So, given the fact that West Coast are running a regular, and free passenger train less than £25 away from me, I decided to go out for the day. Here are the journeys.
0826 Manchester Piccadilly to Preston on 350404. Weird going through Manchester Oxford Road non-stop, however, this appears to be the norm for TPE's Scotland services now, which is a bit weird in my opinion.
0953 Preston to Oxenholme Lake District on 390044.
1040 Oxenholme Lake District to Windermere, hauled by 57316. 33029 was idling on the rear, and I didn't move away from the window the whole trip. Happened to know the driver too, which was a touch bizarre! Only the second time I had been on a train driven by someone I knew (next up - Geo Ghost!
1130 Windermere to Oxenholme Lake District, hauled by 33029.
1240 Oxenholme Lake District to Windermere, hauled by 57316.
1330 Windermere to Oxenholme Lake District, hauled by 33029.
1423 Oxenholme Lake District to Preston on 390151.
On arrival at Preston, I had intended to do, and even bought a ticket for, the Blackpool South line, on the 1510, formed of 142035 and 142054. However, this train got cancelled due to a lack of driver due to a Northern rostering error (according to my chats with the Conductor). Should at least get some good delay repay, as the next train was not for 2 hours! Instead, I ended up in the bar on Preston station, and travelled home on the:
1649 Preston to Manchester Piccadilly, formed of 350402 and 350408.