THE MAGAZINE OF THE PENNINE RAILWAY
No.87 - Spring
We Regret ...
We apologise for the fact that our December 1993 TRANS PENNINE
magazine was published late and we hope this did not unduly spoil
your Christmas and New Year celebrations.
The delay was due to
unforeseen printing difficulties.
Renewal of Membership Fees
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for 1994. For those who have forgotten to renew, or, more likely,
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Annual General Meeting
The Society's AGM was
held on 13 February 1994. The event was well attended and all your
Committee were re-elected en-bloc.
1994 will be the Society's 20th Anniversary and a number of special
events are being planned. Full details of these will appear in TRANS
All Our Yesterdays
The PENNINE may be celebrating its 20th Anniversary, but some of its Committee
are somewhat older. The
picture below shows John Sanderson and Robin Skinner spotting at St
Pancras in 1961.
All Our Tomorrows
The first stage of Sheffield's Supertram system opened to the public
on 21 March 1994. The
total cost of the project -isiL240m.
The first stage runs from Sheffield's Fitzalan Square/Commercial
Street to Meadowhall. The journey takes 15 minutes.
Members' Slide Competition
The annual Members Slide Competition was held at the Taps on 15 March.
There were a total-of 56 entries,
of the usual high quality. Slides are judged by the audience.
Winner was Andy Dalby with
71090 at Whitby 2nd was Gary Stewart with D832; 3rd was Rhys Jones
with 5059 "Nunney
Castle" approaching Dent,
and 4th was Doug Stewart with a pair of 50's actually
Andy Dalby is programmed to do the next slide show at the Taps.
Luckily his fee was negotiated before this latest award.
"The problem with trees is they have leaves" BR Lincoln spokesman.
"The Channel Tunnel is a great idea, but I wish they'd built it
elsewhere" BR Lincoln manager visiting Kent.
Said at a recent slide show by Paul "Sutty" Sutton to Rhys Jones,
"Have you got any blue ones?"
We think he was referring to blue liveried Class 56's but
we are not sure. Just in case he will receive counselling from our
"Blues" expert, President Geoff Bambrough.
Dr. Marje Skinner
The latest poser for Dr. Marje, Pennine's own Agony Person, comes
from BoBo of
Bobo asks "Where
did the soil, rock, and rubble dug from the Channel Tunnel go?"
Dr Skinner replies.. "During the tunnelling process, 4 million cubic
metres of spoil were removed on the UK side and 3 million cubic
metres in France, a total which would fill Wembley stadium 13 times
(what a good idea).
Lower Shakespeare Cliff took the spoil in the UK. After being
removed it was deposited behind a permanent sea wall 1.7km long,
enlarging an existing low-lying undersea shelf. Part of the tunnel
cooling and ventilation system has been built on this platform while
the remaining 89 acres
is being landscaped.
On the French side, the spoil was
mixed with water to form a slurry which was pumped into an
artificial lake at Fond Pignon near the Sangatte shaft. As the
slurry dries and consolidates, the area will be landscaped."
LT had a wizard idea for celebrating the 30th Anniversary of its
White City training centre last October it got Lord "Willie"
Whitelaw to unveil a plaque.
As a young Parliamentary secretary to the minister of labour in 1963
Willie had opened the centre. So who better to remember the good old
days and herald in the new than Old Oyster Eyes?
Ten weeks later LT announced that the magnificently modernised
centre was to close and the land sold for a handsome price to a
Wrong Type of...
The Bury St Edmunds station rebuilding is suffering a 5 month
delay. The wrong type of stone has been delivered.
BR In Dark Over Lights
BR is running out of light bulbs for their old Network SouthEast
stock. All but one bulb is being removed from carriage reading lamps
and saved for the main overhead system.
BR withdrew their order for 3 pronged bulbs from the US
manufacturers over a price dispute and
now stocks are low.
Opening of the Channel Tunnel has been further delayed to enable
further extensive trials to continue. Freight trains were to start
running from 7 March 1994 but
this has been put back.
The official opening by Her Majesty The Queen will still take place
in May, but it is likely that commencement of passenger services
will be further delayed.
And to think that official openings by royalty usually takes place
months after opening to the public.
What Trains ?
Network SouthEast's Thameslink division has a new way to deal with
late running trains: stop running them altogether. Its customer
report for 1993, issued
under the passenger's charter, boasts of improved off-peak services.
But it then says "For peak passengers the situation is slightly
different. We have made the steps towards providing a more regularly
timed service in the evening peak"
Further on it becomes clear that this is a euphemism for a huge
withdrawal of services: "Thameslink services to Sevenoaks and
Guildford will be replaced by other operators".
