No.39 - Spring 1982
NOTES FROM THE COMMITTEE
First of all, the Annual General Meeting held at the Corporation
Brewery Taps on Sunday 10th.January 1982 was, by comparison with
other years, very quiet, with most members highly satisfied with the
way the club was being run. All Committee members were given a vote
of confidence and David Bladen was accepted by the membership into
the position of Sales Officer.
The additional monthly meetings at the Brewery Taps, held on the
Third Tuesday of each month have got off to a reasonable start with
a high attendance of nearly 40 members for the first meeting on
19th.January,when you were invited to bring along your own Deltic
slides. The February meeting was slightly disappointing with
only 15 in attendance and only 4 bringing their slides of railways
in South Yorkshire, but the ASLEF strike made a difference to
members attending (as did Rotherham United's winning run). Please
see the enclosed meetings list for our Spring programme.
Also, we are starting to plan our sales activities for 1982,so if
you have anything we can sell please pass it on to David Bladen
.Also, if you require any books, see Robin Skinner who will acquire
them for you from TAG Models.
Finally, the quality of Trans Pennine is now as good as or better
than ever before, but the hard work of our Editor, Tony Caddick,and
only be successful with your continued support, so please keep
sending in the Rail-mews, articles and quiz entries.
Welcome to the Spring edition of Trans Pennine. The main event
(strikes apart) on the railway scene since the last edition has been
the sad day in early January when the best and easily most famous
class of diesel locomotives in the world was finally consigned to
the scrap heap. It still seems hard to believe that the distinctive
roar of the magnificent Deltics can no longer be heard at Doncaster.
The only thing left Is memories as the constant procession of HST's
scream Incessantly in both directions with hardly anything left to
excite the diehard enthusiast. Most of these are now either to be
seen well away from the ECML, or, in the case of local 'bashers'
transferring their affections to the superb South Yorkshire PTE
'Volvo-Ailsa's' the Deltics of the bus world. The only hope now is
that the preservationists can rescue some of these wonderful
locomotives to their former glory for all generations to marvel at.
As these notes were being compiled the Railways were having to take
a lot of abuse from readers of 'The Sun' and other know-alls who can
all make a better job of running Brothel Industry, even in better
times, seldom gets a good press, but in situations like this the
anti-railway lobby becomes hysterical. However it does seem strange
that an agreement signed and witnessed by both parties, (BR and
ASLEF) can have such different Interpretations placed upon it. It is
hoped that both parties, and the other two rail unions can bury the
hatchet (not in each other) and come to an honourable and lasting
The next edition of Trans Pennine will appear in June and with the
aforementioned withdrawal of the Deltics, the rail news section will
be more difficult to compile. Your help is needed so any news, or
sightings that you think will be of interest to members, please let
me have, it will be gratefully received.
Our cover photograph shows Princess Royal Class No.620l,'PRINCESS
ELIZABETH' hauling the 'WELSH MARCHES EXPRESS' on 18th.April
1981.The train was steam hauled from Shrewsbury-Hereford and
Our thanks to Mr. Shipley for the photograph.
FRIENDS OF THE SETTLE & CARLISLE
To save the Settle & Carlisle line from threatened closure, and to
publicise its potential and many attractions, a Friends of the
Settle to Carlisle Line Association has been formed and is seeking
support. Details may be obtained from Mr D.Burton,16 Gordon Street,
Colne, Lancashire. It would be a tragedy if this line was allowed to
BR have now confirmed the Nottingham/Glasgow Inter-city service is
to be re-routed from the start of the new timetable in May, taking
it away from the scenic Settle & Carlisle line. This has led to
renewed fears that BR Is trying to close the line and in taking its
main service away an a prelude to this. The new service will be
routed from Sheffield via the Hope Valley to Manchester and Preston
and along the WCML to Glasgow. This will deprive Rotherham. and
Leeds of a direct Anglo Scottish service and has angered many rail
Once again local members who are lucky enough to view Yorkshire TV's
'Calendar' magazine programme have been treated to its up to date
railway photographs. Almost every time a railway news Item occurs
you can bet that either a group of Western Region HST's appear, or
better still, the late, lamented Western. This photograph has
appeared many times since the Class were withdrawn, much to the
amusement of local enthusiasts.
