THE MAGAZINE OF THE PENNINE RAILWAY
Reports reach us from Gerry Collins, our Lincoln based road
transport aficionado that the Fleetwood Festival and Tram Sunday,
held on l6 July 2000 was, in fact, tramless.
Blackpool Corporation Transport Ltd’s crews staged a lightning 48
ECML Trouble and Strife
Major problems have occurred on the ECML recently. Wires down south
of Doncaster caused severe disruption on Wednesday l9 July. Not all
bad news however as it prevented an appearance by Chairman Skinner
at Rob Hay’s slide night, Further major chaos on Saturday 05 August
due to a “major security alert” at Newcastle, buses were provided
from Doncaster to Newcastle.
Both events caused severe inconvenience to race goers departing
Doncaster on ECML services.
Further chaos on Tuesday 22 August when York Station was struck by
lightning on four occasions, again shutting down the ECML. Chairman
Skinner has just moved to York. I am reminded of the oddball former
Bishop of Durham moving to York Minster. That, too, was struck by
lightning. Divine intervention strike twice?
We are happy to report that our Luddite Treasurer has rejoined the
real world - Up to this point his briefs were submitted typed on a
word processor. However, after a computer crash, the rest of these
noted had to be typed in
by the Editor from the usual papyrus manuscript. Perhaps next time
it will all be WP composed!!
Hopes are high that the £ 5.2 bn Channel Tunnel Rail Link will be
completed by 2007, to enable trains to run at l86 mph from St.
Pancras to Paris in 2 hrs 20 mins. At a stroke it will more than
double the capacity for services, carrying up to eight Eurostars an
hour each way.
The 46 mile section between Folkestone and Ebbsfleet near Gravesend
will be completed by 2003. The London end, Section Two, is due to be
completed by 2007, subject to agreements on funding. This route will
start at the QE2
Bridge at Dartford and dive under the Thames to Dagenham, then on to
a new station at Stratford. It will then run under Hackney and
Islington before surfacing at a rebuilt St. Pancras.
Chiltern Trains have won a 20 year extension to its franchise,
and has promised “Japanese Standards” of punctuality. It has also
proposed to extend its London to Birmingham trains to Stourbridge by
2001 and Kidderminster by 2002.
National Express has also been given an extension to its Midland
Mainline franchise for a further two years, taking it to 2008.
Pennine TV pundit Marje Skinner tells us that the “Teletubbies”
programme has been exported to the Indian sub-continent where it is
called “Patelli Tubbies”.
Rail Map Redrawn
Four rail “super companies” could eventually take over from the
present 25 privatised train operators. Under current proposals it is
likely that the current 25 operators will be reduced to 22 through
the creation of two giant franchises covering Wales and the North of
England. One operator would run services throughout Wales and the
borders instead of the current five. In the North of England one
single company, Trans Pennine Express could replace the two which
currently operate local trains.
Other new franchises could include Thameslink 2000 covering cross
London services and services from Liverpool Street. Northem could
combine First North Western and Northern Spirit franchises.
The Shadow Strategic Rail Authority has placed the route areas under
four headings - long distance high speed, London commuter, Regional
Inter Urban and Airport Express.
This resembles the old state owned BR divisions of InterCity,
Network South East and Regional Railways.
It is also likely that Gatwick Express and Stansted Skytrain merge.
Express is likely to take over Prism Rail which owns the WAGN, LTS,
Wales and West and Cardiff Valleys franchises.
National Express will have over 20% of the rail passenger market,
already controlling Midland Mainline, Silverlink, Central Trains,
ScotRail and Gatwick Express.
The loss making Wales and West and Cardiff Valleys will be handed
back to the Government for refranchising along with half of the WAGN
franchise (but not Stansted Express).
The biggest winners are Prism’s founders. CE Giles Fearnley will
pocket £3 m and eight investors will share £13 m.
Wrong Type of ..........
Thousands of commuters were held up recently alter a rail network
was crippled by a pigeon dropping, which landed on a vital component
at power sub-station at Ashford, Kent, causing a short circuit
affecting power supplies to signalling. The pigeon survived but rush
hour passengers were stranded at Waterloo, Ascot and Guildford. One
train was cancelled and 59 were delayed.
Railtrack said in July that “too much rain” was to blame for a 5%
increase in delays. It has also announced that “the wrong kind of
weather” created ideal conditions for the buddleia shrub to grow in
brickwork at stations. delays were caused after hundreds of rail
workers were diverted to uproot the purple plant which weakens
Porters are to
return to Euston, Victoria and New Street stations during September.
Railtrack is working with the Princes Trust to place young people in
some of the jobs.
behind a 3 day celebration to mark the 175th anniversary of the
opening of the Stockton & Darlington Railway has gone bust, owing
£750,000 The steam cavalcade due to be at the end of August was
scrapped in Mid July.
Trade creditors of the organisers Rail 2000 Management Services are
unlikely to recover their money. Luckily the ticket money was held a
separate account and will be repaid in full to those relatively few
who purchased tickets.
A deal to sign up a major sponsor failed to materialise at a late
I am pleased to
include this notice from long time member Phil Lowis to all members
of the Pennine Railway Society. Shaun, Robert, Kevin and other
clients/staff of 39/64 Spansyke Street, Hexthorpe would like to
invite members of the PENNINE RAILWAY SOCIETY to their ANNUAL
CHRISTMAS BUFFET PARTY (Fancy Dress Optional) on Monday,
December 11th 2000 I9.30 - 23.00 hrs DONCASTER CATHOLIC CLUB (next
to Doncaster Southern Bus Station)
Those wishing to attend should contact Phil Lowis on 01302 738025/6
by 30 November.
& DORSET AT BLANDFORD FORUM
by Paul Slater
The Somerset &
Dorset is a line which has been the subject of many books, films and
photographs, but these have tended to concentrate on the steeply
graded section through the Mendip Hills between Bath and Ever Creech
Junction, or on the connection with the Waterloo-Exeter main line at
Templecombe, the picturesque section along the Stour valley between
Stairmaster Newton and Bland ford Forum has not received as much
attention. Members of my wife's family have lived in this part of
Dorset for a good many years, and visits to the area have given me
an interest in that section of the old railway. I have been pleased
to see that part of the Somerset & Dorset featured in two videos I
have recently acquired, and I have found numerous relics of the line
around Bland ford Forum. A scene in one of my videos shows trains
passing at Shilling stone. The southbound "Pines Express“ is seen
standing at a signal on the single-track section, waiting for a
northbound local to enter the loop; the local, hauled by a 9F
2-10-0, arrives at the station, and the express, double-headed by a
Standard class 5 4-6-0 and a Bulleid Light Pacific, accelerates away
towards Bournemouth. Other scenes were filmed at Bland ford Forum. A
London Midland Region 4F 0-6-0 is seen shunting the goods yard in
snowy conditions, a Southern Region class Q 0-6-0 heads a passenger
train over the stone viaduct spanning the main street of the town,
and local trains are shown calling at the station, hauled in one
case, by a Standard class 4 2-6-0 and in another by an Ivatt class 2
2-6-2T. In a different sequence, a Standard class 4 2-6-4T hauls a
Bournemouth-bound local along the valley past Stour Paine, between
Shilling stone and Bland ford Forum, then works hard on the upgrade
to a minor summit. The Somerset & Dorset closed in 1966, and
remained almost entirely steam-worked until the end. Historically,
it was a joint line, forming part of the Southern Region but worked
largely by London Midland Region locomotives, in its last few years
it was mainly operated by BR Standard engines. Talking to my wife's
relations, I have learned that the closure of the Somerset & Dorset
caused considerable inconvenience, as the local bus services were
not an adequate substitute for the railway. Shilling stone station
also served the village of Child OCKLEFORD, the bridge which
formerly carried the railway across the road linking the two
villages is still in place, with a short length of embankment, and
Shilling stone station itself has been preserved, so that its two
platforms can still be seen, along with its buildings in Southern
Region green and cream. One of the green station nameboards has been
preserved on the wall of the village school, and the pub near the
station has, since the closure of the railway, been given the name
The Silent Whistle, A few miles further down the valley, the green
nameboard from Stour Paine & Dawson halt has been preserved in the
village recreation ground at Dawson. In May 1998 we were in Dorset
for a funeral; this took place at Dawson, and was followed by a
buffet lunch at Station Court, Bland ford Forum_ This is a modern
block of housing for elderly people, and it stands on the site of
Bland ford Forum station and goods yard. The buffet was held in the
common room, and on the walls were pictures of the railway. One
photograph showed a. Standard class 5 4-6-0 at the station with a
local train, and in another picture - a painting - Bulleid Light
Pacific 34107 "Blandford Forum" is seen -appropriately enough -
hauling an express over the viaduct. Members of the funeral party
were amused by my interest in the pictures, and told me that the
demolition of the viaduct with explosives had been a notable local
event. Part of a retaining wall from the viaduct can still be seen
below Station Court, and in the car park behind the building a short
length of track and a locomotive wheel have been preserved. A little
further up the line, the trackbed has been made into a footpath, a
bridge still stands, and a buffer-stop and rails are on view, I was
pleased to see these remains of the Somerset & Dorset, a line which
I never knew but have been fascinated to read about and see on film.
