THE PENNINE RAILWAY SOCIETY
MAGAZINE No.8 April 1976
President: Geoffrey Bambrough
Membership Sec: Terry Spriggs
Chairman & Fixtures Sec: Robin Skinner
Treasurer: John Sanderson
Magazine Editor: Jon Davis
NOTES FROM THE COMMITTEE
Several trips have already run this Spring, all of which have been
well supported. However may we remind members that when visiting
installations they must remain with the group and not wander off.
Neither BR nor this Society will accept any responsibility for any
accident caused to persons who leave the official party. Neither
should any member start to go round a depot without permission of
the person in charge of the visit.
Our meetings at the ‘Masons Arms’, Doncaster have produced some
extremely interesting evenings and we thank all those who have
contributed. However some attendances have been rather
disappointing. Everyone is welcome – meetings start at 19.30, and
finish at about 22.00 and are held on the first Wednesday of each
month. Anyone who doesn’t know where the pub is should meet outside
Doncaster ticket office at 19.15.
Bad news has reached us from the Main Line Steam Trust at
Loughborough. BR has insisted that the MLST purchase all track, at a
cost of £279,000, and if no attempt is made to purchase by July 1st
then all track will be lifted. To try and raise this money a public
company will be launched having a share issue. Shares will be sold
on and from 17th May. The Companies Act allows 40 days in which to
raise the amount necessary. We wish the MLST well in their race
Sun May 2nd – Doncaster Works 11.00 and Shed 12.15. Meet ‘Plant
Hotel’ 10.45. Members 40p, Non-Members 60p. FULLY BOOKED
Wed May 5th – Social evening at ‘Masons Arms’ 19.30. Railway Quiz
Pennine vs Doncaster Railway Circle vs Grapes Hotel.
Sat May 8th – Derby Works 11.30. Meet Siddals Road entrance 11.15.
Members 35p, Non-Members 55p.
Sun May 9th – Doncaster Works and Shed ‘relief’ – as May 2nd.
Tues May 11th – Social evening at Grapes Hotel, Trippet Lane,
Sheffield 19.45. Railway quiz, Grapes Hotel vs Pennine. All welcome.
Sun May 23rd – Crewe Works 14.30. Meet Goddard St entrance 14.15.
Members 25p, Non-Members 45p.
Wed June 2nd – Social evening at ‘Masons Arms’ 19.30. Slide show by
Jon Davis ‘The Western’.
Sun June 13th – Doncaster Works ONLY 14.00. Meet ‘Plant Hotel’
13.45. Members 40p, Non-Members 60p.
Wed July 7th – Social evening at ‘Masons Arms’ 19.30.
Sat July 10th – London Depots by tube and rail. To include Finsbury
Park, Stratford, Hither Green, Selhurst, Old Oak Common. Meet Kings
Cross Travel Centre 10.20. Return to Central London by no later than
19.00. Members £1.55, Non-Members £1.80. THIS VISIT HAS BEEN
REARRANGED FROM 29th MAY – ALL BOOKINGS HAVE BEEN TRANSFERRED.
Sun July 18th – Crewe Works. Details as May 23rd.
A VISIT TO DONCASTER WORKS WILL TAKE PLACE IN JULY – DATE TO BE
LOCOMOTIVE STOCK ALTERATIONS
LONDON MIDLAND REGION
W/E 7th Feb: 08928-SY;25156,40111-LO;25157-BS;25158/9-TO;25160-CD;
W/E 28th Feb: 08788-BS;08077/86/90/124-DR;20030/48-TO;20146/9-ED;
W/E 6th Mar:
W/E 20th Mar: 24137-CD (ex-store).
W/E 21st Feb: 09024/5-EH.
COACHING STOCK NEWS
TO EASTERN REGION: 1661(RB);2129(SLF);26045;35394.
TO WESTERN REGION: 5075;5263;13441;25600.
TO MIDLAND REGION: 4875;4987;25889.
TO SCOTTISH REGION: 4002;4053;35425.
