The Magazine of the Pennine Railway Society
No.144 - Summer
The Andy Dalby Tribute
On Saturday April 5th 2008, A-l-A Locomotives Limited and The
Pennine Railway Society, with the grateful help of the Nene Valley
Railway, held a charity day where a sum of £555 was raised in aid of
the Sheffield Royal Hallamshire Hospital Neurological unit. Andy,
passed away suddenly in September 2007, was a member of A-1-A
Locomotives engineering team. Andy served his apprenticeship as a
plater welder at BREL Shildon before transferring to Doncaster where
he worked on Loco repairs in the Crimpsall workshops. As well as
being a shareholder in A-l-A locos he was also a committee member of
the Doncaster based Pennine Railway Society.
On Saturday April 5th members, ‘niends and family gathered at the
Nene Valley Railway where 31271 worked the final two trains of the
day complete with headboard, also many people who could not be
present on the day had sent donations beforehand. All those present
on the day said how nice it was to celebrate the life of a good
friend and colleague and also raise funds for the charity. Andy had
received life saving surgery at the hospital several years
previously, and I think that he would have been overjoyed to see all
his friends were there to raise funds for such a worthy cause. (see
photos on page 11)
On 13th May 2008 Chris wrote to the Pennine Railway Society
tendering his resignation from the committee.
At a Committee Meeting on Monday l9th May 2008 this was reluctantly
Chris has said he will continue to attend meetings and support other
Pennine activities. However he had been thinking of standing down,
but the sad death of Andy Dalby put his plans on hold.
As a Committee member Chris worked very hard particularly on
projects and events that were his idea.
The recent very successful trip to the Nene Valley was a typical
Pennine event organised by Chris. Well organised and an excellent
Chris has now been on the Committee since the 1996 AGM, over 12
years. In that time he has worked tirelessly to bring the society to
where it is today; particularly in arranging meetings at the
Salutation Chris has indicated he will continue to be an active
member of the Society so we will see him at meetings etc.
Also Chris will be doing a slide show on Wednesday 20th August at
The Committee and membership wish Chris well for the fixture and
thank him for his hard work over the years.
The Committee would like to apologise for the late cancellation of
the meeting on Wednesday 7th May this was due to the fact that we
did not find out until 4pm that the room was been redecorated.
Unfortunately we could not contact some members because we did not
have up to date contact details for them.
If you attend meetings at the Salutation, can you check with Tony
Caddick, the Membership Secretary, that we have your current contact
details, i.e. home and/or mobile phone numbers or email address.
Arise Sir Ian McAllister
Congratulations to Ian McAllister, Head of Network Rail, who earns
£250,000 per year for a three-day week, on the award of a
He received the honour at Buckingham Palace by the Prince of Wales.
The day was slightly marred however, with the announcement of a £14m
fine on Network Rail by the Office of Rail Regulation alter its
engineering works overran at New Year. As the company is
nationalised in all but name, receiving a £4bn subsidy a year, it
will be the taxpayer who pays the fine.
FGW Receive Ministerial Warning
Transport Secretary, Ruth Kelly, has warned First Great Western that
continued poor performance could lead to the loss of its franchise.
A package of measures for improvement includes receiving 5
additional Class 150s to allow cascaded Class 158s to lengthen
Cardiff/ Bristol / Portsmouth trains. It will also have an extra
Adelantes for Hull Trains
Hull Trains will operate 2 Class 180 Adelante trains from May 2008.
They will take the place of a Meridian train badly damaged in an
incident at Crofton depot. First Great Western substantially reduced
their fleet due to unreliability.
27 February 2008 saw the end of the much maligned name of “one”
railway. The company is now known as National Express East Anglia.
Ebbw Vale Reopened
Our Welsh correspondent, Rhys Jones, reports on the reopening on 6
February 2008 of the 18 mile Ebbw Vale branch to Cardiff One of the
first units to work the branch was 150240.
Airport Station to Get Third Platform
Work is continuing apace to create another platform at Manchester
Airport, served by 300 trains a day.
A new 3-mile section of track is to be laid to allow more trains
to run from Waterloo to Exeter. This will allow for a passenger loop
for trains at Axminster. Under the plans, a new platform and
footbridge will be built.
Commercial War around Wrexham
Virgin Trains announcement that one of its weekday services each way
between Chester and Euston is to extended to operate from and to
Wrexham has angered the Wrexham, Shropshire and Marylebone Railway
The Wrexham - Euston train will take around 2.1/2 hours, compared
with over 4 hours from Wrexham - Marylebone.
Developments are awaited.
Blackpool Tram Upgrade
Our Blackpool Tram Man, Tony Caddick, reports on a £85.3m scheme to
modernise the Blackpool tram system.
Refurbishment will include 16 new low-floor, fully-accessible trams, upgrading of track and overhead wiring
and better facilities at tram stops on the line out to
Some “heritage” trams will be retained to serve the
Blackpool promenade. Work may start late 2009.
The tramway has been closed for the first time in over 100
years to allow emergency track maintenance work. It was
due to reopen for Easter 2008.
End of No End to Painting the Forth Bridge
New paint technology means that intensive work on the
Forth Bridge will only take place until 2012. After that the
bridge should not require a major repaint for around 30
The new paint will be known as Forth Bridge Red. It will
never, however, receive such admiration as Sheffield
Cream which was applied to buses of the Sheffield
Eurostar Breaks another Record (For Delay)
The 20.05hrs Eurostar train from London - Paris on Friday
18 April 2008 broke all records by taking a record 12 hours
8 minutes to reach Paris.
