TRANS PENNINE

The Magazine of the Pennine Railway Society


 

No.151 - Spring 2010

The Committee

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

Website: www.abrail.co.uk/pennine.htm

Photos

Front Cover

The photo taken by Andrew Barclay, came second in the Pennine Shield Competition held on 4th November 2009. It shows 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.

If you wish to see your photo on the front cover of Trans Pennine, send it with details to the Magazine Coordinator, David
Whitlam


Committee Briefs

Annual General Meeting

Unfortunately it was necessary to postpone the Society's AGM due to be held on Sunday 10 January 2010 and the one rearranged for Sunday 21 February due to the severe weather conditions in South Yorkshire on both occasions. For the latest information see the attachment at the end of the magazine.

Membership Fee - Renewal

We would like to thank all those members who have renewed their subscription to the Pennine ~way Society for 2010. 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 (and indicate whether you wish to receive a 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 time.

Social Evenings

Robin has produced an excellent programme of social events for 2010. Come and join us on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month at The Salutation Inn, South Parade, Doncaster (approx 12 minutes walk from Doncaster BR and buses available from Doncaster Interchange). We have a well-furnished. private function room. All welcome, members and non-members. Details of the programme are shown elsewhere in this organ. Make it a date, Wednesdays at 8 (pm).

Pennine Shield

The result of the 2009 Pennine Shield quiz was: 1st Great Pretenders (69 pts) 2nd Dore Loco Group (56 pts) 3rd Pennine Railway Society (50 pts) Congratulations to the Great Pretenders team.

German Bid to Run Tyne and Wear

Deutsche Bahn is the preferred bidder to operate Tyne and Wear Metro from April 2011, beating an in-house bid from Tyne and Wear PTE.

Tony Smith Lands Golden Spanner

Congratulations to Pennine member Tony Smith, c2c fleet manager at East Ham depot for his role which led to the company receiving the Golden Spanner award for Best Reliability for the running of its Class 357 Electrostars.

Maltese Benders

Our foreign transport correspondent, Gerrio Collinski~ tells us of a possible new tourist attraction - bendy buses. If Arriva wins a con~ to provide bus services to Malta, 60 of its 160 de-commissioned London bendy buses will be shipped to the island, with the remainder redeployed to other UK cities where the company operates.

Network Rail Rescues Workington

Network Rail has built a temporary station (Workington North) to reconnect the main part of Workington with a housing estate cut off by floods. The Derwent railway bridge was the only one available m the Workington. area.

End of NX Rail

National Express, having lost its East Coast franchise, will lose its East Anglia franchise in 2011. It will be awarded to c2c.

Wolverton Open Event

Wolverton Works, home of the Royal Train, will be open to the public on 14-15 August 2010. It will be the first public event staged there since 1993.

Electrification Expansion

Further electrification plans have been announced in the North West. Lines to be electrified are; 15 mile line between Huyton and Wigan allowing electric trains between Liverpool and Wigan via St Helens 25 mile line between Manchester and Euxton Jcn allowing electric trams between Manchester and Preston via Bolton 17 mile line between Blackpool North and Preston allowing electric trains between Blackpool and Liverpool and Manchester This will mean electrification of 2/3 of all passenger routes by 2017, and allow diesels to be redeployed to provide longer trams on busy routes elsewhere.

You Couldn't Make It Up

Following on from "this train" will not be moving until the ash trays have been returned to the buffet car (Robin Skinner) on a failed excursion, we now have a passenger refused purchase of an egg sandwich on a failed Newbury Racecourse - Paddington special for health and safety reasons because if the train had to be evacuated he indeed could choke to death on the said sandwich. First Great Western said it was not policy for stewards to refuse to serve customers on these grounds.

Bi-Modal Proposals

It is thought Bombardier is considering creating electric Voyagers and Meridian, but keeping their diesel equipment. A sixth car could be added to Class 221's which would carry a pantograph for overhead current collection. There could be a similar conversion on Class 222s on the Midland Mainline as the route is priority for further electrification.

Wrexham and Shropshire Update

WSMR continues its threat to end its services if Arriva Trams Wales receives a licence to run services between Aberystwyth and London, seeing this as "pre~' behaviour. WSMR is currently putting 4 refurbished trams into service.

Eurostar Expansion on Hold

It is unlikely that Eurostar services will run into Rotterdam and Amsterdam until the next generation of Eurostars have been built, as trains on the new Dutch high-speed line will need to be equipped for ERTMS.

Afternoon Peak Time Fares

There is a disturbing trend for some companies to introduce afternoon peak time &m. The latest is London Midland which proposes to introduce higher ticket prices for those travelling between Birmingham New St, Moor St, Snow Hill, the Jewellery Quarter and Five Ways between 16.35 and 18.00. Any off-peak fares would not be valid for travel during these times.

Steam to the Rescue

Amazing scenes on 21 December 2009 when services between Ashford and Dover were suspended when the cold weather disabled the electric rail Over 100 commuters at London Victoria were offered free seats on the Cathedrals Express which beat the conditions, hauled by steam locomotive AI Pacific "Tornado".

Lincoln High Street Barriers

Our bus correspondent Gerry Collins informs us that Stagecoach have got so fed up with their buses waiting at the Lincoln High Street barriers, that they are now rerouting 6 routes via Portland Street and Pelham Bridge. Residents of Portland SUM now complain of 22 buses an hour along their busy and not very wide street. Thankfully, the outward routes still use the High Street Crossing. The barriers do stay down for long periods, so the railway imposes their will on the rest of us.

Boris Bike Hire Scheme Under Threat

London Mayor Boris Johnson's bike hire plan for London is under threat when it emerged that the Velib scheme in Paris, introduced in July 2007, has seen 8000 cycles stolen (each costing 550) and 18000 damaged beyond repair. Start up costs for the London scheme, due to begin in May 2010, are already estimated at 71m for 6000 bikes.

Fluffy Snow Cripples Eurostar

Friday evening19 December 2009, saw 5 London bound Eurostars fail in the Channel Tunnel due to snow penetrating ventilation grilles of the power cars and melting the electrical circuits after the trains entered warmth of the tunnel. Power cars were hastily modified, but services did not resume until the following Tuesday.

