THE MAGAZINE OF
THE PENNINE RAILWAY SOCIETY
Issue No.15 - June 1977
NOTES FROM THE COMMITTEE
First of all we would like to inform our readers of the first quiz
success by the PENNINE. We came out winners in a quiz on a home and
away basis against an experienced team from the South Yorkshire
Railway Photographic Circle of the Grapes Hotel, Sheffield.
The PENNINE were represented by John Sanderson, Jon Davis and Ian
Ashford. Tony Booth replaced Ian Ashford in the second leg at the
Grapes. Our thanks also to Gerry Collins of Lincoln who provided
"University Challenge" type buttons for contestants in the first
Several members survived our marathon trip to Inverness on the
11th.June. Despite several near misses the Loch Ness Monster was not
We have arranged our trips for the summer which are listed below and
we hope that we have included something to please everyone.
We thank all members for their continued support.
Wed. 6th.July -Social evening at the Masons Arms, Doncaster 19-30.
Illus. John Sanderson, "On the Line" - An ACE Enterprises
Fri, 8th.July -Social
evening at the Cock Tavern, Phoenix Road, Euston.
Sat. 9th. July -Black
Country by rail-to include Bescot, Saltley and Tyseley. From
Sheffield members £4-50 (child £2-25),nonmembers £4-75 (child
£2-40). From Doncaster members £4-95. (child £2-50),
non-members £5-20 (child £2-60). Bookings and payment by 1st. July
-Social evening at the Masons Arms, Doncaster 19-30. "Slides taken
on club outings". All members are invited to bring their slides.
Sat. 6th.Aug. -Derby
Works-meet Siddals Road entrance 10-45. Members 35p, non-members
evening at the Cock Tavern, Phoenix Road, Euston.
-'"STEAMPORT".-By excursion train to Southport Chapel St. for a
visit to this friendly museum with your unique courier Geoff
Bambrough. Details and prices on application before 12th, August.
evening at the Masons Arms, Doncaster 19-30. Illus, Martin
Bisby-"Railways in Sound".
Fri. 9th Sept.
-Social evening at the Cock Tavern, Phoenix Road, Euston..
Sun.25th.Sept.-Doncaster Works and Shed. Meet outside the "Plant
Hotel" at 10-45.Members 40p,nonn.eribers 60p.
ALL BOOKINGS TO TOM HELLIWELL
Please note that some arrangements are still being finalised with BR
and BREL and consequently some details may have to be altered.
Our second picture shows "Britannia" class pacific 70012 "JOHN OF
GAUNT" of Norwich Thorpe depot (32A) heading the
Liverpool-Harwich boat train through Darnall in the summer of 1958.
An ex-works Cravens parcels DMU can be seen over the first vehicle
in the train.
Once again we would like to thank Mr. Jack Davis for the
LOCOMOTIVE STOCK ALTERATIONS
Eastern Region: 03092-SF, 20100-ED, 31111/46/253/71/319-TI,
31145/8/56-SF, 31159/66/70/5/8/80 -HO. 31108/25/200/16- MR.
31298-GD, 37024/283-IM, 37026/7/89/91-SF, 40052/4/6/7-YK,47036-ED,
47037/8-HA, 47180/1-IM, 47292-4-TI, 47410-3-GD, 47426-HO
London Midland Region: 08742-WN, 08806-BY,25041-T0,
25046/50-ScR., 25053/4-CW, 25056-KD, 25061-CD ,25065/6/75/6
-.ScR., 25111/73/93-CW, 25147-SP, 25148-LO, 25185-KD 25221/2-CD,
25299-LO 40179-KD, 47249/67-WR, 47483/530/40-CD, 947094-WR.
Scottish Region: 08722-GM, 08882-IS
Western Region: 08664-LE,25155-LA,31265-BR,46021
47125/9/31/6/7/48-LE, 47249/67-CF, 47478..BR, 47484-BR,
New locomotive to stock 56012
Locomotives withdrawn 20079,84005/7
Locomotive reinstated 08211-TE
DMU Reallocations 50145/242/3,59053/109-DE,50841/99,59354-HA
56404/7/10-HA, 55000-HN, 50082/124/851/904/1136/49-TS,
HST Class 254 new cars: 40518 to store (serviceable) at BN.
