The Magazine of the Pennine Railway Society
No.150 - Winter
President: Geoffrey Bambrough
Chairman: Robin Skinner
Treasurer. John Sanderson
Membership Secretary: Tony Caddick
Magazine Coordinator: David Whitlam
Meetings/Security: Robin Havenhand, Neil Taylor
Website Manager: Tony Booth
The photo, taken by Chris Nicholson, came first in the Pennine
Shield Competition held on 4th November 2009. It shows Irish Class
201 loco 228 at Kildare on 6 September 2008 on the 17.00 Dublin
Heuston to Cork service which was terminating at Thurles
The photo, taken by Glyn Gossan, came third in the Pennine Slide
Competition. It shows a Class 158 passing Crowle eastbound on 12
We are pleased to celebrate publication of magazine No 150 on the
35th anniversary of the Pennine Railway Society. A remarkable
longevity for any society, we believe. We celebrate this with you,
our members, without whom we could not have reached this achievement
(see Page mi).
The Committee of
the Pennine Railway Society join together in wishing all our
members, their families and their friends a very Happy Christmas and
Prosperous New Year. We thank you for your support and friendship
With this magazine you will find a renewal of membership form and we
are pleased to announce that we are able to maintain the membership
fee of £6 for another year. We hope you feel this continues to be
excellent value for money and look forward to you rejoining your
Society for 2010.
The Committee believe that in the technological age we are now in,
many of you will no longer require use of a pocket diary, and we
have agreed that rather than pay a substantial amount for a block
order of printed diaries (144 minimum order) club fund could be
better used elsewhere. However, we understand that some of you will
still value a pocket diary, and these will be sent to anyone, free
of charge, who indicates they wish to receive one on the membership
renewal form. Each will have an insert giving details of committee
Annual General Meeting.
You are invited to attend the Society's Annual General Meeting,
which will be held at 12 noon on Sunday 10th January 2010 at The
Salutation. This is the opportunity for you, the members, to have a
say in how you wish the Society to be run, and to form a plan for
events in 2010. It will also provide a chance to socialise with
friends you may not have seen for awhile. Any member who wishes to
raise an issue is welcome to advise this to our chairman, Robin
Skinner, or to any other Committee Member in advance of the meeting.
Members are reminded of our social evenings, arranged by Robin,
which are held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month.
The early 20 10 program is shown elsewhere in this organ.
Entertainment begins at 20.00 in our private, wellappointed function
room. Members are welcome to bring non-members to meetings.
Included with this magazine is a 20 10 calendar, showing the dates
of the AGM (printed in blue) and the social evenings (printed in
red). Thanks to Robin Havenhand for suggesting this new feature; we
hope you find it useful.
Pennine correspondent Gerry Collins of Lincoln tells us he
understands the new Routemaster's will not be on the streets of
London until at least late 2011, although, happily, there is now a
process of ridding the streets of the controversial bendy buses,
thought by many to be a fire hazard and danger to cyclists. Sports
car manufacturer Aston Martin and architect Foster & Partners joined
forces to win the contact to design the new vehicle.
Brighton Belle Restored
The Brighton Belle which ran between the south coast and London from
1933 until 1972 may be back on the rails by 2012. The 5 BEL Trust
aims to restore 5 of the original 15 carriages to run again on the
main line. Some other carriages went into service on the Venice
Simplon Orient Express and one runs on the Bluebell Railway.
Brake on Bullet Train
SouthEastern's 29 Class 3 95 trains running on HS 1 from London to
Kent will be timetabled to run at 125mph, not at its top speed of
140mph. However when late, drivers will be allowed to reach 140mph
(which should ensure targets are met for trains arriving on time).
Euston Arch to Rise from Depths
The Euston Arch, 70ft high, demolished during the rebuilding of
Euston Station and dumped in the Prescott Channel is to be salvaged
and rebuilt. The new arch will feature a nightclub and banquet hall.
As Euston Station stands on the site of the original arch, a new
location on Euston Road has been suggested.
Glasgow Airport Rail Link Scrapped
The Scottish Government has scrapped the £120m Glasgow Airport Rail
Link project as a result of cuts in public spending. The link was
due to open in time for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Greyhounds on UK Roads
Our USA correspondent, Armytage Shanks, tells us that Greyhound
buses are now running on UK roads. Now owned by First Group non stop
services are running hourly between London Victoria bus station and
Portsmouth and also to Southampton.
Eurostar's 100 Millionth Passenger
If in a quiz you are asked who was Eurostar's 100 Millionth
passenger, it was David Kemp (35) from Highgate, London who
travelled on the 09.00 St Pancras - Paris service on 28 August 2009.
He wins unlimited travel on Eurostar for 1 year.
HS2 Gets Go Ahead (Subject to Government Approval)
Network Rail has put forward plans for a second high speed railway
line linking Scotland and London. The line will go via Birmingham
and Manchester getting passengers from Glasgow to London in 2hrs
16mins. It will also serve Liverpool. New stations will need
construction throughout, in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow
and Edinburgh close to existing city centre stations. There will be
much debate as to whether Heathrow Airport should be included in the
don't hold your breath. It
is unlikely that trains will run before 2030 (the yearly). Network
Rail's preferred route is from central London to Manchester with
spur lines to Birmingham / Warrington and Liverpool, then from
Preston, north to Scotland, where the route would split into two
through to Edinburgh and Glasgow. The route would allow 16 trains
per hour from and to London, at 10Omph running with a fleet of 53 x
10 carriage trains and 20 x 5 carriage units.
Chiltern to Take Over Running of W & S
From the New Year open access operator Wrexham and Shropshire is to
be run by Chiltern Railways bur will retain its branding and
Shrewsbury-based open-access business unit status. W & S was
launched 2 years ago and runs 4 services per day from Wrexham
General to Marylebone via Shrewsbury and the West Midlands. Chiltern
plans to pick up at Banbury on services to London and serve
additional stations such as Leamington Spa.
Waterloo International Mothballed for Five Years
The former 5 Eurostar platforms at Waterloo will be out of use until
2014. South West Trains will not be able to use those platforms
until work has been carried out to give greater track flexibility on
the station "throat'. Platform 20 had been the main candidate for
short term use.
Arriva Applies to Run Aberystwyth - London Services
Arriva Trains Wales has applied for the go-ahead to run direct
services between Aberystwyth and London, a link withdrawn by BR in
199 1. This, however, would be subject to completion of a new train
(ERTMS) on the Cambrian line, currently being trialled.
ATW says the service would use 2 car Class 158s running Aberystwyth
- Birmingham, strengthening to 4 cars from Birmingham. Frequency
would be 2 early morning trains from Aberystwyth to London,
returning at 13. 15 and 15. 15. Our thanks to Pennine's Wales
correspondent, Rhys Jones, for the above information.
