The Magazine of the Pennine Railway Society
No.147 - Spring
The photo shows Irish Rail Class 071 loco No. 082 at Westport
waiting to work the 15.30 Westport - Dublin Heuston
service on Sunday 30 September 2007.
The photo shows Irish Rail Class 071 loco No. 078 at Kildare working
the 13.25 Dublin Heuston - Limerick service on
Thursday 27 September 2007.
Both photos taken by David Whitlam
Annual General Meeting
The Society’s AGM took place on Sunday 11 January 2009
at the Salutation Inn, Doncaster, attended by 15 members.
Robin opened the meeting, the 34th AGM held by the
Society. He referred to the resignation of Chris Tyas from
the Committee during the year and commented on the
valuable work he had undertaken on behalf of the Society
whilst on the Committee.
He also welcomed Neil Taylor to
He spoke about the excellent programme of social evenings
held at the Salutation in 2008, along with visits to the Nene
Valley Railway and Doncaster Grammar School Railway
Museum, and announced a further full programme of social
evenings for 2009, which will continue to be held at the
Membership Secretary, Tony Caddick, advised that
membership in 2008 remained constant at 70+.
In the absence of Tony, Booth, Website Manager, Robin
advised that the site had been updated and it was proposed
to re-vamp the site in 2009. He recommended that
members visit the site regularly.
Magazine Coordinator, Dave Whitlam, thanked all those
who had sent him contributions to the magazine in 2008.
Treasurer, John Sanderson, produced a balance sheet for
the year and announced that due to prudence it had been
possible to maintain the membership fee at 2008 levels. He
thanked all those who had rejoined the Society in 2009 and
had taken part in the raffles, organised by Geoff
Bambrough, at the social events, in 2008, a valuable
source of income.
The Committee was re-elected en-bloc, unanimously, for
At the Open Forum, it was agreed that a Working Group be
established, to report to the Committee, on the potential
effect to our social evenings of the digital revolution, and
what actions the Committee might need to take.
Possible visits in 2009 were identified as Barrow Hill and
the September 2009 Open Day at Neville Hill.
President, Geoff Bambrough, closed the meeting by
thanking all members for their support in 2008 and looked
forward to a successful 2009.
Neil Taylor - New Committee Member
We are delighted to announce at the recent AGM, Neil
Taylor’s appointment to the Committee was confirmed.
Neil has been an enthusiastic supporter of the Society for
many years and we welcome the experience that he will
bring to the Committee.
Membership Fee - Renewal
We would like to thank all those members who have
renewed their subscription to the Pennine Railway Society
for 2009. It is not too late to rejoin. Simply send your
cheque for £6, payable to the Pennine Railway Society, to
Tony Caddick, our Membership Secretary, at the address
shown at the front of the magazine. By return you will
receive a free 2009 PRS pocket diary.
For those of you who are not rejoining, this will be the final
magazine you will receive. In these circumstances we
thank you for your past support and hope you may consider
rejoining the Pennine at some future date.
Robin has produced an excellent programme of social
events for 2009. Come and join us on the 1st and 3rd
Wednesdays of every month at The Salutation, South
Parade, Doncaster (approx 12 minutes walk from Doncaster
Station, and buses from Doncaster Interchange pass
We have a well-furnished private function room.
welcome, members and non-members.
Make it a date, Wednesdays at 8 (pm).
Radio Trains to Killarney
An Irish acquaintance of our Treasurer has reminded him of
the Radio Trains, an innovation introduced by CIE.
were primarily geared to tourism, travelling from Dublin to
Galway and Killarney.
They were equipped with radio studios and comperes
played records to entertain to entertain passengers. They
provided commentaries on places of interest along the
route, delving into folklore and history, telling stories and
On arrival at the destination, passengers were served lunch
and later visited local beauty spots. Occasionally, banquets
at Bunratty and Knappogue castles were included in the
The radio trains also carried pilgrims to visit the Marian
shrine at Knock, Co Mayo. The radio carriage provided an
organ and all on board could hear and join in with the
rosaries and hymns.
It is thought the “success” of The Bachelors and Val
Doonican led to the demise of the trains, which gave way to
luxury tour buses in the late 70s, on which passengers did
not have to suffer such music.
The planned opening of the Corby - St Pancras service by
East Midlands Trains was delayed due to problems with the
acquisition of necessary additional rolling stock.
EMT is hoping to acquire 4-car Pioneer diesel units from
Hull Trains to run the service.
321s to Doncaster
In a 3 year contract, GBRf will move 114 Class 321s from
their depots to Wabtec Rail, Doncaster for overhaul,
repainting and refurbishment work.
East Midlands Parkway
East Midlands Parkway station finally opened on 26
January 2009. The Ratcliffe on Soar was due to open on 14
December 2008 but was hit by delays after residents called
for a 300m access road to be formally adopted as a public
Eurostar Record Passenger Numbers
Eurostar achieved record passenger numbers in 2008, with
9.1m travellers carried, an increase from 8.26m the
The figures would have been greater but for the closure of
part of the Channel Tunnel following a fire on board a
Eurotunnel freight shuttle on 11 September (9/1 11) which
caused reduction in services and longer journey times.
During 2008, 92.4% of trains arrived on time or early.
The weak pound is seeing an increase in visitors to London
from France and Belgium.
Aston Martin Designs Routemasters
Pennine's bus correspondent, Linco1n’s Gerry “Roadcar”
Collins, advises us that sports car manufacturer, Aston
Martin, is joint winner of a competition to design a new
Routemaster bus for London, a team effort with leading
architects Foster and Partners.
The other joint winner was bus, coach and truck design
firm Capoco Design, based in Wiltshire.
The winning designs will now be passed on to bus
manufacturers to develop into a final proposed design.
It is hoped that the first vehicles could be in service by
London Mayor, Boris Johnson, is behind the initiative,
whilst Labour representatives on the London Assembly see
this as little more than a vanity exercise.
End of Weymouth Quay Branch?
The Weymouth Quay line, which could be used to take
spectators to the 2012 Olympic sailing events, may be lost before
the games get under way
Weymouth & Portland Borough Council wants to acquire
the 150 years old seafront track from Network Rail and
close it. The final service ran in the late 1980s but the
tracks to the quayside remain and the route is still regarded
The track used to transport passengers and freight to the
Channel Island ferries, with the flagship service “Channel
Islands Boat Train Express” direct to Waterloo, on which
our Treasurer has travelled, under steam haulage.
