darlington with the 0950 Newcastle to Poole on 12 May 1984.