|THE PENNINE RAILWAY SOCIETY
President: Geoffrey Bambrough
Membership Sec: Michael May
Chairman & Fixtures Sec: Robin Skinner
Treasurer: John Sanderson
Magazine Editor: Jon Davis
NOTES FROM THE COMMITTEE
December sees the First Anniversary of the PENNINE RAILWAY SOCIETY.
We hope that all our members have enjoyed taking part in our
functions, or have simply enjoyed reading our magazine, and we do
hope that you will renew your membership for 1976. Yearly
subscription is again 75 pence, which should be forwarded to the
Membership Secretary, or given to any Committee member during
visits. Our Fixtures Secretary has been working hard recently, and
an impressive list of events have taken place, including visits to
Eastleigh, St. Rollox, Eastfield, Doncaster Works & Shed, Crewe
Works, and a railway quiz against Doncaster Railway Circle, and one
against the MLST and Midland Project Group. But perhaps the most
notable achievement has been the invitation from the Main Line Steam
Trust at Loughborough to help restore their Gresley Buffet Car
E9124E, which is to be stripped of its BR livery and restored in the
original varnished teak. Working parties are already visiting
Loughborough regularly. May we take this opportunity of thanking all
our members for their support during 1975 and wish you all a Happy
Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
Monday 5th January – ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING at the ‘Masons Arms’
Doncaster. Commences at 19.30 and will be followed by a slide show.
Sunday 11th January – Doncaster Locomotive Works and Shed. Meet
Station forecourt at 10.20, or outside the ‘Plant Hotel’ at 10.45.
Cost 50p (Members 40p)
Sunday 1st February – Derby Locomotive Works. Meet at the Works
entrance at 11.15. Cost 40p (Members 35p)
Wednesday 4th February – Social evening at ‘Masons Arms’. Slide show
by Jon Davis. ‘Great Western’. Commences at 19.30. All enquiries and
bookings to John Sanderson.
IN VIEW OF THE ENORMOUS INTEREST IN RAILWAY RELICS AND MAGAZINES
ETC WE ARE NOW OFFERING MEMBERS THE CHANCE OF ADVERTISING ANY SUCH
ITEMS THAT THEY WISH TO SELL IN OUR MAGAZINE.
Will anyone wishing to advertise please contact Jon Davis.
LOCOMOTIVE STOCK ALTERATIONS
EASTERN REGION W/E 27th September:
03180-CR;08044/81-GD;08071-HI;08185-WR;08548-HS; 08888-GD; W/E 18th
October: 08001-GD;37195/9/216/42-GD;37079/80/100/249-TE; W/E 1st
November: 08003/6/53/9-DR W/E 8th November: 47303-IM;47307-TI; W/E
15th November: 08003/6/53/120-DN;08212-TE;08217-GD;31418-FP
LONDON MIDLAND REGION W/E 27TH September:
W/E 11th October: 08283,25196/8/9/249/66-LO;08922-AN;08926-WN;
SCOTTISH REGION W/E 20th September: 24009-HA;27012-ED; W/E
4th October: 24120/1/3/5/6/8-HA;26008/11/9/22/4/5-IS; W/E 11th
October: 25029/30/1/91/2/3/4/6/8,25171/2,40099/123-HA; W/E 18th
October: 24110/3/5,47269-HA;26021/4/6-IS; W/E 1st November:
08732-HN; W/E 8th November: 08212/7-ER;24112/9/24/7/9/30,27103-HA;
W/E 20th September: 08053/185-BR;08839-SW;08888-ER; W/E 11th
24076;24092;24136;25045;26016. DMUs WITHDRAWN
1040;20001;20004;20005;20006;20050;24106. LOCOMOTIVES STORED
LOCOMOTIVE STORED UNSERVICEABLE 24132
LOCOMOTIVE RENUMBERED 27113-27207
ELECTRIC MULTIPLE UNITS M28349-HR (ex-store) E65459,E65604
WITHDRAWN COACHING STOCK NEWS
TRANSFERS TO MIDLAND REGION 24662
TO WESTERN REGION
TO EASTERN REGION
TO SCOTTISH REGION
DEPARTMENTAL STOCK S13396;M15268;M24752;M24936;M34458;E87968.