"Replaced" is not quite the right word. The other operators are just
as short of cash and rolling stock as Thameslink so they will run
less than HALF the services currently provided by Thameslink.
Some of the Pennine lads for reasons best known to themselves have
started to watch Doncaster Rugby League club. Led by Pennine's TRAM
(Top Rugby Appreciation man) Neil Taylor they recently saw the Dons
beat Highfield 960, a
club record score.
It is thought that each of the lads who went came away with
different scores and so will be taking calculators to the next
match. They will need the calculators next season in the unlikely
and unthinkable (to the club) event that Doncaster gain promotion.
If they do get -promoted (and we suspect there will be some
surprising defeats in the near future) there will be some record
Sheffield 105 - 0 Doncaster; now there's a thought. It will be
better than watching Doncaster Rovers in soccer's GM. Conference
"Cut-Price Rail Travel
Will Be Safe
In Our Hands" - Government
"A travel agent friend has given a sweetener for -platform tickets
concession when the great day of Privatisation arrives" "But there's
no money in platform tickets".
Not yet, but wait until you can't set foot in a station without
"What about Senior Citizen's Railcards?' "Don't mention Railcards.
Concentrate on bus passes. There's some bargain rides to be had from
Victoria Coach Station"
"Cut-price travel is safe. There will be three-pence off vouchers,
there will be cut-out-and-save discount coupons, one per family.
Only, offer limited to first-class travel between London and
Aberdeen, subject to availability, see small print. There may even
be sell's of -plastic glasses for those who have clocked up 10
000 rail miles.
"Rumour has it that there'll be backdoor fare rises, passengers
having to pay the full -fare or be prevented from using certain
trains" Obviously if you don't pay the fare you can't use the
trains. This is a business, not a public charity. What do you think
we're running - the Oxfam Line?".
THE PRIVATE LINE - WHAT THE PUNTERS DON'T KNOW WON'T HURT 'EM.
BR's Own Mr
The Pennine has a number of Mr Blobby's. BR has one too. It has
sacked 24 stone Jim Muldoon because he was too fat to get into his
engine. He couldn't squeeze through the 141nch wide doorway of the
locomotive's engine room.
BR sent him to Weight Watchers at their expense but after attending
four classes he was found to be weightier than ever.
Mr Muldoon was based at Ayr. He Is claiming unfair dismissal.
BR Slides Off Rails
BR came in for criticism in February after it admitted abandoning
services on branch lines in the Arctic conditions.
A complacent BR spokesman dismissed suggestions that it had not
prepared properly for the conditions insisting that there was only
so much money available to deal with the snow.
He added they were as ready as they could legitimately be for a
country that has only two or three days of bad weather like this in
In some areas a decision was taken not to run services in order to
protect their ability to run any services at all (now you know). By
concentrating resources on main lines they were able to keep
reasonable services running there.
The journey from Croydon to central London was taking 90 minutes
rather than the usual 20 minutes, and at one point Charing Cross
station was filled to capacity with immobile trains because
disrupted schedules meant there were no crews arriving to take them
New Age of Steam
Work starts shortly to build a £1m giant steam locomotive, an A1
class Pacific. It will be the first mainline steam loco built in
this country since 1960 .
Big companies are lining up to provide materials and skills In
return for having their names associated with the loco.
The world's biggest steel foundry group, Sheffield-based William
Cook will make the engine's £60,000 driving wheels, each one 6ft 8in
in diameter. The frame will be laid at Doncaster Works.
It is due to be finished in 1998, the 50th anniversary of the
building of the first A1 loco designed by A H Peppercorn. Forty-nine
were made between 1948 and 1949, but
all have been scrapped. The last one, St Mungo went to the breakers
yard in 1966.
The loco will be numbered 60163 and is likely to be named "Tornado"
as a tribute to the British-made bomber which played a pivotal and
devastating role in the Gulf War.
The Docklands Light Railway, opened in 1987, linking
Canary Wharf to the main central London tube system and BR now
carries 30,000 passengers a day on Its 15-train service, but with a
capacity to carry 115,000, at a maximum speed of 50mph.
Soon to be opened is the £240m eastern extension
into the Royal
Docks. Still to core is a £100m plan to build a tunnel under the
Thames linking the Isle of Dogs with Lewisham.
Chunnel - The
The Channel Tunnel link will start from St Pancras station and run
east in a tunnel through Islington and Stratford. It emerges above
ground near Barking station.
At Ripple Lane a viaduct will enable freight to join the rail link,
taking over two little-used tracks on the existing Tilbury-Southend
line. From there the route swings south past Rainham before dipping
under the Thames via a tunnel from Thurrock Marshes to Swanscombe.
