THE MAGAZINE OF THE PENNINE
Issue No. 22 - August 1978
NOTES FROM THE COMMITTEE
The Doncaster Works
Open Weekend on June 17/18th. is now past and to say It was a
success would be a gross understatement. As far as the Society was
concerned Its success surpassed our most optimistic hopes. Over the
2 days our stall made a cash profit of £87.40 and we have a stock of
saleable goods to the value of £43.94.
An account is shown elsewhere.
We would like to formally thank all members who helped in various
way e.g. supplying goods, helping on the stall etc. Without
your help the venture would never have got off the ground. We can
only hope that BREL have seen the light and that Open Days at
Doncaster may become an annual event. We hope to have stands at
other Open Days In future, but obviously the problem of carrying
goods further afield makes the organisation a little more difficult.
However, if it helps promote the Good name of the Society we will
have a go.
As a Committee we are always conscious of the fact that our sole
purpose is to give members what they want (within reasonable
bounds). The fantastic support you give us on the majority of our
trips tends to make us believe that we are doing a good job and we
may May suffer from becoming rather complacent. If there are any
specific trips you would like us to run then please let any
committee member have a note and we will discuss the feasibility of
the arrangements .If you have any ideas which you think may benefit
the society then please let us know.
We think we are the best organised, best behaved, friendliest and,
probably, the least costly society in the country, but we should
never become complacent about the fact.
A new list of visits appears below and vie hope there is something
there to appeal to all our members. We have postponed our
Continental visit and this may now take place next Spring. If you
are interested in travelling to the Continent with us please contact
Sat. 2nd,Sept-Derby Works 11-00.Meet Siddals Road entrance 10-45,
Members 35p,child 20p.Non-members 55pochild 30p.
Wed. 6th.Sept-Social evening at the Masons Arms Doncaster 19-30
Mr. Eric Slater-A selection of cine-films
evening at the Cock Tavern, Phoenix Road, Euston 19-30
Tue.12th.Sept-Social evening at the Grapes Hotel, Trippet Lane'
individual quiz competition,- nominal entry fee PRIZES -all welcome
Wed. 4th.Oct -Social evening at the Masons Arms, Doncaster 19-30
Quiz - PENNINE v PEAK RAILWAY SOCIETY
Sat. 7th.Oct -London
depots-to include Finsbury Park, Hornsey, Cricklewood, Willesden, and Old. Oak Common. Meet Kings Cross travel centre
09-20,returning to Central London by 18-00.Cost includes
permits and travel around London. £3-00,non-members £3-25 No half
Tue.10th.Oct -Social evening at the Grapes Hotel, Sheffield.
Mr. . Sanderson -
Post-War main line power-slides 19-45.
Fri.13th.Oct -Social evening at the Cock Tavern, Phoenix Road,
Sun.15th.Oct -Crewe Works 14-30,Meet 14-15.Members 35p,Non-members
Wed. lst. Nov -Social evening at the Masons Arms, Doncaster 19-30
Mr R. Milnes -Great Central Sheffield-Grimsby..
Thu. 9th.Nov -Social evening at Doncaster BRSA Club. First leg of
SHIELD. Doncaster Railway Circle v South Yorkshire Railway
Photographic Circle v Pennine Railway Society 19-30.
Fri.10th.Nov -Social evening at the Cock Tavern Phoenix Road, Euston
Sat.11th.Nov -North-East by rail. To include Darlington, Thornaby,
and Tyne Yard (requested).
Meet Doncaster 08-15,returning 17-45.
evening at the Grapes Hotel, Sheffield. Second leg of Pennine
Shield. - South Yorkshire RPC. v Pennine Railway Soc. v
Doncaster R.C. 19-45
Sat.25th.Noy-Derby Works 11-00,
Road entrance 10-45. Members 35p,child 20p,Non-members 55p,child
Sat. 2nd.Dec- Yorkshire by rail. To include Tinsley, Holbeck
(or Neville Hill), York 'and National Railway Museum, Meet
Rotherham 08-30.Return to Doncaster at 16-51.
evening at the Masons Arms Doncaster .