The Council has completed a public consultation on £6.6m
plans to transform Weymouth’s seafront in time for the
Olympics. There are no plans for a station in the
development, and therefore a railway without a station
would be of no use.
Network Rail is not interested in the line or station.
Rolling Stock Cascade
The introduction of the winter 2008 timetable saw a major
cascade of rolling stock. This included:
* SouthEastern's remaining 6 active Class 508s joining 6
sister units in store as Southern takes over the
Tonbridge - Redhill line using Class 377s
* An influx of 60 Class 377s and Class 319s is due to
SouthEastern in March 2009 as a result of Thameslink
* 17 ex South West Trains Class 442s to be refurbished
and reliveried at Wolverton for Southern’s extended
Gatwick Express services to Brighton
* London Midland’s redundant Class 321s to be
cascaded to First Capital Connect services to
Peterborough and Cambridge as new Desiros come
* Virgin Trains has relinquished its 2 Adelante DMU's in
favour of Class 90 loco-hauled MK3 coaches for its
Friday 18.35 Euston - Preston service and standby use
* 4 Virgin Trains Class 57s, displaced from Pendolino
haulage between Crewe and Holyhead by Super
Voyagers have been hired by Arriva Trains Wales for
its refurbished MK3 coaches on the new Holyhead -
Cardiff “One Wales” service.
Recent freight traffic developments have included:
* a daily “high cube” capacity container service between
Teesport Northern Gateway Terminal to Mossend and
* a twice weekly intermodal container service between
the Port of Tilbury and Cardiff
* a daily Tuesday- Saturday intermodal service between
the Port of Felixstowe and Birmingham Intermodal
Fright Terminal at Birch Coppice Business Park, near
* reinstatement of the Donnington branch between
Oakengates and Wellington on the Wolverhampton -
Shrewsbury line to serve the Telford Freight Village.
Channel Tunnel Fully Open
The section of the Channel Tunnel hit by fire (interval six)
in September 2008 reopened in the early hours of 10
February 2009, with Eurostar returning to a normal
timetable with all services operating at full speed from 23
Between 10 and 22 February Eurostar would operate to its
temporary timetable but with some trains likely to arrive
earlier than timetabled.
From 23 February there would be up to 19 services per day
to Paris and up to 10 to Brussels. In addition, a new direct
Ashford - Brussels service began.
Journey times would be restored to 1hr 51 mins London -
Paris and 2hr l5mins London - Paris.
Network Rail is examining plans for extensive
electrification enhancement. Potential routes include:
* Basingstoke - Salisbury
* Ashford - Hastings
* Uckfield line
* Newcastle - Carlisle
* Felixstowe - Ely - Peterborough - Nuneaton
* Greater Manchester area including to Preston and
* Leeds/ West Yorkshire area + Leeds - York -
Scarborough + Leeds - Hull
* Darlington - Sunderland - Newcastle
* Bedford - Derby - Nottingham - Sheffield
* Great Western route to Bristol and Cardiff
Goodbye to EWS
59206 became the first loco to be given the new DB
Schenker livery, the new name for EWS. The company is
wholly owned by German Railways Deutsche Bahn,
formed in 2008.
The company has a fleet of 386 locos which will be
Coal Trains in Central Wales
Welsh correspondent Rhys Jones reports that trains are
again running on the formerly disused branch line from
Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen coal terminal to Pantyffynnon on the
Central Wales line.
300,000 tonnes of coal a year will be carried on trains run
by Celtic Energy.
Holyhead - Cardiff Loco Hauled
The daily loco hauled Holyhead - Cardiff began on 15
December 2008. The train consists of a Class 57 at each
end, 3 Arriva MK2 standard class coaches and a MK3
restaurant car with first class seating, hired from Cargo D.
The ensemble bears a new Arriva livery. The coaches were
recently in open-air storage at Long Marston.
The train is primarily for business travel and does not
operate at weekends.
Heritage Line Returns to National Network
At Easter, for the first time in almost 25 years, passenger
trains will run between Tunbridge Wells and Ridge, thanks
to the efforts of the Spa Valley Railway Society.
The first re-connection for many years of a heritage line to
the national network will mean a unique mile of parallel
running between 25mph Spa Valley trains and 75mph
Southern Turbostars which run hourly between London and
The initial through-service from Tunbridge Wells West will
be a weekends only steam/diesel top-and-tail operation.
Barrow Hill 2009
The events planned for Barrow Hill Roundhouse in 2009
Fri/Sat 15/ 16 May - Rail Ale Festival
Sat/Sun 4/5 April - Steam Gala with 60163 “Tornado,
60007 “Sir Nigel Gres1ey”, 60532 “Blue Peter” and 60009
“Union of South Africa”
Sat/Sun 8/9 August - Diesel Gala a rare chance to see
Deltics and Westerns together.
Sheffield Railwayana Auctions
At the Sheffield Railwayana Auction held at the Derbyshire
County Cricket Club’s Gateway Centre, on 6 December
2008 the following items all sold for £8,000 or more:
* LNER ENGRAVED LOCOMOTIVE
WORKS PLATE: “No. 1709 DONCASTER 1929” as carried by the LNER 4-6-2
Pacific A3 class loco No.2751 “HUMORIST” which entered traffic at Doncaster
in March 1929 - £8,500
* NAMEPLATE: “PRINCESS CHARLOTTE” as carried by the GWR 4-6-0
4000 “Star” class loco No.
4054 built at Swindon works in June 1914 - £12,000
* LOCOMOTIVE NAMEPLATE: “SWANAGE” as
carried by the (SR) 4-6-2 “West Country” class Pacific
No. 34105 built at Brighton in March 1950 - £12,000
* SR BRASS SMOKEBOX ROUNDEL: “SOUTHERN
1947” as carried by one of the Bulleid “Battle of
Britain” class locos constructed in that year 21Cl53 to
21Cl70. These plates were removed prior to being
renumbered in the series 34053 to 34070. All were
built at Brighton between January and November 1947 - £8,000
* LOCOMOTIVE NAMEPLATE: “CITY OF
CHESTER” as carried by the LMSR 4-6-2 Pacific
“Princess Coronation” class 7P (later SP) loco No. 6239
built at Crewe in September 1939 - £28,000
* LOCOMOTIVE NAMEPLATE: “FARNBOROUGH
HALL” as carried by the GWR 4-6-0 4900 “Hall”
class loco No. 4927 built at Swindon in May 1929 -
The total auction of 450 lots made a total of £255,837.