NEW VEHICLES M11040-M11065,M12070-M12104
CARRIAGE NOTES Recently
withdrawn FO M3001 currently at Nottingham, is being sought by the
MLST at Loughborough to run on the GC main line between Loughborough
and Rothley. If purchased the vehicle will eventually carry the old
‘blood and custard’ livery. The rebuilt PCV E85000 was again noted
in Banbury station on 25th October. Thompson and Gresley RB's
continue to give good service despite their vintage. Thompson RB
E1706E was noted heading south through York on 1st November on an
excursion, whilst Gresley RB E9115 was seen at Doncaster on 11th
For information included in the above section we are indebted to
Messrs G. Calvert, P. Fox, M. May, J. Sanderson.
You will probably have read that the PENNINE RAILWAY SOCIETY are
helping to restore a Gresley Buffet Car for the MLST at Loughborough
Central. No special skills are needed to do this work. Tools are
supplied and all that is needed is a set of old clothes. Very good
meals are available at the ‘Great Central Hotel’ which is adjacent
to the station. Would anyone interested in participating in this
venture contact John Sanderson or Robin Skinner.
Will anyone interested in purchasing back numbers of RAILWAY
MAGAZINE, MODERN RAILWAYS, TRAINS ILLUSTRATED etc contact Geoff
Subject to confirmation, the following holiday preview excursions
will run from the Sheffield area in Spring 1976.
6th March – Newcastle, Berwick and Edinburgh.
13th March – Southampton, Poole and Bournemouth.
20th March – Exeter and Plymouth.
27th March – Folkestone and Dover (Romney Hythe and Dymchurch
3rd April – Bristol, Torquay and Paignton.
10th April – Rye and Hastings.
17th April – Edinburgh, Stirling and Perth.
19th April – Eastbourne.
24th April – Winchester and Portsmouth.
1st May – Gourock (for Dunoon).
15th May – Herne Bay, Margate and Ramsgate.
22nd May – Wemyss Bay (for Rothesay).
In conjunction with the holidays preview list, we hope to organise
visits to Eastleigh, St .Leonards, St. Rollox, and Eastfield.
Included in the list of proposed trips from the Doncaster area are:
27th May – Keighley and Oxenhope.
16th June – Carnforth and Morecambe (from
ACCIDENT AT LUNAN BAY
On 25th October the 10.15 Aberdeen-Kings Cross failed south of
Montrose, at Lunan Bay, and the relief engine sent to assist (40111)
ran into the rear of the stationary express, killing one passenger.
The line was cleared for normal working at 04.50 the following
morning. The damaged locomotive was noted on Haymarket depot on 1st
November and on Crewe Works awaiting repairs on 7th December.
NEW FREIGHT SERVICE
A new daily freight service is operating between Inverness and the
new private sidings of Howard Doris Ltd at Stromeferry, on the
Inverness-Kyle of Lochalsh line. The terminal serves the oil
platform construction site at Loch Carron. Traffic carried includes
cement from Oxwellmains, fly-ash pozzolan from Alloa, and
pre-stressing material from Ayr. In a full year 100,000 tonnes of
materials will be railed into Stromeferry.
After notification that Stonehouse Station would close from 6th
October, Western Region at the last minute announced postponement of
the closure having made a further application for the demolition of
some of the station buildings.
FACTS AND FIGURES
You may be interested to see the scale of the rundown of our railway
1,000,000 862,640 241,249
OPENED AND CLOSED
As from Monday 5th January East Brixton station, on the London
Bridge-Denmark Hill-London Victoria service will be closed.