Shed bashing in
London in the 60's
by Graeme Wade
This is an account of a period I spent in London in the autumn of
1961 whilst I was at The College of Law trying, successfully as it
happens, to pass my Law Exams. Not all of the time was spent at the
College because being a person of the “Work hard, play hard" school
of thought, at least one day of the week, usually Sundays, was spent
in pursuit of recreational activities. Unfortunately, I could not
indulge in the late Eric Treacy's edict of putting the camera away
during the winter months because of the poor quality of the light
because, quite simply, I would not go that way again and so I had to
do the best I could (and afford} with what I had, namely a Kodak
Retinette I B and black and white film. I count it as extremely
fortunate in that my flatmate at the time was also a keen
ferroequinologist and that he had a cousin who worked in the inner
Sanctum of British Railways. We were able, therefore, to obtain shed
passes for most of the London sheds and as we were both from the
West Riding we decided to concentrate on the parts of the system
that were least familiar to us, particularly the Western and
We were also lucky in that the tube journey from the College of Law
in Chancery Lane to our "digs" in Chalk Farm could not be
accomplished without a change of tube so that if we arranged our
journeys we could call in at the mainline stations, either Liverpool
Street, King's Cross or Euston to see what was going on. The older
ones in the Society will recall that in 1961 British Railways was
still in a state of flux as regards its motive power requirements.
Steam was still king on most of the services and diesels still had a
novelty value, particularly as British Rail had not made up its mind
about which type on which to standardise_ Thus, I was able to
photograph several types which were built in small numbers only and
which only had a relatively short life. It was, though, a source of
continuing regret that 1 never got a photograph of a Baby Deltic. It
is always interesting to look back through a batch of old
photographs and compare what things were like then to what they are
now. Then, everything was in Brunswick Green and yellow warning
panels had not been applied. Even the first link steam locos were
fairly clean and showed some evidence of being looked after
properly. On arriving at Kings Cross on October 19“‘ 1961 the first
photo I took was the doyen of the A4's, 60014, Silver Link arriving
with a train from Leeds with a Class 3 1 also in the picture. Trains
had carriage boards in those days so it was easy to identify origins
and destinations. What was interesting about this photo was that
after the engine had passed me the folding footplate door became
detached and fell off` in to the 6 foot! Another photo, taken about
the same time (about 4.30 p.m. if I recall correctly, and someone
will no doubt correct me in any case) was of Britannia 70039 Sir
Christopher Wren departing with a King’s Cross-Grimsby-Cleethorpes
express. By the look of the platform it was a fairly wet afternoon.
Westbourne Park was always a good place to visit for an hour or so
because incoming trains to Paddington were still moving at a fair
pace and you could always get a second chance because the empty
stock movements brought the train engine out to Old Oak Common.
Castle Class 7006 Lyford Castle on the Cathedrals Express was
photographed here on 28th October 1961. The following day we
concentrated on the Southern, visiting Stewarts Lane, Nine Elms,
Bricklayers Arms and Hither Green. Stewarts Lane had a selection of
Class 71 electrics on display and pictures were taken of E5012 and
E5003, principally because they, although part of the modernisation
programme, are long gone. Nine Elms revealed a rare assortment of
locos ancient and modern. 35001 Channel Packet, 34051 Winston
Churchill, M7 0- 4-4T's, H15 4-6-0's, Schools 4-4-0‘s, E4 0-6-2T‘s
and the last surviving L Class 4-4-0 31768 were all in residence.
Hither Green was all diesels with an assortment of Class 33's and
Class 24‘s, none of which had yellow wanting panels. They looked a
lot better in their original liveries but I suppose safety is
paramount, hence the yellow blobs of later years, which did nothing
for the looks of the locos. We continue our journey round the
ferroequinolgical sights of London by visiting the Western, Midland
and Eastern Regions of British Rail in the vicinity of the Capital
in the Autumn of 1961, the opportunity afforded by three months at
Law School being too good to miss. We managed to pass our Exams as
well, so that was, perhaps, an added bonus! Bonfire night took us on
to the Western Region to Southall and Old Oak Common. At Southall on
5th November 1961 we photographed 0-4-2T 1474 in company with WD
2-8-0 90313 and Hall 4-6-O 6967, whilst caught passing on a
Westbound Express was Hymek D7007, Also seen at Southall was Class
6100 2-6-2T 6165 and, although we did not know at the time, the now
preserved 9F 2-10-0 92203, and an assortment of Halls. On Old Oak
Common were North British Warship Al A-AI A D601 Ark Royal (later
cut up at Barry) and North British built Warship B-B D841 Roebuck,
They were still relatively new, being designated Class 41 and 43
respectively, but with the drive for standardisation in the middle
of the 1960's they did not last any more than 10 years. It is nice,
though, to have one’s own record of them. Also on Old Oak Common
were the usual assortment of Castle's Kings and Halls and a 5700
Class 0-6-OPT fitted with condensing equipment. From Old Oak Common
we ventured on to the Midland at Willesden where we found two
Princess Royals in store, 46205 Princess Victoria (the one with the
different valve gear) and 46207 Princess Arthur of Connaught. Also
on shed were some of the Euston empty stock engines, the Fowler
2-6-2T's of which 40042 and 40010 were photographed. Liverpool
Street of the 30th October revealed two of the 10 North British Type
1's of Class 16. D8400 and D840l both of which were photographed at
this location, apparently on station pilot duties, having taken over
from the gleaming N7 0-6-2T 69644 of a year or two earlier, A visit
to the North London line one Saturday morning provided a fair degree
of interest. This cross-London line tended to be forgotten and the
main lines received the most attention but the line is interesting
because of the variety of traffic, mainly freight and parcels that
it carried. It was extremely busy when we visited it on a cold and
crisp 4th November and in the course of an hour or so, we saw an
Ivatt Class 2 2-6-2T 41239, Class 31 D56l4 (twice) a BTH Type 1
(Class 15) D8212, Stanier Class 5 4-6-0 44872 and English Electric
Type 1 (Class 20) D8019 with a long mixed freight approaching
Canonbury Station. The following weekend saw us at Stratford for a
look at the Great Eastern. Again the early dieselisation was evident
with Class 40's and 37's in evidence, along with more of the ass
16's mentioned earlier. The original Class 40, D200 is shown at
Stratford, along with the preserved 169 0-6~OT No 87, which was in
course of restoration, and the last remaining B12 4-6-0 61572 was on
shed with an elderly 169. Unfortunately, all good things must come
to an end, so shortly after this we took our exams and departed back
to the West Riding to more mundane sights. Nevertheless, our
excursion to London, albeit for a very different purpose, had been
extremely exciting and instructive and our thanks were due our my
friend's friend who had made the "Sojoum in the Smoke" so
interesting at what was, in retrospect, a very important time of
change in and around the great metropolis. Not everything was caught
on film but what was, shows, I hope for the present generation, a
great variety of motive power past and still, (in the case of the
Class 37s) present motive power.
by Antony Brown
Photographing the contemporary railway scene in Britain must be
counted among the most frustrating and character building of
pastimes (supporting any of South Yorkshire's football teams
excepted). Many are the hours of boredom, often spent on some lonely
minor road bridge, footbridge or platform. Incredulous glances from
passing yokels impart a feeling of ear-reddening self-consciousness,
compounded when asked the inevitable "Is there a steam train due?"
