Granted - the facilities in this part of the world take inadequate to a whole new level ... Todmorden station doesn’t even have a clock FFS - let alone a ticket machine, or electronic displays...
Class 317s were built for BedPan electrification. Although their introduction was delayed due to a spat between ASLEF and BR over DOO.
Due to the 'sparks effect' (passenger growth) and reopening of Snow Hill Tunnel (Thameslink), NSE then procured the Class 319s, cascading the 317s onto Great Northern suburban routes.
ScouseinManc said:IHeart - they could build a multi-storey, where the current car park is now, to make Eccles a 'parkway'.
Prior to the formation of British Aerospace there were two English Electric factories either side of Strand Road - the eastern side, the original Dick Kerr works, closest to St Werburghs manufactured air frame components for aircraft such as the Lightning, was taken over by British Aerospace whilst the eastern side that had built up a healthy business in Southern region emu motors and control systems became part of GEC. The BAe factory subsequently was shut down and then demolished when manufacturing was relocated to Salmesbury and a light industrial and office estate was built in its place. IIRC the only BAe facility still on site is their award winning apprentice training facility, home to their Young Engineers club (every town should have one). The view disguises just how much space there was next to Strand Road. GEC subsequently merged their rail interests with Alsthom before Arnold Weinstock's empire imploded as a result of an unwise diversification into telecommunications by his successors.
So, by the time electrification is completed in 2016 and the 319's are transferred up, we'll be getting 28 year old trains to replace 32 year old pacers ,whilst the south east gets the new shiny ones!! Tis good of them!