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Cumbrian Rail miscellany

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So. After our class 37/4s were withdrawn from mainline passenger use at the end of the contract with Northern Rail the feeling was that life was going to be a bit boring with an endless procession of Class 156 DMUs dominating. However, it hasn't turned out quite like that.

 

37 419 and 37 402 on the Three Peaks Challenge charter train

 

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We've repainted 419 'Carl Haviland'  in the classic Intercity executive livery much to the delight of the railfans

 

One of our Class 68s is at the rear of a driver training working with the CAF built driving car at the front

 

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Due to a blockade further down the West Coast route, the Saturday Sellafield-Crewe flask working was 'Top and tailed' by Class 68s

 

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One of the jobs the 37/4s picked up was hauling the Network rail 'PLPR Infrastructure test train'. A sort of 'Dr Yellow' for secondary routes

 

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More in a mo

 

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So I have started a monthly video diary of Cumbrian rail action to capture the diversity of what is passing through

 

Including steam charters and diesel hauled specials

 

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So May's monthly Miscellany can be found here

 

 

A special on the Three Peaks with 68s and 37/s

 

 

June's miscellany won't be far away either

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June's.

Description of the various trains on the youtube link. I've blended the Three Peaks footage in as well

 

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So we had mixed emotions a couple of days ago at our annual Depot open day, this year held at our Carlisle Kingmoor depot. The excitement of the show was tempered by the sad news that a colleague of ours, Train driver Tony Kaye, had passes away the day before  the show after a brave battle against illness. Knowing Tony's love of the Class37/4s we decided to honour him by putting a wreath on recently re-liveried 37 419

 

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Once we had done that we gave Tony a celebratory 'thrash' of 37 419 and 37 409 with a Class 68 adding to the clag in the background

 

 

I was honoured to have had Tony as a colleague and a friend and wish his family well

 

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