THE MAGAZINE OF THE PENNINE RAILWAY
NOTES FROM THE COMMITTEE
Welcome to the fourth year of the PENNINE RAILWAY SOCIETY. 1977 was our most successful year yet but we aim to better that in 1978. As you will see below we have a good selection of visits planned for the early months of 1978 and there will be more to come later in the year.
We would like to thank those members who attended the AGM. It was heartening to see such support for the Committee and club policies, we will do our best during 1978 to ace that you tithe members enjoy yourselves.
Please remember that if you have booked on a trip to confirm at least 14 days beforehand by forwarding the appropriate remittance.
Members are reminded that we hold a social evening each month at the “Masons Arms”, Market Place, Doncaster. Members are given latest information on visits and a guest speaker is invited each month, Meetings start at 19.30 and all are welcome -including accompanied children (we hire a room separate from the bar).
Congratulations are in order for our President Geoff Bambrough who is to become a proud father later in the year.
LOCOMOTIVE STOCK ALTERATIONS
Scottish Region: 08738-IS, 08882 37 108/11 47546-ED, 40150/1 47541-HA, 08326-HN.
London Midland Region: 25055/63/219/20-CD, 08014-BU, 08l2l/99-WN, 25186-KD.
Western Region: 31258 47140/2-BR 31132-OC 47500/2 08110-LE 08484-RG, 08487-SW 08361/489 EJ.
Locomotives withdrawn: 08003/10/25/43/4/8170/7190/138/44/5/229/67/306/7 20033 24057 25031/96 40051/4 46005 83004 84006
Fitted with dual brakes: 20205 25028/227/44/323/5
Fitted with dual air brakes: 08442
Boiler Isolated: 31212 31414/6/9/21/213
Boiler removed: 37015/94 40178 47095 47232/3/42/4/5-9/67/80/2/3
DMU reallocations: 50171/85/951218 59092 59540-DN:
50294 50553/6/68/70 51299 51471 56086 56386 5640314/6/7/8/23/61
59210/43-GF 51215 51426/37 56057/68 56382-CA 51295-NR
DMU’s withdrawn: 51126 51601 51641 56428
EMU’s withdrawn: 28313/5/40/69 29549/86 29891
COACHING - STOCK NEWS
Vehicles withdrawn: E1281 E1294 70681/8 87078/91
However, due to a sharp Increase In the volume of imported steel it Is estimated that the total volume In 1978 will be 60,000 tons.
On Monday, February 6th the new outer suburban electric services started between Kings Cross and Royston, whilst the through services between London and Cambridge will be enhanced and concentrated on Liverpool Street. It will still be possible to travel between Cambridge and Kings Cross in about the same journey time but a change of trains at Royston will be necessary.
MEMBERSHIP DIARIES We apologise for the delay In the distribution of some of the 1978 diaries. Members not having previously received their diary should find it enclosed with this magazine.
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
On Saturday 28th.January,North Scotland suffered its worst blizzards for 30 years. Hardest hit was the Highland line from Inverness to Wick. The 17.15 service from Inverness-Wick/Thurso became derailed by snow near Forainard. All coaches except the leading one were affected. Passengers were transferred into the leading coach, but the engine and this vehicle could only proceed a further couple of miles before being halted by more snowdrifts.
No one knew the exact location of the train or the wellbeing of the passengers until it was spotted by a RAF helicopter the next day.
Conditions were so severe that the passengers on the train, about 70, had to be airlifted away by helicopter. This operation was started at about 18.00 on 29th January.
The following locomotives have been named recently. 87001-ROYAL SCOT (11-7-77) 87005-CITY.OF LONDON (22-11-77) 87006-CITY OF GLASGOW (8-12-77) 87007-CITY OF MANCHESTER (1-11-77) 87008-CITY OF LIVERPOOL_(2-11-77) 87009-CITY OF BIRMINGHAM (29-11-77) 87101-STEPHENSON (12-10 )
NOT ONE PASSENGER WAS KILLED ON A BRITISH TRAIN IN
1976 AND 1977, the first time such a record has been achieved In two
consecutive calendar years.
On the roads In 1976 there were 6,570 deaths,80,000 seriously injured, and 340,000 casualties.
Two new stations have been opened recently; Brinnington on the Manchester Piccadilly-New Mills Central line serves an overspill town of 12,000 people between Reddish north and Bradbury. Newton Aycliffe, seven miles from Darlington serves a thriving new town which borders the Darlington-Bishop Auckland line.
