Thursday, March 16, 2017

On the platform

Last Saturday I spent an enjoyable few hours at Carlisle, with the prospect of meeting up with a couple of steam locomotives. First to arrive was LMS Royal Scot Class 7P 4-6-0 no 46115 Scots Guardsman pulling the Railway Touring Company's 'The Midday Scot' from Manchester to Edinburgh.

The locomotive was uncoupled from the coaches and reversed into a siding to take on water from a tanker. Here it is being passed by a TransPennine Express EMU from Manchester.

Lots of interest as it runs up platform 1 to rejoin its rake of carriages.

Sing along with Wayne Fontana here.

Here we go, "Pamela, Pamela, remember the days ..."

Off we go! Note all the scaffolding in the background. Carlisle's Citadel Station is undergoing a huge refurbishment at the moment. Read about that and the history of the station here. By sometime next year, after a £14.7 million spend, the station will have a new roof and platform upgrades.

To see Scots Guardsman working up from Beattock, unassisted, check out this video. Wonderful!

Built in 2008, this class 66 diesel locomotive carries the name Stephenson Locomotive Society 1909-2009.

Some of the Cumbrian Coast passenger services are currently DRS loco hauled, or pushed, trains. It's like a heritage line! No 37409 Lord Hinton dates from 1965, and was once called Loch Awe.

There was time for a walk downtown, have some lunch and pick up some shopping, to get back to the station to see LMS Jubilee Class 6P 4-6-0 no 45690 Leander slide into the station with a West Coast Railways charter from Scarborough. Leander pulled the Preston-Carlisle leg.

This class 47/7 no 47746 was on the rear, and would haul the tour on its return. The locomotive dates from 1964 and was named Chris Fudge 29.7.70 - 22.6.10. Who was he? Story is here.

Back at the front end, I found myself in position to hear one side of the conversation between train crew and the signallers. Fascinating.

Now you see it, now you don't!

Leander and its support coach pulls away.

Backing back under the bridge and onto the middle road through the station.

Passing a southbound Pendolino standing at platform 4.
Pix © Skip Cottage

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