The Magazine of the Pennine Railway Society
No.153 - Autumn
Poster, British Railways, Forging Ahead, The First British Railways
Standard Express Locomotives" by Terence Cuneo, 1950. Depicts No
70000 'Britannia' leaving London Paddington station with an express
train, with a King Class locomotive in blue livery in the
Photo by David Whitlam, shows 6201 'Princess Elizabeth' at Carlisle
after arrival on "The Cumbrian Mountain Express" on 31 July 20 10.
'New Routemaster' Design Unveiled
Final designs for London's new Routemaster's, have been unveiled, our
bus correspondent Gerry Collins reveals. Buses will have 2
staircases and an open platform and 3 doors to speed up boarding.
The contract to build the buses, which should enter service in 2012
has been awarded to Wrightbus. The original Routemaster's were
withdrawn from general service in December 2005 but are still used
on 2 heritage routes. The then Mayor of London, "Red" Ken
Livingstone favoured bendy buses as he realised upper classes were
turning to cycling in increasing numbers, and the bendies were the
best vehicles to knock them off.
Rail Companies Rescue Strandees
The grounding of flights in mid-April due to volcanic ash swung rail
companies into action. Eurotunnel was running 4 shuttles at peak time
and carried an extra 100,000 passengers + their vehicles in one week
and Eurostar ran 33 extra h-dins in 7 days and carried 165,000
passengers, 50,000 more than were scheduled to travel. Nearly 400
trains ran between London and Paris and Brussels, connecting with
trains across Europe. Services to Holyhead, Fishguard and Stranraer
were strengthened and sleeper services were subjected to heavy
demand. One benefit of privatisation is the spot-hire market in
The East London Railway has been officially opened by Mayor of
London, Boris Johnson, aboard 378154. The line replaces the former
East London Line of London Underground. The last link will open in
2011 when a curve north of Dalston Jcn. is completed to take trains
from Shoreditch all the way through to Highbury & Islington.
Germans on Way to London
Deutsche Bahn is confident of running trains into London before the
start of the Olympic Games in 2012. HS 1 was built to full European
standards, including the generous UIC GB+ loading gauge that allows
most European rolling stock, including double-deckers. The most
likely German cities to gain the first direct services are Cologne
and Frankfurt and it is also possible that DB could decide to run
between London and Paris as well. Trains from Germany will probably
run via Brussels. Under safety rules in the Channel Tunnel, standard
200 metre sets would have to work in pairs to ensure a stalled train
is always alongside an entrance to the parallel service tunnel.
Beleaguered Wrexham and Shropshire
Wrexham and Shropshire have had to amend its plans for calling at
Wolverhampton following objections from Virgin Trains.
National Express May End Rail Business
It appears likely that National Express will leave the rail business
when its remaining two franchises, East Anglia and c2c terminate in
"Co-Op" Plans Move Forward
A new open access operator, Go! Co-operative, has revealed plans to
run trains from Yeovil Jcn to Birmingham Moor St via Westbury,
Chippenham and Oxford, with a possible extension southwards to
Weymouth, from next year. Rolling stock would probably consist of
Mk2 or M0 vehicles on a push-pull basis.
Dynamo Specials - May 1940
Pennine's "Father?', Geoff Bambrough, tells us of his memories of the
role played by the railways following the evacuation of 338,000
British troops by the Small Ships from Dunkirk in May 1940. 327
special trains carried troops away from Dover and 82 from Ramsgate.
They were known as "Dynamo Specials" organised by the Southern
DB Buy Arriva
German state-owned rail company Deutsche Bahn has taken over Arriva
which operates both Cross-Country and Arriva Trains Wales, plus
numerous British bus companies (details available from Gerry
Collins). DB already owns the former EWS freight operator, the
Chiltern passenger franchise and has a stake in open access operator
Wrexham & Shropshire.
Grand Central Launches New Service - Halted by Dandelions
GC has launched a new open access service between London and
Bradford (the only open access operator to introduce a second route
- it already runs between London and Sunderland). Bradford will be
served by 3 trains a day, calling at other woollen towns, such as
Halifax. Unfortunately on the first day of service one train was
delayed 60 minutes due to dandelion seeds blocking air filters on 4
of the train's 5 engines on a return trip to Halifax from Kings
Cross. A spokesman said the filters 1ooked like Shaun the Sheep".
GBRF Taken Over
Channel Tunnel operator Eurotunnel has taken over rail freight
company GBRF from First Group. It will be combined with the
Europorte freight business. It will compete with EWS, owned by
Germany's DB and Freightliner Group as major freight carriers.
The recent review of public expenditure is likely to see
cancellation of; Extension of Midland Metro from Birmingham Snow
Hill to New Street Tram extension in Nottingham New rolling stock in
the current year Intercity Express Programme (HST replacement)
Electrification of the GW main line and north west routes
End of Waverley Steps
2012 should see the closure of the Waverley steps in Edinburgh, to
be replaced by two 16-person glass lifts and 2 sets of escalators.
Radlett Job Blow
The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has
denied construction of a large freight rail interchange near
Radlett, on Green Belt land.
The Eureka! Timetable to be introduced in May 2011 will see a
reduction in Glasgow-Kings cross trains to 2 per day by East Coast.
