Trip #18c: A Final Trundle around the North West A 5am alarm called me from my sleep. Annoyance gave way to excitement as I remembered I would be having fun on the Cumbrian loco-hauled sets. Armed with food and water, I took a final trip back to Haymarket. I had about 15 minutes of wait. I observed the continuing cancellations of ScotRail and managed to snap one of the Fife loco-hauled sets before my train arrived. I boarded the 06:57 departure to Carlisle. It was dark, so I mainly concentrated on not being sick. Riding on a Pendolino gives me a sort of motion sickness that I don't usually get on trains. It must be the tilting. My advance tickets had given me nearly an hours wait at Carlisle before my train round the Cumbrian Coast. I left the station to buy some hot food and drink. Armed with a lukewarm pastry, I returned to the waiting room. I remained there for about half an hour, before the class 37 rocked up (late). 37409 "Lord Hinton" was to shove me all the way round the coast to Barrow-in-Furness. I settled into the very back of the rear carriage so I could enjoy the glory of a class 37. There isn't much words can do to describe an experience like this. I can only post some pictures. We lost time at St Bees because of a late running service in the other direction. I had a tight (8 minute) connection to a service to Lancaster. I spoke to the guard who said that she would speak to her control and try to hold the train for a bit. After a fabulous nearly 3 hour journey, I trotted from one train to the other, swapping my class 37 for a class 185. With only a 3 minute change, I didn't have time for pictures. The Manchester Airport service left only 2 minutes late, calling at all stations to Preston. I continued to enjoy the coastal scenery all the way to Lancaster. I got off there, giving myself 20 minutes to wait before my return to Barrow. I went back round to Barrow on another on-hire 185. I had another wait at Barrow until a loco-hauled set arrived. I spent it milling around a waiting room. The current timetable means that there are two loco-hauled departures from Barrow north to Carlisle in the space of an hour. Originally, I was going to take this set all the way to Carlisle, as it was the other diagram (therefore hopefully the 68). However, it was another 37. No complaints from me. I decided to alight at Sellafield as I had plenty of time before my booked train from Carlisle back to Haymarket. Sellafield serves the nuclear power station and its workers. I had managed to arrive in the peak time (which was slightly tedious). Whilst waiting for departure, I realised that nobody had actually shut some of the slam doors. I gave them an aggressive shove and got a wave from the guard. After the token was thrown (quite literally) from signal box to cab, the train departed. I saw two southbound departures (both 156s) and an almost constant stream of workers from the site. 37409 chugged into view, almost on-time. I boarded (along with more workers) and enjoyed the same views of the Cumbrian Coast, but in the dark. I slept as well because I had been up for many hours. I was woken up by a guard at Carlisle. I left the train swiftly and apologetically, returning to retrieve my phone and tickets. I spent the next 50 minutes in the waiting room, popping out to see some freight* *1 intermodal My train back to Edinburgh arrived (delayed) and I boarded it. Nothing really happened, except me eating some chocolate and drinking a lot of water. I arrived at Haymarket and went home. Tomorrow: Nothing. I have revision to do.