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After the 6th October 2012 PMR trip 86259 took the empty coaching stock back to Carnforth and then came back south as far as the West Midlands for a final coat of electric blue at Boden's Rail Engineering in Washwood Heath.

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November 2012 and 86259's webmaster, Jim Storey, pays a visit.

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By mid-December the paintwork was finished and 86259 was housed by Devon and Cornwall Railways ("DCR") at Washwood Heath until the New Year.

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Outside the DCR shed with a surviving older building nearby.

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56301 shunts 259 into the shed for Christmas and the New Year.

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Safely inside out of the (very cold) elements (although it was just as cold inside the shed as out!). Just look at the quality of the reflections in the paintwork!

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A chance to get the bogies painted.

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A roof survey. Maybe a lick of paint up here?

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The replica works plate is fixed on at last.

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10th January 2013.
Back outside and 31602 shunts 86259 into position ready to be picked up by a WCRC class-47 diesel for the drag back to Willesden.

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47804 (just visible at the rear), with driver Pete Collins, propels 86259 (with Bill Warriner on board) down the 'hill' towards the main Birmingham/Derby line.

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Crossing the service road just before the connection to the main line.

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The points are set for the entry onto the network and then 47804 will cross over to haul 86259 towards Water Orton, Nuneaton and up to Willesden.

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Away they go!