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Cumbrian Round Robin 23rd February 2016

The prime reason behind this day out was to sample the loco-hauled services operated by Northern Rail, using a class 37 plus DBSO with DRS Mk 2 coaches, around the Cumbrian Coast line from Barrow to Carlisle. A suitable day ranger ticket was identified enabling a round trip between Lancaster & Carlisle travelling via the Cumbrian Coast in one direction and via the WCML over Shap in the other.

A very cold sunny morning heralded departure of the majority of the party from Warrington aboard 390050 on 1S39 07.16 New St - Glasgow Central. This was taken as far as Preston where a change of trains was required (and the remainder of the party joined). During the wait here the northbound "Tesco" container service passed through double-headed by 66427 + 66301.

  
   66427 + 66301 approach Preston on the Daventry - Coatbridge "Tesco" container service   Alan Turton

From Preston the party of 9 Members travelled on 156469 [1C51 08.31 Oxford Rd - Barrow], a Northern unit on hire to Trans Pennine. At Barrow, there was time to photograph the array of semaphore signals, plus specially-commissioned posters advertising the Cumbrian Coast Line while awaiting the loco-hauled service to Carlisle.

  
   Promotional poster for the Cumbrian Coast Line at Barrow station (1)   Gareth Thomas
  
   Promotional poster for the Cumbrian Coast Line (2).   Gareth Thomas

  
   Semaphore signals still control the movements at Barrow.   Peter Hughes
  
   DBSO 9707 leads the 08:42 Carlisle - Barrow into Barrow station. 37409 is propelling at the rear.   Alan Turton

At 11:24, 37409 with DBSO 9707 and 3 coaches arrived on 2C40 08.42 Carlisle - Barrow] and, a turnaround of c15 minutes, returned north, carrying the party, as 2C49 11.38 Barrow - Carlisle.

  
   DBSO 9707 on arrival at Barrow with the 08:42 Carlisle - Barrow. 37409 is at the rear.   Alan Turton
  
   37409 (Lord Hinton) prepares to leave Barrow at the head on the 11:38 to Carlisle.   Peter Hughes

On this section of the journey the main items of railway interest are the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway and the sidings at BNFL Sellafield. THe former was not operating but some of its stock was stabled in the sidings alongside the Network Rail line. Otherwise the railway takes secondary interest to the magnificent scenery which was enhanced by the clear blue skies which lasted all day.

  
   Shelagh of Eskdale (the diesel) and Northern Rock stabled in the R&ER sidings at Ravenglass   Peter Hughes

The trip was rounded off by a short observation (of about 90 minutes) at Carlisle before heading south aboard 390122 on 1M15 14.40 Glasgow - Euston.

  
   153317 waits at Carlisle to form a service to Barrow - a stark contrast to the loco-hauled coaches travelled in by the party.   Peter Hughes
  
   37423 heads an empty stock working from Carnforth to Kingmoor through Carlisle station.   Peter Hughes

  
   156474 arrives at Carlisle on a service from Glasgow via the G&SW route   Alan Turton
  
   156436 Carlisle on a service from Glasgow, via the G&SW route, to Newcastle   Alan Turton

The following list of sightings is presented in good faith based on observations by Alan Turton

Warrington [Arpley Yard]
66006/66105

Warrington Bank Quay
175115
390050 [1S39 07.16 New St - Glasgow Central]

Wigan North Western
221106

Preston
57310 Stabled
66427/301 [4S43 06.16 Daventry - Mossend]
142022/49
150132/33/36/37/43/46
156425/27/28/80
156469 [1C31 08.31 Manchester Oxford Rd - Barrow]
158910
185112
221114/16
319386
350405
DR73909

WCRC, Carnforth
37214/518/668
47245/70/760/86/802/26
57001
57313/16
5078/5229/5419/9493
94222
94308/22/32
94406
94512/47
95410
96170
975484

Carnforth
DR79231-37

Barrow In Furness
156464 Stabled
156469 [1N31 11.16 Barrow - Manchester Airport]
156472 [2C47 10.04 Preston - Barrow]
9707/6122/6173/5971/37409 [2C40 08.42 Carlisle - Barrow & 2C49 11.38 Barrow - Carlisle]

Askam
156440 [2C42 09.38 Carlisle - Lancaster]

Ravenglass
156481 [2C44 10.54 Carlisle - Lancaster]

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway
Northern Rock
Shelagh Of Eskdale
Les

Sellafield
37603/05/12
DR73904
DR73942
BNFL Number 5

Parton
153351 [2C46 12.08 Carlisle - Barrow]

Flimby
153363 [2C30 12.52 Carlisle - Barrow]

Maryport
DR73914

Carlisle
14.26 37607 [4Z42 12.10 Crewe Cs - Kingmoor]
15.28 37423/5995/6001/6064/9704 [5Z41 14.30 Carnforth - Kingmoor]
60047 Stabled
142079
153317
156434/36/74/79/81
221109
350404/08
390040
390122/25/51/52/56
390122 [1M15 14.40 Glasgow Central - Euston]

Lancaster
156480

Wigan North Western
142040
150271
319377
390046

Warrington Bank Quay
60095 [6J37 11.59 Carlisle Yard - Chirk]
66098 [6C38 16.23 Fiddlers Ferry P.S - Newbiggin]
390042

Arpley Yard
08428

last updated: 14/03/16