The result of the 2008 Pennine Shield quiz was:
1st Dore Loco Group (72% pts)
2nd Great Pretenders (70% pts)
3rd Pennine Railway Society (53 pts)
Congratulations to the Dore Loco Group team.
117 Nameplates on
117 nameplates from Pendolinos, Voyagers, HST'S and electric and
diesel locos went on sale on 14 February at the former Eurostar
terminal at Waterloo, organised by Virgin Trains and Sheffield
Railwayana Auctions. The total proceeds of £106,520 will be donated
to the Railway Benefit Fund and Virgin Group’s international
non-profit foundation “Virgin Unite”.
The following nameplates made £2,000 or more:
Lot 7 - Class 47 diesel electric locomotive nameplate “THE LION OF
VIENNA” as carried by 47807. The locomotive was named in Bolton in
September 1999 to commemorate the exploits of local football legend
Nat Lofthouse, dubbed the Lion of Vienna for scoring two goals
against Austria in 1952. - £2,600
Lot I5 - Class 86 electric locomotive nameplate “CHARLES RENNIE
MACKINTOSH” as carried by 86226. The locomotive was named in May
1996 to mark an exhibition of the designer’s work in Glasgow that
year. - £4,700
Lot 23 - HST power car nameplate “DARTMOOR THE PONY EXPRESS” as
carried by 43158. Named in 1995 in honour of the Dartmoor Pony. -
Lot 34 - Voyager nameplate “DEVON VOYAGER” as . carried by set
number 220030. Named in February 2002 to mark the introduction of
the fleet to Devon. - £2,600
Lot 38 - HST power car nameplate “HST SILVER JUBILEE” as carried by
43102. Named at Paddington station in 2001 to mark the 25th
anniversary of the High Speed Train. - £2,600
Lot 63 - Class 47 diesel electric locomotive nameplate “PRIDE OF
TOTON” as carried by 47805. The locomotive was named in February
2002 as a thank you from Virgin Trains to the depot for their
efforts in maintaining the class 47 fleet. - £3,600
Lot 69 - Super Voyager nameplate “DOCTOR WHO” as carried by set
number 221122. Named in May 2002 after the fictional TV character. -
Lot 86 - HST power car nameplate “CITY OF ABERDEEN” as carried by
43155. Named in 1998 to mark the working of Virgin Trains from the
city. - £2,100
Nice to 'c2c you, to c2c you, nice!
Reproduced by kind permission of RAIL MAGAZINE
Tony Smith, fleet manager for the London and South
Essex passenger operator, may have received the
personal National Rail Award glory, but it was
recognition for all the staff, as he explains to .RICHARD
To quote the National Rail Awards judges: “Perhaps, more
than other individual, Tony Smith is the reason London and
South Essex passenger operator c2c wins accolades for
running its trains so closely to schedule”.
Smith is the c2c fleet manager at East Ham Depot, the main
hub for the National Express franchise. He was appointed
to the East London depot in 2001, and since then has
worked relentlessly to create one of the most reliable fleets
in the country. c2c has also won praise from passengers,
whom the judges say have observed a new pride in the
external appearance of the Class 357 Electrostars, and a
noticeable improvement in internal cleanliness.
That commitment was recognised at the 2008 National Rail
Awards at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on September
18 - the biggest NRA ever - when Smith received the
Outstanding Personal Contribution (Management)
accolade. “For once I was speechless,” he laughs.
Smith is passionate about what he is trying to achieve, an
approach that appears to be rubbing off on his team.
“I don’t do things for awards,” he says. “We achieved our
success as a team - unless they buy into what you want it
will not work. They have done that, and this award is just
as much for the team as it is for me.
“There are lots of professionals on the railway and they do
not always get the recognition they deserve. Something like
this gets a little bit more positive press. The commitment is
always there. They are very very professional people and
we have a good railway. People compare the European systems with
ours, but we are just as good, if not better.” Yet it is fair to say
that the Class 357s had a difficult introduction. Initially c2c
ordered 44 four-car 25k Electrostars from Adtranz (now Bombardier)
to work on the London Tilbury and Southend (LTS) network, due to
enter traffic in 1999. They were designed to replace Class 302s and
‘3 10s’ that had been used on the route. The older EMUS were proving
unreliable and punctuality was dropping, with the route dubbed ‘The
Misery Line’. The idea was for the Class 357s to work alongside 25
Class 317s and help revive the fortunes of a line that has a high
percentage of commuters.
“The problem was that when the ‘357s’
arrived they didn’t work,” says Smith. There were major software
issues and the IGBT transmission, which had been used on the railway
since 1990, did not work with the new technology aboard the
Electrostars. Indeed, the entire fleet was removed from service
because of unreliability.
“In 2001 a partnership was formed between
ourselves and Bombardier,” says Smith. “This looked at issues
affecting passengers, and we focused on the service by introducing
various processes, but this practice does not make us better
engineers than anyone else.”
Smith believes that if c2c had not
suffered this problem, another operator would have. “Bombardier had
delivered the first new trains in a generation,” he says. “The
‘357s’ were a lot different to the ‘365’ (which entered traffic only
four years previously); the technology was very different. “It was a
‘leap in the dark’ and that is difficult to make. We were the first
to get new electric 25kv trains. With a train you cannot build two
and test them as a car manufacturer does, you have to do development
while in service. Bombardier did a sterling service sorting out the
issues. We didn’t beat each other up; instead we developed a plan.
It's that partnership that is the biggest part of the success.”
the initial 44 units were delivered a further two were presented to
c2c by the Strategic Rail Authority as compensation for the late
delivery of the initial limits. They should have all been in traffic
by November 1999, but by the following month 41 of the 46 trains had
still to leave Derby Litchurch Lane, where they had been built. The
idea to order a further 28 Class 357/2s from Angel Trains was made
as a result of the need to tackle the growing capacity issue. These
units replaced the Class 317s that moved to West Anglia Great
Northern, and the entire c2c network was Electrostar-operated by
Getting the trains running has been some achievement. “It
takes two to tango,” says Smith. “You need to share experience and
knowledge. There was a need to understand what the biggest cause of
delays was. There was untried technology that was affecting the
trains - c2c was the guinea pig.” Smith confesses to being
gadget-mad and to owning three iPods, each bigger than the last. He
likens the rapid development in what already seems cutting-edge
technology in the iPod to the huge upgrades to state-of- the- art
technology on the railways.