Birmingham International station, built to serve the National
Exhibition Centre will open, and will be served by trains both on
the Coventry-Birmingham local service, and by Euston-Birmingham
Inter-City expresses. This station will open at 06.00 on 26th
PENZANCE-THURSO IN ONE DAY
by John Sanderson
To gain publicity for the PENNINE RAILWAY SOCIETY, both myself and
Robin Skinner our Chairman decided to go on a marathon rail journey
from the stations nearest to Lands End and to John O’Groats i.e.
Penzance and Thurso. The fastest time possible for the trip was 24
hours 4 minutes, and the journey was arranged to start on 22nd
September. Local newspapers were contacted and to our surprise
substantial coverage was given to the proposed trip in the
‘Sheffield Star’, who painted a picture of the two of us on
Sheffield station, the ‘Sheffield Morning Telegraph’ and the
‘Doncaster Evening Post’. The first stage of the journey was on the
‘Cornish Riviera Limited’ from Penzance-Paddington, and at 11.02 on
22nd September we departed from Penzance behind Western 1023. It was
soon evident that Westerns were still providing much of the motive
power West of Plymouth, with 1010 sighted at Redruth, and 1030 at
Lostwithiel. However we did fear that 1023 would be replaced by a
Class 50 at Plymouth, but happily 1016 was waiting to take over our
train. From Plymouth, only one stop is made before Paddington, at
Exeter, and the run behind 1016 can only be described as superb.
Plymouth-Paddington in 3 hrs 25 mins, the Exeter-Paddington section
(173½ miles) in 2 hrs 23 mins, non-stop, with arrival in Paddington
8 minutes early. The next stage of the journey was across London to
Euston for the 17.45 to Glasgow, and in charge was 87008. Typical
WCML running to Rugby, which was passed in 57½ minutes (82½ miles),
but a signals stop at Nuneaton, and a permanent way slack at Norton
Bridge checked our progress. Timings on the WCML are such that
delays as these are difficult to recover. On top of this there were
continuous signal checks into Preston, which was reached 24 minutes
late. We were both anxious now for the scheduled arrival in Glasgow
Central was 22.52, and departure of the Inverness sleeper from Queen
Street was 23.20. More time was lost to Carlisle where we arrived 27
minutes late, at which point the Station Inspector was asked if he
would contact Glasgow informing them we were passengers for the
overnight train to Inverness. Heavy rain was now falling, making our
journey both nerve-racking and miserable. 87008 struggled up
Beattock with the wet rails, and Motherwell was reached 30 minutes
late. With the torrential rain still falling, we finally pulled into
Glasgow Central at 23.25, 33 minutes late. Had they held the
overnight sleeper? After a rapid taxi journey we got to Queen
Street, and there was the 23.20 for Inverness – GONE. We knew at
once that our attempt had failed; in no way could we reach Inverness
in time for the 06.15 departure for Thurso. However, we were not
going to give up the journey. Glasgow was aware of the situation and
advised us to catch the 00.05 Glasgow Central-Bristol train to
Motherwell and await the ‘Royal Highlander’ which calls at
Motherwell to drop newspapers only. We arrived at Motherwell at
00.22, the ‘Royal Highlander’ arrived at 03.32. The station staff
made us welcome, providing us with tea and biscuits, but 3 hours at
Motherwell in the early hours with rain still falling is not
Once aboard the ‘Royal Highlander’, we were able to obtain a spare
sleeping compartment, which enabled us to catch up on some sleep.
Inevitably, arrival at Inverness was 57 minutes late, at 09.12.
Following breakfast and the customary visit to the depot, we caught
the 10.50 for Thurso. Despite the disappointment of failing in our
objective, the trip to Thurso was thoroughly enjoyable. The scenery
on the line is very impressive, and the line is well worth a visit
if ever in the Inverness area. Thankfully our journey behind 26017
was without further incident, and arrival at Thurso behind 26032
which had taken over at Georgemas Junction was 3 minutes early at
15.36. Our journey from Penzance had taken 28 hours 34 minutes 10
seconds. Unfortunately this was not to be the end of the story. We
caught a bus to Wick (which almost hit a road sign whilst swerving
to avoid a car) and caught the 17.33 back from Wick behind 26017.