(There must be a satisfactory response to this that preserves one’s
dignity but I haven‘t found it). Then there's the fickle timing of 6
blah blahdy blah that should run at 14:00, has been noted at l5;25,
but just for today, when the hapless snapper turned out, ran at 12;
10. Like everyone, I’ve suffered my fair share of erm - well,
"disappointments" is a polite term, and not one I often use.
Certainly the most annoying of these is the self-inflicted camera
cock-up. One such incident took place at the southern end of York
station on the 22nd May 1999. I'd nudged and cajoled my way through
the usual crowd scene and into a prime position. With an aspect free
of elbows, ears and anoraks D9009 Alycidon, on her preservation
mainline debut, hove majestically into the viewfinder. Wait, I told
myself, wait, wait..bit more.. steady.. perfect now! Gentle squeeze
on the shutter release button and... nothing. I'd neglected to wind
on the last frame, normally something I do instinctively after
taking a shot; not this time. Another favourite is forgetting to
check and reset the aperture or shutter speed when changing camera
bodies and lenses. Occasionally there are the unforeseeable
calamities that are beyond the control of the photographer. One such
example occurred last summer when, having researched what was a
popular vantage point, I set off under a cloudless sky for what I
imagined would be a productive day. The train took me to
Chesterfield, the bus out into the wilds not far from Barrow Hill. A
short walk brought me to my Mecca - Foxlow Junction - only to find
that the bridge from which I’d expected to shoot had been demolished
(Ordnance Survey people take note). A similar situation occurred
when I visited Ilkeston, on the Erewash valley line, intending to
make use of the disused viaduct near the Bennerly coal loading plant
(also now disused), for many years a fine vantage point. Alas no
longer, for public access is now barred by that most effective
barrier - the 6 ft galvanised pointy topped fence. Trackside foliage
is, quite literally, a growing problem for the railway photographer.
At many a location one can see new shoots and branches that will, if
left untended, ruin the vantage point. This is particularly
irritating when attempting to replicate a classic shot one has seen
previously published. In this way a once excellent view of New Mills
viaduct is now obliterated by a copse that has sprouted up within
the last fifteen years or so. A few miles away on the same line at
Chinley North Junction the angle of view of southbound trains has
been narrowed considerably in the last few years by the flourishing
trees and bushes. Most adversities can be quite reasonably accounted
for though and one gets used to that black rain cloud hovering
above, stoically accepts that freight turns run according to some
gigantic Ludo game and not diagrams or timings. Even the frantic,
tumbling, buffoonery that ensues when, after hours of waiting,
camera packed away and gadget bag zipped up, the photographer turns
away, and a familiar rumbling roar is heard fast approaching has,
with hindsight, its comic element. It’s amazing how frequently that
happens as well, no matter how long one waits. One such incident
happened on the day of Tinsley depot's last open day, thankfully not
to me for a change. Quite a gallery of photographers had gathered on
Woodseats Road bridge waiting for a double headed class 59 tour to
return to the South, After waiting for about half an hour or so one
chap decided to take a chance and fetch something from his car,
which he‘d parked in a nearby cul-de-sac. As soon as he was out of
sight round the corner came the 59s, and so quiet that when he
returned he didn't even know he‘d missed them. I don‘t think I've
seen anyone quite so crestfallen as when he noticed everyone packing
their gear away. Such times of exasperation, the trials of patience
endured by the railway photographer, do however make it all the more
satisfying when everything does go according to plan and, mission
accomplished, a new location is added to the list, or maybe even a
potential competition winning shot is committed to celluloid. Now,
what to say to those irritating yokels? All suggestions gratefully
by Ian Shenton
A number of
years ago I did an I article on the traffic originating at Monk
Fryston, and passing through. Monk Fryston is a small village 10
miles north of Pontefract, on the York-Sheffield railway line, it
lost its passenger service a number of years ago. The area is also
known as Milford, the signal box being named so, and sidings
adjacent to the main line also named Milford. The area became a
popular place from about 1986 when the Selby Coalfield came on
stream sending coal to the nearby Aire valley power stations from
the Gascoigne Wood loading terminal, The next major happening was
the full introduction of the class 59/2 in 1995, although these have
now departed. Today's traffic
is still dominated by coal mainly from the Selby Coalfield,
transported in National Power hoppers hauled by class 66 locos.
Other means of transport are HAA hoppers hauled by class 66, 56 ,and
occasionally class 58. Coal also passes through originating from
other sources to the power stations, from the Northeast opencast
sites, Butterwell, Widdrington, and Wardley in HAA hoppers hauled by
class 66 or 56 locos. Imported coal through Immingham docks in HAA
hoppers hauled by class 66 or 56 locos, and also empty HAA’s to
South West Scotland via Leeds and the Settle & Carlisle. The
returning full trains usually go direct to the power stations.
Other commodities also pass through starting with metals. Empty
strip coil wagons from Corby to Lackenby class 60 hauled. Aluminium
ingots from Lynemouth to the Midlands and South Wales class 66
hauled and a scrap metal train from Stockton to Aldwarke class 66
hauled. The next one is Oil for igniting the boilers at the power
stations, transported in 100 tonne tankers to Immingham hauled by
class 56 locos, Then there is Acid to Mostyn (North Wales) from
Hull, and return in 4 wheel tanks hauled by class 66 locos. Also
there is the empty Biggleswade Heck Plasmor block train class 66
hauled. Enterprise train from Warrington to Lackenby again class 66
hauled. Engineer's traffic from and to Northeast, York, Doncaster,
and Healey Mills hauled by anything. During the summer VSOE Northern
Belle trains have been passing between York and Manchester, hauled
by Deltic 55019 and occasionally class 50 50017. Getting there, if
travelling by car, take the A63 turn off from the Al signposted
Selby. On entering Monk Fryston after crossing the railway take the
first turn left into Lumley Lane and take the second right into
Ingthorpe Lane. Parking on this road is space for about 6 cars and
the railway is alongside. Viewing from the car is possible if
weather is bad. Travelling by public transport, there is a bus
service from Leeds bus station service No 402/403 00/20&00/40 each
hour, journey time 50 mins to Monk Fryston village. Alternately you
can travel by train to South Milford from Leeds station dep. 00/58
each hour arr. 00/20 and connects with the 00/40-departure bus
service from Leeds arriving Monk Fryston 00/30 each hour. There is
no shelter from the elements for public transport travellers so be
prepared. Local amenities - there are two pubs in the village. The
Bluebell on the left, a tree house sewing bar meals Tuesday to
Friday lunchtimes. The second on the other side of the road, The
Crown, a Mansfield house serves meals both at lunchtime and
evenings. There is also general store a further 200 yds away selling
freshly made sandwiches, and pies cooked on the premises. A recent
visit as noted the following observations:-
28 June 2000
Time Loco Commodity Destination
13.25 66007 Emp.HAA West Milford- Carlisle
13.30 66016 Fu11.HAA West North- Ferrybridge
13.41 66223 Emp.NP East
13.48 56011 Emp.HAA East Milford E/ Siding
66025 Enterprise East Selby
13.58 66240 Light Engine East
14.04 66161 Full NP South Power Stations
Fu1l.HAA South Imm/Hull- P/ Sta
14. 20 66240 Emp.HAA West Milford-
14.21 66103 Full.HAA East Carlisle-Milford
Emp.NP East Gascoigne Wood
14.35 66211 Full HAA South N/East-P/
14.39 66103 Light Engine South Knott’y MPD
Light Engine South Knott’y MPD
14.45 66164 Light Engine North
14.47 56011 Light Engine South Knott’y MPD
16.00 66016 Emp.HAA North Northeast
16.27 66105 Full NP South Power
16.32 56056 Full HAA South Power Stns
16.36 58030 Full HAA
16.55 66161 Emp.NP East Gascoigne Wood
66036 Emp HAA North Northeast
17.44 56055 Full HAA South N/East-P/
18.01 66055 Emp Oil East Immingham
18.02 66161 Full NP South
18.07 66183 Enterprise North Lackenby
18.11 66223 Emp NP
East Gascoigne Wood
18.32 66111 Light Engine East Gascoigne Wood
18.35 66141 Emp Plasmor East Heck .