Technical problems forced passengers to change trains at
Lille. The replacement set then failed near Ablaincourt, in
the Somme region, 90 miles north of Paris.
A further set was sent from Paris, but problems in coupling
the two together were encountered. When coupled the 40
vehicle convoy could not travel above 38mph.
Our Pennine Treasurer, on a fact finding visit to Paris, saw
the convoy, and weary passengers arrive at Gare du Nord.
An investigation is to be held!
Welcome Back to Dore and Totley
Good to see in a new batch of Northern station platform
signs that Dore has been replaced by signs depicting Dore
and Totley. It may be some time before announcements
refer to this historic name.
What next - customers become passengers again? We can
Wrexham - London Starts
Further to an item elsewhere in these briefs, our Welsh
correspondent, Rhys Jones reports that on 28 April 2008, a
direct service linking Wrexham with London via
Shropshire resumed after a 41-year gap.
Services will operate 5 times a day in both directions
between Wrexham and Marylebone by the Wrexham &
Shropshire train company. The route will also re-establish
a direct link between Shropshire, Walsall (Tame Bridge
Parkway) and London.
Shropshire last had a direct service in the 1990s and
Walsall lost its link 30 years ago.
Trains stop at 10 stations including Shrewsbury, Telford,
Wolverhampton and Banbury.
The company is using hired carriages and engines until its
own dedicated fleet is ready to run in the summer.
Simplified Rail Fare Structure
Following on nom news that passenger numbers are the
highest ever in peacetime, comes the announcement of a
national simplified fare structure.
There will be Advance (from 18 May) and from 7
September Off-Peak and Anytime. On routes with 2 off-peak fares, the cheaper fares will be called Super Off-Peak.
New Line in Scotland
Scotland’s newest railway will open on 19 May 2008
between Stirling and Kincardine. The route will enable
coal trains from Ayrshire to be diverted away from the
Forth Bridge to deliver to Longannet power station.
Passenger trains will run from Stirling to Alloa for the first
time in 40 years, starting hourly from Glasgow Queen
Noted in a “What’s on” the Pennine Member, Stephen Gay,
was booked to give a presentation to the RCTS
Peterborough branch on Woodhead - the Lost Railway.
Sheffield Railwayana Auctions
At the Sheffield Railwayana Auction held at the Derbyshire
County Cricket Club’s Gateway Centre, on 15 March 2008
the following locomotive nameplates all sold for £9,000 or
* “CHAMPION LODGE” as carried by the LNER 4-6-0
B17/3 “Sandringham” class loco No 2843 built at
Darlington entering service in May 1935 - £9,200
* “SAINT GABRIEL” as carried by the GWR 4-6-0
2900 “Saint” class loco No 2922 built at Swindon in
September 1907 - £13,200
* “WARWICKSI-l]RE” as carried by the LNER 4-4-0
D49/3 “Shire” class loco No 320 built at Darlington
entering service in May 1928 - £11,800
* “CRANBROOK CASTLE” as carried by the GWR 4-6-0 4073 “Castle” class loco No 7030 built at Swindon
in June 1950 - £15,000
* “BOIS ROUSSEL” as carried by the LNER 4-6-2 A1
class Pacific numbered 60117 built at Doncaster,
works No 2034, entering service in October 1948 and
named in July 1950 - £17,200
* “VINDICTIVE” engraved with wax in-611 as carried
by the LNWR 4-6-0 “Claughton” class loco No 13
built at Crewe in July 1920 and named in .July 1922 -
The “GOLDEN ARROW” headboard commissioned by
BR Southern Region in 1951 to coincide both with the
introduction of the two “Britannia Class” Pacifics, 70004
“William Shakespeare” and 70014 “Iron Duke”, to the
service and the “Festival of Britain” exhibition held in
London, sold for £25,000
The total auction of 500 lots made a total of £280,848
Andy Dalby Memorial Slide Competition
The Members Slide Competition, now to be known as the
Andy Dalby Memorial Slide Competition, was held on 5th
March and, as last year, all the points were added up by
Tony Smith on his laptop. The result was as follows:
lst Chris Theaker Class 91 at Temple Hirst Jct in
January 2001 (see front cover)
End Chris Theaker Class 60 approaching Melton
Ross on a loaded oil train from Killingholme in October
3rd Chris Theaker “Balloon” Double Decker tram
723 at Central Pier in October 2007
Congratulations to Chris for his clean sweep (again!!) and
thanks to Tony for producing the results.
Tony Smith’s annual slide quiz was held on Wednesday 21st
May with the chance for members to show there knowledge (or lack of)
The result was as follows:
lst Paul Slater
3rd Tony Caddick
Many thanks again to Tony for setting the
quiz. Also special thanks to Peter Bell for donating the Eurostar
goodies as prizes. Congratulations to all the winners.
In The Press
This letter, from a Pennine member, was published in The Sheffield
Star on 3rd April 2008. Rail ticket barriers are a good idea I read
with interest NP Johnson’s letter suggesting that ticket barriers at
Sheffield Station would be ‘a step back into the Dark Ages’.
regular commuter between Doncaster and Leeds, on a daily basis I see
queues waiting to pay to exit Leeds station. People who, if there
was no barrier, would leave the station without paying.
I also see
regular travellers who purchase a ticket to Wakefield if a conductor
happens to come around. On the other days they can happily walk off
at Wakefield without paying.