13 November 2009 saw the nationalisation of the ECM1, with National
Express handing back to Whitehall its franchise to operate services
between Kings Cross and Edinburgh.
The Dept of Transport has set up a holding company called Directly
Operated Railways to oversee the publicly owned East Coast Main Line
Company Ltd, operating as East Coast.
All traces of National Express will be erased and replaced with the
state approved name, logo, train liveries, uniforms and station
First £1000 Rail Ticket
The first £1000 fare in the history of Britain's railway is a 1st
class open return Newquay - Kyle of Lochalsh, at £1002 if bought on
the day of travel (saver return £561). This compares unfavourably
with Air New Zealand's £758 round the world ticket (London - Los
Angeles - Auckland - Hong Kong - London).
Pennine Slide Competition
The Pennine Slide Competition, held at The Salutation on 4 November,
was this year judged by Neil Taylor (last year's winner). A total of
45 high quality slides were entered and the result was as follows.
1st Chris Nicholson Irish Class 201 loco 228 at Kildare on 6
September 2008 on the 17.00 Dublin Heuston to Cork service which was
terminating at Thurles
2nd Andrew Barclay Hudswell Clarke 0-6-OST No.31 climbing the 1 in
13 gradient to Somersham. station on 3 June 2007 on the private
Fawley Hill Railway
3rd Glyn Gossan
eastbound on 12 February 2008 Class 158 passing Crowle
Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to all who entered and to
Neil for judging.
Sheffield Railwayana Auctions
At the Sheffield Railwayana Auction held at the Derbyshire County
Cricket Club's Gateway Centre on 12 September 2009 the following
locomotive nameplates all sold for £6,000 or more: LNER BRASS
LOCOMOTIVE NAMEPLATE: 'HERTFORDSHIRE" as carried by the LNER D49/1
'Shire" class 4-4-0 loco No256 built at
Darlington in December 1927. Renumbered 2703 from January 1947 and
became BR 62703 in April 1949 - £8.000. NAMEPLATE: "CHIAMOSSAIRE"
from the LNER 4-6-2 Pacific "A2/Y' class loco numbered 5 14 when
built at Doncaster in September 1946. Renumbered 60514 by BR in
March 1948 - £12,500 LOCOMOTIVE NAMEPLATE: "WESTERN CRUSADER' and
CABSIDE NUMBER PLATE D 1004, as carried by the BR C-C 2,70011P type
4 diesel hydraulic "Western" Class 52, built at Swindon Works in May
1962 and named from new - £ 10,500. "LOCOMOTIVE NAMEPLATE:
'1NVINCIBLE" being the left hand plate carried by the LMS 4-6-0
"Jubilee" class 5XP later 6P loco No 5715 and named "INVINCIBLE'
from new. Invincible was built at Crewe Works entering service in
July 1936 - £10,200. BRASS LOCOMOTIVE NAMEPLATE: "GAINSBOROUGH' as
carried by the LNER 4-6-2 Pacific A3 class loco No 2597 built at
Doncaster in April 1930. Renumbered 86 in October 1946 and BR 60086
in September 1948 - £10,000. GWR LOCOMOTIVE NAMEPLATE: "STANFORD
COURT` as carried by the GWR 2900 "Saint' class 46-0 loco No 2949
built at Swindon in May 1912 £8,100. "LOCOMOTIVE NAMEPLATE:
"YARMOUTH' as carried by the LB&SCR 0-44T E l class loco No B 152
"HUNGARY" built at Nine Elms in October 1880. Transferred to the
Isle of Wight in July 1932 becoming W2 - £7,000, GWR LOCOMOTIVE
NAMEPLATE: "CAMPION HALL" being the left hand plate as carried by
the GWR 4900 "Hair, class 4-6-0 loco 5941 built at Swindon in
February 1935 ~ £6,100.
On a showery Thursday in June I set off for my first ride in an
Adelante. As I parked in a lane near Retford station, 66593 passed
with a container train, and 31459 "Cerberus" was stabled in a
siding. I bought my ticket, a 91 sped through with a southbound
express, another one rushed past with a northbound train, and then
the 11.48 Kings Cross Hull was approaching. I took a seat in the
well-filled second carriage, and soon we were away. The sun shone
during the ride through familiar countryside to Doncaster. We
overtook 66025 on a coal train, and stabled near the station were
47145 and 67024. As we departed from Doncaster, I noted 08754, 08762
and 08871. During the ride across the flat country to the north, I
looked out for my regular train-watching places on this stretch of
main line: Marsh Lane Crossing, Massarella's Crossing, Joan Croft
Crossing, Dormer Green Crossing, Moss and Fenwick. The train slowed
for Temple Hirst Junction, where a raised bank beside a minor road
is another of my favourite photographic locations. The main line to
York swung away, and we were now on the old main line via Selby. We
passed the former Temple Hirst station, and a few miles further on,
I saw the first traditional signal box on this journey, Henwick
Hall. The train slowed for the Selby stop, the line from Leeds
coming in on the left. I had travelled as far as this on previous
occasions, when the Hull Trains services were operated by Turbostars
and Pioneers. The Adelante departed over the swing bridge across the
Ouse; I looked at the disused wharves, and remembered when the Selby
waterfront used to be busy with barges and small ships. The line
assed extensive mills; I noticed a loop and a small signal box at
Barlby. The course of the old main line to York diverged, now a
road. East of Selby the line to Hull runs dead straight for several
miles. We passed the closed station at Hemingbrough and the still
open one at Wressle. I noted the remains of a castle at Wressle, and
on the other side of the line was something new - two tall wind
turbines. Howden station has staggered platforms and an old North
Eastern Railway trespass notice. This was as far as I had travelled
on previous excursions using Hull Trains services from Retford, but
today I was staying on the Adelante to the end of the line. The next
three stations were passed without stopping Eastrington, Gilberdyke
and Broomfleet. At Gilberdyke Junction the line from Doncaster via
Goole swung in, and from here as far as Melton, beyond Brough, the
Hull line is manually signalled with semaphores and signal boxes.
The Yorkshire Wolds rose in front, and on the other side of the
train could be seen the low hills of North Lincolnshire; on the
horizon were the steelworks at Scunthorpe and more wind turbines.