ECML Services to Glasgow Under Threat

A major timetable change on the ECML will come into effect from 2011. There are rumours suggesting services between Edinburgh and Glasgow are under threat.

GBRF Runs Passenger Service

14 December 2009 saw the introduction of rail freight company GBRf, with First Great Western, operating services between Taunton and Cardiff. First GBRF is providing Class 57s and Riviera Train "refurbished" rolling stock.

End of the Oldham Loop

Passenger trains have ceased over Manchester's Oldham. Loop. The line is to be transformed into a new Metrolink route.

Magazines for Disposal

Tony Booth has the following magazines available free of charge (but would prefer a charitable donation). Interested parties must collect from his home address.

RCTS - Railway Observer2004 to 2009

Railway Magazine 1997 to 2009 except Dec 2005/Nov 2006/Nov 2007/Nov 2008

Today's Railways UK 200812009 plus June/July/Aug/Oct/ Nov/Dec 2006 and Jan/Apl/May/Jun/Jul/Nov/Dec 2007

Rail Express 1997 to 2003 in binders.

Sheffield Railwayana Auctions

At the Sheffield Railwayana Auction held at the Derbyshire County Cricket Club' s Gateway Centre on 5 December 2009 the following locomotive nameplates and worksplate all sold for 6,000 or more:

* LOCOMOTIVE NAMEPLATE: "CONQUEROR' as carried by the LMS "Jubilee" class 6P later 7P 4-" No 5701 built at Crewe in April 1936 - 8,000
* LOCOMOTIVE NAMEPLATE "ERLESTOKE MANOR together with matching CABSIDE NUMBERPLATE: '7812" as carried by the GWR 4-6-0
* 7800 "Manor" Class loco built at Swindon in January 1939 - 12,000
* LOCOMOTIVE NAMEPLATE: "THE CHESHIRE REGIMENT" complete with original regimental crest as carried by the BR 1Co-Co1 2,5001HP diesel electric type 4 loco D137 built at Crewe in 1961. The loco was named "THE CHESHIRE REGIMENT" at a ceremony
in Chester in June 1966. Renumbered 45014 class 45 in March 1974 - 7,600
* GWR LOCOMOTIVE NAMEPLATE: "EARL BATHURST, together with the matching CABSIDE NUMBERPLATE: 5051 as carried by the GWR,   4-6-0 4073 "Castle Class" loco built at Swindon in May 1930 and was named "DRYSLLWYN CASTLE" from new. It was renamed "EARL BATHURST" in 1937 - 11,000
* LOCOMOTIVE NAMEPLATE: "COLORADO "as carried by the LNER A3 class 4-6-2 Pacific loco No 2748 built at Doncaster in December 1928. It was renumbered 94 in December 1946 and renumbered 60094 by BR in December 1948 - 9,000
* LOCOMOTIVE NAMEPLATE: "JOHN MILTON" as carried by the BR Standard -Britannia class 7MT 4-6-2 Pacific No 70005 built at Crewe in April 1951 - 12,000
* LOCOMOTIVE NAMEPLATE: "BELVOIR CASTLE' as carried by the LNER class B 17/2 4-6-0 loco No 2832 built at Darlington in May    1931. Rebuilt to B 1716 in 1938, further rebuilt to B2 class at Darlington in July 1946 and renumbered 1632 at the same time - 9,300
* LOCOMOTIVE NAMEPLATE: "STARLING' as carried by the GWR 4-4-0 3300 "Bulldog' Class loco No 3745, the last of the class built at Swindon in February 1904 - 9,600
* LOCOMOTIVE NAMEPLATE: "LITTLETON HALL" together with matching CABSIDE NUMBERPLATE: "4939" as carried by the GWR        4-6-0 4900 "Hall' Class loco built at Swindon in July 1929 -6,000
* ENGRAVED BRASS LOCOMOTIVE WORKSPLATE: "LONDON NORTH EASTERN RAILWAY CO No 1872 DONCASTER 1938" as
carried by a Gresley designed A4 class 4-6-2 Pacific loco which was ex-works in April 1938 numbered 4499 and named "POCHARD" - 9,000