18.40 56060 Emp HAA East
Class 67 ’s
take over Plymouth Postal
Locos seen during August on IV64 Low Fell/Plymouth
Vans (due through Doncaster 1605)
24th Not Seen
28th Did not run
(20 out of 30 locos seen during this period)
PENNINE QUIZ NO. 102
THE EAST MIDLANDS
1. Where were the locomotive works of the
Lancashire, Derbyshire & East Coast Railway
2. What was the gauge of the line which served
Kettering ironworks and the nearby quarries?
3. What was the name of the junction where the
Cromford & High Peak line joined the Midland main
4. Where was the Northampton, Lamport Railway
5 In which year were the station buildings at
Gainsborough Central demolished?
6. What was the name of the only intermediate station
on the Higham Ferrers branch?
7. What is the name of the new passenger service
between Nottingham and Worksop?
8. In which year was the Kettering - Huntingdon -
Cambridge passenger service withdrawn?
9. In which year was the Northampton -
Wellingborough - Peterborough passenger service
10. Which Lincolnshire shed had an allocation of class 02 2-4-O's ?
11.What was the name of the intermediate station
which once stood between Wellingborough
and Irthlingborough on the Northampton
12. Where was the Wytnington deviation?
13, What was the name of the junction where the branch
to Torksey oil depot left the Lincoln - Gainsborough
14 What is the name of the new station between
Shirebrook and Creswell?
15. What is the name of the signal box that stands beside
the Brayford Pool in Lincoln?
16. Which shed had the code 15A ?
17. What is the name of the only former Great Western
station in Northamptonshire still open?
18. What is the name of the large signal box situated
where three lines meet west of Barnetby?
Which shed had the code 35C?
What was the name of the junction where an iron-
ore branch left the East Coast Main Line south of
Where did Butterley signal box originally stand?
What is the name of the signal box between Darley
Dale and Rowsley South on the Peak Rail line?
Where did Quorn & Woodhouse signal box
What was the name of the 1 in 14 incline on the
Cromford & High Peak line?
What is the name of the new local passenger service
between Leicester and Loughborough?
Quiz No. 101
1 14 December 1988
4 Blue and White
5 December 1957
7 1st April 1994
8 Ernie Rae
10 Birmingham New Street and London Broad Street
11 6 hrs 40 mins _
12 London Road
13 1st January 1922
14 Sir Charles Cust
15 6152 Kings Dragoon Guardsman
16 916 tt__(279 m)
1 7 E3 3 05
18 J Lewis
20 Captain Hewitt Pearson Montague Beames
21 87001 Stephenson
23 7 1/4 miles
24 An Evangelical Conference
25 £ 25,000,000
1st Mr Ken King 2nd Mr Ian Shenton ,
3rd Mr John Dewing
As usual the cheques are in the post!!
Seen at Peterborough on July 01
were 60034 60083 66001 60099
66141 66149 and 66197
Noted at Wrawby Junction on July
08 were56065 56067 56091 and 56098 on coal trains. 60039 and
60077 on oil trains. 60006 and 60088 on iron ore and66197 on general freight.
Sightings at Lincoln recently have included:
60023 60061 Oil. 66006 Cargowaggons
60010 Oil. 66046 Cargowaggons
66179 Car Transporters
66237 Car Transporters
60038 and 60073 on Oil 66117 on C’waggons
Aug 1866103 on Cargowaggons
66201 on Cargowaggons
60051 on Oil 47733 + 47775 on Test Train
at Eaton Lane Crossing in recent weeks have been:
66056 Freight, 66197 Cargowaggons, 90027Parcels
66130 Cargowaggons, 90022 Parcels.
66100 on Enterprise 47775 + 66150 on Test
66067 on Car Transporters 66091 on F’tliner
56018 66041 66226 on various freights and
66157 light engine.
On Aug 01 our intrepid motor cycle mounted observer
noted the following:
Knottingley @ 12.15 p.m.
Collieries closed for holidays.
Doncaster WABTEC @ 13.05
Passing through Doncaster viewed from roof of car park:
13.05 56060 Empty MGR South.
13.06 66501 F/L South
13.55 66113 Enterprise South
13.55 66043 Enterprise North
14.10 66086 Full MGR North
14.55 56027 Empty Box Wagons North
15.02 60056 Sand North
15.10 58005 Light Engine South
15.15 09007 Light Engine South
16.10 66117 Empty NP South
16.16 67017+67005 Mail South
16.20 56032 Full MGR South
16.30 3250l0+325005 North
16.32 66175 Intermodal South
16.41 60006 Full Stone North
17.00 66066+66226 Light Engine South
17.01 56027 Light Engine South
17.08 66113 Empty MGR North
17.15 66048 Empty Plasmor North
17.18 66157 Enterprise South
17.47 66043 Enterprise South
18.15 60049 Bin liner South
18.20 60007 Light Engine South
18.31 47323 F/L South
18.51 325014+325011 North
47826 Virgin X/C North
478511+47488 Top and Tailed Virgin X/C South
3301+3302,3309+3310 White Rose workings
90027 and 23 Class 91s working GNER services,
The renewal of the ECML bridge at Newark at the
August Bank holiday weekend caused saw all trains
diverted via Lincoln and Gainsborough. Our resident
Gainsborough contributor noted the following;-
26 Aug at Haxey - 47733 47785 47786 47792 47799
27 Aug at Lea Road - 47733 47775 47785 47792 47799
Aug 28 at Park Drain - 47734 47759 47775 47786 47792
and 47799 all dragging 9l’s + Mk4.
66026 was also noted
on Aug 28 with an Enterprise service.
Noted at Elsham on 19 Aug were 56065 and 56067 on
coal trains and 60017 and 60089 on iron ore trains.
Noted at Worksop Yard on Sept 02 were 58002 58021
On Sep 14 the 0700 Hull/Kings Cross failed at Hull and
47793 was sent from Doncaster. The train left 08.10 and
was terminated at Doncaster. This week 170202/203 have
been on Route Learning/Crewe Training for the new
HULL TRAINS service to Kings Cross commencing 25
Sep with 3 daily return services.
On a “bowls trip” to East Anglia out reporter noted the
Norwich Sep 18 - 08810 08928 47488 66224 67001
67030 86221 86248 and 86252 with 86218 86220 86232
and 86238 on London services.
North Walsham Sep 18 - 66197
Ipswich Sep 18 - 08375 47152 47197 47306 47334 66505
86613 86628 86632 86635 90148
(Surprising what you can see from a bowling green! )
On Jul 25 a tram strike in Blackpool to your
contributor to Manchester for a tram ride on the new
Metrolink extension to Eccles (Trams 2005/6 in the
book). Then on to Piccadilly Station where the following
47806 08.40 Glasgow/Penzance
86234 1030 Birmingham Int/Manchester
47844 09.39 Reading/Manchester
86224 12.34 Birmingham NS/Manchester
47747 10.40 Edinburgh/Paignton (New livery)
47826 09,20 Brighton/Edinburgh
175005 15.24 Manchester/Chester
37057 13,21 Holyhead Manchester
47851 12.30 Glasgow/Poole
47814 08.46 Penzance/Manchester
86224 17. 10 M’chester/Paddington (with dead 47709)
47722 15.34 Birmingham NS/Manchester
37057 17.09 Manchester/Llandudno
Returning to Blackpool via Preston on one of Mr
Branson’s more interesting trains - the 14.40 Portsmouth/Blackpool with 47828 - the following day thankfully had
the magnificent “balloon” cars once again gracing
Blackpool Promenade but 47839 was still observed
working into Blackpool North from Portsmouth..
