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Take a privileged cab ride from Carnforth to Barrow-in-Furness and Bootle to Maryport on the Cumbrian coast, first aboard a North West Regional Railways Express (Class 156) and then a Class 153. An expert commentary provides a detailed account of the sights and railway features along the way on this little known but very appealing route!
One of the least well-known areas of Britain, we travel to the Cumbrian Coast by means of two different trains. Firstly, we board a North West Regional Railways Express (class 156) which traverses the former Furness Railway via Grange-over-Sands and Ulvertston to Barrow-in-Furness.
There we change to a class 153 for the most scenic section of the route along the coast from Bootle to Maryport, filmed in what can only be described as 100% perfect weather – not a cloud in the sky! Apparently you only get one day a year like that along the coast and we were there!
As signalling expert David Allen says in his script; "this line is a mecca for semaphore signalling enthusiasts".