The Magazine of the Pennine Railway Society
NOTES FROM THE
According to the Scottish Region General Manager, it is planned to replace the Region's Class 25 and no locomotives with the more "versatile" Class 37s.It is said they are better suited to the Scottish terrain with its steep gradients and curves, particularly the West Highland line.
CRAVENS UNDER FIRE
Western Region =
Bournemouth (BM) Cl.423:
7701-20.7731-5 7737-38 7740-49:
Eastleigh (EH) Cl 204:
Wimbledon (WD) Cl 405:
Fratton (FR) Cl 420:
Ryde (RY) Cl 485:
Waterloo (WC) Cl 487: 51-62 71-76
HUMBER FERRY FAREWELL RAILTOUR
LOCO TO BE NAMED AFTER RAIL HERO
Class 86 Electric,862611 is to be named after Crewe rail hero Wallace A. Oakes. Driver Oakes died in 1965 after safeguarding his passengers' lives on the Euston-Carlisle steam express.
The drama happened on June 5th.1965 as the train was approaching WInsford, 7 miles north of Crewe when an obstruction in the engines' chimney caused the exhaust to blow back filling the cab with blazing coal and scalding steam. Driver Oakes,33, severely burned, stayed at the controls and brought the train to a halt. He was rushed to hospital but died the following week. For his bravery Mr. Oakes was posthumously awarded the George Cross. The engine is to be named "DRIVER WALLACE MAKES W' at Euston on February 19th.at a ceremony performed by ASLEF General Secretary ,Mr. Ray Buckton.
It Is also expected that 86260 will be named "DR1VI;,R JOHN AXON GC" who died In 1957 and was posthumously awarded the George Cross for refusing to abandon his train after its brakes failed at Chapel en le Frith, Derbyshire.
THE LAST EXECUTIVE
The "Hull Executive" itself was introduced in May 1978 as a replacement for the "Hull Pullman" and was diagrammed for a Deltic on the Up journey only. However In May 1979 and the advent of the full ECML-HST timetable both Up and Down workings were diagrammed and speeded up. In fact the 17.01) departure from Kings. Cross achieved fame as the fastest loco-hauled service on BR taking the record from the WCML "Electric Scots". The basis for this claim was the 91 minutes schedule for the 138.6 miles from Kings Cross to Retford-an average speed of 91.4mph.For the first week of the new service Finsbury Park MPD always seemed to trust their own favourite racehorse for the down working,55003 "MEW' resplendent in its new modified livery with the addition of a locomotive headboard. Unfortunately the headboard was only carried for the first week of the service.
In October 1979 the high speed gallop was slowed a little when a stop was inserted at Newark to be followed in May 1980 timetable by the easing of the schedule by a further 4 minutes. This had the effect of making the train a far easier proposition than In May 1979 and as a result more Class 47s began to appear than before with the Deltic being held behind as power for the tightly timed 18.05 to York. Despite this, as by this time the class was mainly used on semi-fast and overnight services, the two trains still gave admirers of the class an opportunity for some prolonged high speed haulage
It had been common knowledge that the "Hull Executive*'would be the first of the Hull services to be allocated HST's and this was originally scheduled to take place in October but due to late deliveries and trouble with power cars the date was put back to January 1981.So to the fateful last week of Deltic hauled Executives, and below is a list of the workings and locomotives involved:
DATE UP (1A04) DOWN (1D04)
Monday 29 December 1980 55021 55015
Tuesday 30 December 1980 55011 55015
Wednesday 31 December 1980 55017 55005
Thursday 1 January 1981 NO SERVICE 55005
Friday 2 January 1981 55019 55015
Saturday 3 January 1981 55002 55007
Thankfully the authorities saw fit to reintroduce the locomotive headboard and this was carried on all workings except on No.21 on the Monday morning and NO.5 on New Year's Day. On Monday's down working 55015"TULYAR' was stopped at Hitchin and both engines promptly closed down. After a 20 minute delay "TULYAR, proceeded or. only one engine. Doncaster was reached over 30 minutes late and arrival in Hull. itself was 5,8 minutes late. However the trouble was cured because the following day 5501,5 was again, provided for the down working tut this time recorded punctual arrivals at both Doncaster and Hull.
