The Magazine of the Pennine Railway Society
No.14 - May 1977
NOTES FROM THE COMMITTEE
We would like to thank all members who have responded to the appeal
for rail news in magazine number 13. The response has been fantastic
and if kept up will help us provide the best possible magazine. On
the subject of the magazine we would also like to thank all who have
told us how much they enjoy reading "Trans Pennine", such praise
makes all the hard work very worthwhile,
All members who joined or rejoined the society in the first three
months of the year receive a membership diary on payment of their
subscriptions. As supplies of these diaries have now been exhausted
new members joining after the beginning of April will receive a
membership card as proof of their payment.
As promised in the last "Trans Pennine" we include the first of our
new feature "Talk Point" which we hope will prove very interesting
and we look forward to hearing your views on the subjects to be
Those of you who attended the London trip will be aware of the fact
that a preserved bus was used as transport between depots. The bus
was loaned to us free of charge and the driver gave his services
free. We feel this made for an "interesting" day out, but we wish to
make it clear that it has always been the policy of this society to
refuse to hire coaches for our visits and this policy will continue
In the future.
Sat.21st.May - North-East by rail from Doncaster. To include
Darlington, Thornaby and Gateshead.
Times available on booking.
Members £5-50 (child £2.75),Non-Members L5-75 (child £3-00)
Sun,29th.May -Crewe Works-meet Goddard Street entrance 14.20.
Members 25P,Non-Members 40p.
Wed. 1st.June -Social evening at the Masons Arms Doncaster 19.30.
Fri.10th.June -Social evening at the Cock Tavern, Phoenix Road,
Fri.10th.June -Inverness by rail from Doncaster. To Include
Sat.11th.June - Depot 11-00 (Sat) and coach tour to Loch Mess to see
Prices on application (before 28th.May).
Sat.25th,June -Derby Works- meet Siddals Road
entrance 10.45. Members 35p,Non-Members 55p.
ALL BOOKINGS TO TOM HELLIWELL
WARNING Please do not turn up for visits without booking in
advance as you may have to be turned away if the visit is fully
booked. Numbers are limited to that on the permit as British
Railways byelaws require,
Our second picture shows 'Britannia’ class pacific 70012 11JOHN
OF GAUNT" of Norwich Thorpe depot (32A) heading the
Liverpool-Harwich boat train through Darnall in the summer of 1958.
An ex-works Cravens parcels DMU can be seen over the first vehicle
In the train.
Once again we would like to thank Mr. Jack Davis for the photograph.
LOCOMOTIVE STOCK ALTERATIONS
London Midland Region
08469/90/665/927-CH, 25092/189-CW ,25192-L0, 25302, 45056-CW.
Western Region 37131/43-TI,37247-CF,37268-CF
Locomotives withdrawn 08111,08117,08119,08596,D1010,D1013,D1023,
DMU Reallocations 50139/97-NH 50372/4/85-NH, 51272/92-ER
56115~ER, 56118/27/9-NH, 56424-ER, 5908l-NH
DMU's Withdrawn 50495, 51949,
EMU's 17ithdrawn 4001/2
EMU's Renumbered 4601-4617,4603-4618,4605-4619, 6045 to 6053,
5943 to 5951.
EMU Reallocations 4277~4299-SU, 4617-4669-WD,
5943-5951-WD, 6054-BI, 6070-RM, 7353-7356-WD
34069/85, 34130/5/42, 34260,34455/7/62/7, 34596/98, 34602/5/10,
35104/6/9/12/41/5/9/53/64/6, 35212/6/7-22 6/9/33/9/64, 35382,
86223/97,86466,87017,87163/73/87,87240,87330, 87854, 87988, 92106,
94113/31 94200/11, 94848,1259(CCT),1302/3/65(GUV), 70673/87,
70701/17/8,30972, 31017, 31364, 31922, 35537, 37029,
S351/87/95,S419/35,S1078 S1471,S1581, S1627, S1697, S1389, S1945,
S2159, S4603, 141 (BG), 1336(Siphon C). 4/6(RUO),
1014/6/7(RSO),1026(RUO), 2637 (SLSTP) 3022/6/9/41/53,
1/6/7, 25164/3/75/80 25205/25/6/8,
86873, M310E, E332/3/46E, E1306/66.37120, S366, S1837, W1319.