Call me old-fashioned but I suggest all
stations should have barriers to stop this ‘very British
Institution’ of fare dodging!
L Bladen. Doncaster
by Paul Slater
In the early l960s I went on three evening
rambles to Wymington with a church youth group from my home town of
Rushden. The first ramble was on a cool, rainy spring evening. We
headed westwards out of the town, on the field-path which was my
usual route in the summer months for going down to the Midland main
line to watch trains. The fields were sodden, and banks of misty
drizzle cut off the views of the countryside. The leader of the
group had once been a railway enthusiast, as I still was, and sure
enough we were soon down by the main line just above Irchester South
An 8F 2-8-0 was plodding up the bank out of
Wellingborough with a southbound goods train. We squelched along the
edge of the Held, and then, confronted with an impenetrable hawthorn
hedge, our leader ducked under the railway fence, and we followed
him along the grass beside the tracks. The train was looming up
through the greyness behind us, and overtook us before we reached
the next open Held, the driver of the SF leaning out of his cab and
eyeing the girls in the party. I was usually careful about
trespassing, and had rarely been so near to a moving train; a
spatter of soot fell on the group as the wind took the engine’s
smoke over us, and then the wagons full of coal clanked by, one
alter the other, until the brake-van passed us and the train was
drawing away up the gradient towards Wymington.
We re-crossed the
fence and walked down into a little hollow; the railway went over it
on two embankments, for the main line divided here, the goods lines
- built later when the route was quadrupled - bearing away from the
original pair of tracks on an easier alignment via Wymington. My
fellow railway enthusiasts and I knew this place as the “ballast
hole”, and it was a favourite place of mine for summer
trainspotting. It was a great novelty for me to be here with the
lads and girls of the youth club, and I did something I had never
done before, and climbed up the embankment of the main line. One or
two of the others had the same idea, but the grassy slope was steep
and high, and they changed their minds half-way up. I went right to
the top; one of the girls climbed up with me, but stopped just short
of the tracks. I looked at the familiar countryside from this novel
vantage-point, then down the long curve of the shining rails to the
signalbox and the bridge by Irchester station, my usual
trainspotting haunt in the winter months.
The drifting banks of rain
had cleared, and for the moment visibility was good. The other young
people, far below, were looking up at me and the girl. At the end of
the summer I would be going away to university, and I was sure that
I would he homesick, for a time at least; I felt that l wanted to
make the most of these last months before I went away. The railway
and the youth group were perhaps the two things I would miss the
most when I left Rushden, and I was pleased that on this rainy
evening the two had come together for the first time.
that I was standing on forbidden ground, and that I could easily be
seen on the lofty embankment, I came down to join the others. On the
far side of the main line we spread coats on the wet grass and sat
down to eat our picnic supper. Someone had brought a transistor
radio, and pop music filled the air. In a fierce clattering one of
the new Sulzer type 4 diesels came racing down the embankment from
Sharnbrook summit with an express, and a few minutes later, a
London-bound train came up the line in the other direction, the
diesel roaring loudly on the gradient. Hardly any passenger trains
on the main line still had steam locomotives; it seemed symbolic to
me that the end of steam on the railway should coincide with the
time when I was growing up and away from my home town.
of fine., penetrating rain drifted across the fields and enveloped
us. We finished our supper quickly, put on our coats and headed away
from the railway, along the side of a stream. The ground was
tiresome and squelchy. Alter about a quarter of a mile, we crossed
the stream. Looking back, I saw the signalbox and its tall signal
posts almost disappearing in the enshrouding drizzle.
We made our way by boggy fields and
dripping, scratchy hedges up to higher ground. When we came to a
stile leading on to the Podington road it was nearly dark; the rain
had finally cleared, and broad pink patches were showing through the
clouds in the west. The flames of waste gas at the Wellingborough
ironworks flared orange in the distance; we called them the
“Wellingborough candles”. The ironworks had closed a few years
earlier, but had since been re-opened.
Another southbound height was
puffing up from Wellingborough, and it passed in front of us as we
walked along the road towards Wymington. The engine was barely
distinguishable in the twilight, and the steady beat of its exhaust
and the clanking of its coupling-rods were mellowed and softened in
the distances of the nocturnal countryside; the trail of smoke
showed up slightly paler than the surrounding gloom. It is a thing I
never see nowadays, a goods train steaming into the night, and even
then it seemed to me to be nostalgic, something which was already
beginning to seem like an echo from the past. When we walked through
the main street of Wymington, it was quite dark. Apart from our
footsteps and quiet voices, the village was silent and deserted.
With a sudden roar and clatter a northbound train, a fast night
goods, thundered over the bridge behind us and swept past the
village, the glare of its fire catching the faces of all the group.
It was two years later, in July, when we went on the other two
rambles. Again, even though we k now had a different leader, we
finished up by the railway. The youth club had changed, and the
membership was younger. I had changed too; I was getting used to
university, and although I still liked Rushden and my friends there,
it was a place I came back to for holidays rather than where I
lived. The two rambles both took place on beautiful summer evenings,
with none of the mist and rain there had been on the first walk.
final ramble took us almost to Sharnbrook summit, and we stayed
there for a time as the evening deepened into twilight. I remember
thinking how good it was to be away from the university for a long
summer break, back with my young friends in fine weather in the
scenes of my childhood. On the Way back home in the dusk we followed
the railway down to Wymington. I was walking close to the fence,
accompanied by one of my former adolescent sweethearts, when a 9F 2-
l 0-0 on a northbound goods train overtook us, coasting on the
downgrade. Its clanking and hissing, and sharp coal-smoke smell, and
the orange shaft of firelight on the drifting steam. filled me with
memories. I had thought that by then no steam locomotives were any
longer working south of Wellingborough. That year, the
Wellingborough ironworks finally closed, and the “candles” were
extinguished; it was the year of my last long summer holiday at
home: and it was also the year when. on my final ramble to
Wymington. I last saw steam on the stretch of railway which I had
loved since childhood.
