28th June 1979

British Rail
Cumbrian Coast Express

Locos Used at least 40076 & steam : 5690 'Leander' & 35028 'Clan Line'
Stock Used 12 Mk 1's

Route :

Loco Route
40076? Blackpool North - Preston
40076 Preston - Lancaster - Carnforth
35028 Carnforth - Arnside - Grange-over-Sands - Plumpton Jn - Ulverston - Dalton Jn - Park South Jn - Askham - Foxfield - Millom - Bootle - Ravenglass - Seascale - Sellafield
5690 Sellafield - (reverse of outward route) - Carnforth
40076 Carnforth - Lancaster - Preston
40076? Preston - Blackpool North

Notes :
(1) Brian Basterfield comments: Following the huge success of the 1978 Summer 'Cumbrian Coast Express' operation, BR decided to increase the number of trains in 1979, and to add a second train, the 'North Yorkshireman', which would run to Skipton, via Grange over Sands. And two extra locomotives, 35028 Clan Line and 5690 Leander, were brought in to support the two Carnforth based LNER pacifics, 4498 Sir Nigel Gresley, and 4472 Flying Scotsman. So in 1979, I allocated 5 days of my Holiday entitlement to enable me to sample both services. In fact I travelled on 3 Cumbrian Coast Expresses and 2 North Yorkshireman. And each for the price of 7, through travel from Birmingham to Preston included. This was the first, and I was lucky to get the two newly arrived locomotives. Both ran well, and of course there was an added bonus of class 40 diesel haulage from Preston to Carnforth in the morning, and back in the evening. Service train haulage from Birmingham to Preston and return included Electrics 86246, 86258, 87014, and 86032.

Source : Brian Basterfield

Timings (Advertised & Actual)
(from Brian Basterfield & Alan Taylor)

Location Advertised Actual   Advertised Actual
Blackpool North 10.20d ?   20.10a ?
Preston ??.??a ~ 11.10d ??.?? ~ 11.23   19.29a ~ ??.??d 19.38 ~ ??.??
Garstang ? 11/34   ? 19/28
Lancaster ??.??a ~ 11.40d 11.46 ~ 11.47    19.03a ~ ??.??d 19.12a ~ 19.13
Morecambe South Jn ? 11/51   ? 19/08
Carnforth ??L??a ~ 12L05d 11.59a ~ 12.09   18L35a ~ ??.??d 18.57 ~ 19.02
Arnside ? 12/18   ? 18/46
Grange over Sands  (30min stop) 12.24 ~ 12.50   ? 18/42
Plumpton Jn ? 13/04   ? 18/29
Dalton Jn ? 13/16   ? 18/12
Park South Jn ? 13/18   ? 17.53 ~ 16.05
Askham ? 13/22   ? 17/49
Foxfield ? 13/30   ? 17/40
Millom ? 13/38   ? 17/34
Bootle ? 13/53   ? 17/23
Ravenglass 14.04a ~ ??.??d 14.03 ~ 14.08   ??.??a ~ 17.08d 17.10 ~ 17.13
Seascale 14.22a ~ ??.??d 14.16 ~ 14.18   ??.??a ~ 16.53d 16.58 ~ 16.59
Sellafield 14L31a 14.23   16L45d 16.50


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