TransPennine Express from Manchester Airport

Over The Hills and Not So Far Away

A few days ago, I flew from Dublin to Manchester, then hopped on the First TransPennine Express at Manchester Airport for Leeds.

It had been a while since I last made this journey, and in that time the trains and the train operators have changed.

The service is frequent, but not so cheap.

Give First credit for a wild paint scheme.
Give First credit for a wild paint scheme.
Manchester Airport is blessed with a railway terminal within its transport complex. Service to and from the airport run every few minutes to points all over the Midlands region.
Manchester Airport is blessed with a railway terminal within its transport complex. Service to and from the airport run every few minutes to points all over the Midlands region.
The interior of the Class 185 DMU has decor that reminds me 1990s German InterCity trains. Lumix LX7 photo.
The interior of the Class 185 DMU has decor that reminds me 1990s German InterCity trains. Lumix LX7 photo.

Ensconced on the class 185 DMU, I gazed out the window as the train arrived at under the shed at Manchester Piccadilly. Here the 185 reversed direction for Leeds and we crossed the services namesake hills. We ran parallel to an old canal for a while, and everywhere the landscape shows scars of industrialization.

Here's my train as it departed Leeds for York. Exposed with a Lumix LX7, August 2014.
Here’s my train as it departed Leeds for York. Exposed with a Lumix LX7, August 2014.

The train didn’t hang around and ran a steady clip, only pausing at Huddersfield before arriving at Leeds. On my arrival the skies opened up and rain cascaded down. So be it.

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