Treasurer Rides High Speed 1
by John Sanderson
Tuesday 20 November 2007 and I plan my Sheffield - Paris return day
trip on the new HS1 line from St Pancras International to Paris GDN.
Wake up to hear the General Strike in France is still on. Will the
Eurostars be accepted into French fail space? Anyway, it is too late
to abort now. Take the 05.25 No 53 bus from Lowedges (Sheffield) to
Sheffield Interchange.. First Group single decker 60671 provides the
power. Make my way into Sheffield station by the “Cutting Edge”
steel feature, unkindly referred to by some as the longest and most
expensive urinal in the world. Arrive early for the -0.25 Sheffield
- St Pancras service, powered by 43055 and 43046. Service now run by
Stagecoach, having replaced National Express who now have the ECML
franchise. Have choice of seats, so take the misery seat in 44054.
Its coach A, so “quiet coach”. No chance of any phone call from
Robin Skinner as I turn 05 my mobile.
Bang on time into St Pancras.
Cheered up by the sight of Eurostars, headlights on, pointing
towards Europe. Yes they are running into France. Quick look around
St Pancras International - very impressive. Then 2 minute check in
and wait for the 10.28 departure to Paris. Enquire about purchase of
tickets for Paris Metro. Not selling any today - general strike in
France. OK _ Eurostars 3017 and 3018 provide power, and I join train
on Platform 5, adjacent to the Champagne Bar - how “The Lord” would
love that! Depart 10.28 43 secs, but stop just out of station
limits. Are they going to turn us back - no access into France? 6
minute delay, but sighs of relief, off we go. Straight to the Club
Car for a stiff one. The new Ebbsfleet flashes past in 22mins, but
we are running late. Ebbsfleet now famous - new station, Bluewater
Shopping Centre, Conference League Football Club (renamed from
Gravesend - Northfleet). It is even going to get a huge monument, to
match the Angel of the North (or Geordie Flasher).
We call at
Ashford, arriving l 1.07 (9mirrs down). Now non-stop to Paris. Pass
Dollands Moor and spot 9036 on a “Le Shuttle". Enter Channel Tunnel
at ll.l9 and exit into France at ll.38 (l0Omph allowed in Tunnel).
Alter watch an hour and pass Calais Frethun at l2.39 (l hour
forward). Fast to Lille, passing at 13.04. Paris about l hour from
here (not in l“ World War it wasn’t). Arrive Paris GDN at l4.04
25secs (l1 mins down), a journey of 2hrs 35mins 42secs from London.
Good news now, limited Metro service running (and no fares being
taken ~ all ticket office staff on strike and barriers left open).
Take Ligne 4 to Chatelet for Notre Dame and a visit to my favourite
bar on the side of the Seine. Do Notre Dame, but have not time for
Confessionals. Enjoying a beer and phone rings. Horror - it’s
Skinner - am I going to Pennine Shield meeting on Thursday. I say I
am in Paris - he didn’t sound
impressed. Probably thought I was lying. At least I answered his
call this time. Return to Paris GDN on Ligne 4 (packed, but free)
and time for a beer in a station bar before quick check in for the
19.13 flyer to St Pancras. 3011 and 3012 provide the power.
Depart Paris 19.13 10secs. At 19.15 I am back in Club Car looking
out into the darkness but satisfied with my own reflection. Lille
Europe passed in 55mins 40secs and enter Channel Tunnel in 1hr
21mins 15secs. 24mins 5secs in Tunnel, then fast on Ashford flyover
lhr 51mins 40secs out of Paris. Remember to put back watch 1 hour.
Arrive St Pancras 20.30 30secs (2mins late) having done Paris -
London non-stop (yes, really non-stop) in 2hrs 17mins 20secs,
impressive. Leisure time at St Pancras before the 21.25 departure to
Sheffield. I have a cheap 1st Class ticket (only £14 for this
journey). Power provided by 222005 “City of Nottingham”. Have
another misery seat (G60A). Arrive spot on time in Sheffield at
Taxi home, arriving just after midnight. If you have a free
day - try Paris by Eurostar. Not cheap but style and quality (just
(Beer and Bashing Abroad)
Part 6 The
Return of the Irish Rover (November 1991)
Friday 22nd November 1991
Having called in at my mothers in Elsecar, I made my way for my
DMU Elsecar - Sheffield
DMU Sheffield - Manchester
BUS to Manchester Airport
I then caught an Aer Lingus
flight to Dublin but didn’t get the aircraft reg.
Caught the bus
into Dublin and checked into the Kingsbridge Hotel near to Heuston
station. I then went into Ryan’s Bar where I met the Manchester
crowd I had been to Ireland with previously. Too many pints of
Guinness followed by Bushmills chasers were consumed.
Why oh why do I do it? I got up feeling really ill.
much so that I skipped breakfast except for a cup of tea. I didn’t
fancy doing too much leaping about fortunately as the day panned out
I didn’t need to.
