CUMBRIAN COAST TORNADO

Crewe - Preston - Barrow - Carlisle - S&C - Blackburn - Crewe

14 April 2010

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NK writes:

Below is an account of the complete tour, which was undertaken by RVR Member, Ted Buckley, with possibly three photos of Tornado passing through the Ribble Valley, to be featured, with a more detailed narrative, in the next issue of RVRNews, scheduled for publication in May 2010.

Although I did not personally participate in the on-board tour, I did decide, more or less at short notice, to pay a nostalgic visit to my hometown of Barrow-in-Furness to observe Tornado, and try to relive, for just a short time, my own memories of steam there from 1938 onwards, plus a photo shoot on my current home ground after my return to Ramsgeave & Wilpshire, adding my own photographs and notes at the end.

 

LET'S GO

on our mainly photographic tour

Above:

Tornado, shrouded in steam, about to set off from Barrow after a stop for water (see below)

Photo: N. Kirby

TIMES

1Z73

 0.0

Crewe

d 07.08

XX60163

 

 

Weaver Jc

07.29

 

 

 

Warrington BQ

d 07.44

 

 

 

 

d 07.47

 

 

 

Wigan NW

d 08.07

 

 

 

 

d 08.09

 

 

         

 

Preston

a 08.29

water

 

 

 

d 08.57

 

         

 

Lancaster

09.19

 

 

 

Carnforth

09.26

 

 

 

Arnside

09.38

 

 

 

Grange-over-Sands

09.43

 

 

 

Ulverston

09.56

 

 

 

Dalton Jc

10.05

 

 

         

 

Barrow

a 10.16

Xwater

 

 

d 10.41

 

         

 

Foxfield

11.02

 

 

 

Millom

11.13

 

 

 

Bootle

11.26

 

 

 

Sellafield

a 11.42

 

 

 

 

d 11.44

 

 

 

St Bees

a 11.56

 

 

 

 

d 11.59

 

 

 

Whitehaven

a 12.10

 

 

 

 

d 12.16

 

 

 

Workington

12.36

 

 

 

Maryport

12.45

 

 

 

Wigton

13.04

 

 

 

Carlisle

a 13.27

 

 

xxSteam hauled: XCrewe - Carlisle - Crewe

1Z77

0.0

Carlisle

d 16.25

XX60163

 

 

Low House

16.44

 

 

 

Culgaith

17.02

 

 

 

Appleby

17.14

 

 

 

Kirkby Stephen

17.32

 

 

 

Garsdale

17.52

 

 

 

Blea Moor

18.05

 

 

 

Ribblehead

18.08

 

 

 

Settle Jc

18.22

 

 

         

 

Long Preston

a 18.27

Xwater

 

 

d 18.55

 

         

 

Hellifield

18.58

 

 

 

Clitheroe

19.24

 

 

         

 

Blackburn

a 19.45

 

 

 

 

d 19.47

 

 

         

 

Lostock Hall Jc

20.02

 

 

 

Euxton Jc

20.21

 

 

         

 

Wigan NW

a 20.30

 

 

 

 

d 20.33

 

 

         

 

Warrington BQ

a 20.50

 

       

 

 

d 20.57

 

 

         

 

Weaver Jc

21.13

 

 

 

Crewe

a 21.35

 

 

 

 

Ted Buckley writes:

The Cumbrian Coast Tornado ran on Wednesday 14th April 2010 from Crewe to Carlisle and back, outward via the spectacular Cumbrian Coast Railway (Grange, Barrow, Workington, Maryport), and return via the scenic Settle & Carlisle Railway, and our very own Ribble Valley Line.

The loco was of couse the newly-built A1 Pacific 60163 "Tornado" making her first run over the Cumbrian Coast and the Ribble Valley. Needless to say, the 13-coach train was quickly sold out, but I was lucky enough to secure two tickets as soon as they went on sale.

A full account of my journey may be found in Ribble Valley News Issue No 91, Spring 2010.

 

CREWE HERITAGE CENTRE xx(Previous evening)

Photos: E. Buckley

On arrival at Crewe the evening before, I learnt that Tornado was in light steam at Crewe Heritage Centre, which was open for visitors that evening. The photos show a close-up view of the nameplate and official plaque commerating Tornado's naming ceremony performed by Charles & Camilla, and a ground level view showing 'Tornado' ready for the road, but still on the leash with a traditional "Not To Be Moved" sign, as displayed on all locos under repair or preparation in 1960s BR steam loco sheds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CREWE

Tornado stands patiently at the north end of Platform 12, awaiting the stock, at 7am on Wednesday 14th April, as the sun rises over the Crewe suburbs, causing a glint on the front numberplate.

 

 

 

PRESTON

Our first water stop at Preston saw Tornado detached from her carriages and run into the adjacent platform 7 to take water.