However, Cross Country will launch new services from Glasgow to W
Yorkshire and the Midlands as well as other Scottish towns. Other
East Coast reductions sees the proposed 7 London - Lincoln direct
services each way down to 1 each way, resulting in an additional
fleet of Class 180s no longer required. The direct Lincoln services
will be replaced by 4 London-Newark services each way, with a change
onto Lincoln trains.
First Great Western has increased the number of berths on the Night
Riviera Sleepers due to increased demand, the number of sleeping
cars increasing from 3 to 4.
The first of Freightliner's Class 86s (86637) has been repainted in
the Group's new streamlined livery, launched with the delivery of
the new PowerHaul locos in late 2009. GB Railfreight has a new logo
following the recent sale of the operator by First Group to
Clacton depot, closed for a decade, has been reopened by National
Express East Anglia to maintain its Class 32 Is on the Great eastern
No one, either passenger or staff, was killed in a train accident in
Thames Cable Car Plan
TfL is developing a proposal to build a cable car link across the
Thames between the Greenwich Peninsula and Royal Docks, providing an
aerial connection between the Dome and Excel Exhibition Centre.
Journey time would be 5 minutes and the link could carry 5,000
passengers an hour. If private funding can be agreed it could be
open by the 2012 Olympics.
Our German correspondent, Gerhald Collinsmacher, reports that new
Class 3 80s for ScotRail have been rolled out at Wildenrath. The
first vehicles are due to arrive in Glasgow in September from
builders Siemens. The 380s will run on commuter services on the
Inverclyde and Ayrshire Coast lines and will also be used on the
North Berwick branch. Displaced 334 Junipers will be moved to the
Glasgow/Airdrie/Bathgate/Edinburgh line for its reopening in
Irish News .
Our Dublin correspondent, Gerald O'Collins, reports that Irish Rail
has announced suspension of train services between Waterford and the
port of Rosslare, blaming a steep fall in passenger numbers due to
low cost airlines. However, the outlook is brighter in other areas;
· Proposals for an Underground line in Dublin
(operational in 2018)
· The reopening to passenger traffic of the link between Limerick
and Galway after 34 years of closure Reopening of the commuter belt
line between Midleton and Cork
Further sales of trams are: Balloon 716 to new owners Ptarmigan
Transport Solutions based in Perth. The car which was withdrawn from
service in June 2003 with severe underframe defects and has been
heavily cannibalised since it left Rigby Road on Fri 2nd July. Later
reports suggest the tram made a fine sight and caused much amazement
when observed on its low-loader crossing the Forth Road Bridge -
surely a first for any Blackpool tram.
Replica Vanguard 619 has been loaned to the Heaton Park museum in
Manchester. Despite officially only classed as a temporary
arrangement whilst Manchester 765 resides in Blackpool for the 125
celebrations it is likely this will become a permanent home for 619.
In early August it was reported that Brush car 626 had been sold to
the Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society at Birkenhead. On a
happier note Brush car 632 which was sold to the Lancastrian
Transport Trust earlier this year has been repainted in 1970s livery
with roof mounted advert boxes advertising the new 'BLACKPOOLTRAM
SHOP' on North Pier. An agreement is in place with Blackpool
Transport to run the tram on specials as often as possible at
weekends and during the busy illuminations period. The LTT's other
recent purchase, Balloon 715, is currently in the BTS paint shop for
a return to 1970s livery and again will be available for use during
the lights period.
Sheffield Railwayana Auctions
At the Sheffield Railwayana Auction held at the Derbyshire County
Cricket Club's Gateway Centre on 12 June 20 10 the following
locomotive nameplates all sold for £6,000 or more:
* LOCOMOTIVE NAMEPLATE: "DUMRIES-SHIRE" as carried by the LNER
Gresley D49/1 "Shire" Class 4-4-0 built at Darlington in March 1929
as number 2757. Renumbered 2732 in April 1946 and 62732 by BR in
September 1948. Withdrawn from Darlington in November 195 8 and
scrapped at Darlington Works - £7, 100
* LOCOMOTIVE NAMEPLATE: "SIR GALLERON" KING ARTHUR CLASS as carried
by Southern Railway NI 5 "King Arthur Class" 4-6-0 built at
Eastleigh in 1927 as No. 806 (later BR 30806) the last of the class.
Withdrawn in April 1961 from Eastleigh shed and scrapped at the
* LOCOMOTIVE NAMEPLATE: "SIR FREDERICK HARRISON' as carried by the
LMS Fowler/Ivatt "Patriot" Class 46-0 built at Crewe in 1933. The
original LMS number was 6027 and then in 1934 renumbered 5531
eventually becoming BR 45531 (the name had previously been carried
by 5524 (5907) which became "Blackpool"). The loco was withdrawn
from Carlisle Kingmoor in November 1965 and cut up by Campbell's of
Airdrie, one of the last of the class - £8,000
* LOCOMOTIVE NAMEPLATE: 'NORTON HALL" as carried by GWR Collett
"Hall- Class 4-6-0 No. 5935 built in July 1933 at Swindon. It was
initially allocated to Wolverhampton Stafford Road. By August 1950
it could be found at Didcot and by March 1959 at Bristol St.