“We have been watching our trains’
performance since 2001, so that we can be proactive rather than
reactive to detect faults,” he says. “To be successful you have to
listen to the train. It will tell you if it is being silly. Even if
it doesn’t the service will he noticeable and the driver will
highlight any problems. The technicians at East Ham will be able to
spot something when they download data from the trains.”
dark days of reliability, there were weekly performance meetings.
“We discussed problems and what the gains would be when they were
solved,” recalls Smith. “Some issues had immediate engineering
solutions and there were a number of ways of introducing those
solutions into the performance of the trains. But the immediate
solution is not always available.”
The relationship at East Ham sees
c2c manage the depot and Bombardier ‘turn the screws’, according to
Smith. Both companies have shift managers, though c2c has ultimate
responsibility and manages its partner accordingly. A morning
presentation is led by Bombardier to show how the service is
running, and there is a meeting designed to detect requirements and
how to deal with the required service.
“We try to balance demands
with the available resources,” adds Smith.
Bombardier, he explains,
understood the Class 357s because it built them, whereas the East
Ham staff had not been exposed to the new equipment on them. They
were, however, well- trained in what was required to provide the
maximum service possible using the old fleet. “They have a really
good engineering experience at East Ham, and once you bring things
together it will succeed,” says Smith. “I cannot emphasise the team
effort. We needed a culture change and we needed to realise the
passenger comes first. Everyone at East Ham is now focused on that.”
One of Smith’s personal crusades was to improve the standard of
cleanliness on trains. Previously a contractor undertook the
internal cleaning, hut this was unsatisfactory. “The first
perception a passenger will get of c2c is when they get on the
train,” says Smith. “It is very important that the ticket is sold
correctly and the train is clean. We had issues with trains in the
morning, so we brought the work in- house and put efforts into
improving the standards. “We have zero tolerance on graffiti, for
instance, while there is 98% availability of the toilets now, which
is vital with the ‘357s’ as they only have one per train. We try to
make Traincare very high-profile.”
c2c’s own customer satisfaction
survey recorded 90% for cleanliness, a result that pleases Smith.
“We are a commuter railway and commuters are hard to please, but
then they have a right to expect a clean train. But we have a lot of
good feedback and we are very big on customer satisfaction.”
believes passionately in developing people. “If when I retire, I
have improved people’s careers, then my working life will be
worthwhile,” he says. One scheme he has introduced is that many
Traincare staff now undertake other tasks, including minor
electrical work on the ‘357s’ and label replacements.
A ‘357’ is taken out
of traffic every week for a thorough clean, and the Traincare staff
carry out other tasks while this work is completed. “It gives them
ownership of the trains,” says Smith. “I would like to do apprentice
schemes, but Bombardier is the main supplier and its engineers work
with us. We do, however, sponsor a member of our staff undertaking
an MSc and we feel it is important to develop new talent.” The Class
357 fleet requirements are demanding, with 71 out of 74 sets needed
each weekday. At the moment there are two sets out of traffic for
overhauls, leaving one spare set. One overhaul is carried out at the
weekend, and the ‘357’ is removed from service at Friday lunchtime,
returning to traffic on Monday lunchtime. Bombardier is
contractually obliged to deliver 71 trains and Smith says the firm
has always bought into c2c’s belief The current Moving Annual
Average (MAA) for the trains is 57,196 miles per casualty - a
phenomenal achievement considering the requirements. Other
modifications include fitting wireless internet access to 357014,
and this is about to be extended using software supplied by Nomad.
The full ‘357’ fleet is also fitted with regenerative braking,
introduced on March 32007. Work for this started in November 2006
and involved sending 357028 to the Czech Republic for tests that
involved rewriting the software. “We could not have done that work
in the UK,” says Smith. c2c was the first fleet to retrofit the
system to its trains, and is reaping the rewards. “This will benefit
Essex for 30 years,” says Smith. “The carbon footprint per train
will drop from 52g per passenger kilometre to 41.5g and that is
based on loadings of 29%. If we could fill every train, you would
get it down to 13.49g.” So with an award and several successful
projects to his name, how does Smith sum up his job? “I am
privileged to do this. It is like dreaming of playing football for
Manchester United or Real Madrid, doing so and scoring the winning
goal in the European Cup Final. I love this industry and I work with
my hobby. It is just so totally different each day.”
comments Tony’s qualities are exactly those that one would expect a
winner of this NRA award to have. He has enormous energy and
commitment to his job, which he lives and breathes, and is ever
prepared to make difficult decisions. As well as having a keen
interest in developing his team’s skills, Tony well- known passion
for new technology has resulted in the c2c fleet reducing its
overall power consumption by 20%. Working alongside train supplier
Bombardier, the industry-leading introduction of regenerative
braking in just four months has yielded environmental benefits as
well as big cash savings. Tony is a team player who is able to
motivate and empower his team by leading by example. Throughout the
interview with the NRA judges, he was at great pains to stress that
the improvements were a combined effort. Many believe his public
recognition is overdue, but here it is now!
This article is
reproduced from Issue 605 of RAIL Magazine (November 19 - December 2
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The Snibston Colliery Railway
by Paul Slater
few years ago I paid two visits to the Snibston Discovery Park at
Coalville and had rides on the Snibston Colliery Railway. The
railway extended from a platform adjacent to the museum - the main
feature of the site - as far as Belvoir Road Halt, a quarter of a
mile away. On both occasions the train consisted of a single
carriage. For my first ride motive power was Cockerill
vertical-boiler 0-4-0 “Yvonne”, which I had once seen at the Nene
Valley Railway; a Ruston 4-wheel diesel was giving shunting
demonstrations, a miniature traction engine was in steam, and
another diesel, a 0-4-0 shunter, was on display. The second time I
travelled on the train, power was provided by a 0-6-0 diesel
The two headstocks of the disused Snibston Colliery, the
Tandem Shaft and the Stephenson Shaft, have been preserved, and I
found that they made an impressive background for photos of the
little train. Beside the line stood the unusually tall Coalville
Crossing signalbox; it was formerly sited by the level crossing in
the centre of the town, and I had taken a photo of it there in 1985,
as part of a photographic survey of railway remains which I was
carrying out for the Midland Railway Trust. Other features of
interest on the Snibston Colliery Railway were a gantry bridge
carrying the colliery “tub-tippler” system across the line, an
elevated fuel storage tank for the colliery diesel shunters, and the
original engine-shed, dating from the 1840s. The museum at Snibston
was devoted to science and industry, with particular reference to
Leicestershire. A model of a prehistoric woman represented one of
the earliest human inhabitants of the area, and there were displays
on the Iron Age, the Tudor period and the Industrial Revolution.