Final leg of the PENNINE
SHIELD. Pennine Railway Society v South Yorkshire RPC v Doncaster
Railway Circle. 19-30.
Fri, 8th,Dec-Social evening at the Cock
Tavern, Phoenix Road, Euston 19-30
Sat, 9th.Dec-Creee Works
10-30.Meet 10-15.Members 35p,Non-members 55p.
Tue, 12th, Dec-Social evening at Grapes Hotel, Trippet Lane,
ALL BOOKINGS AND
REQUESTS FOR FURTHER INFORMATION SHOULD BE ADDRESSED TO ROBIN
.The introduction of the new passenger timetables on May 8th.1978
brought a large scale changeover to HST power on the East Coast Main
Line services, Our cover picture shows HST set No 254 003
passing Botany Bay (Nr. Retford) with the 07-40 Kings
Cross/Newcastle on the first day of the timetable operation.
thank Tony Booth for the photograph.
HST - NEW ROUTES APPROVED
The Transport Secretary, William Rodgers recently announced that he
had approved a proposal for a major investment scheme to introduce
high speed trains on services linking Edinburgh and North-East
England with the South-West and South Wales. This means construction
of 18 high speed trains together with spares and necessary
improvements to track and signalling at a total cost of over
£45m.The new trains will be progressively Introduced into service
from 1981cutting journey times from, Newcastle-Cardiff by 64
minutes and Edinburgh-Plymouth by 126 minutes.
In 1977 BRB spent in England and Wales £15,100 per single track
mile on infrastructure work on track signalling and electric track
equipment, In Scotland the cost was £13,700 a mile. This excludes
capital expenditure not allocated to a single region.
MILTON KEYNES TO HAVE NEW CENTRAL STATION
BR are to build a new Inter-City station at Central Milton Keynes on
a site between Bletchley and Wolverton stations. Construction will
begin at the end of 1979 and the station will be in operation by May
1981.The new station on the London-Birmingham-Glasgow electrified
route will become the terminal for Euston's Outer Suburban services.
A pattern of Inter-City trains will also call at the new station,
TRAGEDY AT TAUNTON
At 03-00 on Thursday 6th.July fire broke out on the previous night's
21-30 Penzance-Paddington sleeper near Taunton, resulting in the loss
of eleven lives, A further passenger has since died in hospital. The
last passenger death resulting from a train accident was in October
1975 when a light engine collided with an Aberdeen-Kings Cross train
at Lunan Bay, between Montrose and Arbroath.
DERAILMENT AT HOUGHTON
On 19th.June the 14-36 Paignton-Leeds struck a derailed freight
train at Houghton Colliery, north of Rotherham, resulting in the
front bogies of the locomotive being derailed and damage to each of
the coaches, which were also struck by wagons. Miraculously no-one
was seriously injured.
TORY DIP RAIL
Debate on rail catering arose recently in the House of Commons under
a "Ten Minute Rule Bill" proposed by Conservative DIP for
Pudsey Giles Shaw. The purpose of Mr. Shaw's Bill was 'to allow
private franchising arrangements for rail catering both on stations
and on trains.
NUR MP Dick Buchanan defended rail catering and suggested that
Charles Forte the was the only one who might take on rail catering (he is
of the top ten contributors to Tory party -funds).
Mr. Buchanan praised the staff of Travellers Fare and
indicated he would not be prepared to eat or drink should
conditions in station buffets or on trains deteriorate to a level
commonly found In in Sir Charles' motorway cafes. The Bill was defeated
by 164 to 135 votes.