Philip's Marsh. Its final shed was Cardiff Canton from where it was
withdrawn in May 1962 and sent for scrap to Cooper Metals at
Sharpness - £7, 100 * LOCOMOTIVE NAMEPLATE: `NEDERLAND LINE MERCHANT
NAVY CLASS" as carried by the Southern Railway Bullied design
Merchant Navy Class 4-62 Pacific loco which entered service in
February 1945. It was rebuilt in 1956 minus the original
"air-smoothed" casing and
withdrawn in March 1967 from Weymouth shed being scrapped at
Cashmore's of Newport the following September. It was originally
numbered 2 1 C 14 by the Southern Railway and became 35014 in BR
days - £26,500
* BRASS LOCOMOTIVE NAMEPLATE: "FITZHERBERT WRIGHT" as carried by the
LNER Thompson B 1 class 46-0 built by the North British Locomotive
Company No. 26150 in 1947. Entered service in October 1947 and
nameplates fitted at Doncaster in December 1947. The loco was
withdrawn from Canklow in June 1964 and scrapped by Cohen, Ickles,
Rotherham - £6,000
* LOCOMOTIVE NAMEPLATE: "KIRBY HALL" Was carried by GWR Collett
"Hall" Class 4-6-0 No. 5993 built in December 1939 at Swindon. It
was initially allocated to Tyseley and was still there in the
mid1950s. However by March 1959 it was allocated to Reading and was
withdrawn from there in May 1963. Scrapped at Swindon - £7,400
by Paul Slater
"Terminus" is a documentary film made in 1961 by John Schlesinger,
portraying a day at Waterloo station. It was shown in cinemas as a
short film before the main feature; my brother saw it in London and
said how much he had enjoyed it, and not long afterwards I saw it
myself. It was a great novelty to see a railway based film at the
cinema, and I liked "Terminus" very much.
More recently I have
bought a video which includes "Terminus" as well as another railway
classic, 'Night Mail, and highlights from "Terminus" are also on
another video I have, so I can now watch it at home, either the
short version or the long one, whenever I wish. The film is in
black and white, and has some atmospheric music by Ron Grainer, who
also wrote the music for "Steptoe and Son' and another of my railway
favourites, the television documentary "Giants of Steam'.
"Terminus" won several awards, but was not universally appreciated.
I remember reading in a newspaper of an Englishman on holiday in
America who was at a cinema where "Terminus" was shown. He found the
portrayal of Waterloo in shades of grey such an unflattering image
of Britain that he was embarrassed and walked out. The final straw
was seeing a group of convicts being escorted by police and warders
to a train for the West Country which was presumably taking them on
their way to Dartmoor prison. A wide variety of people appear in
"Terminus". We see crowds of commuters as well as race-goers, an
invalid, a bag lady, important officials, lovers, trains potters,
mourners, nuns, immigrants, soldiers and honeymooners, not
forgetting the prisoners. Boat trains for Southampton were still
running at the time the film was made, and. they provide some of the
human interest in "Terminus", with tearful farewells and happy
reunions. One young lady is meeting someone off a boat express, but
the person is not on the train. In another scene, press
photographers gather round a celebrity who is boarding a Pullman
The people who work at the station also appear in the film. We see
the stationmaster in his office, the signallers in the power-box,
porters, ticket-sellers, inquiry office staff, a florist, a
wheeltapper, and a nurse in the first-aid room. The station
announcer in her lofty glass-sided cabin calls cut the
stopping-places of departing trains, warns of late arrivals, and
appeals for the mother of a lost child. We see the cavernous lost
property rooms, where anxious travellers hope their missing items
can be found, and the crowded bar. A night newspaper train is
loaded, and afterwards the empty trolleys are driven through an
almost deserted station. Long-distance trains from Waterloo were
still mainly steam-hauled when "Terminus" was made, and there are
plenty of sights and sounds of working steam in the film. Some
locomotives are only fleeting glimpses or distant plumes of steam,
but there are reasonable views of three "Lord Nelson' 4-6-0s, three
BR Standard class 5 4-6-0s, a "Merchant Navy" pacific and an M7
0-4-4 tank. Southern Electric units are seen on suburban workings.
The film ends with the dawn of another day, seen from the roof of
Waterloo. The view eastwards is dominated by St. Paul's Cathedral,
with none of the tall office blocks which are now so prominent. I
like "Terminus" for its portrayal of the varied activities of a busy
station as well as for its depiction of the London of nearly fifty
years ago, and it brings back pleasant memories of teenage
excursions to the capital and sightings of Southern steam. A recent
television programme about railway films revealed that some of the
incidents in "Terminus" were deliberately staged, using actors, but
this did not spoil my enjoyment of it. "Terminus" can be considered
one of the best productions of British Transport Films.
(Beer and Bashing
It had been nearly 6 months since my last trip abroad, so when I got
the gen about a Railtour in Ireland that was going to do the then
freight only line from Athenry to Claremorris, I planned a week
there. My then girl friend Colleen came along so we did a little
sightseeing as well as bashing.