There were many “hands-on” displays and interactive toys, both in
the museum itself and in a children’s playground outside. The
history of transport was represented by horse-drawn vehicles and a
bus as well as a tireless locomotive and a small 0-4-0 saddle tank.
A collection of railwayana included a nameplate from 4-6-2 no. 46252
“City of Leicester”. Outside the museum entrance were an old railway
lifting bridge from Leicester, complete with a wagon, and a dragline
excavator formerly used in the ironstone quarries, which I remember
as being a feature of the Northamptonshire landscape in my
As well as the museum and the railway, the colliery at
Snibston was also of interest to me, and after one of my train-rides
I joined a tour of the remaining buildings. A former miner was our
guide, and dummies were used in several places to represent other
people who worked at the mine: controllers, checkers, the nurse in
the sick-bay and some of her patients, the man in charge of the
lamp-room and the one who operated the winding motor. Not far from
Snibston, a short length of track has been laid on the course of the
old Leicester and Swannington Railway, opened in 1832 and one of the
earliest railways in England. A mining heritage trail has been laid
out, with colliery wheels and interpretative displays. A downhill
path through a little wood follows the route of the Swannington
Incline, which was worked by a stationary engine and cables until
1947. I had known of the Swannington Incline ever since I first
became interested in railway history, and had often wanted to see if
anything remained of it; I was pleased that I had at last done so,
and my exploration of the old line added to my enjoyment of the
museum and the Snibston Colliery Railway.
(Beer and Bashing Abroad)
A short trip to Ireland to help with some maintenance work
being carried out by the Irish Traction group on their shed
Wednesday 17th February 1993
DMU Leeds - Manchester P
Visited the Lass o’ Gowrie brewpub in Manchester.
Bus to Manchester Airport.
Aer Lingus EI-CDH Manchester - Dublin.
A few pints of Guinness in the Deer Park Bar near Heuston Station.
Thursday 18th February 1993
IR 160 Dublin Connolly - Howth Junction
IR EMU 8102/8302 Howth Junction - Dublin Connolly
IR 005 Dublin Connolly - Greystones
IR l86 Greystones -- Dublin Connolly
Bus Dublin Connolly to Broombridge
IR 122 Broombridge - Dublin Connolly
IR 127 Dublin Connolly - Howth Junction
IR EMU 8131/8331 Howth Junction - Dublin Connolly
Bumped into an old friend (Craig Lee) at Connolly, he
joined me for the rest of the day.
IR 144 + IR 135 Dublin Connolly - Mullingar
IR 128 + IR 181 Mullingar - Dublin Connolly
IR 012 Dublin Connolly - Broombridge
IR 122 Broombridge - Dublin Connolly
IR 127 Dublin Connolly - Malahide
IR 131 Malahide - Dublin Connolly
IR EMU 8330/8130 Dublin Connolly - Bray
IR 162 Bray - Dublin Connolly
Went across to Ryan's Bar, near Heuston, for a couple of
pints of Guinness with Craig.
Friday 19th February 1993
IR 084 Dublin Heuston - Templemore
IR 078 Templemore - Portarlington
IR 085 Portarlington - Thurles
IR 166 Thurles - Dublin Heuston
IR 035 Dublin Heuston ~ Waterford
IR 160 Waterford - Rosslare Strand
IR 174 Rosslare Strand
Not a very successful day for winners, but as they were
getting harder to get I was quite happy with 035. After
booking in to a B&B on the quayside I went for a pub-crawl in Waterford. I didn’t take the names of any of the
bars; as in the first pub I went in I met a group of people
that included a girl called Siobhan who was wearing a Man
Utd shirt. I took the Mickey and ended up with her and her
friends all night including ending up at her friends flat at
2am. I eventually got to the B&B at 4.30a.m. Luckily I
wasn’t bashing on the Saturday.
Saturday 20th February 1993
Got up with a stinking hangover. Had already missed
breakfast but not sure I would have kept it down anyway.
Had missed the 08.30 bus to Carrick by about an hour and a
half Fortunately it’s roughly a 2 hourly service from
Waterford to Limerick, so caught the 10.35. Arrived in
Carrick feeling awful but after grabbing a ham sandwich
and a coffee at a café started to feel better. A group of 6
were at the shed including Andy Marshall.
We fitted new
security bars to the windows and cleaned up the inspection
pit. Then we boarded up the windows on loco 226 that had
arrived for preservation. Andy then drove us back to
Dublin and we had a few pints.
Sunday 21st February 1993
Aer Lingus EI-CDC Dublin - Manchester
Bus to Stockport for DMU 158797 to Sheffield
Overall a reasonable trip with 8 new engines for Haulage.
Next trip - Back to Portugal.
Trainspotters on rampage ...yes, really
(Reproduced from The Mail on Sunday dated December
They trundle around Britain’s railway network, harmlessly
recreating, it seems, the innocence of a bygone age. But now train
enthusiasts who charter vintage rolling stock for day trips are
being warned their hobby could be banned because of drunken and
Enthusiasts have been spotted yelling at people
as they pass through stations - an activity dubbed as ‘bellowing’ -
and hanging as far as possible out of old- style train windows,
known as ‘flailing’. Last month, during one trip between Preston and
London, two men had to be ejected from a heritage train being pulled
by a Class 40 diesel engine manufactured in the Fifties.
to stop leaning out of a window and shouting at people, and the
train was delayed at Leeds while police were called to deal with
another man who had provoked a fight. The carriages were left in ‘a
disgusting state’ by the drunken enthusiasts and required special
cleaning. As a result, the operator, West Coast Railway, which owns
the carriages, said it would cancel future trips if tighter policing
by stewards was not enforced.
