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The RMT union have announced a further strike on 24 and 26 May – timetable details for Thursday are here. Generally services on the coast are similar to the last strike with reasonable early trains or buses but very early finishes (eg 1450 north from Barrow and 1600 from Carlisle to Whitehaven). Many services north of Whitehaven are [...]


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Tony Potts writes: On 17 April I caught the 1608 train from Corkickle to collect my car from Workington. All went well, until, on the single line between Parton and Harrington, the loco lost power and came to a halt. The driver tried to reset matters but to no avail. As the electricity was off, the toilets wouldn’t flush. After several [...]


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April news

The RMT union have announced a further strike on 9 May. Timetable details will follow later. Northern have announced that there will be Sunday services between Barrow and Carlisle and additional evening trains from 20 May. This is not the full service promised but a considerable move towards it. Times are available on National Rail. Timetables [...]


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Tony Potts writes: Part of my interview with Daniel Puddlecombe about our local train service was published in Rail 849 on 28 March, which issue also included a two-page spread by him about the use of Class 68 locos on one locomotive hauled train. West Cumbria Mining are to hold three open days at the former Haig Museum. These are on 17 May [...]


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March news

Northern have announced that there will be Sunday services between Barrow and Carlisle and additional evening trains from 20 May. This is not the full service promised but a considerable move towards it. Full timetables will be available on 7 April. There will also be four return Barrow-Manchester Airport and one Windermere-Manchester Piccadilly [...]


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March blog

Tony reported to the annual general meeting: Although there have been disappointments, such as delays and cancellations and the continuing RMT strikes, several positive items have emerged during the last twelve months. The problems caused by the unreliability of the locomotive-hauled (LHCS) trains have been partially resolved by the substitution [...]


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February news

RMT have another strike day on Saturday 3 March. Timetables in summary are seven buses each way from Carlisle to Workington from 0646 to 1715 (the last to Whitehaven) and six back from Workington from 0843 to 1942. There are six trains each way from Workington to Barrow (0826-1726) and return (0655-1732) with ten minute connections at Workington. [...]


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February blog

Tony Potts writes: On 2 February David and I attended the Community Rail drop-in meeting at Carlisle. We were able to speak to Christopher Winfield from Network Rail, who told us that the May timetable change would be delayed for some eight weeks as the delays to the Manchester-Bolton-Preston electrification have meant that the introduction [...]


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January news

Northern has further RMT strike action on 8, 10 and 12 January. In summary Cumbrian coast trains mainly run between Workington or Whitehaven and Barrow with very limited connections to Lancaster. There are mostly buses between Whitehaven or Workington and Carlisle. On other routes there is one early bus from Carlisle to Dumfries in addition [...]


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January blog

Tony Potts writes: I regret I am unable to attend this meeting as I shall be returning from the East Lancashire Railway after my Class 40 driving experience course. I shall give a report as soon as possible on my return. Yet again we have had disruption to our train service not only by strikes, crew shortages and failures, but also by a “sinkhole” [...]


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