IR 082 Dublin Heuston - Templemore
Templemore - Dublin Heuston
Caught the bus over to Connolly. Had a
hair of the dog in Grainger’s Bar to liven myself up. Then got lucky
with the 13.35 Rosslare.
IR 026 Dublin Connolly - Rosslare Harbour
IR 026 Rosslare Harbour - Dublin Connolly
Bus back across town
followed by a couple of pints and a Chinese.
Sunday 24th November
A quite early start to get the Westport line in.
IR 077 Dublin
Heuston - Athlone
IR 080 Athlone - Westport
It was lunchtime when we
got to Westport and it was banging it down. The train back was at
15.35. So what do you do for 2.1/2 hours in Westport on a Sunday
afternoon? Obviously, we found a bar. The bonus was the traditional
Irish stew on the menu mopped up with wedges of soda bread. It was
so good and so filling that I only managed 3 pints of Guinness.
166 & IR 173 Westport - Dublin Heuston
The pair of small GMs on the
student train were superb and the bonus was I needed them both.
Unfortunately the others gave me stick all the way back for being
“such an amate1u”. The usual couple of pints in Ryan’s before an
Monday 25th November 1991
The Tralee line was today’s
target although the plan of doing the Dublin - Tralee throughout
fell apart by the sight of winning 143 at Mallow. And this meant
that 5 out of 6 of us were amateurs.
IR 077 Dublin Heuston - Mallow
IR 143 Mallow - Cork
IR 051 Cork - Tralee
Had about 2 hours in
Tralee so found a bar to play pool, oh and to drink of course,
Beamish this time.
IR 051 Tralee - Mallow
IR 071 Mallow - Limerick
IR 152 Limerick Junction - Limerick
We had phoned ahead
from Tralee to book into Boylans at Limerick. Therefore once we had
quickly checked in we were over to the Railway Hotel. This was the
first time, but not the last that I had been completely embarrassed
watching someone do karaoke. Fat Jeff from Keighley doing ‘My Way’
was cringeworthy, even after a few pints of Guinness.
November 1991 The usual full Monty breakfast at Boylans was followed
by a great day which included me getting my last 071 class loco for
IR 192 Limerick - Limerick Junction
IR 123 Limerick
Junction - Cork I The above train is the mails/passenger and was
unusually full from Limerick. It turned out that the intercity had
failed. We didn’t find this out until we got to Cork. Luckily the
rescue locos went back.
IR 184 & IR 185 Cork - Kildare
Kildare - Carlow IR 082 Carlow - Kildare
IR 074 Kildare - Dublin
IR 082 Dublin Heuston - Limerick Junction
IR 088 Limerick
Junction - Limerick The usual visit to the Railway for a couple of
pints ended the day off well.
Wednesday 27th November 1991
The main target for today was to have a run down the Cobh
branch. Whilst in Cork the previous day we had seen 171
arrive with a Cobh train so it would be a fair assumption
that it would be there today.
Imagine our surprise when we saw the loco for our first
IR 171 Limerick - Limerick Junction
IR 078 Limerick Junction - Cork
Now I know what I’d seen the previous day at Cork, but a
seed of doubt was sown when we had:-
IR 172 Cork - Cobh
IR 172 Cobh - Cork
IR 07 8 Cork - Mallow
IR 143 Mallow - Cork
IR 189 Cork - Mallow
Went to the Roundabout Bar for an hour or so playing pool
and having a couple of pints.
IR 130 Mallow - Limerick Junction
IR 084 Limerick Junction - Kildare
IR 085 Kildare - Athy
Decided to bail here instead of going to Carlow, good move
as there a couple of nice bars in Athy.
IR 147 & IR 174 Athy - Dublin Heuston
I was again booked in the Kingsbridge as were most of the
others. We did the usual beers in Ryan’s bar.
Thursday 28th November 1991
Didn’t get up too early. No real plan for the day -just as
well as it would have gone up in tatters!
IR 047 Dublin Connolly - Bray
IR 030 Bray - Dublin Connolly
2 New A class locos were a great start to the day. Then
things got even better. The Belfast to Dublin service had
failed at Dundalk. IR kicked out a spare set to do the 11.00
IR 025 Dublin Connolly - Belfast Central
This was the first time I had been to Northern Ireland.
There was still plenty of terrorist activity so I have to admit
being quite nervous stepping off at Belfast Central. None
of the other lads had been there either so rather then going
to a bar that we might not be welcome we elected to use the
station bar. We had about an hour before the train went
back. I went to the bar to buy a pint, 2 minutes later I
returned to the bar with the correct money, having forgot
that Irish punts were not used in the north. Good old
pounds sterling did the trick and it was the cheapest pint of
Guinness all week.
Got back to the platform to see a unit
stood there. It turned out that the scratch set had been sent
to Portadown on a local service and it would be waiting for
NIR DEMU 95 Belfast Central- Portadown
IR 025 Portadown - Dublin Connolly
IR 183 & IR 166 Dublin Connolly - Mullingar
[R 169 & IR 181 Mullingar - Dublin Connolly
Change of beer venue tonight with a few pints in Mulloys
Bar near Connolly station before heading back to the Hotel.
Friday 29th November 1991
The last days bashing for this trip turned out to be a poor
one. A major signal failure around Dublin Connolly
causing chaos. Did get my last NIR 111 class though.
IR 153 Dublin Connolly - Dublin Pearce
IE EMU 8103 Dublin Pearce - Dublin Connolly
NIR 112 Dublin Connolly - Drogheda
IR 073 Drogheda - Dublin Connolly
As the signalling problems were still ongoing I went across
town to Heuston.
