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Tony Potts writes: The introduction of the new timetable on 20 May last has not caused as many problems locally as elsewhere. The emergency timetable from 4 June has not seen us lose any trains. I travelled on the first (0947) train from Whitehaven to Barrow on 20 May and wrote a report -for our newsletter. Contrary to fears expressed locally [...]


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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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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 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 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 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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December blog

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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