SJ7154 : Electric haulage at Crewe

near to Crewe, Cheshire, Great Britain

Electric haulage at Crewe
Electric haulage at Crewe
Class 86 locomotives such as this had been the principal haulage for West Coast mainline trains between London and Crewe since 1966, but by this time had largely been superseded by the more powerful class 87 introduced in the early 1970s. Here, 86259 was taking the 09.12 Manchester-London service. A diesel multiple unit can be glimpsed behind, which would be forming a service to Derby.
Crewe railway station
This railway station, opened in 1837, was once among the busiest in the world and has passed into folklore. It is still a significant railway junction, where the trunk line from London Euston splits into three branches for North Wales, Manchester and the main line continuing towards Preston and Glasgow (the Liverpool branch leaves the main line at weaver Junction about 5 miles south of Warrington). To the south there are lines to Stoke/Derby and Shrewsbury/Cardiff. Freight trains usually avoid the station by using tracks to the west which pass under the main line and Chester branch in tunnels.

The station buildings were refurbished extensively in 1985, and are being refurbished again from 2014 onwards although there is the possibility of the station eventually being replaced altogether as part of the High Speed 2 project.

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1979
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Wednesday, 23 May, 1979   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 14 February, 2010
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Railways 
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Railway station   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 711 545 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:5.2428N 2:25.9051W
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