The last stop before Hull was Brough, although there were two more
stations which the Adelante passed, Ferriby and Hessle. For a short
stretch the line ran right beside the Humber shore, with fine views
across the estuary; the Humber Bridge dominated the landscape, and
soon the train was passing under the end of the huge structure and
running alongside a main road into the outskirts of Hull. There were
disused sidings, a line running into the docks, and junctions;
before long the train was coming to a halt under the impressive
overall roof of Hull station. I had about fifty minutes before the
Adelante departed as the 15. 18 Hull - Kings Cross, time for a snack
lunch in one of the station's three cafes and for a walk through the
nearby streets as Queen Victoria Square. I admired a war memorial,
some statues and the facade of Hull Maritime Museum, and then it was
time to make my way back to the station. On the nameboards it is
simply Hull, but a sign for the transport interchange uses the
station's old name, Paragon. I had done a little filming and
photographing upon arrival, and now I meant to try some more
viewpoints in the station; but I had run out of time, so I took a
seat in the Adelante, which was quickly away on its journey to
London. Rain was threatening, with black clouds to the north, but
the sun continued to shine. I enjoyed the views across the water
when the train ran by the Humber. On the return journey the train
stopped at Brough, Howden, Selby and Doncaster. I kept an eye out
for the signal boxes and semaphores between Welton and Gilberdyke
Junction, *and remembered photographic sessions I'd had along this
stretch of line. Chris and I had been invited into Cave signal box
the day after we'd announced our engagement, I'd been with a friend
to Crabley Creek I'd waited at Gilberdyke to see a triple-headed
special, and I'd also included the boxes at Broomfleet and Oxmardyke
in photos; perhaps I'd come back to this line again to take more
pictures. At Doncaster I saw 66075, 66714 and 66731, and after I'd
alighted at Retford and was filming the Adelante departing for
Grantham, Stevenage and Kings Cross, 66572 ran through with a
container train. I went to my car for the drive back to
Gainsborough, and was already planning other fides on Hull trains.
A Christmas Ghost Story
It was Christmas Eve and Joe Barker was on the back shift spare
driver at the shed. He arrived early so he could wish his workmates
who might be around the mess room a merry Christmas, only to be met
by Dave Davis the timekeeper with a job. All he had to do was move a
couple of the shed's 350s over to the fuel road and fill them up
ready for use after Christmas. By the time he had got them rounded
up and coupled together and moved to the fuel point it had already
started to get dark, the fuel point was located on the far side of
the yard and was well away from any of the shed buildings and Joe
always found it very eerie at this time of year. Joe was just
filling the last of the shunters when he heard something moving in
the bushes he froze with a start but turned round to see Mandoo the
shed cat coming out of the bushes with a mouse in his mouth.
Christmas dinner for the shed cat sorted. Joe cleaned up and moved
the 350s back over to the shed reception road, then went back to the
warmth of the mess room and see who was about to wish seasons
greetings to. But yet again Dave Davis was waiting for him with the
news that the driver of 1A36 had been taken ill and that he was to
get a lift in the van up to the station and take over, Joe was not
impressed as he was hoping to get away early so he could have a
couple of pints on the way home in the railway club. On arrival at
the station 40123 was at the helm of 1A36 and the station gaffer was
pacing up and down the platform. Joe was unimpressed with his charge
as he was expecting a nice shiny Deltic not one of these slow
freight engines on a fast express to London. The only good news was
that he would be getting relief at Peterborough so he could get the
last train back home before everything stopped for the Christmas
holidays. He got the tip from the station staff and was soon on the
way, slowly building up speed managing to finally get her up to 90
by Bawtry, only to have to shut off power for the speed restriction
on the viaduct. After that he would have the chance to see what the
old freighter was made of as they were booked none stop to
Peterborough. Things seemed to be running smoothly keeping up a
steady 90 most of the way apart from having to slow down for the
bridge north of Newark. Then just after they had passed through
Grantham alarm bells started ringing and the engine shut itself
down, at least they had managed to get over the top at Stoke so
could coast for a while to the next signal. After stopping and
reporting to the signalman he climbed back on board to see if he
could fix the problem, then something told him to look at the fuel
gauge on the fuel tank where he was met with the needle reading
zero. At least it would be a straight forward job to open the
reserve header tank then rack up the fuel pumps and attempt to
restart the engine. Joe climbed back on board and headed off into
the engine room, squeezing past the radiators he thought he had seen
someone in the engine room he called
out but there
was no reply only the silence of the shut down engine and the tick,
tick, tick of the air leak off valve. He managed to get to the
cubicle door where the valve was located and unwound the valve and
was relieved to hear the sound of diesel running to the main fuel
tank. Joe was just about to make his way back to the cab when he
again saw a ghostly shape at the other end of engine room. Then
there followed a loud hissing and whoosh outside Joe hurriedly
looked through the engine room window in time to see what he thought
was a large blue steam engine with a short rake of stock heading
past on the adjacent slow line. Joe racked up the fuel pumps and
dashed back to his cab not seeing any more ghostly beings on the
way, and pressed the engine start button and with great relief the
engine burst back into life. Joe went back to the signal phone and
asked the signalman if he would be getting a fast run to
Peterborough where he would need a fresh engine as this one was
running on empty and would not make it to London, or would he have
to follow the steam special that had just passed him on the slow
line. The signalman said that he must be dreaming as one there was
no steam special and that two the slow line had been shut for the
last hour due to a point's failure. Joe climbed back on board and
got 1A36 back under way for the last few miles to Peterborough
taking it steady so as not to run out of fuel again before reaching
Peterborough. On arrival a relief was waiting complete with a fresh
engine, and also the shed driver was waiting to take 40123 off to
the shed. Joe just had a few minutes to dash over the bridge and get
his ride back home on the cushions. Joe sat back in his nice comfy
seat and started to doze as he looked out of the window then as the
train passed the signal that he had failed at, which was in fact at
Little Bytham then it occurred to him that maybe the ghostly figure
he had seen in the engine room might have been the ghost of Joe
Duddington wishing him well back on his way safely, and the train he
thought he had seen was the ghost of Mallard on its way into the
record books. One thing was for certain though was that he would
never tell a soul what he had seen on that Christmas Eve night.
Holding Back the Years
by Glyn Gossan
I have often wondered that if I was able to put together a slide
show to music, what the most suitable "title track'' would be. After
due consideration, I have taken into account my love of the South
West, and many, many happy memories, like many of us have,, of
enjoyable days of sun, sea, and loco hauled trains in the West
Country during the 1980s. These were happy days indeed, and very
difficult to believe that August 1984 is now 25 years ago, and as
such my choice of title would be "Holding Back the Years". The
availability of a time machine would undoubtedly take me back to
these most happy times. August 30 1984 was one of many occasions
when I left Chesterfield on the overnight 22.38 Bradford - Paignton,
which on this occasion was hauled by 45013. Invariably, I would be
able to obtain a "compo" to myself, usually at least as far as
Bristol, and this occasion did not vary that luxury. So it was
lights dimmed, blinds down, and shut eye for as long as possible.
