27th April 2002
The Citadel Express
|Locos Used||31128, 31452, 31602, 47703 & steam: 6233|
1Z?? : Northampton to Carlisle
1Z47 : Carlisle to Northampton
|?47703?||Northampton - ?? - Crewe|
|6233||Crewe - (via WCML) - Carlisle|
|31602 + 31452 (1)||Carlisle - (via WCML) - Carnforth No.2 U&DGL|
|31128 + 6233||Carnforth No.2 U&DGL - (via WCML) - Crewe|
|47703||Crewe - ??? - Northampton|
(1) plus 6233 dead-in-tow. Steam loco 6233 failed at Carlisle with a leaking firebox. 31602+31452, which had worked the Green Express Llandudno Jct-Sellafield as far as Carnforth, were sent north to Carlisle to pilot the PMR train back to Carnforth. Here the return legs of both tours were recessed side-by-side in the bi-directional goods loops south of the station. 31602+31452 swapped trains, replacing 8F 48151 and taking up their booked turn back to Llandudno Jct. Meanwhile, 31128 took over as pilot for a partially-resurrected 6233 onwards to Crewe, where the scheduled loco change to 47703 took place.
Source : Mark Sutton
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