On the Friday (the last official titled Executive since the Saturday working does not carry the title according to the timetable). "TULYAR" was again provided for the down working. As well as carrying the headboard the loco also carried a wreath and -was the subject of much attention by ordinary passengers especially at Hull where a large crowd of admirers gathered around the locomotive.
So to the Saturday morning, as arrival time approached all eyes were trained towards the North Bridge at Doncaster to see which beast would haul the last up working. Then, as if to spoil the occasion came a hurried announcement over the station PA to the effect that the arrival would be delayed due to the failure of a preceding train. After what seemed an age the familiar bulk of a Class 40 appeared with a large yellow nose and white cabs behind doing all the work. Another racehorse for the job we thought? No, as If by magic, the NRM green Deltic.55002 had appeared from Scotland during the night to do the honours. After the failed Whistler 40003 had been removed by 08745 we departed for the South some 40 minutes late covering the Vine Hotel in the customary
haze of exhaust.
The journey to Kings Cross passed without further incident and on arrival in the Capital many photographs were taken before "K.O.Y.L.I." darkened the new roof at The Cross with her departure for Finsbury Park. After watching 55021 arrive on 1A08,the 08.05 ex-York, we were left to speculate on Finsbury Park's choice for the last working.
After experiencing an uninspired run behind 47466 on the 12.25 Paddington-Plymouth to Reading and an extremely fast return behind "Hoover?' Class 50,50050 "FEARLESS" on the 11.40 Worcester-Paddington, we returned to Kings Cross in time to see "K.O.Y.L.I." make a spectacular departure on 11,44,the 16.05 to York.
It was always expected that 55003 '*MELT would haul the last working." MELD" always seemed to receive special attention from the staff of Finsbury Park depot, but this was not to be, the loco being withdrawn on 30/12/80 at York MPD.
As departure time approached numerous tripods were being set up in readiness for the historic event, but even at 16.55 no engine was in sight. Horrible thoughts of a Class 47 and the ensuing riot were dismissed as a familiar pair of eyes and a large yellow nose, again with white cabs, appeared from the gloom of Gasworks Tunnel. Surely not "TULYAR' again?, "BALLYMOSS"?, even "MEL3' reprieved at the eleventh hour? No, it was Finsbury Park's new favourite racehorse 55007 "PINZA" looking Immaculate after some Individual attention. Just time for a few hurried photos and then Into the obligatory first coach to again encounter all the same familiar faces.
At 17.05 to the accompaniment of many flash guns we roared into Gasworks Tunnel, accelerating past Finsbury Park before racing Northwards." PINZA" performed immaculately and all arrival times were bettered until at 20.00 we cruised carefully into Paragon Station at Hull. As if to remind us of the Impending event, the HST for the Monday morning service was already in position. The size of the crowd at Paragon seemed to surprise the station staff, but all concerned were very co-operative and "PINZA" was able to be photographed without too much difficulty.
The last Executive also brought to an end another unusual Deltic working, 1D62,the 21.00 Hull-Doncaster. On weekdays this Is formed of two MK 1 coaches plus vans but on Saturdays no vans are carried. The engine rostered for the working is the engine off the Down Executive and needless to say, "PINZA"' performed some spectacular accelerations on such a heavy and demanding train!
So the Deltic hauled "Hull Executive" is now railway history, to be followed by other main Hull workings in a few months time when no doubt "MELD* will be joined by a few more of its sisters on a single ticket to the Doncaster Works graveyard. With BR In Its current financial straightjacket all the class will probably be withdrawn by the Summer of 1982 after which the railway and the ECML in particular will seem a lot less interesting to many enthusiasts.