Friday 7th April 1995
Having had a DMU from Leeds to Piccadilly and then an EMU to Crewe
we had time for a couple of beers. The Albion was a regular Beer
Guide pub in Crewe and was a common place to bump into a few fellow
bashers. This night was no exception as a few of the lads going on
the tour were already enjoying a few pints of the house beer brewed
by the Trent Brewery. A few of us then called for a pint at the
British Lion on the way back to Crewe station. They had Shepherd
Neame best bitter on which was sampled but hadn't travelled very well
and seemed a bit bland. We all then went back to the station where a
healthy road show of about 50 cranks were waiting for the 21.52
Birmingham International to Holyhead Service. 37420 Crewe - Holyhead
Saturday 8th April 1995
The overnight accommodation was the ship Stena Hibernia and a full
night's doss was had. Well I did; don't know about anyone else as I
slept so well. I do know that the sea was very calm, which was a new
one for me.
We arrived at Dun Laoghaire to find that the DART EMU's
were not running due to over running engineering works.
bode well as the first part of the tour was Dublin to Bray and back.
A bus was had to Dublin Connolly where the gen was that the tour
would be going to Bray as the engineering had now finished. Thus we
joined the tour and I scored the nice new 201 class of loco that IE
had provided for the tour. This was not to everyone's liking as the
tour was advertised for a pair of single cab 121 class locos.
202 Dublin Connolly - Bray
IE 202 Bray - Dublin Connolly
back at Dublin a mixed pair of 121 class and 141 class were waiting
to be put on the train. It turned out that one of the 121'ss had
failed at Inchicore Depot and had been taken away by the other one.
To keep the train to time IE had put the 201 class onto the train
whilst the pair was reformed. As it turned out they needn't have
bothered as late running cost us an important part of the tour.
131 & IE 172 Dublin Connolly - Galway via Islandbridge Junction
172 & IE 131 Galway - Claremorris via Tuam
A farce ensued at
Claremorris as the signalman refused to allow the engines to run
round until the late running Westport to Dublin Train had left, the
problem was that it was still at Westport running round its own
train after a late arrival.
Eventually the run round happened and we
left an hour late. However, on arrival at Athenry we were held again
for the Galway bound service that was due. Eventually we left, by
now 1 hour 40 late.
Still one of the tour highlights was yet to come
- The Athlone - Mullingar freight line.
At least that is what should
have happened. What actually happened was some bright spark from the
Irish Traction Group was worried that any passengers for that
night's ferry crossing to Holyhead might miss the boat. It was
therefore decided to divert the train via the way we had come out to
save time. I was livid as to go via the Mullingar line was roughly
the same distance to Dublin and although slower track there was no
other traffic that the tour would clash with. A lot of the people on
board were not happy and let the ITG know about it. I have chosen
never to do one of their tours again. IE 131 & IE 172 Claremorris -
Athlone via Tuam and Athenry
About 10 minutes after the train had
arrived at Athlone it was announced that it would be held again to
allow the last Westport to Dublin train through. As the tour was
going to Connolly and I had prebooked accommodation near Heuston we
decided to get off the tour and catch the service train. We then
passed another train at either Tullamore or Clara which would have
further delayed the tour. I never knew if the tour did make the
boat but I bet it would have got there quicker if it had stuck to
the booked route. IE 211 Athlone - Dublin Heuston.
Checked into the
Kingsbridge Hotel and had a pint in Ryans Bar before a Chinese.
Sunday 9th April 1995
Today was to be a leisurely day looking around Dublin before a
little cranking later. As it turned out by 1pm. we had seen enough
of the shops so caught a DART EMU out to Howth to see what was
there. Not a lot as it turns out but it is a pleasant little place.
IE EMU 811318313 Dublin Connolly - Howth
IE EMU 832818128 Howth -
IE 181 & 11E 165 Dublin Connolly - Maynooth
Maynooth - Dublin Connolly
We then were at a loss as what to do but
as we had not yet had dinner we got back on 084 which was now
forming the Rosslare train and went to Bray.
IE 084 Dublin Connolly
- Bray We walked to the Porterhouse pub and had dinner there. I had
a couple of pints of stout just to kill time. IE 076 Bray - Dublin
Monday 10th April 1995
Went down to Cork and had a look around the town.
IE 210 Dublin
Heuston - Mallow
IE 161 Mallow - Cork
Having had lunch and seen the
town centre we elected to have a ride to Cobh and spent an hour
IE 147 Cork - Cobh
IE 147 Cobh - Cork
Then it was
up to Mallow for a pint of the dark stuff in the Roundabout Bar. LE
212 Cork - Mallow IE 147 Mallow - Cork We finished the day drinking
pints of Murphys in a bar opposite Cork station.
Tuesday 11th April 1995
With Colleen suffering a bit of a hangover I got up early to cover
both of the Cobh turns.
IE 161 Cork - Glounthaune
IE 147 Glounthaune
I then had breakfast before forcing Colleen to get up as the
plan was to go to Killarney and Tralee.
IE 201 Cork - Mallow
Mallow - Killarney
We spent an hour at Killarney before catching the
train to Tralee.
IE 155 Killarney - Tralee On arrival at Tralee
Colleen had recovered enough to be hungry. We found a really great
pub that did traditional Irish food. I had a fantastic mutton pie
with boiled potatoes in a massive bowl covered in farmhouse mushroom
It was so filling I only managed 1 pint of Murphy's with it. We
then made our way to Limerick as I had pre-booked B&B in Boylans.