On and from May 3rd all passenger services between Haltwhistle and
Alston will be withdrawn and the stations at Featherstone Park,
Coanwood, Lambley, Slaggyford and Alston will be closed. Alternative
bus services will be provided by Ribble Motor Services. It will be
interesting to note how the buses cope next winter.
IRON ORE BY RAIL
A new service of 7 trains per day is now running from Port Talbot
Iron Ore Terminal to the BSC Llanwern to coincide with the lighting
of the new blast furnace at Llanwern. Trains will carry over 2,000
tons of iron ore and each will be hauled by 3x37 locomotives.
BRB has indicated that it proposes to withdraw from service 150
locomotives this year, mainly Type 2 diesels and Western Region
diesel-hydraulics. A programme of heavy repairs to Class 47s will be
undertaken at Crewe. The composition of the locomotive fleet will
gradually change with replacement of smaller engines by the higher
powered Class 56 and the introduction of the higher speed trains.
BOOST FOR SCOTLAND
Approval has been given for the provision of modern carriage
cleaning, inspection and maintenance facilities at Craigentinny in
Edinburgh at a cost of £3m. Improvements are also to be carried out
on the Perth-Inverness line to provide extra line capacity. A total
of 46 miles of rail and 50,000 concrete sleepers will be required.
Passenger traffic has increased by 25% between 1971 and 1974. The
redevelopment scheme will reinstate 23 miles of double line between
Blair Atholl and Dalwhinnie and restore crossing loops at Moy,
Slochd and Kincraig. As a result of the work, 6 extra train paths
will be created in each direction.
The new timetable comes into effect on Monday May 3rd. Regretfully
cuts have occurred on a number of services. The PENNINE RAILWAY
SOCIETY has decided to travel on the last running of 1M27, the 20.56
Leeds-Derby on Saturday May 1st. All members are welcome to join the
committee on this train. It is hoped to provide suitable farewell
music for the final run of this famous train.
We have all been hit once again by a new round of fares increases
which came into effect on March 28th. One example of the rises we
have suffered can be seen in the cost of a Brighton-London monthly
season ticket. In 1950 the cost was £5-5s; in 1976 the cost is
£42.70 a rise of 832%.
by R. SKINNER
The week Saturday 6th March to Saturday 13th March was marred by a
dispute by Eastern Region drivers over the introduction of new
schedules from March 1st. The dispute began when a Worksop driver
was sent home on 6th March for refusing to work the 02.00
Manchester-Lincoln newspaper train between Worksop and Lincoln. It
escalated to nearly all Eastern Region depots on 8th March when a
Leeds driver was sent home for refusing to work a Sheffield train.
Inter-City stations were soon at a standstill as drivers were
terminating their trains and refusing to move them. At 12.00 on 8th
March at Doncaster were: Platform 1-terminated Tees-Tyne Pullman,
the 09.20 Newcastle-Kings Cross; Platform 4- L/E 47; Platform 5-
terminated 09.00 Kings Cross-Newcastle; Platform 8- terminated 09.10
Kings Cross-Leeds/Hull. At 14.20 a returning Kings Cross driver
agreed to work the stock of the Tees-Tyne Pullman forward to London
in the path of the 13.25 Leeds-Kings Cross, thus allowing up
afternoon trains to make their booked calls at Doncaster.
On the down side however the situation was difficult with trains
occupying the through platforms. Down main line trains were stopped
additionally at Retford and passengers were asked to make their own
way to Doncaster. Sheffield-Hull/Cleethorpes services were run down
the goods roads at the back of Platform 8 and reversed into Platform
7. The last trains on these services were the 17.22
Sheffield-Doncaster and the 17.24 Doncaster-Manchester.
At 16.45 the stock and engine (47409) of the 09.10 Kings
Cross-Leeds/Hull were shunted into West Yard, so allowing trains to
be platformed on the Down Line at Doncaster and for the blockage of
passengers on Retford Station to be cleared by the 14.20 Kings
Cross-Leeds and 15.00 Kings Cross-Newcastle services.