40519/20 loaned to WR.
DMU's stored 55034/5
DMU withdrawn 51591
New EMU's 313055/6/8/9
New shed code EC-Edinburgh Craigentinny (HST)
COACHING STOCK NEWS
37933, 80027, 87098
Vehicles reinstated 1845 (s ) 4903 4 912 34045
To London Midland Region 9396,25791
To Scottish Region 4903,4912,5206,5392
Replies to Talk Point No.1.
I enjoyed reading the first article in the new series "Talk Point"
in the May issue of "Trans-Pennine". Whilst I would not question the
authors accuracy in presenting the timings on both routes from
Rotherham/Mexborough to London. I cannot really see that we have any
substantial grounds for argument on the choice of routes.
Surely only the brave or the extremely foolhardy would venture via
the Midland with its devious wanderings and lack of reliable motive
power. The very thought of being stranded behind a failed Peak in
the wilds of Leicestershire makes one tremble with foreboding,
especially when one can savour the thought of speeding to Kings
Cross by Deltic power over the ECML.
I must be perfectly honest and state that I have twice travelled the
Sheffield/St. Pancras route, once as a child and secondly during a
night of drunken debauchery following a wedding party. You will
appreciate therefore that I had little choice on either of the
expeditions into the realms of fantasy.
In conclusion I must admit that the Midland has one saving grace
which most, if not all, East Coast advocates admire and that is the
sheer beauty and elegance of St. Pancras station. What a pity it
could and never will serve as a "premier" line.
(name and address withheld for security reasons)
Dear Sir or Madam
It gives me great pleasure to inform you of an alteration to the
passenger timetable which gives a much accelerated evening journey
time from London to Rotherham/Mexborough- leaving St. Pancras at
17-20 on the "Master Cutler Express" and changing trains at
Sheffield (19-50 to 19-55) one can arrive at Rotherham (20-03) and
Mexborough (20-15),giving Journey times of 2 hrs.43 to Rotherham and
2 hrs.55 to Mexborough, a great improvement on the previous fastest
times of 3
hrs.. and 3
Timings apart I fail to see how anyone in full control of their
faculties could be persuaded to travel East Coast. At the start of
the northern journey one gets first hand experience of a gas chamber
as when negotiating the aptly named Gas Works Tunnel the air
conditioning system regurgitates Deltic fumes into the "sealed"
carriages. Passengers from the North are forced to run the gauntlet
of the "bone works pong", which lends an air of unreality to
When compared with the trust steeds of the Midland, the Deltics of
the LNER (Late, never early railway) line give the appearance of
oversized cart horses and ailing ones at that. Visits to Doncaster
Plant quite often reveal over one third of the Class 55s in for
overhaul-an appalling percentage indeed. No wonder the need Peaks to
help out on the ECML (Essendine-Claypole Mineral Line).
The Midland is the Main Line.
Yours In Superiority
On 4th,June a rally was held at Worksop to celebrate the
200th.Anniversary of the opening of the Chesterfield Canal. The aim
of the rally (sponsored by Whitbread East Pennines Ltd.) was to help
the campaign to raise funds to reopen the canal above Worksop which
was closed by its owners the Great Central Railway after the
collapse of Norwood Tunnel In 1908.
BRITISH RAILWAYS 1976 FIGURES
A - The BRB had an operating surplus before interest of
compared with a loss of £28.3m in 1975.
B - In over 700 million passenger journeys not a single passenger
was killed in a train accident.
C-More freight was carried In 1976 and the downward trend in
passenger volume was reversed from April onwards despite manpower
reductions (8151) and with fewer locomotives (171),passenger
and freight vehicles (25),000).
D-81% of all passenger trains arrived on time and 93%
were on time or less than 5 minutes late.
