14th August 1993
S.L.O.A. / F.S.S.
The Cumbrian Mountain Express
|Locos Used||47531 'Respite', 8???? & steam: 46229 'Duchess of Hamilton'|
|Stock Used||load 12|
|8????||?London Euston? - Wigan - Carlisle|
|46229||Carlisle - Petteril Bridge Jn - (via S&C) - Settle Jn - Hellifield - Keighley - Shipley - Bradford Forster Square|
|47531||Bradford Forster Square - Shipley - Whitehall Jn - Engine Shed Jn - Woodlesford - Altofts Jn - Wakefield Kirkgate - Healey Mills - Mirfield - Huddersfield - Stalybridge - Stockport - Crewe|
|?????||Crewe - ?London Euston?|
(1) Alex Cunningham comments : Dawn patrol to Wigan electric hauled then Cumbrian Mountain Express back to Carlisle via Shap; change to steam at Carlisle - a scorching performance with 46229 'Duchess of Hamilton' - Ormside to Ais Gill pass to pass in just 16 minutes 14 seconds, a new record for steam traction with 12 coaches over this uphill stretch - average speed 56.4mph, with driver Grierson, and Paul Kane on the shovel. Didn't tackle Wilpshire Bank today - instead went by way of Skipton & Keighley to Bradford Forster Square where class 47531 "Respite" backed on, in RES colours. Went via Normanton, Wakefield, Healey Mills, Mirfield. A laboured climb towards Standedge; 20mph through Huddersfield; down to 15 by Slaithwaite; 12mph at Marsden where the train was looped to allow a 158 to overtake. Eventually reached Crewe and returned to Carlisle on an Inter-City Holidaymaker Torquay to Glasgow service.
(2) Originally uploaded as 47775 in error (47531 was renumbered to 47775 at a later date).
(3) Route confirmation required.
Sources : Alex Cunningham (joined at Wigan, left at Crewe)
& Paul Barrett
(all photos: Paul Barrett)
46229 runs through Shipley, towards Bradford Forster Square.
47531 at Shipley, on the return leg to Crewe.
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