The chairman of the Class 40
Preservation Society, John Stephens, said he was furious about the
unruly behaviour on the Preston to London charter, which he blamed
on ‘a small group of outsiders’.
‘These yobs and troublemakers came
from a group of lads who got on the train with an 80-pint barrel of
beer at 6.30 in the morning and drank all the way to London] he said.
‘We carried the can for their behaviour but it was nothing to do
On a ‘Christmas special’ tour yester day for dozens of
enthusiasts of the classic Class 40 locomotives between Shrewsbury
and Lincoln, participants were given a list of strict rules.
Flailing, leaning out of the windows, smoking and drinking alcohol
before 10am were banned. Mark Honey, boss of Rail Blue Charters,
which organised yesterday’s tour, said: ‘We are taking a
zero-tolerance line on this. Future charters will be heavily policed
by stewards.’ In June, an incident involving a man seen perilously
leaning out of a train on a trip organised by Spitfire Tours led to
an official complaint by Network Rail.
The company wrote to Spitfire
threatening to withdraw its licence to operate if there were further
incidents. A spokesman for Network Rail said: ‘We don’t want to tar
everyone with the same brush but we will clamp down on bad behaviour very
One rail expert said that the craze for travelling behind
particular types of locomotive was an extension of
He said that each class of locomotive attracted a different
set of fans, often depending on which part of the country
the trains were most common - but those drawn to diesels
from the Fifties seemed to be the rowdiest.
‘They are allowed out to play by their wives or mums and
get so excited when they are being hauled by their favourite
type of engine they end up behaving like football hooligans,’ he said.
The group with one of the worst reputations is the so-called
Peak Army, who followed ‘Pea.k’ Class 45 diesels produced
in the Fifties, he added.
He said they were known in the Eighties for throwing toilet
seats out of the window and were described in one rail
magazine as ‘the Millwall of rail enthusiast groups’.
Pictures on the internet show a group of 45 enthusiasts at a
2004 Peak Army reunion giving a Nazi-style salute,
A day-trippers’ guide to railway ‘etiquette’
Leaning out of carriage windows and yelling at terrified
commuters on platform as train speeds past.
Hanging as far as possible out of old-style train windows as
you race through the countryside.
Phrase used by diesel enthusiasts to describe their hobby.
Sometimes snootily used by steam enthusiasts about diesel
How diesel fans describe steam engine enthusiasts.
No 36 "Modern Locomotives Illustrated "
Modern Locomotives Illustrated is published by The
RailwayCentre.com under franchise from Ian Allen Ltd,
and is a continuation of Locomotives Illustrated that has
been an Ian Allen publication for many years. Robin's
Review No 15, back in the winter 2001 edition of Trans
Pennine, covered Locomotives Illustrated.
Modern Locomotives Illustrated (MLI) is published six
times a year every other month. Locomotives Illustrated
ran from No 1 - 170; MLI picks up at No 171 as follows:
171 Class 37s
172 Class 86s
173 Class 59s
174 Main Line Prototypes-The Private Builders
175 Class 58s
The edition reviewed is No174 Main Line Prototypes - The
This publication retailing at £3.95 consists of 76 glossy
pages in colour and black and white, with many excellent
Seven prototypes are covered in depth as follows: English
Electric Deltic, English Electric GT3, Brush D0260 (1200)
'Falcon', Clayton DHP1, BRCW/AEI D0280 Lion, English
Electric DP2 and Brush HS4000 'Kestrel’.
Each article and photographs covers the range of services
operated both during the initial trials and later in service
right through to preservation, scrapping or in Kestrels case
sale to Russia.
If you go onto the web site www.modern-locoillustrated.com you will see at present eight editions are
currently being prepared.
176 The Blue Pullman
177 The class 24 &25
178 Desiro DMU and EMUS
179 The class 40s
180 The class 47 part 1
181 The class 47 part 2
182 The class 57s
183 Eastem Region Electric units
When you consider the number of Modern traction types
since 1955, there maybe scope for up to 50 editions of
Modern Locomotives illustrated.
The interesting thing about this is that this new magazine
starts at No171 of a series started many years ago as
Locomotives Illustrated that to all intents and purposes was
about steam except for No17 'The Deltics'. So is this just a
case of the series moving on or has it been reinvented for a
franchise. But to be fair through 169 editions dedicated to
worshipping steam all or most classes of steam loco seem
to have been covered except for the A4, which may have
been a special done by Ian Allen before No 1.
Maybe the 17th edition number 187 will be dedicated to
VERDICT: As you would expect from an experienced and
respected railway journal editor in Colin J Marsden this is
a well presented high quality magazine.
The beauty of it is you can continue your collection of
Locomotives Illustrated albeit in the new world or just pick
and chose according to the subject. I for one will certainly
be buying most of not all the planned forthcoming editions.
Pennine Observer Notes
sightings on the Gainsborough - Barnetby line have
Dec 5 66020 on coal train
66199 on oil train
Dec 13 66708 on coal train
Dec 15 66019 on coal train
66146 on oil train
Dec 20 66019 and 66109 on coal trains
Dec 22 66717 on coal train
Dec 24 66206 on oil train
Dec 27 66109 on coal train
Jan 2 66061 on oil train
66091 on coal train
Jan 3 66125, 66155, and 66168 on coal trains
Jan 6 66168 on coal train
Jan 9 66168 and 66238 on coal trains
Jan 10 60026+66176 on goods train
66238 on coal train
Jan 15 60048 on oil train
Jan 17 66189 on coal train
Jan 21 66086 on coal train
Jan 22 60004 on oil train
66020 on coal train
Jan 23 66206 on coal train
Jan 27 66221 on coal train
Recent sightings at Lincoln have been:
Dec 18 66079
Dec 23 66182
Jan 20 60010
Jan 23 66238
Jan 30 60004
Other recent sightings have been:
66514 ex Hull Docks and 66065 for Hull
Docks at Brough
Dec 3 66149 and 66194 at Boston
Dec 6 2030l+20302 on weed killing train at
Dec 12 66598 for Hull Docks and 60026 at Brough
Dec 13 66726 light engine at Retford
Jan 11 08669, 66583, 66951 and 67024 at Doncaster
after the AGM
Jan 13 66103 on route learning at Cottingham
Jan 17 667124-66732 light engine at Claypole
Jan 21 66171 on coal train at Leverton
Jan 24 66523, 66618 and 66723 on coal trains,
66146 on container train and 60084 and
66016 light engine at Doncaster
A fatality occurred at Snuff Mill Crossing at Cottingham on
1 December when a middle aged male decided to “commit
suicide”. He was hit by the 09.42 from Bridlington to
Sheffield. There were delays and cancellations for 3 hours
whilst the BT. Police investigated. The train driver was
Another fatality occurred at Common Lane Crossing,
Welton near Brough on 16 January. A pedestrian was
struck by a train at 18.10. It caused delays to services in and out
of Hull for 2 hours.