The Great Garratt Gathering
by Paul Slater


Four years after Chris and I went to the "Riot of Steam" event at the Greater Manchester Museum, of Science and Industry, I was at the museum again, this time for the "Great Garratt Gathering". The event took place over three days in August 2009, and I went on the Saturday, driving to Retford and travelling by train to Manchester, with a break for lunch at Sheffield. The Metrolink tramway was closed for upgrading in the centre of Manchester, and from Piccadilly station I went to the museum by taxi. 2009 marked the centenary of Garratt locomotives, the first engine of this type being built in 1909 at the Meyer Peacock works in Manchester. The original Garratt, 0-4-0+0-4-0 no. K1, has been preserved, and was on display, in light steam, on a low loader in the museum yard. It originally worked m Tasmania, and more recently has been on display at different times at the Ffestiniog Railway and at the National Railway Museum; it is now operated by the Welsh Highland Railway. Another interesting locomotive on display in the museum yard was ex-National Coal Board 0-4-0+0-4-0 Garratt no. 6841 "William Francis". This formerly worked at Baddesley Colliery in Warwickshire, where it appears in steam on one of my videos. It was the largest locomotive built for industrial. service in the United Kingdom, it was probably the last working Garratt in the country, and it is the only surviving standard-gauge Garratt to have worked in Britain. Its normal home is at Bressingham. Inside the Power Hall was a huge South African Railways Garratt, 3 ft 6 ins gauge 4-8-2+2-8-4 no. 2352, one of the permanent exhibits at the museum, and alongside it were two 7.1/4-inch gauge Garratt's on display. 4-8-2+2-8-4 "Mount Kenya, a model of an East African Railways 3ft 6 ins gauge Garratt, and 0-6-0+0-6-0  "Myanmar", a model of a 2 ft 6 ins gauge engine. 4-8-2+2-8-4 no. 5928 "Mount Kilimanjaro of the same type as "Mount Kenya", was, with 2-4-0T "Peveril" steaming up and down on 7 1/4-inch gauge track outside. Many more model Garratt's were on display, with photographs and memorabilia, in the Special Exhibition Gallery. The museum's replica Liverpool and Manchester Railway 2-2-0 "Planet" was hauling a passenger train composed of two replica early carriages, and it made a nice picture in the museum yard, passing the original Liverpool Road station building, and moving in front of a giant mural. Also in steam were an 0-4-0ST from the Foxfield Railway, originally the Beyer Peacock works shunter, and Lancashire and Yorkshire 0-6-0 no. 957 (BR no. 52044) from the Worth Valley Railway; later in the afternoon, these two locomotives took over from "Planet", double heading the passenger train. Against an original Liverpool and Manchester Railway warehouse of 1830, stood Hymek diesel-hydraulic no. D7076 from the East Lancashire Railway, built by Beyer Peacock.
I had a drink in the cafe by the museum entrance, then left. I had told Chris that I would be catching the 19.48 train from Sheffield, and I wanted to allow plenty of time for my journey back from Manchester. When I bought a souvenir brochure at the museum, I asked about buses to Piccadilly
Station, and I was told about the network of free buses which operate in Manchester city centre. There was a bus stop in the street not far from the museum entrance, and a small bus soon came; it was bound for Victoria station, for Piccadilly I would have to ride on it for a few stops and
then change. I duly got off in an unfamiliar city centre street and soon caught a second small bus. At the next stop a lively group of young women got on board. The ride through the city centre, with many turns and crossroads, seemed to take a long time, and I was not entirely sure of
my whereabouts; but then I recognised the approach road to Piccadilly station, and alighted. at the next stop.
Before catching a train to Sheffield I wanted to have a photographic session at Piccadilly, and there was plenty to see: Pendolino's nos. 390036 "City of Coventry", 390043 "Virgin Explorer- and 390044 -Virgin  Lionheart, Voyager no. 220027, an Arriva Trains Wales Coradia on a service to Haverfordwest, and a variety of other diesel and electric units.
I rode back to Sheffield in a 158 on a Liverpool -Nottingham service; it was not too full, and after the Stockport stop I enjoyed the scenic ride through the Peak ,District in early evening sunshine. I glimpsed 66547 and 66610 in the sidings at Hope as we sped past. At Sheffield I had my evening meal, and then sat for a few minutes outside the main entrance, by the fountains. and ornamental features. There was an opportunity for more photography:
220019 (formerly named "Mersey Voyager") on a service to Guildford, Meridian no. 222009 departing for St. Pancras, and two trams by the rear entrance of the station.
I was in plenty of time for the 19.48 all stations Pacer to Lincoln. At last I was driving home as darkness came down, and it was the end of an interesting day out.

Tosca's Travels (Beer and Bashing Abroad)

Part 11 (France, Spain, Italy!! Switzerland & Benelux)

In 1993 my parents had retired and emigrated to Spain. Once they had settled in my brother and I decided to go over for a week. My brother flew over, but being a basher, I had to go by rail. I decided to take two weeks off and have a round Europe bash.

Friday 18th June 1993 91005 Doncaster - Kings Cross Had a pint of Wadworth 6X in the Grouse and Claret near Victoria station.
EMU 15 17 Victoria - Dover Priory via Rochester
Arrived. at Dover around midnight. Shuttle bus provided to Eastern. Docks for the 01.30 ferry to Calais.

Saturday 19th June 1993 Ferry Stena Invicta Dover Eastern Docks - Calais.
Arrived at Calais at 04.00 French tune. It was still dark but quite warm. The first shuttle bus to the station wasn't until 04.55; so I decided to walk it. Calais at the time, although not the nicest town scenery wise, did not have the problems of 1000s of asylum seekers that it now has. So although at the time the walk was quite pleasant; I wouldn't recommend anyone should try it now.
SNCF 67620 Calais Ville - Amiens
SNCF 17092 Amiens - Paris Nord
Walked to Gare de L'Est
SNCF 16696 Paris Est-Noisy Le Sec
SNCF 16596 Noisy Le Sec - Paris Est 
SNCF 16591 Paris Est - Chelles Gourney 
SNCF 16558 Chelles Gourney - Paris Est
SNCF 16625 Paris Est - Noisy Le Sec
SNCF 16578 Noisy Le Sec - Paris Est
SNCF 16582 Paris Est - Pantin
SNCF 16647 Pantin - Paris Est
Paris Metro Paris Est - Paris St Lazare
SNCF 17058 Paris St Lazare - Asnieres sur Seine
SNCF 17021 Asnieres sur Seine - Paris St Lazare.
I then spent a few hours doing the tourist thing. I visited Notre Dame, Sacre Coeur, the Eiffel Tower and most impressive of all the Arc de Triomphe.
SNCF EMU Z5394 Champ d'mars - Paris Austerlitz
SNCF 7321 - Paris Gare d'Lyon - Sens
SNCF EMU Z20674 Sens --Paris Gare d'Lyon
Had a large pizza and a couple of bottles of Kronenburg lager before going for the overnight train to the Spanish border town of Port Bou. 
SNCF 6508 Paris Austerlitz - Port Bou.

Sunday 20th June 1993

Arrived at Port Bou at 0830. Had an excellent nights sleep in the front coach, well until Narbonne where the engine ran around the train. There wasn't anyone else in the coach and I never had a ticket check all night. Had a bit of a wait at Port Bou as the connecting train off the overnight was a unit. However at 09.50 there was a train to Madrid via Barcelona so I waited for it. After my experiences in France, Belgium and everywhere else Spain was a bit of a culture shock at least railway wise. Although I had my railway free passes I still had to pay. This is due to the fact that everything faster then the local horse and cart has a supplement to pay. The supplement for the first train turned out to be the equivalent of a tenner. Unfortunately the second was nearly double that!
RENFE 269325 Port Bou - Barcelona Sants
RENFE 252025 Barcelona Sants - Valencia Termini
The above two locos are electrics but at Valencia the 252 was replaced by a small diesel loco.
RENFE 350048 Valencia Termini - Alicante
On arrival at Alicante I found my way to the coach station for the 40 minute ride to Torrevieja where my parents lived.
Dad met me there in his car and drove me the three miles out of town to their bungalow. My brother, Alan, had arrived earlier in the day. We spent a good week exploring the town and surrounding area. It was very nice, unlike nearby Benidorm. There were no loutish tourists being mainly a resort frequented by the Spanish from Madrid. However we did meet a group of Danish girls on the Tuesday night and ended up getting very drunk at their apartment

Saturday 26th June 1993 

After having had a good week it was the day my brother was flying back to England. So it was also a good time for me to set off on some moves. We all went to the Airport to drop my brother off for his 8pm flight to Manchester. Then I took Mum and Dad for a meal in Alicante before going for the overnight tram to Barcelona. This time the supplement was only about a fiver due to the train being a slow service. Ha, it was the best train I had in Spain, compartment stock and all to myself until Tarragona, about an hour from Barcelona. It was supposed to leave at 23.31
but eventually left about 00.20.

