The Branch Line Society


Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway
Friday 6th March 2015

78 Society and PLEG members enjoyed rare track and a private diesel running day here. The delightful Haverthwaite station café was open throughout and provided an exceptional value all day meal deal for participants. The day started with passengers joining a 10.00 2-car DMU trip in the middle of the shed, running out and through the east tunnel then reversing on the headshunt just beyond (which actually extends almost to the 5¼ MP). A further reversal was made at the end of Haverthwaite West Tunnel.

A trip to Lakeside followed, where both platforms were completed to the buffer stops. It was the first time the DMU had been into the left (on arrival) rare platform and, exceeding expectations, it also ran to the end of the headshunt which is the rarely used 'Thomas siding'. Much buffer kissing occurred! The Class 110 returned giving passengers superb views of this very scenic, exactly three mile long Lake District single track line and equally superb views of the inside of Haverthwaite shed! Visibility was better for there being no leaves on the trees.

Next Class 20 20214 ran from the very rare grass-covered platform at Haverthwaite (not normally used by passengers including prior to preservation) after a rather special key was used to open the gate! The LMS 'Class 11' operated the subsequent train, whilst the two final runs with each of the Class 03s ran with two coaches rather than three. The fifth and final service of the day reversed in the tunnel and propelled into the non preferred Haverthwaite platform in order to return the coaching stock to where they started from (and complete the loop!). Cab rides were provided at Lakeside on each visit to complete the run round crossover there. A wonderful day, both organisations were made very welcome by the exceptional team of volunteers and staff at this very friendly railway.