When the Class 37/4's ran
through to Llandudno from Manchester on 1D45, I christened the
round trip "The Grand Tour", it was a lot of travelling
behind the locomotives and covered many miles. Charlie Hulme
was kind enough to put my report on his web site The
North Wales Coast Railway but, sadly, that was the last time
because with the Winter timetable the Manchester trains will
revert to DMU haulage. With this in mind and despite the train
now terminating at Chester, I decided to have yet another last
fling. So, on 21st September 2000, I boarded the 11.15 from Crewe
(1D67) for Holyhead behind 37413 - the 37/4 back from the dead..
Nothing untoward happened en route to Chester but, as we entered
the station, I realised that we were going through on the middle
road. The reason was that 175006 was parked in the platform so
the train had to join it at the West end by using the crossover
- that was a new one for me. The images record the journeys....