THE MAGAZINE OF THE PENNINE RAILWAY
SILVER JUBILEE YEAR
Pennine Observers Notes
Committee of the PENNINE RAILWAY
together to wish all our members and their families a very Happy
Christmas and a Prosperous New Year and we thank you for your
support and friendship in 1999.
Membership Fees Unchanged
With this magazine
you will find a renewal of membership form. We are pleased to
announce that, again, membership fees remain unchanged at £4.50 for
a full Year.
We hope you will rejoin the Society In 2000 by simply completing the
renewal slip and forwarding it, together with a cheque, made payable
to the Pennine Railway Society, to our Membership Secretary, Tony
Caddick, at the address shown on the form. You may also rejoin at
our social evenings at the Salutation, or at our Annual General
look forward to your support in 2000.
Annual General Meeting
Society's AGM will be held on Sunday 16th January 2000 at
the Salutation, South Parade, Doncaster. The AGM will begin
at 12 noon
and will be
an opportunity for you, the members, to have a say in how you wish
the Society to be run. It is also a chance to socialise with friends
you may not have seen for some time.
Free 2000 Diaries
rejoining for 2000 will
receive a free PENNINE
RAILWAY SOCIETY pocket
diary. Yet another good reason to renew your membership.
Silver Jubilee Celebrations
thank all those who have organised or attended the PENNINE
RAILWAY SOCIETY Silver
Jubilee events which has contributed to such a successful 1999.
on-train lunch at the Midland Railway Centre, Butterley, on Saturday
9 October 1999, attended by over 50 members, families and friends.
A Silver Jubilee Slide Night held at the Salutation. Doncaster, on
Wednesday 20 October 1999.
A display at Doncaster Central Library from 1 - 6 November 1999.
Sale of 25th Anniversary Mugs.
Production of 25th
Anniversary celebration broadsheet.
Blast from the Past
Veterans of the Society may
recall from the 1970's the name Dale W Fickes, a well-known figure
in a rival rail enthusiasts society, long since folded.
His name recently appeared
against a letter in the Daily Mail about leaves on the line on
foreign railways. He addressed himself as "Rail Europe Railway
Enthusiasts Society-, Allerton. West Yorkshire.
Key workers have been
offered wages of up to £2500 per week in an attempt to complete the
Underground's Jubilee Line Extension &om Westminster to North
Greenwich in time for New Year's Eve and the opening of the world's
largest bell tent (the Dome).
It is a battle against time
and it is likely that only one train will run carrying PM Blair and
his entourage before the line is closed again to allow completion of
the work. The Queen has already decided to travel by river.
New Year's Eve is likely to
see non-completion of the Jubilee Line Extension-
non-completion/testing of exhibits in the Dome and non-public
opening of the world's largest hamster wheel (BA London Eve). A fine
memorial to British workmanship of the 20th century.
Driver Has Wrong Sort of Leg
A new bizarre excuse for a
delay, following on from the recent one of a yoghurt pot lid on a
rail causing chaos. A recent Northern Spirit train was delayed at
Middlesbrough because the driver's legs were the wrong sort to
overcome a technical problem that had arisen. Too short to be
The driver was only 5ft 1in
tall and his swivel chair had broken, meaning he could not reach the
Northern Spirit refused to
comment on whether the excuse was a tall story. They did admit
however, that a train did have to be replaced.
Britain's newest station
opened on 25 November 1999. Luton Airport Parkway.
West Coast Upgrade
Railtrack has said that the
cost of upgrading the West Coast route could rise to £4bn. nearly
double the £2 bn. previously quoted.
Railtrack is committed to
providing Virgin Trains with 125mph running by 2002 and 140mph
running by 2005,
The Docklands Light Railway
extension, with links to rail services at Greenwich and Lewisham
opened on Saturday 20 November 1999.
Three new flyovers and the
doubling of existing two-track sections of line between London and
Peterborough - including the viaduct at Welwyn are part of
Railtrack's £ 1 bn project to upgrade the ECML. The work is to be
carried out in four phases over the next decade. With upgrading of
"side" routes for freight further north it will in effect give four
tracks all the way from London to Newcastle.
Phase 1 is the
redevelopment of Leeds station and its approaches, which started in
Phase 2 starting spring
2000 includes remodelling work at Hatfield and Doncaster and
upgrading "side" lines to handle more freight traffic. These include
the Peterborough-Spalding-Lincoln-Doncaster route and the Leamside
line between Ferryhill and Gateshead, which has been mothballed
Phase 3, scheduled for
completion in 2006-07, will relieve bottlenecks on the southern half
of the route, with new flyovers at Newark, Doncaster and Hitchin.
The final phase, to be completed by 2009, will tie In final works
including the Welwyn four-tracking.
GNER have announced that,
if their franchised is renewed for an extended period, they will
build new Parkway stations on the outskirts on London, Edinburgh and
Doncaster to cope with-their ever increasing customer demand and
also to alleviate traffic in towns.
For any of you who followed my
intructions to get to the "Sal" and turned
the Civic Theatre (finishing in the
teenage drinking area) I offer my sincere apologies
should have read right
the Civic Theatre into South Parade .............
Hope you did not get mixed up with the "In Crowd" (or maybe
you enjoyed it better than the Pennine Meeting!).
A sign of the
Mr Sanderson's "Committee Briefs" this quarter were, so he told me,
done on "a Laptop". I was hesitant to ask whether he meant a
computer or a dancer!!.
Chris and I were invited to
stay with friends in Cornwall during August so that we could see the total eclipse
of the sun on the eleventh. "Railway Magazine" described the many
special trains which would be running that day, and we decided that,
having seen the eclipse in the morning, we would, in the afternoon,
position ourselves beside the railway line so that we could watch
the returning specials.
The house where we were
staying was not far from Redruth Station. I woke before dawn on the
eleventh, and heard what sounded like an endless succession of
trains passing. A shaft of early sunlight through the bedroom window
was short lived, and the morning turned cloudy. We were on Cam
Martin just outside Redruth to see the eclipse. There was a huge
crowd on top of the hill, and although the morning was heavily
overcast, it was a memorable experience to see the whole landscape
plunged suddenly into a brief unnatural light shortly after eleven
After the eclipse rain
began to fall. We made our way back into Redruth, had lunch, and
then went out to watch trains. Redruth Station was not a
particularly good vantage point, but my map showed a level crossing
at Camborne, the next station down the line, and we made our way
there. It proved to be a good place for viewing the eclipse
specials, with a car park next to the line, automatic barriers warning
of approaching trains and a footbridge from which to take
There were several other
railway enthusiasts at Camborne and one of them had an official list
of the workings due that afternoon. What I actually saw did not
entirely match his list, or the subsequent write up in "Railway
Magazine". The line was very busy, the alarm at the crossing
sounding frequently, and I was forever getting out of the car and
finding a vantage point for possible photography. The rain eased
off, although the day remained cloudy and quite cool.The first train I saw from
the footbridge was a HST on a regular Paddington-Penzance working
running fast on the downgrade and not calling at Camborne. When the
barriers next went down, the man with the official list was beside
me on the footbridge; he looked westwards for a special but I turned
round and saw a 66 approaching from the east. This was 66034,
running at moderate speed with an empty stock working composed of
green Southern Region carriages. I knew that 66s were to be used on
many of the eclipse specials, and that, because of a shortage of
siding space at Penzance, a considerable amount of empty stock would
have to be stabled at Truro, St. Blazey or Lostwithiel.