The first HST "Hull Executive left on time at 07.10 on Monday 5th.January 19811 after a champagne send-off from the Lady-Mayoress of the City. The train composed of new power cars 43153 43154 reached the Capital in the fastest ever time of 2 hrs 37 mins, 4 minutes early
On Wednesday 11th.March 1981 a Liverpool-Manchester-York special, steam hauled on the outward, Is scheduled to be hauled on the return by a Class 55 Deltic, returning over the scenic Sheffield-Manchester "Hope Valley route. The green Deltic,55002 has been requested.
Congratulations to the Class 25 Preservation Society for their victory in the 1980 PENNINE SHIELD. The Society were runaway victors in their first year of entering the quiz. Commiserations to the Peak Railway Society, Grapes Hotel, and Pennine.
Your next Trans-Pennine magazine will be published In early June. Would all correspondents send their contributions to the Magazine Editor, Tony Caddick, (address on the front cover) to reach him not later than Friday May 15th.1981.All contributions will be gratefully received. Don't forget, the more you send in, the better our magazine will be.
Railway Ties for Sale
Railway ties are available in blue, maroon or green, and they have either a steam locomotive or HST motif on them, and you may also have your initials (up to 3) printed on the tie. You could, of course, have the initials of the PENNINE RAILWAY SOCIETY (PRS) printed on the tie.
The cost of each tie is £2-50 and orders should be sent to Robin Skinner, (address on the front cover). We shall be issuing a New Year's Honours List at the end of the year, and one of the most coveted titles is that of PENNINE "Best dressed man of the year Award`*.Previous winners have been Norman Bolland of Manchester, and Alan Pett of Sheffield.
We are hoping to have a stall at Open Days In the North this year. If any member has any railwayana they no longer require - books ,magazines, etc. they will be gratefully taken off your hands. Please contact any Committee Member, and we will arrange collection.
Coaching Stock News
The latest development on the coaching stock scene is that Doncaster Works has recommenced the repair of coaching stock, which is to be undertaken in the wagon repair shops.
There will be a substantial withdrawal of parcel vehicles shortly when BR withdraws Its parcels carrying service.
The following vehicles have recently been withdrawn from traffic:
W1778 (RBK), W1904 (RUB), W1021 (RUB), E4038, m4365, E9272, E21221, M21237, E25317, W35049, E87941, E87964, M31235, S204 (NFV), S224 (NFV), S254 (NFV), S376 (NFV), S379 (NFV), S390 (NFV), S1613 (NQV), S1711 (NQV).
Latest information on the withdrawal of the remaining Class 55 Deltics is that a locomotive will be withdrawn if it fails its "D" examination. The engines are due their "D" exams as follows :
55013 - February 1981 it is believed that this engine has passed its D exam.
55016 - March 1981 55021 - April 1981 55012 - April 1981
55015 - June 1981 55017 - June 1981 55022 - September 1981
55011 - November 1981 55014 - December 1981 55019 - April 1982
55004 - May 1982 55007 - May 1982 55008 - May 1982
55009 - May 1982 55010 - May 1982.
In addition it is expected that 55002 will be recalled by the NRM during 1981. As regards private preservation, it has been reported that 55013,55016 and 55019 would be most suitable for preservation since they are the ones most structurally sound.
Re-allocations (LATE NEWS)
Withdrawn - 06003 25046 25065 26022 40151
Transfers - 03382-LE, 20179/201/207-HA, 25033/034-BS, 25044-CW, 25050/235-TO, 25076/078/079/109/226-HA, 27109-ED, 40065-KD, 40103-SP, 47051/102/109/427-ED, 47470-HA, 47556-BR. DMU's - 50653/707-DY, 51079/109-RG, 51454/527-ED, 51806 HA, 59047/071-DE, 59268-DY, 59437-RG, 59578-ED.
First prize £5,second prize £1third prize £2. Entries should reach Tony Caddick, the Magazine Editor by 30th.April 1981.
Don't forger, you may still win a prize even if you haven't got all the answers correct.