PLEASURE BOAT ON
BR have announced that should. the 'FARRINGFORD, the only boat now
working the Humber Ferry-service, break down, then the Bridlington
pleasure boat 'YORKSHIRE BELLE' would be brought into use as a
replacement even though this vessel has no capacity for road
HIGHEST BOX CLOSURE
The highest signal box on BR
at Dalnaspidal in the Scottish Highlands, has been closed. The box 1,400 feet
above sea level has been made redundant with the opening of
the new double line stretch between Blair Atholl and
STEELMEN's NEW STATION
A new railway station for British Steel employees at Redcar on
Teesside has been opened. The new station has been called British Steel,
Redcar - replaces the old Warrenby Halt and is on the from
to Saltburn. Also a new line is being laid to carry torpedo ladles of
molten iron from the giant furnace now being. built at Redcar to
BSC's Lackenby Plant.
The Transport Secretary is to Grant
£683,000 to Blue Circle Cement towards the £1.5m cost of providing rail freight facilities at a
new bulk cement depot at Upperby Sidings, Carlisle. This will
secure on rail the future bulk supplies of cement from Eastgate
Weardale, and Hope, Derbyshire. The grant is the second largest
to be agreed in England.
MORE HST's ON ECML
Three more weekday services on the high speed services on the East Coast Main
Line have recently been introduced. The 08-00 Kings Cross/Edinburgh,
13-10 Edinburgh/Kings Cross, 15-10 Edinburgh/Kings Cross and 19-01
From September 11th. due to OVCrCrOI7~..inU, on the up Newcastle
Executive a relief will run departing at 06-.;2 calling at the same
stations. The down Newcastle Executive departing London at 17-55
will become an HST working and be speeded tip.
COAT OF ARMS;
We are looking for a club motif/coat of arms which could be used on
badges or the society., headboard. If you could design
send your entry to a Committee member. Prizes ,will be awarded for
best entries .
STROUD VALLEY LINE
BR are gradually a, face lift to their diesel
multiple unit fleet and. the first refurbished train to be
the West of England Division has entered service on the Stroud Valley
line between Swindon, Gloucester and Cheltenham. Five DMUs in total
be refurbished for use on the line. Cost of one three-car set
RAILEX 125 -ACCOUNT JUNE 17/18 1978
OPENING STOCK (cost) 352.59 SALES (cash) 455.99
LESS CLOSING STOCK (cost) 43.24 308.65
TRANSFER TO MEMBERSHIP A/C
COST OF STALL 5.00
DONATION TO ST. CHRISTOPHER'S 5.00
INTER-CITY 125 SERVICES
Members may be interested to note the passing times of HST workings
through Doncaster each weekday:-
09.08- 07.32 Newcastle/Kings Cross
09.22 7.40 Kings Cross/Newcastle
09.50 08.00 Kings Cross/Edinburgh (STOPS)
11.28 08.10 Edinburgh/Kings Cross
11.38 10.00 Kings Cross/Edinburgh
13.15 11.35 Kings Cross/Newcastle (STOPS)
13.21 10.10 Edinburgh/Kings Cross
14.34 11.10 Edinburgh/Kings Cross
15.28 13.50 Newcastle/Kings Cross,
14.10 Kings Cross/Edinburgh
16.34 13.10 Edinburgh/Kings Cross
17.43 16.00 Kings Cross/Edinburgh'
18.34 15.10 Edinburgh/Kings Cross
18.44 17.00 Kings Cross/Edinburgh
19.28 16.10 Edinburgh/Kings Cross
20.40 19.00 Kings Cross/Newcastle (STOPS)
HEAVY WORK TO TAKE PLACE ON ECML
.Heavy engineering work is to take place shortly at Stoke and
Peascliffe tunnels In the vicinity of Grantham and Penmanshiel
Tunnel in Scotland to give throughout route availability for 8,611
containers.--,and it has been decided that the work should be
carried. out before full implementation of' the Inter-City 125
timetable in 1979. It is proposed that the work in Stoke and
Peascliffe Tunnels should be undertaken between September
and December this year with the work in Penmanshiel Tunnel
following on in January to March 1979,
All tracks through Stoke and Peascliffe tunnels will be lowered by
approximately one foot. This will be done one line at a time and
will require a continuous block for the line affected plus opposite
line block on weekday nights for three weeks.