GO AHEAD FOR NEW TRAINS
Two major BR investment projects, 14 HST's for the London-West of
England service for early 1980 and 250 EMU vehicles, the first stage
of 600 new vehicles to replace the whole of Southern Regions Inner
suburban fleet have been authorised.
The trains will be built by BR Engineering between November
and September 1979,HST power cars at Crewe and the Mk 3 coaches at
Derby. It is hoped to start building the EMUs at BR Engineering's
York Works in November 1978
so that the project will be completed by early 1980.
DAY THE RUSH HOUR STOPPED
100,000 commuters were delayed when a derailed EMU blocked lines
into Waterloo, Charing Cross, and Cannon Street on 6th.May.Two cars
of the 04-14 Addiscombe-Cannon Street became derailed on Borough
Market Junction. None of the 8 passengers on board the train was
The "London Evening News" described the junction as an "accident
black spot, three previous accidents having occurred there. In May
1960 three trains collided injuring 6
people and in February 1970
a train of empty stock jumped the rails, The third accident was not
described in the paper.
MORE CUTS IN SKEGNESS SERVICE
A controversial plan to reduce services on the heavily subsidised
Skegness-Grantham line is to be put into effect on 12th.September.BR
intended to introduce the cuts at an earlier date but were delayed
by protests from councillors, businessmen and industrialists.
British Railways say it is essential for economy reasons to bring in
10 hour working on the line, axing early morning and late evening
train. (the busiest on the line).
Councillor Harold Fainlight called this "a back door method of
ensuring the eventual closure of the line".
BR certainly seem to be making it difficult for the users of the
line, and all passengers patronising "Merrymaker" excursions from
Skegness have to detrain at Boston on the return run and are crammed
into a bus for the remainder of the journey-a policy certainly not
aimed at attracting new travellers.
The ex-BR Class 04 shunter- which has been sighted by quite a few
members at Alscott Sugar Works between Shrewsbury and Wellington,
has been positively identified as D2302 formerly of 16B Colwick
NEW QUESTION MARK FOR TINSLEY'S FUTURE
Questions have already been asked about the future of Tinsley
marshalling yard on the Sheffield/Rotherham border, with the yard
operating at about 25% capacity, and 2 other large yards (Wath and
Healey-Mills) in the area. One of Tinsley's disadvantages is the
Dowty retarding system. Sheffield's "Star" newspaper recently
carried a report which claimed oil leakages from the Dowty equipment
was causing subsidence in the soft grey shale in which the yard is
built, BR have put the cost of repair work at £600,000.
The exceptional safety record of the Midland Main Line received a
severe blow on l2th.May when 4 railwaymen were struck and killed at
Houghton Conquest south of Bedford by the 13-10 Bedford-St. Pancras
TANKER ALERT ON GC.
Fire crews from Stocksbridge were called to Wharncliffe Wood on the
Woodhead line on 15th June after discovery of a faulty valve on a
BOC. Nitrogen train which had leaked nitrogen onto the track. .As
the leak was being sealed by an engineer from British Oxygen's
Rotherham Works. Sheffield-Huddersfield Paytrains were re-routed via
Complete lists of BR Western Region DMU set formations and
allocations are now available to our members at 10p.per copy.
Please write to J. Davis, 81, Bowden Wood Cres. Sheffield
9,enclosing large SAE. Allow up to 14 days for delivery.
