With only another two months before 175s take over from 37s on the North Wales Coast, Rowan and I took the opportunity to visit the southern end of their operational area. The 08:36 Holyhead to Birmingham New Street service, once our favoured train, is already a victim of multiple unit mania so we took the Virgin hauled service as far as Crewe - today 47 843 was in charge. This train was very busy with young Irishmen on their way to Anfield for the Liverpool to Newcastle United football match, refreshing themselves with cases of beer bought on the ferry.
At Crewe we waited for the 87 to take over from the 47 but to our surprise 47 843 continued south.
Shortly after, Freightliner 90 146, on hire to Virgin arrives with a delayed Euston to Liverpool service. Many of the west coast services were running late, by up to half an hour.
37 415 takes the North Wales route - this is the 10:07 from Birmingham
We'd expected to see the 175 rescue machine, 47 705 Guy Fawkes, at Chester but found it ticking over at Crewe.
37 429 Eisteddfod Genedlaethol eases past 47 705 as it runs round to return to Wales with the 12:20
On to Birmingham