Waking bleary eyed always took place at Bristol, where there was an
engine change on this service, and on this occasion the replacement
loco was 47549. To be fair, any loco could be used and 45's, 47's,
50's, including 50021 (beast!!) were used over a period of time. I
was always amazed how many bashers were evident on the platform ends
at four in the morning at Temple Meads, something impossible to
think of now! On this occasion, I took 47549 as far as Torquay,
baled, and promptly took the 08 55 Paignton - Paddington. as far as
Newton Abbot with 50039. It is my own personal belief that of all
the stations that are no longer what they once were, "Newton Abbot"
has been more or less destroyed. On this occasion though, 45014
followed on the 09. 10 Paignton Newcastle, with 45013, obviously
attached at Bristol, seen on the 23.25 Glasgow - Paignton. The loco
off the overnight Bradford - Paignton then worked the 09 24 Paignton
- B'ham and 13.44 return, so we know what 47549 was going to do for
the rest of the day! Several hours were spent on this particular day
at Aller Junction, yet another location that is not quite what it
once was, and I photographed or observed many h-dins, including
50011 on the 09.45 Paignton - Paddington., 50008 on the 07.00
Paddington. Paignton, 50024 on the 07.40 Penzance - Glasgow, 47244
on the 10.20 Paignton - Glasgow, 50022 on the 08.55 Newquay
-Manchester, 33008 on the 08.36 Swansea Paignton, 45107 on the 09.
10 Penzance - Leeds, 47422 on the 09.32 Penzance - Paddington.,
47501 on the 09.15 Paddington. Paignton, 50009 on the 09.40
Paddington. - Penzance, 50027 on the 09.45 Paddington. - Newquay,
450 10 on the 10.04 Newquay - Newcastle, 45022 on the 10.35 Penzance
- Leeds, 50028on the 10. 18 Paddington.- Paignton, 50037 on a
Penzance - Paddington. additional, 50050 on the 11.25 Penzance -
Manchester, 47374 on the 09.11 Manchester - Newquay, 50017 on the
09.30 Liverpool - Penzance and 47307 on the 08.21 Bradford -
Paignton. It is hard to believe that there was basically an hourly
Paddington. - Paignton Saturday service, all loco hauled, as well as
all the other services. Not a Sprinter, Voyager, Pacer, or God
forbid, class 153 to be seen!! I had decided to take 33008 back to
Exeter on the 14. 10 Paignton - Swansea, for 50029 as far as
Bristol, on the 15.35 Paignton - Oxford. This was a regular move for
me when I was heading home from the South West, as I would then
catch the 16.08 Paignton - Liverpool, on this day with 47322 which I
required, as far as Birmingham. A further change would lead me onto
the 16.45 Paignton - Leeds, behind 45119, for the rest of the
journey to Chesterfield. All too quickly, the end of another most
enjoyable trip to the South West had come to an end. The South West
as an area has never lost its appeal for me, although the region's
railways, like everything else, have changed. I hesitate to say not
for the better, as there are many that remember the hydraulic era,
when "Westerns" and "Warships" ruled the rails, and looking even
further back, when there were no diesels at all, and "Castles",
"Kings~' and "Halls" powered all the trains. Time stands still for
no man, someone once said, and I fully appreciate that, but I
remember with huge enjoyment, my halcyon days when rail travel was
affordable without a second mortgage, trains had more than 2 or 4
coaches, had a loco on the front, and the liveries of the trains
didn't look like a 3 year old had been let loose with some crayons.
Yes, I know, I'll be going on "grumpy old men" very soon, but a
procession of Class 50s at Aller Junction, even with Class 47s
interspersed, on a sunny Summer Saturday,
was absolute heaven to me. Now come on Mick Hucknall, how does that
song go again?
Pennine Observer Notes
Recent sightings at Doncaster have been:
67021 thunderbird, 66003/019/048/238/508/512/515/522/523/
546/551/585/60inO4 all on coal 66569/572/577/589 freightliners
66506/547 binliners 60013 light engine 66186 engineers 37401/690
66724 gypsum 661001230n09 inter modal 66198/232 sand
66107 steel 66120 stone
Oct 1 66114/2271709 Intermodal
66501/567/569 Freightliners 20189 Stabled at back of station
66001/090 Engineers 66724 Gypsum
66132/716 Gypsum 66207, 66711 Intermodal
66061/523/708/952 Coal 66065, 66181 Engineers
66158/301/67019 Light engines 66505, 66525, 66557, 66612 Light
60049 Limestone 67003, 66070, 66133 RHTT
Oct 8 67019 Thunderbird 66569, 66576 Freightliners
66193, 66094, 66711 Intermodal 66011 Sand
66956, 66558, 66536 Freightliners 66090, 66606 Limestone
6700ly 66618, 66185, 66091 Light engines 66511, 66544, 66546, 66548
66544/722/617/514/509/561 Coal Nov 19 67020 Thunderbird
66132,66129 Gypsum 66015, 66213, 97301 Light engines
66624 Limestone 66044 RHTT
66114 Sand 66511, 66520, 66544, 66710 Coal
66027, 08428 Engineers 66606, 66090 Limestone
Oct 15 31233 T.M.T. 66003,66731 Gypsum
08428 Crane 66069, 66141 Sand
66117, 66121, 66709 Intermodal 66530, 66571 Freightliners
60077 Tanks 66001 Engineers
66110, 66172 Light engines 66713 Intermodal
66577, 66579, 66592 Freightliners Other recent sightings have been:
66605 Limestone Sep 12 66020+66192 on p.w. train and 66563 on
66013 Gypsum coal train at Wrawby Junction
66030 Engineers Sep 22 66724 at Selby (Potter's)
66301/508/526/546/550/564/711/952 Coal Sep 23 66707 at Selby
Oct 22 66056 Sand Sep 24 66048, 66068, 66528 and 66599 on coal
31190, 66027, 66614, 66727 Light engines trains and 66059 on stone
train at Temple
66516, 66541, 66569 Freightliners Hirst Junction
67019 Thunderbird Sep 26 66048 and 66068 on coal trains at Dormer
66060, 66110 Engineers Green Crossing
60021 Stalybridge Tanks Sep 29 66731 at Harringay
66722 Gypsum Sep 30 66169 on mineral h-din and 66576 and 66577
66177, 66708 Intermodal on container trains at Retford
66624 Limestone 60010 on oil train and 31190 stabled at
66165/523/528-29/5-54/564-65/709/721 Coal Grantham,
Oct 29 67020 Thunderbird 60091, 66715, 66724, 66729 and 66732 at
37602, 37607 Track recording train Peterborough
66027, 66727 Gypsum 66140 on goods train at Biggleswade
66535, 66569, 66578 Freightliners 59202 on stone train on sidings
47727, 60021, 66957, 66619 Light engines Pancras
60045 Engineers Eurostars 3005, 3006, 3011, 3012, 3020,
66012, 66724 Intermodal - 3021, 3022, 3105, 3202, 3216, 3220 and
66133, 66181 RHTT 3231 on international services
66117 Steel 395006, 395010+395015 and 395016 on
66529, 66553, 66557, 66581, 66710 Coal South Eastern High Speed
Nov 5 67019 Thunderbird at Ebbsfieet
66197, 66614, 66951 Light engines Oct 4 66011 and 66230 in sidings
66012, 66086, 66199 R.H.T.T. 66114 on engineering work near Hull
37602, 37607 Track recording train Oct 15 66183 and 66548 on coal
trains at Fenwick
66535, 66540, 66558 Freightliners 66717 on coal train at Haxey
66089 Engineers Oct 17 6221, 66230 and 66589 on coal trains on
66141, 66721 Intermodal Gainsborough / Barnetby line
66005 Gypsum Nov 4 90021 on 08.50 Birmingham New Street -
66040 Sand Euston
66601 Limestone Locos noted at Felixstowe Beach (old) station in the
66030 Stone 12-18 September were 66002/012/019/043/153/174,
/593 and 66720/73 1.