BR have announced their intention to name all members of Classes 50
and 87. In all,86 locomotives will be named including 87001 (at
present called STEPHENSON) which is to be renamed, The new names are
expected to be as follows:-
50001-DREADNOUGHT 50002-SUPERB 50003-TEMERAIRE 50004-ST.VINCENT
50007-HERCULES 50008 THUNDERER 50009-CONQUEROR 50010-MONARCH 50011
50013-AGINCOURT 50014-WARSPITE 50015-VALIANT 500l6-BARHAM
50017-ROYAL OAK 50018-RESOLUTION
50019-RAMILLIES 50020-REVENGE 50021-RODNEY 50022-ANSON 50023 HOWE
5002- INVINCIBLE 50026-INDOMITABLE 50027-LION 50028-TIGER
50031-HOOD 50032-COURAGEOUS 50033-GLORIOUS 50034-FURIOUS 50035-ARK
50037-ILLUSTRIOUS 50033-FORMIDABLE 50039-IMPLACABLE 50040-LEVIATHAN
50043-EAGLE 50044-EXETER 50045-ACHILLES 50046-AJAX
87001-ROYAL SCOT 87002-ROYAL SOVEREIGN 87003-PATRIOT 87004-BRITANNIA
87005-CITY OF LONDON
87006-CITY OF GLASGOW 87007-CITY OF MANCHESTER 87008-CITY OF
LIVERPOOL 87009-CITY OF 'BIRMINGHAM
87010-KING ARTHUR 87011-THE BLACK PRINCE 87012-COEUR-DE-LION
87013-JOHN O' GAUNT 87014-KNIGIIT OF THE THISTLE
87015-HOWARD-OF EFFINGHAM 87016-SIR FRANCIS DRAKE 87017-IRON DUKE
87019-SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL 87020-NORTH BRITON 87021-ROBERT THE
-BRUCE 87022-COCK O' THE NORTH
87023-HIGHLAND CHIEFTAIN 87024-LORD OF THE ISLES 87025-BORDERER
87027-WOLF OF BADENOCH 87028-LORD PRESIDENT 87029-EARL
MARISCHAL 87030-BLACK DOUGLAS
87031-HAL 09 THE WYND 87032-KENILWORTH 87035-TIIANE-OF FIFE
87035-ROBERT BURNS 87101-STEPHENSON
NOTES AND NEWS
7th.May 56014 was noted at Sheffield Midland having come light
engine off the Hope Valley line. Noted at Hull Paragon on the same
day was 03073 whilst locomotives on Botanic Gardens included
03063/112/7, 0899/166/766. Locomotives on Immingham that day
20028/52,47043/184/213/5/7/24/36/63/5,whilst shunters in attendance
at Scunthorpe wore 03093/392/7/404,whilst Frodingham hosted
08058,20026/53/60, 20210 and 40099.
14th.May 5 specials ran between Scarborough and Wembley Central in
connection with the FA Trophy Final between Scarborough and
Dagenham. All trains were rostered for Class 47 locos.
On 14th.May a Gainsborough Model Railway Society special from
Lincoln-Paignton was hauled throughout by 47038.On the same day
56004 was seen hauling a cement train through Shireoaks and shunters
in Worksop yard were 08263/85/560/867/89,whilst on 20th.May 56002
was seen at Grimesthorpe working a northbound oil train.
Tinsley shunter 08219 has been on loan to NCB New Stubbin Colliery
(Rotherham) where it was noted on 20th.May.
An unusual sight at York on 21st.May was 56002 dragging 45021 and
40057 from Tinsley to York MPD. A further unusual sight was the
08-45 Leeds-Aberdeen formed of Mk 1 stock and hauled by 40075.
The Pennine visit to the North-East on 21st, May noted the
Thornaby-03075/159/71 08174/251/373/608/32/774/5,47109/361/3, West
Hartlepool-03154, Sunderland 03079, Park Lane NCL-03056/9 Tyne
Yard-030789, Gateshead~03064/94, Newcastle Central 03066/9/170.
56031, the first of the BREL built Class 56s was noted outside
Doncaster Plant during the evening of 21st.May.The locomotive is now
On 22nd.May the main line between Newcastle and Northallerton was
blocked until midday and trains were diverted via Stockton-on-Tees
and 37007/55/164/93 were noted working engineers trains in the
Middlesbrough/ Thornaby area.
The first Class 56 to work through Stainforth and Hatfield was 56015
which worked the 0301 Orgreaves-Scunthorpe and the 07-07
Scunthorpe-Orgreaves on 26th.May,whilst the next day saw 56014
heading north through Rotherham Masborough light engine.