Tuesday 9th March, the first full day of the strike saw only one
train leave Doncaster for London, the 07.25 Newcastle-Kings Cross,
calling additionally. The only northbound express was the 10.00
Kings Cross-Edinburgh, calling additionally at Peterborough,
Grantham and Doncaster. The 09.20 Newcastle-Kings Cross terminated
at Doncaster where the driver left the stock on the up-slow line and
returned with his engine 55001 to Gateshead. No main line trains ran
on the Wednesday whilst on Thursday the only train to run was the
07.25 Newcastle-Kings Cross. However in the afternoon news came
through that Newcastle depots had decided to return to work and that
other depots were meeting to decide whether to return to work
pending the result of talks between the unions and BRB.
On Friday many depots returned to work with the exception of Kings
Cross and Worksop. Some ECML services were running and Sheffield-St.
and North-East/South-West services were practically normal. For the
first time the stock and engine (55010) of the Monday 11.00 Kings
Cross-Newcastle moved ECS to Peterborough. Kings Cross men resumed
work on Saturday evening and Worksop finally returned on Monday
NOTES AND NEWS
A visit to East Anglia on 7th March saw 03149 at Yarmouth, 03103 at
Lowestoft and 03050 at Stowmarket. Noted on Norwich were the
following shunters:- 03018/20/9/34/5/45/62/86/175/97/370. Also noted
was withdrawn DMU Sc79159.
Noted on Doncaster Shed on 7th March were 24003/8/18/70/95/8 and
5901. This locomotive has now been moved into the works. Noted on
the works on the same day were 55016/8/9,03084,24100/1,24132(cut
up),37144/203/18/70/92/300. Noted at Attercliffe Road was 03106
arrived for cutting up. Several DMUs have been refurbished at
Doncaster, the latest to appear being 51230,56220,56369 and 59084.
On 27th March, 47218 hauled a Spalding-Edinburgh excursion
throughout. Class 8 number 08133 was noted at Sleaford on the same
A second ‘Peak’ has been sighted with the new style discs following
45071, this one being 46016 which was seen at Rotherham on 1V46
mails on 5th April. An unusual sighting on York Depot on 17th April
was 55015. On the same day 47293 hauled a Chesterfield-Perth
excursion. However this locomotive failed at Perth and 40047 brought
the train back to Doncaster where 37107 took over to Chesterfield.
The class 47, 47293 which had failed at Perth on 17th April was seen
at Doncaster on 20th April hauling a Kings Cross-Edinburgh relief.
On 23rd April a Sheffield-Kyle of Lochalsh excursion left Sheffield
behind 47174 with a train consisting of 15 vehicles, including
Gresley RB E9131E.
The line from Dalry Jcn.-Kilmarnock has been closed and one track
has been lifted. Noted in Kirkcaldy Yard on 26th March was 06002. On
3rd April 40083 powered a York-Largs excursion, although this was
substituted by 40054 at Carlisle on the return journey. 08466 was
seen at Dumfries and 08449 at Auchinlech.
A visit round Craigentinny carriage sidings on 3rd April saw railbus
Sc79979 still in green livery and minus wheels which is now used as
a staff hut. Also noted was DB975013 (ex-BR79250) in green livery
and condemned condition. Several Class 24 locomotives are still
active in the Central Lowlands. On 27th March 24115 was seen
double-heading with 26043 on a Craigentinny-Edinburgh Waverley ECS.
Noted on Haymarket on 3rd April were 24106/19/23/9 and 24147 which
had suffered collision damage. Class 20s seen on the depot were
A further visit to Scotland on 17th April saw 24119/28/9/47 and
20223 on Haymarket. The scrap line at St. Rollox Works on the same
day revealed 24002/4/10/1/5/6/71/117 and 25022. A surprise sighting
in the Works was that of A4 Pacific 60009 ‘Union of South Africa’
which was undergoing repair. Locomotives in St. Rollox on 17th April
On the same day a large number of locomotives were seen on Eastfield
37154/5/204/37, 40064, 47059/210/85/550.
LONDON MIDLAND REGION
On 23rd March 47246 caught fire at Alscott sugar beet factory and
was later noted in the bay in Shrewsbury station. The new Class 312
EMUs are rapidly appearing from the workshops. On 25th March
312202/3/4 were seen in Bletchley Yard, whilst on the same day 44007
was noted running round a coal train at Rugby.