Stoke Down Line will be blocked Monday 11th. September until
Saturday 30th.September,Stoke Up Line from Monday 2nd.October.until
Peascliffe Down Line
will be blocked from Monday 23rd.October until
Saturday 11th, November whilst Peascliffe Up Line will be blocked
from Monday 13th. November until Saturday 2nd.December.
The Engineer will be
given 12 hours total possession overnight Monday/Tuesday to
Friday/Saturday, and single line working will apply
during the remaining period. Total possession will
commence at 20.30
finishing it 08.00.During this time all overnight services will be
diverted via the Joint Line with connecting DMU services to and
Grantham, Newark and Retford, as appropriate from Sleaford,
and Peterborough. Diversions via Cambridge or Lincoln will also take
place on Saturday nights/Sunday mornings and up to Sunday
TRUE OR FALSE?
Is it true that Geoff' Bambrough has not been on a Society trip
since the abolition of ladies only compartments?
TRAGEDY AT SHEFFIELD
A railman was killed
when hit by a Carlisle-Nottingham
express hauled by 45145 near Attercliffe Road station on
Following trains were diverted via Tinsley Yard and Canklow.
ZOO TRAIN DERAILMENT
Six passengers, including two children were taken to Scarborough
Hospital on 20th.August after being, flung from a miniature train
which crashed during a trip round the Zoo. Several other people were
injured when two open carriages on the train left the half-mile
track at Flamingo Park zoo at Kirkby Misperton.
Soon after the tragic excursion from Scunthorpe to Windsor which
arrived back over 160 minutes late further trouble hit a Doncaster
Division excursion on 3rd June. The excursion, from Spalding to
Fort William was hauled by 47218 to Eastfield where 25062/230 took
over. 25230 expired at Dumbarton necessitating a further brace of
engines to be dispatched from Eastfield in the shape of 25246 and
27029.However 25246 failed at Crianlarich and was replaced by
25232. Arrival at Fort William was 139 minutes late.
To rub salt into the wounds 25232 died at Corrour on the return
journey and was detached leaving 27029 to struggle alone to
Bridge of Orchy where 27043 was attached to assist to Eastfield.
Almost unbelievably the official reason for all this trouble was hot
SOUTH YORKSHIRE CORNER
Since the joint meetings commenced there have been only two new
faces turn up at the Grapes on Trippet Lane, Sheffield. We welcome
these two Gentlemen and hope they enjoyed our company and will grace
us with their presence at many more meetings. What's up with Pennine
members? Don't tell -me you are shy.
Our July meeting which was billed as a members slides night ran into
unexpected difficulties - the lamp blew In our projector and a
^placement projector which was hastily pressed into service suffered
the same fate. However the meeting, was formed into two equal teams
and a South Yorkshire versus Pennine quiz was, held with each team
member asking his opposite number-- questions of his own choice. The
standard turned out to be surprisingly Good and by the end of the
evening the Pennine team ran up a narrow victory.
The slide night was successfully held at the August meeting. The VIZZIKWIZ with an entry
fee of 10p per contestant and prize vouchers of £2.00
£1.50 and £1.00 will be awarded to the winners.
Our remaining programme for 1978 is as follows-
John Sanderson entertains.
Novenber 14th. the opening round of
the PENNINE SHIELD takes place whilst on December 12th. we have the
Grand Christmas social evening with pea and pie supper.
LET'S SEE YOU ALL AT
Dear Sir/Madam I would like to congratulate the Society on the
recent trip to the Humberside area which must rank as one of the
most enjoyable ever run. Much of the praise for this must go to Tom
Helliwell for his leadership and organisation.
After a near
disastrous start when Mr. Bolland almost missed the train
everyone was soon cheered up by the sight of Tony Booth being left
on Doncaster station. The train journey was pleasant and relaxing
a certain member around collecting ashtrays and annoying innocentfare paying
There was nobody trying to sell badges or nattering about speedway
bikes. Society members were able to mix freely with the public
without being put to shame by a certain member who insists on
wearing funny hats and a flasher mac.