1. Who designed the Tay Bridge which collapsed on December 28th.1879?
2. Excepting 40106,which was the last Class 40 in green livery?
3. Between which two BR stations does Walnut Tree Junction lie?
4. What was the name of EM2 E27005?
5. Where was Class 55 Deltic 55016 named?
6. What is the name of the HST service from Middlesborough to Kings Cross and return introduced in January 1981?
7. Which Class 40 did Doncaster Works cut up during late 1980?
8. Which station on the Manchester Victoria-Blackpool line serves a nuclear fuels plant?
9. Which American railway company presented to the GWR the bell situated on the front of No. 6000 "KING GEORGE T*?
10. What was the original name allocated to Class 86 No.86212?
11. Which was the first Class 55 Deltic to be cut up at Doncaster Works?
12. At which station was Class 45 No.45104 "THE ROYAL WARWICKSHIRE FUSILIERS" named?
13. Which was the only Duchess class locomotive completed after nationalisation in 1948?
14. Which was the first Class 50 to receive nameplates and where did the ceremony take place?
15. Which is the highest point on the West Highland line?
16. Who is the present Minister of Transport?
17. On which date did the "Great Train Robbery" take place?
18. Which loco carried the unofficial name "DRACULA" for a time in 1978?
19. Which Class 55 Deltic is named after the 1952 Derby winner?
20. LNER Class A4 4469 carried two names during its shortened life-what were the names?
First prize has been won by Peter Hall of Sheffield, second prize by Norman Bolland, and third prize by Stuart, Smith.
1-(D) E6018 : 2- 1896 ; 3- National Railroad Museum, Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA. 4- South Devon Railway and London & Croydon Railway :
5-The Railway Correspondence and Travel Society : 6- Urie C14 0-4-0 Tank : 7- D6983 8- DP2 : g- True : 10- Cravens of Sheffield : 11- Raworth and Bulleid :
12- Class 7 train : 13- Davey Paxman & Co. Ltd. : 14- Consolidation : 15- (C) Bacup 16- Manchester Victoria : 17- 45035 "THE MANCHESTER REGIMENT" :
18- 34110 "66 SQUADRON" 19- Brading : 20- 4Omph : 21- 3 1/2~ miles 22- Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch : 23- "KENILWORTH'
24- Brownhills : 25- (C) 69*C : 26- 1,024 feet : 27- Crewe Works : 28- Old Oak Common : 29- 47581 "GREAT EASTERN" : 30- (D) "THE DERBYSHIRE YEOMANRY" -all other names carried by Royal Scot Class 4-6-0s: 31- Apply Wagon Brakes : 32- 26 : 33- Stormstown Jcn. 34- Mill Hill : 35- All carried by B17 Class 2-6-o No.61670:
36- 86254 "WILLIAM WEBB ELLIS" : 37- D5409 ; 38- 24001-24150,25001-25025 39- the end of the unit where parcels are carried : 40- (C) Matlock :
41- Leyland Albion 42- Gateshead : 43- Pw11hell : 44- Bog Junction : 45- 1 mile 176 yards : 46- Prestatyn : 47- 4 feet 8 1/2 inches : 48- Truro-Falmouth : 49- 86321 : 50- Mr. Leslie Lloyd.
PENNINE TRIPS REPORTSA new feature in TRANS PENNINE is a trips report where details of sightings on our trips is given, so you can see what you missed if you didn't come with us, and
make a note to come with us next time.
TRIPS REPORT No.1-DERBY LOCOMOTIVE WORKS 6th.December 1980.
08181/303/333/465/573 25130/278/287/289 40042 45009/033/043/055/057/059/070
45127 (collision damage) 45030 (stored) 08014/046/216 25092/137/295 44007 (withdrawn)
45047 (being cut up) Works line- 20068/077/173/188/194
Derby MPD- 20068/090/170/186 25218/256/327 45040 47144/250/266/372
RCD Derby- M29557 M29566 (withdrawn)
DMU Works included- M50394,50988,50992,51157,51158,5611o,79166 (withdrawn)
53001,54ooo,5?ooi,58ooo (prototype DEMU).
TRIPS REPORT No.2-FAREWELL TO THE HUMBER FERRY 14th.January 1981.
