Days numbered for Cumbrian coast loco haulage

THE Class 37 loco-hauled diagram on the Cumbrian coast is scheduled to end by January 25.
DRS provides the locos, driver and rolling stock for the trains.

The two daily Northern Rail diagrams was reduced to one a couple of months ago after the top-and-tailed Class 68 diagram was replaced with a Class 156 DMU.

On a gorgeous autumn afternoon, DRS Class 37 No. 37401 Mary Queen of Scots nears Dalston with the 09.18 Barrow-Carlisle on November 15. TOM McATEE

Cascading Class 156s and 170s from ScotRail to Northern now that more Class 385s are coming on stream north of the border will allow the second diagram, which uses a single Class 37 and a DBSO, to be transferred to a DMU.

Improved availability of units allowed the Class 37 diagram to be stood down on some days during November.

■ Sunday closures on the Cumbrian Coast route in January and February will allow Network Rail to replace 5,000 yards of track between Silecroft and Bootle as part of a project to remove a temporary speed restriction.

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