At Carlilse the train reversed and the twin power cars of 1001 were leading. A different headboard was fitted to this end.

Image By Alanbus60

Dent Head, The summit of the Settle Carlilse, finally conqured by a Thumper.

These three images taken by Southern Reg shows the 10 car formation on a normal bleak day at the highest part of the national network ‚Äč

The passengers enjoying a welcome break at Penrith, this time with 1001 leading.

Image by Southern Reg

Seen at Leeds with a class 110 alongside, the tour preperes for the trip over The Long Drag

Image by Southern Reg

The Long Thin Drag

In 1986, the Hastings Units were being withdrawn and there were many railtours run which took the units well off the beaten track and far away from the Southern Region.

The trip ran on April 12th 1986 was no exception; it was The Long Thin Drag.

It was jointly run by Hertfordshire railtours and the Southern Electric Group over the Settle Carlisle Line which was then threatened with closure.

The Settle Carlisle Line or the Long Drag as its affectionately known is one of the most heavily graded lines in the country which is how it gained its nickname.

The Units used for the trip were 1032 & 1011 but due to the gradiants, it was felt that a bit more power may be reguired so the two power cars from 1001 were tagged on to the back.

Here is a brief summery of the trip, more info can be found here on the six bells jcn website


1032 leadingHastings - Tonbridge - Bromley South - London Victoria
1001 leadingLondon Victoria - Stewarts Lane Jn - Clapham Junction (Windsor Side)
1032 leadingClapham Junction - Kensington Olympia - Mitre Bridge Jn - (via WCML, Weedon) - Rugby - Nuneaton
1001 leadingNuneaton - Hinckley - Leicester - Loughborough - Toton - Pye Bridge Jn - Clay Cross South Jn - Chesterfield - Dore Station Jn - Sheffield - Rotherham - Aldwarke Jn - Cudworth - Normanton - Altofts Jn - Leeds 
1032 leadingLeeds - Skipton - Settle Jn - (via S&C) - Carlisle
1001 leadingCarlisle - (via WCML, Weedon) - Nuneaton - (reverse of outward route) - Clapham Junction
1032 leadingClapham Junction - (reverse of outward route) - London Victoria
1001 leadingLondon Victoria - (reverse of outward route) - Hastings