A member visiting North Wales on 12 Aug noted 47575
and 47705+3 7426 on passenger trains at Abergele &
Pensarne, whilst at Llandudno Junction 37413 and 37429
were also working.
Metro Cam Class 101’s still working around
Manchester on 26 Aug have now been joined by Glasgow
cast off’ s and noted were:
101677 09.15 Sheffield/Man Picc
101692 Ex Glasgow 13.16 Man Picc/Rose Hill
101840 (L840) 13.20 Man Picc/Marple
101684 Ex Glasgow 14.59 Man Picc/ Stockport
101694 Ex Glasgow 16.03 Man Picc/Marple
101658 18.43 Man Picc/Sheffield
101658 comprised cars 54091/51175 plus 54163 from set
101661 to form a 3 car set with 2 power cars - however
51463 was locked!!!
Our Leeds correspondent made a trip to the
Birmingham Area on 09 Sept and observed the
New stabling point for Class 333 units noted here were
+1 other, Wakefield Europort has closed and this is the
reason that units are stored here. Wrenthorpe sidings are 1
mile north of Wakefield Westgate station on the left.
Saltley area (more than one visit)
66157 66209 66122 66105 66208 60025 66238 66079.
Bescot (more than one visit),
60100 56087 66178 66079 66188 58041 66137 66218
New Street Station (Mail Trains)
67012 + 7 vans arrive 17.42 dep. 18.07
67025 + 5 vans arrive 18.40 dep. 18.50
67030 + 8 vans arrive 18.56 dep. 19.15
67002 + 7 vans arrive 19.44 dep. 19.56
60099 92036 66154 47783 66034 66248.
66508 66511 66512 66513 66514 66515 66516 66517
66518 67007 66202 66054 92009.
Plus all the usual class 47 86 87 and 90’s.
On July 08 Motherwell was host to 08622 08765 37409
37410 37411 37419 37423 37424 37054 37705 66029
66036 6605590020 90022
On the same day Millerhill was host to 08910 37097
37520 37698 47775 47791 66028 66043 66122 66164
66183 66248 90141
Noted at Dollands Moor/Folkestone on Sep 09 were
66087 66089 66103 66116 66185 92001 92003 92024
A member visiting South Wales on Jul 01 noted the
Newport 09102 47732 6007066008 66067 66070 66120
66154 (Dock Siding 09017 09023 60041)
Cardiff FLT - 47353 47370 66501
Cardiff Stn - 60014 60021 66017 66080 66137 66151
Cardiff Canton - 60094 66217 67023
Margam - 08993 6007167002 67019
Didcot - 57002 57003 60017 66098
Acton - 08791 60019 66040 66215 67004
A member visiting the Old Oak Common Open Day on
05 Aug noted the following locos during the rest of the
Peterborough - 08516 08538 58031 60047 60056 66029
66062 66128 66209
Willesden Area - 08454 08617 08890 09018 47783 86247
Willesden Railnet - 08918 66088 66237 67020 67026
Euston - 86259 87008 87020 87034 90011 90020 90040
60033 66217 66240
Wembley Complex - 37261 66046 66229 66246 66248
Acton Yard - 08799 59201 59204 60012 60036 60099
66027 66033 66168 66203
Clapham Junction - 37601 37603 37605 67606
At Barrow Hill on July 15 Barrow Hill Roundhouse and
Museum had the following steam locomotives giving
brake van rides in the yard:
48151 45593 1420 41708 51218 44422 and Industrial
The Festival of Steam and Speed at Doncaster Railport
on July 15 was host to 03099 09007 47737 66055 and
steam locos No. 1 “Thomas”. 990 “Henry Oak1ey”, 4472 “Flying
Scotsman” and 60800 “Green Arrow”.
The Keighley and Worth Valley Diesel Gala on July 22 was host to D32 D2511 D8031 20189 20904 20906
31108 37608 50007 and steam loco 65894
The Great Central Railway “Steam Railway” Gala on
July 23 was host to Dl705, D8098 with steam
locomotives 6990 “Witherslack Ha11”, 60800 “Green Arrow" and 63601 working trains.
Noted at Peak Rail on August 05 were steam
locomotives 4472 “Flying Scotsman” and 68012 (alias
“The Duke”) topping and tailing a train between Matlock Riverside
and Rowsley South.
On the West Somerset Railway on Aug 06 were 4160 7820 and 7828, all
Our Gainsborough correspondent visited Scunthorpe
Steelworks on Sept 09 and noted the following - Steam Loco 3138
“Hutnik” on the tour train banked at one point by diesel shunter
“Arnold Machin”. Other workings were 75 on Molten Iron Wagons
(Torpedoes), 76 + 79, 90 + 94 and 92 on steel trains. 78 and 80 on
other works trains.
On 01 July lZ58, Worksop Depot’s
“Class 58 Farewell” Railtour from Worksop to Cardiff with 58037/024
- Top/Tailed with 60070 via Barry to Burrows Sidings at Swansea and
the Tondu Branch before returning to Worksop with the 58’s via
Swindon & Oxford.
On 07 July Pathfinders overnight tour “The Skirling
Postie was hauled as follows:-
Fri Night 66200 Crewe/Sheffield/B'ham
Sat Morn (early) 92016 Crewe/Warrington
RM/Carlisle/ Shieldmuir RM/Motherwell
Sat 60100 Edinburgh/Edinburgh Suburban
line /Millerhill Yard
Sat 90141 Millerhill Yard/Tyne Yard
Tyne Yard/Tyneside RM
Sat 90141 Tyneside RM/York Yard/Doncaster RM
Sat 56103 Doncaster RM/ Sheffield/ Crewe
On 15 Sep “The Twisted
Spire” was hauled by 86243 from London to Doncaster and 66053/211 on
the Doncaster/Bolsover Branch/Chesterfield leg.
On 05 Aug the
“Anglian Capitalist” railtour from Preston to Ipswich was hauled by
DRS locos 37609/20307. 170202/5 were noted on the new
Colchester/Basingstoke services. 86221/232/238/250/257 were on
Norwich/Liverpool Street services and Ipswich stabling point was
host to 47197 66505 86607/612/621/622/623 90147
On 28 Aug 67006
hauled the Pathfinders “The North East Excursioner” and was delayed
due to flooding near Berwick.
On 09 Sep Deltic D9000 “Royal Scots
Grey” now operating under the Fragonset banner made a welcome return
to service on a Carnforth/Scarborough excursion. Midland Mainline
(not for much longer) Turbostars 170104/107 were noted on the 06.20
St. Pancras/ Scarborough service before all the memories came
flooding back as “RDG” made a typically loud and smoky departure
from York !!!
Virgin on the Ridiculous
by Tony Caddick
On 24 Jun 3
Pennine punters, including your correspondent, were involved in one
of Virgin Trains major farces of the years Returning from a weeks
holiday in Dawlish when 43080/92 failed near Abbotswood Junction
between Cheltenham and Bromsgrove on the 07.20 Plymouth/Aberdeen and
was rescued 284 minutes later by 47712. Our intrepid party was
stopped south of Gloucester on IE33 10.00 Paignton/Newcastle and
eventually diverted into Gloucester. Here, train engine 47817 was
detached and sent to assist. Eventually it was decided that its
assistance was not required. 817 returned to Gloucester, got the
train on the move, and eventually arrived at York 3 hours later and
terminated to form its booked return working - lV67 17.56
Newcastle/Bristol, starting 34 minutes late!
