21st December 2003
First North Western
(Class 101 Farewell)
|DMU's Used||101676, 101685 & 101693|
Route: 1T01 throughout
|as listed||Manchester Piccadilly - Ardwick Jn - Heaton Norris Jn - Stockport - Hazel Grove - Furness Vale - Buxton|
|as listed||Buxton - (reverse of outward route) - Adwick Jn - Manchester Piccadilly - Oxford Road - Castlefield Jn - Ordsall Lane Jn - Salford Crescent - Bolton - Chorley - Euxton Jn - Preston - Lancaster - Morecambe South Jn - Morecambe|
|as listed||Morecambe - Heysham Port|
|as listed||Heysham Port - Morecambe|
|as listed||Morecambe - Bare Lane - Hest Bank - Carnforth North Jn - Carnforth - Arnside - Ulverston - Barrow in Furness|
|as listed||Barrow in Furness - Ulverston - Arnside - Carnforth - Lancaster - Preston - Euxton Jn - Chorley - Bolton - Salford Crescent - Ordsall Lane Jn - Castlefield Jn - Oxford Road - Manchester Piccadilly|
Source : Martin Barnsdall (on the train throughout)
(by Martin Barnsdall)
Here are some photos taken on the day.
Where were you when they retired the last of the 1st gen units, they will say in years to come. Well, 200 lucky people rode on the Farewell Tour – justified to my wife so close to Christmas, as the rail equivalent of Concorde being retired!
Having decided to drive to Manchester Piccadilly, I made my way onto the station. 87008 rumbled in as I made my way to Platform 4, the supposed departure point for the 101 Farewell Tour. A quick coffee and I stood on the overbridge waiting for the train. They decided to run into platform 3 and as the 3 2 car units ground to a halt, massed ranks of FNW employees stood at every door to check tickets of participants as they got on the train.
For the record, the consist was: 101676 in Regional livery, 101693 in Strathclyde orange and 101685 (Daisy) in green. (Of course!)
‘Daisy’ had been named “Daisy” on Wednesday 17th, her 47th Birthday as was sporting nice adhesive nameplates on both sides of each vehicle.
A nice run up to Buxton was first in order, with ˝ hour layover/photostop, then a glide down the hill back to Piccadilly. A good run – about 70mph passing Horwich, saw a virtually on time arrival in Preston, (yet more photos), then a sprint up to Lancaster, sharp left to Morecambe (more photos) and onto Heysham Port (more photos!).
Another reversal and then the north curve at Bare Lane lead to a 15-minute late arrival in a cold Barrow in Furness.
The buffet at Barrow stayed open longer, just for the tour participants.
Regaining the WCML at Carnforth a spirited run was had to Preston, passing non-stop on centre roads through Lancaster at between 70 and 73 mph (depending who you talk to!)
Delays near Bolton and Salford Crescent made for a 13 minute late arrival in Piccadilly.
All in all, a darn good day out. Excellent running by the ancient DMU’s, good organising by FNW. Many thanks to Andy Houghton of FNW for raising the blinds in the cab of 676!
Timings (Booked & Actual)
(booked from Martin Barnsdall)
|Slade Lane Jn||11/36||11/36|
|Heaton Norris North Jn||11/40||?|
|Stockport||11.42a ~ 11.44d||11.43 ~ 11.45|
|Hazel Grove||11.50a ~ 11.52d||11.51 ~ 11.52|
|Buxton||12.25a ~ 12.55d||12.20 ~ 12.55|
|Stockport||13.24a ~ 13.27d||13.29 ~ 13.32|
|Heaton Norris North Jn||13/29||?|
|Slade Lane Jn||13/33||13/36|
|Manchester Piccadilly||13.39a ~ 13.41d||13.41 ~ 13.43|
|Oxford Road||13.43a ~ 13.45d||13.45 ~ 13.46|
|Ordsall Lane Jn||13/48||13/48|
|Bolton||13.58a ~ 14.00d||14.01 ~ 14.03|
|Preston||14.23a ~ 14.57d||14.30 ~ 14.57|
|Lancaster||15*18a ~ 15*20d||15.18 ~ 15.20|
|Morecambe South Jn||15/23||15/23|
|Morecambe||15.29a ~ 15.33d||15.29 ~ 15.33|
|Morecambe Jn GF||15*34a ~ 15*34d||?|
|Heysham Port||15.44a ~ 15.54d||15.46 ~ 15.58|
|Morecambe||16.04a ~ 16.08d||??.?? ~ 16.14|
|Carnforth North Jn||16/19||16/29|
|Carnforth||16.20a ~ 16.22d||?|
|Barrow-in-Furness||17.00a ~ 17.35d||17.17 ~ 17.35|
|Carnforth North Jn||18/15˝||18/21|
|Morecambe South Jn||18/19||18/27|
|Preston||18.42a ~ 18.44d||18.50 ~ 18.52|
|Bolton||19.09a ~ 19.12d||19.24 ~ 19.26|
|Ordsall Lane Jn||19/23||19/43|
|Oxford Road||19.26a ~ 19.29d||19.48 ~ 19.50|
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