Departure from Brora which is 90 miles North of Inverness was 3
minutes late, but as the rear coach drew out of the platform so the
train stopped and then reversed back into the platform. After
unsuccessful attempts to rectify the fault (no water pressure I
think) a request was made for a replacement locomotive. The engine
had to be sent from Inverness. We had been told quickly that there
would be a lengthy delay before the relief engine would reach Brora,
which enabled us to seek refreshment facilities in the village, and
very nice they were too. The delay was such that we were able to
stop until closing time (22.00). Arrival at Brora had been at 19.33,
we finally departed at 22.32 behind 25035. The run down into
Inverness was speedy to say the least, although we did call at the
scheduled stops, though I imagine any intending passengers had long
since given up waiting and gone back home. We arrived at Inverness
at 01.07. We had booked a room for the night in advance, but felt it
would be unreasonable to claim the room at that time. We returned to
Glasgow on the 23.45 sleeper, which ironically had been held for the
arrival of the Thurso train. Undeterred, we both feel that our next
attempt surely cannot be thwarted by such incidents.
NOTES AND NEWS
EASTERN REGION On October 11th, 47181 was noted hauling a
Sleaford-Blackpool Illuminations special through Darnall, the train
was made up of Great Northern outer suburban stock. Due to
engineering works on certain Sundays Sheffield-Doncaster trains have
been running via Aldwarke Jcn. Dearne Jcn. (reverse) Wath Jcn.
(reverse) and Mexborough.
A class 40, 40198 was an unusual sight on 25th October working 4LO1,
07.18 Sheffield-Leeds PCD. On 27th October, 47451 was in charge of
the down ‘Master Cutler’ whilst on the same evening 25245 was noted
on 4E60, 21.25 Nottingham-York Yard. 11 Class 76 locomotives were
seen on the Worsborough Branch (Wath-Penistone) on the 30th October
within 1½ hrs those noted were 76007/8/11-Bankers 76023/4 ‘clear
call’ coal train, 76037( L E Guide Bridge), 76021/6(6M32),
76027/8(6M37), 76038(8E66). 47174 was seen heading a Chesterfield
Midland-Dundee Taybridge excursion on 1st November which was routed
via Doncaster, Shaftholme Jcn, Knottingley, Ferrybridge, Church
Fenton and York, to avoid repairs to Selby Swing Bridge. The work at
Selby has caused severe delays on the ECML. During November and
Friday 14th, the situation was inflamed by a power failure at Kings
On Wednesday 1st October 47432 hauling the 1A10 Hull-Kings Cross,
failed at Thorne North at 09.45 and was piloted to Doncaster by
31180 arriving at 11.14. There has been an acute shortage of DMUs in
the Hull-Leeds-Sheffield area and a wide range of unusual vehicles
and locomotives have been noted in the last two months trans-Pennine
units have been predominant on the Hull-Doncaster-Sheffield
services, E50617 & E56207 failed just 200 yards after leaving
Sheffield on the 24th of October while working a Barnsley train.
Assistance arrived in the shape of 45133 which propelled the DMU
back into the station. On 11th October the 10.15 Sheffield M
-Nottingham M was made up of class 25 No 25022 (T1) pulling 3-car
DMU 50837, 59358, 50890.
