Direct Rail Services
End of October brought a change of weather - with wind and rain came low temperatures. There was little reason to leave home, but the Statesman Rail rail tour from Milton Keynes Central to Inverness convinced me to do so. Led by two class 47s - D1733 and D1924 the 1Z22 ‘Lord Of The Isles: Day 1’ Milton Keynes Central to Inverness rail tour is seen passing the site of Ackworth station near Pontefract located on a very sparingly used section of the line between Moorthorpe and Pontefract Baghill. The train was timetabled to call at Northampton, Rugby, Coventry, Birmingham International, Tamworth, Derby, Chesterfield, Moorthorpe, York, Newcastle, Edinburg, Perth, Dunkeld & Birnam, Kingussie and Aviemore - and by the time it passed York it was snowing!
88007 ‘Electra’ is on the final few hundred yards of the 1 in 75 approach into Shap Summit with a Daventry DRS (Tesco) to Mossend Euroterminal intermodal. The name ‘Electra’ has been quite a popular name for British electric locomotives. First used as a name for 27000 (future TOPS class 77) in 1953, ‘Electra’ was also an official name for the Class 91, commonly used during the development of the series and electrification of the East Coast Main Line.