On Easter Saturday, 26th March 2005, Arriva ran a 09:30 Holyhead to Manchester additional service, returning at 18:03. This was in anticipation of Irish football fans travelling for the England v Northern Ireland World Cup qualifier at Old Trafford.
The six coach rake was headed by 47 815 with 47 843 Vulcan at the rear.
We took the opportunity for a loco-hauled day out in Manchester, we may never get another chance. We didn't see a single football fan on board so it was a lovely peaceful ride. This is Llandudno Junction.
Round the tight bend into Chester
The class 221 Euston to Holyhead Voyager was at platform 3 as we entered Chester station
On to Manchester