Retro Cumbrian Coast Explorer - Sat 13 July

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  1. yorkie

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    http://www.retrorailtours.co.uk/rt13.php

    Note there are reduced fares of 10% off (ie, adult standard class £63) for anyone who is also booked on the June tour to Skegness.

    Any forum members wishing to book on this are welcome to contact me for a special fare.
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    The stations that the train will be calling at en-route to & from Carlisle are as follows:

    • New Mills Central
    • Marple
    • Hyde Central
    • Ashton-under-Lyne
    • Stalybridge
    • Huddersfield
    • Brighouse
    • Sowerby Bridge
     
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    Bit of an early start from New Mills Central!

    Mind you, it does seem to be routed via the South-to-East part of the Philips Park triangle, a piece of track I have never traversed, en route from Hyde to Ashton. Such a shame that the OAGB route isn't still open for a much shorter route to Ashton.

    When it says "Calder Valley line onwards to Preston", I guess this means over Copy Pit to Burnley rather than staying on Calder Valley route right back to Manchester Victoria.
     
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    Yes the wording could be tweaked. Its Calder Valley then Copy Pit.
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    Yes that's right, Calder Valley then Copy Pit.

    I've tweaked the wording; how does this sound?
     
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    If this is taking Phillips Park junction to get from Hyde to Ashton, it must be also taking the route behind the TPE depot at Ardwick and past the Etihad stadium? If so that's some unusual track for those who need to tick it off the list!
     
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    I noticed that someone had added "then Copy Pit", which is much better I think.

    Thank you.
     
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    That's correct, yes.

    Yes, that someone is me ;):lol:
     
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    It was done on the last Retro as well - it is getting a bit common ;)
     
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    I have just had a look at the route for that Retro Shakespearian Tug.

    It obviously took the "sensible" route from Stalybridge to Stockport outbound, but can't understand why on the return it went all round the houses via Philips Park. Or was this for the track-bashing fraternity?
     
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    It was a pathing thing; I believe that, rather than a long fester elsewhere, the planners thought it'd we'd prefer the circular detour instead :)
     
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    What table38 said, plus also probably avoided having to stuff up Guide Bridge for a while whilst we were cleared for and passed over the flat junction through Guide Bridge station and on towards Stalybridge. Doing the line from Denton to Philips Park and then round to Ardwick saved doing that - I recall we may have been held at the junction for a while too, probably to let a TPE pass. Besides which, it was a nice bonus!
     
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    Anyone else interested in this?
     
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    yes! i would love to come and am up in Yorkshire that weekend but finances are such that i cant do it - i hope you all have a great day out!
     
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    So, did anyone spot the unexpected addition on the return leg? ;)
     
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    The pies had to be warmed somehow and there was no tea on the outward journey. Very serious problem that! Thankfully resolved with 3000HP on the back.
     
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    Very enjoyable day out indeed. Well done to the organisers.
     
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    No air conditioning or such either ;)
     
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    It felt like we had Air con but on the way back only.
     
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    There was air conditioning in all but one of the Mk2 coaches on the way back, I believe.
     
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    Far more importantly, the ale was delicious and plentiful.
     
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    Yep, I believe so - the droplights were a bit of a godsend on the way up - problem was after standing in the vestibule, one didn't want to go back to the main part of the coach!

    Looks like they managed to keep the batteries going for lights in the problem coach even right back to Marple
     
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    Yes I belive that Mr Blackwatch was keeping guard on the way back to turn on the emergency lighting if they went though a tunnel.
     
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    Aye, them stewards don't do a bad job ;)
     
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