The first Monday of the new timetable didn't start well.
319386's first duty was 5F53 05:25 Preston Carriage Sidings to Wigan North Western, an ECS move prior to it working 2F53 06:03 Wigan North Western to Liverpool Lime Street High Level. However, it only got as far as Boar's Head before failing, blocking the up WCML for an hour until another 319 rescued it.
This resulted in the 06.03 and 06.33 departures from Wigan being cancelled, along with a number of subsequent workings.
After this inauspicious start things improved, and by the time I went out to collect a few pictures the service was back to normal, although there was quite a lot of late running. Here's a selection of pictures:
Anyone hoping we've got rid of the 142s was in for a disappointment, here's 142046 leaving Huyton on 2N80 10:28 Liverpool Lime Street High Level to Blackpool North. (One of the Warrington Bank Quay workings was also a 142.)
319363 at Huyton working 2F50 10:32 Liverpool Lime Street to Wigan North Western.
At Lime Street we see 319365 about to work 1H47 11:16 Liverpool Lime Street High Level to Manchester Airport, and 319361 which has just arrived on 2F21 10:02 Manchester Victoria to Liverpool Lime Street.
319369 arrives at Earlestown on 2F29 12:02 Manchester Victoria to Liverpool Lime Street.
Later, in improved weather, 319371 calls at Huyton while working 2F53 13:03 Wigan North Western to Liverpool Lime Street.
319361 on 2F33 13:02 Manchester Victoria to Liverpool Lime Street pulls away from Edge Hill.
Across the platform at Edge Hill, here's 319371 on 2F64 14:00 Liverpool Lime Street to Wigan North Western.
At Prescot, 319364 departs on 2F59 14:03 Wigan North Western to Liverpool Lime Street.
And finally, two 319s meet at Huyton's middle platform.
P.S. I understand the only planned working north of Wigan is 2N74 18:00 Liverpool Lime Street to Preston. Here it is at Huyton with 319371. I believe the stock then stables overnight at Preston, so let's hope 371 has better luck in the morning than 386 did today!