The next train was a loaded
special returning from Penzance. 47799 "Prince Henry" in Royal Train
livery, and carrying a "Cornish Riviera" headboard, made a fine
sight going at speed on the upgrade with a rake of VSOE carriages
bound for Crewe. As with most of the photographs I took from the footbridge,
the old station building on the up platform in my picture, along
with the Camborne nameboard. 66048 on a westbound empty stock
working was next, and then the HST I had seen earlier returned,
forming the 15.30 Penzance-Paddington and passing Camborne non stop.
The rake of green carriages
I had seen passing westwards behind 66034 was the next train, now
returning full from Penzance and hauled at good speed by 66002. A
class 158 two car set forming a delayed Cardiff-Penzance "Alphaline"
service called at the down platform, and the next down HST, the
11.33 Paddington-Penzance, also stopped at Camborne. A certain
amount of congestion now seemed to be happening, an eastbound local
service, very well filled, was like the train from Cardiff delayed,
and stood for a time in Camborne station. The next two returning
specials were also checked at the signal before the level crossing.
The first of these was the rake of carriages including some old
Inter-City stock, which had been taken down by 66048. It was now
returning full to Paddington, hauled by 66004 which as it restarted
from the signal cheek gave Chris her first hearing of a 66's
distinctive whine when working hard at low speed. The second special
to suffer a signal check at Camborne was perhaps the most interesting
of the afternoon, the Scottish Railway Preservation Society's "Total
Eclipse" bound for Linlithgow, and consisting of maroon stock double
headed by Class 37's. 37405 in EWS colours and 37410 "Aluminium
in Transrail livery stood for some time at Camborne, and attracted
considerable attention before Setting the green light and making a
noisy departure. There had meanwhile been an extra
Penzance-Paddington HST calling at Camborne as well as another
westbound empty stock working, hauled by 66115.
My final photo taken from
the up platform was of the Truro standby locomotive for the day,
66124 running westwards with empty stock which would form the last
Penzance-Paddington special of the afternoon. We decided that it was
time we returned to our friends in Redruth. It had been an unusual
and enjoyable session on Camborne Station after the eclipse.
Quiz No. 99
"Railways and the Arts"
1. Which work of composer Vivian Ellis was inspired by an LMS train?
2. What type of train
appears briefly near the beginning of the film "Carry on Spying."
On which railway was a
large part of "The Great St. Trinian's Train Robbery" filmed?
4. What type of locomotive
is seen heading an express over a viaduct as the branch train runs
underneath at the beginning of the film "The Titfield Thunderbolt". What type of locomotive
is stolen from an engine-shed, driven through the streets and
crashed in "The Titfield Thunderbolt"
6. Who wrote the music for
the BBC television programme Giants of Steam"?
7. Which railway was the
subject of the comic poem 'Are ye right there, Michael?' by
8. Where does the
branch-line steam train take its passengers in Richard Parker's novel
'The Old Powder Line"9
9. What was the title of
Colin Gifford's first book of Railway
10. What is the name of the
station around which much of the action of Raymond Williams novel
Border Country" takes place?.
11. What was the "proper"
job of railway photographer Eric Treacy?
12. Who wrote the book "Red
for Danger" about railway accidents?
13. Which preserved railway
was used for the filming of 'The Railway Children'?.
14. Which preserved railway
appears frequently in the television series "Heartbeat"?
15. On which preserved
railway was the escape sequence of "The Thirty-Nine Steps" filmed?
16. In which
of Enid Blyton's Famous Five books do
the children discover an abandoned industrial railway and
a derelict locomotive?
17.Who wrote the poem which
begins "faster than fairies, faster than witches'?
18. Where did
the express make an unscheduled stop on a summer day in a poem by
19. Who wrote the poem which begins "This is the night mail crossing
20. Which American railway was the subject of a skiffle hit in the
1950s for Lonnie Donegan?
21. Who wrote the poem which begins "Gaily into Ruislip Gardens runs
the red electric train"?.
22. Which London terminus was mentioned in a 1960s hit by The Kinks?
23. Artist David Shepherd founded which preserved railway?
24. In the Rev. W. Awdry's books, if Thomas was the Tank Engine,
what was Toby?
25. Which railway disaster did William McGonagall make the subject of
one of his most notorious poems?
5. East Somerset Railway
9. M, Stirling
10. i 989
11. Henham Halt & Thaxted
19. The Royal Scot
21. Small Aircraft
23. Heaton Mersey
27. Lancaster & Garstang
29. Ruston & Proctor
31. Sutton Oak
39. 1 mile 82 yds
43. Much Wenlock & Severn Junc'n Rly
45. Class 03
49. Poppleton Junc'n & Knaresborough
1st. Mr.. Ken King
2nd. Mr. John
3rd. Mr Paul Slater
Congratulations Gentlemen-The Cheques are in the post.
Noted at Peterborough on
Sep 25 were 56018 56022 56027 56044 56058 56063 %058 56063 56065
56066 56067 56068 58005 158020 58038 60004 50087 66005 66079.
60023 was a regular
performer on the Hull Tilcon train in September.
C!ass 150 268 failed at Conisbrough on -330 Oct
causing delays to several services, the 07. 57 Leeds-St Pancras was 50 minutes
late. Also on 30 Oct the Bristol-Newcastle hauled by 47841 was
terminated 70 mins late at Darlington due to "A major power failure
in Durham? and storm damage. The return working left Darlington at
18.56 to Birmingham.
Due to signal failure at
Leeds on I st Nov some KingsX-Leeds services were diverted via York
causing major delays. There were no services via Wakefield and buses
On 4 Nov a burst water main
caused severe flooding in the subway at Doncaster station putting
Platforms 113 out of commission. Passengers had to use the bridge to
West Street to exit the station. Some Goole and Scunthorpe line
services were cancelled.
On 27 Nov the 08.05
Hull-Doncaster was stopped at Selby St due to a "Body on the lin&',
apparently a suicide. The train was backed into Hull and then out
again via Bootham Park, arriving at Doncaster over 60 mins late.
Noted at Knottingley Depot
on Oct 26 were 56124 58016 66008 66052 and 66105 whilst 56069 56094
58016 66022 66083 and 66142 were seen on MGR trains later in the
On Nov 3 Knottingley
Depot hosted only one main loco
(66067) while the following locos were seen at Milford Junction
working coal trains---66041 66060 66080 66119 66124 with 47781
hauling ex works 308152 to Leeds via Castleford.
