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]
Warrington Bank Quay
390050 [1S39 07.16 New St - Glasgow Central]
Wigan North Western
66427/301 [4S43 06.16 Daventry - Mossend]
156469 [1C31 08.31 Manchester Oxford Rd - Barrow]
Barrow In Furness
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]
156440 [2C42 09.38 Carlisle - Lancaster]
156481 [2C44 10.54 Carlisle - Lancaster]
Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway
Shelagh Of Eskdale
BNFL Number 5
153351 [2C46 12.08 Carlisle - Barrow]
153363 [2C30 12.52 Carlisle - Barrow]
14.26 37607 [4Z42 12.10 Crewe Cs - Kingmoor]
15.28 37423/5995/6001/6064/9704 [5Z41 14.30 Carnforth - Kingmoor]
390122 [1M15 14.40 Glasgow Central - Euston]
Wigan North Western
Warrington Bank Quay
60095 [6J37 11.59 Carlisle Yard - Chirk]
66098 [6C38 16.23 Fiddlers Ferry P.S - Newbiggin]
last updated: 14/03/16