It crosses the M25 by passing over the top of the Dartford Tunnel
exit ramps and going under the Queen Elizabeth II bridge viaduct.
A junction with the Network SouthEast line at Gravesend will give
access to Kent commuter services into Victoria and Waterloo.
The link then continues through the Ebbsfleet valley to
Hollingbourne, Sandway, Ashford and finally Folkestone. South of
Boxley and Detling it merges with the M20 corridor. At Henhurst
there is provision for an optional freight loop.
Further consultations are planned on contentious parts of the route
like Pepper Hill in Kent. Short tunnels will be built at
Hollingbourne and Sandway to preserve conservation areas. A further
tunnel west of Ashford has been ruled out on grounds of cost.
St Pancras station will have six international and three domestic
platforms specially for the link.
TRANS PENNINE MARCH 1975
A trip down memory lane. Magazine No 2 was
published in March 1975.
Your Committee was:
Chairman - Robin Skinner
General Secretary - Michael May
Fixtures Secretary and Magazine Editor - Neil Webster
Treasurer - John Sanderson
Public Relations - Geoffrey Bambrough
Publications Officer - Jon Davis.
Other Committee members were George Calvert, Michael Guy, John
Glossop and Tom Helliwell.
Visits organised were:-
1 March Glasgow Works, Eastfield
29 March Laira
12 April Eastleigh Shed and Works
3 May Cardiff, Ebbw Jcn, Landore, Radyr, Barry
Haymarket, Townhill, Thornton Yard.
- Doncaster Works and Shed.
Under Western Region Notes and News it was reported that withdrawal
of class 52's continued
apace but Hymeks seemed to have a temporary reprieve due to lack of
suitable replacements with 7017/8/29 remaining
in traffic with 7011/22 stored.
It was also stated that the HST was due to enter traffic on 17 March
from Old Oak Common but car W40500 was still at Etches Park on 22
This magazine also contained details of Peak renumberings 39 to 45033,
41 to 45147,
46 to 45037,
54 to 45023,
57 to 45042 etc.
Pennine Magazine No. 87 March 1994
Welcome to the Spring (!!!) edition of TRANSPENNINE.
At the time of writing most of us are snowed in, but hopefully by
the time your latest "Super Soaraway" TP reaches you the weather
should have turned a little for the better, together with the
fortunes of one or two local football teams. For those of you who do
attended the fortnightly meeting on the 15th February you will be
relieved to learn that your 'Ed hasn't after all got lost as he was
the guilty party putting on the show that evening. Honest John was
unmistakeably stunned and deeply disappointed that there were not
more Class 60's on view, but managed to do his level best to
disguise his disappointment. See you all soon.
Pennine Quiz No. 76
A welcome response to TC's Christmas Extravaganza with some welcome
'new' names making a fine attempt at the 'Star' prize. Probably a
first (?) occurred with two entrants getting all the answers
correct, and two getting all except one correct.
Joint 1st with 40 correct answers were Jon Davis and Ken King.
Joint 2nd (or 3rd !) with 39 correct answers were John Dewing and
The required answers were :
1) 1964, 2) Okehampton, 3) Exeter - Barnstaple, 4)1960, 5) Crossley,
6)1972, 7) Juno, 8) EC, 9)50023, 10) True,
11) Gillingham - Templecombe, 12) Hull City, 13) Vulcan Foundry, 14)
1958, 15) Wigan Pier, 16) 1966, 17) Stromeferry - Plockton,
18) Dundee, 19) Sir Thomas Bouch, 20)1970, 2 1) Fleetwood, 22)
Blackpool, 23) 1965,
24) Empress of Canada, 25) Paisley, 26) Waterloo - Weymouth, 27)
Italy, 28)1964, 29) D9007 Pinza 30) Robert Blake,
31) Man. Vic - Holyhead,
32) Liskeard - Looe, 33) Central Line, 34) Derby County, 35) 1963,
36) Panther, 37) 55020 Nimbus 38)
3rd June 1954, 39) Hercules, 40) Thomas Telford.
to Euro Disneyland
"So you're going to Euro Disneyland " my colleagues at work asked,
the day before my trip to France, "that doesn't sound like your kind
of thing ! ". Indeed it wasn't, but Chris's Grandson had been
promised a trip to the theme park near Paris two years earlier, the
relative who had planned the excursion had never been able to carry
it out, the child was disappointed, Chris decided to take him
herself I said I'd be interested if I could do the journey be train,
bookings were made and then cancelled and then made again with a
different operator, and at last the three of us were taking a taxi
to Retford station early one Monday morning, and our train ride to
Euro Disneyland was underway.