Noted at Knottingley on Nov
8 were 56119 56132 59201 6604166056 66066 66123 66136 working light
engine or coal trains. No serviceable main
line locos were on the depot. Noted on the Gainsborough/Barnetby
line before Saturday passenger services were:
Oct 2 66031 Oct 9 37707
Oct 16 60043 Oct 23 56022
Oct 30 60072 Nov 6 56101
60047 and 66114 were seen on oil trains at Lincoln on Nov 4.
At Ulceby on Nov 6 the following were noted:
60036 on Oil. 60046 on
Steel. 60049 on Iron Ore. 66015 on Cargowaggons.
Noted at Doncaster on Nov
13 were 47841 on Bristol/ Newcastle, 47224 on Freightliner, 56064 on
coal, 66083 on Enterprise, 08596 and 08793 stabled near station and
37704/37899 on the depot.
ScotRail Class 170712 was
seen approaching Doncaster ftom the Sheffield direction on 06 Dec,
no doubt bound for its new duties at Haymarket.
On 29 Nov Green D6700 was
observed (lunchtime) in the sidings at BSES Aldwarke. It is now very
unusual to see any 37's these days at this location, especially a
On Saturday 04 Dec 86261 on
a Hertfordshire SRC excursion and 90040 on the 09.10 KingsX/Leeds
were noted at Doncaster.
Never let it be said that
class 90's live up to their 'Skoda'
nickname. On the 9'h of
November , 9003 ) 1 hauling 4A1 1, the 13.15 Trafford Park to
Wembley Yard service. slipped to a stand at Nuneaton. 37371
was despatched from Rugby to assist, however, as the 37
moved into position to couple on to the 90, it was unable to
stop on the greasy rail and collided with the electric loco.
37371 suffered considerable damage and will probably be withdrawn.
The 90, however, suffered very little damage and was able
to continue on its journey after an inspection, albeit some 574
On Sep 09 Warrington
produced 37421 37883 56044 56068 60010 60081 60095 66092 92037.
On Sep 15 Saltley was host
to 37109 37371 47476 47744 6007166003 660~8 66096 66134 66146 whilst
on Oct 11 66001 66071 66072 66074 66150 were present with 57006 in
the FLT. On Oct 30 a fire on a unit
at Wilnecote caused serious delays and diversions in the north cast
Birmingham area. 13.45B'ham/Newcastle left 30 rains late and was
diverted via Nuneaton and Leicester, arriving at Darlington 75 mins
late (see Eastern Region notes). On the same day the 19.25 St.
Pancras/Leeds was over 60 mins late due to debris on the line near
Leicester due to adverse weather conditions.
Noted at Nuneaton on Nov 19
were 86615/86633 57006 90150 and 57002 on Freightliners with 86426
86261 on Mail.
On Nov 19 732131211 (in
multiple) 73209 73210 73235 were noted on Gatwick Expresses.
Nov 27 Clapham Junction was host to 3 )76013
7602 3 7603 with 73 211/212/2131235 on
On Nov 22 to 25 the
following locos were seen by one of our members on a trip to South
Newport 09012 37503 47114
47303 47725 47744 47792 60015 60019 60021- 60073 60077 66013 66016
66019 66020 66023 66046 66077 66060 66091 66102 66113 66116 66127
66139 66149 66142 66146 66152 66175 6650166504
Cardiff` 37012 37225 37407
37417 37420 37428 37904 472212 47361 47365 47769 60006 60019 60033
60034 60041 60097 66010 66019 66066 66097 66130 6617166175
Margam 09003 47782 60026
60045 66030 66045 66061 66094 66097 66116 66128
KWVR Oct 10 Steam Gala.
48431 51218 "Sir Berkeley" "Bellapharon" 80002 78022 (Steam engine
from Taff Vale Rly not working and needs further work)NYMR Oct 24 Wartime
Weekend. 60007 & 65894 Pickering to Levisham. 44767 & 62005 Grosmont
to Goathland. No through services due to freight train (No 29)
derailed outside Goathland.
Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Rly Diesel Gala. Nov 05.
47105 24081 37215 all
worked. Very few passengers due to atrocious weather all day.
NYMR Nov 06 Diesel Gala.
D5061 D5054 D345 D832 50027
D7076 D5032 (12139 and 08566 on shuttle Pickering/New Bridge
On Saturday 19 Nov 4472
"Flying Scotsman" was seen on the Yeovil Junction/Victoria "Capital
King" railtour. The stock was then taken on a varied perambulation
(sorry!) of the south (or sarf) London suburbs by 73105/110 on the
"Urban Suburban" railtour before returning to Yeovil behind 44721.
What the Papers Say
A Pot Pourri of Rail Related
articles from the National Press
Roasting for Railtrack
Christian Gysin -
Daily Mail -
6 Nov 1999
GET ON WITH FIXING WEST
COAST MAIN LINE SAYS WATCHDOG
RAILTRACK landed in more
trouble yesterday only hours after coming under criticism for its
Rail regulator Tom Winsor
plans 'enforcement action' against the company over a proposed £2
billion upgrade of the decaying London- Scotland West Coast line.
He said Railtrack had
failed to complete a strategic review
of the upgrade of the line
on which Richard Branson plans to run high speed tilting trains by
The track and signalling
company could face an unlimited financial penalty after the
regulator warned it could withdraw its licence. Yesterday's
announcement came the day after Railtrack provoked fury by revealing
record half-yearly pre-tax profits of £236
million -almost £1.3
million a day.
Mr Winsor approved plans by Railtrack to upgrade the
West Coast Line earlier this year.
The scheme included increasing capacity for freight and
passengers and allowing Virgin Trains to introduce faster and
more frequent services, using tilting trains which could reach
speeds of 140 mph by 2005. The regulator said train operators
and the Strategic Rail Authority were concerned that
Railtrack's plans were not convincing.
'By failing to complete adequate strategic reviews, despite
undertaking to do so by March this year, the company is likelyto breach its network licence,' he added. Railtrack needed to
publish its strategy, cost plans and timetables for the upgrade
work needed on the line by February 29 or face further
'I expect them to heed this warning,' declared Mr Winsor.
'If Rail-track lets down train operators and funders it will face
even stronger enforcement action, including the possibility of a
monetary penalty.' He would not immediately be fining
Railtrack, he told BBC Radio 4.
'The enforcement action I am
initiating does not formally include a monetary penalty. I have
decided that is not necessary. Mr Winsor added: 'I don't expect
Railtrack to violate the enforcement order. It is a responsible
company which takes its obligations seriously. 'Railtrack is a
company with considerable resources and talent, but it is
clearly inappropriate for the regulatory authorities, to sit back if
we think something may be drifting.'
Asked about the firm's record profits, up 5 per cent on the
same period last year, he replied: 'I have no objection to
healthy profits, but they must be earned.'
Railtrack said it was 'disappointed' by Mr Winsor's actions
and insisted it was on schedule to meet phase one of its
commitments for the West Coast line.
Network development director Robin Gisby said: 'This is
an extremely complicated project involving a major upgrade of an
operational railway and includes the introduction of leading
technology in six years' time.