Seen at Ipswich in 3 hours on 17 September were 153306/309/322/335,
156407/409/419, 170201/202/204~ 207,321341,
66574/535/568/591/593/594/575/503n05n25, 86501 and
90002-004/006/008/009/0131014/016/026/042/045. Locos noted at
Peterborough on 29 September were 66707, 66709, 66724~ 66120, 66423,
66727, 66712 and 66133. Locos seen at Peterborough on 4 October were
92012, 66076,66140,66181966709,66722,66732,66712,66708, 66729 and
Locos noted at Derby Research Centre on 19 September
were37609,37059,37259,37423,31601,31602,08417, 31465 and 56303.
Locos seen at Crewe on 4 November were 90049, 66621,
66616,66608,66611,66540,66591,90042,86607,86612, 86632, 86638,
66560, 92036, 47802, 47831 and 37602.
Locos seen at Tonbridge on 22 October were 563 12, 6640 1, 66427,
66720, 73141 Charlotte, 73201 and 73213.
Railtours and Charter Trains
Locos seen on railtours and charters have been:
Aug 26 ("Scarborough Spa Express") 70013
Sep 26 Cathedrals Express") 60163 "Tornado"
Nov 7 ("The Pegswood Stage") 90019, 66094 and 66153
'The Boot and Hoot) 66139 and 31190
Locos used at the Elsecar Diesel Gala on 31 August were 31162, D9524
plus industrial shunters 2150, 2895, 72229 and 6950.
Locos working at the NYMR Diesel Gala on 18 September were D7628,
47580, D2207, 08556, 50027, 26007, 55022, D1023, D6700 and steam
Used at the Great Central Railway Mixed Traffic Weekend Gala were
locos 63601, 42085 and 33116 and DW 51427/50321.
Locos working at the Middleton Railway Gala on 19 September were
D2999, 7051 "John Alcock' and steam locomotives 67 and "Sir
Berkeley'. Locos used at the Peak Rail Diesel Shunter Gala on 26
September were D2953, D2199, D2854, PWM654, 0309 1, D25 87, D2139,
06003 and 08016.
Locos working at the Nene Valley Diesel Gala on 4 October were
31108, 31271 and 66711.
Locos used at the Severn Valley Diesel Gala on 5 October were D3932,
D 1013, 73006, 50026, 5013 5, 47580, 50044, 37906,20059,20188,
D1062,37264, D821, D3022 and 12099.
Locos working at the Peak Rail Mixed Traffic Weekend on 10 October
were D8, 37152, 48624 and WD150.
Locos used at the Great Central Railway steam gala on 10 October
were 30777 "Sir Lamiel', 42085,48305,63601, 70013 "Oliver
Cromwell"', 90733 and 92203 "Black Prince".
Locos seen at the Bluebell Railway on 24 October were: Working - 672
Fenchurch, 9017 Earl of Berkeley, 3 163 8, 34059 Sir Archibald
Sinclair and 80151 Display - 75029, 31065, 92240, 592, 30541, 34023,
488, WD1959, 30096, 30928, 55 31618, 80100 (under tarpaulin), 80064,
58850 (27505) and 4 Sharpthorn In Works - 263, 32473, 30847, 73082,
32424 and 323 Locos noted at the Spa Valley Railway on 25 October
were: Working - 47493, 7715 and 15224 (shunting stock) Static -
37254, 33063, 33065 and E6047 Undergoing Overhaul - 32650 and 68077
Pennine Quiz No. 138
1. Between which two stations was the only tunnel on the
Whitehaven & Furness Jcn. Railway?
2. What was the length of Wath Road Tunnel?
3. How many different classes (passenger & freight) were used
in the 1948 locomotive exchanges?
4. In 1894 which British Railway Company were the first to
introduce 4-6-0 locomotives?
5. Complete the station name -------- and Timberland.
6. In which year did electric haulage of coal trains between
Wath and Dunford Bridge begin?
7. Near which town was Myrtle Hill Junction?
8. How many platforms were there at Nottingham Victoria
9. How many water troughs were there on the Great Western main
line between London and Plymouth?
10. On which date did British Railways go decimal?
11. Which steam Motive Power Depot had an entrance on Middle Furlong
12. Which L.N.E.R. locomotive did the Bristol - Taunton - Plymouth
run in the locomotive exchange trials of 1948?
13. How many "Jones Goods" locomotives were built?
14. Which two LMS. Jubilees were rebuilt with 2A boilers in 1942?
15. Which current depot can be reached via Headlands Lane and Spawd
16. Which locomotive was involved in the accident at Balby Bridge on
the 16th March 1951?
17. How many platforms were there at Leeds Central Station?
18. Which District Superintendent of the LNWR. invented the water
19. Which two West Coast Main Line stations featured in the making
of the 1946 film "Brief Encounter""
20. Which London Underground station was named Gillespie Road from
opening in 1906 until 1932?
21. Which DMU carries the name "Ian Dewhurst'?
22. Which "Britannia" was on show at the Festival of Britain in 1951
23. What was the cost of the first second class "7 day All-line
Railrover" which came out in 1959?
24. Whom did Dr. Richard Beeching succeed as Chairman of the BTC.?
25. Which locomotive carries the name "Driver Robin Prince MBE?
26. How many arches are there on the 720 yard RoyalBorder Bridge?
27. Which was the last steam locomotive to be overhauled at
Doncaster Plant Works and return to service?28.
28. To which depot were all six members of class S1 allocated in
29. What was the original name carried by 'Patriot' No.5524?
30. Which was the first pit to have a fully automatic weighing and
filling plant for loading trains of MGR wagons?
