Class 66 at Ribblehead With Whernside as a backdrop, 66178 heads south at Ribblehead with a coal train on 4 March 2006. The Settle - Carlisle line has become increasingly important for freight traffic in recent years, particularly coal from Scotland to power stations in Northern England.
Class 143 at Abercynon In South Wales, the branches to Aberdare and Merthyr Tydfil diverge at Abercynon, which used to have a separate station on each line. 143608 is seen here approaching Abercynon North with the 13.42 Barry Island to Aberdare on 2 June. A new station has since been built to serve both lines.
Class 221 at Llandudno Junction Virgin Trains 221138 at Llandudno Junction on Saturday 3 June, with the 10.52 Crewe to Holyhead. This would normally be a through train from London, but weekend engineering works on the West Coast Main Line meant that it started from Crewe for much of the year.
Class 185 at Manchester Piccadilly A brand-new Class 185 "Desiro" 185116 at Manchester Piccadilly on 17 June, with the 16.42 to Hull. TransPennine Express have introduced these trains to replace Class 158s, with the Manchester to Hull route being the first to benefit from the new trains.

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