25637, E25637, 31255, E87554, E87655
In the last edition of "Trans-Pennine" we made reference to a
new bus/rail interchange station at Knowsley Street, but we, forgot
to say the station site is in Bury. Bury Bolton Street station which
is to be closed under the scheme was the headquarters of the East
Lancashire Railway and a fine example of the company’s coat of arms
can be seen in the entrance hall .
TALK POINT No.1 WHICH WAY?
On May 2nd.1977 a slight revision of British Rails services in the
South Yorkshire area as is happening, all over the country will see
no significant improvement in services offered to the General Public
in fact people using Rotherham and Mexborough stations travel to
London will have great difficult in deciding which way to travel via
Sheffield to St. Pancras or via Doncaster to Kings Cross Looking at
the facts what do you think!
via Sheffield - St. Pancras.
This route has one major advantage which in today’s circumstances
would. normally override anything else and that is Its cheaper but
only slightly at about 5%
Out of fifteen Inter City trains daily Sheffield to St. Pancras only
four trains provide connections of less than half an hour at
Sheffield, these are the 07.20 09.00 16.00 & 18.03 departures, and
from Rotherham we -are graced with seven connections of less than
half hour and one through train at 09.54. In the other direction
Mexbrough is graced with only three decent connections at Sheffield
on the 11.01 15.01 & 19.00. Departures from St. Pancras. Rotherham
is again better off with eight connections of half an hour or less
from St. Pancras at Sheffield.
The best journey times are St. Pancras –Mexborough 3hrs.15 Mins and
St. Pancras- Rotherham 3 hrs. dead., both achieved off the 11.01-
St. Pancras -Sheffield which gives a five minute connection in
These journey times can only be described as tedious and
unattractive. One more point on this route is that whilst Rotherham
has retained its through service to London the return train in the
evening does not now stop and so runs non-stop Sheffield to Leeds.
Now that’s what I call stupidity.
via Doncaster- Kings Cross.
By far the better route for people. travelling from Mexborough and
at certain times of the day a marked improvement from Rotherham. Out
of eighteen InterCity day time trains Doncaster to
King Cross ten make reasonable connections at Doncaster from both
Rotherham and Mexbrough journey times vary ass follows over the tea
ROTHERHAM-KX. 2hrs.36 mins. 3hr.19 mins.
MEXBROUGH-KX. 2hr.24 3hr.07 mins.
The fastest two trains leave Rotherham at 10.30 and 17.42 and arrive
at Kings Cross at 13.07 and 20.06 respectively.
From Kings Cross there are nineteen day time Inter City trains to
Doncaster of which nine make reasonable connections at Doncaster
with timing variations as follows:-
ROTHERHAM KX. 2hr.44 mins. 5hr.51 mins.
MEXBROUGH KX. 2hr.33 mins. 4hr.40 mins.
On the fastest train you depart Kings Cross at 13.00 and arrive at
Mexborough 15.33 and Rotherham 15.44.
On the whole a marked improvement on the service offered via
Sheffield especially when you consider that connections via
Doncaster where taken up a maximum of forty minutes and not thirty
minute as via Sheffield. So take your pick, personally speaking I
would say It depends on what your taste Is, if you want to get there
quickly I would go via Doncaster but if you've cot all the time in
the world then I would go via Sheffield. So what do you think BR
right or wrong In Its policy of charging less via Sheffield and
which way would you go'.-- Your comments in letter form for intended
publication and addressed to the editor would be appreciated.