Pennine Quiz No. 137
Pennine Quiz No. 137
1st - Ian Shenton
1st - Ken King
3rd - John Dewing
Congratulations to all the winners.
Pennine Meetings 2010
Meetings are held at The Salutation Inn, South Parade, Doncaster
starting at 20.00 on 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month.
Wednesday 6th January 2010
Sunday 10th January 2010
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
12noon SALUTATION INN
Wednesday 20th January 2010
Wednesday 3rd February 2010
'The Master Cutler'
Wednesday 17th February 2010
'Steam Around Sheffield'
Wednesday 3rd March 2010
THE ANDY DALBY MEMORIAL SLIDE COMPETITION
Wednesday 17th March 2010
'Normanton Shed 55E 1962-1968'
Wednesday 7th April 2010
'Railways of Humberside'
Wednesday 21st April 2010
I would like to thank the following for their generous contributions
to this issue: Chris Tyas, John Dewing, Glyn Gossan, Ken King, John
Reader, John Sanderson, Robin Skinner and Paul Slater.
The Spring 2010 Issue of Trans Pennine is due for publication on
17th March would contributors please let the coordinator have their
information by Wednesday 17th February - THANK YOU. Remember you can
email your contributions to david',&whitiam]45.freeserve.co.uk.
Without our Magazine Editors we would (obviously) not have any
magazine, and, in all likelihood, no Society to celebrate. So it is
with our thanks that we name all those who have given their time,
commitment and expertise as Magazine Editors of Trans Pennine, the
magazine of the Pennine Railway Society.
The late Neil Webster Jon Davis Tony Caddick David Bladen
Glyn Gossan Tony Booth David Whitlam
News from Earlier Editions
Magazine 10 - September 1976
The opening of the Society's London Branch was announced,
led by London Branch Secretary, Steve Barnes, and supported by Eddie
Plenty. On the Committee front, Terry Spriggs stepped down as
Membership Secretary, and the wedding of Geoff Bambrough to Lynne
Pick-up was announced, to take place on 30 October 1976. Trips to
Carlisle Kingmoor, London Depots, Doncaster Shed and Works, Derby
Works and Crewe Works were advertised. On the loco front, the first
of the Romanian batch of Class 56s arrived at Tinsley, having been
dragged from Harwich. The first of the Doncaster built batch were
taking shape. On the service front, Matlock-Derby services were
extended to Sinfin Central, with intermediate stations at Peartree
and Sinfin North. Sinfin is adjacent to the Rolls Royce factory. It
was also announced that the Orient Express, running from Paris to
Istanbul, would be withdrawn from May 1977.
Magazine 20 - April 1978
A number of trips were now being run in conjunction with BR
excursion trains. On the bookings front, "Star Outings" were
introduced, handled by Robin Skinner. Ordinary Outings continued to
be dealt with by Tom Helliwell. Those booking on Star Outings
received an agenda 14 days in advance of the day of travel. Trips
advertised included South Wales (Newport Ebbw Jcn, Cardiff Canton
and Woodham Bros, Barry), Crewe Works, London Depots (Star Outing),
Doncaster Works and Shed, North Yorkshire Moors Railway (Star
Outing), weekend visit to Fort William (Star Outing), Humberside by
rail and sea (Hull Botanic Gardens, Immingham and Frodingham) (Star
Outing), Derby Works, and Birmingham area (Bescot, Saltley and
Tyseley) (Star Outing). The Society's London Branch advertised
social evenings at the Cock Tavern, Phoenix Road, Euston. In South
Yorkshire there was a record attendance at a social evening, at the
Masons Arms, Doncaster, to see Robin Rowland. present British
Transport Films. On the locomotive front, HST power car 43081 left
BRE's Crewe Works, the 8000th locomotive built there. On the River
Humber, the Lincoln Castle was permanently withdrawn from the Hull
Corporation Pier - New Holland Pier service. The service in future
would be operated by a single vessel, DEPV Farringford. A proposed
weekend visit to Amsterdam was advertised (22-24 September). Sadly,
this visit did not take place.
Magazine 30 - February 1980
The Society announced a stall at the Tinsley Open Day on 15
June, an event jointly organised by BR and ASLEF to mark the
centenary of ASLEF of which Tinsley is No. 1 Branch. Future trips
included Eastleigh Works (it had not been possible to secure a
permit for the Shed) and Rainhill Trials. Member, Trevor Dean, wrote
an article on his purchase of Jinty steam locomotive, 3F, 47279.
Proposals were announced to include in the magazine a Good Grub
Guide, establishments in easy reach of stations with reasonable
prices. The first entry, from Barry Marshall (surprise, surprise!)
is the Espresso Bar Restaurant, High Street, Swansea.
Magazine 40 - June 1982
Stalls were announced for Derby Works and Barrow Hill. The Society
would also have a stall at Carlisle Upperby weekend event, but
dependant on sufficient member interest. Society social evenings
continued to flourish at the Corporation Brewery Taps, Doncaster.
Sadly, the Society lost one of its longest serving members, Derek
Needham from Conisbrough, who recently passed away. On the rolling
stock front, the withdrawal of the BedPans, the Class 127 DMU's on
the St Pancras - Bedford service was delayed owing to union blacking
of the new Class 317 EMU's due to the proposal for driver-only
working. The DPS announced purchase of 55009 and 55019, bound for
NYMR from Doncaster Works. The Pennine United quiz team lost against
"The Station", with a team of Tony Booth (captain), Mike Tyas, David
Bladen, Robin Skinner, Geoff Bambrough, Roger Butcher, Tony Needham
and Tony Caddick. Good luck to David Bladen, Sales Officer, due to
fly to Ascension Islands on 10 June for a 3 month tour of duty with
the RAF. The South Yorkshire Railway Photographic Society (organised
by Jack Davis) celebrated 10 years of meetings at the Grapes Hotel,
Sheffield. There was a report on sightings from the Society's visit
to South Wales depots at Newport Ebbw Jen, Radyr, Margam, Swansea
East Dock and Landore.
Magazine 50 - December 1984
This issue celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Pennine Railway
Society. The highlight of this edition was an article by Paul Sutton
"Sutton's Wessex Week", an account of his experiences during a
family holiday on a caravan site between Poole and Wareham. Pete
Barsby also provided an update on the condition of locomotives on
the NYM. Robin Skinner was interviewed on BBC Radio Sheffield about
his work at Sheffield Station and let slip his nickname of
"Duracell", the one with the copper top (or the one who goes on, and
on, and on). Trips announced included 2 to Doncaster Works (ref PR4
- 85/1 and PR4 - 85/3), Derby Works (PR4 - 8512), Crewe Works (PR4 -
85/4) and London Depots by a vehicle supplied by Vintage Bus Co (PR4
- 85/5). Bookings on trips were simplified in terms of Ordinary
Outings by use of a Provisional Booking Form PR(A) to be completed
and sent by members on booking. A PR(B) will be sent to members in
return as confirmation of booking. For Star Outings, again a PR(A)
should be sent by members wishing to make a booking, but they would
receive a Form PR(C) in return, which would be accompanied by full
details of the visit. The Society also asked members to complete an
Activity Questionnaire, to enable the needs of members to be catered
for more fully. There were, no doubt, some interesting responses.