Class 40s working the 01-20 Manchester Piccadilly-Cleethorpes via
Scunthorpe paper train and returning on the 03-53
Cleethorpes-Doncaster during week commencing 23rd.May wore
-23rd-40013 "ANDANIA", 24th-40117, 25th, 40108,, 26th
40l06,27th.-40117.Crewe Class 25,25314 visited Scunthorpe, on
On 4th.June,40011 "MAURETANIA" took charge of the 13-20
Skegness-Manchester Piccadilly. On 8th.June 40085, 46025 were noted
on Kings Cross whilst the up Silver Jubilee" was worked by 55022
"ROYAL SCOTS GREY".
Summer Saturday holiday trains have produced interesting workings
through Gainsborough. on 4th,June 47523 worked the 08-35
Newcastle-Yarmouth and the 09-19 Manchester-Yarmouth was hauled by
45146,On 11th.June,40013 "ANDANIA" worked a
Manchester-Skeguess,40007 worked the 08-35 Newcastle-Yarmouth and
45110 was on the 09-19 Manchester-Yarmouth.
The Fletton-West Button fly ash train (empty) was noted behind 47123
Withdrawn 03 D2039 was noted in the Beighton scrap yard of T W. Ward
Ltd. on 16th.April,while noted at Rotherwood on 18th,june wore
7600200/34/7 and 76047 "DIOMEDES". On the same day 56002 was noted
working a westbound MGR train at Kiveton bridge.
On 16th.June an unidentified, Class 50 worked the 08-30 Leeds-Kings
Cross and 14-10 Kings Cross-Leeds as far as Doncaster, whilst on
18th.June 24104 and 24150 were noted at Doncaster Works.
On 20th June 37298 was a most unusual visitor to Rotherham
Masborough working a southbound parcels train. On the same evening
56014 passed on a southbound MGR train.
LONDON MIDLAND REGION
Derby Research locos D832,D7076J7096 and D8521 were noted at
Egginton on the Derby-Uttoxeter line on 14th,May.On. 12th.May 24063
was noted on a freight at Trent whilst the 17-18 arrival at Derby,
(York-Swansea) was hauled by 40056.
On 9th.May HST power cars 43002/3 arrived in Derby Works for a
classified repair. These are the first of 20 power cars due at Derby
for repair this year. Class 40s continue to arrive at Derby for
repair,40097 arriving on 16th.may. On the same day 37060/130(SF)
were refuelled at Derby.
56001 is again back in Derby for more tests and experiments, Class.
08,08741 was noted at Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station on 17th.May,
whilst on 19th.May withdrawn Class 24s,24052/7778/84 were stabled at
Walsall, On the same day 24~82 was shunting at Shrewsbury.
On 28th.May 47417 was noted at Morecambe Promenade hauling an
excursion train formed of the "Hull Pullman" stock whilst a
2nd.class special from Boston arrived behind 47265.
On 25th.May the 18-45 Manchester-Sheffield hit bricks at Belle Vue
fracturing a fuel tank. The crippled unit was pushed to New Mills
Central by a Class 24 hauled freight whilst the 19-A5
Manchester-Hull ran via Woodhead.
On 2nd.June 24073 was stabled at Wolverhampton HL, whilst on
9th.June 24087 was at Stoke on a freight,24133 was shunting at Crewe
and 24087 pulled a failed DMU on the 18-20 Crewe-Shrewsbury.
EMU 31309 has been noted at Derby Research Centre and 44010 "TRYFAN"
has arrived at Derby Works for cutting up.
A Lincoln-Llandudno Junction excursion run in conjunction with
Crosville Motor Services on 18th.June was hauled throughout by
A Mexborough-Swansea merrymaker on 30th.April was worked to Swansea
High Street by 47167 where the Tinsley 47 was hijacked by
Landore,47257 (CF) being substituted for the return journey. 27
locomotives were noted on Landore and 55 on Cardiff Canton including
31274/307(TI), 47079 "GEORGE JACKSON CHURCHWARD", 47080 "TITAN" and
ex-BR shunter D3255. On the same day 47538 "PYTHON" was spotted on a
freight at Margam and 47083 "ORION" was in attendance at Severn
On 14th.May 47076 "CITY OF TRURO" was noted at Torquay whilst 08259,
and 08641 were seen at-Newton Abbot.47081 "ODIN" was at Paignton.
