WHISTLER ON TEST
28th October 2002

 4F 44422

Churnet Valley 

October Part 3

The planned run to Rugby was cancelled due to the state of the timetable so D345/40145 ran from Crewe to Carnforth and back - twice. Here it is crossing over the West Coast Main Line to access the platform 12 loop for a runround.

37038 was dead inside as a precautionary backup as they entered the station.

The class 40 detached and ran round via platform 11 - platfrom 12 was closed due to falling glass, the roof having been damaged during the gales.

Out onto the Chester line headshunt.

D345 returned to hook onto the stock leaving the class 37 at the rear of the train, still dead. To the left is power car 43 092 which had arrived almost 4 hours late with the 08.40 London-Holyhead. 43123 was at the other end of the train which was terminated. The journey on to Holyhead was not pleasant!

The whistler left soon afterwards en route for Carnforth.

Looking and sounding very good, will we see it out on the coast as planned? I very much hope so.

37038 bringing up the rear.

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