What the Papers Say
Britons pay 52% 6% more on Eurostar
lan Sparks -
Daily Mail - August 10 2000
BRITISH passengers on Eurostar are being
charged up to 52 per cent more than travellers coming from France
People starting their trips in London have to pay more
for almost every type of ticket on offer, but the worst disparity is
in the cost of day returns.
Crossing from Brussels to London by
train for the day at a weekend would cost someone booking from the
other side of the Channel only .£46. A traveller from Paris would
However, a passenger calling from Britain would be charged
£70 for both routes - 52 per cent more for the Brussels trip and 27
per cent more for going to Paris.
On average, tickets bought in
Britain cost 21 per cent more for the London to Brussels service and
11 per cent more for Paris than those bought abroad.
Phil Evans, a
senior, adviser, with, the Consumers' Association, condemned the
difference as "price discrimination in the single market". He added;
"It should not be allowed - The key problem Eurostar has with its
ticketing policy is that Brits like going to France and Belgium but
the French and the Belgians are less keen to come here because it's
expensive - They have to price to those levels to get bums on
Mr Evans advised travellers to shop around for special
offers and said they could even telephone Eurostar in Belgium and
France to order tickets.
Travellers can call booking offices in
Paris and Brussels, paying by credit Card for a return ticket at the
cheaper price. However, they would have to allow time for delivery
of the tickets by post.
Defending the wide difference in prices,
Eurostar spokesman Leslie Retallack said: "There is a lot more
passenger traffic from the UK to the Continent than the other way
round. With the strength of the pound, there are not nearly so many
people coming from France and Belgium to Britain and their lower
ticket prices are simply to encourage
them to make the journey. In the summer months the situation is
exaggerated as many French and Belgian people head south for their
holidays rather than coming over to us. But compared to our main
competition, which is the airlines, the Eurostar is still excellent
She insisted that the higher fares paid by the British were
not being used to subsidise the Brussels route, which Eurostar
admitted was less well used. "Eurostar ticket prices for all
countries are set by the same committee to reflect the level of
customer traffic on our trains," said Miss Retallack. She also
pointed to promotions offering cheaper tickets to travellers from
Britain. They include £45 for a return to Lille and £50 for a Pails
return. There was also a £29 nightclub ticket, which means taking a
train on a Saturday evening and returning the next morning. However,
the offer ends on August 31 and passengers not wanting to stay
abroad for a Saturday night would have to pay £240 for the same
ticket. Of the 23 fare combinations on the company's London to Paris
route, 15 are more expensive to buy in London, six are the same and
two are not available here.
On the route to Brussels, 19 of the 21
fare combinations cost more when bought in London and two are the
Eurostar is owned jointly by French railways, Belgian railways
and Eurostar UK, whose major owners are British Airways and National
It has made a loss every year since starting in
1994, losing £80 million last year, but is predicted to break even
How the prices compare
£370m vow of excellence as rail firms wins 20 more years
by Clare Kitchen - Daily Mail - August 11 2000
A train company
praised by commuters yesterday pledged "Japanese standards" of
punctuality after winning a 20-year extension to its franchise.
Bosses of Chiltern Railways promised to spend £370 million on
services and improve the number of trains on time to 93.75 per cent
by 2004, The company, which runs services from the Thames Valley and
Birmingham to London's Marylebone, beat off competition home
transport giant Go Ahead - whose Thames Trains was involved in last
year's Paddington disaster -to renew-the franchise.
In return the
operator, owned by M40 Trains, a subsidiary of Laing Investments,
promised to run 15 out of 16 trains on time.
And it said it would
install Automatic Train Protection, the system, which campaigners
say, could have prevented the Paddington crash, which claimed 31
lives, on all its trains. Other plans by M40 Trains include 50 per
cent more, miles overall on its network, including a doubling of
services between London and Birmingham Snow Hill and journey time
reductions of 12 minutes between London and Birmingham by 2003,
Season ticket holders will be compensated when the company fails to
run 99 per cent of trains rather than the current 98 per cent.
addition, it is proposed that all Chiltern trains will be new or
completely refurbished by 2004. London to Birmingham trains are to
be extended to Stourbridge by 2001 and Kidderminster by 2002.
franchise extension, the first to be announced by the Shadow
Strategic Rail Authority (SSRA) since privatisation, will be
reviewed after four years to ensure the commitments have been met.
However it represents a significant achievement for a company, which
two years ago was under tire for its poor punctuality. It also
signals a determination by the Government to set higher standards
for franchise-holders. Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott said
other companies should see the deal as a benchmark.
He added; "The
agreement is the first manifestation of renegotiating franchises."
"It means more services and in quicker time, running on better track
with improved signals and stations." Chief executive of the SSRA and
franchising director Mike Grant said the agreement would bring
"significant passenger benefits".
In August 1998, Chiltern Railways
director John O'Brien handed thousands of commuters a week’s free
travel as compensation for the delays caused by track Work.
stepped in when the Office of Passenger Rail Franchising warned the
company after being rated one of the least punctual, with one in ten
trains failing to arrive on time.
Mr O'Brien introduced a stringent plan to improve performance, but a
year later the number of late trains had again increased.
However, after train improvement works were completed, punctuality
improved and now trains are 93.6 per cent on time - exceeding the
rail regulators target of 90 per cent. I
n June, passengers rated Chiltern Railways top of the National
Passenger Study for overall satisfaction.
"The Japanese lead the world in punctuality and efficiency and that
is what we are aiming for," said a company spokesman.
National Express was also given an extension to its Midland Mainline
franchise for a further two years, taking it to 2008. In agreed to
put £238 million into services.
Rail franchises were first awarded in 1996 and ran for seven years,
but did not include time limits for improvements.
As a result, passengers have suffered delays and overcrowding.
Transport campaigners have been pressuring Mr Prescott to re-auction
the 'franchises in a bid to find companies who will do better.
slow train to nowhere
Daily Mail COMMENT _ 26 May 2000
TALK, talk talk. At yet another of his rail summits, John
Prescott proclaims the need to improve punctuality, quality,
reliability and safety. To the armies of frustrated, delayed,
overcrowded, overcharged travellers, his message will sound as
meaningless as the average station announcement.
At the last such summit, 15 months ago, the deputy Prime Minister
was in even wordier form, promising to bang heads together, force
Railtrack to invest more and ensure a rapid end to overcrowding. And
what happened? Today the railways are as much a "national disgrace"
as ever. Countless commuters still put up with cattle -truck
conditions. Squalor and unpunctuality are matters of routine. Fares
for a rotten service are among the world's highest.
One fiasco sums up the railway shambles - More than 200 newly-built
passenger carriages are rotting in the sidings, because of a
technical dispute between Railtrack and the - train operators.
Meanwhile, trains with clapped out carriages regularly break down.
Yet it is precisely such issues as transport or the health service,
which affect ordinary people in their everyday lives, that can
inflict serious damage on the Government’s reputation.
After the three wasted years of Mr Prescott’s transport policy, for
example, we still have grid locked, potholed roads, a London Tube
that is falling apart and Europe's most ramshackle rail network.
Yet the irony is that this should be a golden age for the railways.
Passenger numbers have shot up. But the train operators still find
it difficult to be truly competitive because of the inflexibilities
that John Prescott has not removed.
And though those operators undeniably deserve criticism, a
relentlessly strident regulatory regime has helped drive down their
share prices and made it harder to borrow money on the open market
to pay for desperately needed investment.
One day, perhaps, all Mr Prescott’s talk of a bright new transport fixture
will be translated into action, But for countless travellers there
is small comfort in promises of jam tomorrow, when they so regularly
endure the reality of jams today.
by Jaya Narain
Daily Mail - August 17 2000
seem a strange way to save money. But on Britain‘s chaotic railway
system, it can often be cheaper to buy two tickets instead of one.
