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The West Coast Railway Company used 86259 on the 2013 Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express ("WCME") six times: each Saturday in February and the first two of March 2013.

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Inside Willesden depot on Friday 1st February, the day before the first 2013 Cumbrian Mountain Express.

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86259 is stabled on Number One road.

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Andy Pennington is applying the Willesden depot sticker over Neil Boden's top coat of electric blue.

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David Grieff is programming the GSM-R. This will be 86259's first outing under the new communication 'regime'.

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The West Coast Railway Company ("WCRC") class 47 diesel has brought the empty stock into Euston from their Southall depot.

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86259 has followed the empty stock into Euston from Willesden and Paul, the train guard, is overseeing the coupling-up.

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It's usually platform 3 at Euston for the WCME and on platform 4 is a Liverpool-bound Pendolino.

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RA for 'Right Away' and a green signal means we are clear to depart ..... on the mysterious Line X!

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The first station call is Watford Junction.

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Entering Milton Keynes.

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Passing Ledburn Junction.

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Catching the low morning sunlight at Atherstone.

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Overtaking a Freightliner at Brinklow, just north of Rugby.

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Driver Pete Collins bringing the train into Nuneaton.

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Leaning into the curve at Lichfield Trent Valley. (Photo: James Stokes)

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'On the fast' through Rugeley Trent Valley. (Photo: Robin Mathams)

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A WCME 2013 calls at Crewe on Platform 11.

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About to depart from Crewe.

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2nd February 2013. The new pantograph has completed it's first 150 miles!

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Onlookers at Preston.

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On-board fitter Richard Thompson 'minds the gap'

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At Preston, driver Jim Clarke checks to see if everyone's on board.

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North of Lancaster - going nuclear! An empty southbound flask train passes.

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In the Carnforth goods loop to hand over to the steam engine.

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Driver John Daniel takes 86259 forward into Carnforth station.

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A view of 'Number 9' from the cab of Number 259. The A4 Pacific will take the WCME north to Carlisle.

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86259 was stabled in Preston bay platform 4c on just one of the 6 WMCE trips.

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For the other five Saturdays, the loco was stabled in Preston station parcel sidings.

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A view of the Preston parcel sidings from the station platform.

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... and now from the other side.

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5:12pm. The scheduled time for 86259 to leave Preston to go, light engine, up to Farington!

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Farington sidings.

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With the West Coast Main Line on the left and the line to Blackburn curving off to the right behind the loco.

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Darkness has fallen on Farington.

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The return journey - the drop off call at Crewe.

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The Nuneaton drop off.

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Milton Keynes once again.

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Gliding up to the stops at Euston at the end of another successful journey.

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Our usual terminating platform at Euston was No. 2 but on the day this photo was taken the train is way over on the other side of the station.

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86259 spends the night in Euston. On Sunday morning it will return to Willesden.

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Taken at Crewe on Thursday 10th October 2013 with its new headboard.