On the same theme an item on BBC's 'Newsnight,' programme late last
year on the APT, BR's train of the future* was rather revealing for
as the announcer was making complimentary remarks about the APT it
was at one point portrayed as a Deltic hauling Pullman stock. Now
The Hadrian Flyer Radio Show
The BR Hadrian Flyer railtour in December 1981,as well as carrying a
large contingent of Pennine members also played host to a presenter
from BBC Radio Lincoln. During the course of the railtour he
compiled a programme which was eventually broadcast on Sunday
3rd.January 1982.Thanks to our Lincolnshire correspondent Gerry
Collins for recording the programme and replaying it at a recent
Society evening for the edification of the members present.
Amongst the budding radio stars Interviewed were the afore-mentioned
Mr. Collins, Robin Skinner, David Bladen and Susan Taylor.
However the real star of the show was that well known personality
'TULYAR' which made a valiant attempt to drown out 'Red Leader's'
ramblings whilst being interviewed on Carlisle station.
New Sleepers on ECML
The new Mk III Sleeping Cars finally entered revenue earning service
on the ECML on Monday 11th.January.At the moment only two services
are covered,1,370 (2215 Kings Cross/Aberdeen) and 1.248 (21-20
Aberdeen/Kings Cross). Due to the ASLEF dispute these services (when
they ran) were often covered by conventional sleepers.
D1028 'WESTERN HUSSAR' name and numberplate, fully restored.
Nameplate in good condition has a slight defect due to beading. £700
D1024 'WESTERN HUNTSMAN' numberplate, un-restored, back plate only,
i.e.. beading and letters missing. £15 O.N.O.
Anyone interested contact 40129 c/o The Editor.
SVR. Western Weekends
For members and enthusiasts who cannot afford any of the above
bargains, but wish to experience again the sight and sound of these
splendid machines, the Severn Valley Railway is holding Western
Weekends on April 3/4th, and October 2/3rd.
PENNINE Brains Corner
Since our last edition the PENNINE Masterminds quiz team has twice
been in action. The first match was against 'George & Dragon',
Mexborough, a team of well known experts. After another terrific
battle which took the score to 18-17 in our favour our opponents hit
a purple patch and ran out 23-18 winners. Hard luck for our team of
Tony Booth (Captain), Mike Tyas, John Sanderson, Tony Caddick, Glyn
Gossan, David Bladen, Roger Butcher and Geoff Bambrough.
Our next opponents were due to be Yorkshire Traction (Rawmarsh) but
they were obviously scared off by our reputation and withdrew from
the competition. As last year our gallant team of grafters has again
qualified for the consolation round where we are hoping for better
luck and no questions on Speedway
MOTIVE POWER CHANGES
Eastern Region : 08418-MR;08659-HM;08889-CA;20145/154 TI;
MR;37001/016/019/064/070 074/077/080, 37094/105-SF;
37002/003/005/058/061/062/065/066/071/082, 37215/245/246 TI;
London Midland Region :
25115-CD; 25141/205-LO; 25268-SP;25315 TO;25186T0;31129/
152/204/287/300-TO; 40126/162-KD;40153-LO; 40186
Western Region : 08582-CF;08641-LA;08769-LE;08949-PZ;
08954-BR; 37187/188/189-BR; 37295/296/297-LE; 47100/110-CF.
Scottish Region : 08720ML;47049-ED.
08469/547/559/562 /582/603/604/622/629/704/786 25125/156/149/280,
Locomotives stored unserviceable : 08593/638 20068/088, 45053
Locomotives stored serviceable : 08189/578/587
Locomotives reinstated :
New locomotives : 5610l-1044- TI.
Locomotives-boiler Isolated : 31164/257/260,
Boiler removed : 31314/3229 1 Y1127122/113/128/144.
Twin fuel tanks fitted : 37224
SPG removed : 25032
Air brake fitted : 08689/789
Multiple working fitted :86314
Renumbered : 86016 to 86316 ; 86018 to 86318
DELTICS WITHDRAWN: 55013 (20/12/81) 55010 (24/12/81)
55016 (30/12/81) 55007/8/17/19/21 (31/12/81) 55002/9/15/22:
DIESEL MULTIPLE UNITS
Re-allocated : 50570/6,
Stored unserviceable : 51046.
EMUs Transferred : 64690/91,64733/34,71524/25-BD.
