The Committee of the PENNINE RAILWAY SOCIETY join together to wish
all our members and their families a very happy Christmas and a
prosperous New Year, and we thank you all for your support and
friendship In 1997.
MEMBERSHIP FEES UNCHANGED
With this magazine you will find a renewal of membership form. We
are pleased to say that due to good housekeeping and In line with
the Government's anti-inflationary policy, membership fees remain
unchanged at £4.50.
We hope you will rejoin the society in 1998 by simply completing the
renewal of membership form and sending your fee, made payable to the
PENNINE RAILWAY SOCIETY, to Tony Caddick at 15 Carlyle Street,
Mexborough, S64 9DE, or you can rejoin at our social evenings at the
Corporation Brewery Taps.
We look forward to your support in 1998.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The Society's AGM will be held on Sunday 11 January 1998 at the
Corporation Brewery Taps, Doncaster. The AGM will start at 12 noon,
or as soon as everyone has been served at the bar. This is the
opportunity for you, the members, to have a say In the running of
It Is also a chance to socialise with friends you may not have seen
for some time.
FREE 1998 DIARIES
All members rejoining in 1998 will
again receive free a much sought after Pennine Railway Society
diary. Another good reason to renew your membership.
DAVID BLADEN - MAGAZINE EDITOR
David has indicated to the Committee that he would like to hand over
the control of the Trans Pennine Magazine after this Issue.
The Committee would like publicly to thank David for the hard work
he has put In to make the magazine the quality product It
undoubtedly Is. He will be a hard act to follow.
It Is rumoured that he Is being head-hunted by Doncaster Rovers
football club to plan for Its entry Into non-league football in the
WHAT A SHOWER
We are reliably informed by our mole In Doncaster Plant Works that a
clerk, when asked to order a power unit# requested "Shower Unit" on
the order. The order was also sent to the wrong supplier.
QUICKER TO BRUSSELS
With the opening of a high speed line in Belgium, journey time from
Waterloo to Brussels was reduced by half an hour to two and a half
hours from 14
Meanwhile the Eurostars continue to totter
through Kent to the coast. There is also still no sign of Eurostars
running up the East Coast Main Line. Not surprisingly Eurostar part
owned by ace balloonist Richard Branson, Is concentrating operating
a service to Manchester, over the WCML, owned by Branson's
GNER have issued a 12-page code of practice for taxi drivers who use
their stations. Drivers should wear ties and "Dress shoes" whenever
on duty. And, the annual cost of a rank permit is going up by 30% to
£500, which presumably will come out of the pockets of rail
GNER which has more than one train In 10 running late as well as
chronic overcrowding has some pretty rum priorities.
Rail and bus giant Stagecoach saw pre-tax profits for the
months ending October
compared with £47m a year earlier. Most of this
came from the Porterbrook train leasing arm which made operating
profits of £62.7m. Incidentally Stagecoach receives £60m in
subsidies for running South West Trains, and
for the tiny Isle of Wight rail network.
Stagecoach is, incidentally, the preferred buyer for South Yorkshire
Supertram, having bid
more than any other Interested party*
OFF, WITH THE MOBILES
The Chiltern Railway Company has ordered four coaches which are
completely insulated against mobile phones. Carriages are made from
aluminium which mobile telephone signals cannot penetrate and
are coated with a thin film of metal will come into service in May,
Welcome to the
Winter 1997 edition of Trans Pennine.
in the last edition about the problems with the station information
board and platform clock at Doncaster. As these notes are written in
late November, nothing has been done about the board, but the clock
has been fixed, however, the problem seems to be spreading, as the
photograph below, which originally appeared in Private Eye. shows!
This will be my last edition of Trans Pennine as editor. Spare time
to produce the magazine has been at a premium lately, and I feel it
is time to hand over the reins to someone else. I would like to say
a big thank you to everyone who has contributed in whatever way to
the magazine, and I hope that my successor, whoever he (or she!) may
be, will enjoy the same level of support.
It just remains for me to wish all members and their families the
very best for the festive season.
1997 Pennine Slide Competition.
Pennine Slide Contest was held at the Taps on the 1st of October.
Pete Wesley stepped into the breach at short notice to act as judge
after work commitments prevented Chris Theaker from doing the
Winner was Derek Porter, with a slide of a Cravens unit taken at
Norwich in the early 1980's, second was Chris Nicholson, with a shot
of a class 103, and Stephen Gay claimed third prize with a picture
of an HST at Reading. Well done gentlemen, and thanks again to Pete
Steam Train in the Fog
On a foggy Saturday morning in
December 1996, Chris and I set off from Gainsborough to see a
special train which was running to Lincoln in connection with the
Christmas Market. The train started at Stafford, and 2-6-0 no. 2968
of the Severn Valley Railway would be hauling it onwards from
Dorridge, just out side Birmingham; we had decided that the best
place to see it would be the village station at Collingham.
Visibility was very poor during the drive down the Newark road, and
I thought this was a far from ideal day on which to go out looking
at trains. We parked in the lay-by against Collingharn station,
facing the level crossing so that Chris could see the train from the
car. I got out and joined a few other hardy souls on the platform.