SURVIVING BULLEID PACIFICS
An article in the "Why and Wherefore" section of the
May 1977 edition of the "Railway Magazine" states that 15 Bulleid
Pacifies "have so far survived the end of steam and the cutters
torch including 5 at Barry scrapyard. A visit to Barry on 12th.April
revealed not 5 but 22 Bulleid Pacifies. The locomotives concerned
are as follows WC~34007- "WADEBRIDGE”, 34010 “SIDMOUTH” , 34027 “TAW
VALLEY”, 34028” EDDYSTONE” 34046 “BRAUNTON”, 34041 “HARTLAND”, 34105
BB,34053 “SIR KEITH PARK", 34058 “SIR FREDERICK PILE” , 34059-“SIR
ARCHIBALD SINCLAIR”, 34067 “TANGMERE",
34070-“MANSTON”, 34072 “257 SQUADRON” 34073 –“249 SQUADRON”.
MN- 35006 “PENINSULAR AND ORIENTAL STEAM NAVIGATION COMPANY”, 35009
“SHAW SAVILL” 35010 “BLUE STAR”
35011 “GENERAL STEAM NAVIGATION”, 35018 “BRITISH INDIA LINE”, 35022
35025 “BROCKLEBANK LINE”, 35027-“PORT LINE",
Altogether there are 127 steam locomotives and 2 diesel locomotives
remaining in Woodham Bros. yard in Barry.
FOOTPATH PLAN FOR DISUSED LINES
Seven disused railway lines in the Rotherham area may be
included in a county network of footways and bridleways in South
Yorkshire. The lines under consideration are:-
The Droppingwell Colliery branch at Blackburn (GCR)
WaIeswood –Holbrook: (GCR), Kiveton Bridge-Norwood (MIDLAND)
Thurcroft-Silverwood Colliery (GC/H&B/MID.Joint),
Laughton-Anston (GC/MID.Joint and S,YORKS.Joint}*
LONDON GROUP NEWS
Although the first trip organised by the London Group was at as
successful as it might have been it proved a very busy and fruitful
day. We travelled by BR "Merrymaker" excursion to Swansea, Cardiff
A second visit, this time to Eastleigh Works and shed is proposed
for 2nd.July,and as soon as plans are made details will be passed on
to Tom Helliwell for booking to commence. Please watch for
developments in the next "Trans-Pennine".
Our next social evening is a slide show at the “Cock Tavern",
Phoenix Road, Euston on Friday10th,June at 19.30,All members not
going on the Inverness trip are welcome to attend.
NOTES AND NEWS
Unusual sightings at Doncaster in March included 47090, “Vulcan” on
a freight on 26th March, and 44009 “Snowdon” on a train
of coal empties on 31st.March.On 6th April Landore Class 37,
37308 was awaiting entry to Doncaster Plant and Class No's 4o002/196
were noted passing through the station light engine.
A return Rotherham United Footex was noted awaiting departure from
Chesterfield on 9th April, the 11 coach train hauled by
47295,On 10th, April 56001/6/7 were seen at Shirebrook MPD.
Apparently other Class 56 locos had recently been stabled at
Shirebrook but all have had trouble with the cab heating blowing
On Easter Monday 11th April a Mexborough-Belle Vue excursion was in
the charge of 40069(GD).Other-r specials noted that day included a
Chesterfield-Bridlington behind 37091,and a Banbury-Scarborough was
hauled by 45003(TO).
Crewe based Class 25,21,055 was a rare visitor to Lincoln on 13th
April hauling a freight.
Class 56, 566011 was noted at Darnall on 15th.April working a
commissioning trial train,4X31,10.00 Broughton Lane Peterborough
West Yard. The train consisted of Pullman Car E330 and 12 BBA's
(air-braked bogie 'bolsters) loaded with rails, On the same day
sister engines 56023/4 were noted undergoing maintenance in Darnall
The Kings-Cross-Cleethorpes services seem to have their share of
troubles. On 13th April the 08.30 from Kings Cross
arrived at Lincoln 20 minutes late headed by 40050 and 47546,
The return working, the 12.56 ex-Cleethorpes was still hauled by the
same pair with both locomotives working. On 18th April the same
train was headed by 31423 which also powered the 17.16 ex-Kings
A points failure at Aldwarke Junction on 8th.April blocked the
Rotherham Masborough-Mexborough line and the 17-15
Cleethorpes-Sheffield ran via Rotherham Central and Woodburn
Junction but didn’t set down in Rotherham.
