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The RMT union is planning further strike action on 30 May. Details of services will be available later but are likely to be similar to the last time with some daytime trains between Barrow and Workington and buses north to Carlisle. Railfuture has given our website a 2016 gold award saying it is exemplary is serving the group’s aims and [...]


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May blog

Tony Potts writes: FLAG meeting David and I attended this at Carnforth on 22 April. On the train there, we met a couple who had boarded the train at Carlisle when they really wanted a direct train to Lancaster, but no-one from Virgin Trains was on hand to advise them. They had come to Carlisle on the Settle and Carlisle and were now returning [...]


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Railfuture has given our website a 2016 gold award saying it is exemplary is serving the group’s aims and showing best practice. The RMT union have called a further strike on 28 April (after 8 April strike) and Northern are intending to run a revised timetable with a reduced service between Barrow and Workington but buses north of Workington [...]


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April blog

Tony Potts writes: After a very successful AGM we are now back to more prosaic matters. These last 14 days have seen yet more disruption to the service due to failures not only of loco hauled trains (LHCS) but units and infrastructure.  As an example, the failure of an LHCS train on 1 April led to the substitution of a single Class 153, [...]


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March news

Railfuture has given our website a 2016 gold award saying it is exemplary is serving the group’s aims and showing best practice. In addition to the strike on 13 March the RMT union have called a further strike on 8 April (the date of our April CRUG meeting) and Northern are intending to run a revised timetable. There was a reduced service [...]


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March Blog

Tony Potts wrote for the annual general meeting: Yet another year when we have seen variations in the situation. The much-heralded introduction of Sunday services south of Whitehaven, promised as part of the new franchise for December next, is now delayed until May 2018 due to the slowing down of the Great Western electrification scheme. This [...]


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February news

Railfuture has given our website a 2016 gold award saying it is exemplary is serving the group’s aims and showing best practice. Buses replace trains on 25 February between Whitehaven and Ulverston and also for the 1900 Carlisle-Whitehaven and 2030 return. The timetable includes full Furness line services from 11 December. The planned [...]


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February blog

Tony Potts writes: My letter to Modern Railways about the “Silver Spanner” award to the Class 37 was published in this month’s issue, along with a letter in a similar vein but from a different angle from Derek Faulds, the Chairman of Furness Line Action Group. In addition, an article on loco-hauled trains mentions the letters. The first [...]


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January news

Railfuture has given our website a 2016 gold award saying it is exemplary is serving the group’s aims and showing best practice. The timetable includes full Furness line services from 11 December. The planned improved timetable for December 2017 has now been put back to May 2018 because of delays in electrification in south west England [...]


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January blog

Tony Potts writes: On 3 December, the day on which I couldn’t attend our meeting as my wife and I were travelling back from Glasgow, there had been a dewirement between Wigan and Warrington which had caused some disruption to the West Coast main line. Virgin trains decided to delay the train on which we were travelling so that passengers [...]


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