We had arrived in good time, but the train was late. A Sprinter on a
regular service from Lincoln arrived and departed. We waited. The
cold was penetrating, the scene dismal in the extreme. At last we
heard a distant whistle, and after a few more minutes the noise of
the locomotive was audible. The sound of the whistle came again, and
soon the train was approaching, the engine working hard. The fog
still hid the train from sight, and the level crossing was still
open to the road; it was strange to hear the as yet unseen
locomotive pounding towards us. Then the bell at the crossing rang,
the barriers came down , the engine sounded louder, and then no.
came looming out of the fog, an unnamed goods locomotive,
painted black, erupting clouds of steam into the murky air. It was
many years since I had seen a steam locomotive in such conditions,
and the brief glimpse of it as it passed us and disappeared into the
fog once more was well worth the cold wait on the platform. It was a
long train, and seemed very well filled with people going to enjoy
the Christmas sights in Lincoln; I hoped the weather did not spoil
their day out. The engine's steam still lingered around the station
after the last carriage had vanished from view.
We had lunch, then headed down the AI for a few miles before turning
off on to the narrow, winding roads where I drove very cautiously.
At last I parked against Barnby Lane crossing at Claypole, a
favourite place of ours for watching trains on the East Coast Main
Line in the winter months. The flashing lights at the crossing gave
ample warning of the approach of trains, but conditions were very
bad for taking photographs, and identifying the names and numbers of
the locomotives was very difficult as the expresses materialised
suddenly out of the fog and rushed past us in the gloom. We had to
keep running the engine of the car in order not to get too cold. I
walked back down the lane for a few yards beyond the crossing; the
afternoon was bleak, eerie and forbidding, and already it was
growing dark. We had hoped to see another special train to Lincoln,
diesel-hauled, on the mainline, but we were unsuccessful. We agreed
that we were not just eccentric to spend a Saturday like this, we
must be totally mad.
We made our way cautiously back to Collingharn as the early darkness
came down. The steam train was due to leave Lincoln at half-past
four, and we had decided that to see it a second time would complete
our excursions. As before, Chris stayed in the car facing the level
crossing while I went on to the platform. One or two other men were
doing the same, but in the darkness the station appeared more
desolate than ever, and the fog appeared to be, if anything, growing
thicker. The signal by the crossing sent a beam of green light into
the murk, but there was no sight or sound of a train. I walked along
to the far end of the platform, and then, quite close, I heard a
whistle-blast. The bells at the crossing rang, and as I hurried back
to the wider part of the platform to get a better view of the train,
a headlamp approached out the darkness, I heard the noise of a steam
locomotive, and then no. 2968 was visible in the station lights. It
went loudly past me, the orange glare of its fire lighting up the
interior of the cab and the underside of the billowing smoke and
steam. Chris saw it go over the crossing, and we both commented on
what a rare and nostalgic sight it was, a long-distance train
steaming through a foggy winter night.
We drove slowly back to Gainsborough. It seemed to be very late, but
in fact it was hardly tea-time. It had beer; a-peculiar trip to do,
and not the sort of thing we would undertake very often; but we had
enjoyed our outing, and we were very glad we had made the effort to
go and see the steam train in the fog.
The Bodmin Diesel
Friday 19th September
catch Leon Motors' Leyland Lynx
135 to town, where I have about an hour to spare, so it's into the
Corner Pin to try some of the latest brew from Glentworth
Brewery. A couple of pints of the 'Henpecked Ale', and a
four-pint carryout to take to my friend Steve in Cornwall, then it's
time to catch the 21.27 to Manchester, formed by 158770. On arrival
at Piccadilly, I find the stock for the 23.30 Fridays-only to
Penzance is already in the platform, but the engine has not arrived
from Longsight. After about ten minutes, 47817 arrives and is
coupled on to the stock. At the third attempt I manage to find a
comfortable seat for the night, (the first two attempts producing a
very cold coach and a very loud screaming child). 47814 pulls
away on time and I soon doze off to sleep.
Saturday 20th September
Birmingham New Street on time, having run round its train, heading
for the next stop at Bristol Temple Meads, (During the 15-minute
booked stop, the 23.30 Leeds to Newquay arrives in the adjacent
platform, so I take the opportunity to see what the two power cars
are, as I will be travelling on this train later). and I doze off to
sleep again. Arrival at Par is a few minutes late, thanks to a late
train crew delaying the departure from Plymouth. At 06.29, 43121
pokes its nose under the bridge at the north end of the station,
just in time for a 06.30 departure to Newquay. I already know the
rear power car is 43160 so on arrival at Newquay, there is no need
to walk down the platform - it's straight off the train and head for
the station cafe. Oh, no! Horror of horrors! It's shut! (As are all
the other local cafes at 07.30 on a summer Saturday morning) I call
in at a newsagent's to place my £I lucky-dip on the Lottery and
purchase a newspaper to read about the previous day's train crash at
Southall. I manage to find a baker's preparing to open and having
armed myself with a ham butty, return to the station to wait for
Steve, who is due to pick me up in about half-an hour. When I get to
the station, I discover the cafe has now opened, so in we go for a
bacon butty and coffee.