IR 014 Dublin Heuston - Athy
IR 084 Athy - Kildare
IR 147 & IR 146 Kildare - Port Arlington
IR 123 Port Arlington - Dublin Heuston
As this was to be my last night, although some of the lads
were not going back until Sunday, we had a night around
the town. I can’t recall the bars we went in but I do
remember everywhere being friendly.
Saturday 30th November 1991
Amazingly I didn’t have a hangover! So after a full
breakfast I caught the bus to the Airport for Aer Lingus EI-CDE a Boeing 737-500 to Manchester. Then a bus to
Piccadilly for a DMU to Sheffield. I was in my seat at
Bramall Lane at 15.00. Another good trip with good
company and a lot to drink. Only 18 new engines but as I
had been a few times now they were getting harder to find.
Then the inevitable happened - another girlfriend came
along. This one lasted 6 months so by the time we had split
I was ready for another trip.
Pennine Observer Notes
Recent sightings at Hykeham have been
Mar 27 660411+60500 on coal tram
Mar 31 66715 on container train
Apr 9 66723 on container train
Apr 16 66725 on container train
Apr 23 66176 on oil train
Apr 25 66724 on goods train
66727 on container train
May 2 66612 on oil train
66711 on container train
66724 on goods train
May 8 56303 on container train
Other recent sightings have been:
66175 on coal train at Lincoln
66725 on container train at Pyewipe Junction
Apr 2 66708 on container train at Pyewipe Junction
Apr 4 66618 on oil train at Lincoln
Apr 5 66089 on steel train at Eaton Lane Crossing
Apr 18 60071 on oil train at Gainsborough Lea Road
Apr 26 66050 on container train at Tuxford
May 3 66013 on coal train at Holton-le-Moor
Locos noted on Norwich - Liverpool services have been:
Feb 22 90035, 90002, 90005, 90007 and 90014
Apr 4 90003, 90006, 90007, 90002 and 90036
Locos seen at Ipswich on 22 February were 66501, 66532,
66539, 66576, 66579, 66571, 66587, 66591 and 66594.
Locos noted at Healey Mills on 1 March were 66207, 66047 and 66127
Locos seen at Peterborough on 2 March were 66002, 66004, 66075,
66094, 66173, 66184, 60031, 60059, 60079,
66710, 66711, 66712, 66713, 66709, 66724, 66726 and 67023.
Locos noted at Barnetby on 12 April were 66013, 66034,66066, 66089,
66141 and 66173 on coal trains; 60013 on
oil train and 60025 on iron ore train.
Locos seen at Peterborough on 26 April were 66063, 66126, 66098,
66173, 66586, 66709, 66715, 66720, 66723,
66724, 66725, 66728, 66729, 66712 and 66727.
were 08585, 66585 and 90043 at Tilbury. 16.04
57603 was on the 23.45 Paddington - Penzance sleeper on 4 April;
57605, in new livery, brought in the empty stock
Locos noted at Warrington on 1 March were 08897, 08309,
37411, 37401, 37417, 66143, 66165, 66204, 66100, 92017 and 67017
Locos seen at Northampton on 27 March were 66574, 90049, 66204,
66418 and 66520.
Locos seen on the new Wrexham & Shropshire Railway service between
Wrexham - Marylebone have been:
May 16 67025 with 67012 67028 with 67013 67014 with
May 17 67025 with 67012 67014 with 67026 67015 with
May 31 67028 with 67014 67025 with 67014 67025 with
The following were seen at Tamworth on 29 May between 11.35 and
66543 4M50 Southampton - Crewe 11.36
66584 ? Light Engine 11.49
66522 ? Light Engine 11.49
60089 6M57 Lindsey - Kingsbury 11.53
66588 4027 Ditton - Southampton 11.58
66611 6E54 Kingsbury - Humber 12.01
66137 6G77 Buxton S T 4 Bescot 12.06
67019 5Z67 Crewe - Old Oak ECS 12.38
60049 6M96 Margam - Corby 12.39
90044 4L75 Crewe B H- Felixstowe 12.42
31233 ‘? Serco 13.25
66401 4S44 Daventry - Coatbridge 13.25
66139 6D44 Bescot - Toton 13.28
66405 4Z34 Coatbridge - Daventry 13.41
92013 41-124 Wembley - Trafford P 13.45
66513 4Z96 Ironbridge PS - Immingham 13.52
66529 4G01 Leeds Hunslet - Tyseley
66563 4Z86 Rugeley - Hunslet 13.59
Southampton - Leeds Stourton 14.27
66088 4A10 Trafford Park - Wembley 14.39
66165 6H55 Bletchley - Peak Forest 14.55
Southampton - Ditton 15.18
90041 4M81 Felixstowe - Ditton 15.23
66430 4G81 Chaddesdon - Daw Mill
66429 4M44 Mossend - Daventry 15.35
60051 6E41 Westerleigh - Lindsey 15.55
66529 4G02 Tyesley - Leeds Hunslet
56301 4090 Doncaster - Thamesport 16-55
66575 4M87 Felixstowe - Trafford Park 17-08
60089 61559 Kingsbury - Lindsey 17.11
Wellingborough - Derby 17.35
66137 6G45 Toton - Bescot 17.51
66533 4O29 Trafford Park - Millbrook 18.02
66169 6E48 Didcot - Lindsey 18.24
56303 4O60 Trafford Park - Thamesport 18-35
90019 6L48 Garston - Dagenham 18.41
66574 4S59 Southampton - Coatbridge 19.03
66596 ? Heavy Haul 19.15
On 20 March 31602/31233 were seen top & tail with observation
coach at Barking.
