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2005 Virgin Class 87 Farewell & Wembley Line-up

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On Friday, June 10th 2005, Virgin Trains marked the final service train booked to be hauled by Class 87s with a special double-headed run. The train, the 09:38 from London Euston to Manchester, was hauled by 87010 and 87002 (dead in train for most of the journey), with DVT 82101 on the rear.

A couple of weeks later, on 28th June, staff at Wembley Traincare Centre arranged a final line up of all the remaining London-based 87s, with the "celebrities" taking centre stage. Our thanks to Bryan Anthony for allowing us to use his photos, and to the team at Wembley for staging the event.

The evening before the farewell run, 87010 and 87002 are seen at the head of their train, alongside 87019 which also ran on the Friday.

Another view of 87010 and 87002 at Wembley on the evening before the run.

87010 and 87002 await departure from Euston with the 0938 to Manchester.

87010 and 87002 arriving at Northampton - if you look carefully you can
see Pete Waterman in the secondman's seat of 87010!

87010 leads 87002 and the Farewell train out of Crewe.

87010 glides into platform 8 at Manchester Piccadilly with 09:38 from
Euston (1H80).

87002 with its pantograph up at Manchester Piccadilly, shortly after arrival.

Driver Fred Clarke of Manchester stands in front of 87010's cab at
Manchester Piccadilly.

Old and new order at Manchester Piccadilly: 87010 with Class 390
Pendolino in next platform (9) at Manchester Piccadilly.

Optimistic allocation sticker on 87002!

87002 and 87010 at the stops at Manchester Piccadilly.

87002 and 87010 under the roof at Manchester.

Farewell Manchester - the view from the cab of 87002 as the stock departs for Longsight. The 87's replacement can be seen in the adjacent platform.

87002 and 87010 standing tall at Longsight.

87010 and 87002 at Longsight, awaiting departure for Oxley.

Prior to the line up, all the 87s were stabled along with 86213 in the Cripple Siding. From left to right are 87001, 87012, 87010, 87019, 87002, 87004, 87030, 87031 and 86213.

As the line-up takes shape, a view from the yard with 87004, 87030, 87031 and 86213 on the left; 87001, 87002, 87010, 87012 and 87019 from left to right in the distance.

87001, 87002, 87010, 87012 and 87019 make a colourful scene.

87001, 87002, 87010, 87012 and 87019 proudly form the line up as a fitting send-off for the class.

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