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Mk 4 for N Wales? - Posted: October 20, 2019 - 4:49 PM Quote and reply
The Crewe/Manchester to N Wales class 67 loco hauled diagram was anticipated to end with the December timetable change, going back to DMU operation. The stock is being diverted to an enhanced Cardiff-Holyhead loco/coaches timetable. However Branch Line News reports that Mk IVs are to be drafted in as replacements in the short term, not surprisingly as TfW Pacers are having to soldier on to, maybe, March 2020 and the 769s are late.
RTT has the 0952 Man-Holyhead booked for loco haulage as now in the first week of the new timetable.
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Re: Mk 4 for N Wales? - Posted: October 20, 2019 - 7:52 PM Quote and reply
8001F said:
The Crewe/Manchester to N Wales class 67 loco hauled diagram was anticipated to end with the December timetable change, going back to DMU operation. The stock is being diverted to an enhanced Cardiff-Holyhead loco/coaches timetable. However Branch Line News reports that Mk IVs are to be drafted in as replacements in the short term, not surprisingly as TfW Pacers are having to soldier on to, maybe, March 2020 and the 769s are late.
RTT has the 0952 Man-Holyhead booked for loco haulage as now in the first week of the new timetable.
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A usually very reliable source told me that the Manchester / North Wales loco-hauled diagram could last until at least the May 2020 timetable change. Whatever happens, the weekday (M-F) 16:50 Manchester Piccadilly to Llandudno is a very popular train, often with numerous standing passengers on departure from Manchester Oxford Road.

Another forum recently reported that, when the 16:50 was cancelled due to a technical problem, the following 17:20 was so full that many passengers were left behind at Piccadilly - and the booked stop at Oxford Road had to be omitted. So - unless / until TfW are able to spare at least a 4 coach dmu for the 16:50 from Piccadilly, capacity problems are inevitable.



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