On arrival at Hull the party was guided through the streets to
Botanic Gardens by that well known Mancunian explorer Norman Bolland
to the cry of 'Follow me lads-I know the way'.
The only blight on the proceedings was finding Mr. Skinner's eldest
son waiting to greet us on our return to Doncaster.
Finally I would like to nominate Tom Helliwell for the 'Leader of
the Year' title.
40 Nursery Road
I, Kevin Francis Connell
do solemnly declare that the £10 note I had in my
hand at the bar of 'The Grapes' public house near New Street
Birmingham on Saturday 2 nd. July 1978 was not the same £10 note
I won in
the Christmas competition. That £10 note is still in an old sock
bed at the above address and can be viewed Monday to Friday 09.00 to
17.00for a small charge.
COMPETITION NUMBER 12
The winner (and only entrant) was Mr. D. Wallace of Sheffield,
Where's all that Lancastrian shouting now?
Answers to the quiz~
2-FFESTINIOG 2 miles 338 yards
3~SNOWDON SUMMIT 3540 feet
4-C 51 miles
6-CENTRAL WALES LINE
7-IT IS A LIFTING BRIDGE
9-IRON ORE TO LLANWERN STEEL WORKS
ANSWERS TO PRESIDENTS PUZZLE
CREPELLO, ORION, NORTH STAR, REVENGE, EMPRESS OF BRITAIN, NIMBUS, SCYTHIA, AGINCOURT, THE ROYAL CORPS OF TRANSPORT, TITAN, NEPTUNE,
EMPRESS OF CANADA, AQUITANIA, ATLAS, SAMARIA, ACHILLES, SYLVANIA,
COMPETITION No. 13
The future of this feature is in danger-please enter. Even if you can et only a few answers,
you still stand a good chance of winning.
First prize £2.00 with £1.00 each to two runners up. Entries should
reach Jon Davis 81 Robin Hood Crescent Sheffield 9 by 25th.September
Listed below are DMU driver-guard buzzer signals and a mixed up set
of meanings, Can you arrange these with their correct code?
3-STOP AT FIRST AVAILABLE TELEPHONE AND REQUEST
3-3 CORRECT VACUUM INDICATED IN REAR GUARDS COMPARTMENT DURING
5-SLOW DOWN WHEN PROPELLING
6-GUARD REQUIRED BY
7-DRIVER OR GUARD LEAVING TRAIN IN ACCORDANCE WITH RULES
LOCOMOTIVE STOCK ALTERATIONS
Eastern Region 08064 KY 03206-HM
Midland Region 25193/308/13-CW, 25322-10 25326-CW
Scottish Region 47038/268/9-HA. 08402-ED
08001/404/512, 25295, 7 60022/4/43/5 2/6
WR Set 303-LA, WR set 469-BR 50087/8/,129/30/1101/9037-LA
59486-RG, 59543-TS, 50233/6386-DN,50303/21/9114-LMR, 51484/6436-LN,
501741/1235/9060-HA, 51227/34/9080-DE, 55000-HN, o5015-ED, 50209-GF
50147/87/239/1461/9565/78-DE, 50234/1243/9303-IS, 51459/805/9541-HN
The following vehicles have been transferred to Heaton:
56121 56440 56474.
COACHING STOCK NEWS
304 (BG) 507 (PK) 4101 9327 21139
To Eastern Region 3392 13447 l4052 25118 25420 25431 35400
To -Midland Region- 524.2
To Scottish Region 4210 14000 14021
To 111estern Region 36530
NOTES AND NEWS
On 18th.June -two special trains arrived at Doncaster from
Paddington and were hauled from Birmingham to Doncaster by
20009/64 and 20087/186r On 23rd.June the shunter at Lincoln station was
03022,whilst on 25th.June a variety of power was noted on overnight
services - 55006 on
22.15 Kings Cross-Aberdeen, 47114 20.00 Harwich-Stirling, 40057 22.30
Kings Cross-Edinburgh, 46037 21.00 Newcastle/21.50 Bradford-Kings
Cross and 55009 on 23.00 Kings Cross-York newspapers -all noted at Lincoln.