Steve is on time, and about 30 minutes of driving gets us to Bodmin,
where we park in the station car park. 50042 and 20166 are waiting
in the platforms for
their first trains of the day. We both purchase Day Rover tickets,
mine being cheap because I am a member of the Bodmin Railway. 31273
arrives light-engine from Bodmin Parkway (Bodmin Road) and all the
locos are ready for the start of the day's services. 50042 works the
09.15 to Bodmin Road and return to Bodmin General., where 20166
drops on to the other end for a round trip to Boscarne Junction and
back. On arrival back at General, it is the turn of 31273 to take
over for a run to Bodmin Road and back. D3559 (08444), ex-Doncaster
Works' pilot, is booked to work the 12.00 to Boscarne Junction and
return, this train being allowed a little bit longer for the
journey, owing to the slower progress of the 08 shunter.
The next trip is to Bodmin
Road, behind 20166 and 31273, with the 31 leading on the return
journey to General. After that, 50042 heads the 13.55 service to
Bodmin Road, before returning to General, where 20166 takes
over for the 14.50 departure to Boscarne Junction and return. The 31
works the 15.40 Bodmin Road service and return, before the 20 takes
over for the 16.35 Boscarne Junction train. The final locohauled run
of the day sees 50042 and 31273 paired on a train from Bodmin
General to Bodmin Road and back.
There is one more working, the 18.30 to Boscarne Junction, a 'pub
train' operated by a class 108 DMU, but as it does not return until
21.00, we decide to head back to Steve's, where I am staying for the
Saturday night is spent trying out some of Steve's local pubs. The
first is the Treguth Inn at Holywell Bay, where. I try some Courage
'Old Chopper', quite apt considering the traction we had during the
day! Our next port of call is the Smuggler's Den at Trebellan, where
I try a pint of Nethergate 'Golden Gate'. The final hostelry of the
night is the Old Albion at Crantock, only a few minute's walk from
Steve's, where we return to drink the four pints of 'Henpecked' I
had brought with me, plus some Skinners 'Cornish Knocker', which we
had assisted in brewing a few weeks earlier.
Sunday 21st September
I awake around 08.00, feeling none the worse for the previous
evening's imbibing. We set off for Bodmin around 09.00 as we do not
need to find a parking space or ticket, today being spent
photographing and videoing the trains. Our first location is at
Charlie's Gate, which is close to Bodmin Road. 31273 is in charge of
the 09.45 departure from General and we photograph it on both the
outward and return trips. We then spend a lot of time trying to find
a spot on the Boscarne branch, so that we can photograph 20166 but,
alas, we cannot find anywhere suitable apart from the road bridge at
Bodmin General station. The only advantage of this is that we manage
to get some shots of the class 10 shunter, D3452, on the
driver experience shuttles. 50042 and 31273 are also photographed
shunting to form the 11.30 departure to Bodmin Road. We then hurry
off to a field just north of the Walker Lines industrial estate to
photograph the 50 and 31, before returning to Charlie's Gate to
capture them on the return run.
We decide that as there are no suitable locations on the Boscastle
branch, we will adjourn for lunch at the Lanlivet Inn in Lanlivet,
then onto the Masons Arms at Bodmin, on the way to Bodmin Parkway
station. It is now time for me to head for home on the 13.50 to
Plymouth, but not before we get one final shot of 31273 on the 13.50
service to Bodmin General. 43186 and 43031 are the power cars on the
12.35 Penzance to Reading service for the journey to Plymouth, where
I have half-an-hour's wait before catching the 14.57 Plymouth to
Newcastle train with power cars 43092 and 43084. This train runs via
Gloucester, and as the train turns round there, 43084 is the leading
vehicle for the remainder of the journey to Doncaster, where I
arrive just after 20.30.
I head for the Corner Pin, and come across a few drunken
Pennine/CAMRA members. I also have an opportunity to sample the
latest brew from the Dark Tribe Brewery, 'Galleon'. All in all, not
a bad weekend!
Grand Pennine Christmas Quiz
Telephone rings. "Hello,
is that the police? I'd like to report the theft of a year. It must
have been stolen because I can't believe it's been twelve months
since I last typed the Christmas quiz!" Entries should be received
by February 28th. Send them either to the new editor or me and I
will pass them on.
Complete the title of this Agatha Christie murder mystery "The 4.50
1) Which Deltic carried the same name as an LMS "Royal Scot"
and an LNER D40 ?
2) Which loco was the first to be built at Swindon under BR
ownership, being delivered to traffic in January 1948 ?
3) In the TOPS renumbering, what did D111 become ?
4) It was originally called Longhedge Works - by what name is
it better known now ?
5) Jim Swan, Bill Stevenson, Bill Nairn and Tommy Smith were
Top Link steam/diesel drivers at which depot ?
7) Who is the present Assistant Editor of 'The Railway
8) Which class 59 has gone to Germany ?
9) On what date did A H Peppercorn become CME for the LNER ?
which year did Bradford Interchange station open ?
former GWR terminus station never had any track ? )
LMS loco 45501.
Windsor Hill Tunnel was situated between which two stations ?
14) Who designed Hull Paragon station ?
15) Which class 50 was painted in GWR green livery in 1985 ?
16) What do the initials S.L.O.A. stand for ?
17) Between which two places did 'The Irishman' run ?
18) What is the distance from Leeds station to Carlisle Citadel
station, via the Settle - Carlisle line ?
19) David Sheppard is a noted railway artist, but which animal does
he also specialise in painting ?
20) What number was carried by the GWR gas turbine loco delivered in
1950, from Brown Boveri in Switzerland ?
21) Crimple Viaduct, near Pannal station on the Leeds to
Knaresborough line, has how many arches ?
