Departing From

  • Crewe,
  • Warrington Bank Quay,
  • Wigan North Western,
  • Preston

Locomotive Services Group (LSG) presents an opportunity to travel behind some of its diesel locomotive fleet. The train will travel over three differing routes in the Northwest of England combining stunning scenery along with five different classes of locomotive. The train will start at Crewe picking up / setting down at Warrington Bank Quay, Wigan Northwestern and Preston.

Class 50 (D400/50050) – Class 50s were synonymous with the West Coast Main Line north of Crewe before completion of electrification in 1974. These locomotives often worked in pairs on the Anglo-Scottish from/to Crewe up to this time. Today there is an opportunity to travel behind the first of this class, D400, as we travel from Crewe to Carlisle via the West Coast Main Line. Leaving Preston we will travel through Lancashire, passing Morecambe Bay before heading through Westmorland and into Cumbria. The highlight of this journey will be the assent of Shap, with gradients up to 1 in 75, before reaching Shap Summit 279m above sea level.

Class 45 (D67/45118) – Class 45s were regular performers on our next leg of the journey from Carlisle via the Settle & Carlisle route. In particular, they operated the Thames-Clyde Express from Leeds through to Carlisle & Glasgow Central until the cessation of the service in 1974. From Carlisle we will travel via the Settle & Carlisle route as far as Hellifield. We pass through Appleby, home of the famous Horse Fair, before attacking the ‘long drag’ via Ais Gill (356m above sea level), Blea Moor and Batty Moss Viaduct (Ribblehead). At Hellifield we turn right and traverse the Ribble Valley line, through Clitheroe, to Blackburn before arriving at Preston.

Class 40 (D213/40013) – Class 40s have been regular performers in the Northwest throughout their working lives, both under British Rail and in preservation. D213 is one of two mainline certificated Class 40s and is a regular performer for Locomotive Services Group. Regarded as one of the LSG fleet, it is in fact on a long-term lease from Shaun Wright, owner of the locomotive. From Preston we will retrace our steps via Blackburn, Clitheroe and Hellifield. At Settle Jn we diverge to take the ‘Little Northwestern’ route via Wennington to Carnforth before returning to Preston.

Class 37 (D6968/37401 & D6970/37409) – The term ubiquitous could be used for the versatile Class 37s. At one time they would be seen all over the UK, working both passenger and freight services. LSG has a small number of these locomotives, including recently acquired 37401 & 37409. From Preston we take our third route travelling via Euxton Jn, Bolton, Salford Crescent, Manchester Victoria, Rochdale, Copy Pit and Blackburn before once again returning to Preston.

Class 20 (D8096/20096 & D8107/20107 or D8118/20118 or D8132/20132) – Last, but by no means least, we will utilise one of the two pairs of Class 20s owned by LSG. Class 20s have, again, a long association with the Northwest of England. Many of the class were based at the former Wigan TMD for working coal traffic from local collieries to Power Stations, particularly the now closed Fiddlers Ferry. We leave Preston for the last time and head up the West Coast Main Line, setting down at our pick up stations before arriving back in Crewe.

TRAVEL TIMINGS*

STATION DEPARTS RETURNS
Crewe 08.10 21.30
Warrington Bank Quay 08.35 21.15
Wigan North Western 08.50 21.00
Preston 09.10 20.15

PLEASE NOTE *
All timings shown above are approximate and may be subject to change.

Destination Timings

STATION ARRIVES DEPARTS
Carlisle 10.30 11.15
Preston 14.15 14.45
Preston 17.15 17.45
Preston 20.15 20.45

PLEASE NOTE *
All timings shown above are approximate and may be subject to change.

Classes of Travel

First Class Dining
£249

Seating at a guaranteed window table for two available at a supplement of £25 per person.

Reserved seating is arranged at tables of 4 or tables of 2 with additional legroom, wide seats, and panoramic windows. A hot Breakfast roll will be served on the outward journey. Followed later in the day by a two course lunch. A full and comprehensive drinks and wine list will also be available for you to order items from with your steward.

LIMITED AVAILABILITY

First Class (non-dining)
£159

Seating at a guaranteed window table for two available at a supplement of £25 per person.

Reserved seating is arranged at tables of 4 or tables of 2 with additional legroom, wide seats, and panoramic windows. A buffet bar is available for the purchase of hot & cold beverages, light refreshments, and alcoholic drinks.