Class 86

Electric locomotives held a fascination for me. How they could pack that much power in a relatively small Bo-Bo electric was amazing. There was a real sense of pent up energy when they pulled out almost silently. The class 86s were the most common type with most of the early electrics (81 - 85) being quite rare by the early 80s.

An 86 with a through express overtakes a coal train as it passes through Crewe An inter-city liveried class 86 at Crewe
A non-stop express with an 86 on point passes through the centre roads at Crewe An 86 leads an express out of Crewe
An 86 on the approach to Carlisle (??)