'We have already provided the regulator and all other
stakeholders with extensive information on our plans and will
now also meet these additional requests that we have received
already faces a penalty of up to £40 million if it
fails to reduce passenger
train delays for which it is responsible by 12.7 per cent in
1999-2000.Save Our Railways national
secretary Keith Bill said last night: 'We are delighted the
regulator has challenged Railtrack.
All the indications are
that they are falling behind badly not only on the West Coast line
but on other major projects'
'They are consistently
taking tax payers' money to do this work while failing to perform.'
Rail Line Upgrade Cost Soars To £ 4 bn.
From the Press Association
The Guardian. Saturday November 20,1999
Upgrading the west coast
main line is likely to cost almost twice the original £2.1 billion
estimate, Railtrack says. Officials now estimate the scheme, which
is equally vital for the fortunes of Railtrack and the British rail
industry, will come closer to £4 billion.
rise is not expected to lead to higher rail fares
but it could result in higher Government subsidies to the rail industry
and is likely to put Railtrack on collision course with the rail
regulator Tom Winsor.
The upgrade involves renewing the 550 miles of track between
London Euston, Glasgow, Manchester and Birmingham to take 125mph
trains by 2002 and 140mph trains by 2005.
A decision to change the signalling system that will be
installed on the west coast line for a safer version is being
blamed for much of the increase in costs. But increasing
passenger numbers have also added to the bill, Railtrack says.
The company will present the new figures to watchdog Mr Winsor
at a meeting next month. "We cannot comment in detail until
then," a spokeswoman said.
The company is also facing spiralling costs of renewing tracks
across the rest of the rail network.
No fanfare as £3.5 bn. tube link opens late
extension meets millennium
deadline at a price
Keith Harper, Transport Editor
The Guardian. Saturday November 20, 1999
One of the world's most expensive transport projects, the
Jubilee line underground extension, is being opened quietly
today at am, 18 months late and at a cost of at least £3.5 bn.,
almost double the original budget.
The red carpet will not be rolled out because technically the
extension is not complete. Westminster station is still not ready,
but London Underground engineers are working overtime
to finish it In time for the opening of the Millennium Dome at
Only when Westminster is opened will the much relieved deputy
prime minister, John Prescott, boast about the achievement- He
and London Transport's chief executive, Denis Tunnicliffe, have
been seriously concerned that the project might miss the
The final cost is not known, but it will be in excess of £3.5
bn. This means that each mile of the 10-mile section of the line
has cost £350m, more than each mile of the £10 bn Channel tunnel
By comparison, line 14 on the Paris Metro has just been
constructed for £120m a mile. Treasury officials say they are
furious with LU for allowing the costs to spiral.
A spokesman for the Institution of Civil Engineers said: "Our
costings suggest that the Jubilee line extension must be the
most expensive piece of railway ever built." He said the costs
included the rolling stock and the fact that the line passed
through some of the most difficult terrain for tunnelling in the
"The engineers have had to take great care in burrowing under
some of the greatest buildings, like the House of Commons
and Big Ben." And state of the art signalling had not worked
properly. 1n cost it will certainly outstrip some of
the new rail projects in China, like Shanghai's. "
A reluctant Margaret Thatcher approved the project 10 years ago.
Work began in October 1993, when the cost was put at £1.9 bn,
and should have been completed in spring last year, but
technical delays and poor management have taken their toll.
In the end, the government hired the American construction
company Bechtel to knock heads together. Costs have escalated
steeply, largely because of industrial disputes as management
tried to press the project forward.
The delays encouraged 500 electricians left to do much of the
finishing work on the tunnels and stations to press for higher
pay. Management agreed to pay them more than £1,000 a week.
Finishing the project largely on time qualifies them for extra
severance pay of more than £2,000 in lieu of notice.
John Self, general manager of the Jubilee line, said yesterday:
"We are glad to announce to the public that apart from
continuing work at Westminster station we are ready to roll."
During rush hour, there will be 24 trains an hour and an average
of three minutes between trains. Last trains will be about l.am.
Mr Self agreed that the project team had encountered
considerable problems. The most serious had been a tunnel fall
during construction of the Heathrow express between the airport
and Paddington. LU engineers were using a similar system and had
to stop work for six months while tests were carried out.
They also had to abandon state of the art signalling with more
advanced controls in the cab that would have made it possible to
operate 36 trains an hour. LU has scrapped plans to introduce
this type of signalling for up to five years.
The most innovative aspect of the Jubilee line is the
installation of anti-suicide glass screens at eight of the
stations. Suicide attempts on the underground average almost
three a week.
The screens, at the edge of the platforms, will move apart when
the trains stop, forming doorways into the trains. They are
adapted to trains of up to seven cars. LU has fitted 476
electric doors with linked screens. Under normal conditions, the
doors will open automatically on the arrival and correct
positioning of the train.
The screen doors will open once a computer box fitted on the
side of each train has confirmed the train's arrival. Drivers
will have to line up the train doors with the doors on the
platform edge, but they will have a leeway of half a metre. Mr
Self explained that the screens were considered to be imperative
to enhance safety. They would also protect passengers from
strong winds that sweep down the tunnel as a train emerged.
The doors are ideal for the Jubilee line because the stations
are new and the platforms are straight. They might be extended
to other parts of the system, but many platforms are curved.
LU's final touch for the millennium is the laying of a steel
carpet to reinforce the surface of Parliament Square in case
huge crowds should converge on the area. It saw the need for
this extra precaution because the Circle and District lines'
tunnels pass close to the surface at this point.
Winston Churchill's statue will also benefit from the
Costly line-up: Jubilee line: £3.5 bn for 10
miles: £350m a mile
Channel Tunnel: £10 bn for 32 miles: £320m a
Paris Metro, line 14: £600m for five miles: £120m a mile.
chaos warning for New Year's Eve
The Independent. 15 November 1999
Long suffering rail passengers crammed into dilapidated slam-door trains will have to wait considerably longer for
new carriages they were promised last year.
The industry agreed with the Deputy Prime Minister, John
Prescott, last year that 500 new trains would be introduced by
now, but only about 100 are in operation. Some operators, such
as Connex and LTS Rail in southern England and South West
Trains, have failed to introduce one new unit since the deadline
was agreed at Mr Prescott's first "rail summit" in November
1998, say internal industry figures.
Sir Alastair Morton, chairman
of the Shadow Strategic Rail Authority, said a further 50 would
be introduced by the end of the
year, but accepted there was a
He laid most of the blame at the
door of manufacturers such as
Daimler-Benz, Bombardier and
Alsthom Siemens, which were "the
world's finest engineering
companies", but their rail
subsidiaries were not up to that
He told BBC Radio 4's Today
programme that the testing process
for the rolling stock, involving
Health and Safety Executive
inspectors, Railtrack and representatives from the makers, was
also "pretty ill organised".
Sir Alastair said the rail authority had taken charge of a
working party involving the relevant organisations to "unblock
the blockages" so that the remaining 350 trains, which were
now due to be delivered in the new year, went into operation as
soon as possible. Another group had been established to change
the process by which new trains were introduced.
