Urgh, I shouldn’t have posted that earlier…
the 1128 train that actually arrived at 1139 was cancelled at Oxenholme, so I couldn’t get that one. I went for a wonder, onto the other side, and saw that the digital display boards were no longer showing the next train, but rather “Welcome to Oxenholme”. Obviously, they thought there’d be no southbound trains in the near future.
It was just after I’d got a phone call that I saw a Virgin Voyager to Glasgow entering the station on the northbound platform. Not wanting to miss it, I raced to get on it, but my effort – while appearing successful – was actually in vain. Everybody in the station tried and succeeded to get on that train, but the train was then too overcrowded to safely depart the station. I was one of those who got off the train to allow it to depart – given assurance that there was another train 10 minutes behind this one.
I’m kinda glad I did get off actually – I would have been stood next to a door which didn’t want to stay closed. In waiting for the next train, I managed to get myself a table seat, rather than the standing room only that it was on the other train.
I finally managed to arrive in Carlisle at about 1300ish. Two hours after I bought my ticket, and two hours after I was intending to get there.
Getting home wasn’t too hard, got the 1549 train back that actually left at 1646. A relatively uneventful journey, save for the awesome glow from the pantograph sparking – lighting up the area around the train with an amazing blue strobe light :D
All this for only a semi-successful visit – had I known earlier, I could have been much much more successful online.