On 18th.July, 71001 was noted on Doncaster MPD. This locomotive
in Doncaster Works awaiting attention prior to moving to the National
Railway Museum. On 25th Julky 47429 failed at Doncaster on
the 15.00 Kings
Cross-Aberdeen. Sister engine 47087 'CYCLOPS' took over to Edinburgh and
returned south on the 20.20 Aberdeen-Kings Cross from
On 23rd,JulY 55003 'MELD' had charge of a
Chesterfield-Carnforth-Carlisle-Skipton-Chesterfield excursion. The
train was hauled by 84003 from Carnforth-Carlisle. On the same day
08291; was at Wakefield Kirkgate whilst Holbeck hosted 08369/453/766
On 30th.July 31403 and 31411 were noted at Finsbury Park, both
sporting a white waistband. On 3rd,August Wigan 1401 40170 was noted
on a Parkeston-Bathgate Class 6 freight,-, whilst the usual quota of
foreign engines have worked through York recently including 25032
57/180/202/49/57/ 8/6-4/36/301/2/3 along with a solid batch of 40s
On 21st.August HST sets 254021 and 254022 were both seen heading
north through Sheffield Midland.
On 30th.july 47544 was noted at Brighton having worked a train from
Spalding. Also noted at Brighton were 09017 and 73115.On 20th.
August 47246 arrived at Ashford with an excursion from Spalding. The
train was taken forward to Hastings by 33050. Also at Hastings was
33034 which had arrived with a Hereford excursion. On the same day
08681 was at Kensington Olympia whilst withdrawn 71's
71002/7/8/10 were at Stewarts Lane.
On 10th.June 31161/234
were surprise visitors at Morecambe
with a train from Grantham. On 8th.July the following were noted
works-08622/5, 20079/135/58/64, 25030/46/45/117/9/24/46/73/4/95/7/9/
25210/54/64/95/7, 44010. 45010/4/8/31/43 /51/5/67/77, 45123/4/ 31/43/6/7/8,
43042/3 43120/1, APT Sc49002/4 ADB 968007 (ex.24061).
Noted at Burton on 22nd July were new Class 56s 56041/5,whilst on
the sane day Tyseley hosted 08067/597/790/928, 25040/63/265, 45070 and
47012/34/188/282/343/482. On 22nd.July engines at Saltley Included
56040, 08182/461/6/647/920, 20067/77/150/4, 25135/41/84/308. On the
same day members on the Birmingham visit were delighted to note
24023 at Bescot. Other locomotives there included.
20088185, 25032/63/188/92/245/60/3/75/99/313/25/6, 37057,
40138 , 45023, 46040, 47198/229/475/85, 82006, 83009.
On 22nd.July 37047 was noted on Derby Works having been taken
off the 03.21 York-Tenby which struck a man at Tapton Junction,
Engines noted at Carlisle on 23rd Ju;y included 08759/844/910/11,
40070/90/145/75. On 12 th. August Class PWM652 was noted on
On 1st. July 47033 'ORION' was noted on an express at Taunton whilst
on the same day 08644/950 were at Bristol and 08479 was
noted at Exeter and 08649 was Malago Vale.
On the morning of 6th,July the previous night's 21.30 Penzance-Paddington sleeper caught fire west of Taunton. Eleven lives
were lost. The train was- hauled by 47498 and the damaged sleeping
cars were W2437 and W2423.
On 12th.Aucust PWM652 was noted at Taunton whilst on the same day 08646.25052/223,
50007/19/38,and 33020 were noted at Exeter,
suitable for inclusion in the next edition of the magazine should be sent to the