27th October 1973

L.N.E.R. Society Railtours
The Lakesider

Loco(s) Used at least 1x class 50

Route :

Loco(s) Route
AC Electric? London Euston - Bletchley - Rugby - Carnforth
4xx Carnforth - Barrow-in-Furness - Ravenglass
4xx Ravenglass - (?reverse of outward route?) - Carnforth
AC Electric? Carnforth - (?reverse of outward route?) - London Euston

Notes :
(1) Off train options;
Group 1: 'will be spending their entire time at Carnforth Steamtown - the only authentic main line steam locomotive depot in Britain. It is expected that a former L.N.E.R. express engine will be in steam. There will be ample time in which to view and photograph the varied collection of over twenty steam locomotives'.
Group 2: 'will spend over an hour at Steamtown before continuing in our special train to Ulverston. Buses leave immediately for the Haverthwaite Station of the Lakeside Railway. Our steam hauled train departs at 14.20 for its picturesque journey along the beuatiful River Leven valley to the terminus alongside Lake Windermere. Arriving at 14.40 there will be time for sight-seeing before leaving Lakeside at 15.40. Returning to Haverthwaite by 16.00 there will be further time for viewing and photographing the collection of locomotives and rolling stock before the buses leave at 18.00 for Ulverston'.
Group 3: 'will spend over an hour at Steamtown before continuing in our special train to Ravenglass. Two special steam hauled trains will be provided at 14.45 and 14.55 arriving at Dalegarth 15.25 and 15.35 respectively. The return time of the first special will depend on the weather conditions prevailing on the day and it will be clearly indicated at Dalegarth. The second special, however, will depart at 16.35 and on arrival there will be a little time for sight-seeing before joining the main train. (Your B.R. ticket us also valid for Steamtown and to Dalegarth)'.
Group 4: 'leaves the train at Carnforth and joins the waiting coaches. Touring via Levens Bridge and Newby Bridge then alongside Coniston Water to Conniston Village (12.45 - 13.15); continuing vua Ambleside and Thirlmere Water with views of Helvellyn (3118 ft.) to the tight before reaching Keswick on Derwent Water (14.00 + 15.00). We continue via Threlkeld to the Glenridding Hotel overlooking Lake Ullswater (15.30 - 17.00). Passing Petterdale and through to Kirkstone Pass a short stop will be made at Windermere (17.30 - 18.00) before returning via Kendal to Carnforth'.
(2) Route & loco confirmation required. A class 50 was photographed at Ravenglass on this train - did it take over from an AC Electric at Carnforth, or elsewhere?

Source : Andy Fairholm

Photo Review

Unidentified class 50 at Ravenglass (photo: The Roger Geach Collection)

From Andy Fairholms ticket collection.

Timings (Booked Only)
(from Alan Restell)

Location Booked (out) Booked (rtn)
Euston 07.30d 22.55a
Harrow & Wealdstone ??.??a ~ 07.46d 22.40a ~ ??.??d
Watford Junction ??.??a ~ 07.54d 22.31a ~ ??.??d
Bletchley ??.??a ~ 08.21d 22.06a ~ ??.??d
Rugby ??.??a ~ 08.53d 21.36a ~ ??.??d
Carnforth 11.37a ~ 13.20d 18.50a ~ 18.55d
Ulverston 13.42 ??.??a ~ 18.29d
Ravenglass 14.35a 17.35d

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