WEST COAST DIVERSIONS
CREWE - ALSAGER - STOKE
OCTOBER 17th 2003
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 My second day at Kidsgrove to see the West Coast diversions, enhanced by the collision at Norton Bridge. Not as busy as yesterday but still very interesting. Thanks to the Station Staff at Kidsgrove for their assistance with these, and yesterday's, photos. Once again the sun was intense and very low so "dappled" was the order of the day. What a stunning two days it has been and very unlikely ever to be repeated as scheduled loco hauled Virgin trains start to take their final bow and the AL7's become history.


 Just to show that there is also some traffic from Manchester as well as the diversions, 87035 "Robert Burns" heads South for the capital. The through trains really do move through Kidsgrove, the down limit showing as 85mph.


87029 "Earl Marischal" moves slowly to the crossover en route for London.


87015 "Howard of Effingham" heads for Crewe.


"Howard of Effingham" again.


 87024 "Lord of The Isles" accesses the Manchester-Stoke main line.


 Far from the beaten track is 43122 as it trails behind 43080 on the 08.40 London-Holyhead.


 .....and finally, 87016 "Willesden InterCity Depot" on a London-Liverpool service.
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