Foreign Brush 47,47080 11Titarill passed Doncaster with a car train
on 16th.April.On the same day 55004 failed at Retford whilst working
the 08~00 Kings Cross-Edinburgh and was replaced by 47363 which
worked as far as Doncaster where an unidentified Deltic took over.
Departure from Doncaster was 73 minutes late.
Canton Class 47,47248 was noted on York MPD on 16th.April,whilst
40100(HM), 37101(MR), 08864(ex-Wath),were sighted on Thornaby depot,
and green Class 47,47195 was on Gateshead between turns on a West
Ham football special, Later the same day Longsight Class 40,40120
was noted at Peterborough.
On 20th.April 56003 was noted at Tinsley being shunted on the top
shed by a Class 31,whilst 56012 worked onto the running shed under
its own power. BR's latest imports 56025/6 were noted at Lincoln on
22nd, April towed by 31259 en-route from Harwich to Tinsley. The
two 56s stayed overnight in Lincoln.
Although not as well known as Crewe or Doncaster, the old GER Works
at Stratford deal with a wide variety of motive power as well as a
few industrial shunters. In the Works on 23rd.April were
47064/165/255/287/407/493. Noted on the depot on the same clay were
Converted Class 08,TDB966508 formerly D3035 of 6D Shrewsbury fitted
with miniature snow ploughs appears to be a permanent fixture
at Lincoln East Holmes Yard where it has been for more than a year.
On 29th.April 4760l was noted heading south through Rotherham
Masborough with empty hoppers whilst on 30th.April Doncaster built
56031 was resplendent in ex-works condition outside the Works .On 1st
May locos outside the works included 03162,08111/117/119/239/771.
London Midland Region
One of the last remaining Class 24s,24133 was seen on a freight at
Trent Junction at 22-30 on 15th.March.The station pilot at
Manchester Piccadilly on 28th.March was 40082.Other 40s noted that
day were 40079/108 at Stockport Edgeley,40116 at Ashburys, and 40135
at Buxton. Gloucester RC&W Parcels Unit M55988 was on a Manchester
Piccadilly-Buxton service on 28th.March.
Green Class 47,47365 was spotted at Small Heath on 2nd
April on a freight working. Class 24 24047 was noted working at
Winsford Salt Sidings on 13th April whilst 24063/91 were seen
working through Crewe station and 24036/73/80/84/87 were on the
Crewe South scrap road.
HST '253022 was noted on Crewe diesel shed yard on 13th.April,and 98
locomotives were in evidence in the Works including 47088 “Samson”
and 47076 “City of Truro” ,and 40043 was being cut up.
West Coast Electrics 81001/2 86008/20/1 were noted working Aston
Villa specials to Manchester for the Football League Cup Final,
Second Replay on 13th.April.
On 23rd. April 44004/8 were noted at Toton whilst EMU 313001 was a
most unusual sighting in the sidings at Loughborough, presumably on
its way to Derby for attention.
A number of Class 25s have been noted. working the Crewe-Cardiff
services. On 26th.March 25055/6 were in action, as was 25219 on 13th
April. Class 47, 47306 was on Cardiff Canton depot on 26th. March
alone with A.7078 "Sir Daniel Gooch",117081 "Odin*,and 47087
A Doncaster-Plymouth excursion on 11th April was headed by 47041,
whilst a Mexbrough-Paignton "Merrymaker" was hauled by 47173.
Canton Class 08508/353/4 were on duty at Cadoxton and Dinas Powis
respectively on 12th.April.
We cannot let Western news -pass by without a report on a Class 52.
On 22nd.April Pennine members visiting Old Oak Common had the
pleasure of seeing, D1022 “Western Sentinel" on the depot, although
it was minus name and number plates and most of the cab fittings.
