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Stableford Staffordshire June 1974 | by loose_grip_99
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Stableford Staffordshire June 1974

British Railways Class 86 electric 86248 races souththward with train 1A68 on the West Coast Main Line at Stableford in Staffordshire southwest of Stoke. My mate seen in the previous took the similar shot.


86248, built at Doncaster in 1965 as an AL6 & originally numbered E3107, was later named Sir Clwyd County of Clwyd. Following withdrawal it was refurbished & exported to Hungary.


The lineside grass is a bit long but the traditional wire fencing and concrete posts are sufficient to keep people away from the railway and allow a reasonable view of the trains. I suspect today the combination of 7 ft spiked fencing to repel intruders and totally overgrown lineside would spoil a shot from this position. I just checked out Google Street View and I was right about the spikes but the undergrowth hasn't taken over. Network Rail use this location to access the lineside so the area is clear off grass & weeds.

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Taken on September 15, 2004