As far as London we were on very familiar ground, but the boat train
from London Victoria to Folkestone Harbour took me over some fines
quite new to me and others which I hadn't travelled over for thirty
years, and from Folkestone to Boulogne we rode on a Seacat which was
a great novelty as I had never used one of the new catamaran
ferries. Like a giant speedboat the Seacat dashed across the English
Channel, rolling and lurching in the moderately rough sea, and
hurling a great wake of churning foam behind it. The white cliffs of
Kent dropped astern under the stormy sky, and soon the coast of
France was close at hand. Our futuristic vessel slowed it's headlong
progress and we nosed gently into Boulogne, with me looking out at
houses and blocks of flats, wharves, boats and factories.
The train journey from the Maritime station at Boulogne to the Gare
du Nord at Paris took two and a half hours. After a ride on the
Seacat, the train was an anticlimax for Chris and a bore for the
Child, but I was fascinated by the sights of a different country and
a different railway system, and I was also reminded of the mixture
of excitement and trepidation I had felt when making this journey as
an eighteen year old who had newly finished my language studies at
school and was making my obligatory trip to France and Spain.
The train moved very slowly through the dock area at Boulogne, and
by looking ahead on a curve I could see that we were being hauled by
a big blue and white diesel locomotive of what a later learned was
SNCF class 67400. Once we had joined the main line from Calais and
the town station in Boulogne, speed increased and soon the train was
hurrying southwards through wooded hills and attractive looking
small towns, and then over tidal rivers and past estuaries and
across flat heaths and marshes.
It was nearly dark when we stopped at Amiens to change engines. The
guard announced a ten minute wait, so I got down on to the platform.
For the first time on this trip, I spoke French to some railwaymen
waiting to couple up the new locomotive. The diesel which had
brought us from Boulogne disappeared in the direction of Longueau
Depot, and soon the engine which would haul us to Paris was backing
down onto the train. In spite of the near darkness, I got two
photos, the first railway photography I had done in France for
thirty years. The new locomotive was a B-B electric of class 16000,
still in the sea-green livery which I remembered from the early
1960's as the standard colour for French electric locos. The change
of locomotive at Amiens was a feature of the journey to Paris when I
was a teenager, but in those days steam 4-6-2s hauled the English
boat expresses over the non-electrified section to the Channel
I got back in the train and rejoined my companions, and soon we were
off again, past the big yards at Longueau where there were dozens of
diesel and electric locomotives to be seen, and on towards Paris.
Darkness came down, but I was still interested in seeing what I
could through the carriage windows. Lights became more frequent,
there were more trains on adjacent tracks, and at last I could tell
that we were running into the Northern suburbs of Paris. Double-deck
local trains were a curiosity, also a Depot full of TGV's or high
speed trains, blue and white, their long pointed noses giving them a
very streamlined appearance.
At last we were puffing up in the Gare du Nord. We alighted and
walked up to the front of our train, where I had another look at the
engine which had brought us from Amiens - no. 16022 of
La Chapelle Depot in Paris, built in 1958. We crossed the street
outside the station for a meal at MacDonald's - another chance for
me to use my French - then returned to Gare du Nord to find our
connection to Euro Disneyland. In the main line station there were
now four more 16000 class
electrics in grey and orange livery as well as an example of the
similar but more modem 17000 class, all from La Chappel Depot, and a
The change to the local service at the Gare du Nord was much more
difficult than my travel instructions suggested, especially as we
were all tired and anxious to reach our destination. At last we
found ourselves in a double-deck suburban train of the RER (Reseau
Express Regional) which took us through the tunnels to the next
stop, the big junction station of Chatelet les Halles. Another long
walk took us to the platform for Mame-la-Vallee Chessy, the station
for Euro Disneyland, and the second train to arrive was going to our
destination. This was a single deck electric multiple unit in the
red, white and blue RER colours. It seemed a long ride out to the
end of the line, but at last we were alighting at the fine new
station at the Mame-la-Vallee Chessy and looking out at the lights
of Euro Disneyland.
Next day I would leave my companions in the theme park after lunch
and would ride by daylight on the RER train into Paris, to walk by
the Seine and photograph the electric locomotives and bright orange
TGV's at the Gare de Lyon; I would notice that a new High Speed link
was being built to serve Euro Disneyland, connecting Mame-la-Vallee
Chessy with the Channel Tunnel route and so avoiding the tedious
change of trains at Paris. Former Netherlands Railways diesel
locomotives of Class 62400 would
be working in pairs on ballast trains where the new tracks were
being laid. Tonight, though, we had all had enough of trains; all we
wanted to do was find our hotel, have a drink and go to bed.