155 Tralee - Mallow
IE 215 Mallow - Limerick Junction
IE 219 Limerick Junction -
Limerick Having checked in to the B&B we went to the Railway Hotel
for a couple of pints.
Wednesday 12th April 1995
The morning was taken up by having a good look around Limerick. We
then made our way to Waterford.
IE 224 Limerick - Limerick Junction
IE 149 Limerick Junction - Waterford We checked into our hotel and
then spent the evening around the bars in Waterford.
Thursday 13th April 1995
This day was to be a treat for Colleen as I had a surprise for her.
IE 075 Waterford - Kildare
At Kildare I had arranged for a Taxi to
meet us at the station. Colleen was very interested in horses and
just south of Kildare is the Irish National Stud that breeds
racehorses. The place is open to visitors and also has ornate
Japanese gardens. We spent about 3 1/2 hours at the place and,
although I am not particularly bothered about horses, I enjoyed it
immensely. After that it was back to Dublin to check into the hotel
and apart from a trip out to the bar at Portarlington, that was the
end of the locos.
IE 079 Kildare - Dublin Heuston
IE 217 Dublin
Heuston - Portarlington
IE 210 Portarlington - Kildare
2610/2613 Kildare - Dublin Heuston
Friday 14th April 1995
IE EMU 8337/8137 Dublin Connolly - Dun Laoghaire
Jetfoil Stena Se a Lynx 11 Dun Laoghaire - Holyhead
37420 Holyhead - Crewe
DMU 156403 Crewe -Derby
43062/43 100 Derby - Sheffield
Overall a good week, the low point being the Railtour and the high
point being the Irish National Stud. 13 new locos and plenty of
stout and the place was as good as ever.
Recent sightings at Doncaster have been:
May 27 67023 Thunderbird
66197, 66095, 66715 Intermodal
66619 Light engine
66004, 66021, 66722 Coal
20901, 20905 stabled in West Yard
66517, 66533 Freightliners
66529 Binliner flats
66095 on mineral train
66502 on container train
66508 and 66513 on coal trains
66723, 66134, 66078 Coal
66076 Light engine
66716, 66017 Intermodal
66534, 66592 Freightliner
08495 Ballast wagons
66008 on coal train
66056 on goods train
66567 and 66728 on container trains
66060 and 66107 in yards
66182, 66129, 66720 Intermodal
66046/60040 Engineers to Toton
66115 Nacro Tanks
66561, 66531, 66530 Coal
66569, 66537 Freightliners
66545 Light engine
66606, 60054 Light engines
66060, 66156, 66706 Intermodal
66238, 66166 Engineers
66501, 66539 Freightliners
66401 hauling 3132 10 to Wabtec
66063, 66712 Intermodal
47739, 66619 Light engines
66542, 66537 Freightliners
66213 66145, 66714 Intermodal
66505: 66536, 66591 Freightliners
90021 Excursion Kings Cross - Edinburgh
66952, 66609, 66595 Light engine convoy
66077, 66522 Light engines
66405, 66143, 66115 Intermodal
66955, 66503 Freightliners
66711, 66730, 70003 Coal
Recent sightings on the Gainsborough - Barnetby line have
66200 on oil train
60011 on oil train
60010 on oil train
66732 on coal train
66149 on oil train
66717 on coal train
66723 on goods train
66706 on coal train
66724 on goods train
66703 on goods train
66706 on coal train
66706 and 66717 on coal trains
66119 and 66716 on coal trains
66717 on goods train
Aug 5 66105, 66124 and 66716 on coal trains
Aug 9 66134 on coal train
Aug 10 66143 on coal train
Aug 11 66150 on coal train
Other recent sightings have been:
66716 on container train at Retford 66413 stabled at York steam loco
47406 on South Yard shuttle at NRM
Jun 12 92012 on goods train at Eaton
Jun 16 66118 on container train at Retford 66200 on oil train
at Fitzwilliam, 66596 on mineral train at Horbury Junction
Jun 18 66182 on Tilcon aggregates train at Hull
Jun 19 66054 on coal train, 66135 on stone
train and 66557 light engine at Moorthorpe \
Jul 3 66004 and 66194 on iron
ore trains, 66058 on oil train and 66513 on coal train at Melton
Jul 7 66046 on Tilcon aggregates train at Hull
Jul 15 66138 on container
train at School Lane Crossing
Jul 24 66716 at Potters, Selby
Jul 28 66059 and
66094 on iron ore trains and 66075 and 66149 on oil trains at Melton
Aug 7 66703 light engine at Denaby 66118 on coal train at Swinton
43060 and 43059 (East Midlands set) working 16.55 Newcastle - Kings
Cross, on hire to East Coast
Aug 11 66076 on oil train, 66092 on goods
train and 66722 on coal train at Hatfield and Stainforth
Locos seen on Liverpool Street to Norwich services on 19 May were
90002, 90005, 90006, 90003, 90008, 900 10, 90015 and 90001. Locos
noted at Ipswich on 19 May were 66956, 6657 1,
66589,66206,66536,66588,66501,66590,90043,90045, 90047, 90048 and
Also noted on the same day were 66575 and 47802 at
Colchester, 37038 at Stowmarket and 66122, 66232, 66711, 66717,
66709, 66719 and 66403 at Peterborough.