Doncaster MPD- 31228/281/298 37002/226 47212/217/221 47370 (on MGR's)
Lincoln-31106/238 (Holmes Yard); 03026 (Station), 03149,08101/183/242 (MPD);
Barnetby- 08093; Immingham MPD- 084,05/436/478/508 31105/181/318, 37202/211
472O9/218/297/312h14/422 TRIPS REPORT No.3- DONCASTER 18th.January 1981
MPD- 08008/115/131/136/247/331/401/420/607, 31173/223/232/255/282/298, 37097/127
WORKS- Works pilots 08444/459,Paint Shop - 37044 56o15, 4 Bay- 50012/015/020/030/035
55016 56014 37098, 2 Bay- 312177233/296/417 37043/0619
Dismantling shop- 37149 50010, Yard- 03056*/066 31107/129/206/229/266
37067/071/228/264, 55003*, 56007/088/089 *=withdrawn.
Withdrawn DMUs-51001/005/006 51160/163/166/169/173 c,9452.
DMU Works- 50002/015/-025,5016~/168,50231/244.50553,50636,51262,51438/442, 51543/544/559/560,51814/820,51961/968/969/977,52067/083/091/103, 56017/037/052"/~73.56194,56388,59091.59208/-243,59-r,40,59697.
TRIPS REPORT No.4- TINSLEY AND WATH 24th.January 1981.
Tinsley- 08033/141/208/219/266/28?/335 3 9 485) 50?/~09 523/729/861/866/879.
13001/002/003, 20004/005/0222 03 06~ 093/103/128/1291'132/135/189/208
20209/212, 25248/326, 31116 2Y22812Y50/255/279 33016, 37001/032/086/128/22
45006/007/016/019/025/043/063, 47041/042/30 /307, 56003/009/010/037/078/082/089, 45032 (stored unserviceable)
Wath- 08024/049/0 ' 50/051/434/870, 20025/055/060/105/131/213, 31308, 37136/209, 45014/0171
Also noted at Mexborough 37080 45010: at Rotherwood 76006/024/027/035/040.
TRIPS REPORT No.5- CREWE WORKS 14th.February 1981
Works Pilots- 08088/633; On works-37180/289 ; 40126/184 ;47002/0o6/o10/011/076/151,
85009/015/018/025, 8620;~7/212Y221/227/253, 87008
HST power cars are now complete to 43162. Withdrawn locos on works 40123/142 84008.
Noted on Crewe MPD 33012.
TRIPS REPORT No.6- WILLESDEN and OLD OAK COMMON 21st.February 1981.
Willesden- 08036/511/533/681/683/?04/926/934; 25189/193/307; 81011/022; 85014/016;
86206/218/222/230/231/244/252/258; 86317/320/326., 87003/013/017/028/030/033;
Old Oak - 08480/785/793/794/797/?98/825/944/948; 31124/131/158/163/1";0/'211/213/257'
50018/19/24/28/31/32/33/34/48; HST W43028.
PENNINE OBSERVERS NEWS
Local news is dominated by the Impending closure of the electrified Sheffield-Manchester "Woodhead&' route and also the declining number of Deltics.
The following EMU's have been classified as withdrawn since November 76001/41/46/47/49/53.Engine 76026 after being out of action since October returned to traffic in late December. The second Electric-hauled passenger train of 1980 on the Manchester-Sheffield-Wath system ran on 30th.December.It was a private charter by the North-Western branch of the LCGB. Named the "Christmas Tommy" it ran from Liverpool-Penistone-Rotherwood-Wath-Penistone-Liverpool.76006 was used to haul the train over the MSW.76006 ran light from Rotherwood-Wath while 45014 "THE CHESHIRE REGIMENT" took the train over the non-electrified route. For the journey up the Worsborough Bank 76054 piloted 76006 as far as Penistone.
The following pairs worked together during January-76008/021,76010/016, 76011/029.76012/013,76022/-023,7602~/030,76032/034.Pairs split during the month were76007/014,76009/015,76035/039,whilst pairs linked during the month were76006/024,76007-/026,76009-/014,76031/033,76037/039.Locos 76003 and 76036 remained stored at Reddish with 76038 which has been out of action since early December 1980.