22) In 1973, which maintenance/fuelling depot had the code PA ?
23) Which loco has the pool code IECB ?
24) Which railway company had the initials NSR ?
25) What is the wheel diameter of the class 90 locos ?
26) Name Isle of Wight 02 steam loco No. 34.
27) In which year was Boothferry Park station in Hull last used for
football excursions ?
28) Which city does the Nene Valley Railway run into ?
29) What was the pre-TOPS number of 02001 ?
30) Which loco works was found by leaving the station via the
approach road, turning right
into West High Street, then right into Constitution Street, before
Harlaw Road to the entrance ?
31) Excluding D200140122, which was repainted in green, which was
the last class 40 to retain
green livery ?
32) What was the date of the Shrivenharn disaster involving 'King'
class 6007 ?
33) What was the distance between Carlisle Citadel and Edinburgh
Waverley via the Waverley route ?
34) Which Deltic was used on 'The Hadrian Flyer` on June 17, 1967 ?
35) Which class of 0-6-0 steam shunters was the last to be built for
service on BR ?
36) When was the last day of passenger service on the York - Market
Weighton - Beverley - Hull line ?
Who owns Virgin
railway company had the initials CK&PR ?
LNER class M2 69077.
40) At which
depot were the three Pile brothers Top Link steam drivers ?
41) How much was the January 1918 edition of 'The Railway
Who was the Locomotive
Superintendent of the Maryport and Carlisle Railway from 1870 to
44) What was the original Hull terminus of the Hull and Barnsley
Railway called ?
45) In which city would you find Lime Street station ?
46) Between which two stations did 'The Merchant Venturer` run ?
47) Which Deltic took part in the 1980 Rainhill Cavalcade ?
48) Who wrote the poems 'Midnight on the Great Western" and
'Faintheart in a Railway Train" ?
49) What was the wheelbase of the GWR 1500 class 06-0 tanks ?
50) Name SR B4 class 30086.
Pennine Quiz No.91 - The Answers
Yorkshire Evening Post
named Leeds United
Between Walsden and Littleborough
Between Goole and Thorne
Holmfirth - Huddersfield
Stanley and Methley Joint (more than one station in Methley)
12) - Ossett and Earlsheaton or Chickenley Heath
14) 14 September 1959
16) 1 January 1964
18) 22 November 1970
19) 3 October 1987
20) Station Master, Leeds Area Passenger Manager
21) 1 August 1849
22) 2 March 1953
25) 3369 yards
overall was John Dewing, (which should make up for' Sir
Geoffrey' abandoning Yorkshire!) with Ken King gaining second
place and Malcolm Bell in third. Well done gentlemen, and
thanks again to Ian Shenton for setting the quiz.
What the Papers say!
turn our attention to continental matters for a change. The
following article is by 'Independent on Sunday' correspondent Imre
Fine the managers, and the
trains won't be late
It may be premature to talk of national decline, but some
downward trends are becoming discernible. Germans, it emerges from
the latest statistics, are eating less than half the sauerkraut of
their forebears, saving fewer pfennigs than their grandmothers, and
shamefully - working fewer hours than Italians. Now we hear that
German trains no longer run on time.
Still with articles from
'The Independent", this one is by Simon Calder.
Whether any of these are related, no one can tell, but the rail
crisis is grave. "We have an unacceptably high level of
unpunctuality," thundered Johannes Ludewig, the chairman of Deutsche
Bahn, the privatised monopoly. 7he saying 'punctual as the railway'
must again become the trademark of Deutsche Bahn."
The company gives no figures - some things don't change - but
matters are getting worse. They talk of a Mornino effect": late
arrivals delaying connecting services, and so on. Before you know
it, everyone is late for work, the dentist and dinner parties. That
would really be the end.
Fortunately, it has not come to that yet. German trains are slower
than their French - and even British counterparts. But they're
clean, the connections are good, the food edible and cancellations
virtually unheard of. "We are not saying we are worse than others,
but we are not good enough," says a spokeswoman. She sees slackness
everywhere. Old rolling stock and work on main routes do cause
unavoidable delays, but attitudes are not what they used to be. Some
employees prepare the trains too slowly. Drivers mess about. "We are
late because colleagues do not start in time."
Don't even mention leaves or snow of any kind. "It is the duty of
all staff to carry out their task precisely," she declares. How,
precisely? How late can the train be from Bonn to Berlin, a distance
of 400 miles, before it is "unpunctual"? Ten minutes? Five? In
Britain, trains are "on time" if they are more than ten minutes late
at their destination.
The spokeswoman is ruthless: "A train is unpunctual if it arrives at
or leaves any station en route one minute later than scheduled." So
the Berlin train 10 minutes late at Hanover but back on time later
is an offender.
Disgrace for the driver, and worse for the bosses. Deutsche Bahn has
declared war on delays with a "punctuality offensive" that will hit
managers in their pockets. Unless "unpunctuality" is halved by next
year, all foremen and managers will lose part of their end of-year
bonuses, which in happier times amounted to 15 per cent of their
The company is sure this will work. Whatever else is changing,
preoccupation with money remains reassuringly - an enduring national
If you find
yourself in west London between lam and 4am, you could well see a
ghost train speed past. Heathrow Express is testing the new
Spanish-built trains for its nonstop link from Paddington station to
the airport. But the habit of running trains with no passengers is
spreading to the rest of the network.
but after speaking to
Great Western Trains, Thames Trains, ScotRail and Virgin trains, I
realised that although a train departed at 10.30am, changing at
Birmingham, it was impossible to book it". Eventually, in all
seriousness, a ScotRail official suggested she returned on Monday
instead - and an exasperated Miss Barker agreed. Her ticket, when it
arrived, bore the cryptic message, "Unspecified restrictions apply".