Locos seen at Scarborough on
20 May were 67005 and 67006 on the Royal Train (a visit of the
Queen). Locos noted at Kings Cross on 26 May in connection with the
filming of the next Harry Potter's film were 67003 top and tailed
with 67022 and 5972 Hogwarts Castle top and tailed with 37906.
locos that worked the Northern Rail specials for the Tall Ships
event at Hartlepool, 7 to 10 August were 57004 top and tailed with
47712 and 57009 top and tailed with 47802.
On 29 June, 57602 was noted on the Paddington - Penzance sleeper.
The 08.00 Cardiff - Paignton and 12.47 Paignton - Cardiff was
observed from Monday 9 to Thursday 12 August top/ tailed with
670171029 with stock M6117, M6046, M6008 and 9520. The steam fotters
at Langstone Rock Dawlish Warren were bowled on 8 August when
instead of the booked but failed "Duke of Gloucester" DBS liveried
67018 was hastily substituted on the weekly Torbay Express excursion
train from Bristol TM to Kingswear. Local DMU services in the Exeter
area are at the moment mainly in the hands of class 142/143 pacers,
often in pairs on the busy Paignton - Exmouth circuit. Examples
noted in the week commencing 7 August were
142001/009/0301063/064/068 143603/617/6191621. On 7 August, 142009
was given a chance to stretch its legs over the south Devon banks
when allocated to work the 12.5 8 Exeter - Plymouth. Silverlink
liveried 150127 was noted on 10 August in combination with 150247
working on the busy St Erth/St Ives shuttle whilst later that
afternoon at the sidings at Long Rock (Penzance) 57603 was stabled
on the stock of that evenings "Night Riviera' sleeper.
Locos seen at Stafford on 4 June were 70003, 90046, 66173 and 66589.
Locos noted on Wrexham. - Marylebone services on 5 June were 670 10
and 67014. Locos seen at Crewe Gresty Road on 5 June were 203 15,
20308, 37038, 37069,66421,66425,66433, 37610 and 47802. Also noted
on the same day were 66060, 6600 1,
66085,66201,66557,66100,66127,66508,66545,66237, 66063, 66618 and
66091 at Bescot.
Locos noted at Carlisle on 22 June were 66843, 66061,
66175 and 66596.
The following were observed in North Wales in July:
57306 (Pendolino 390029) 08.50 Euston Holyhead and 14.36 Holyhead -
Euston from/ to Crewe
Jul 5 67013 15.25 Wrexham - Marylebone 57314 16.15
Jul 8 67013 11.20 Marylebone - Wrexham.
Jul 10 57316 (Pendolino
390047) 08.50 Euston Holyhead 57315 14.36 Holyhead - Euston (loco
swap for the Mon-Fri only Holyhead - Cardiff service - the stock
stables at Holyhead at weekends)
Possibly the first time (?)
mentioned in TP but - 139001 was observed/sampled on the Stourbridge
Junction - Town shuttle on 31 July.
The best that can be said about
the "Parry Peoplemover" is that thankfully it works on a branch
that is about 1/4 mile in length and that it makes travelling on a
Pacer seem the height of comfort!!!
Railtours and Charter Trains
Locos seen on railtours and charters have been:
(Northern Belle) 67005 and 67006 "The Powys Chugger") 59202, 92017,
37423 and 37607
("The Wrexham. and Lancashire") 40145 and
("Seaside Scarborough & the Yorkshire
("Scarborough Spa Express") 45407
Jul 31 ("The Cumbrian Crusader Ill") 57003,
37610, 66434, 66421, 37608 and 37259
Jul 'The Grand Settle & Carlisle Circular
Tour') 67024 and 67021
("The Cumbrian Mountain Express") 6201
("York, Moors & Tall Ships Excursion")
Aug 7 ('The Tall Ships in Hartlepool") 67027 and
("Scarborough Spa Express") 45690
("Scarborough Spa Express") 47760
("Scarborough Spa Express") 45115
Locos working at the Midland Railway Diesel Gala on 21 May were
37264, 20048, 31271, 31206, 45133, 4740 1, 08590 and 14901.
