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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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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 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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December blog

Tony Potts writes: Further to my report to our November meeting, more information has emerged about the Sellafield Limited travel to work plans. An experimental coach service from Workington and Cockermouth is to start in the new year, and in view of the fact that the heavy traffic will delay the coaches, Sellafield has asked the county as [...]


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November blog

Tony Potts writes: On 12 October I attended the Travel Watch North West meeting at Preston. Whilst most of the meeting was about public transport in Lancashire, one speaker talked about Transport for the North, which is part of the Northern Powerhouse plan. An independent economic review estimates that this will give an increase to the [...]


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October blog

Note there was no September blog because of a change of meeting dates. Tony Potts writes: On 16 September I attended the seating exhibition at Carlisle held by Northern. Three pairs of seats, two by CAF and one by a German maker, intended for new and refurbished stock were on show, and passengers were invited to sit in each one and vote for [...]


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August blog

Tony Potts writes: These last few weeks have seen a marked deterioration in train performance, such matters as train faults and/or staff shortages, especially of conductors, have led to cancellations and delays. David has compiled figures over the past four weeks for us to see. According to a report in The Sunday Post of 17 July, which [...]


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July blog

On Thursday 14 July, along with other members, I attended the community rail meeting at The Courts, Carlisle. The event was somewhat disappointing as there were none of the promised hourly presentations and the Network Rail representative, Karen Hornby, did not attend. As I went after lunch, Laurence had gone by then. I was hoping to ask [...]


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June blog

On Thursday 2 June I attended a meeting of the West Cumbria Mining Liaison Group at the Haig Pit. Salient points were that they expect to run coal trains to Redcar on five days each week, with a waste train on the Saturday, possibly going south. On Friday 3 June David and I attended the official opening of the West Cumberland Railway Museum [...]


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