Several trains run by the Doncaster Division carrying women's
organisations to Llandrindod Wells ran during May and June, the
motive power on some of them being reported by members as follows:
12th.May- Grantham-Shrewsbury and return 47039.
Shrewsbury-Llandrindod Wells and return 37190 19th,May-
Scunthorpe-Shrewsbury and return 47181 Shrewsbury-Llandrindod
Wells and return 371010 26th.May- Gainsborough-Shrewsbury and return
47047. Shrewsbury-Llandrindod Wells and return 37188 2nd,
June-Peterborough-Shrewsbury and return 47215
Shrewsbury-Llandrindod Wells and return 37190.
Most West of England expresses noted, at Paddington were Class 50
hauled on 8th.June.In a 30 minute period 50002/4/17/21/5/32/8/42
were noted. 47484 "ISAMBARD KINGDOM BRUNEL" was noted departing with
a train for Fishguard Harbour.
An overnight excursion from Boston to Inverness on 10/11th. June was
worked as far as Edinburgh Waverley by 47039.from where the reigns
were taken over by 40063. The return journey started off as a farce.
By advertised departure time (17-10) the train had no loco with
having failed. 25068/26028 having worked off the shed, backed onto
the train and worked back onto the shed. Next loco to come off the
depot was an ETH 47 but this was finally replaced by 47038,and the
train left 60 minutes late. On top of this the train was on time by
Noted on Inverness depot on 11th.June were 08568/620/728/882,
30/1/6/7/8/9/41/2. 47024 437/472.
Noted at Perth on 11th.June were 26018/22 whilst 08505 was at
Stirling and 31314 was an unusual visitor to Haymarket.
47s seen at Clapham Junction with empty hopper trains have included
47203 on 3rd,June and 47217 on 9th.June.
Extra trains were run from Waterloo in the evening of 7th.June in
connection with the Royal Silver Jubilee celebrations. Reliefs to
Guildford departed at 23-52 and 00-22.
For the above information -.are indebted to the following:
Messrs. Davis, Helliwell, Mellors, Needham, Pett, Ratcliffe,
Sanderson, Sterry, and Swift.
COMPETITION NUMBER FIVE
Winner of competition number 5 was Mr. K .Connell, runners up were
Mr. D. Butcher and Mr. S. Mellors.
The answers are as follows:-
14-45529, 32329, 87001
COMPETITION NUMBER SIX
Below are 10 questions of a Jubilee flavour. First prize is £2 with
second and third prizes of £l each.
All entries to reach Jon Davis by 20th July.
1- Which 4 locomotive works were involved in the building of the LMS
Jubilee class ?
2- Western Region express carried a special headboard
surmounted by a crown and the letters "EIIR" to celebrate the
Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
3-On 29th June 1953 Eastern Region introduced a new non-stop express
from Kings Cross-Edinburgh Waverley. What was its title?
4-After the 1897 Diamond Jubilee celebrations a special train
carried Queen Victoria to Deeside for her to rest at Balmoral. Name
Caledonian 4-4-0's, which took over the train at Carlisle Citadel.
5-In connection with the 1935 Silver Jubilee celebrations one of the
new 5XP Class was selected to appear at Euston Station in May. It
was renumbered 5552 and named "Silver Jubilee" and fitted with
chrome name plates and numbers. What was its original number.
6-When was the original LNER "Royal Sovereign" (61671) taken out of
7-Which loco was the name "Royal Sovereign" transferred to?
8)- Which famous loco preserved celebrates its Golden Jubilee this
9)- In what month of 1935 did the LNER "Silver Jubilee" train enter
10-Which railway did King Edward VIII call "The Royal Road"?
Coaching stock transferred to Scottish Region - 1853 (RMB, 5096,
5164, 5221, 9388, 9415