3rd April 1993
Flying Scotsman Services
The Cumbrian Mountain Express
|Locos Used||47820 & steam: 46201 'Princess Elizabeth'|
|Stock Used||Load 12|
|47820||Rugby - Coventry - Birmingham New Street - Wolverhampton - Stafford - Stoke on Trent - Stockport - Manchester Victoria - Bolton - Euxton Jn - (via WCML) - Carlisle|
|46201||Carlisle - Petteril Bridge Jn - (via S&C) - Settle Jn - Hellifield - Clitheroe - Blackburn|
|47820||Blackburn - Farington Jn - Euxton Jn - Bolton - Manchester - Stockport - Stafford - Birmingham New Street - Rugby|
(1) Alex Cunningham comments : Driver Paul Kane on his first trip following 38 years on the shovel! Ascent from Appleby to Ais Gill 27 minutes start to pass, slightly down on schedule but nonetheless a creditable performance. Some wheelslip on the 1 in 82 Wilpshire Bank from Whalley Arches, topped the bank at about 15mph and reached Blackburn 20 minutes late. No loco or crew available to take train forward. Sat for over 2 hours in Blackburn goods yard before continuing behind 47820 (one crew delivered loco another crew arrived later on a pacer to drive it out again). Arrived Stockport 8pm on a wet Saturday night into a running battle among wild lager louts. Somebody smashed a window in the ticket office and somebody else stole a coat off the back of another passenger then the group dived onto a Manchester bound train. I realised I would make an appalling witness. Which of the group smashed the window?; who stole the coat?; I don't know, it all happened so quickly. Returned to Preston on a 150 then back to Carlisle behind class 87 "Iron Duke", load 9.
Sources : Alex Cunningham (joined at Carlisle, left at
Stockport) & Dave Lodwick
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