Rumours have abounded that Eurostar is to scrap its planned services
from Edinburgh and Manchester direct to Paris - three years after
they were due to begin. The company denies the story, and says
regional services will start in the New Year. Earlier this year
Eurostar cancelled connecting trains from various parts of Britain
to Waterloo, ostensibly in preparation for the direct services. To
fill the void, one of the new train operating companies, Wales and
West, launched a new Manchester to Waterloo train. But the National
Rail Enquiry service (0345 484950) is doing its best to make sure
that no one ever travels on it.
Each time the rail enquiry service is found to be failing to meet
its targets, and is fined by the rail regulator, promises are made
about future performance. But these vows seem to be as empty as the
07.59 from Manchester Piccadilly. Six separate calls to try to find
out the fare all resulted in the blunt assertion: There is no train
from Manchester to Waterloo." You begin to wonder whether the new
service is a work of fiction in the great tradition of British Rail
timetables. If you ask for a number for Wales and West, you are told
to ring 01222 430090. This phone line - which has a human being
answering for only three hours a day refers you back to the number
you first thought of. By now, the search for someone to (a)
acknowledge the existence of the 07.59 from Manchester and (b) sell
you a ticket for it, has taken considerably longer than the time it
takes to fly between the two cities. The lowest fare on Air UK's
Manchester to London City route is £65 return. Book instantly on
Airlines and railways do not always compete, particularly when you
are Richard Branson. If you want to travel from London to Los
Angeles, or from Oxford to Edinburgh, the Virgin brand can get you
there. But, writes Sara Baker of Oxford, it may not be able to get
"I wanted to go from Oxford to Edinburgh on Friday, returning on
Sunday." The appropriate ticket is a SuperAdvance, which requires
you to book a train in both directions. 9 could reserve the
The timetable describes the
service she had wanted: "Expected to be very busy. Seat reservations
are therefore recommended." Since reservations are impossible, I
suspect it will be as busy as those ghostly Heathrow Expresses.
Manchester has always been one
of my favourite cities. As you wander the streets, there is a
reassuring feel about the imposing grandeur of the Victorian
buildings. (That's when somebody isn't trying to blow them up!) My
stomach is also rather fond of the place! The Chinatown district has
some superb restaurants, and there are smashing little Indian cafes
tucked away in the side streets, serving cheap and delicious
curries. Connoisseurs of that uniquely Lancastrian feast of steak
pudding, chips, mushy peas, gravy, tea, bread-and-butter, will have
a field-day, and the city centre is blessed with many unspoilt pubs
serving some of the cheapest real ale to be found in a major city.
(There are other reasons of course why I like Manchester, but I
promised in the last article not to mention them in this article! )
Much of my exploration of the city centre was done in the mid to-late
seventies, as I travelled home to Blackpool from RAF bases at
Cranwell and Finningley. At that time, trains to Blackpool left from
Victoria station, which meant a trip across the city from
Piccadilly, if I had made my way via Sheffield. The timetable was
such that I usually had an hour to get from one station to the
other, which could be easily accomplished if walking, even with a
refreshment stop en-route! On one memorable journey, however, the
train from Sheffield had been severely delayed and we ended up, for
some reason, routed via Woodhead. A very late arrival in Piccadilly
meant I had about ten minutes to get across to Victoria before the
fast train to Blackpool departed. There was not a taxi to be seen at
the station rank, and in desperation I mistakenly flagged down a
passing police car. The policeman was very good about it! Seeing my
RAF kitbag (it turned out he was ex-RAF), he offered me a ride to
Victoria and we set off with blue lights flashing and siren wailing.
Sadly for me his efforts were in vain, and the last train had just
gone. The policeman did, however, have a friend who was a railman at
the station and he arranged for me to spend the night in the waiting
room on platform 13, where I was awoken the following morning in
time for the first Blackpool train, by the railman bearing an
enamelled mug of scalding hot tea and a slice of toast. I just
cannot imagine that happening today! Enough nostalgia! Four of my
favourite watering holes are located within 10 minutes walk from
Piccadilly station, and it is possible to sample beers from two of
Manchester's independent brewers.If you are looking
for smart furnishings, loud music and designer beers, then the
Jolly Angler on Ducie Street is definitely not for you! This is
a small, basic pub, where the furnishings owe more to Steptoe than
Habitat, the loudest noise is liable to be lively conversation, and
the nearest thing to alcopops is probably bottled-shandy. Two rooms
are served by a corner bar, and the friendly staff dispense beers
from Hyde's Anvil Brewery. Anvil Bitter and Anvil Light are normally
on sale, although during my last visit in October, the Light had
been temporarily replaced by Dark Mild, in my view, a bit of a bonus
as this beer is quite rare and, at £1.34, good value. A pool table
dominates one of the two rooms although the size of the room means
players need to be supple! Catering is limited to nuts and crisps,
and there are often impromptu music sessions in the evening.
