The Sellafield Flyer
Not the official title, which I think is the 'Sellafield special', but this week saw the start of the trial trains to encourage the workers at the Sellafield Nuclear plant to leave their cars at home and travel on a dedicated passenger train from Carlisle to Sellafield calling at the intermediate stations on the Cumbrian Coast line.The service is run by Direct Rail Services in conjunction with Northern Rail
A DRS class 37/4 and four Riviera MKIIs make up the formation ariving at Sellafield just before 08.00 which then
continues onto Barrow in Furness where it is stabled through the day. It returns empty stock to Sellafield in the afternoon and then stops all stations to Carlisle return.
As many of you know I work for DRS at the Sellafield depot so I'm ideally placed to record this innovative attempt to reverse the tide and get people out of their automobiles. I started filming it on Monday morning but ,needless to
say, the weather in Cumbria at this time of year is hopeless for Rail photography. as we say up here 'for three months of the year it is cold,wet, dark and windy- The rest of the time it's winter!)
The link to the first weeks video shows the contrast between the worst conditions like Ravenglass and Seascale in the morning and setting sunshine at Green Road(with the spectacular mountains of Coniston in the background) and Askam later in the afternoon.
I'm going to try and film as much as I can over the next few weeks as loco hauled rural passenger services as rare and a blast from the past. I've not taken any photographs yet just concentrated on video
link to youtube here at