used at the Keighley and Worth Valley Diesel Gala on 10 June were
37194, 37901, 33109, 50015,25035, 25059, 20037 and D 150 1. Locos
noted working on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway have
been Jul 28/29 - 92214 and 45428, Jul 31 92214 and 76079 and Aug 1-
-63395, 92214, 53809 and D7628 (after 53809 failed)
Trips to London
The following were seen on a trip to London on 17th June
Doncaster: 66107, 67022, 66008, 47739, 66403, 66404,
Peterborough: 66704, 66717, 66720, 31465, 66134, 66152
South end of ECML.: 313027/038/0391041/048/0541057/061, 317339/341/346/347, 321402140414051408/410,
Kings Cross: 3655021506/510/527/536
St. Pancras Thameslink: 319363/383/4231450, 377503/517
London Bridge: 375605/61716291703/802, 3760041009/021/027, 377210, 465032/159/901/903/921
New Cross Gate: 171804/806, 319003/214, 377130/143/1581162/43514361468, 378136/137/139/141/143147-154/225,455833
Surrey Quays: 378135113811401142/145/146/152/154/226
Between NXG. & East Croydon: 319445,
Norwood Junction: 31602, 171801/802
East Croydon: 1718031806, 319362/423/424143114481450,
377102/1041109/115/119/122/1281130/137/142/148/152/15311581162/163, 377203120813 11,
377410/4111413/417-419/421142314241426-429/431/434/442/450/453/461/462/464/465/468,240312406t2414/2417 and 460001-04/008 on
Clapham Junction 159004/0111012/017/020/107,
377104/1061117112211241126/1291135-137/142/146/147/153/15712021215, 3774061413/415/416/420/42114241427/4391441/446/447/450/454/456/460/463/464/4701473,378007/011, 4440041005/008/0111
Willesden Depot: 172004, 313134, 378009/0181023/228/229
Willesden High Level: 378003-0051011-013/0161017/019/020/022/024, 59004, 66536
Willesden (passing): 350106/111/120/1251126/128/233/235/240/249-2511256/257/259/260/264
West Hampstead: 319217/362/377/380/421/431/452/457/458
St. Pancras International: 395008 17.44 to Faversham,
395016 17.58 to Broadstairs,
395026 17.48 to Ebbsfieet
395021/23 18.10 to Margate/Dover
395012 18.14 to Faversham.
395011 18.18 to Ebbsfieet
395010 18.25 to Broadstairs
395006115 18.40 to Margate/Dover
395007 18.55 to Faversham
395003 19.12 to Dover
The following were seen on a trip to London on 5th August
Doncaster Station: 60054, 66030/716
Doncaster Yards: 661690/707/719/722,92007
Peterborough: 66057/097/144/207/403/706/710/721/723/724/730, 170112/202, 153355
Bounds Green: 08571
Ferme Park: 66402/728
London area: 313042/043/048/049, 3173441346, 365516
St. Pancras Thameslink: 319218/219/365/374/422/434/436/442/443/446, 377504/513/520/521
Kentish Town: 319379/428
West Hampstead: 377515
West Hampstead (NNL.): 378003/024
Kensal Rise: 378009/013, 66046
Willesden Depot: 17200210041005/007, 313121,378012/019/208/231, 150120/128
Willesden High Level: 37800410061007/014/018/020/021/023, 66074/086
Willesden passing LL.: 59102, 66535, 866051632,
Gospel Oak: 150123/130/131, 66176/417/590/709,
Upper Holloway: DR73942/73943
Barking: 172006,357004-006/009/025/027/028/033/202/203/212/2171228, 660581605
Dagenham, Dock: 357028
Ripple Lane: 660251844
East Ham Depot: 357013101510171022/026/035/208/222/224/225,150129
West Ham: 357002/023
Shadwell (ELL.): 3781381147/151
St. Pancras International: 3950021003/0051008/0101016/020/021/026-029
Farringdon: 3190021008/0091011/368-370/37413751379/381/382/3841422/4261427/429/432/434/436/439/441-4431448/451/452, 377501/503/507/512/516/518/520/522
London Bridge: 171726, 319013/218/453, 375303/608/614/623/704/707/711/81918291906/912/916,
Kings Cross: 3130031051, 365505
Pennine Quiz No. 141
Locoshed Quiz (Part 2) by Roger Griffiths
(Supplied by Tony Booth)
All the answers to these cryptic clues are the names of locosheds
(past and present).
Just the place for Anne's Ley Line!
Keep adding up!
Ray goes back to the river entrance with a car from
Sounds like writing tools and insects are here!
Pros? No the opposite, with a point to the
The veiled lady has feasted but changed 4th
direction - for nought!
Just the place to get cleaned up!
Where to find an insane Commander--- on the left
side of the ship!
Loud noise - or, somewhere in North Wales.
10 No green space on the front here, it is too
11 Where you could always find Halls from North, East
12 Where the first lady got her piece of pork!
13 Do "choppers" land here?
14 Take a note to a sheltered inlet, at the foot of a big
15 Ten trees would be out of place here!
16 A vehicle, a cotton fabric and a waterway gets you
17 In Germany it is Braunschweig!
18 (Lord), OC, BEF, is not off here!
19 (Lord), OC, fated 600!
20 Socks worn? Then repair the lot!
21 Was this shed found in his lea? Definitely not!
22 Where you'll find trois ponts!
23 Is this what the policeman's ice cream did, on a hot
24 Go here for lots of beer, dear!
25 Dearest one, wait! (Or sounds like it).
Pennine Quiz No. 140
2 Palace Gates
6 Old Oak Common
7 Newton Heath
8 Edge Hill
14 Cardiff Cathays
16 Leighton Buzzard
19 Wolverhampton Stafford Rd
20 Kirkby Stephen
Pennine Quiz No. 140
1st= Malcolm Bell
1st= Ian Shenton
1st= Ken King
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 15th September 2010
`European tramways and trains; from Bratislava to Kerry'
Wednesday 6th October 2010
'Railways Round Scotland'
Wednesday 20th October 2010
AT THE RAILWAY (Note change of location)
Wednesday 3rd November 2010
PENNINE SLIDE COMPETITION
Wednesday 17th November 2010
Thursday 25th November 2010
Pennine Shield Round] at Dore Loco Society
Wednesday 1st December 2010
PENNINE SHIELD Round 2
Wednesday 15th December 2010
Ken Grainger' The Master Cutler'
I would like to thank the following for their generous contributions
to this issue: Tony Booth, Tony Caddick, John Dewing, Ken King, John
Sanderson, Robin Skinner, Paul Slater, and Tosca.