Reports indicate that the line has been slightly busier during January, probably due to less trains being cancelled as the only known additional traffic is the Ollerton-Garston shipment coal which amounts to 3 or 4 trains per week. The Wath-Fiddlers Ferry MGR programme remains the same with approximately 36 of the 40 scheduled trains operating per week. Rumours are rife that the wires will be de-energised before official closure on June 1st.1981,but these have been denied by BR. However they have said that electrics will haul no further passenger specials over the route before closure.
Finally a rare occurrence on the Worsborough Bank on 9th.February when 76025/030 failed on a westbound MGR. Two relief engines were sent from Wath and put on the front of the train, so incredibly there were 4 "Tommies" on the front plus the 2 "Tommies" banking at the rear. The failed pair were removed at Penistone.
During the last couple of months 3 Deltics have been withdrawn,55003/o5/o6. The grim catalogue of withdrawals started on 31st.December when 55003 "MEW' was towed to Doncaster Works by 37136,having been officially withdrawn the previous day at York MPD. The last working of "MEW' was 1S27 (07-22 Plymouth-Edinburgh) from York. After coming off the train at Newcastle due to a fault the engine ran back light to York.
Deltic 55005 "THE PRINCE OF WALES' OWN REGIMENT OF' YORKSHIRE" was condemned on 3rd.February 1981.lts last working was 1E26 (16-30 Aberdeen-Leeds), then taking over 1E24 Shrewsbury-York mail from Leeds. Deltic 55006 "THE FIFE AND FORFAR YEOMANRY,' was condemned at York over the weekend of 7/8 February, the loco running light on to York from Scotland.
Despite these withdrawals members of the class are still seeing regular duties on the Kings Cross-Cleethorpes trains. On 7th.January 55022 reached Cleethorpes, as did 55007 on the 8th,55021 on the 13th,and 55022 on the 23rd.On 6th.February 55008 worked to Cleethorpes as did 55009 on the 10th.On 10th.January 47500 "GREAT WESTERN' worked the 07-12 ex-Cleethorpes, whilst on 16th.January 4?510 "FAIR ROSAMUND' headed the 13-13 ex-Cleethorpes.
Two of the since withdrawn Deltics were Involved on the 17th.January when 55006 experienced trouble while working 1S12 (05-50 Kings Cross-Aberdeen) and was removed at Doncaster in favour of 55005.Deltic 6 followed light to York.
Fun and games at Doncaster on 30th.December when 08745 derailed in West Yard. The "lifeboats" were headed by 31213.
In blizzard conditions on 16th.January 50032 "COURAGEOUS" took over from 55004 "QUEENS OWN HIGHLANDER" on the 09-50 Edinburgh-Plymouth, from York. Also noted were 55019 "ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER" on the 14-10 York-Kings Cross and an ex-works 31110 on the Doncaster Works test train. Another Class 50 to return south with the 09-50 Edinburgh-Plymouth, taking over at York, was new-liveried 50015'VALIANT" which returned south on Friday 20th.February.
Green Deltic 55002 "THE KINGS OWN YORKSHIRE LIGHT INFANTRY", together with ex-LNER coach 5155,and Pullman vehicles "EMERALD" and "EAGLE' included in the stock worked an SLOA charter from York to Scarborough on Sunday 18th.January.
Doncaster Rovers football fans have been enjoying Class 40 haulage on specials recently. On 3rd.January 40013 worked a special to Hull for the FA Cup 3rd.Round tie, while 40074 worked a special to Peterborough on 31st.January,for the vital 4th.Division game. Fellow 40,40107 was noted on 1S60 (20-00 Kings Cross-Aberdeen) on Friday 30th.Jan.
Class 50 "Hoovers" have been putting in regular appearances in the South Yorkshire area recently. On 30th.December 50022 "ANSON" In new livery worked through Sheffield with the 09---50Edinburgh-Plymouth.As already mentioned 50032 "COURAGEOUS" took the same working on 16th.January but within a week the locomotive was back at Doncaster Works for attention. It was later noted being hauled south by 47029 through Beighton junction on 6th.February.