Due to the January gales the line from Dovey Jcn.-Aberystwyth has
been closed and has only recently reopened. All trains were
terminating at Machynlleth and several DMUs were stranded at
Aberystwyth, notably 51202, 56340 and 51104, 59435, 51071. On the
same day 01001/2 were seen in the breakwater shed at Holyhead, with
01002 partly dismantled. A 6-car Buxton set was an unusual visitor
to Llandudno Jcn. on 3rd April on a special working (1Z76). The
units were 50420/3/7/80, 59133/45. The shunter at Llandudno Jcn. was
On 4th April 24037, 25001(ED) and 25026(HA) were noted on Chester
whilst 24036, 25158, 25160 and 25163 were at Croes Newydd. On the
previous day 24035 was seen working at Bangor. On 4th April
24032/87/134/7 were seen at Stoke whilst 24023/89/135 were at
Birkenhead, the latter two having sustained collision damage.
On two weekends recently Inter-City expresses from Euston have
started at other London terminals owing to the rebuilding of the
high level bridge at Willesden. Most Anglo-Scottish services ran as
normal but many of the Birmingham/Wolverhampton trains ran from
Paddington. On 10th April the 16.29 Wolverhampton-Euston (diverted
to Paddington) was hauled throughout by 45148.
Noted at Allerton on 11th April were 08300/464/679/90/939 along with
82006,83004/11,86020/35 and at Edge Hill were 08282/923, 25061/106,
On 24th March the 01.47 Crewe-Cardiff was powered by 46006. Most
daytime services on this route have been loco-hauled since January
as the Swindon Cross-Country units formerly used on this line are
now being used on the Cardiff Valleys services. The Inter-City units
formerly used on Reading and Oxford services out of Paddington are
being sent through Swindon Works prior to reallocation on the
As 08821 is at present in Derby Works the present Meldon Quarry
shunter is 08584. Fuel for the locomotive is taken up by road and
routine maintenance is done in situ.
The Paddington-Birmingham services continually provide a variety of
motive power. On 22nd March 1009 had charge of the 10.25
Birmingham-Paddington, whilst on 10th April 1030 was on the 09.05
Paddington-Birmingham, 1071 was on the 14.05 Paddington-Birmingham,
whilst 1056 hauled the 16.05 service, and 31230 and 31257
double-headed on the 16.45 train.
Class 52 locomotives were expected to undertake heavy duty over the
Easter period. The official programmed workings were as follows:-
Thursday 15th April:
10.20 (RLF) Paddington-Paignton
23.35 (RLF) Paddington-Penzance
08.45 Penzance-Plymouth (forms 11.00 PLY starting
13.05 (RLF) Truro-Plymouth
21.05 Penzance-Plymouth 16.20 (RLF)
Friday 16th April:
Plymouth-Penzance (ex L’Pool)
Saturday 17th April:
We hope to have details of sightings in our next issue.
The Society had a very interesting visit round Eastleigh Works and
Shed on 13th March. Noted on the Works were:-
Locomotives on the depot included:-
On 10th April a Sheffield-Rye/Hastings excursion was hauled by 47174
as far as Ashford, where 33037 took over. Noted at Tonbridge was
08892, and 09013 was seen at Paddock Wood, and Ashford had 71007,
33206/10, 08833 and 33209 on view. A visit to St. Leonards saw only
one locomotive on view, that being 33017. However a substantial
number of Hastings Gauge were seen.
On Easter Monday, 19th April, a Spalding-Bournemouth excursion was
hauled throughout by 47215. At Basingstoke were 08387 and 33107, and
at Eastleigh were 08201,33012 and 33118. Noted on Bournemouth depot
on the same day were 07010/2/3,33109/10/5 and 47533.
NEW LONDON BRANCH
The PENNINE RAILWAY SOCIETY is delighted to announce the formation
of a London Branch in view of the support we get from members in the
South of England. The Branch has been able to get off the ground due
to the sterling efforts of two of our members Mr E Plenty and Mr S
Barnes, both who incidentally are BR employees. We thank them for
their efforts and wish them every success. Further details of this
new venture will appear in future magazines.