1 - Calais or Bust?
Eurotunnel must make £600m a year to pay interest on its colossal
debts - and it can only do so by capturing all the present traffic
on freight and passenger services, and all the income from duty-free
sales currently earned on the short ferry crossings.
This Is beyond the dreams of avarice, so its debt must increase and
it will enter the Humber Bridge Club, spending all Its revenue on
interest on a debt that can never be repaid because the interest
will always be greater than income.
It may try to slash prices to kill off competitors, but the size of
the debt, £10bn would need an unusually patient collection of
bankers to wait for that to happen. The fact is that the tunnel Is
companies fear Eurotunnel will go bust
and that a new company, largely free of debt, will then take over
and be able to charge low fares and drive the ferries out of
This may have been the hidden agenda that kept the project alive.
2 - Dover for the
BR, or whoever buys it, expects to do very nicely from the Channel
Tunnel when through trains start up from Waterloo to Paris - so
nothing will be done that might help passengers who prefer the
option of train and ferry.
Life will not exist beyond Folkestone as Dover will continue to be
given a second-rate service. BR has no intention to extend the fast
rail link to Dover giving foot passengers on the train a choice
between the tunnel from Folkestone or the ferry from Dover.
Nor will there be extra trains on the thinly-served service to
Folkestone Harbour from where ferries sail to Boulogne because the
line will be needed for tunnel trains.
Nor does BR intend to help people using Dover by .matching the
trains to the ships. The railway currently ends at the west dock and
ferries leave from the east dock, so passengers have to get out and
go on a 15 minute bus ride with all their luggage to the boat.
This will not change whilst BR or its successor stands to make money
from the tunnel.
Doctrine the Figures
When plans for the Channel Tunnel rail link were shelved in 1990
because the government would not pay the
£ 1bn subsidy demanded by the Trafalgar House consortium for
building and running it, the treasury said if BR were allowed to do
the job, no subsidy would be required.
Now the railways are being privatised the treasury has produced a
subsidy of up to £1.5bn for the private consortium now led by GEC on
the ground that there is no alternative. BR could still do the job
without a subsidy but it is heading for extinction.
Notes and News
"Merrymakers" Make Welcome Return
'Rail UK continue to offer good value for money "Merrymaker? style
excursions for the rail traveller. The Hull based firm has a good
line up of tours during the year with the following trips being
among the varied programme:
March 5th Lincoln, Retford, Worksop, Sheffield, Barnsley, Wakefield
to Carlisle - £19.50
March 19th Bridlington, HA Selby to Carlisle - £ 19.5 0
May 2nd Derby, Chesterfield, Sheffield, Rotherham to Edinburgh -
May 28th Bridlington, Beverley, Brough, Selby to Carlisle, back via
Cumbrian Coast - £21.50
June 4th Grimsby, Barnetby, Scunthorpe, Thorne to Carlisle, back via
the Cumbrian Coast - £21.50
March 12/13/14 Bridlington, Beverley, Brough, Selby, Leeds,
Keighley, to Inverness and Kyle, including 2 nights accommodation
April 8/9/10 Grimsby, Barnetby, Scunthorpe, Thorne South, York to
Inverness and Kyle, including 2 nights accommodation - £129.00
Further details are available from 'Rail UK, The Travel Centre,
Springfield Way, Anlaby, Near Hull, HU10 6RJ, Tel: 0482 561147.
"Boring Spotters" Jibe by Publisher Denied
Ian Allan, the millionaire founder and Chairman of Ian Allan Group,
is alleged to have insulted the people that have put him where he is
by calling them "utter bores". " article, published in a well known
tabloid before Christmas, is now being denied by the publisher, who
says he never said that he loathed anyone or described anyone as a
bore. What he says he said was "that there was a 5 per cent fringe
of Sellotape spectacled, multi-badged, dirty anorak, beret wearing
puffer nutters who did take the hobby over the top".
So, after all that, why should anyone take offence M
8F Footex Exploits
The exploits of the Kidderminster Harriers in this year's FA Cup
resulted in 8F 48773 working two return Bewdley - Kidderminster
services for the team's Cup tie with West Ham on February 19th. Is
this a first for motive power on Footex trains since 1968 ?
Unfortunately the team lost so there's no chance of seeing 48773
heading a Footex to Wembley!!!
All Our Yesteryears Looking Back at Sightings From Years Gone By
We look back five years ago at sightings of February and March 1989.
