Photos of 85101

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85101 was displayed inside the main shed in as-withdrawn Rail Blue.

The other side of 85101 in the depot.

... followed by 85101 ...

Beyond 82008 were 85101, 83012 and E3003 (81002). Rob checks out 83012's cabs.

A view from the other end of the rake with E3003 (81002) nearest, followed by 83012 and 85101.

The 3rd May 2000 was the date that 85101 finally left Crewe for Barrow Hill. It was loaded up at Crewe Heritage Centre.

85101 is slowly winched aboard the transport lorry for its move to Barrow Hill.

A side view of 85101 as it is winched into place.

85101 departs from The Railway Age, passing a more modern but equally preserved example of WCML traction, in the form of the APT-P.

Newly arrived 85101 stands in the yard at Barrow Hill.

Early shunting moves for the 2000 Steam Gala produced an interesting juxtaposition of E3003 (81002) and 85101.

As 82008 was hauled up the yard, it briefly lined up with E3003 (81002, left) and 85101.

Later in the week E3003 (81002), 82008 and 85101 were stabled in the yard awaiting transfer to the storage area.

On the evening before the Steam Gala, the rest of the fleet was lined up in the storage area, with E3044 (84009) leading E3003 (81002), 82008 and 85101.

Outside, in the rain, four of the five locos were lined up in the yard. E3035 (83012) leads E3003 (81002), 84001 (which had been turned to hide the worst of the peeling paint) and 85101.

85101 was also displayed for the first time at this gala, having been relegated to the storage area for the earlier steam gala.

Following the diesel and electric gala in 2000, 85101 was moved onto our restoration road in the shed and a start made to rubbing the bodywork down for repainting.

85101 on the restoration road, awaiting the start of its cosmetic overhaul.

For Barrow Hill's Steam Gala in July '01, our original collection was stabled opposite the new plaform. 85101 leads E3003 (81002), 82008 and E3035 (83012).

Rubbing down has started on 85101, with the corrodor side receiving treatment first.

On the morning of the first day of the 2001 Diesel and Electric gala, E3035 leads the Generator Car (99625), 82008, E3003 (81002) and 85101. The Generator Car is in operation and provided power for both the 83 and 82, with both roaring over the weekend.

At the start of 2002's mammoth Working Fortnight, E3003, 84001 and 85101 stand around the turntable.

Further rubbing down of 85101's bodywork took place early in the fortnight.

Part way through the undercoating process.

By the 5th April, the upper body Flint Grey and lower body Rail Grey have been completed.

Many Railfreight liveried locomotives had grilles picked out in the darker grey, but not all. In the case of 85101, we thought it would probably overwhelm the Flint Grey making the overall effect too dark.

The final tasks were carried out a fortnight later, on the eve of Barrow Hill's "Kings Cross in the 1960s" gala, with the fitting of depot plaques, BR arrows, numbers and an RfD logo.

85101 is turned in preparation for being shunted into the "garden" for display, with its special "Barrow Hill" diamond in position.

The day before the gala, 85101 was pushed outside for display.

The final touches were still being applied at this time, which necessitated ladders and platforms to be around the loco. Some of the photographers on site (for a photoshoot in the roundhouse and yard) took exception to us working on the loco, some going so far as to tell us that they had paid good money to come here and take photos, and that we should get out of their way! We made the mistake of taking a break later in the day; the photographers took the ladders and platforms away, scratching the paint in the process, to get their clear shot.

Thanks guys!

The corridor side of 85101, complete with "Crewe Eagle" depot plaque and Railfreight Distribution logo.

85101 on display in Railfreight Distribution livery at the "Kings Cross in the 1960s" gala on 20th April 2002.

The low sun makes an interesting composition of 86213, 85101, 83012 and 84009 in the yard at Barrow Hill.

This was the view that greeted visitors arriving from Doncaster Station: a spectacular line-up of diesel and electric traction, with 89001, 85101 and E5001 nearest the camera.

"Electric Alley" with (from left to right) 86261, 84001, 86609, 90028, 89001, 85101, E5001 and E3035 (83012) all visible.

The AC Loco Group's three exhibits are all visible here, with 85101 in the background on the left, 84001 prominent in the centre, and E3035 (83012) in the background on the right.

Over the crowds: a long view down to E3035 (83012), E5001, 85101 and 89001.

85101 proudly displays its nameplate.

E3035 (83012), 84001 and 85101 stand in the yard at Barrow Hill.

The other locomotives were lined up behind 86213: 85101, 84001 and E3035 (83012) provide interesting livery contrasts.

There was a covering of snow by the end of the week - 86213, 85101, E3035 (83012) and 73119 sit in this wintry scene.

Not many preservation venues can offer this sort of electric line up: from left to right are E3044 (84009), 86213, 85101, E3035 (83012) and 27000.

All the AC fleet bar 84001 was put on show In the new commercial shed. From left to right are E3003 (81002), 82008, 83012, 85101 and 86213.

85101, 82008 and 81002 dominate the view across the turntable.

Glenn, Robin and Pickle clean 85101 outside the Roundhouse.

Awaiting departure from Barrow Hill are 82008, 83012 and 85101, with 73138 on the rear.

With 47826 attached, 82008, 83012 and 85101 await departure to Crewe, via Derby and Lichfield.

47826 hauls 82008, E3035 (83012) and 85101 into Crewe Works.

85101, E3035 (83012) and 82008 are propelled into holding sidings by 47826 at Crewe Works.

Stabled with other exhibits, 82008, E3035 (83012) and 85101 await positioning for display at Crewe Works.

The electric line up was positioned by the main site entrance road: the view that greeted traders and exhibitors on Friday afternoon comprised 73138. 82008, 83012, 84001, 85101 and 89001.

85101 in Railfreight Distribution colours.

An overview of the electric line-up on Friday afternoon, with 89001 leading 85101, 84001, 83012, 82008 and 73138.

A view down the line-up early on Sunday morning, with 87002, 87001, 86213, 89001, 85101, 84001, 83012, 82008 and 73138 all visible to a greater or lesser extent.

Another view along the line of locos, with 89001 to the left, and 85101 leading the Roarers.

Time was spared over 29th/30th April to refit 85101's nameplates.

A first for the group, with four locos around the turntable. Left to right: 85101, 83012, 81002 and 86101.

And not forgetting the rest of the fleet - here 85101, 83012 and 81002 stand on their restoration roads in the shed.

Meanwhile, inside the shed, a couple of years' worth of smut and diesel is washed off 85101.

85101 may be clean, but certainly isn't tidy! Its 2002 paint job is starting to look the worse for wear.

E3035 and 85101 stand on show inside the roundhouse.

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