On Monday 19th.January,50007 "HERCULES' worked 1E18 (16-08 Bristol-Newcastle) as far as Derby, before being replaced by 47433.The Hoover worked back on 1V98 (16-15 Newcastle-Cardiff). On 6th.February 50039 "IMPLACABLE'' worked to Sheffield with the "CORNISHMAN",1E21 (10-23 Penzance-Leeds), where it was re laced by 47542. The 50 returned south from Sheffield on 1V99 (17-35 Leeds-Bristol. On the same evening 47704 "DUNEDIN' was noted at Sheffield with 1S85 (16-05 Nottingham-Glasgow).
On 24th.January the 18-45 Manchester Piccadilly-Hull DMU included Gloucester Built vehicles M50351 and M56106 in its formation as far as Sheffield,
On 7th.February 47042 hauled a Chesterfield-Dundee excursion throughout, while on 21st.February 47041 provided power for a Sheffield-Paddington excursion. However 47041 remained on Old Oak Common and power for the return working was provided by 47056.
Unusual happenings at Hull Paragon on 14th.February when station pilot 03073 failed while attempting to shunt the stock off 1DOO (08-05 Kings Cross-Hull). After a considerable time sister engine 03063 arrived from Botanic Gardens and after a great deal of effort the double-header managed to accomplish the task. As a result of this incident 1A18 (12-34 Hull-Kings Cross) departed 15 minutes late, headed by 47408.On the sane day 40007 worked in on a Rugby League special, and 40069 worked 1D62,the two coach Hull-Doncaster at,21-00.
Deltic 55019 has been at Stratford recently and was noted there on 16th.February, while on the same day 55M6 "GORDON HIGHLANDER" worked 1B16 (07-50 Peterborough-Kings Cross). Withdrawn Deltic arrived at Doncaster Works on 20th.February,ml.niis nameplates, while 55003 "MELD* has been transferred to the graveyard at Doncaster Works and cutting up is imminent.
An unusual sight on Tinsley MPD) on 18th.February was withdrawn "Toffee Apple", 31004.It Is reported that the engine is on route to Doncaster Works for conversion to a train heating unit.
On 14th.February 47088 "SAMSON' was noted working a football special through Sheffield, thought to have been a return Exeter-Newcastle Footex.
The withdrawn BRCW Type 2,27043 was noted at Eastfield MPD on 12th.January.The locomotive is now used for re-railing exercises at the depot. It Is parked in its same position as its predecessor 24006.Those with longer memories will recall that Clayton D8539 held the post before the 24.On the same day the Stirling pilot was 08722.
Sightings in Scotland on 7th.February included- Edinburgh Waverley 08564/565, Haymarket- 08?34,25049/06~/226,26002.27014/024,40060/158/159/194,47292/556/704' 55007/008/009, Kirkaldy- 08441, Dundee Station- 08761, Dundee MPD06002,/003/005/oo6, 08424/712/736,47042/207/520.
A Day-Return to Reading by the Magazine Editor and Treasurer (by courtesy of Persil) produced the following information- at Paddington 47544 worked the 12-20 Paddington-Bristol TM on 13th February and 47559 worked the 12-25 Paddington-Plymouth. At Reading the station pilot was 08640 while 33101 came in with the 11-35 Poole-Newcastle, taken over by 47453.Class 47,47502 entered with the 07-52 Newcastle-Poole, and this was taken forward by 33101.
Class 50s included 50033 "GLORIOUS' on the 13-50 Paddington-Liverpool,50013 "AGINCOURT" on the 11-22 Liverpool-Paddington,50022 "ANSON" on the 09-50 Paignton-Paddington, returning with the 15-00 Paddington-Hereford, and 50004 "St. Vincent" on the 15-30 (F0) Paddington-Plymouth.
Class 3R "Tadpole" DEMU No.1206 in blue and grey livery worked the 15-10 Reading-Gatwick Airport service. Class 33 No.33054 was noted working westbound at Acton.
