Another year and another trip to record the S&C diversions, this time in the SNOW!. RES liveried 47783 passes Garsdale's down starter signal with the diverted 1M18 0734 Glasgow Central to Euston. Behind the loco is DVT 82121.
The platforms at Garsdale are wet as 156475 departs northbound with 2H82 0849 Leeds to Carlisle. In the sidings beyond on the up side is a DRS class 37 on "thunderbird" duties.
A pairing of Brush type 4 locomotives front 1S46 0655 Birmingham New Street to Edinburgh cross country service. 47844 leads 47847 as the snow starts to fall albeit just lightly at the moment.
Not that long after the two class 47's had passed north, a southbound service train makes its station stop. 156491 forms 2H85 0927 Carlsisle to Leeds. The snow is much heavier now and the platforms are almost covered.
Moving on to Ribblehead was only possible by driving via Hawes as the Coal Road was impassable. 43103 leads the southbound "Cornish Scot" 1V52 0910 Edinburgh to Penzance cross country long distance working through the wet platforms of Ribblehead. The snow is yet to lie on the wet platforms.
20 or so minutes after the HST went south, 47767 followed it. As can be seen, the weather had taken a real turn for the worst. This train is 1M22 0936 Glasgow Central to Euston, the up "Royal Scot".
A northbound diverted West Coast service runs slowly through the northbound platform with 1S55 0710 Euston to Glasgow Central. There were several people at the end of this platform waiting to photograph the train. As it passed the south end of the platform a man decided to cross the tracks in front of the train, he wasn't even taking photos. Once the train had passed he was told in no uncertain terms how stupid he had been!!! He did not seem to comprehend the foolishness of his actions.
The bread and butter traffic continues in amongst the diverted trains. 156475 gets away from a snowy platform with 2H89 1154 Carlisle to Leeds. These class 2 workings stop at all the stations.
The snow has stopped falling now and a couple of hardy souls hang from the windows of the diverted 1S54 0550 Bournemouth to Glasgow Central Virgin Cross Country working. A hint of black exhaust is visible above 47848 as it climbs the 1 in 178 through the station heading for the summit of The Long Drag at Blea Moor tunnel a few miles further on.
In amongst the diverted and booked passenger trains, a freight working passes through the staggered platforms with 6E13 1332 Kirby Thore to Knottingley empty Gypsum containers. The gypsum is a by product of the desulphurisation of power stations and is mined also.
Further to the south the railway is at a lower level and below a very well defined snow line. 47732 climbs hard against the 1 in 100 pull of "The Long Drag" just to the north of Horton in Ribblesdale. The train is a VXC working, 1S49 1042 Birmingham International to Edinburgh cross country.
Another move to a different location and Blea Moor beckons. On the path to the signalbox looking south, 47814 passes the famous Station Hotel with the down "Royal Scot", 1S57 0930 Euston to Glasgow Central.
Ingleborough dominates the backdrop as 47814 with its train of 9 mkIII coaches and DVT continue the 1 in 100 climb with just a couple of miles to go before the gradient changes just inside Blea Moor tunnel.
Probably the most bleak and lonely outpost of signalling is Blea Moor signalbox. The whole area is covered in snow and the dark colours of 66113 and its rake of MGR hoppers makes a stark contrast. The working is 6S19 1235 Milford Sidings to Ayr. It will recess at Carlisle for a while before heading onwards.
From the occupation bridge to the north of Blea Moor 'box 156484 has the road into the 14 mile section from Blea Moor to Settle Junction. The class 2 working is 2H93 1426 Carlisle to Leeds.
Turning around for the south facing shot and 156484 approaches the lonely signalbox and deserted cottage. The up loop still sees occassional use.
Another class 2 local train, 2H92 1449 Leeds to Carlisle, passes the 'box and down starter into the 8 miles section to Garsdale.
47767 is seen again heading south this time with a late running 1M28 1340 Glasgow Central to Euston. The up "Caledonian" is about 20 minutes down as it approaches Blea Moor signalbox.
BR blue large logo 47847 crosses the lofty arches of Ribblehead Viduct some 40 minutes late with 1M33 1350 Edinburgh to Birmingham New Street.
A final shot before the trip home via the Sun Inn in Dent for a pint. An unknown class 156 sprinter crosses Ribblhead Viaduct with 2H97 1622 Carlisle to Leeds service. A good end to a cold but interesting day!