Sunday 27th June 1993
RENFE 333033 Alicante - Valencia Termina 
RENFE 25M12 Valencia Termina - Barcelona Sants
RENFE EMU Barcelona Sants - Cerbere
Cerbere is the French side of the border and the two lines between there and Port Bou are different gauges. The French trains go to Port Bou and come back empty, whilst the Spanish trains run to Cerbere and again go back empty. So I had to change trains at Cerbere.
SNCF EMU Z7364 Cerbere - Narbonne
SNCF 9313 Narbonne - Marseilles St Charles
Found a cheap but nice hotel for the night and then went out to do some bashing.
SNCF 25669 Marseilles St Charles - Marseilles Blancarde
SNCF 25627 Marseilles Blancarde - Marseilles St Charles
SNCF 25658 Marseilles St Charles - Marseilles Blancarde
SNCF 25646 Marseilles Blancarde - Marseilles St Charles
SNCF 67484 Marseilles St Charles - Gardanne
SNCF 67542 Gardanne - Marseilles St Charles
As it was now 8pm the amount of trains to do was virtually non existent this is usual for France except for Paris. I decided to go for something to eat. I found a nice restaurant and had a meal washed down with a carafe of red wine, after all when in France do as the French.

Monday 28th June 1993

I already had the gen that there was a diesel diagram to Toulon, so as it was on the way to Italy it was worked into the move.
SNCF 67438 Marseilles St Charles - Toulon
SNCF 22276 Toulon - Ventimiglia
Another new country and an odd way of buying a coffee. In the station buffet at Ventimiglia you go to one counter, where the till is, and pay for whatever you are having. Then you take your receipt to another counter to get served! This was also the case later when I got to Milan
FS 656548 Ventimiglia - Genova Piazza Principe
FS 656273 Genova Piazza Principe - Milano Centrale 
FS 633012 Milano Centrale - Monza 
FS 633031 Monza - Milano Centrale
FS 646165 Milano Centrale - Milano Lambrate 
FS 646200 Milano Lambrate - Milano Centrale
Had a meal m the station buffet washed down with Peroni beer, first time I had tried that, now every Italian restaurant in England serves it.
Then it was off for the Ancona to Calais overnight train.
FS 645071 Milano Centrale - Chiasso

Tuesday 29th June 1993

Didn't half get some funny looks from the station staff and police, when, at midnight, I walked down the platform to get the number of the Swiss loco being put on.
SBB 11609 Chiasso - Basel (SNCF)
Didn't get any funny looks when I went to get the number of the French loco at Basel around 05. 15. The Swiss are so civilised. SNCF15027 Basel (SNCF) - Strasbourg
SNCF 15028 Strasbourg - Sedan
SNCF 15021 Sedan - Longwy (run round at Longyion)
CFL 3616 Longwy - Luxembourg (first dud engine of the trip)
CFL 1808 Luxembourg - Ettelbruck
SNCB 5542 Ettelbruck - Luxembourg
DB 181211 Luxembourg - Wasserbillig
CFL EMU 2022 Wasserbillig - Luxembourg
Checked into the Carlton Hotel, aka 'Johnnys', with the usual greeting aah British Rail. 
CFL 1809 Luxembourg - Walferdange
CFL EMU 2018 Walferdange - Luxembourg 
SNCF 16612 Luxembourg - Bettembourg
CFL EMU 2012 Bettembourg - Luxembourg
CFL 1803 Luxembourg - Bettembourg
CFL 3609 Bettembourg - Luxembourg
The train I had planned to do next turned out to be a dud loco. So with nothing else to do I decided to get the Diekirch branch in. Little did I know that in years to come I would be on a Railtour on the line.
CFL EMU 2006 Luxembourg - Diekirch
CFL EMU 2006 Diekirch - Luxembourg
Decided to have a Chinese meal tonight before a few Belgian wheat beers m the bar round the corner from the hotel. After the overnight the previous night I was very tired.

Wednesday 30th June 1993
The plan was to get up at 05.30 for the morning rush hour trains, then come back for breakfast. I woke up about 07.00. So I had breakfast and then checked out.
CFL 1811 Luxembourg - Hollerich. Walked back to Luxembourg (about lkm)
SNCB 2009 Luxembourg - Namur
SNCB 2215 Namur - Liege Gullemins
SNCB 2206 Liege Gullemins - Flemalle Haute
SNCB 2230 Flemalle Haute - Liege Gullemins
SNCB 2354 Liege Gullemins - Liege Palais
SNCB 2230 Liege Palais - Flemalle Haute
SNCB 2238 Flemalle Haute - Liege Gullemins
SNCB 2720 Liege Gullemins - Bruxelles Nord 
SNCB 2355 Banking out of Liege Gullemins 
8NCB 2226 Bruxelles Nord - Bruxelles Central
SNCB 2224 Bruxelles Central - Bruxelles Midi
SNCB 2015 Bruxelles Midi - Bruxelles Central
SNCB 2146 Bruxelles Central - Bruxelles Nord
SNCB 2123 Bruxelles Nord - Bruxelles Central 
SNCB 2156 Bruxelles Central - Bruxelles Nord
SNCB 2750 Bruxelles Nord - Bruxelles Central
SNCB 2734 Bruxelles Central - Bruxelles Midi
SNCB 2131 Bruxelles Midi - Bruxelles Central
SNCB 2122 Bruxelles Central - Bruxelles Midi
SNCB 2129 Bruxelles Midi - Bruxelles Central
SNCB EMU 336 Bruxelles Central - Gent St Pieters via Aalst
SNCB 6256 Gent St Pieters - Gent Brugge
SNCB 6216 Gent Brugge - Gent St Pieters
SNCB 6207 Gent St Pieters - De Pinte
SNCB EMU 661 De Pinte - Gent St Pieters
Obviously my plan of getting some new diesels for haulage hadn't been successful. Especially when the train back from De Pinte missed the plus 7.
 I went to find a hotel but my evening got worse. I tried all the hotels near the station and they were all full due to a carnival. I retired to a bar and had a meal and some Kreik beers. The only move was to do an overnight, but Belgium is a small country so it wasn't the best of moves.
SNCB 1602 Gent St Pieters - Brugge
8NCB 2759 Brugge - Liege Gullemins