Following the success of the Rail 150 steam
cavalcade, plans are being made to stage a
'Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the mid-day sun but what kind of nut gets up at 4.30 on a winters morning and travels from Sheffield to Nottingham to catch a train which passes within half a mile of his home?
After meeting on Sheffield Midland our party of seven-minus one (still sleeping) embark on an uneventful Class 45 journey to Brian Clough land, This sixty minute trundle is followed by a vain search for breakfast (a bus inspector explained that Nottingham closes at weekends)
After being mobbed by fanatical ‘gricers' D9 ‘SNOWDON' departs on the dot at 08.15, disc end forward and sporting freshly painted yellow nose, red buffer beam and silver lettered nameplates. Snowy Chesterfield Is reached on time and our sleeping beauty Paul is waiting on the platform. Our magnificent seven complete we leave the town of the crooked spire and weave around South Yorkshire via Beighton, Shepcote Lane, Tinsley, Rotherham Masborough ,Aldwarke Jcn., Mexborough Curve and Stairfoot (why didn’t they call this trip 'Barnsley the hard way?).
What is 56015 doing In the bay at Barnsley Station? asks Mr. Pratt of Lenton, Another five action packed minutes and his question is answered. After a signal cheek in the station our 2300 hp 'Peak' almost welds itself to the icy rails in a spectacular but futile attempt to conquer the incline up to Summer Lane. To much cheering and clicking of camera shutters, hero of the hour, 56005 buffers up to the rear of our train arid proceeds to push loco, coaches and all with an apparent lack of effort. (Mrs. Burke of Spondon enquires of the guard 'Why is it taking so long to reach Derby?'
After a photo stop-at Penistone (all the town must
have turned out) we ventured on towards Stockport via Woodhead,
Guide Bridge and Reddish South. Then on past the Jodrell Bank
Saucers and along the sinking railway to that jumble of track known
as Crewe where ordinary passengers and a Police dog watched In
amazement as an army of enthusiasts descended upon 44009.
Back to the train and we pass Wrexham and 24037 on Croes Newydd depot.
Forging south passed well named places like Preesgweene we are well In front of time as we take the avoiding line past Shrewsbury Station and head towards the beautiful Black Country, through Wolverhampton, Walsall, Lichfield City and onto the Midland at Wichnor Jcn, from where we travel via Burton, Stenson Jcn, and Castle Donnington. The train crew's shift is up before we -reach Nottingham so a new crew take over at Lock Lane Crossing near Trent for the 10 minute run to Nottingham Midland where we arrive more than 10 minutes early anyway,
We say goodbye to D8 then it’s off home for a few drinks and a smile (or 15) at the Sheffield Utd. football result .Was the LNER loco of this name really 505151?
Seven days later it’s up before the crack of dawn again and off to Sheffield Midland and the chance to kill two birds with one stone-the last Class 24 haulage and a winter trip on the Vale of Rheidol line. This time we must travel by road to meet the train at Wolverhampton H.L owing to a total lack of return trains in the evening. Paul, our sleeping beauty gets up late and rushes down to inform us he cannot make the trip. This leaves us with one car and 7 travellers-2 BR employees had to travel by rail and eventually arrived home at 11.0 the following morning.
After a 2-hour road Journey through driving rain and floods we breakfasted in Wolverhampton (a much easier task than In Nottingham) and waited among a crowd of *Wolves' football types for our train. Stood nearby was 87008 resplendent with its 'City of Liverpool' nameplates, The two Class 24 locomotives which took over the train at Birmingham New Street (after electric haulage from Euston) were experiencing difficulties with the multiple working equipment by Wolverhampton. The locos in question were 24133 (again) and-24087.
24087 soon disgraced itself by catching fire near Oxley Carriage Sidings. livery with white BR *barbed wire* emblems, Next comes a photo stop at Wellington where most people swarm around the locos (making photos impossible and a few others seek refreshment from a Nestles machine, After this short pause we go West to Shrewsbury where a rumoured relief loco is not in evidence. We amble on past 08470 in Hookagate P.Way yard, through wet Welshpool nought-degree Newtown and cold Caersws to torrential Talerddig where we are passed by an eastbound DMU, then we speed down the 1:52 'house side' to Llanbrynmair and down a ruling gradient of :163 to Machynlleth,
Our train splits at Machynlleth, 6 coaches going forward to Towyn (for the Talyllyn Railway), and the other 7 vehicles visiting Aberystwyth. We lucky Aberystwyth passengers are taken charge of by 24087 (with assistance from 25165) for the short run to our standard gauge destination.