Passengers beginning their journey just before the end of morning
peak time can save more than £90 on some mainline routes. They can
exploit the crossover between on-peak and off-peak prices by
purchasing a retum ticket to the first station on the line that the
train reaches outside peak times. At the same time, they can buy a
return ticket between their second station and their final
destination. The ploy is perfectly legal. Under railway rules, all
the passenger is required to do is board the service at the station
named on the ticket. They do not have to buy it there.
So to qualify for the savings, they would simply step off the train
and immediately hop back on again. In practice, of course, they are
unlikely to be monitored so can make the entire outward trip on a
peak-time train without having to get off This means commuters can
save £91.50 on the return journey from Liverpool to London. Taking
the 09.45 from Liverpool to London Euston costs £140 return. Even a
business saver ticket costs £90 Instead, the wily commuter can buy a
retum to Crewe for £650 and a £42 saver return from Crewe to Euston.
The latter ticket-is off-peak because the train does not leave Crewe
until 10.25 am - ten minutes past the 10.15 am cut-off.
A spokesman for route operator Virgin said the cost-cutting tactic
was perfectly legal but claimed passengers had to disembark and
re-board the same train. "Technically you are supposed to leave the
train. Basically there is nothing wrong with stepping down on to the
platform and back on again. But most people prefer to buy a through
ticket. We know there are the occasional anomalies."
The only catch is that the retum journey cannot start Hom London
between 4 pm and 6.15 pm. Tickets sellers at the National Train
Enquiries Line said they were unaware passengers could straddle the
on-peak and off-peak times with two separate tickets and admitted
they did not inform customers ofthe potential savings.
Other savings can be made by exploiting the confusing array of
ticket prices available, whether travelling on or off-peak. In
Bristol, a standard retum ticket on a Great Western train leaving
Bristol at 6.40 am and arriving at London
Paddington at 8.17 am costs £72. But commuters can buy a ticket to
Didcot and travel on the same train for £l9, arriving at 7.33 am. A
return ticket leaving Didcot at 7.33 am and arriving at London
Paddington at 8.17 am costs £28.6O, a total of £47.60, saving £24.40.
Commuters in Carlisle are charged £175 for a peak journey to London
Euston. But they could make huge savings if they began their journey
further away.. (Pennine Editor's Comment - You would think
this reporter had struck Gold !!). I imagine that most Pennine Members
have used this perfectly legal system for years. I remember back in
BR days in the seventies a scheme whereby a season ticket holder
could obtain all other rail tickets at something like half or a
third of the full price from any station.. We were buying season
tickets from Piccadilly to Oxford Road for a very low price and
having cheap days out for a year. I think this was stopped when some
"eagle eyed honcho" at Manchester realised that season ticket sales
did not, in any shape or form, compare with journeys).
Bitten and bowled out
by David Bladen
Burton-on-Trent - If any one town in England can be associated with
a single industry, it must be Burton on Trent. Teetotallers might
claim to have trouble identifying what that industry is but to the
rest of us it’s brewing.
In the Middle Ages, the monks of Burton
Abbey realised that the area’s water filtered through the local
gypsum surrounding the valley that Burton is situated within. The
local gypsum was rich in calcium and magnesium salts making it
perfect for making ale. Brewing continued after the abbey was
dissolved. In 1774, William Worthington, a Leicestershire
businessman, established a brewery in High Street. William Bass did
the same in 1777, and quickly a reputation for perfect fine quality
beers was established.
Bass and Worthington were soon exporting
their beers to the Baltic and Russia, and later India. With the
expansion of the railways throughout England in the 19th century the
Burton breweries soon began to exploit the home market and beer
became the national drink.
The heyday of the brewing industry was at
the turn of the century, when dozens of breweries were in operation,
A dense network of brewery railways criss-crossed the town joining
and supplying them. The last trains ran in the 1960's and virtually
all traces of that once distinctive part of the Button scenery have
All is not quite lost though. The local council have
recently created a ‘heritage trail’ through the town and by
following it you can get a fair idea of the extent of the rail
system. illustrated information boards are situated at strategic
points along the route and they make fascinating reading. It is
quite sobering (no pun intended) to learn that at one time, there
were 32 level crossings in the town!
A number of books on Burton’s
brewery railways have been published and of the ones I have seen, I
would recommend Ian P Peaty’s “Brewery Railways”, published by David
and Charles. It’s out of print now, but copies are still widely
Until recently three major breweries, Bass, Ind Coope and
Marston's, continued in the town. made up from mergers of many of
the old breweries. Ind Coope Burton Brewery was bought up by the
mega-corporation Carlsberg Tetley in the 199O's, and the corporate
numskulls of that organisation decided in their wisdom, to close the
old brewery down. Thankfully Bass, who's brewery backs on to the old
Ind Coope site, agreed to buy its old rival, thus creating one of
the biggest breweries in the world, and Carlsberg Tetley has
retained some of its old offices in the town.
The brewery situation
has, however, been thrown into turmoil yet again, as Bass announced
they had agreed to a take-over by the Belgian brewing giant
Interbrew. Interbrew have said that the Bass operation is safe for
the foreseeable fixture - we shall see! Marston's continues to brew
its famous "Pedigree" bitter using the traditional Burton Union
system of fermentation and, ironically, Ind Coope Burton Bitter
under contract from Bass. The tiny Burton Bridge Brewery also had a
presence in the town, brewing a wide variety of its own real ales.
It was January 1985 when I last set foot in the town. Mr Skinner and
I had gone to Burton to photograph the buses of East Staffordshire
District Council’s fleet and also have a look at the Bass Museum.
We’d then retired to the Burton Bridge Inn for a very pleasant
lunch. Looking back at my notes for the day, 31458 took us as far as
Sheffield, having arrived from Hull to form the 08.45 Doncaster -
Cardiff 08873 then shunted our stock from platform 8 onto the Leeds
portion of the train which was stood at platform 6, before 45103
hauled us to Burton. After lunch, transport back to Derby was
courtesy of a Derby City Transport Marshall-bodied Volvo Citybus,
then it was 47415 back to Doncaster. Happy days!
So what brought me
to the wilds of East Staffordshire this time? Work - just for a
change! There used to be a wagon repair depot at Burton alongside
the Midland main line and when it closed, a fair number of MGR
wagons were left abandoned by the side of the track. These wagons
had now become valuable assets as EWS sought spares to keep its
present MGR fleet running. A couple of site meetings had been called
to discuss ways of removing the good wagons and scrapping the
It was a very hot Monday morning when the first of these
meetings took place. The smell from the breweries was overpowering
as the local engineer and I trudged through long grass and dense
undergrowth inspecting wagons. Having to wear high-visibility orange
coats did nothing to help and we were soon sweating profusely. A
glass or two of beer would have done wonders for us but duty called,
and I had to go back to Doncaster for a meeting in the afternoon. I
had a word with my boss when I got back and he was quite amenable
to me taking a half- day holiday after the site meeting the
following week, so I could go for a wander around Burton.
later and the weather couldn’t have been more different - cold, wet
and blowing a gale. This time I was very grateful for the orange
coat! I must admit that the thought of using some of my holiday
entitlement to wander around Burton in the pouring rain didn’t
appeal, however, at the conclusion of the visit I changed into some
dry clothes in the back of the engineer’s van, phoned the CSDC at
Doncaster to book off and then made my way across Derby Road to the
There is an old saying that you never get a second chance
to make a first impression, and my first impression as I stood
outside the pub was “What a dump K” The faded paintwork and the
incessant rain did little to dispel the gloom, but the number of GBG
stickers in the window persuaded me there must be hidden delights
within so I opened the door and went in. The gloom continued as I
saw there was only one other customer in the rather basic bar. He
was sat at a table reading his paper and an elderly mongrel dog was
asleep on the floor. There is another old saying that you should let
sleeping dogs lie, but this mangy cur had never heard of it because
it woke up and immediately came towards me snarling and barking. I
asked the man if he could control his dog to which he replied, “It’s
not my dog, mate.” By now, the dog was attempting to take chunks out
of my leg and was only dissuaded from this course of action when I
dropped the bag containing my safety boots onto its head. With a
yelp it ran under a table and lay there snarling.
brought mine host from a back room. He was rather apologetic and
kept saying, “I don’t understand it - Domino’s not usually like that
with strangers”. I resisted the temptation to point out that the
pub’s less than-welcoming exterior wouldn’t entice many strangers in
and instead ordered a pint of Pedigree, hoping it would be better
than the dog’s pedigree.