Thursday 1st My 1993

Liege at 0 1.30, the bar opposite the station is busy, the traffic steady and the beer is cold but nice.
SNCB 40106 Liege Gullemins - Namur
Namur at 02.30, the friterie outside the station serve me chips with cocktail sauce and a bottle of Jupiler lager.
SNCB 40109 Namur - Liege Gullemins
Liege at 04.00, bugger, the bars closed, the area around the station is quiet and there's now't to do except a little window shopping! If you haven't been there ask someone who has. Having had a walk round, and resisted the temptation to spend a few francs, it was back to the station.
SNCB 2759 Liege Gullemins - Gent St Pieters
SNCB EMU 186 Gent St Pieters - Dendermonde
SNCB 5124 Dendermonde - Mechelen
SNCB 2504 Mechelen - St Niklaas
SNCB 1212 St Niklaas - Antwerpen Central
SNCB 6253 Antwerpen Central - Berchem
SNCB 1206 Berchem. - Antwerpen Central
SNCB 1185 Antwerpen Central - Berchem (95 mins late)
SNCB 1186 Berchem - Bruxelles Nord (40 mins late)
SNCB 1181 Bruxelles Nord - Bruxelles Central (wow an Amsterdam - Bruxelles on time!)
SNCB 2112 Bruxelles Central - Bruxelles Nord
SNCB 1806 Bruxelles Nord - Bruxelles Central
SNCB EMU 231 Bruxelles Central - Bruxelles Nord
8NCB 2247 Bruxelles Nord - Bockstael
SNCB EMU Bockstael - Bruxelles Nord
SNCB 2312 Bruxelles Nord - Bruxelles Central
SNCB 2023 Bruxelles Central - Bruxelles Nord
SNCB 2635 Bruxelles Nord - Bruxelles Schumann
SNCB 2216 Bruxelles Schumann - Bruxelles Nord
SNCB 2133 Bruxelles Nord - Bruxelles Central
SNCB 2002 Bruxelles Central - Bruxelles Nord
SNCB 1191 Bruxelles Nord - Mechelen
SNCB 2729 Mechelen - Dendermonde
SNCB EMU Dendermonde - Mechelen
SNCB 1190 Mechelen - Antwerpen Central
Checked into the Hotel Florida, I was absolutely shattered after the previous nights overnight I had a meal in the Steak House near the hotel and then had an early night. I wanted to be up to do the morning commuters.

Friday 2nd July 1993

Unlike in Luxembourg I managed to get up. This was to be the last day as I was going to a wedding reception on the Saturday night.
SNCB 1211 Antwerpen Central - Berchem
SNCB 2511 Berchem - Antwerpen Central
SNCB EMU 8 19 Antwerpen Central - Berchem. SNCB 2507 Berchem - Antwerpen Central SNCB EMU 911 Antwerpen Central - Berchem SNCB 2506 Berchem - Antwerpen Central
SNCB EMU 628 Antwerpen Central - Berchem 
SNCB 6245 Berchem ~ Antwerpen Central
Went back to the hotel for breakfast and to check out. Again the Amsterdam -Bruxelles was running late so I had to take a unit.
SNCB EMU 828 Antwerpen Central - Bruxelles Nord
SNCB 2114 Bruxelles Nord - Tournai
SNCF DMU X4649/XR8444 Tournai - Lille Flandres
SNCF 67485 Lille Flandres - Calais Maritime Ferry 'Chartres' Calais - Dover Western Docks
EMU 1843 Dover Western Docks - London Victoria via Ashford
43085143045 St Pancras - Sheffield via Derby
DMU Sheffield - Elsecar.
It had been a good trip, if a little tiring at times. It was great to see mum and dad settled into their bungalow in Spain, even if I didn't rate the Spanish railways. France was good and Belgium & Luxembourg excellent as usual. Italy was different Having been to many countries in western Europe I was surprised that I felt Italy to be a totally different culture, when I didn't feel that with France, Belgium, Luxembourg and other countries I had been to. Having been to Italy in 2008 it feels the same as the others now but at that time felt so different. 87 new locos for haulage including my last Belgian 11 and next to last 12. My favourite engine of the week was SNCB diesel 5124, boy did that make a racket, and I presume there was something wrong with it because its return working later turned out to be electric 2729. I then fell into the old trap of meeting a new girl friend. This one turned out to be a bit more serious than the others and, apart from a few holiday trips severely restricted my foreign trips.

Pennine Observer Notes 

Eastern Region

Recent sightings at Doncaster have been:
Nov 26  66044 Sand 66539, 66567, 66589 Freightliners 60054, 66056 Engineers 66199, 66712 Intermodal 66005, 66015, 66086, 66129 Light engines 66514, 66519, 66548, 66581, 66707 Coal 66711 Gypsum 66103 Tornado with stock 1407, 35469, 3119,3120,1683,3098,3112,3122,3140, 3107,1863,5009,5350
Dec  2  66589 Containers 66509, 66546 and 66601 Coal 66044 and 66147 Mineral 08762 Shunting 47739, 47813, 47828 and 67020 Stabled
Jan 21  67008 Thunderbird 66185, 66702 Intermodal. 66524, 60063 Light engines 66518, 66725, 66522 Coal 66589, 66563, 66954 Freightliners 66023,66711 Gypsum 66621 Limestone
Jan 28  66006 Rails 66176, 66716 Intermodal 66622, 66248, 66618, 66156, 66561 Light engines 66624,66003,66519,66621 Coal 67002 Thunderbird 66577, 66537, 66575 Freightliners 66621, 66040 Limestone
Feb 4  31105 Track measurement train 67027 Thunderbird 66133 Rails 66130 Intermodal and later engineers 66035,66624,66522,66728,66528 Coal 66172 Cranes 66167 Engineers 66726 Intermodal 66537, 66567 Freightliners 66604 Limestone 66725 Gypsum 67019 In Wabtec
Feb 11  67027 Thunderbird 66248, 66719 Intermodal 60011, 66172, 66728 Light engines 66527,66722,66707,66509,66520 Coal 66618 Engineers 66540, 66572 Freightliners 66105 Gypsum 66089 Limestone 67019 in Wabtec 66620 refurbished binliner wagons
Feb 18 67024 Thunderbird
66132, 66122 Slingers
67019, 66514, 66506, 66604 Light engines
66729,66703,66525,66023,66548,66051,
66201 Coal
66241 Gypsum
31233 Rail measurement
66161, 66012, 66607 Limestone
66598, 66589 Freightliners
667301ntermodal
66001 Engineers
66093 Rails
66024 MEAs