Jonathan Bray, director of the pressure group Save Our
Railways, said it was "hugely disappointing" the objectives had
not been met. "Heads need to be banged together because some
of these trains have been built but are stuck in factories
of red tape," he said.
The Association of Train Operating Companies said nearly
all the delays to the new rolling stock were due to the rigorous
safety inspections each vehicle had to have before it could run
on the network. There would be 1,000 new vehicles on the
network by the end of next year, a spokesman promised.
Ken Bird, managing director of LTS Rail, which runs the
London, Tilbury and Southend service, said his new rolling
stock was three to four months late, but customers
"absolute safety and absolute reliability" and that meant
the trains had to pass the tests before going into service.
means delays then
so be it," he said. "On my line we're
desperate 6r the new trains, my customers have had it poor for
too long. The new trains are there, air conditioned, 100 miles
an hour, everything they ever want and teasingly they're
Mike Ruston of Alsthom Siemens said there had been a
period before and after privatisation when manufacturers had
received no orders and factories were idle. 1t was simply not
possible to move from an empty domestic order book to full
production overnight," he said.
Promised trains will be delayed by months
by Barrie Clement,
The Independent. 20 November 1999
A disturbing picture of Millennium Eve chaos is painted in
a confidential rail industry report which warns that "many
thousands" of passengers could be stranded, and even prepares
employees for the possibility of mass suicides.
reveals a worrying lack of coordination between London
Underground and the Overground
network which could result in
"tens of thousands" of revellers
surfacing from tube stations to
find there is no rail service.
Overnight there will be 20 tube trains an hour when surface
railways are not running, says the document. The "mismatch"
between the two rail systems in the capital has also resulted in
London Underground closing some stations where overground trains
will still be running.
In the document, Peter Sones, of the Rail Millennium programme
office, warns that large numbers of revellers and a greater
"propensity" for individual and group suicides could lead to a
"higher level of disruption than normal".
The memorandum, prepared within the last fortnight by
independent consultants commissioned by Railtrack and the train
operating companies, also points to a lack of cooperation
between agencies elsewhere in Britain and calls for an urgent
review of plans to deal with New Year's Eve. It gives the
example of Cardiff, where big celebratory events are not matched
by the rail network's ability to get people home. It refers to a
number of "high-risk" stations in various parts of the country,
which Railtrack yesterday declined to identify.
The industry is warned that British Transport Police has refused
to deploy officers to act as "stewards" and will only attend
Despite Railtrack's contention that it has dealt with the
millennium bug, the memo also expresses concern about the
potential failure of systems and "embedded chips". And it points
out that any incident at night is normally sufficient to close a
line for several hours, so there could be "many thousands of
stranded passengers" with little possibility of using buses,
taxis or hire cars.
A spokeswoman for Railtrack said that the report referred to a
"worst-case scenario" and it indicated the length to which the
industry was going to ensure that it was prepared to cope with
every eventuality. She said that companies were acting on the
report's recommendations and Railtrack had spent £90m preparing
for the millennium.
Dublin and the DART
by David Bladen
"Good puzzle would be cross Dublin without
passing a pub"
So wrote James Joyce in his novel, 'Ulysses', and having
recently spent a long weekend in Ireland's capital city, I
couldn't agree more. The trip this time was not on EWS business
(no, we've no plans to buy Iarnrod Eireann, or at least none
that I know of.) but a short family holiday
Dublin is a place I had long wanted to go to but had never quite
got round to actually getting there. The incentive finally came
when the low-cost airline Ryanair began flying, to Dublin from
Leeds-Bradford Airport. A fare of £49 each for a return ticket,
flying out on Thursday morning and returning on Sunday morning,
was too good to miss, especially when Aer Lingus were asking £
150 each for the same trip.
There was also the tempting prospect of some different haulage,
however, it was made very clear by Linda and Alex that this
would be confined to the aeronautical variety - they had no
desire to go chasing trains.
And finally, there was the little matter of the Guinness popular legend has
it that the Guinness tastes better in Ireland and I wanted to
find out for myself. The prevalence of the 'black stuff has
meant that Ireland has never been a stronghold of real ale. As
far as I am aware, Dublin has never had an entry in the Good
Beer Guide, but I did have a copy of 'The Rough Guide .o Dublin'
and it contained a comprehensive listing of the more popular
watering holes. The city does boast a second brewery in the
shape of the Porterhouse Brewing Company but there
was no mention of this in the tourist book.
The flight was definitely 'no-frills' - the 737 had a
'well-used' look about it, there was no food or drink included
in the fare, not much legroom, and the cabin crew spent the
entire flight trying to flog cheap booze and phone-cards, but it
was only a 35-minute hop and we got there in one piece after one
of the smoothest landings I've known - a real "Greaser"!
The chaotic scrum at the
airport taxi rank and the sheer volume
of traffic on the way into the city meant
we spent longer
getting to the hotel than we had in getting to Ireland but,
thankfully, the taxi driver was friendly and knowledgeable and
we enjoyed his 'potted' introduction to the city. He did,
however, give us two bits of bad news, namely, children were not
generally welcomed in the city's pubs and many of the
traditional bars had been converted to caf~-bar-style outlets. I
couldn't help thinking that there was a certain irony in this
last nugget - so many of England's traditional pubs have been
turned into fake 'Oirish' theme bars, and yet the traditional
Irish article is under threat from English -style thoughtless
modernisation - crazy!
After checking in to the hotel, we decided to walk into the city
centre and have a look around. The sky had looked rather
threatening and, sure enough, it began to rain. The Irish call
rainy days 'soft days', but there was nothing soft about the
raindrops now bouncing off both the pavement and us. Luckily,
there was a pub nearby, the Palace
Bar on Fleet
Street, and we decided to seek shelter in there and hope 'mine
host ' would let Alex in.
The young barman looked somewhat baffled at my enquiry as to whether Alex could come in, but he motioned towards an empty
table at the back of the bar and I took that as a 'yes'. Linda
and Alex crossed to the table but then the barman seemed to have
a change of heart and said I would have to talk to the owner. By
now, wife and son had taken off their coats and were sat down,
and definitely showing signs of not wanting to move. The barman
shrugged his shoulders and asked what I wanted to order -
Guinness naturally! (0h, and an orange cordial for Alex, please)
He turned out to be a Norwegian student studying English at the
university and was working in the bar for a couple of days to
earn some money. Lord, why do I always get them?
Having sat down with our drinks and got our breath back, it
was now time to take stock of our surroundings, and what
delightful surroundings they turned out to be. The first
impressions were of, well, wood and mirrors! The seating area
was divided into small wood-panelled alcoves, the bar area was
a mass of carved wood and the walls were covered with
mirrors of many shapes and sizes. There was definitely a genuine traditional feel to the place. And as for the Guinness?
