Class 43 LNER Farewell Railtour Dec 2019

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Just seen a post on Twitter from someone called "MrTimDunn", in his tweet mentioning @LNER:

Amazing HST Intercity 125 news! Just heard from
@LNER
that they’re repainting a full 7+2 set (inc 43402, world speed record holder & coaches!) in British Rail blue/yellow/white livery for charity farewell tour of LNER network. 18-21 Dec. Special tix will open to public soon...
Link to tweet at https://twitter.com/MrTimDunn/status/1197145140277784581

18 Dec: Edinburgh to Aberdeen
19 Dec: to Newcastle via Inverness
20 Dec: Newcastle to Leeds via York
21 Dec: Leeds to KGX
LNER haven't confirmed anything yet but considering MrTimDunn has mentioned @LNER in the tweet I'm guessing it's probably true.

If so it would be a fantastic send off...

Full timing (links) below

Wednesday 18th December

5Z43 0935 Craigentinny TRSMD to Edinburgh 0942 (ECS)
https://live.rail-record.co.uk/train?c=N07004&d=18/12/2019

1Z43 0946 Edinburgh to Inverness 1644 (PAX)
https://live.rail-record.co.uk/train?c=N07001&d=18/12/2019

5Z44 1700 Inverness to Inverness TMD 1714 (ECS)
https://live.rail-record.co.uk/train?c=N07009&d=18/12/2019

Thursday 19th December

5Z46 1113 Inverness TMD to Inverness 1129 (ECS)
https://live.rail-record.co.uk/train?c=N07003&d=19/12/2019

1Z46 1214 Inverness to Edinburgh 1639 (PAX)
https://live.rail-record.co.uk/train?c=N07002&d=19/12/2019

5Z47 1736 Edinburgh to Craigentinny TRSMD 1745 (ECS)
https://live.rail-record.co.uk/train?c=N07008&d=19/12/2019

Friday 20th December

5Z48 0901 Craigentinny TRSMD to Edinburgh 0907 (ECS)
https://live.rail-record.co.uk/train?c=N07005&d=20/12/2019

1Z48 0937 Edinburgh to Leeds 1620 (PAX)
https://live.rail-record.co.uk/train?c=N07007&d=20/12/2019

5Z49 1646 Leeds to Neville Hill TRSMD (ECS)
https://live.rail-record.co.uk/train?c=N07010&d=20/12/2019

Saturday 21st December

5Z50 1010 Neville Hill TRSMD to Leeds 1021 (ECS)
https://live.rail-record.co.uk/train?c=N00033&d=21/12/2019

1Z50 1101 Leeds to London Kings Cross 1509 (PAX)
https://live.rail-record.co.uk/train/?c=N08463&d=21/12/2019

5Z51 1615 London Kings Cross to Craigentinny TRSMD 2351 (ECS)
https://live.rail-record.co.uk/train?c=N17901&d=21/12/2019
 
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A lovely gesture and it'll be well worth seeing, bit of a pity from a photography point of view that it'll be running on days of the year with the fewest hours of daylight!
 

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One of the most leisurely farewell tours? (one day to cover Newcastle to Leeds!)

Could easily be done in two days (day 1 -> Edinburgh - Aberdeen - Inverness - Edinburgh, Day 2 -> Edinburgh - London via Leeds).
 

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Newsletter 342 from UK Railtours:
LNER will cease to operate HSTs on 16 December and they will be marking their departure with four days of celebration along their route, in conjunction with UK Railtours. It all began on 23 July 1977 when, under the auspices of our ancestral organisation the Lea Valley Railway Club and the Princes Trust, we ran the very first passenger-carrying HST on the ECML, so we will have been involved from the very beginning to the very end. More news in a future newsletter in just a few days’ time.
 

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I mean I would expect that it won't just go directly from Newcastle to Leeds (for instance) in the final analysis but it could just simply be that those who are organising it know their start point and end points but don't know what they'll be doing in the middle. After all it's not LNER that's announced it yet...
 

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I mean I would expect that it won't just go directly from Newcastle to Leeds (for instance) in the final analysis but it could just simply be that those who are organising it know their start point and end points but don't know what they'll be doing in the middle. After all it's not LNER that's announced it yet...
Judging by an email received from UK Railtours, they are the organisers

LNER will cease to operate HSTs on 16 December and they will be marking their departure with four days of celebration along their route, in conjunction with UK Railtours. It all began on 23 July 1977 when, under the auspices of our ancestral organisation the Lea Valley Railway Club and the Princes Trust, we ran the very first passenger-carrying HST on the ECML, so we will have been involved from the very beginning to the very end. More news in a future newsletter in just a few days’ time.
I suspect hotel bookings for that Wednesday in Aberdeen has increased in the last couple hours
 
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Judging by an email received from UK Railtours, they are the organisers
I'm not sure that UK Railtours involvement changes anything about my previous statement that it seems likely the start and end points will be correct but that the direct route may not be the one chosen? I could be wrong of course but it just strikes me as unlikely!
 

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Just seen a post on Twitter from someone called "MrTimDunn", in his tweet mentioning @LNER:

Amazing HST Intercity 125 news! Just heard from
@LNER
that they’re repainting a full 7+2 set (inc 43402, world speed record holder & coaches!) in British Rail blue/yellow/white livery for charity farewell tour of LNER network. 18-21 Dec. Special tix will open to public soon...
Link to tweet at https://twitter.com/MrTimDunn/status/1197145140277784581
43402? Which two power cars are the speed-record holders? I hope that the National Railway Museum and/or the 125 group can obtain them for preservation.
 

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Hotels in Aberdeen are quite cheap at the moment - anywhere from £20 to £30 on booking.com with free cancellation if you change your mind!
 

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I can see a lot of fields along the line of the tour route being occupied by camera-wielding enthusiasts... and a lot of angry farmers telling them to "get orf moi land".

:lol::lol::lol:
 

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As the above tweet was from me, Tim Dunn (and yes, I noted the number typo as soon as I'd hit "tweet"; there's no edit function) I can confirm it is genuine. A number of media, including me, were briefed yesterday and asked to spread the word. UK Railtours will be selling tickets for this charter soon.
 

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One of the most leisurely farewell tours? (one day to cover Newcastle to Leeds!)

Could easily be done in two days (day 1 -> Edinburgh - Aberdeen - Inverness - Edinburgh, Day 2 -> Edinburgh - London via Leeds).
I wouldn't be surprised if that's ,at least, Newcastle Carlise Skipton Leeds, and it might be more than that
 

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