Locos noted in the Willesden/ Wembley area on 27 March were 66516,
92009 and 92026.
Railtours and Charter Trains
Locos seen working on railtours and charters have been:
Mar 1 (Port of Seaham Pioneer) 66066 and 66059
Mar 8 (Buffer-Puffer 6.1) 37405 and 37401
(Nenta railtour) 67026 and 67001
(Chelsea footex to Barnsley) 67027 and 67021
(Spitfire Tours) 37667 and 37688
Mar 15 (Choppington Changer) 92022, 56303, 66423, 60048 and 92029
Apr 5 (The Royal Duchy) D1015
Apr 26(The Grays Church Elegy) 37401 and 37417
Locos working a t the Nene Valley Diesel Gala on
2 March wmre66727,47720,31271,37518,56003,24081,1)95l6, D9520, D306
and Sentinel DL83.
Locos used at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway
LNER Steam Festival on 29 March were 63395, 62005, 65462,
Locos working at the Bodmin & Wenford
Railway Diesel Gala were 37142, 47306, 47727, 47749, 50042 and
08444. 78043,43893,46452, ,42836
Locos on display at the Locomotion
NRM Shildon Modern Traction Open Day on 11 April were DELTIC, 37038,
D1023, 60074, D8000 and 37003. Brake van rides were given by 03090,
Dutch 08 (N S663) and later by D8000 and 37003.
Locos used at the
Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway gala on 3 May were 24, “Battison”,
“Effie”, Sutton Miniature Railway 1 “Sutton Belle” and 2 “Sutton
Flyer”, Kirklees Light Railway “owl” and Romney Hythe & Dymchurch
Railway 4 “The Bug”.
Locos Working at the NYMR Diesel Gala on 10 May
were D182, D7628, D9009, D1015, D6700, 50027 and 08556.
at the Appleby Frodingham Railway Preservation Society diesel
weekend on 10/11 May were “Arnold Machin”, 3808 Bagnall, Corus No 6,
Corus No 58, Corus No 81 (20056), D9520, D2253 and WD 72229.
18 September 1960
44282, 47454, 47428, 78043, 43 893,
46452, 42905, 42836
48148, 47427, 42882, 44487, 90637, 45082, 44220, 41327
48084, 84015, 48401, 40586, 44007
45329, 48159, 42492, 76022, 76051,
47577, 43271, 47347
42132, 44119, 42278, 43585, 42491, 45568, 42648, 44468
40685, 44149, 42051, 43756, 42485, 70052, 90556, 42831
42613, 42449, 42457, 42464,
42322, 42301, 46434, 42314
42364 43045 45383 45661 42233
47409 44879 42427
42179 47518 42402 47356 47339 47531 44601 44443
45303 58115 44366 58293 47676 80045 48741 47517
47323 42420 45141 47287 45293 47345 45445 47322
47505 47520 47605 42432 47675 58160 47373 44347
47564 40656 58287 47503 44207 43004 42376 44306
45340 47471 40628 44570 90488 40081
42119 44679 73126 45230 43968 44905
43006 49196 44469 D3840 D3839 43908
44044 44277 40041 47288 48684 44844
45014 45332 42578 45591 45606 90686
43028 45398 43009 42931 45108 45454
73033 42426 44904 90178 49240 45592
90212 45341 45508 48252 44820 40016
24J (Lancaster (Green Ayre)
41903 43007 47676 43112 41323 43115
47639 42851 42921 42135 47481 47532
47369 42589 47468 41904 61279 42895
42853 42589 43113 42136 46441 42440
90595 41215 42700 45394 90555 45601
42765, 41260, 90171, 90654, 84018, 42952, 42840, 42844
51419, 84016, 42867, 42841, 45212, 44982, 47165, 47161
41261, 42722, 42842, 51386, 43502, 90245, 49618, 44988
24E(n) (North Blackpool)
42657, 40109, 40099, 40174, 40103, 42148, 42206, 44869
45060, 45665, 45297, 44732, 44926, 42461, 45653
24E(s) (South Blackpool)
42638, 40164, 42625, 45574, 44927, 45227, 42235, 44950
45515, 45078, 44947, 45571, 40072, 45415, 45318, 44668
44779, 44737, 45077, 44733, 44692, 45559, 44806, 45200
40091, 40166, 44915, 44730, 45684, 44945, 44949, 42726
45435, 45211, 42894, 44689, 44920, 45518, D233
58132, 47360, 45582, 47008, 47319, 44451, 42976, 47472
46449, 42397, 45107, 45633, 45542, 47413, 46114, 45543
45306, 44897, 73131, 42977, 47293, 45303, 45512, 42838
44773, 45464, D3368, D3369, D3581, D3846
24C (Lostock Hall)
42863 42433 42965 40192 44735 52456 42187 42634
42476 42707 90713 42296 42661 D3781 D3782 90564
52429 44041 90658 90698 90335 90398 90061 90266
42434 90331 45375 45315 42481 40183 90321 42436
90258 90295 42298
8F (Wigan Springs Branch)
49402 44445 49448 47392 49408 46165 12022 45017
49422 42949 49008 47659 44280 65198 45551 12099
45546 44708 78019 45408 42317 47671 48348 44069
42303 D3836 D3835 45425 42574 49447 45142 49020
45244 45019 49191 47270 45140 44242 49023 49025
90317 47669 42960 90552 90535 42421 42458 45413
48175 41283 45347 58120 47281 45150 43189 78017
45135 90291 48942 44438
Pennine Quiz No. 132
Name the types of locos or units that were given the
nicknames that follow.