Nectar! It really did taste different. Not chilled like you
often find it in England but incredibly smooth and creamy. I
dearly have liked another pint, but the pub as
beginning to fill up and puzzled glances were heading in Alex's
direction. Definitely time to go! As we headed off back to the
hotel through the evening rush our, I couldn't help thinking
what a blessing in disguise the rain had been. Incidentally,
Fleet Street is not too far from Tara Street station.).I won't bore you with too many details
what we got up to on the Friday, save to ay we managed to sample
a couple of Dublin's other famous institutions- The first was one
of Dublin Bus's remaining KD class double- deckers. These unique were designed specially for
by FFG Hamburg and built by Canadian rail manufacturer
Bombardier, using General Motors engines, at a factory in the
west of Ireland. Our particular example, 2150ZU, was in fine
form as we travelled out to Dublin Zoo at Phoenix Park.
On our return to the city, we had a meal at Becshoffs on
O'Connell Street. This is one of a chain of fish-and-chip
restaurants founded by Ivan Beschoff, a survivor of the mutiny on
the Russian battleship Potemkin in
1905, who settled in Ireland. The food was excellent, both in
terms of quality and value, and the upstairs dining room was an
ideal place to observe the hustle and bustle of one of Dublin's
most famous thoroughfares.
Alex had discovered that Ireland's National Sea Life centre was
at Bray, to the south of Dublin, and I had learned that
Ireland's National Transport Museum was at Howth, eight miles to
the north. By amazing coincidence, these two places are the
terminus stations for Dublin's light railway system the DART, so
with Mrs Bladen's resigned blessing, we set off on Saturday
morning on the short walk from our hotel to Pearse
The DART, or Dublin Area Rapid Transit opened in 1984 and has
since become the most successful public transport system in
Ireland, with more than 80,000 passengers a day and public
transport patronage along its route is double the Dublin
average, at 54%. Dublin Bus provides feeder bus services to many
stations on the route, increasing its catchment area, an idea
that could catch on here, no doubt.
Extensions of the DART line to Greystones in Co. Wicklow and Malahide in Co. Dublin should be completed by the end of 1999. A
new station in Clontarf Road opened recently, and another is
planned for Barrow Street in the City Centre. New rolling stock
has also been ordered.
We bought a family rover ticket, very reasonably priced at IR£6,
and went up on to the platform to wait for a train to Bray, due
in 8 minutes. The station was a lot larger than I expected and
certainly betrayed its 'mainline' roots, but what really caught
my eye was the large television set mounted on a column on the
Dublin-bound platform, and showing children's programmes it
certainly captured the attention of the many youngsters who were
waiting for a city train.
IE suburban and mainline services also pass through the station
so I got my camera ready just in case, but I was out of luck.
The Bray train soon arrived and we boarded, but my lack of luck
continued for no sooner had the doors closed, than one of IE's
General Motors diesels stormed through the station at the head
of a Dublin-bound passenger working.
Worse was to come. Linda had seemed very quiet all morning so I asked, in all innocence, what was wrong.
The icy glare that greeted this innocuous question triggered
something in one of my memory cells, and I realised with
mounting alarm that Alex and I had forgotten that today was
Linda's birthday Aargh!
our defence, we did have cards in one of the bags in the hotel
room, but it was a bit too late to be throwing ourselves on the
mercy of the court. Two chastened males sat very quietly staring
out of the
window at the passing scenery.
The line runs along the shore of Dublin Bay, past the
UNESCO designated bird sanctuary of Booterstown and through Dun
Laoghaire and the millionaire's district of Kilkinney, before
you catch a first glimpse of the mountains of County Wicklow. I
was impressed with the electric units - roomy, comfortable and
fast - the 11 -mile journey was soon over.
The sun was out when we arrived and I took a few photos of the
DART units at the station before we headed off into Bray and on
to the aquarium. For a national centre, the place was rather
small and it wasn't long before we had seen everything. We
decided to return to the station and take a train to Howth,
where we would have lunch.
The journey took just under three quarters of an hour. On the
way, at Connolly station, there was a tantalising glimpse of
several IE and NIR locos
on the stabling point and depot but
nothing that could be photographed - still no luck! It struck me
as odd that staff were wandering around on the running lines by
the depot without wearing high-visibility vests - a definite
'no-no' on this side of the Irish Sea.
North of Dublin, the DART again shares the tracks with mainline
and suburban workings, passing through the grim housing estates
of Kilbarrack, before branching off at Howth Junction and
continuing on along the promontory at the north of Dublin Bay to
Howth. I was pleased to find that a part of the station building
had been converted into a bar and restaurant, the Bloody
with a rather gruesome pub sign showing a blood-speckled salmon
with a hook in its mouth.
The place looked very inviting and the smell of food from within was beginning to make
our stomachs rumble, so
it was somewhat disappointing to be told that children were not
admitted, not even for a meal. Some you win, some you lose!
We wandered up to the transport museum
hoping to find a snack bar
there but the national museum turned out to be couple old barns
in the ground of Howth Castle. Our
first thoughts was that the place was just like the bus sheds at
Sandtoft. A sign outside said that family admission was IR £4,
but there was nowhere to pay and nobody to pay the money to!
Undaunted, however, we wandered through an open door and found
that inside those barns was a veritable treasure trove of old
Both of the barns were absolutely packed with old buses,
lorries, and public service and military vehicles. Photography
was practically impossible so the camera went back into its case
but we spent an enjoyable hour inspecting the many exhibits.
There is very little of pure railway interest, but pride of
place does go to a beautifully restored tram, No. 9, from the
long-gone Hill of Howth system. We discovered that although the
museum is 'national', it receives no public funding and relies
solely on the efforts of a small band of dedicated enthusiasts
and some corporate sponsorship to keep it going. I wish them
well! (And yes,
I did leave a donation in lieu of the entrance fee).
Heading back into Howth, we came across another branch of
Beschoffs so it was chips again before catching a train back into
Dublin. As the unit pulled into Connolly station a stroke of luck
last! Pulling in on the opposite platform was the IE loco and stock
I had seen earlier in the day. One quick family 'bale
out' ensued (much to the bewilderment of some of the other
passengers) and then down
to the end of the platform to capture IE loco 872 on film
Back at the hotel, Linda put paid to the old joke that 'to err
is human but to forgive is not female policy'. There was a film
on the hotel cable system that she and Alex wanted to watch and
it was agreed that if I disappeared off for a couple of hours'
research, they could watch the film in peace. Believe me, I have
never got ready to go out so quickly before in my life!
The 'Rough Guide' suggested three places near to the hotel which
might be worth a visit and it was with some anticipation
that I stepped out into a balmy Dublin evening. The first stop
was Doheny and Nesbitt's on Lower Baggot Street. Described in
the book as' tiny and atmospheric' it certainly lived up to its
description. The place was packed and at first I thought I would
never get served, however, the barmen have an ingenious system
on crowded nights. As a customer enters, one of the staff shouts
"How many?", and the customer holds up the relevant number of
fingers to indicate the required number of glasses in a queue to
be filled by a colleague. Bearing in mind that legend decrees it
takes 7 minutes to pull the perfect pint of Guinness, by the
time you get to the bar your pints are ready. The secret is to
have a 'stockpile' of filled glasses ready for the customers.