Pennine members on our trip on a Sheffield-Paddington special saw the following locomotives-:Oxford 50016/47,47095/112,45o65,o88o3/946 : Didcot 47205,56048 Reading 08656/816,31170/232/260,47081/559 : Southall 08630 : Royal Oak 50018/24/39, 08948,47560 : Paddington 47056/477/531.
On the return trip on the 21st.February,50001/30 were noted at Paddington, 08640 at Reading,31295 at Didcot and 50004/23 at Oxford.
London Midland Region
On 30th.December the 12-00 Euston-Blackpool North was hauled to Preston by 86323 where 47484 "ISAMBARD KINGDOM BRUNEL" took over. On the same date 08925 was the Blackpool North pilot. The LCGB railtour from Liverpool to Toton MPD and Derby Works on 24th.January 1981 was worked from Liverpool to Toton by 40013,and taken on to Derby by 20041 and 20071.On the return journey 40013 returned light to Longsight due to boiler problems and the train was worked by 47143.
At Crewe on 14th.February 86257 was observed carrying the name "SNOWDON'.
A trip around Liverpool and Crewe areas by a group of members on 18th.January resulted in the following sightings-: Glazebrook 03689 Warrington Central 08690 : Edge Hill 08142/939,25290.47049/526 : Lime Street 08917 Allerton 08213/282/290/628 08669/884/885/922/923 : Speke 08328/534/670/838/857/916,25039/1,50/191,40140/191,47014 Ditton 08300 : Runcorn 08918 : Crewe Diesel 08080/132/469/473/688/737/802,/843. 20072/195,25036/043/070/084/094/105/135/166/186/224/245/257/263/293/310.33031, 47013/086/214/228/266/3o6/321/344/349/354/403/438/446/454/486/49o/515/530 : Stoke 08125/382/390/416,25152/170/188/214/215/217/291/292/294,47315/350/358, 56047/050/061/062/066/070 : Stoke Station 08123.
A recent visit round Toton MPD by our Burscough Correspondent, Mr. K F Connell produced the following sightings. - 08018/021/292/320/330/332/334/610/617/741/757,
20037/041/042/043/044/047/069/070/071/077/087 113/139/140/142/148/151/155/157/161/168 20169/170/171/173/174/186/187/188, 25118/136/143/194/207/294/307/314/318/322, 31257,
44004/008, 45046/049/050/053/o61/069/072/074/102/123/132/145/146, 47201/328/348/366
Class 33 locomotives are now being seen at Crewe to enable crew training on these engines to take place.
Sightings In the Manchester and Chester areas on Saturday 31st.January 1981 included the following - : Longsight 08298/604/611/687/9o6/914/915,25196,40133/140, 47346/378/561, 81007/02o, 83013, 85030, 86215 : Newton Heath 08084/129/524/675, 25055/080/090/094/122/296/318 (25080 and 25318 were fitted with snowploughs), 40004/031/032/0-4LL/036/086/179, 47248/480/555 : Guide Bridge 08599/820/891, 25312, 37074, 40022/122 143/171, 47178/33 '53, 76007/009/014/015/025/026/030/038 : Wigan Springs Branch 08126/284/2977304/356/423/615/616/691, 25089/097/150/153/286. 40024/044/077/094/110/116/127/182. 47320/335/336/405/415 : Warrington Central 08328 Warrington Bank Quay 08273/301/340/342, 25248/288 40009/030/131/145/177 Chester 08079/153/665, 25035/084/160/271/306, 40016/180, 47188/287/471 Stoke 08088/390/701, 25104/119/164/215/275/292/304, 40188, 47331/364, 56050/061/062/065/070.
For Information we are indebted to the following - Messrs. Collins, Peach, Barsby, Sanderson ,Hall, Dewing, Bloomer ,Dean ,Bott, Donoghue, Connell, Bolland, Gee, Pett Marshall, Richards, Smith ,Skinner, Bladen.
Special thanks to Chris and Kathy Corroy for Class 76 information, and to Steve Lancaster for information on Southern Region units.