On 6 February a cow on the railway line between
Cottingharn and Hull caused major disruption between
16.30 and 18.30. The cow, which escaped from a local
farm and managed to get onto the railway line, was finally
cornered near Walton Street Level Crossing. The cow was
sedated by a vet and eventually transported back to the
farm, much to the relief of the farmer, and reunited with its
calf A happy end!
Locos seen at Bescot on 15 November 66186, 66177,
60091, 92015, 67005, 60041, 37895, 37707, 08920, 08955,
08528, 08884, 08828, 08543, 08418, 08538 and 08907.
Locos noted at Bescot on 13 December were 92039, 66098,
66157, 66177, 66078, 66087, 66081 and 08844.
Locos seen at Crewe Basford Hall on 13 December were
87006, 87003, 87034, 90046, 90048, 90042, 90016, 66609,
66591, 66574, 66519, 66554, 66619, 66551, 66588, 66423,
66426, 66428, 66608, 66523, 66047, 66119, 47289, 47830
Locos noted at Warrington on 13 December were 66122,
66047, 66204, 66059, 66183, 08839 and 56018.
Locos seen at Derby Research Centre on 14 December
were 37069, 37605, 31 190, 31285 and 31601. Also seen at
Derby station were 66302, 66303 and 66304.
Railtours and Charter Trains
Locos seen working on railtours and charters have been:
Nov 8 (“Nor1h Blyth Rail Tour”) 66101 and 66232
Nov 15 (“The Industrial Trader”) 37417 and 37401
Nov 29 (“York & Durham Christmas Shopper”)
(Norwich - Scarborough) 47854
(Carnforth - Scarborough) 46115 ‘Scots
Dec 13 (“Lancs Links”) 59201, 92041, 66957, 60004
Jan 24 (“The Mersey Mancunian”) 66007 and 66596
Jan 31 (Kings Cross to York charter) 67001
(“The Peppercorn Pioneer”) 60163 Tornado
Feb 6 (Swansea to Edinburgh rugby charter) 67008
Feb 8 (“The Forth McFreighter”) 66039 and 66201
Feb 9 (Edinburgh to Swansea rugby return charter)
Locos working Santa Specials at the Embsay & Bolton Abbey
Railway on 20 December were 6435, Garfield No. 1,
Monkton No. 1 and industrial blue 0-6-0 No. 8.
Locos used at the Great Central Railway Winter Steam
Gala on 31 January were 4141, 3077 “Sir Lamiel”, 48773
(48305), 63395, 63601, 70013 “Oliver Cromwell” and
Foreign Winter Gen
1341 1833 Midi - Luxembourg
1861l9tr1t1861l8 1918 Midi- Amsterdam
101024 0631 Munster - Klagenfurt (to Stuttgart)
146205 1202 Stuttgart - Ulm
218156 + 218487 0945 Obersdorf - Hannover (to Stuttgart)
146203 1222 Stuttgart - Ulm
120106 1206 Karlsruhe - Munich
110-333 1607 Munich - Kufstein
218416 1539 Muhldorf- Munich
120144 1723 Munich - Stuttgart
218163 + 218432 0904 Innsbruck - Dortmund (Lindau -
120135 1529 Munich - Nurnburg
218437 + 218428 1618 Munich - Simbach
ES64-U-061 1633 Munich - Nurnburg
110322 1622 Munich - Frielassing
218440 1619 Munich Ost - Muhldorf
2l8418+ 218401 1707 Munich - Muhldorf
2016-065 1748 Munich Linz
218419 1723 Munich - Muhldorf
218399 1835 Memmingen - Munich
218462 1751 Munich - Memmingen
111024 tnt 111036 1732 Munich - Augsburg
101014 1629 Nurnburg - Munich
101042 1606 Karlsruhe - Salzburg
218475 0851 Munich - Fussen
218141 07xx Fussen - Munich
223061 0919 Munich - Lindau
101049 0945 Munich - Nurnburg
110501 1054 Augsburg- Donauworth
110426 1009 Donauworth - Augsburg
103245 1020 Nurnburg - Munich
218416 + 218421 1234 Munich - Zurich (to Lindau)
421-373 1234 Munich - Zurich (from Lindau)
450056 + 450084 + 450003 1622 Winterthur - Rapperswil
450015 + 450065 1710 Zurich - Ziegelbrucke
460101 1735 Zurich - Luzern
11155 1741 Zurich - Luzern
460068 1835 Zurich - Luzern
11161 1841 Zurich - Luzern
1 1201 1809 Zurich - Chaisso
11108 0627 Erstfeld - Basel (to Luzern)
11203 0627 Erstfeld - Basel (from Luzern)
11252 0757 Luzern - Bern
420501 0935 Bern- Luzern
465003 1043 Thun - Fribourg
191 1005 Spiez - Interlaken
193 1308 Interlaken - Zwiesswimmen
101968 1154 Interlaken - Luzern
195 1541 Spiez - Zweisswimmen
460058 0758 Zurich - Bern
460045 0828 Basel - Brig
460000 09xx Brig - Romanshorn
165 1109 Spiez - Interlaken
460055 1301 Interlaken - Basel
185525 tnt 185527 1346 Fribourg - Thun
460001 1804 Bern - Geneva
11125 1638 Fribourg - Romont
11157 1804 Basel - Chiasso (to Luzern)
Pennine Quiz No. 135
Are You a Railway Mastermind?
A few years ago Alan Stennett was asked to set a
number of questions on ‘The Railways of North-East
Eng1and’, for the BBC programme Mastermind, so sit
back in that black chair and see how you rate as a
“Mastermind Champion”. Thanks to Gerry Collins for
providing the questions.
1. Where did trains of the GNER Company follow a
route built by an earlier GNER?