February 11th saw 37688/680 head the 09. 15 Tunstead - Hindlow stone
train in Derbyshire, whilst sister engine 37678 worked the Topley
Pike - Tunstead empties and 47439 worked the Oakleigh - Tunstead
The 19th saw plenty of Class 50 activity on the Paddington - Oxford
services with 50024 working the 09.45 Oxford - Paddington, 50031 on
the 11. 15 following service, 50026 on the 10.45 Paddington - Oxford
and 13.15 return, and 50025 on the 12.35 Paddington - Oxford and
14.45 return. Large logo 50039, previously seen on Oxford MPD worked
the 16.05 Oxford - Paddington.
Three successive weekends in March the 4th, 11th and 18th, saw West
Coast Main Line services diverted over the Settle and Carlisle line.
Although solely in the hands of Class 47 power, the services
provided a welcome reminder of when the line used to have regular
March 4th found the following locomotives working the line:-
47531 - 06.07 Glasgow - Poole 47440 - 08.12 Manchester - Glasgow
47489 - 06.38 Glasgow - Euston 47532 - 06.57 Coventry - Glasgow
47537 - 08.02 Glasgow - Euston 47431 - 07.20 Euston - Glasgow
47471 - 08.47 Glasgow - Manchester 47483 - 08.35 Euston - Inverness
47532 - 10.25 Glasgow - Euston 47442 - 07.07 Plymouth - Aberdeen
The following weekend saw several different Class 47s in evidence
with the 06.07 Glasgow Poole in the hands of 4747 1, the 06.38
Glasgow - Euston with 47544, the 08.25 Leeds Carlisle headed by
47488, 47527 on the 08.12 Manchester - Glasgow, 47512 on the 08.02
Glasgow - Euston, 47456 on the 08.47 Glasgow - Manchester, 47441
heading the 06.57 Coventry - Glasgow, 47532 on the 11. 14 Manchester
- Glasgow, 47612 with the 06.52 Aberdeen - Plymouth and 47117 on the
12. 10 Glasgow - Manchester.
Dawlish on March 25th found 47519 heading the 04.56 Cardiff Penzance
and 47556 on the 07.07 Plymouth - Aberdeen. 50048 hauled the 07.12
Newton Abbot - Exeter and 47552 worked West on the overnight 22.00
Glasgow - Penzance. The following day saw 50035 power the 16.20
Plymouth - Paddington whilst the 16.48 Laira - Exeter ecs was
brought along the sea wall by 47620. Two additional workings on the
27th found 47539 on the 15.55 Paignton - Paddington and 475 5 8 on
the 14. 10 Penzance - Paddington.
We now look back ten years ago to February and March 1984.
Bristol played host to several Class 33's on Portsmouth -
Bristol/Cardiff workings including 33005 on the 06.56 Portsmouth -
Bristol, 33039 on the 10. 10 Bristol - Portsmouth, 33062 on the 08.
10 Portsmouth to Cardiff which was taken forward by 33045, 33040 on
the 08.20 Brighton - Cardiff and 33030 on the 10. 10 Portsmouth -
Cardiff Also in evidence on this date. the 4th of February, were a
Bristol - Bolton Footex for Bristol Rovers visit to the North West,
headed by 47429, a Lichfield - Paignton excursion in the capable
hands of 45150, the 07.35 Plymouth - Birmingham with 50015 and a
Paddington - Exeter excursion powered by 47536.
Seen on Bath Road the same day were 08942, 31272, 45068,
47005/103/147/345, 50002 and 56036. The 11.38 Plymouth - Manchester,
which changed locos at Gloucester, saw 50034 and then 45120 at it's
head. Gloucester Depot played host to 08479/578/733/781/797,
31114/305 and 47551. 85005 and 85015 were seen on passenger duties
at Birmingham New Street, together with 3 143 1 on the 16.18 to
Norwich and 5 00 10 on the 16.3 9 departure to Paddington. The 12.40
Poole - Manchester arrived behind 47603.
Toton on February 6th saw 20084/191/159/172/161/178/179/187,
25090/300, 47314/327/364, 40170, 56075/083/087, 58002/009 and on the
18th other Class 20s were seen at Leicester, including
20087/157/159177//184. Other locos in evidence were 45101, 47302 and
47342. On this date the 09.25 Marylebone - Princes Risborough had
DMU 51898/59663/59758/51883 working the service with 31123 on the
Depot. The 09.25 High Wycombe - Marylebone saw
51900/59743/59747/51888/51671/59753/59654/51895 providing ample
'Hastings 'Units 1012/1036 worked the 11.45 Charing Cross - Hastings
and 09003, 33062 and 73124/140 were stabled at Hither Green. Sister
units 1013/1031 worked the 11.44 Hastings Charing Cross. 33116 and
73110/141 were to be found stabled at Clapham Class 50's working on
Waterloo - Exeter services included 50046 on the 15. 10 ex the
capital and 50026 on the 12.20 from Exeter.