Buffets - 1660,1662,1941;
FAREWELL TO THE
Saturday the 2nd of January was a particularly mad day for me and
many other friends of mine. On that day the 'Deltic Scotsman
Farewell', the final BR Deltic hauled train ran from Kings
Cross to Edinburgh and back. To most steam enthusiasts a Deltic
is just another smelly diesel, or a 'box on wheels' but the reality
in they are a class apart. They neither look nor sound like any
other loco, and have a style and character all of their own.
Ironically it is probably this individuality is what is now becoming
a very standardised railway that has led to their demise. Being a
relatively small class, all named of course, everybody seemed to
have their own favourite and would faithfully defend it even in the
event of the most embarrassing failure which thankfully with my own
particular beast didn't seem to occur very often. Throughout their
life they have always had a loyal and enthusiastic band of
followers, a feat which only the sadly missed "Western" Diesel
Hydraulics have come anywhere near to equalling.
The recent SVR "Deltic Venturer" in a good example# this tour
taking a resplendent 55022 "Royal Scots Grey" from York to
Birmingham via Sheffield and Derby'. before heading via Gloucester
and Swindon to Paddington. The crowds of people to be seen on the
lineside were amazing with a crowd of cup final proportions being
encountered at Birmingham New Street. The last visit of a Deltic to
Paddington was witnessed by many people but the most amazing sight
was to be encountered on the return journey. The sight and sound of
a Deltic attacking the famous Lickey Incline obviously appealed and
the bank itself was literally lined from top to bottom with people.
A 20mph speed restriction at Bromsgrove meant that "RSG" had no
opportunity for a run at the bank much to the delight of the many
enthusiasts with tape recorders. The incredible sound must have
carried for miles as the train, with almost every passenger
"bellowing" through open windows, roared mightily to Blackwell
summit. The summit itself was breasted to the accompaniment of
massed flash-guns and rousing cheers. An incredible tour and many
thanks go to the Severn Valley Railway for organising it.
Unfortunately the fateful day came and the morning of Saturday the
2nd arrived and an I always expected it was damp, cold and very
murky, ideal conditions for leaving the camera at home and watching
Grandstand. However duty called and all thoughts of ambitious
photographs abandoned I made my way to Doncaster station for the
standard but safe photo. Any ordinary passengers (If there are any
left these days) must have thought royalty was due as the area had
been taken over by hundreds of camera laden enthusiasts.
Before the final railtour, running a approximately one hour
ahead, 55009 "ALYCIDON" was running light engine in case of failure
on both the outward and return journey. At around 9.30 the down main
signal changed to double amber and everyone got their camera primed.
Within a minute in appalling light and heavy rain "ALYCIDON" cruised
non stop through the station, most photos being of the "press the
shutter and pray" variety.
Thankfully by the time a sparkling 55015 "TULYAR" appeared at the
head of the final railtour the rain had ceased and the light
slightly :4mproved.The station announcer gave advanced warning as
hundreds of eyes were trained on the direction of Balby Bridge. Amid
a hush of expectation a familiar shape appeared from the gloom and
the first impression was of Finsbury Parks "trademark", the white
window surrounds, lovingly reapplied. As she pulled into platform
tour for the last time the vast crowd jostled for a couple of
minutes before that strange but familiar Deltic horn was sounded
repeatedly as she departed slowly northwards with humanity seemingly
hanging from every window, disappearing once again into the gloom.
The vast crowd, obviously not wanting to become acquainted with the
almost constant procession of HST's which will be the norm from now
on, dispersed only to reappear again later in the day for the return
trip. As before "ALYCIDON" arrived first and as darkness had now
descended Doncaster power box played the game by stopping her on the
through road long enough for the many tripods to be assembled. After
a few minutes the signal changed and with her twin exhausts standing
out beautifully she headed south for the last time.
The enormous crowd now waited pensively and all too soon came the
fateful announcement. Within minutes a familiar pair of eyes were
seen in the distance as 55022 "ROYAL SCOTS GREY", the flagship of
the class, cruised majestically into platform three, the constant
flash from the hundreds of cameras giving her the appearance of a
Hollywood film star. The hordes of people now made their way to the
south end of the station, the engine being surrounded by
well-wishers, as the crew (fittingly Doncaster men) took over for
the final leg. All too soon a shrill blast on the station staffs
whistle heralded the end of an era as RSG pulled slowly away from
the station to a chorus of cheers.