Magazine 60 - June 1987
This edition opened with Editor's Notes "welcoming~' the
introduction of Sprinters to Trans Pennine services. The highlight
of the issue was a superb article by Zdenek on "Three To The Se&', a
report on the visit by members to Brighton from Sheffield on board
the Class 20 excursion, triple headed by green liveried 20064 and
20030 and Railfreight liveried 20118. Owing to a late ruling by BR
the train was prevented from going "Old Road" to Chesterfield,
unbeknown to member Pete Wesley who waited in vain, in the snow and
rain, at Beighton, to photo the train. Visits to London Depots by
tube and rail (Capitalcard available), Crewe Works Open Day, Tyseley
Open Day and Didcot Diesel Gala were advertised by Fixtures
Secretary, David Whitlam.
Magazine 70 - December 1989
This edition announces the January 1990 AGM, preceded by the
popular visit to Doncaster Works. There are comments that Magazine
Editor, Glyn Gossan, is suppressing information about Class 50s
(although we smuggle in gen that 50040 had been withdrawn, only the
next day to be re-instated to a stored unserviceable status). The
use of Class 56s and. 20s on scheduled services over the Settle and
Carlisle during Saturdays in November was a success and will be
repeated again. in February. However, despite load 12 there had been
overcrowding, with one train leaving Carlisle behind the 20s with
over 900 on board. Member Tony Needham is a key member of the
Mexborough Concertina Band Club quiz team which has reached the
semi-final of a regional competition broadcast on BBC local radio.
Another visit to London Depots is advertised (ref PR4-90/2).
Magazine 80 - June 1992
Plenty in this edition. Jim and Pat Dolan retire from the
Corporation Brewery Taps, Doncaster, venue of our social evenings.
Class 153s are launched in Lincolnshire and a picture is shown on a
demonstration trip of Lincoln Station Manager, Robin Skinner, with
North Kesteven District Councillor, Margorie Proctor from North
Hykeham and Councillor Jean Johnson of Lincolnshire County Council.
A menage a trois made in heaven. The Pennine Shield was found in the
Conductors Locker of preserved bus Doncaster 33 (433 MDT), a Leyland
Tiger Cub based at Sandtoft Transport Centre, having been missing
for several months. Member Barry Marshall, a specialist in scrap
dealing, was a key suspect. We had a picture of member Andrew Watts
getting married to Helen, both fully fitted for the event. Doncaster
became the first open and closed station - closed (barrier fitted)
for those leaving the station (courtesy Regional Railways) and open
for those entering the station (courtesy InterCity). Pennine member
and ex-Committee Linda Bladen was to visit Royal Ascot in style
aboard a special from Doncaster using the Manchester Pullman stock.
Another excellent article from Zdenek, this time announcing the
final demise of the Derby Heavyweight Class 114 DMU's with the
withdrawal of power car 53019. Also superb articles from Paul
Slater, one on Exmouth Jcn Shed and one on a steam ride to
Basingstoke. Paul has written so many wonderful articles for the
magazine over the years. An evening tour of the K~ was advertised,
using a specially hired train for the Society (ref PR4 - 92/1) with
travel to Haworth by preserved bus supplied by FAST (Felix &
Sheffield Transport) Tours. And - congratulations to Robin Skinner
who was promoted to Retail Passenger Manager with BR.
Magazine 90 - December 1994
The prestigious Pennine Slide Competition is won by Chris
Theaker, judged by Robin Havenhand.
A strange turn of events in the Pennine Shield. Our lads frightened
off the opposition at the Brewery Taps, so much so that
neither the Dore Loco Group nor the SY Railway Photographic Circle
turned up. Both teams apologised and the round was
Views were sought from members regarding future arrangements for
social evenings after a forced move to Wednesday
nights had resulted in a fall in attendances.
An exciting article featured a list of parcel trains due through
Doncaster, supplied by Andy Barclay.
Trips advertised in Doncaster local papers included a Eurotunnel day
trip with coach to Ashford, return journey on Le Shuttle
and a visit to a hypermarket in Calais. Fixtures Secretary, David
Whitlam, offered to make a block booking for Pennine
Seven pages were devoted to an article from Peter Hall (Biggs) on
Western and Scottish Region Class 37 passenger workings
through Dore. Tony Caddick also gave us an article on SY Supertram
Magazine 100 - June 1997
This magazine gets the Geoffrey Boycott Award, reaching 100
not out. Our special cover photo sees electric 76054 passing
Huddersfield Jcn. on the Woodhead line at Penistone with 8M22
Tinsley - Dewsnap freight. On a cricketing theme, 43043 was named
"Leicestershire County Cricket Club" marking the club's success in
winning the County Championship. Fixtures Secretary David Whitlam
suggests that Derbyshire County Cricket Club's next County
Championship success will be marked by the naming of the first
manned spaceship to Mars. An excellent article from Johnny Foreigner
"Riding the Eurostar" is printed. Steve Payne sends us details of
sightings at Nottingham Victoria in 1964. Paul Slater sets the
magazine quiz. Rail Ale features appear through David Bladen's
"Anglian Interlude" and Ian Shenton recommending station pubs,
including the Head of Steam at Huddersfield, Dirty Dick's at
Liverpool Street, the Prince Arthur at Euston and the Head of Steam
11, also at Euston. Steve Payne advertises a brake-van trip around
BSC's Scunthorpe Works.
Magazine 110 - December 1999
This edition marks the Silver Jubilee of the Society and features a
special cover showing the GNER's advertisement of the Silver
Jubilee, Britain's first streamline train, running between Kings
Cross and Newcastle in 4 hours at an average speed throughout of
67.08mph. The Silver Jubilee of the Society had been marked by a
celebration on-train lunch at the Midland Railway Centre, Butterley,
attended by 50 members, family and friends, a Society display at
Doncaster Central Library and production of 25th Anniversary mugs.