2. Three companies amalgamated in 1854 to form the
North Eastern Railway. The York and North
Midland and the York, Newcastle and Berwick were
two. What was the third?
3. The first dining car in service on a British railway
was introduced in 1879. It ran between London and
which north-eastern city?
4. For which line were the North Eastern Railway’s
electric locomotives No's 1 and 2 built?
5. Which of Sir Nigel Gresley’s Pacific locomotives
was destroyed by an air raid in York Station?
6. Who designed the locomotives Wylam Dilly and
7. How did the opening of the King Edward Bridge in
Newcastle simplify rail services to that city?
8. Where was an additional station opened on the Hull
to Scarborough line in May 1947?
9. The building of which tunnel is commemorated by a
replica of its north portal in Otley churchyard?
10. Which Barnsley-born engineer built the first railway
in Spain, three in France and one in the
11. What was the first railway in Britain to be
authorised by Parliament?
12. What, according to L.T.C. Rolt, in his biography of
Robert Stephenson, is the ‘most romantic and
evocative railway structure in the world’?
13. Five Pacific locomotives were built to a design by
Sir Vincent Raven for the North Eastern Railway.
They were named after cities in the area served by
the company. York, Durham and Newcastle were
three of them, what were the other two?
14. Which aristocratic landowners blocked plans to run
a railway to Barnard Castle for more than 20 years?
15. Which council paid for a turntable to be installed to
allow steam excursion trains to use the local station?
16. Where is Rowley Station?
Which British Rail route to Hull closed in June
Which two companies originally owned the Ilkley to
Which town could be approached across the
Lockwood, Longwood, Hillhouse or Gledholt
George Hudson - the Railway King (depicted in the
cartoon above) was involved in many railway
enterprises, but in which company did he make his
A series of laminated timber bridges was designed
by John and Benjamin Green in the 1830s. For which railway were they
22. What is the connection between 2 tons 13
hundredweight and an early type of railway wagon?
What was unusual about the passenger vehicles on
the Derwent Valley Light Railway in the middle
An all-Pullman service was introduced between
Newcastle and London in 1923. What was it called?
Which company had to stop operating for some
weeks in 1838 because an objection was raised to its
use of steam engines, which were forbidden by its
Act of Parliament?
What event took large numbers of special trains to
Leyburn station in 1927?
Which Durham station closed to passengers in 1871,
but continued in operation as a goods depot until
The prototype Clayton steam railcar was trialled in
Yorkshire and put into service based at Newcastle.
It was built as No 41, but what name was it given in
Why might through running between the Stockton
and Darlington and Clarence Railways in County
Durham have caused some confusion?
Where was the first head office of the locomen’s
trade union, ASLEF?
What innovation did Thomas Barnes introduce on
the Lawson Main colliery wagon way to the Tyne?
In which Yorkshire town did the Manchester and
Leeds Railway have a temporary terminus in the
1840s described as ‘a filthy dog-hole’?
33. In the 1888 Races to the North, the East Coast train
achieved a record time of 7 hours 27 minutes,
despite two stops in Yorkshire. One was in York,
for lunch, where was the other?
34. The Spurn Head Railway used steam locomotives
and internal combustion railcars as well as one other
form of propulsion. What was it?
35. The Virgin rail group proposed to build a new high
speed line to the north. Most of the route north of
Hambleton Junction would be upgraded existing
lines, but one new stretch was proposed. Which
station would it by-pass?
Pennine Quiz No. 134
1. Aberbeeg - ABEEG, 86H, 86F
2. Aberdare - ABDR, 86J, 88J
3. Aintree - 23B, 27B, SL
4. Annesley - ANN, 38B, l6D, 16B
5. Ardsley - ARD, 37A, 56B
6. Ashford - AFD, 74A, 73F
7. Banbury East - BAN, 84C, 2D
8. Bangor - 7B, 6H
9. Barrow- 11B, 11A, l2E, 12C
10. Bath (Green Park) - 22C, 71G, 82F
11. Beattock - 1213, 68D, 661’
12. Bescot - 3A, 21B, 2F
13, Birmingham (Aston) - 3D, 2lD, 2J
14. Birmingham (Monument Lane) - 3E, 2lE, 2H
15. Birmingham (Saltley) - 21A, 2E
16. Birmingham (Tyseley) - TYS, 84E, 2A
17. Blackburn (Lower Darwen) - 24D, l0H
18. Blackpool Central - 24E, 28A, 10B
19. Bletchley - 2B, 4A, 1E,
20. Bolton - 26C, 9K
21. Borough Gardens - BOR, 54C, 52J
22. Bournemouth Central - BM, 71B, 70F
23. Bradford (Hammerton St) - BFD, 37C, 56G, 55F
24, Bradford (Low Moor) - 25F, 56F, 55]
25. Bristol (Barrow Road) - 22A, 82E
26. Bromsgrove - 21C, 85F, 85D
27. Burton- l7B, 16F
28. Cardiff (Canton) - CDF, 86C, 88A, 86A
29. Cardiff (Cathays) - CHYS, 88A, CAT, 88M, 88B
30. Cardiff (East Dock) - CED, 88B, 88L, 88A
31. Cardiff (Radyr Junction) - RYR, 88A, 88B
32. Carlisle (Kingmoor) - 12A, 68A,
33. Carlisle (Upperby) - l2B, 12A,
34. Carlisle Canal- CAR, l2B, 68E, 12C, 12D
35. Carnforth - 11A, 24L, 10A
36. Carstairs - 28C, 64D, 66E, 27D
37. Chester (West) - CHR, 84K, 6E, 6A
38. Coalville - 17C, 15D, 15E
39. Consett - CON, 54D, 52K
40. Croes Newydd - CNYD, 84J, 89B, 6C
Pennine Quiz No. 134
1st Ken King
2nd= Stuart Earl
2nd= John Dewing
Congratulations to all the winners.
Pennine Meetings 2009
Meetings are held at The Salutation Inn, South Parade,
Doncaster starting at 20.00 on 1st and 3rd Wednesday of
Wednesday 18th March 2009
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Wednesday 6th May 2009
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I would like to thank the following for their generous
contributions to this issue: Gerry Collins, John Dewing,
Steve Payne, John Sanderson, Robin Skinner, Paul Slater,
Chris Theaker, Tosca and to Rail Magazine for allowing us
to reprint the Tony Smith article.
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