Having secured a pint and found a spot to stand, I was struck by
the thought that I was the only 'single' person in the place in
the main room and in the many snugs off, everybody else seemed to
be deep in conversation with someone. There was no music playing
and all you could hear were low, almost confidential voices and
the clink of glasses.
Close to both the Irish Parliament and the offices of the Irish
Times, the pub has a reputation for being a hotbed of political
gossip and 'government sources', even on a Saturday night. After
twenty minutes of 'people watching' I can understand why, and
there's no doubt that since I've been in the place, I can't read
a newspaper article or watch a TV report on Irish politics
without, well, you know, wondering!
Across the road is Toner's, equally small, equally packed, but
with a completely different ambience. The people in here were
more casually dressed and were in the place for a good time, not
to foment revolution. There was background music and the
conversation was livelier and the people more animated, and I
would imagine it was close to what the Irish to call the 'craic'. Stone floors, and many shelves and
drawers around the bar also added to the difference, these being a
relic of the days when Toner's doubled as a grocery store as
well as a pub. Although the place was wedged, I had no trouble
getting a pint, a semi-filled glass being topped-up as soon as I
Something else which struck me when I was in here was the
following that English football has in places other than England,
the detriment of the local teams. I was wearing my Doncaster
Rovers sweatshirt (no change there, then!) and an Irish customer
came up and asked me how Rovers were getting on, and what did I
think were the differences between football in the League and
football in the Conference. (Seriously, do I look that much like
As the conversation progressed, I mentioned that we had been in
Bray earlier in the day and that having visited Bray Wanderer's
ground, we had discovered that Bray were due to play Finn Harps
in the FAI Cup Final at Tolker Park in Dublin the following day.
My newfound Irish friend told me he didn't even know the Irish
cup final was being played!
And so to the last stop of the night. Earlier in this article I mentioned
Dublin institutions, and O'Donoghue's, on
Merrion Row, can justifiably lay a claim to being such a place.
The pub is renowned as a leading venue for live Irish music in
the city and groups such as the Chieftains and the Dubliners
have been discovered here.
Now this pub was packed.
A large gentlemen at the door offered his apologies but said I
would have to wait until somebody else left before he could let
me in and that could be some
time. I was just contemplating returning to
Toner's when two American couples came out. The women were
complaining loudly to their husbands that this was not the sort
of place they should have been taken to. Quite what they
expected will never be known, but the doorman gave a baffled
grimace and told me to go on in.
Inside, it was absolutely heaving, but the service was efficient
and there was a pint ready when I got to the bar. Music was
provided by a fiddler and an accordionist, sat on the seats in
the famous bay window, and a third man nearby provided the
vocals. There was absolute silence from the customers while the
music was being played but the end of each song was greeted with
hearty applause and cheering.
The interval in the performance was marked by a surge to the
bar, but the staff were well prepared and everyone was served
with good humour and patience. After the break, two more
musicians emerged from the throng and continued with spirited
renditions of various Irish songs.
I am not sure how long I spent in O'Donoghue's, but I do know it
was a very pleasant way to spend an evening, and I will
cheerfully own up to feeling slightly delicate on the plane the
Dublin was an excellent place to visit and I would like to go
back. You can rest assured that if EWS ever does decide to bid
for Iarnrod Eireann, I'll be bidding myself for a place on the
The Anniversary Display was successfully held in Doncaster
Public Library from November 2nd to 6th inclusive. We had eight panels
(approx. 960 x 560 min each) of photographs, 2 wider panels of
display text plus a table containing magazines and membership
forms. Thanks are due to Tony Booth, Geoff Bambrough and Robin
Skinner for erecting the display. Special thanks are due to
Chris Tyas for his monumental efforts in producing around 4C
excellent A4 size colour prints flor the display panels. Several
members have contacted the committee with praise for the
West Yorkshire Day Rovers
West Yorkshire PTE have started single Adult Day Rovers priced
£4.50 for bus and train journeys. Still available are Family Day
Rovers covering 22 adults
and up to 4 children.
No. 7 Today's Railways
Today's Railways is published by Platform 5 publishing Limited
to which most members will relate to Peter Fox its Managing
Director has been a friend of the society since its
formation and known to some of us even longer.
Today's Railways goes under the slogan "The Pan European Railway
Magazine from Platform 5 and retails at £2.95 per issue.
Subscriptions for 12 issues are currently £35.40 commencing with
issue 49. Discount Vouchers for Platform 5 publications are
available to subscribers.
Today's railways was first published in June 1994 and continued
to be published on a bi-monthly basis six times a
year until number 20 in August 1997, from then on Today's
Railways became monthly.
Commencing with issue 28 the Editor David Haydock was joined by
Neil Webster as Assistant Editor, (a founder member of the
Pennine Railway Society), based at Platform 5 HQ in Sheffield.
The content of the magazine is made up of 66 pages, with regular
sections; Headlights, News Round Up, Rolling Stock News, Light
Rail and Metros, Q&A, (Questions and Answers), Heritage News,
Readers Letters, Events & Railtours Diary and Reviews. The
regular sections sandwich the main articles for that edition. No
48 includes '37s Hard At Work in France". 'Photographing The
Semmering". Some excellent writing and breath taking
photography. "The Schneeburg Rack Line", "With Steam and Diesel
into 2000, "RENFE Splits Loco Fleet, "The Metamorphosis
The magazine has 23 regular correspondents based in 20 different
countries quite an operation ensuring quality up to date news is
available from all corners of Europe.
From its launch in 1994 Today's railways has proved to be the
leader in providing European News to the British enthusiast who
now operate over the whole of Europe. These days one could quite
easily see a friendly face at Amsterdam Central or Cologne, as
one would on Platform 5 at Sheffield Midland or at Crewe.
Initially the magazine concentrated on purely European news,
however today with class 37's in France the Channel Tunnel, not
to mention the European style tram systems in Sheffield,
Manchester, Croydon and now the West Midlands, also excellent
coverage of the Privatised British Railway Scene, means that it
truly is a Pan-European magazine. Indeed the October 99 edition
No 46 had a British photograph on the front a New Manchester
Railways at £2.95 in Fudl Colour is good value for money. It
sensibly covers the whole of Europe including in-depth coverage
of the UK in one magazine. Something other magazines do not try
to do and when they cover Europe they only skim the surface. Its
Editorial comment on European and UK matters are both
illuminating and informed. On a personal note and one that
members will relate to is the fact that the South Yorkshire Rail
scene is covered by people who understand it, a first for any
railway news publication. If you are interested in the
Pan-European Railway scene and the local scene then I recommend
In this edition I thought I would ramble on about trips to
Glasgow and Edinburgh, which over the years :here
have been many, sometimes using Merrymaker excursions from South
Yorkshire or overnight
by service train outward on IS72 2230 King's Cross-Edinburgh
with the sound of a Deltic in your sleep! Returning from Glasgow
by The Settle and Carlisle or in later years down the West Coast
to Preston on the afternoon Glasgow- Nottingham.
The first one we look at is a Doncaster Division Merrymaker to
Edinburgh on Saturday 26 March 1977.