The glorious morning sun shines through Preston's overall glass roof, casting shadows over the loco.

The train picks up speed soon after leaving Preston Station.

Thanks to digital photography, I could almost be hovering above the adjacent track in this edited photo, instead of being safely tucked in the vestibule with my camera momentarily poked through the train's rear-most window!

 

LANCASTER

Tornado leans into the curve as she storms through Lancaster Station.

Again, it's hard to believe from this edited photo that I'm actually on the train!

 

BARROW-IN-FURNESS

The second water stop at Barrow, and Tornado, having sounded her whistle to tell the passengers to reboard, shows off her impatience to get going again!

 

CARLISLE

The admiring passengers crowd around Tornado at the north end of Carlisle station, at the end of the outward run.

It looks like she's anxious to be off again!

The crew pay especial attention as Tornado backs gingerly over the pointwork at the south end of Carlisle Station, on to her awaiting carriages.

 

 

CREWE (back home)

Above:

Tornado simmers gently after an exhilarating run up the WCML on the final stage of the journey back to Crewe.

Below:

The crew show plenty of signs of their hard graft, which made for such a great day out for those of us on the cushions.

Long may they graft, bless 'em!!

 

 

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BARROW-IN-FURNESS

Captions & Photos: N. Kirby

 

Tornado passing the site (on the left) of Barrow Central South Signal Box before passing under Abbey Road bridge.

Two other lines diverged at this point to form four through lines but the need to strengthen the road bridge necessitated the reduction to the current two. One redundant line was lifted completely (platform 4) and the other truncated to leave the present platform 3.

There was also a spur to a bay platform, used by trains bound for the Piel Branch, closed in 1936, but also as a stabling point for locomotives being attached to through Manchester Vic and London trains on arrival from Workington.

 

Platform 4 was referred to as the "excursion" platform but was certainly used for the through trains to both Coniston and Lakeside.

However, in May 1941, when the station received a direct bomb hit in WW2 one night, I recall that Platform 4 was immediately brought into use, and a normal service still operated in spite of the former grand Furness Train shed having been demolished nine hours earlier.

 

 

 

Barrow (formerly Central North) Signal Box

with its associated array of semaphores.

 

 

The new entrance hall at Barrow, a stark contrast to the bomb-damaged scene in May 1941, which was essentially to remain for very many years before re-building commenced circa 1957.

The Waiting & Refreshment Rooms on the right were only completed in the last year (2009).

Of the former Furness Railway station, only the War Memorial has been retained, visible on the right.

Tornado at rest close to the site of the former water column on platform 1 but receiving a "top-up" from a large tanker.

The signal on the right was originally used for shunting but the demise of steam resulted in trains departing from this platform (no.2) bound for Millom and the north and the top shunting arm was replaced as shown.

 

 

The above signals are much as they were in May 1941, when the old Furness train shed was bombed in WW2, although the signal posts were shorter and further apart, and remained that way for many years afterwards.

They were re-aligned a few years ago when it was reported in the press that the gantry was in danger of collapsing!

Freight trains from the shipyard would pass through non-stop as did the daily workers' specials from Barrow Island Road (shipyard station) en-route to Millom.

Tornado, shrouded in steam, sets off again from Barrow

Tornado passing the site of the former carriage shed, whose overall roof suffered extensive bomb-damage during WW2 to such an extent that several years later it had to be dismantled

The sidings were far more extensive than depicted above and shunting seemed to be ongoing most of daylight hours, much to my delight, living opposite to the station.

As will be evident from the above photos, Barrow is one of the largest UK stations (Blackpool North, Worcester Shrub Hill and Shrewsbury come to mind as other very strong and highly notable contenders) still to boast semaphore signals, sadly now much reduced in number.

In the above shot, Tornado is observed heading towards the infamous slag-bank (now landscaped and not as dramatic as in former operational days), at which point there was a junction with a maze of lines, originating at the shipyard but today none survive except for two severely-truncated sidings adjacent to former Salthouse Junction, now reduced to a ground-frame.

In its day, Salthouse Junction was the hub for spurs to Piel, Stank (freight only - colliery line), Barrow Ramsden Dock Station (closed in 1915 not long after Heysham Harbour was opened), Barrow Island Road (closed 1967), the Engine Shed, and the Shipyard., where the original Barrow Station in the Strand was located, and which closed when the current station, known for very many years as Barrow Central, was opened.

 
 
 

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WHALLEY ARCHES

Photos: S. Clarke

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RAMSGREAVE & WILPSHIRE

Tornado, with one head-lamp punctuating the evening sunshine, noted passing through the former Wilpshire (for Ribchester station) approaching the current Ramsgreave & Wilpshire station

Above photo: N. Kirby

 

Photos below: D. Holden

 

 

Storming through Ramsgreave & Wilpshire with the end of Wilpshire Bank in sight

 

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