Northern Explorer

A loco-hauled railtour run by the Branch Line Society covering rare track around the north-west of England on Saturday 3rd August 1991. Highlights were: Liverpool Crown Street, Maxwelltown, Padiham Power Station and Burn Naze.

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The tour stands in the headshunt in the cutting at Crown Street, Liverpool. Once the site of Liverpool's first station, it had recently been reopened as a headshunt and run round for trains heading towards the Bootle branch.

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The train then ran to Carlisle, where the locos were replaced by 31312 (leading) and 26041 (trailing) for the run to Dumfries and Maxwelltown. Here 31312 is seen heading the train at Carlisle.

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26041 is at the rear.

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On the return from Maxwelltown to Carlisle, 26041 was leading, as seen here on the flyover into Carlisle Kingmoor Yard.

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A tour highlight was the traversal of the branch from Rose Grove to Padiham Power Station. 47501 is seen arriving at the oil off load sidings at Padiham. This was Padiham 'B' power station, and it closed, along with the branch line, in March 1993.

For more details on this tour and the route taken visit Six Bells Junction