More Rail Ale with an article from David Bladen on Dublin and the
Magazine 120 - June 2002
Chris Tyas arranges a visit to the Severn Valley Railway and
a guided tour of Bridgnorth depot, the same CT described in local
publicity as CAMRA's Brewery Liaison Officer for local brewery
Concertina and who appeared at Doncaster Beerex 2002 alongside BBC
Weatherman Paul Hudson, advertising a special beer "Paul Hudson's
Nithering Northerlies". And talking of Donny Drinkers, *Pennine
member and girl about town, Alison Wilson (nee Gravell) was reported
as monitoring at first hand developments in Doncaster's local real
ale scene for CAMRA's Donny Drinker (apart from those pubs she had
been barred from). A special article from Tony Caddick titled "TC's
Date with a Green Goddess", relating to the celebrating of his 50th
birthday with an Ultimate Driving Experience" at Crich Tramway
Village (the Green Goddess being Liverpool Streamliner 869 of 1936).
Magazine 130 - December 2004
This edition also marks the Society's 30th Anniversary Year
and we have now have colour photos on the covers of magazines. We
now also get regular bus reports from Gerry Collins of Lincoln. In
this issue he tells us of Black Friday in London when 100
Routernasters were culled, taken off routes 9, 73 and 390. The
magazine also shows a recently discovered photograph of Robin
Skinner which appeared in the World's Press. It had been taken in
April 1989, as Lincoln Station Manager, with Area Manager Richard
Parkins and Bishop Robert Hardy, the Bishop having been given an
exciting tour around the computerised and updated travel centre at
Lincoln. A further picture in this issue showed Magazine Coordinator
David Whitlam. in front of 67014 having enjoyed a day out and two
great meals on the Northern Belle to Edinburgh on 25 August.
Magazine 140 - June 2007
A superb cover photo showing Robert Hay's winning slide in
the Members' Slide Competition of 37197 (+ 37261 dead on rear) at
Loch Eil on the Royal Scotsman (11196 08.05 Spean Bridge - Taynuilt)
on 31 July 2005. Trips to Barrow Hill and the Appleby Frodingharn
Railway Preservation Society's site at Corus, Scunthorpe, were
advertised. An excellent article from Paul Slater entitled "Off the
Beaten Track in Flanders" appeared. And in a sign of the times we
give a list of railway websites - a long way removed from when we
issued Magazine No. 1 in 1974.
Magazine 150 - December 2009
Well - here we are. We congratulate ourselves. We hope you
have enjoyed reading our magazines over the years, maybe learned
some things, and maybe laughed at some things. Thank you for staying
Riding the Eurostar
by John Foreigner
Saturday 5 April 1997 I visit Aintree for the first time in my life,
courtesy of a free ticket won in a competition by Geoff
Bambrough, to watch the Grand National. To my horror - the
announcement "Operation Aintree All Areas", a complete
evacuation of the course due to terrorist bomb threats, and the
meeting was postponed. Luckily I travelled by rail and was
able to leave the area, unlike thousands of motorists and coach
passengers who were unable to join their vehicles and were
forced to stay overnight in the area. Thanks, Geoff.!!
As I have a very small ownership in a runner in the National,
(Evangelica, trained by Martin Pipe), I return to watch the race
on the Monday. The bomb warnings this time were ignored with the
agreement of the Police and the then Home Secretary
and the race went ahead. Evangelica negotiated the course
successfully and came 17th, last of the finishers, but she got
round and was the youngest horse in the race.
I am worried, however, as I have booked a trip to Paris. At the
time, IRA bomb threats were almost daily, often causing
chaos to road and rail links. Would I be affected?
Tuesday 15 April, at 04.45 my taxi arrives to take me to Sheffield
Station where I board the 05.24 service to Doncaster
(Class 156 52486/57486). Arrival at Doncaster is on time. Relief to
find no disruption on ECM1 services.
Taking advantage of the £30 Euro Apex return ticket to London
International I board the 06.22 service to Kings Cross,
hauled by un-named 91022, with new livery GNER stock. We leave
Doncaster, passing 47725 "The Railway Mission" on
standby duties -memories of the A3 Pacific's languishing here.
Arrival at Kings Cross is spot on at 08.10. I quickly take the
Piccadilly Line to Leicester Square, changing to the Northern Line
to Waterloo, arriving at 08.35. Luckily I had pre-booked
the Eurostar ticket since the computers were down, simply reading
"no bookings can be processed".
The Eurostar terminal at Waterloo is indeed impressive. I board the
09.53 non-stop service to Paris Nord, hauled by 3011
and 3012. Ashford International is passed at 10.53 and the Channel
Tunnel is entered at 11.05. Due to repairs in the Tunnel
owing to the fire damage passengers are warned the train may come to
a stand (there is wrong-line working in a section of
the tunnel for trains from the Continent to England).
Luckily we go through without delay, although speed in the Tunnel is
restricted to 60mph for the duration of the work. We
exit the Tunnel at 11.40. I am disappointed that you never see the
It's thirsty work - the Club Car beckons and chilled CarIsberg. Just
like the old days, stood up, enjoying the view. French
Railways would fit the Car with bar stools, but these are banned in
England due to Health & Safety reasons. In fact some of
our track is so rough, passengers might fall off - not so in France.
It is not long before we are told that we are travelling at
186.4niph, our maximum CRUISING speed; (yes, they can go faster).
Lille flashes by at 12.08 (GMT) and we arrive at Paris
Nord at 13. 10 (GMT), on time and not one signal check from leaving
I recommend Hotel Terminus Nord, straight across from the station.
Public transport in Paris is efficient and cheap; a single
journey anywhere on the Metro costing 8 francs, less than £1. I
visit the sights, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Champs Elysses,
a boat trip on the Seine, and, of course, numerous bars. The bier is
not cheap, but it's enjoyable. What I can't cope with is
having to be served at a table and not being able to pay until you
leave. Don't they get a lot of runner's?
I stay two nights, returning on Thursday 17 April. The return
Eurostar is equally impressive, departing 12.13 local time,
passing Lille at 13.11, Calais Frethin 13.35, Ashford 14.21 (French
time) and arriving Waterloo 15.19, 6 minutes late due to
wrong line working in the Tunnel and running on yellows at Catford.,
approaching London. But no stops.
After passing Customs Control the Balcony Bar at Waterloo signals my
return to these shores, before tubing it to Kings Cross
for the 17.35 Yorkshire Pullman, hauled by new livened 91001. I was
allowed on board despite not owning a seemingly
compulsory eeevil mobile phone.
The first stop light is encountered; not outside Doncaster as you
might expect, but just north of Potters Bar. We run on
yellows to Stevenage following a local. Arrival at Doncaster is
19.20, some 10 minutes late.
A trip I enjoyed and can recommend. Travel and accommodation were
organised superbly by Great Rail Journeys of York.
It was so good that I am going back in July, by Eurostar of course.
NB - Friday 18 April saw trains on the ECML again disrupted by bomb
This article first appeared in Issue 100 of Trans Pennine.