1. Flying Pig
3. Garden Shed (or Skud)
6. Grid (or Gridiron)
9. Master & Slave
18. Skittle Alleys
20. Slim Jim
23. Syphon (or Tractor)
25. Teddy Bear
Pennine Quiz No. 131
2. R.E.L. Maunsell
4. 859 Lord Hood
5. 35005 Canadian Pacific
6. 7808 Cookham Manor
7. Sir Billy Butlin
8. City of Leeds
10. 70001 Lord Hurcornb
1 l. 33027 and 33056
12. D6580 (33119)
15. D345 (40145)
17. Scafell Pike
l 8. 56
20. 55020 Nimbus
21. 55001 and 55007
22. 55015 Tulyar
23. William Henry Barlow
24. Charing Cross
25. 2 miles 241 yards
Pennine Quiz No. 131
lst= Malcolm Bell
lst= Ken King
3rd Ian Shenton
Congratulations to all the winners.
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Doncaster starting at 20.00 on lst and 3rd Wednesday of
Wednesday 18th June 2008
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Nene Valley Photos
31271 at Peterborough (Nene Valley)
31271 at Wansford before first
31271 at Wansford before second train
31271 at Yarwell Junction
Nick and Susan Dalby with 31271
Arrival of the DELTIC
Travelling on a train pulled by a different type of locomotive
came as a pleasant surprise for Don Smith
I’ve never been a railway enthusiast but, like many engineers, I
cannot resist admiring the power and majesty of the old
steam locomotives. Days past, if one went by or over a level
crossing it was always stop, look and listen until the final wisps
of smoke and steam drifted away.
In the mid-1950s, while in the Royal Air Force, I was stationed
north-west of Liverpool. I came from Chelmsford in Essex,
so at the weekends, be they 36, 48 or 72-hour periods, I endeavoured
to get the train home. On a Sunday night I would travel
back to camp overnight, arriving at Edge Hill and Lime Street around
6am, feeling somewhat jaded, grubby and tired, as
were my fellow passengers after our six hours of a stop-start
journey. Oh, how we envied those sleeping compartments but
they were far from the reach of my l2s/6d a week service wages.
At the end of an RAF working week I always tried to ride to Euston
on the 2.10pm express from Lime Street. This was
pulled by a huge steam locomotive that could bowl along at high
speed once it was rolling.
I did my best to be at Lime Street in good time to bag a
forward-facing, non-smoking window seat. Once chosen, I’d dump
my trusty holdall which I still have) on the seat, then walk up and
inspect the engine at the front. All was shiny copper pipes,
huge wheels, smoke and steam jetting from various outlets - heady
Over a long period of time I became familiar and felt quite
affectionate towards them. After all, their great wheels and power
were taking me to the city of London and home!
The train always left on the dot, arriving at Euston just in time
for me to underground to Liverpool Street (Bishopsgate), then
race across the platforms to catch the 6.36pm to Chelmsford. If I
missed this 6.36 then I had to kick my heels waiting for the
next train. Being short on hours, the wait was irksome.
One Friday, having wangled a 48-hour pass, I hot-footed it to Lime
Street, chose my seat, then walked up front expecting to
see the steam loco with the driver twisting handles and levers with
the fireman stoking energetically amidst the fire, water
and steam. Hello though! What’s this? As I walked the platform I
could see no steam pouring from the stack. Instead a
powerful drumming was coming from the platform.
On reaching the front of the train, I was amazed to see there was no
steam locomotive. I couldn’t believe my eyes for there,
standing majestic and overpowering, was a different, more potent
locomotive. This was diesel!
Its name was on the side - Deltic - an acronym for Diesel Electric,
a prototype machine. Its colour was a distinctive sky blue
with three wide curving chevrons (whiskers) on the nose, over which
was a spotlight. It was huge. I just stood there taking it
all in. Oh for a ride on the footplate!
This was l957; the Deltic or DP] was the first of its kind.
The Lime Street clock neared 2.l0pm, so I returned to my seat, the
sound of those big diesels still throbbing powerfully. At
2.10 we eased away, gently, smoothly, and in no time at all were
moving fast. Not long into the journey a long curve was
encountered and if you peered through the window, as I always did,
you could see the blue Deltic in all its impressive glory
hauling the long line of carriages.
Its turn of acceleration was faster than the steamers. In my many,
many rides behind the Deltic it always chopped minutes
off the old steamer time.
I have never forgotten my first sight and sound of the Deltic, which
initially ran as the ‘Merseyside Express’ and, in the years
since, I have jotted down details of this locomotive. In 1963, it
was transported to the Science Museum in London.
The Deltic now stands at the National Rail Museum’s annexe at
Shildon, County Durham and still impresses the onlooker. I
certainly hold a place in my memory for such a handsome, powerful
locomotive, and feel proud I rode thousands of miles
Its first name was to be Enterprise, but before trials commenced it
was renamed Deltic. While the Deltic was operating the
BR network, only selected drivers were trained to operate it. Always
on board were a team of English Electric engineers,
technicians and litters to cope with any en route failure or
breakdown. Whilst I rode with it, the performance of the Deltic
Even today, I can still hear and feel the deep beat and throb of
those Napier engines!
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