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5220 Crewe 2Feb74 | by david.hayes77
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5220 Crewe 2Feb74

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At first sight this view of Crewe doesn't look much different to what you might see today - motive power and a lick of paint aside that is.

 

This was taken in the early 70s and the loco in question is a pre-TOPS Sulzer Type 2 no. 5220. Seen here sporting the light-engine headcode 0Z00 as well as the front-end gangway doors carried by the early-build versions, it was eventually renumbered 25070 and lasted another 6 years in service being withdrawn in 1980.

 

Also of interest is the scissor crossover in the background, and the second nearest track, now the Down Main, which was then used to store locos between turns - usually AL1-5 electrics to cover the traction changes on the Anglo-Scottish services.

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Taken on February 2, 1974