And it definitely was!
The pub may not
look much but it sells one of the best pints of Pedigree I’ve ever
had. I was tempted to have another but I’d planned the afternoon so
that I could get to the Burton Bridge Inn before it closed at 2.15,
and then go on to the Bass Museum. I left the Derby Inn and headed
towards the town centre. On the way, I stopped off` at the Alfred
Derby Street. Opened in January l997, the Alfred was the second pub
to be owned by Burton Bridge, however, photos adorning the walls of
the lounge show that the pub’s history goes back a long way. Today,
the pub has a modern, bright interior but it is also comfortable and
friendly. The full range of Burton Bridge beers were on sale, and I
decided to try a pint of the special ‘Summer Ale’. Very nice it was
too. This would definitely have been a beer to savour for its
thirst-quenching properties had I been able to try a pint the
previous week! However, tempus fugit, and I left the Alfred and
wandered through the town to the Burton Bridge Inn.
Only to find it
I was less than impressed to find that the pub was closed
for refurbishment. I can only say that I hope they make a decent job
of it. Successive GBG‘s have waxed lyrical about it being a
welcoming pub with unusual wooden pews, and I hope that the
refurbishment maintains the character of the place. I decided to
brave the rain once more and headed off to the Bass Museum.
find it was shut!
I couldn’t believe it! Only the West Indian
batsmen have been bowled out twice in less time! Of all the days I
could have gone to Burton, I would pick the day that Interbrew
announces it is going to take-over Bass. That announcement led to a
walkout by Bass staff concerned about their future and as a result,
the decision had been made to close the museum for the afternoon.
What to do now? I thought about following some of the heritage trail
but the rain was still coming down and quite frankly I just couldn’t
be bothered. I decided to cut my losses and headed off back to the
station, less than happy at the waste of some holiday. I will finish
with one last apt saying that sums up the day - Gone for a Burton!
No 10 RAIL EXPRESS
Rail Express is published monthly and costs £2.95 per issue.
Subscriptions are £33.60 per year. The current special offer
on subscriptions is £32.45 for one
year and £61.45 for two years.
Rail Express September ,2000 is
issue No 52,recently issue No 50 (July 2000) was celebrated with a
The magazines slogans are ‘The Rail Magazine for
Enthusiasts? ”Keeping in touch with the railway today” . “Top News ,
Exiting Features and Great Nostalgia” A lot of slogans.
contents for sixty pages include six sections .Cover Stories , News
, Features, Traction and Rolling Stock, Regulars and models.
Stories this month are three good articles, The first is on the new
class 67 diagrams, the other two being The Resurrection of 31108 a
skinhead class 31 rebuilt from practically scrap condition, and pure
nostalgia “Cambrian Rats in l984, features class 25s hauling the
through Euston -Aberystwyth , “Cambrian Coast Express” beyond
Shrewsbury. An excellent article.
The news section covers six pages
and is bang up to date. The feature article “On The Fragon
Bandwagon” looks at Fragonset Railways by Murray Brown ,excellent
writing excellent pictures.
T+RS (Traction and Rolling Stock) is
probably the largest section in the magazine covering I5 pages
divided up into 11 sections telling you all you need to know to keep
your Platform 5 Pocket Book up to date. Incidentally it is also
interesting to note that three of the sections are written by Neil
Webster a founder member of the Pennine Railway Society.
Regulars is four sections written by
regular correspondents. A WCML update titled Glasgow or Bust! .
Reviews, Railtour Bazaar an interesting format which looks at
current Railtours and also looks back, in this edition its “The
Deltic Ranger” of February 19"’ 1978. The last of Regulars is the
Then last but not least something which I think
is a bit of a gamble in a Main Line Enthusiasts magazine a Modelling
section. “Model Rail Express” , Philip Suttons guide to the best in
modern modelling, six pages on modelling.
Now let me think in which
other magazines has a modelling section come and gone over the
years? It appears to working Rail Express so I’ll wish it luck.
VERDICT Rail Express is a “Gricers Magazine” through and through,
the modem scene and only the modern scene prevails apart from a bit
of nostalgia , and Preservation, oh and its unashamedly Diesel, only
one picture of an electric 87031 at New St in 60 pages. The quality
and amount of information is high competing well in the market
place. Looking at back issues a now discontinued section “The Rock
and Roll years “ was particularly good. But then I could be showing
Visits to the Birmingham Area usually
included Bescot and Saltley, and if possible Tyseley. Although by
the late 1970’s Tyseley was purely a DMU depot serving the former
GWR suburban lines and cross city Midland lines. No Westerns any
more for Wolverhampton LL - Paddington Expresses, we had many
Pennine members interested in DMUs there was also the attraction of
the Steam Museum next door.
The first visit we look at is on
Saturday 5'h May 1979 a party of 40 split into two. Party A visiting
Bescot at 11 15 Saltley 12 15 and Tyseley at 15 15. Party B did the
visits in reverse Tyseley at 11 30 Saltley at 14 15 and Bescot at 15
The second visit we look at was on September 19 1981 for 25
people visiting Bescot at 1100 Saltley at 1215 lunch at New St and
Tyseley at 1500 and a quick visit to the steam museum. This trip
included rail travel .From Doncaster and Mexborough’ the charge was
£9.50 Adult and £6.50 child, from Sheffield the price was 50p less.
We left Sheffield at 0951 and were back in Sheffield at 1925. People
on the trip included K Lynes, P Stojanovic, B Peach, B Needham , M
Bloomer, K King DW Saunders , P Barsby and S Barnes.
The Third visit
to Birmingham was on Saturday 20"‘ November 1982, and the price was
just to visit two depots Bescot and Saltley £2 per person (Good
Value). K King, F Heyes S Taylor D Whitworth S Payne D Cawley DW
Saunders G Dawson and P Barsby all took part!
Meetings are held at the Salutation Inn South Parade Doncaster.
first and Wednesday of each month and start at 2000, Except Pennine
Shield Rounds one and two were the venue is shown:
October 4th PENNINE SLIDE COMPETITION Judged by Chris Nicholson. Bring along
your Four best slides.
October l8th Chris Theaker - Slide Show.
November 1st Paul Micklethwaite - Slide Show.
November 15th Slide
Show - Speaker to be announced.
November 2rd PENNINE SHIELD ROUND
ONE. Hosts - DORE LOC() SOCIETY.
December 6th PENNINE SHIELD ROUND
TWO. Hosts - SOUTH YORKSHIRE RAILWAY PHOTOGRAPHIC CIRCLE, Club 197
December 6th MEMBERS SLIDE NIGHT Bring along
some of your slides.
December 20th PENNINE SHIELD FINAL. Hosts
PENNINE RAILWAY SOCIETY.
I would like to
thank the following for their generous contributions to this issue:
Geoff Bambrough, David Bladen, Tony Booth, Antony Brown, Tony
Caddick, John Dewing, Ken King, John Sanderson, Ian Shenton, Paul
Slater, Robin Skinner, Graeme Wade.
The Christmas Edition of TRANS PENNINE
is due for publication on Monday 18th December 2000.
Contributions for this issue should be in the Editor’s possession by
Friday December 8th 2000 at the latest.
Editor’s Plea - Yet Again
Once again I am asking for members help in making the
production of YOUR magazine a viable continuing
We have a nucleus of around 70 members, all of whom
have an obviously deep interest in the many and varied
aspects of railways.
Why not spare your specialist or general interest with
other members? Let me have an article on any rail related
If each member did one article every 10 years I would not
need to put this plea in every issue. (Assuming I last
another 10 years!!)
IT’S YOUR SOCIETY