Locos stabled on Cricklewood Depot included 08613, 25210/219/226, 45
101 and 47119.
Pennine Observers Notes
A trip to Belgium by our Global correspondent resulted in the
following observations on December 2nd.
8211 was dock pilot at Zeebrugge North Sea Ferries Terminal, with
sister locos 8204/6/24 on yard pilot duties. On the same date,
Bruges saw electric locos 2105/7 on workings with 2725 and diesel
loco 5 110 seen at Ghent. At Brussels Gare du Midi electrics 1801,
40104 Saint-Jean-De-Luz and
40106 Compiegne worked
passenger duties to Paris with 1804 and 1805 heading for Oostende.
1190, 1670, 2220, 2551/6 and 2708/33 worked other passenger duties.
Diesel shunter 8066 was station pilot at Brussels.
Noted at Immingham on
December 4th were 18388/632, 31215, 37381/507/518/883/888, 56062 and
60016/28/50/91. The closed Depot a Frodingham is looking sadly
forlorn and trying to hang on to memories of a Class 20 stronghold
with withdrawn members 20025/42/43/61 still stored there on December
Rail UK ran Christmas Shopper specials from Hull - Kings Cross at a
bargain price of £12 on December 9th and 10th. 47809 hauled one such
service from Hull - Doncaster, taken forward by 90023. The same
locos worked the return trains.
On the 11th a similar service to Edinburgh from Bridlington again
yielded 47809 as far as York where 90023 again took over.
On the 18th December two special services were worked through
Doncaster from Kings Cross by 47833 and from Weymouth by 33116/D6535
and 2x4TC units. Fun and games ensued on the return journey when it
was announced that the London train was approaching the platform,
47833 duly drew up on the through road ! After a delay 47833
reversed it's train and pulled into the correct platform, thus
resulting in a late
departure. This delay meant that the return Hertfordshire Railtours
train, with D6535 propelling, was also late. Locos abounded with two
Class 60's and a Class 56 also being in evidence during all this
Retford saw 37691 pass on freight duty on January 15th, while noted
at Doncaster on 29th were 37680, 56106 and 58023. On the Depot were
31459, 47304 and 56104, with 08877, 47520, 86424 and 90020 stabled
near the station. 47818/831 worked York - Poole expresses on the
same date with 37063/202/235 and 47575 stabled at York.
Seen in the Reading and Didcot areas on December 12th were 37068/97,
47818/559/971, 59004/5/104 and 60017/26/40.
Seen at Leicester on January 22nd were 37717 on oils and 08697,
20128/131 and 60009/12/43/83/98/99 on the Depot.
Noted at Birmingham New Street on passenger duties on February 5th
were 47811/6/27/45, 86102/208/10/28/28/47/52/56/57/60 and 87007.
47052 was seen at Saltley on a Freightliner service with
31110/47/54/64/229/514 on the Depot. 60097 passed through Water
Orton on a stone train whilst 58017 was seen working through
Tamworth hauling a MGR train. The Cardiff Cleethorpes 'Sprinter'
service, the 17.17 departure from Birmingham New Street, failed at
Tamworth after striking an obstruction on the line at Wilnecote,
understood to be debris left on the line by children. A Southbound
'Sprinter' service was terminated at Tamworth and eventually towed
the damaged Cleethorpes train away, the passengers being transferred
to the very late 17.3 5 Birmingham - Nottingham 'Sprinter' service.
A trip to the North West on February 8th found 86216 at Stock-port
with 86214 and 87032 at Longsight. 08482/689/840 and 90144 were on
Allerton Depot. Edge Hill played host to 08694, 31263 and 47297,
with 31418, 47600/828 and 87028 noted at Liverpool Lime Street.
Three days later Runcorn saw 31285, 86205 and 90015 and Liverpool
Lime Street was visited by 31410/421, 86216 and 87001. 37798 was
seen at Manchester Piccadilly on the same date.
Thanks go to Messrs Dewing, Slater and Collins for the above
Pennine Quiz No. 77
Try your luck at this Edition's quiz, and get your answers to Ed,
please, by May 15th.
1. On which date did the last Kings Cross - Cambridge buffet express
2. In which year did the first car carrying service run between
Kings Cross and Perth ?
3. Which was the only British named train to regularly carry a
representation of a Bishop's Mitre on the loco headboard ?
4. In which year did
the Blue Pullmans appear
at Paddington ?
5. How much did
the GWR pay
to be released from the agreement to stop all trains at Swindon for
6. In which year did the payment in Question 5 take place ?
7. Name 'Jubilee' Class no. 45609.
8. Which Western diesel hydraulic covered the greatest mileage under
BR ownership ?