The pub has been under
threat in recent years - had Manchester been successful in its bid
for the Olympics, the pub and surrounding buildings would have been
demolished to make way for a stadium. Happily, common sense has
prevailed and the "JA' survives as an oasis amongst the wine bars
and warehouse conversions springing up in the area.
next three pubs are, by welcome coincidence, more or less next door
to each other on Portland Street. Let's start at the Old Monkey, on
the corner of Portland Street and Princess Street. A newish
establishment (opened in 1993) with an open-plan bar area, the place
can be noisy and busy, but don't let that put you off. On sale are
Hoit's Mild and Bitter, with the price of a pint of bitter in
October being £1.04 you would pay that for a half in London! Hoit's
have a policy of low prices and such is the demand for their cheap
beers, that they are often delivered in 'hogsheads', casks holding
54 gallons, three times the size of a normal cask. A word of warning
about the Bitter - believe me, it is bitter and can be an
acquired taste, however, at least it's a taste that is cheap to
acquire! Food is served at lunchtime and the pub is open all day.
Next door but
one to the Old Monkey is a throwback to a different age, the
Circus Tavern. To use a well-worn cliché(~, it's a gem. As you
squeeze in through the front door, what hits you is how small the
place is. There is a tiny, quadrant shaped bar, just two handpumps
wide, and two tiny wood panelled rooms off to the side. The place has
a capacity of about 40 people at most, and according to local
legend, the landlady has a novel way of controlling numbers - she
puts out 40 glasses and when they are all in use, the front door is
locked! Seasoned veterans use the back door in Reyner Street when
handpumps dispense only Tetley Bitter - no keg beer is sold. Anyone
requesting lager is liable to end up with a dusty bottle of
Carlsberg, kept for just such unforeseen emergencies, and spirits
drinkers will have the choice of only four optics, whisky, gin,
brandy and vodka. The Tetley's on my last visit was £1.43 a pint -
which I think is reasonable for Tetley Bitter - and very drinkable
it was too. A word of warning for the ladies - I don't think there
are any Ladies. I've never seen any and it's not the sort of thing a
gentleman enquires about! The one drawback with the place is that
opening times can be a moveable feast. Official hours are 12-11
during the week and 12-4 on Sundays, however, I've known it to be
shut when it's supposed to be open during the week and open on a
Sunday evening when it's supposed to be shut! You make a long
journey at your own risk!
I don't know how the
Circus Tavern survives in this day and age, but I am glad that it
Last, but by no means least of the trio, is the Grey Horse.
This is a Hyde's house, consisting of one small lounge which has the
feel of somebody's front room and cosy is probably the best word to
describe it. After a period of turmoil following the retirement of
long serving tenants, the Grey Horse is now back to its best, and the
new licensees have managed to re--create the friendly and relaxed
atmosphere of the past. They're no slouches when it comes to looking
after beer, either. An excellent pint of Anvil Light was £1.34, and
they even serve lager, so our Treasurer will be alright in here,
particularly as horse racing seems to be the particular passion of
the regulars. Catering is limited to snacks, but then; at the back
of the pub is the Chinatown area.
So that's it, a very brief guide to decent beer in Manchester City
Centre. (and I didn't mention aircraft once.) Now, anyone for a
couple of pints followed by crispy duck with chilli sauce !!!
We start back in August, where on the 26th at
Melton Ross, 56029/038, 60054/064/095 were noted heading oil trains,
60006/092 worked iron-ore trains, 56011/134 were in charge of coal
trains, 56126 headed a Cargowaggon train and 37146, 56039 passed
Lord! He's off
again!) with the added poignancy of a two-minute silence at
Marshal Meadows, on the English/Scottish border, in respect for
Princess Diana's funeral taking place that day. The tour was
returned from Edinburgh by a slightly less spectacular, but
nonetheless large "beast", in the shape of 87101.
On the 30th at Duffield, 60022 hauled a stone train and 37704 was at
the head of a freight working. Later in the day at Ambergate,
37607+37608 were noted double-heading a freight train.
Into September, now. The 2nd saw 47829 arriving at York on a service
from Birmingham, before returning southbound at the head of a
Poole-bound train. Later in the day at Doncaster, 89001 passed
through with the 13.40 KX - Bradford FS train , and 37607+37608 were
again noted double-heading a freight train.
The following day, 47853 did the honours on the
Birmingham-York-Poole diagram, as 47829 was employed on a Poole-York
train, returning on a York-Bristol. Other 47s to be used on these
services during the month were 47634 (5th), 47814 (10th) 47841
(12th), 47853 (13th), 47818 (16th), 47849 (28th), 47827 (30th).
Your intrepid Membership Secretary was re-introduced to the joys of
mainline Deltic-haulage after a long 15year wait, on Hertfordshire
Railtours "Deltic Scotsman" railtour on the 6th of September. D9000
put in a truly spectacular performance (Oh
(Your editor must also own up to feeling a slight frisson of
excitement on the 7th of October, as he stepped off a DMU at
Doncaster to be greeted by the sight and sound of D9000 and
supporting coach thundering majestically southbound through the
station Oh Lord!, Tony's got me at it now!)
The 7th of
September was not a good day to be travelling on the northem
sections of the ECML. A major power failure at Berwick caused severe
disruption to services. An example of this was the 09.40 Inverness -
KX, due in Doncaster at 16.23, which was running some 170 minutes
late. Many other trains were delayed for periods of up to 3 hours.
