On this year's heavier loaded CMEs there was talk on the train about BIL doing 'the opposite' of most locomotives in as much as we all remembered just how quick the first CME was in 2018, a run nowhere near matched since. It was also the one and only non-stop run from Carlisle to Hellifield, something else that has been discussed at length since 60163's extraordinary non-stop run of the 22nd May with load 13. We've done 5 CMEs with BIL, and indeed the 11 coach 12th May 2018 was by far the quickest all day. The 'non-qualifying' Load 11 Blue Riband time was 16m 36.31s. The next quickest of the 3 11 coach runs was 21m 46.13. The run of the 26th June with load 12 was only 11 seconds slower than that at 21m 57.18s. Looking back at my timing sheets It's a bit obvious I didn't take timing as seriously in 2018. Partly this was because I often had to stand in the middle window that doesn't give as good a position or panoramic view for milepost spotting as being seated milepost side does. From 2019, Kelly at RTC has kindly allowed me to book as 2 couples, with seats '4 across' in a 4+4 bay in a TSO so that I have a window seat on the milepost side all day. Since then I've managed to 'spot' the great majority of mileposts on every train. The CME requires a change of sides at Carlisle if the stock remains platformed, and at Hellifield. Have attached a pdf file with the 5 runs for Carlisle to Appleby, this years affected by the Armathwaite tsr; Appleby to Ais Gill and Wilpshire Bank. Not that representative of 35018's carer over the S&C in particular as we haven't travelled on any of the Dalesman/Pendle Dalesman trains when the big Merchant performed better. Not seen any full logs of those runs unfortunately.