Recent sightings on the Gainsborough to Barnetby line
have been:
Dec  5  66005 and 66193 on coal trains
Dec 11 6061 on oil train  66103 on coal train
Dec 12 66055 and 66103 on coal trains
Dec 22 66018 and 66159 on coal trains 
Dec 24 66003 on coal trains  66015 on oil h-din
Dec 28 66707 light engine
Jan  4 66159 on coal h-din
Jan 5 66132 on coal h-din
Jan 16 66023 and 66105 on coal trains
Jan 29 66076 on coal train
Feb  2 66134 on coal train
Feb  5  66094 and 66136 on coal trains
Feb  6 66003, 66094 and 66728 on coal trains 66023 on pw. train 66074 on steel train 66020+66177 light engine
Feb  7 66051 on goods train  66182 on coal train
Other recent sightings have been:
Dec 2 66531 on container train at Retford
Jan 21 66130 with 30 MT tanks at Lincoln
66053 on coal train at Welham
Feb 3 66139 on goods train at Lincoln
Feb 4 66129 on oil train
Locos seen in East Anglia on 18 November were:
90042,90043,90044,90045,66001,66530,66536,66531,
66539,66540,66567,66576,66574,66575,66955,66728,
86501, 66505 and 66954 at Ipswich
20301, 20305, 37087, 37601 and 37608 at Stowmarket
90036 at Norwich Crown Point
47712 at Colchester
90006,90012,90013,90011,90008,90035,90005,90015
and 90011 working Liverpool Street - Norwich services.
Locos seen top and tailing Norwich to Yarmouth services have been:
Feb 10 47832 /47712
Feb 47712 120304 (working of the year?)

Western Region

57602 was seen on the Penzance to Paddington "Night Riviera" on 17 November.

Midland Region

Locos seen top and tailing the free Maryport to Workington shuttle have been:

Dec 4 47832/37423
Dec 16 47790/157004
Dec 22 37423/57008
Dec 29 47796/37608
Jan 5 47790/57008
Jan 8 47501 / 57012
Jan 15-20 47501 / 57008
Jan 21 47790 / 57002
Jan 26 47790/57003
57012 worked when 57003 failed
Feb 1 37423 / 57012
Feb 9 47501/ 57012

Railtours and Charter Trains

Nov 28 (The Northern Belle) 67028
             (The London Christmas Express) 60007 'Sir Nigel Gresley'
             (The Yuletide York) 37609 and 37259
             (The Festive York) 67008
             (The St Nicholas Fayre) 67006 and 67017
Dec  5  (The Western White Rose) D 1015
Dec 12 (Th Pye Bridge Pie-Man) 47270, 56312, 59204 and 60040
Dec 21 (Bridlington to Edinburgh) 47786 and 47804
Dec 30 (The Wellington Boot),67006 and 67026

Preserved Railways

Locos working at the East Lanes Steam Gala on 23 January were 44781, 47324, 90733, 61994 and industrial No 32 Gothenburg. Locos used at the Great Central Railway Winter Steam Gala on 30 January were 5690 "Leander', 42958, 44767, 45231 "The Sherwood Forester", 47406,48476 (48305), 70013 "Oliver Cromwell and 78019. Locos working at the Keighley & Worth Valley Steam Gala on 13 February were 1744, 90733, 957, 41241, 80002, 47279 and industrial 1704 Nunlow.

Pennine Quiz No. 139

Settle & Carlisle Railway Quiz
(Between Settle & Petril Bridge Junctions)

by Ian Shenton

1 What was the date of opening?
2 What is the length of the line from Settle Junction to Petril Bridge Junction?
3 What is the highest numbered mile post on this section of line?
4 What is the name of the summit of the line?
5  What is the height above sea level in feet?
6  What is the most number of stations that have been on the line?
7 Name the stations.
8 Which was the last station to open?
9 Which one was the first to close?
10 Which year did it close?
11 How many are still open?
12 Name them.
13 How many level crossings are there on the line?
14 Name them.
15 How many tunnels are on the line?
16 Name them.
17 What is the total length of the tunnels in yards?
18 How many viaducts are on the line?
19 Name them.
20 A famous railway photographer died on the line what was his name
21 What was the date?
22 At which station did this occur?
23 Which steam locomotive was he photographing?
24 Which station as a restaurant named Brief Encounter?
25 What was the name of the driver that drove the first passenger train on day of opening

Pennine Quiz No. 138

The Answers

1  Corickle and Bransty or Corickle & Whitehaven
2  62 yards     
3  14
4  Highland Railway
5  Scopwick
6  1952
7  Carmarthen
8  12
9  4
10. Feb 14th 1971 one day before D day to avoid congestion on a Monday morning for weekly ticket holders
11 Nottingham (1 6A)
12 Class B 1 1251 Oliver Bury
13 15
14 5735 & 5736
15 Knottingley
16 60501 Cock o' the North
17. 8
18. John Ramsbottom
19. Carnforth & Watford Junction
20. Arsenal
21. 158860
22. 70004 William Shakespeare
23. 15.00
24. Sir Brian Robertson
25. 37254
27. 60009
28. Mexborough
29.Sir Frederick Harrison
30. Bevercoates

Pennine Quiz No. 138

The Winners

1st John Dewing
2nd Malcolm Bell
3rd Ian Shenton

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 17th March 2010

Allan Dawson 'Normanton Shed 55E 1962-1968'

Wednesday 7th April 2010
John Foreman
Railways of Humberside'

Wednesday 21st April 2010
Andy Barclay

Wednesday 5th May 2010
Peter Marsh

Wednesday 19th May 2010
PENNINE SLIDE QUIZ

Wednesday 2nd June 2010
Chris Nicholson

Wednesday 16th June 2010
Phil Lowis / Geoff Bambrough

Wednesday 7th July 2010
Derek Porter

Wednesday 21st July 2010
Paul Micklethwaite

Acknowledgements

I would like to thank the following for their generous contributions to this issue: Tony Booth, John Dewing, Ken King, John Sanderson, Ian Shenton, Robin Skinner, Paul Slater and Tosca.

