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West Coast Main Line Driver's Eye View: Glasgow Central to Manchester Airport

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Peter Burgess
West Coast Main Line Driver's Eye View: Glasgow Central to Manchester Airport 315,604 views•Feb 23, 2020 Ben Elias 12.8K subscribers A driver's eye view of the full train journey on the West Coast Main Line from Glasgow to Manchester via Preston on a Class 350 EMU to Carlisle and a new Class 397 EMU for the rest of the journey. The weather was awful throughout - the conditions going down Shap were truly atrocious. Thanks for watching. Update: Many thanks to my mate Lewis Evans who has done the times and locations for me! UNIT 350 409 on 20/02/2020 GLASGOW CENTRAL - Depart - 0:38 - Cambuslang - Pass - 8:20 - Newton - Pass - 9:33 MOTHERWELL - Arrive - 15:30 - Depart - 17:15 - Shieldmuir - Pass - 19:26 - Carluke - Pass - 23:59 CARSTAIRS - Arrive - 32:11 - Depart - 34:33 LOCKERBIE - Arrive 1:05:46 - Depart - 1:06:32 CARLISLE - Arrive - 1:23:53 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - UNIT 397 003 on 21/02/2020 CARLISLE - Depart - 1:24:55 PENRITH NORTH LAKES - Arrive 1:38:00 - Depart - 1:39:05 OXENHOLME - Arrive - 2:01:26 - Depart - 2:02:14 - Carnforth - Pass - 2:11:00 LANCASTER - Arrive - 2:15:16 - Depart - 2:16:00 PRESTON - Arrive 2:30:27 - Depart - 2:31:30 - Leyland - Pass - 2:34:47 - Buckshaw Parkway - Pass - 2:36:42 - Chorley - Pass - 2:38:32 - Adlington (Lancs) - Pass - 2:40:31 - Blackrod - Pass - 2:41:47 - Horwich Parkway - Pass - 2:42:45 - Lostock - Pass - 2:44:04 - Bolton - Pass - 2:47:03 - Moses Gate - Pass - 2:49:00 - Farnworth - Pass - 2:49:28 - Kearsley - Pass - 2:49:54 - Clifton - Pass - 2:51:57 - Salford Crescent - Pass - 2:55:00 - Deansgate - Pass - 2:58:15 MANCHESTER OXFORD ROAD - Arrive - 2:58:58 - Depart - 3:00:00 MANCHESTER PICCADILLY - Arrive - 3:01:16 - Depart 3:03:03 - Mauldeth Road - Pass - 3:09:23 - Burnage - Pass - 3:10:05 - East Didsbury - Pass - 3:10:48 - Gatley - Pass - 3:11:46 - Heald Green - Pass - 3:13:07 MANCHESTER AIRPORT - Arrive - 3:19:00 452 Comments Peter Burgess Add a public comment... Anthony Williams Anthony Williams 3 months ago (edited) Was it on one of the shiny new TransPennine trains i look on in envy on my northern Pacer train... 11 QuarioQuario54321 QuarioQuario54321 3 months ago I wish there was an all stations train 7 Jonathan M Jonathan M 3 months ago I have to spare a thought for the poor sod at 1:59:57 , out there in the driving rain, 6ft away from line speed trains with a £30,000 piece of kit that he'll get done for he slips down the embankment with it. 24 Andrew Nisbet Andrew Nisbet 2 months ago Those looking for the more famous/infamous locations (as I was) may find the following timings of interest. I hope Ben will not mind me adding this information; it's the only reason I watched the video and spent sometime tracking them down! That bird... Beattock Summit. The highest point on the Caledonian Railway. The Summit station is at 51.31 but this provided banking assistance for the next ten miles to the north to the actual summit where the WCML crosses the A74 just south of Elvanfoot. If you pick it up at 48.00 you can follow the climb from Glasgow side until it passes under the motorway and then falls rapidly to Tebay. The height at the station is said to be 1016ft but that may be at the true geographical summit itself, said to be 1033ft. it is not entirely clear anywhere on the internet that I could find! Need an OS Map. The long, hard climb is referenced in W H Audens poem Night Mail and the subject of an absolutely superb short 1936 film. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmciuKsBOi0&list=PLEyeWmM28rfGraBF5xnWmih_YAthMT9tF Quintinshill, 1.16.40 site of the UK's worst ever rail disaster in 1914 with 227 killed and 246 injured. Most were soldiers heading for Gallipoli (fate or what?) but also a few passengers, 5 children and 3 railwaymen. Some, including the children, were never identified and some not even recovered because of the intense fire in the gas lit wooden carriages. Explanation and animated diagram of the incident here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quintinshill_rail_disaster Shap. Start at Shap villiage 1.46.50 reaching the summit 916ft at 1.48.45 and drop down the 1:75 to Tebay at 1.52.16 where the banking engines were kept ready 24hrs a day and included a 50ft turntable. Tebay came into existence because of the depot there. Greyrigg. 1.57.17 -1.57.47 Site of the February 2007 accident at the ground frame operated emergency crossover at Lambrigg (since removed). A Virgin Trains Pendolino had driving trailer and some coaches go down the embankment just after (just before in the video) the Docker viaduct with a coach or two still upright on the viaduct. The driving trailer went end over end. The coaches remained intact with emergency lighting working. Despite several injuries only one person, an elderly passenger, unfortunately, died as a result. Quite a testament to the structural, all welded design. 10 DonLuc23 Last DonLuc23 Last 1 month ago Great video, thanks for not adding music so that we can hear the natural sounds 3
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