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A Rail Journey to Hell and Back
Benedict Le Vay takes to the rails in Norway and finds a land of
green valleys and glaciers
Go to Hell, they said, so we did - and found ourselves in heaven.
Let me explain. It was a railway tour of Norway, and we reached
Hell, a junction in the north, as we viewed this country of
globe-beating beauty in a relaxing, non-polluting way. And it
exceeded all our expectations. We started at Bergen in the south -
me joining friends and family via a cheap Norwegian Airlines flight
- and returned from Trondheim in the north. Bergen is a wonderful
port; its old harbour lined on one side with the Bryggen, a quayside
area of quaint, tarred, clapboard houses jammed in against
narrow-planked alleyways. We took the Floybanen funicular railway up
the 1,000ft hill behind the city and saw tall ships set sail into
the fjord beyond. Afterwards, we walked back down to the
fortress-like railway station for one of the best train journeys in
the world. This is the spectacular line to Oslo, a journey
interrupted - unbelievably - by an even better branch line. After
climbing and climbing to the treeless ice fields of Europe's highest
main line, you eventually pass glacier ends with their eerie, green
light coming through the ice. Then, after going through snow sheds
to limit the blockage of the line by drifts, you come to Myrdal, the
most dramatic railway junction you could imagine - and, as an author
on travel and railways, I've seen a few. There, you are well over
800m high, in the grassy bowl at the top of a very steep glacial
valley, which descends like an abyss via cliffs and waterfalls to
the fiord, 201an away. The line from Bergen emerges from one
mountainside, goes into the horseshoe-curve station and then enters
another snow shed and tunnel at high level for the journey to Oslo.
Joining this, at an insanely steep angle, is another line coming up
from the ravines below down to the village of Flam beside the fiord.
It charges inside the granite mountain, does a 180-degree turn in a
solid-rock tunnel and emerges lower down. At one point, four levels
of the railway are visible as it snakes and turns. At another,
Kjosfossen station has been built in a waterfall with froth plunging
down right next to and under the platform where passengers alight.
Flam is at the head of a fjord where sheer mountains drop to
orchards and then disappear into the deep, where massive cruise
ships call at the tiny quay. Returning the next day to Myrdal
junction, it seemed this lovely green valley of meadows, cliffs and
waterfalls climbing through clouds was the way to heaven, not Hell
at all. Back on the main line, we continued the scenic route to Oslo
and spent a couple of days there before catching the train north to
Trondheim. A word about prices in Norway: it's about 50 per cent more expensive than in
the UK for food and drink, so be prepared. The Trondheim train was
another fast Regiontog (inter-city service) and on these it's well
worth paying the small Komfort class supplement.
You pass Norway's
longest lake, Mjosa, plied by the same paddle steamer, the
Skibladner, since 1856. The views get better and better, with a
stave church just before Ringebu.
We stayed a couple of days at
Trondheim. Some of our party took a trip out to the monks' island in
the fjord, the more puerile of us took a Lokaltog to Hell, a
junction 30km up the fjord, where a line to Sweden diverges from that to the
There is nothing to Hell, apart from a few houses. A modern book informed us drily that only a certain type of silly
Englishman bothers to stop there. But this travelling to places with
silly names is not a new trend. When we looked it up in a 1936
guide, we found: North of Trondheim there is a small junction known
as Hell - to which the facetious Englishman, alas!, has a fondness
for buying a ticket so that he may display it to his friends on his
More seriously, we wanted to experience the Arctic
Circle, so we took the last long line north to Bodo. This was a
daunting ten-hour trip (almost like going to Wick or Thurso from
London), but it was beautiful and restful in a gloriously
comfortable, old-style train. On the return journey we would go by
sleeper, which had three levels of ticket: luxury cabins (£75 for
two people); couchette-style, curtained-off bays in a lovely
polished wood and glass carriage; or the normal reclining seating.
After hours rolling past lakes, forests, mountains and one glorious
glacial valley, we were determined not to miss the Arctic Circle. We
needn't have worried. The train climbed, the guard announced in
English that we should look out for the small pyramids on either
side of the tracks in this empty wilderness, and the locomotive gave
a long, mournful whistle at the very spot. Then we descended towards
Bodo terminus. The fishing town, some 450 miles north of even the
Shetlands, offered views of a sea dotted with mountainous islands
leading to the North Pole. 'We've come to the very northern tip of
the railway system,' I said. Not exactly,' said a pedant. 'There's a
tiny bit of Swedish railways which pokes in near the top to reach Narvik, with only about 30 miles in Norway.' It's a few more hours
in a bus. Or a very long way round through Sweden by train. Back to
Benedict le Vay is the author of the Eccentric Britain series of
books, published by Bradt, and Britain From The Rails. This article
first appeared in the Daily Mall (17th December 2008) and can still
be found on their website (www.dailymail.co.uk).