Next Issue

The Summer 2010 Issue of Trans Pennine is due for publication on 16th June would contributors please let the coordinator have their information by Wednesday 18th May - THANK YOU. Remember you can email your contributions david@whitlam145.freeserve.co.uk

A Passion for Steam

An abundance of drama and superb technical detail we the essence of John Austin's distinctive style of railway art

Light is the most important ingredient in any picture, according to renowned railway artist, John Austin. Several years' experience of professional fighting design combined with a love of railways make him more than qualified to say so. It was always John's hope to become an artist specialising in railways. When he moved to a big, cold 174 1 -built town house on the banks of the River Severn in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, close to the Severn Valley Railway, it was to provide the perfect inspirational environment. He completed a large painting of an evening dining train departing from Bridgnorth, with plenty of smoke, steam and sparks, blasting into the night sky. This was hung on the wall of the Railwayman's Arms pub on the platform of Bridgnorth Station. When the picture attracted much criticism from the SVR staff and volunteers, it became obvious to John that he needed a greater knowledge of the subject. He began working as a volunteer at the locomotive workshops, assisting with such tasks as minor repairs, boiler washouts and cleaning. "If I was going to paint them," said John, "it was important to have some understanding of how they functioned. I feel that my paintings have improved through working in close proximity to the wonderful machines." A few pictures started to sell, and commissions followed, including a painting for the Severn Valley Railway timetable leaflet and publicity poster. He applied and was pleased to be accepted as an associate member of the Guild of Railway Artists, who stage regular exhibitions of pictures by leading railway artists, the main one being the annual Railart exhibition. John has been successful in winning the GRA Picture of the Year Award on 15 occasions since the inception of the competition in 1993 and was even awarded first, second and third place in the 2008 exhibition. Trains and railway art have always figured strongly m John Austin's life. In the 1950s, his father, an accountant for a Birmingham engineering firm, would take him to Water Orton Station, close to their home, to watch the trains. The sight of express steam engines thundering by captivated him. Family train- watching tips further afield followed to such places as Leicester, Derby and Crewe, which seemed very far-off locations at the time. Posters on railway station hoardings encouraging rail travel to exciting seaside holiday destinations such as Aberystwyth and Torquay grabbed his attention, particularly those pictures by the celebrated artist, Terence Cuneo. It was around this time that he attempted his first railway pictures. His parents must have spotted some potential for at the age of nine, they gave him some oil paints and canvases. "When I think back now," he says, I'm extremely grateful for their patience when my daubings resulted in paint on towels, carpets and clothes." It was also around that time that John read an article by Terence Cuneo of how he was commissioned by British Railways to paint pictures of Tay Bridge, in Scotland, and the Royal ~ Bridge at S~ in Cornwall, for publicity posters. He described how he set about finding the most attractive composition and John decided there and then dud this was the profession for him. Thirty five years later, Cuneo's article came to mind as John walked across Victoria Bridge to pr~ a sketch for a painting teal had been commissioned by the Severn Valley Railway for its publicity leaflet and poster Many of John's paintings are commissioned by art collectors and railway enthusiasts, and usually start as an idea based upon the recreation of a past memory. Initially, this will involve discussing the location, type of Coin, time of yea and weather conditions. By now, he starts to have an image of the finished painting in mind, before making a site visit and preparing a sketch of the proposed composition Once he has determined die final composition, he begins work. Within a couple of hours, the first layer of paint will cover the canvas. The picture will eventually have seven or eight layers of ~ working from dark to light. Finally, highlights are added, which can comprise a mix of eight or nine colours. So dud the painting doesn't lose vitality, he tries not to overwork the pictures. -It seems like every waking moment and every thought is spent on making the painting work," he says. "Upon completion and after delivery, I usually spend a few days out 'observing' ready to start the process all over again" John works both m Devon and m Shropshire. Much of his non-commissioned work is of those locations, particularly the very special stretch of the old Great Western Railway line between Starcross and Teignmouth. He and his partner, Catherine, keep a close watch on the tide tunes and weather conditions, knowing that when an easterly wind is blowing, combined with spring tides, they will witness the dramatic spectacle of huge waves crashing over the railway tracks. Night time walks along the sea wall with a stormy sky and moon glimpses reflecting on the sea add more valuable reference for future projects.

To contact the artist, visit www.johnaustingra.com or phone 0 1626 867142 (Dawlish) or 0 1746 761231 (Bridgnorth).

Lancastrian Rail Tour

Robert Edom took an emotional Journey as British main line  travel was gasping its final breath

