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Tony Potts writes: On 5 December David, Lynette, Nigel, Terry and I attended the Community Rail Liaison Meeting at Blencathra House, Whitehaven. In an attempt to encourage more employees to travel to Sellafield by train, Sellafield Ltd is to give interest-free loans to buy season tickets. An annual season will give the employee 12 weeks’ [...]


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November blog

Tony Potts writes: Reliability incidents There was serious disruption to services on 25 October when a DMU hit a traffic cone which, I’m told, had been dropped from the bridge on Mirehouse Road in Whitehaven. This caused damage to the brake pipes meaning that the brakes couldn’t be released. Some five or six hours of disruption followed. Other [...]


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October blog

Tony Potts writes: Once again our train service has been disrupted by strike action, this time on two days, 3 and 5 October. An e-mail from Sharon Keith, Northern’s Regional Director, gave some information about what services they planned to run, and expressed disappointment at the fact that the RMT aren’t entering into “meaningful [...]


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September blog

Tony Potts writes: Yet again our train services have been disrupted by strike action from the RMT on September 1 and 4. Northern ran the usual trains between Barrow and Workington/Whitehaven, with buses between there and Carlisle. On 1 September, I was told that the train to Sellafield (two cars) was on time. Checking at Whitehaven on [...]


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August blog

Tony Potts writes: After a successful meeting at Millom addressed by Trudy Harrison MP, at least one member of the Sellafield Limited (SL) Train User Group has e-mailed her, had an acknowledgement (19 July) and an answer (24 July). I shall read out the reply. I must stress that the SL train user group is very informal, being simply a list [...]


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July blog

Tony Potts writes: My reply to a letter in Rail magazine where the writer advocated a bridge across the Duddon was published in the 24 May issue. I said that a better use of funds would be to remove the pinch-points which currently cause delays. In addition, the installation of continuous welded rail would improve the journey. Two other [...]


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June blog

Tony Potts writes: My reply to a letter in Rail magazine where the writer advocated a bridge across the Duddon was published in the 24 May issue. I said that a better use of funds would be remove the pinch-points which currently cause delays. In addition, the installation of continuous welded rail would improve the journey. Two other letters [...]


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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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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 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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