Also on the depot was 47091 “Thor”
Class 47,47413 headed a Grantham-Edinburgh excursion on
26th.March.On the same day 03056 and 37158 were noted at Berwick.
The following were noted on Polmadie on the same
A Worksop-Weymouth excursion on 2nd.April was hauled by 47275 On the
same day 31209 off Bristol Bath Road was noted at Eastleigh where it
was being used for crew training runs. Noted at Millbrook that day
was 55001 whilst 33028/33 were seen at Southampton Central.
On 7th.April whilst 33209 was shunting the 08-30 Gillingham-Chatham
Dockyard trip freight a radio active flask became derailed and
blocked the main line for a considerable time, and to make matters
worse for the Southern Region the 12-11 SZ85 Plumstead-Hoo Junction
freight consisting of 33023 and 28 wagons was derailed at Dartford.
On 11th.April 47215 arrived at Eastbourne with a special from
Worksop. On the same day 33062 worked into Eastbourne with a special
from Walsall. Also noted that day were 330113,73005,and 73129,whilst
Brighton was host to 09003,09009,73001,730o4,73113,73118,73131,and
Several Class 47s were noted at Eastleigh on 12th.April including
47082 "Atlas" ' 47249,47317/8 and 47483.Locomotives outside
Eastleigh Works were 07002,08031/36o,33017/36,33208,731o6/9,whilst
on Eastleigh Shed were 070o6/1o 08287,31296,33108,73112,74eo2/6.
~n 16th.April the "Solent Express-* Barnsley-Portsmouth Harbour
"Merrymaker" was hauled throughout by 47278.On that day
08030,33005,33118/9 and 73L01 were noted at Basingstoke whilst
D2901,08201,and 74007 were at Eastleigh, with 31209 at Fratton.
Class 73 Electro-Diesel 73116 was noted hauling an inspection saloon
at Brent Junction on the Midland main line od'23rd.April,The PRS
visit to Hither Green on 23rd.April revealed four stored Class 71
electrics, 71004/9/13/14,but the most popular sighting was a British
Airways VC 10 which flew over the Pennine party. Also on the depot
were 0876o,ogoo6, 33034/-,A5/46/51/58/65,33201/2/3,73132 and 73137.
On 29th.April 09001 was sighted at Clapham, whilst 08154/152/3849
09002/17,33043/51,33201sand 73124/131/135/138 were seen at Norwood
Junction the same day, and 09003 and 73140 were at Brighton. On
29th.April 47525 arrived in Brighton with a special from, Boston.
For the above information we are indebted to the following Messrs
Mellors, Ratcliffe, Skinner, Swift, Bridger, Needham, Payne ,Barnes,
Sanderson, Wild, Pett, Collins, Davis and Plenty.
The Stocksbridge Railway which links the BSC Works at
Stocksbridge with the BR Woodhead line at Deepcar near Sheffield
celebrated its Centenary on 14th.April. Although the line is worked
by locos loaned from the BSC the Stocksbridge Railway Co. is still
an independent company which runs between two nationalised
BEHAVIOUR ON VISITS
on the recent visit to London installations one or two of the
younger members climbed onto locomotives at Old Oak Common. In
future we would ask members to keep off all locomotives unless they
have been given permission by the British Railways guide to enter
COMPETITION NUMBER FOUR
Winner of competition number four was Mr. D. Wallace, 80,Bellhouse
Road, and runners up were Mr.B.Taylor,20,St.Georges Square, Forest
Gate, London E.7.,and Mr. Gerry Collins 10 Waverley Avenue, North
Hykeham, Lincoln. The answers are as follows: 1 -Liverpool Overhead
Railway. 2-Metropolitan Vickers, Gas Turbine number 18100 3-600/660
and finally 750V DC 3rd, rail and overhead, with flywheel driven
generator for gaps in 3rd.rail. 4-North Eastern Railway 5-Given the
nickname by drivers of the Netherlands State Railways and officially
named by British Railways. 6-C-21 7-Blue trains 8-
1954 9-Staffordshire Industrial Museum, Shrugborough Hall 10~South
COMPETITION NUMBER FIVE
Below are listed fifteen names carried at some time or other
since 1948 by British Railways locomotives. Can you put the
correct numbers to these names?
