(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog March 2013, reposted to this blog with permission.)
A wonderful email landed in my inbox this morning from Coronation Street fan and train fan Phil Greaves. Phil tells me about the great deal of authenticity which has gone into Roy's Woodhead line railway project.
All the loco names, classes and history he has cited are entirely accurate and are as follows:
BR No. NS No. Build Date BR Withdrawal Date Name
27000 1502 12/53 10/68 Electra
27001 1505 3/54 10/68 Ariadne
27002 1506 5/54 10/68 Aurora
27003 1501 8/54 10/68 Diana
27004 1503 9/54 10/68 Juno
27005 12/54 10/68 Minerva
27006 1504 12/54 10/68 Pandora
An excellent place for background to the line (which was electrified post-war then disgracefully closed in 1981) is http://www.thewoodheadsite.org.uk/.
As Roy says, it was the biggest post-war engineering project in Europe, and gave us Britain's first all-electric main line.
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