Virgin Settle and Carlisle Diversions

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NorthantsMan

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Hello,

Are these happening this year? If so, when? I think I recall it was about June last year when it happened.

Will they be 57 drags or Voyagers?
 
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There was one last night - 1852 SO Edinburgh to Crewe (31 March - 12 May). However from next week it reverts to the direct route. From a quick skim of the Virgin web site I can't see any others.
 

voyagerdude220

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There are a few during the weekend of 2/3 June. I'm not aware of any others. 99.9% likely to be Super Voyagers. Not seen a Pendo over the S&C for 4-5 years.
I doubt they have enough 57s left for standby and drags over the S&C.
Off topic: Would tpe ever consider running 185s via the S&C? I know It's happened before as an unplanned diversion.
 

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VT's website said:
Saturday 2 June
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The following services will be diverted via Settle and Carlisle;
1252 Edinburgh Waverley to Birmingham New St.
1320 Birmingham New St to Edinburgh Waverley.
1600 Glasgow Central to Birmingham New St.

The full route actually seems to be Birmingham–Crewe–Manchester–Golborne–Preston–Blackburn–Hellifield–Carlisle–Edinburgh/Glasgow (quite a few services are going via the Chat Moss like that).

Looks like it's just those three going through Settle though, and none for the rest of the weekend.
 

MidnightFlyer

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Did they make any calls at Blackburn Hellifield or Settle or non-stop through all?

Non-stop between Preston and Carlisle (at least for actual calls, pathing may lead to pausing in the platform), always has been for the last 8 or so years, certainly since the WCML modernisation finished.

Rather randomly I suppose, one weekend (or series of) way back in 2003~, Edinburgh-WCML-Plymouth trains were diverted via the S&C and Manchester, for some reason calling at Blackburn and Darwen on-route. I can remember standing on Blackburn railway station seeing departures for the West Country displayed. I think the call at Darwen was for pathing purposes over the single line thereafter that was for some reason designated as a passenger stop.
 
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