Freedom of the north west 4in 8

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morgantyreman

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Right well i desided to do a rover for a week and as i had done the north east version i thought id try the west one.

North west 4 in 8 is more like 8 in 8 theys days and non of the conductors/ train managers check the card you get with it.


The plan was to start at leeds at 00:00 on sunday( today ). but with a bit of a charm i blagged my way onto a earlier service.

20:38 Leeds - Manchester Airport 21:57 158xxx + 158xxx (6 car) (L)

22:49 Manchester Airport - Blackpool North 00:39 150xxx + 156xxx (4 car)

At blackpool north there was coaches put on due to engeneering works near preston. The coach was due at 01:00 but didnt trurn up till 01:45. The coach driver who must have passed his test before WW1 stayed in 5th gear all the way to the airport. This meant that the coaches top speed was only 45MPH.
We finaly arrived at the airport 1 hour 40 late.

01:00 Blackpool North - Manchester Airport 03:05 Coach (L)

05:05 Manchester Airport - York 07:21 185105 ( via Manchester Victoria )


At your had a chance to head over the river to Mc Donalds. Double egg mc muffin , hash brown and orange.

Back at york station i had a look around and.....

158910.........................Northern / West yorkshire metro liv
158976.........................TPE
158768.........................TPE
158806.........................TPE
158974.........................TPE
158798.........................TPE
158812.........................TPE
158790.........................CENTRAL / TPE BRANDED
158754.........................NORTHERN
185105.........................TPE
185109.........................TPE
185119.........................TPE
43167 + 43113..............GNER
91118 + 82217..............GNER
91101 + 82202 +67.......GNER + EWS


09:52 York - Leeds 10:35 158754 (2car) (L)

11:05 Leeds - Liverpool Lime ST 12:57 185xxx ( Via Manchester Victoria )

13:00 Liverpool Lime ST - Chester 13:40 508123


At chester:

508123.........................Mearsey rail
150284.........................ATW
150264.........................ATW
175103.........................First
142045.........................Northern
158837.........................ATW
158859.........................ATW
153323.........................ATW
175011.........................First
158827.........................ATW


Then with engernnering work near crewe there where more coaches.

14:00 Chester - Crewe 01:35 Coach


At crewe :

66213...........................EWS
170516.........................Central Trains
150277.........................Northern
158854.........................Northern
57309...........................Virgin Trains Thunderbird " BRAINS"

15:15 Crewe - Wigan Wallgate 16:35 Coach

16:45 Wigan Wallgate - Manchester Picadilly 17:19 150xxx

17:42 Manchester Picadilly - Leeds 18:40 185136

And thats it for day one.

Keep visiting all week for the rest.
 
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