LONDON MIDLAND REGION Named
class 47 locomotives seem to be coming more and more common in the
Derby area. On 17th October 47078 Sir Daniel Gooch was employed on
9T46 trip freight & 47076 City of Truro hauled a Bristol-Leeds
train. On 17th November 47079 George Jackson Churchward was noted
hauling 1V86 ‘The Devonian’ and 47081 ODIN worked the 16.15
Bristol-Newcastle. 46026 was noted at Reddish on 1st November with
severe fire damage, also on shed were stored class 24s
24005/20/1/4/7. A new arrival at Derby Technical Centre is 24061 and
‘Baby Deltic’ class 23 No. 5901 has now returned after being noted
working test trains in the Swansea area. Class 33 No. 33034 was seen
working light on the Broad St.-Willesden Jcn. line on 17th November.
On 29th October the APT-E unit trials on the Midland Main Line
between St. Pancras and Leicester London Road maximum speed allowed
was 125mph although 135mph was permitted between Luton and Bedford.
The unit covered the 99.1 miles between St. Pancras and Leicester in
60 mins 35 secs, this would have been bettered but for a DMU being
allowed in front at Wigston. On 30th October the APT-E took 58 mins
50 secs for the journey, an average speed of 101.6 mph from start to
stop. Class 44s were evident on engineering work on Sunday 9th
November, with 44003 & 44004 noted at Ratcliffe on Soar. Noted at
Derby on station pilot duty recently have been: 08914 LO, 08925 SP,
08091 BR, 08098 HM, 08115,08183,08185 all TI, 08263 SB, 08534 SP,
08643 LA, 08893 SY, 08911 KD. Class 25s 25084 & 25238 ED, were noted
on a Derby area trip working on 17th November whilst 25030 & 25230
ED entered Derby works on 25th November. 45071 is now sporting the
new two headlamp style instead of the old four character headcodes.
A Bristol-Nottingham football excursion on 15th November was hauled
by 47051 GD. Class 40s have been evident on the lines of the old
Midland Railway recently with 40097 working a Sheffield Mid. - St.
Pancras express on October 25th whilst on 4th November 40004 was
seen working cement ‘empties’ to Earles sidings Hope.
WESTERN REGION Unusual
sightings on Severnside on 18th October were 46002/8 double heading
1M85, 25283 SP, 33013 EH & 33023 EH, on Bath Rd. MPD and 37110 MR on
Severn Tunnel Jcn. MPD. On the same day ‘Western’ were noted at
Canton (D1065) and Bristol TM (D1053 & D1013). On 10th November
class 37s Nos.37254 & 37289 worked a freight from South Wales to
Rotherham and were later seen in Doncaster Works. Withdrawn Hymek
D7018 can now be seen at Didcot, whilst D7017 can be seen at Taunton
and D7011 is still awaiting disposal at Attercliffe (Sheffield).
Unconfirmed reports indicate that the latter may be moved to
Dinting. Class 52s remain in command of West of England expresses,
particularly from Plymouth to Penzance. On 22nd September the up
‘Cornish Riviera Limited’ was hauled to Plymouth by D1023 and then
to Paddington by D1016.
SOUTHERN REGION 47174 was noted passing Southampton Central
with an excursion from Barnsley Exchange to Bournemouth Central.
Noted at Basingstoke on the same day was 33057 HG, whilst 07001 was
noted in Eastleigh Works. 33042 HG & 33058 HG were seen working
Cross-London freights through Kensington Olympia on 17th November.
SCOTTISH REGION 06010 DE,
although officially withdrawn, was shunting Dundee MCL yard on 19th
November, on the same day 47418 & 47550 were noted double heading a
class 4 train bound for the Eastern Region. Disruption hit the
Glasgow-Edinburgh service on November 19th when SC5083 developed a
fault and the train headed by 27111 & 27109 was pushed into a siding
by 27102 & 27105. 27105 also failed and assistance arrived from
Grangemouth in the shape of 37237, needless to say, the service
suffered severe delays and push-pull expresses were replaced by
DMUs. St. Rollox works now contains no Claytons, but these have been
replaced by withdrawn class 24s, those noted on 1st November were:-
24003/8/12/6/71/95/8. Noted on Eastfield were 06001(ex-works) and
25008 on the same day. For the above information we are indebted to
Messrs. Bambrough, Clavert, Davis, Fox, Hill, May, Mellors, Monks,
Sanderson and Skinner.
