BLS tour brings Class 31 back to the main line

JUNE 9 saw a Class 31 return to main line action after a gap of several months. 

Nemesis Rail’s No. 31128 Charybdis, currently the only Brush Type 2 authorised for use on Network Rail metals, powered the Branch Line Society’s ‘Sunday Yicker’ tour in top-and-tail formation with West Coast Railways’ No. 37668 and just four WCRC Mk1 coaches. 

The ‘31’ visited various freight lines and rare routes in the north-west of England during its leisurely Sunday outing, including the recently reactivated Haydock freight branch to Ashton-in-Makerfield. 

The Branch Line Society’s ‘Sunday Yicker’ tour saw Nemesis Rail Class 31/1 No. 31128 Charybdis return to main line action with West Coast Railways’ No. 37668 and just four WCRC Mk1 coaches. During its leisurely Sunday outing on June 9, the ‘31’ and its entourage cross the River Weaver at Hunts Lock in Northwich. TERRY EYRES

Other highlights included Dallam Royal Mail platform in Warrington, Wigan Springs Branch, Ince Moss curve and freight lines around Garston and Speke on Merseyside. 

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