Shipley is not a place which features frequently in these columns,
however, on the 11th of September, 56093 was noted hauling a train
of scrap iron through the station. Next to Lincoln, where on the
16th of the month, 60006 and 60023 passed through at the head of oil
Ipswich was the location for the following sightings on the 20th of
September :- 08745/865, 47212/303, 56006/083/116,
86221/606/615/627/632/633/639, 90141. Later in the day, 37140, 58001
and 60032 were noted at March, and 31110/306, 37380, 56066,
58012/040, 60085 were at Peterborough.
On the 21st Heaton allocated 142020 worked into Hull Paragon
attached to a class 156 unit, which had formed the 14.14 Sheffield -
47772 worked ECS into Hull Paragon on the 27th, in preparation for a
steam railtour on the 28th, when 60007 'Sir Nigel Gresley' headed
the tour from Hull to KX. 47774 worked the return service.
On the 29th, Eaton Lane crossing was visited by one of our members,
who noted 47725 on an ECS working, 47784 hauling a single container
wagon, and 90019 at the head of a parcels train.
Finally for September, 89001 continued to make regular runs on the
ECML, principally on services between KX and West Yorkshire. The
loco was noted on such duties on the 2nd, 5th, 10th, and 16th.
Gainsborough Central is another location which doesn't often feature
in these columns. On the 4th of October, 20902+20903 were noted
operating on a weedkilling train. The 4th also featured a few
railtours. 'Gresley' was in action again, this time on a KX
Edinburgh steam special, with 47768 bringing up the rear, and 86424
hauled a Hertfordshire Railtours' charter from KX to York, where
47764 took over for the onward journey to Keighley and Skipton.
On the 11th of October, 47981 was noted passing through Brough with
a freight train for Saltend, and 56088 was in charge of a coal train
bound for Hull docks.
Back to Lincoln, where on the 13th, 60051 and 60064 were noted on
oil trains. The following day, 60026 headed an oil train and 37698,
56135+37293 and 60045 worked through light-engine.
Gainsborough Central featured again on the 18th, when 60091 was
observed heading an oil train and 60020 passed through light-engine
A "new venture to combat leaves" was observed near York on the 25th
of October. 37042+37698 'topped and tailed' a Sandite train,
consisting of two tanks and a parcels van. The idea behind the new
venture is to reduce the incidence of wheels slipping on greasy
rails, a condition to which the newer DMUs, particularly the class
158s, are very prone. The Sandite train was also noted at Neville
Hill on the 28th, with 37097-+37054 doing the honours and again on
the 30th, this time with 37097+37293.
The 25th was also a day when raitours were prominent. 86246 (or
86426, depending on the correspondent!) worked Hertfordshire
Railtours' "Sally Forth" tour from KX to Edinburgh, where
37401+37430 took over to 'top and tail' the tour over several branch
lines in the area. Another railtour in Edinburgh that day was the
"Tamil Tiger", which had been organised by an Asian community group
in Bradford. 86430 was the loco allocated for the return trip.
Moorthorpe on the 25th produced 47733 on the "Royal Scotsman", 47323
on a Freightliner, and 56112 on a freight train.
The 26th saw 47817 working Derby-Newcastle-Poole trains, and 37684
on ballast trains in the Hull and Driffield areas.
Stabled at Peterborough on the 27th, were:08529/714, 31166/233/466,
58008/011/027/029 while 56129 passed through on a freight working. A
few miles away, 31434 was sighted in the sidings at Conington, while
at Finsbury Park, 37686 was in charge of a cement train.
A member at Barnetby on the 28th noted:- 47474,
56035/066/080/091/101/107/125/134, 60003/006/020/021/026/067/095/097. 56125 failed at the east end of the station
while working on Immingham - Scunthorpe MGR's. 60006, which was
following on the Immingham - Santon iron-ore service, was detached
from its train and dragged the failed MGR, complete with loco, into
the sidings alongside Barnetby station. The 60 then returned to its
On the 30th, class 155 DMU 155347 worked the 09.18 Hull - Manchester
in place of the usual 1561158. This was the first time tour
correspondent had noted a 155 at Hull. He travelled on the train as
far as Leeds, where arrival was some 40 minutes late due to
signalling problems, a regular occurrence when our correspondent
travels! Later in the day, 37042+37698 headed a Tilcon train through
Leeds, bound for Hull, 37158 was noted on a freight train at
Wakefield Westgate and 37608/611 were at Doncaster.
In the Knottingley area on the 30th were:- Milford South Junction
56003 and 60061 on steel trains, 56079, 59203, 60046 on coal trains;
Hallam Gates 37408 and 47492 light engine, 56117 and 59206 on coal
trains; Knottingley 60082 on a coal train; Knottingley Depot
08499/706/776, 09014, 60079.
At Melton Ross on the 31st were 56019/099 on coal trains, 37709 and
60026 on freight trains, 60054/095 on oil trains, 60064/079 on
iron-ore trains and 56110 on a steel train.
Gainsborough Central gets yet another mention, as 56101 was noted
passing through light-engine on November 1st. Later that day,
56040 was sighted at Eaton Lane crossing at the head of a freight
Saturday 13th of September saw the WCML closed at Warrington.