First prize is £2 with second and third prizes of £1 each. All
entries to reach Jon Davis,81,Bowden Wood Crescent, Sheffield 9
1-ARCHIMEDES 2-ST.PETERS SCHOOL YORK A.D.627 3- CROYDON 4-VISCOUNT
CHURCHILL 5- NINGWOOD
6- BLACK PRINCE 7- SILVER FOX 8- MAGNIFICENT 9- MELD 10-
-SHREWSBURY 11 -ISLE OF MAN 12- CRAWLEY GRANGE 13- GOLD COAST
14-STEPHENSON (2 locos) 15- LLOYDS
DERBY WORKS OPEN DAY
The PENNINE RAILWAY SOCIETY is hoping to have a stall at the
Derby Works Open Day on Saturday 10th.September.Would anyone
wishing to help or has items which could be used for sale on the
stall please contact any of the Committee members as soon as
THE VALE OF RHEIDOL RAILWAY
Constructed by Messrs. Pethick Bros. of Plymouth the railway was
opened for traffic in 1902.Now it is the last remaining line of BR
entirely operated by steam traction. The line is 11.3/4 miles in
length linking Aberystwyth and Devils Bridge and is 1 foot 11.3/4”
gauge. There are3 steam locomotives and 16 passenger carrying
coaches some of which are open sided.
Originally a private company absorbed firstly by the Cambrian
Railway in 1913 and then the GWR in 1922,1t was taken over by BR in
1948. The line operates on a seasonal basis from early April to
October each year. At the peak seasonal period six services a
day are run each way.
The three locomotives are 2~6-2 tank engines, number 7-Owain Glyndwr
8-Llywelyn,both dating from 1923,and number 9-Prince of Wales, built
by Davies and Metcalfe of Romiley, Manchester for the opening of the
line in 1902.Each locomotive is capable of hauling six coaches up to
the terminus of Devils Bridge, 680 feet above sea level. The last 4
miles are a continuous climb at a ruling gradient of 1:50.
During the Second World War services were withdrawn, but were
restored in July 1945. Since then improvements have been made to the
terminus at Devils Bridge and the line has been routed into the
former Carmarthen Bay platforms at Aberystwyth station.
Passenger journeys have steadily increased over the last 15 years,
and in 1975 reached an all time record of 179,200 .Last year
because of the very dry summer services had to be restricted at the
peak period but journey figures still reached 155,000.
Engine number 9 in its 75th season of operation has recently
been completely overhauled.
THE WATERCRESS LINE
The Secretary of State for Transport has granted Winchester and
Alton Railway Limited a Light Railway Order. As a result completion
of purchase from BR of 10 miles of the former Winchester-Alton
Mid-Hants "Watercress" line between Alresford and Alton, on which 3 miles
of track remain from Alresford to Ropley also takes place. The
Company can now start running trains for crew training purposes in
anticipation of operating tourist services from May using steam
engines. This is the first time a Light Railway Order had been
granted direct to a private company taking over a closed BR line.
The line was closed by BR in February 1973.A public share Issue was
launched in May 1975 to save the whole of the 17 mile line
with the intention of reinstating a daily commuter diesel service,
supplemented at weekends with steam hauled tourist trains, but the
minimum needed was £625,000. Even so £100,000 was raised, the most a
railway preservation scheme has ever achieved.
In the long term Winchester and Alton Railway Limited which is
supported by the Mid-Hants Preservation Society Limited will
replace 7 miles of track which has been lifted between Ropley
and Alton thus reconnecting the line to BR. Current cost of used
track Is £21,000 per mile.
The Society is acquiring a collection of steam locomotives mainly of
Southern origin and a number of ex-BR coaches have also been