Step right this way for a look behind those doors marked ‘private’

I got an invitation to make a reservation on the Merseyrail Experience Tour: a trip to Liverpool is always a pleasure, so I accepted for this rail-based tour like a bowl of hot scouse. The public tours start at 09.00, but this one is adapted for media types who prefer a bit of a lie-in; obviously tourists should be staying a few nights in the city anyway.

Driver’s eye view: you get to sit in the driver’s cab.

Good job ours wasn’t an early start as the line to Liverpool is blocked by a Pendolino tripping out the overhead, us Liverpool passengers being herded on to a ‘150/2’ to Chester. This connects to a grubby Class 508 for Liverpool; it seems there have been wash plant problems, but the new one at Kirkdale is now taking over. It will be busy removing some weeks of rail head treatment gunge.

No 507028: experience the joys of the soon-to-be-retired stock.


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