After sampling ‘Seven Up' (drink) from Sainsbury’s, we were hoping for ‘Seven Up’ (OWAIN GLYNDWR) to Devils Bridge, but as always we have to make do with old faithful No.9 ‘PRINCE OF WALES’ .’LLYWELLN’, the other of BR's steam locomotive fleet (Class 98 to all you mod swingers) is undergoing maintenance In Swindon Works. Considering the time of year and the wet weather our train seemed rather heavy for our 76 year old hero and sure enough the ‘Prince' is soon struggling to find his feet. By Capel Bangor the fireman is stood on the front throwing sand onto the track and by Nantyronen our ascent has become a farce. Here our loco takes a rest and our party takes brandy (cheers Big Roger) before another 30 minutes of sheer folly ends in the driver 'throwing In the towel’ at Aberffrwd - apparently the planned photograph run past was cancelled as BR could not guarantee the train keeping still as we ran past it.
Mr. A. Wright-Herbert of Twickenham was complaining bitterly to the guard-we hadn’t even reached Devils Bridge yet-and according to his timetable we should have departed from there 10 minutes ago. After taking coal and water at Aberffwrd we began the painfully slow process of being propelled back down to Aberystwyth by No.9 arriving just 15 minutes before main-line departure time-just time for a quick dash to the shops to buy crisps, drink, and an Unsworth's pork pie for the return journey.
Back on the train and a close inspection of our VoR R. tickets revealed the heading ‘Farewell to Class 44 Railtour’ -a rare motive power Indeed for this 1’ 11.1/2” gauge line. But we were back to standard gauge now and more failures-as we stand 50 minutes outside Machynlleth station with the brakes jammed on.24087 is determined to be awkward-after trying to go out in a blaze of glory in the morning she now decides to pack up altogether and ends up being dumped on Machynlleth shed. Off again for an incident-free run back to t',-e Black Country (except for a buffet attendant dropping all the plates)
Talking of buffets-the 35p toasted sandwiches available on the train were cheap at tw1ce the price. Back in Wolverhampton there's just time for a quick drink and a bag of chips, then it’s back to the car (with a bag of that West Midlands delicacy -pork scratchings) for the journey home.
Jon Davis News at 10-45, Wolverhampton.
MEET THE COMMITTEE - THE TREASURER
A special feature from entertainment aces Kevin
Connell and Alan Pett.
COMPETITION NUMBER 9
1-British Railways Universal Trolley Equipment
2-Train Register 3- F. W. Hawksworth
COMPETITION NUMBER 10
Below are 10 questions on the Scottish Region of BR.
First prize is £2 with £1 each for two runners-up.
1-In which part &f Scotland was the Machrihanish &
Campbeltown Light Railway situated?
Entries should reach Jon Davis, 81 Bowden Wood Crescent, Sheffield 9 before 22nd.March 1978.
NOTES AND NEWS
LONDON MIDLAND REGION
Locomotives on Derby Works on 14th
January included 20001/13/62/6/7/79/228,
Would members send all Items of news suitable for inclusion In 'TRANS PENNINE' to the Magazine Editor (address on front cover).
45042 was involved In a crash near Birmingham recently was badly damaged and Is now withdrawn.
VEHICLES WITHDRAWN-1938(RU),3012(FO),4641.13274/6,16088,21033,25429,34543/53,, 87004/8/10/12/23/9/34/45/7/56/8/64/9/70/2/6/9/82/4/107/14/21/7/8/9/34/62/75/80/95/6/201/33/48/56/6/551/713/828, 37133/316 E1278/93/308/40/69, W308/9/10/8.
TRANSFERRED To W-1987/9, 2451,3150,35489, To M-1500, 1732, 3221-4/8/9/30/4/5/7, 4999,5263, 5316, 5694, 5810/1/3/6/7, 134229,80303/425,81249.
RENUMBERED 86144 to 85509.
TRANSFERRED To E-3384/93/4, 5323/35/6/9/49, 13287, 81231.
FARE FOR HUMBERSIDE 10th, June Audits £4.00 Children £2.00