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Saphos Trains 2020

Discussion in 'What's Going On' started by 61994, Sep 15, 2019.

  1. gricerdon

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    Oh dear a DL on the back. Will Saphos ever run DL free again?
     
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    They do on the Lakelanders and Fellsman tours
     
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    FFS :Banghead::Banghead::Banghead:
     
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    IMG_2400 (1).JPG Seen passing Flint this morning...
     
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    Approaching the outskirts of Chester near Waverton.

    EOS 5D Mark IV_200201_0468.jpg
    Cheers,
     
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    Just out of interest do we know if the train was fully booked because lots of people wanted an afternoon in Holyhead, or bearing in mind the events of 23:00 last evening is this another "Brexit Express" that has many guests invited by Mr H?
    His train of course I do not see it as a problem if that is the case, destinations even seem a little comparable!
     
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    There could be problems ahead if it is.

    50% will probably vote in favour of it being a really good day out and the other 50% will decide that it wasn't because the train was diesel hauled on the return. ;) <BJ>
     
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    Sounds like there has been a problem and diesel only hauled on the return. Points failure at Valley has been suggested, so maybe 45231 could not be turned?
     
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    From a couple of posts on 'Faceache', that would appear to be the explanation.
     
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    Just passed the Crewe Railcam, diesel only, good job they had the back up with them. Also looks like it's going to be T&T from Crewe as a second diesel has just run into the Chester line to get on the back of the train in platform 12.
     
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    No Generator Car but still 11 'blood and custard' carriages. Still the 4 Mk2s but now 6 Mk1s at the rear of the train on the photo above.
     
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    I wonder if this will become a recurring problem for North Wales steam? The Valley flasks finished towards the end of last summer, so the points likely don't get their thrice weekly workout anymore.
     
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    I wonder if a claim can be made against NR for infrastructure failure causing delays and extra costs involved having to run the 5 on its own back to Crewe.
     
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    Careful with that thought, as the bill may just end up being passed back to the operators? I suspect that the only use for the triangle now is the turning of steam locos, so inevitably the cost of upkeep is going to fall back on the tour operators.

    I seem to remember that the local council paid something towards the Valley facility to encourage tourism, back when the "North Wales Coast Express" was a regular occurrence. Perhaps they could be persuaded to contribute again, if they haven't maintained some support, although I'm not sure current levels of steam tours justify much input? Otherwise, I could see a situation where the points just get severed, particularly if the new Wylfa Power Station doesn't get the go-ahead.
     
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    Can't see a separate thread for the Pennine Peaks & Valleys Explorer tomorrow. Is it still a runner with Royal Scot on the front?
    Hopefully going out to see it if the weather doesn't put me off.
     
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    Hope there is a plan B in readiness for departure from Carnforth in case the line to Settle jnc is flooded as last week
     
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    Fingers crossed...I live in the Calder Valley and have been helping bale out a flooded workshop...looks It might be ditto tomorrow..
     
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