Following our look at the Western Region last year, this month we delve into the Rail Express archives again to dig out some rare and unseen images taken on the London Midland Region in the 1950s and 60s. Many of them have never been published before, and include classes and locations long since gone.
The mid-to-late 1960s was a period of massive change for the railways – lines were closing, the last steam locos were being withdrawn, most diesels carried green livery, but the new corporate livery was being introduced – as witnessed by the blue/grey carried by the mixture of Mk.1 and early Mk.2 coaches in this shot.
EE Type 4 Nos. D305+D215 (later Class 40s 40105+40015) depart Chester on March 4, 1967 with the 1D56/10.35 Euston-Holyhead, which they would have worked from Crewe.