LOCOMOTIVES WITHDRAWN: 31150, 03156 DB FITTED: 37030
REALLOCATED: 08268-DN;47064/74/77/85/93-SF. DMU REALLOCATIONS:
NOTES On 3rd December 47275 was in charge of a shopping excursion
from Barnsley-St. Pancras. On the same day, 1068 was noted on a
freight passing through Clapham Jcn. 11 Class 24s were seen in store
at Basford Hall south of Crewe on 19th November. Those noted were
24041/46/55/6/8/9/60/2/74/92/136. 47080 ‘Titan’ was seen passing
Rotherham on 1V50 19.30 Newcastle-Bristol Mails on 15th December.
The 08.08 Newcastle-Bristol (1V80) was reported running 60 minutes
late at Sheffield on 12th December. A special DMU ran between
Sheffield and Birmingham. The 2-car unit kept time all the way to
There are no official passenger diagrams for Westerns although they
are still noted on passenger duty. On 15th December 1055 was noted
on a passenger train on the Swansea-Cardiff line. It is understood
that boilers will be isolated on all Westerns in January. On the
same day ‘withdrawn’ locomotive 1200 ‘Falcon’ was noted working at
Ebbw Jcn. On the same day the HST which now has a diagram into
Swansea was again out of service.
SHEFFIELD FREIGHTLINER TERMINAL
It has been announced that Sheffield Freightliner Terminal will
close as from 5th January with traffic being transferred to other
DRASTIC CUTS IN RAIL SERVICES?
There has been wide publicity recently regarding possible mass
closures in the rail network.
On subsidies and other revenue grants, the Rail Board has been
informed that the amount of £330m paid towards passenger services in
1975 is to be held at this level in 1976 – not on the basis of
constant prices but allowing only for the Government’s target of 10%
inflation. Unless this policy is reviewed the outlook for fares will
be grim. The recent increases are already having a dramatic effect
on passenger traffic.
In their consultations with the unions the Rail Board has left them
in little doubt that the combination of investment freezes and
reductions in revenue grants is bound to have such a drastic effect
that the only logical outcome, perhaps as early as 1981, would be a
network based solely on the present Inter-City and London commuter
service routes – a total route mileage of under 4,000 miles compared
to 11,300 today.
This would leave vast areas of Britain and many large towns without
rail links. Services would disappear from the whole of Scotland,
north of Glasgow and Edinburgh; from West of Plymouth; from the
whole of Wales with the exception of the lines to Swansea and to
Holyhead. The only service to East Anglia would be the line to
Towns without railways would include:
North East: Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Stockton, Whitby.
Yorkshire: Harrogate, Wakefield, Scarborough, Barnsley.
Lincs and Humberside: Grimsby, Lincoln, Skegness, Scunthorpe,
East Anglia: Ely, Kings Lynn, Yarmouth, Lowestoft.
South West: Weymouth, Dorchester, Yeovil, Westbury.
Midlands: Hereford, Worcester, Malvern, Shrewsbury, Banbury,
Wales: Carmarthen, Milford Haven, Fishguard, Aberystwyth, Welshpool.
Lancashire: Southport, Blackpool, Bolton, Blackburn, Burnley.
Cumbria: Barrow, Workington, Whitehaven.
Scotland: Dumfries, Stranraer, Ayr, Stirling, Perth, Dundee,
Aberdeen, Inverness, Fort William, Oban.
IT IS VITAL THAT ALL RAIL ENTHUSIASTS UNITE AND DO ALL IN THEIR
POWER TO PREVENT THE DESTRUCTION OF OUR RAILWAY SYSTEM. CONSEQUENCES
WILL BE DISASTROUS IF ANY CLOSURES TAKE PLACE.