Diversions via Bolton and Manchester were in operation,
necessitating "dragging" of electric locos. Combinations noted at
47775+87014 09.25 Euston - Glasgow 47792+87027 10.40 Glasgow -
Euston 47734+87026 11.50 Glasgow - Euston 47745+87020 10.25 Euston -
Glasgow Other workings sighted were 86227 on the 10.40 Edinburgh -
Brighton, taken forward by 47849 and 86259 on the 12.30 Glasgow -
Poole, taken forward by 47840.
A member out and about on the 20th of September, on the "Marching
CaV railtour noted the following --
37419/603/605, 47839, 86225/229, 87011; Rugby 31530,
37031, 47207/492, 56064; Willesden 08872/913, 31207,
33021(red livery), 47330/332/764/789, 58032, 86425,
90011/015/016/024/028/032/033/0361/037, 92010; Leicester 60040/088.
The tour ran from Crewe to Felixstowe and Ipswich and haulage came
in the shape of 86608 (Crewe - Rugby), 58018 (Rugby - Wembley No.34
signal), 56062 (Wembley Ipswich), 56006+47212 (Top and tail,
Ipswich-Felixstowe-Ipswich), 47212 (Ipswich - Peterborough), 60085
(Peterborough - Crewe). Arrival back in Crewe was some 15 minutes
The following day, 37425 was noted at Crewe, whilst
Birmingham-Crewe-Holyhead services were in the hands of
37414/415/422/426/427. Stabled at Chester were 374/814/9.
Another railtour to grace Midland Region metals was the "Current
Orbiter" on the 11th of October, which ran from Preston to
Southend. Motive power on this one was provided by 90017 (Preston -
Northampton), 86636 (Northampton - Southend), 90138 (Southend
Liverpool St), 73131+73128 (Liverpool St - Victoria), 47306
(Victoria - Tonbridge), 92015 (Tonbridge Willesden No.41 signal),
87101 (Willesden - Crewe), 47572 (Crewe - Piccadilly). Locos sighted
during the trip were :- Rugby 31434/514,
47475, 58023/035; Willesden 08454/482/913,
4705/744745/75012131 229131213651379, 86416,
Pathfinder's "Blackpool Illuminator" railtour ran from Cardiff to Preston on the 1st of
November, behind 37140+37079. Passengers for Blackpool were conveyed
forward from Preston in Atlanteans and VR's (buses for the
uninitiated) provided by Fishwicks. The stock and locomotives were
then used to form the "Nor`west Thunderbolt" railtour. This used the
37s to Liverpool Lime St, 56134 via Warrington Central, Piccadilly,
Stockport, Knutsford and the recently reopened Hartford West
Junction curve to Warrington Bank Quay. After the "thrash" with the
56, a rather subdued 60009 took the tour forward to Blackpool North,
from where the 37s returned to Cardiff.
The group of Pennine punters had only just reached the joys of
Blackpool, when they were witness to a slight collision between
trams 647 and 726 at Talbot Square. The latter double-deck tram had
its driver's door pulled off in the shunt. Thankfully, this did not
cause too much disruption to the tramway on one of the busiest
nights of the year, in the last weekend of the lights.
On the 15th of August, 37719, 73104/105 were noted at Woking.
47854 was used on a Poole - York service on the 20th of August. A
member who travelled on the train from Winchester to Leeds reports
that Virgin Trains had to hand out free cold drinks to the
passengers after the air conditioning in the first three coaches
failed, on what was a very hot day! Earlier in the day he had noted
08480/993 47330 at Eastleigh.
Noted at Wandsworth Road on the 21st of October, between 11.15 and
12.45 were: - 47146/186/205/313/316, 73106+731071207, 92015/042.
Eurostars sighted at Vauxhall on October 27th were
3205+3206 11.43 Paris - Waterloo
3103+3104 13.57 Waterloo - Paris
3209+3210 12.19 Paris-Waterloo
3205+3206 15.23 Waterloo - Paris
Clapham Junction, the same day, saw 73205/208/210/ 213 operating
through on Gatwick Expresses.
47817 was noted at Reading on the 20th of August working a
Piccadilly - Brighton service, and 37688 was sighted at Didcot.
Acton yard had 47519 and 58005 in residence on the 27th of October.
Many thanks to Tony Caddick, John Dewing, Ken King and Paul
Slater for their contributions.
A visitor to the Isle of Wight Steam Railway on the 19th of August
noted 0-6-OST WD No 198 'Royal Engineer` operating on the line.
On the 4th of October, the K&WVR held a "Wheels in Motion".
Locomotives working during the day were 1054, 47279, 48431, 75078
and 78022 along with 41708 which was visiting from Swanage. 51218
was also employed shunting in the yard at Ingrow.
The following day saw the NYMR "Steam Gala". Locos working were 901,
2253, 3472 30926, 34101, 45428, 65894 (on freight services) and
42765 which was visiting from Bury.
at the Taps (20.00 start) are as follows:
Wednesday 7 January 1998
Members Slide Night
Sunday 11 January 1998 Annual General Meeting - 12. 00
Wednesday 21 January 1998 Rhys Jones
Wednesday 4 February 1998 Brian Mennie
Wednesday 18 February 1998 Derek Porter
Wednesday 4 March 1998
Members Slide Contest
Wednesday 18 March 1998
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March. Until the new editor is confirmed, please continue to
send any contributions to me, to reach me by 14 February, and I
will pass them on. Thank you!