The itinerary was as follows:
Doncaster Dep 08.29
Edinburgh Arr 12.24
Glasgow Q Arr 13.15
Eastfield MPD 13.30-14.00
Glasgow Works 14.30-15.30
Glasgow Q Dep 16.00
Edinburgh Arr 16.45
Edinburgh Dep 16.55
Doncaster Arr 20.46
Robin Rowland was the BR representative on the train, and the
buffet was I believe done by
myself and John "Sanderson".
A tight schedule, but then in those days we often achieved the
impossible. There were 36 in all on the trip. however Mr
Sanderson and Mr Davis did not travel with the rest of the
party to Glasgow, they remained in Edinburgh for Medicinal
reasons and I believe went to see Hearts play?
Other names on the trip included Alan Needham, Tom Helliwell,
Brian Needham, Mr Wyatt, Norman Bolland. Mr Bee, Tony Booth, Mr
Batty, Mr Holt, Alan Pert, Kevin Connell, Mr Wright and Roger
Butcher whose notes for the day are as follows:
Unfortunately Roger's numbers are not by location so we don't
know where each loco was seen or what hauled the train?
Looking at the locations today. Eastfield GONE! Glasgow works a
shadow of their former self, things have changed, and even the
loco's seen are not nearly so plentiful. On a Pennine trip such
as this one could expect to see up to two thirds of the locos
running in Scotland, as you visited the biggest Depot,
Eastfield, passed the second biggest depot, Haymarket, and
visited the only works.
Trips to Edinburgh and Glasgow continued on at least an annual
basis up to the mid 1980's, usually in the summer to take
advantage of the excellent light. One such trip on
Saturday 4 July 1981 saw us catch 1 S72 from Doncaster with
55016 Gordon Highlander on the front at 0 115 from Doncaster
arriving Edinburgh at 0557, the itinerary being:
Haymarket MPD 07.15-07.45
Motherwell MPD 10.00-10.30
Glasgow Cen Dep 16.48 (1M40 to ManVic)
18.20 (1M48 GGO-Nott)
Rotherham M Arr 21.39
On this trip we had R Chaplin, Tom Helliwell, M Gosling, P
Stojanovic, Gerry Collins, Robin Skinner, Pete Wesley, J
Helliwell, S Caddick, Tony Caddick and Mike Bloomer.
By 1984 the organising of such trips was beginning to get
complicated, the trip to Edinburgh and Glasgow overnight was on
7 July, and because Glasgow works had decided to limit t number
in each party to 10 we had to split the party in two, although I
seem to remember it worked although it wasn't as much fun
wondering if the other group were doing okay.
The itinerary or itineraries were as follows:
Doncaster dep 0202 (HST)
Edinburgh arr 0710
Haymarket dep 0833
Glasgow Q arr 0916.
SPLIT into Groups A and B.
Glasgow Works 10310-1130
Eastfield 12 00- 12 3 0
Glasgow Cen Dep 1328
Motherwell MPD 1400-1430.
Motherwell Dep 1536.
Sheffield Arr 2.029 (Via Preston.)
Glasgow Central Dep 0948
Motherwell MPD 1030-1100.
Glasgow Works 1400-1500
Glasgow central Dep 1520
Sheffield Arr 2029 (Via Preston)
As you can see we met up again at Eastfield, Most people thought
the Fixtures Secretary was in his element here, but 1 can assure
you he was not! As far as I can remember all went well any body
Thanks again to Roger Butcher for sight of his notes for the
trip on 26 March 1977.
Pennine Slide Competition
The annual competition was held on October 6th and was a most
interesting and enlightening evening with a very high standard
The Winners were:
1st Chris Theaker - 47279 on the 11. 16 on a Leeds/Tilbury
freightliner at Walton.
2nd Tony Brown - 37675 on the 11.16 B'ham NS/Holyhead at Conwy
3rd Andy Dalby - 27001 at this year's KWVR weekend.
Many thanks to Chris Nicholson for a most difficult task 70+
slides - the most for many years.
Meetings are held at the Salutation South Parade Doncaster
starting at 2000 on the Ist and 3rd Wednesday of each month and
commence at 1945 hrs.
Wednesday December 15 1999 Pennine Shield Final.
Wednesday January 5 2000
D Porter "A Miscellany (or even a 'Millenniary) of Slides"
Sunday January 16 2000 Pennine AGM.
Wednesday January 19 2000
J Law "25 years on the Railway"
Wednesday February 2 2000 C Palmer.
Wednesday February 16 2000
S Hall "Super 8 Cine Film"
Wednesday March 1 2000"Members Slide Competition"
Wednesday March 15 2000 Graham Wade "East Coast Wanderings"
Robin is now booking meetings for summer/autumn 2000. If you or
anyone you know would like to do a show please get in touch.
I would like to thank the following for their contributions to
this issue. David Bladen, Tony Booth, Tony Caddick, John Dewing,
John Sanderson, Robin Skinner, Paul Slater, and lan Shenton,
The Spring 2000 edition of TRANS PENNINE is due for publication
by Monday 27th
March 2000. Contributions
for this edition should be in the Editor's possession by Monday
March 20th 2000 at
Fun Quiz (No Prizes)
Just the thing for the family to while away those long hours
over Xmas. An alternative to TV repeats!!.
All the questions are alternative names for Rock and Pop Groups.
e.g. Silhouettes = The Shadows. Got the Idea? - Get your brain
1 Nookie Guns
2 Dark Sunday
4 Doggy Bark
5 Nun Toboggan
6 Unemployment Card
7 M.Sc. B.Sc. B.Eng
8 Revolvers and Flowers
9 Spinning Rocks
10 Refinement Association
11 Hebrew Beginning
12 Pale Serpent
13 Babies on the Stab
14 Green House Plants
15 South American Instamatic
16 Easily Readable
17 Sobs in Panic
18 Japanese Crash
19 Birds of Prey with Colic
20 Get Pasta from A Tube
21 Mr. Sinatra Off to make a Film
22 Part time Coppers
23 Treacherous Vicar
24 Entrance and Horse Food
25 Unglossy Cinzano
26 Correct Comment Trueman
27 Orange and Champagne
28 Ready to Assemble Vegetable
29 Late night Athlete on Deck C
30 Both of You
31 Sad Fur Coat
32 Hamlet Humans
34 East End Revolution
35 Nuclear Cockerel
38 Gorgeous Confederacy
39 Prosperous City Vermin
40 First Man Insects
42 Desperate Troubles
Hard of Hearing Wildcat
The Lads that Sell Mice
Stop Jack & Stop Jack
49Sibling of the Bard
40 watt Bulb Band
Rub Out Midge
Fun Park Magnetic Effect
Sroung a baby Cooing***
Nosy Dead Pussy
Tissue Shoe Tie
Cheerful Start to the Week
Big Band Moving at Night
Not a Good Firm
A Senior Teacher Speaking
Dirty, Breezy & Hot
Robert Peels Men
Smooth baby Carnivores
Sea Blue Backdrop
Back To Normal
Skinny Bond Character
Centre line on Street
*** No, 1 cannot understand this clue either!!.