1st April 2007

Skipton - East Lancashire Rail Action Partnership
The Missing Link

DMU's Used 156425 & 156460

Route:

DMU's Route
as listed Colne - Burnley Central - Gannow Jn - Rose Grove - Accrington - Blackburn
as listed Blackburn - Clitheroe - Hellifield - Settle Jn
as listed Settle Jn - Hellifield - Skipton
as listed Skipton - (reverse of outward route) - Settle Jn
as listed Settle Jn - (reverse of outward route) - Blackburn
as listed Blackburn - (reverse of outward route) - Colne

Notes :
(1) Tour run to promote the re-opening of the direct route between Colne & Skipton. The Missing Link and was the first train from Colne to Skipton since the direct line closed (37 years prior). The whole route was 50 miles compared to just 11 mile direct route and took 2 hours to travel one way. The tour was so successful the the group ran Missing Link 2 in October that same year (date confirmation required). This tour was a 135-mile journey involving 5 reversals (route was via Leeds, Bradford-Hebden Bridge and Copy Pit).

Source : Henry Allum

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