Friends of the Settle Carlisle Line 1998 August #73 Drax gypsum freight returns

Friends of the Settle Carlisle Line 1998 August #73 Drax gypsum freight returns

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Friends of the Settle Carlisle Line 1998 August #73 Drax gypsum freight returns
 
Friends of the Settle Carlisle Line 1998 August #73  Drax gypsum freight returns after 5 months absence.
FoSCL Member John Hooson has supplied details of the S&C Working Timetable for May 1978 (reproduced below)- This is of special interest to me as I was using the S&C M least once per week in those days to commute between my home and Glasgow where I was frequently employed at Scottish Opera. Until the direct St Pancras - Glasgow service was withdrawn in 1977, there was an overnight service which left Glasgow at 22.50 and travelled via Kilmarnock and Carlisle to arrive at Skipton at 03.26. Thus, I would leave my car at Skipton and book a day return to Glasgow (there was a fare but no printed tickets so one would be specially written out for me). After the show, I would make my way down Hope Street to Glasgow Central station where the train would be waiting - mainly parcels and mail vans but having two Mark 1 coaches at the back- I was usually the only passenger to alight at Skipton - the staff who were them to unload parcels often seemed surprised to see me - I would drive home from there for a couple of hours sleep before leaving for wherever I was working the day after. When the service was cut back to Nottingham -Carlisle, the service was officially withdrawn (the train still ran but with its passenger accommodation locked) despite the fact that it had been well used by passengers - I know, I saw them! After this, I used my car for the whole journey or drove to Preston to pick up the train there. Hem's hoping direct West Yorkshire - Glasgow passenger services become a reality again soon!

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