9. What was the date of the closure of the Waverley route ?
10. What was the original name of the train later changed to 'The
11. Which station is situated at the bottom of Market Jew Street ?
12. How long is Ardley tunnel ?
13. Where was 56038 named ?
14. On the Settle - Carlisle line, what is the alternative name for
Eden Lacy Viaduct ?
15. For a short while D6703 carried a name that was never unveiled,
what was it ?
16. What is the number of the loco named Village of Chantry
17. In which year did the prototype Deltic enter
18. During the period of the Southern Railway and it's predecessors,
only one train regularly ran nonstop through Salisbury, what was
it's name ?
19. Which Deltic was the first to cover 2,000,000 miles ?
20. On what date was the Euston - Heysham - Belfast (Ulster Express)
service withdrawn ?
21. Who named loco 90006 at York on 1st May 1992 ?
22. From which year did British Rail adopt full front yellow warning
panels on locos ?
23. What was the name of BR loco 61628 ?
24. When was excess charge for TPO posting abolished for letters ?
25. What is the maximum speed of a Class 60 loco ?
26. In which year was Braddan Halt closed ?
27. Name the now closed station between Muir of Ord and Dingwall.
28. Before the 1923 grouping, how many railway Companies ran into
29. Which Depot code is HB ?
railwayman wrote articles under the pseudonym of Toram Beg ?
MEETINGS LIST MARCH JULY 1994
1 Rosemary Lane
Tel: 0522 520478
Our social programme at the Corporation Brewery Taps continues
apace. Don't forget we meet on the first and third Tuesdays of every
month in Doncaster. Everyone is welcome, members and non-members.
Meetings start at 8.00pm.
Entertainment for Spring/early Summer is shown below.
BE THERE - DON'T BE SQUARE
Tuesday 15 March - Members slide competition. Bring 4 slides to be
judged by the audience. A slide show with a difference. Hugely
popular and not to be missed. Prizes galore.
Tuesday 5 April - Andy Dalby. A welcome return for a popular
character. One not to be missed Interpreter will be provided.
Tuesday 19 April - Geoff Bambrough and Tony Booth. Go down Memory
Lane with our own "Old Age" travellers.
Tuesday 3 May - David Bladen slide quiz. David will show eevil
slides and ask more eeevil questions to teams formed from
the audience. Normally easy money for "Sutty". Try and beat him this
Tuesday 17 May Mexborough's Number 1 TC. Yes, it's our own Tony
Caddick returning to show us what he does best. He will also be
bringing along many railway
slides for us to savour. He may also bring along vintage shots of
Sheff United playing in the 4th Division - doomed!
Tuesday 7 June "Theaker's Peakers". Welcome to Chris Theaker who
will be showing us a selection of various motive power, not
just his beloved Peaks!
Tuesday 21 June Mystery Guest (terms still under negotiation) Come
along for the thrill.
Saturday/Sunday 9/10 July - Doncaster Works Open Day. One of the few
opportunities to visit the Works. Come along - many of the Pennine
lads will be there. Subject to confirmation our friends from FAST
Tours may be providing a vintage bus to "ferry" punters from the
railway station to the Works.
Tuesday 27 July - This is the likely date when we will visit the
Keighley & Worth Valley Railway for an evening tour. David Whitlam
will take provisional bookings, but more details will be available
in our next magazine.
Date: March 1994
Reply to: D. Whitlam
128 Cantley Manor Avenue
20th ANNIVERSARY EVENTS
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Pennine Railway Society it
was agreed at the AGM that we should organise several special
events. The events suggested are listed below. If you are interested
in participating in any of the events please complete and return the
attached slip to me or any other committee member as soon as
possible so that we can see if there is enough interest to organise
1. An evening tour of the Keighley & Worth
Valley Railway, probably using the DMU. This is likely to take place
on Wednesday 27 July, utilising a preserved bus leaving from
2. Reserving a coach (or half a coach) on a railtour picking up at
Doncaster and/or Sheffield. We, will be contacting RAIL U.K. to see
if they are organising any suitable tours.
3. A visit to the East Lancashire Railway (meeting at Manchester or
at Bury), where it may be possible to organise a tour of the engine
shed at Bury.
4. Have a buffet at one of the Tuesday evening meetings at the
Corporation Brewery Taps and invite members, past and present, to
bring their slides taken on Pennine Trips during the first 10 years
(1974 -1984). The date suggested for this was 6th September.
Name Membership No.
No. Of Places
1. Keighley & Worth Valley
3. East Lancashire Railway
4. Buffet at the Taps