The only smoke to be seen m Liverpool Lone Street came from the vertical exhaust of a multiple unit. At platform five stood seven coaches without motive power and a crowd of enthusiasts waited at the head of the coaches, peering expectantly into the tunnel. They stirred as a train came slowly into view, but relaxed again when it proved to be another diesel multiple unit. The departure of the Locomotive Club of Great Britain special was scheduled for 11.45am on Saturday, April-4th 1968, but the clocks already showed this hour when once again, there was movement far up the tunnel. This time, wisps of steam could be seen and the Stanier Black Five idled its way down the bank towards the waiting coaches. It came almost apologetically, as if not sure whether British Railways would allow it to enter the station, but as it came nearer, it was evident there was someone who still cherished it. It had been freshly groomed for its appearance and its number stood out clearly - 45305. It was coupled to the waiting coaches and with only a few moments for photographs, was anxious to be away. It climbed the bank from Lime Street more slowly than the electric locos and the diesels, but as it reached the top of the bank and passed its few surviving contemporaries at Edgehill sheds, it gained speed. It followed the main line through the Liverpool suburbs and passed the engine sheds at Speke, where only two or three engines were m steam, others standing derelict and rusting. Shortly before Runcorn, it left the main line and took us past small abandoned stations, vast deserted factories and neglected sidings. The train crept through Warrington, passing the Manchester Ship Canal and then onwards through more deserted stations... Latchford, Thelwall, Lymm and many others. Progress along these seldom used lines was slow and cautious, giving opportunities for enthusiasts who had gathered with their cameras. Just before Stockport, the Black Five joined the main line from Euston to Manchester Piccadilly and stopped for water, allowing time to look at engines in steam at Stockport sheds, perhaps for the last time, since these sheds would close within the month. We advanced through Stockport and over the long ageing but substantial viaduct straddling the valley, then quickly through the Manchester suburbs and towards Manchester Piccadilly. Rumour had it that British Railways would not allow steam. locos into their newly decorated Manchester Piccadilly Station and sure enough, when the engine was almost at the head of the platforms, it turned away towards Oxford Road Station as if spurned. Then it was on once again through more abandoned stations, Seedley, Weaste and then, surprisingly, one still open, Eccles, almost as decayed as those abandoned. The only evidence to show it was in use were the nameplates that graced its walls. At Eccles Junction the train once more diverted, passing the Patricroft sheds. There were few engines here and those that remained looked forlorn and uncared for. As the train continued on towards Wigan came more abandoned stations and now abandoned branches too - the line to Bolton with the track taken up, and then, further on, a spur, where not only had the track been removed but already the very embankment was being erased by giant earthmoving machinery. Outside Wigan, with its deserted engine sheds in view, the Black Five once again stopped for water. There were locos here but only diesels; the giant D200 idled by, almost an antique itself living only on past glories. Then it was on into Wigan Station, where we waited patiently sipping British Railways' coffee whilst a diesel multiple unit bound for Southport came in, picked up Saturday afternoon trippers, and moved on. Our train was to follow the diesel to Southport and our driver gave it ample headway before proceeding. The line ahead was clear and the rhythm of the train changed appreciably as if the loco was relieved to be in open country and on a line that was still served by passenger trams. The Black Five pulled more briskly, the sun shone, the country became greener and the loco padded m throwing back small wisps of clean white steam as if it was as contented as its passengers. At Burscough Bridge the train made a scheduled ten-minute stop for photographs. Everyone flocked out of the carriages and jostled for position. The driver, fireman and two bowler hatted officials stood importantly on the footplate pretending to be disdainful of the attention but secretly, I suspect, rather proud. Much film was exposed before the whistles blew and everyone flocked back to the train. One enthusiast confided he thought we had been travelling at something in excess of 62mph along the stretch between Wigan and Burscough Bridge. Certainly the pace had been brisk. Onwards we sped to Southport and past the long abandoned engine sheds before joining the electrified commuters, line from Southport to Liverpool; through the pleasant residential am where the line was flanked by large comfortable houses, golf courses, sand dunes and pine woods. The loco was anxious to show its paces once again but this time I suspected that a stopping electric train was ahead of us and several times the train was slowed by signals. Soon we were back in the in the Liverpool suburbs and plunging down into a deep and gloomy cutting, walls running with slime and track sides lined with debris and junk hurled from the densely packed dwellings above. We passed more abandoned stations deep m the cutting and then the junction at Edge Hill. Now the tram was venturing down the long steep tunnel towards Riverside Station, built by the London and North Western Railways for its boat train passengers. Emerging down in the dock area, the train caused quite a stir. A hastily summoned policeman held up traffic as we passed over an ungated level crossing and here a crowd of photographers and train and enthusiasts awaited the train's arrival. We were then across the level crossing and over the Princes Dock Bridge, along rusted lines and then into the well kept Riverside terminal, now so seldom used. Once again, enthusiasts flocked from the train to take photos of the loco as it ran round the train to pull it back up to Edge Hill with the engine running tender first This was to be the piece de resistance, past the enthusiasts with their cameras once more, past the vast warehouses and docks and then up into the tunnel with a rush. For those of us who had been at the rear of the tram, the engine having run round us was now only a few yards away and we could hear its immensely powerful beat as it thundered up the bank. In the tunnel sparks flew past us and with them the faintly sulphurous smoke, which seeped m through the windows and brought back memories of so many steam-hauled journeys. As the Black Five neared the top of the bank she was flagging but emerged triumphantly from the tunnel and behind us, the smoke and steam she had expended billowed out from the tunnel mouth. Close by Edge Hill Station we stopped and 45305 was uncoupled once again to run round the train and join it at the head. Unrestrained, she roared off down the track to find the points that would enable her to rush past us on the adjoining track and then again at the head of the train. Coupled once more, she took us on the final short stretch of our journey, back down the damp and grimy cutting and proudly and finally into Lime Street Station. The enthusiasts emerged from the coaches to commune again with the engine and, if possible, have some small conversation with her driver and fireman. No one seemed to want to leave the engine and I found myself standing close to her trying to absorb as much as I could of her appearance and the very atmosphere of steam. When I came close I could smell the sulphur from the smoke stack, the hot oil and coal dust and hear the steam sizzle within the cylinders The driver, too, seemed to be saying some form of farewell; for it might be the last time his locomotive would stand at a passenger platform with, an admiring crowd looking on. Some anonymous electric or diesel locomotive silently moved off. The seven coaches and the Black Five stood alone at the platform and then, effortlessly, the driver opened the regulator and 45305 drew quietly up the platform. She drew out of the station as efficiently and smoothly as she had done all day; one of the last of her line and a direct descendant of those locomotives that had served us all so well for close on a 150 years. She was a worthy representative of her breed, no dirty smoke, no steam leaks visible anywhere, hardworking and efficient to the last. She climbed the bank and up into the tunnel, disappearing quietly out of sight.

These articles were reproduced from the January and February 2009 issues of Best of British, a monthly magazine available from newsagents and on subscription. Please visit www.bestovebritishmag.co.uk or call 01778 342814 for further information.