Think we’ll see 701’s on the Reading’s allowing 458’s to go back on the Windsor’s to replace the 707’s and they may end up on the SWML locals but not all depots that work the SWML sign the 458’s I believe
That has to be rare to see the hunslet austerity out on non Thomas events.
Is this a first or does she do a couple of days year, imagine only 4 weeks use a year just for Thomas themed events aren’t enough to keep her operational
BPN to the Grove is a 5hr turn (10units)
BPN to the Airport is a 4hr turn (8)
BPN to Lime street is 3hr turn (6)
31 3 car Class 331’s and for all to be doubles it is 24, so very possible with what Northern have.
Friend of mine at SWR said the 707 are looking at going first due to them having a new home with 458’s shuffled into the Windsor line locals until enough 701’s are up and running but this just back room chat nothing confirmed
If they are only keeping around 10 sets it won’t be enough to cover Leeds and York turns plus maintenance.
Leeds 12 diagrams include Harrogate extensions
York stoppers requires 3. So I feel plenty of Azuma’s will still pop up fairly often
Finished work the other day and it seems the Steertlites are finally having there auto announcements activated on the 49 in the Monkswood- Bramley direction...
that’s taken a good while to get that system working
Could definitely see the Liverpool’s running over the Calder Valley, airports via Guide Bridge, with Huddersfield could see maybe a peak extra to and from Leeds/ Man pic to help with peak crowds.
Picc throat issue could see Crewe/Apt- Picc extended via Cord to Vic to keep the cord in use?
SWT/SWR have been known for running the Class 455‘a down ti Haslemere during engineering work when a shuttle operates to Woking with a half hourly from Pompey going up the New Line.
Haslemere is on the destination blinds of the Class 455’s as well
Northern’ use of Class 180 on morning peak into Leeds.
Previous Northern franchise leasing 180’s in the North West on the Blackpool/Preston-Victoria/ Hazel Grove must have been a nice upgrade from 150’s & 142’s