After carefully negotiating the pointwork near Hexthorpe Bridge she
erupted, the magnificent sound of Rapiers at full bore in a memory
that will live for years. The hushed crowd hung on for several
minutes an the glorious melodic drone grow fainter and fainter
before a deadly hush took over, an if people had only just taken in
the significance of the occasion.
As the crowd dispersed one of the last loco-hauled semi fast
expresses arrived behind 47402 "GATESHEAD". It seemed rather ironic
that an engine almost an old an the Deltics had only just had the
honour of being named bestowed on it. Later that night the ITV News
showed some superb film of "RSG"s emotional arrival at Kings Cross,
a remarkable end to a remarkable class. Within a few hours the three
railtour engines were back at York depot and another page on the
history of the railways had been written. As far an the East Coast
main line in now concerned HST's now rule, but for how long?.
Farewell Deltics, you will be missed by me and many others.
A collection amongst members at the Taps on January 19th. for the
Deltic Preservation Society 'Racehorse' appeal raised the sum of
£7.08.We wish the DPS well in their difficult but admirable task.
Although the surviving members of Class 76 electrics were withdrawn
on 20th.July 1981,they are still registered on TOPS. The exact
location of each locomotive, at Guide Bridge is as follows : looking
from Guide Bridge station towards Hadfield, the first line contains
(in order) 76024&11,47,06&14,28,32&34,35&31,27&25.The second line
contains 76016&10,26,12&07,22,54.The third line has
76013,51,38&39,23,29,33,21. The end (back) line contains
Engines at Reddish are
76003,04,02,08,15,30,37,4o,41,46,48.49,52,53,55. The bodies only of
76043,50,56,57 also remain.
Work on the dismantling of the Worsborough Branch from West
Silkstone Jen. towards Wath commenced in August 1981,and by
mid-February all the overhead wires had been removed, and all
overhead supports had also gone, apart from those in Wath Yard. All
the signal boxes on the branch have been closed, and are in a
vandalised condition. In fact, in late January, Lowden Crossing box
was burnt out by vandals. Also, in Fob~, Wombwell Main signalbox was
The removal of overhead wiring on the Rotherwood to Woodburn
Junction section commenced at the end of January, although
permission to remove the wires from Woodburn to Manchester has not
yet been granted.
The last known workings of the Class 76s were on 28th.August,when
76001/9/36 moved from Reddish to Guide Bridge Holding Sidings at
11-10 hours, and 76013/51 made the same journey at 12-40. BR is not
permitted to use the locomotives now, or even to raise their
pantographs, presumably since Greater Manchester PTE is paying for
all the current used and which should be used solely for the
Fifteen fitters were made redundant at Reddish following closure of
the MSW, and all signal boxes between Hadfield and Penistone were
closed. Torside, Woodhead and Dunford Bridge, and Thurlstone boxes
are now heavily boarded up. Fences have been erected at both ends of
Woodhead Tunnel to prevent visitors straying inside.
With the closure of the MSW, BR lost an invaluable diversionary
route to accommodate trains when the Hope Valley line was closed due
to engineering work. On one occasion since closure trains have been
diverted via Barnsley, Huddersfield and Stalybridge, a journey time
of 130 minutes, compared with 60 minutes on the Hope Valley.
A Government decision is expected in March on the possible closure
of the 'Sheffield-Penistone-Huddersfield route and withdrawal of the
passenger service. These trains still use the MSW route from
Woodburn to Penistone, and withdrawal of this service could finally
end any lingering hopes of reopening the Woodhead link.
Many thanks to the members who entered the Christmas Quiz, a total
of 13 were received. Thankfully no all correct entries were
received, so all the Editor's hard work has been justified.
The winner was Stuart Smith, of Royal Hackenthorpe, Sheffield ,who
will receive £10.
Second prize (£5) was won by Norman Bolland of Chorlton-cum-Hardy,
third prize (£3) goes to Tony Needham of Mexborough, South
Answers to the Christmas Quiz:-
1- 3rd.June 1954. 2- Lord Beeching. 3- Fleetwood, 4- Lulb Summit
646'. 5- Sevenoaks/Otford.' 6- Pinza 22nd June 1961. 7- 1898
8- Train A Grande Vitesse. 9- Tay 10,710'. 10- October 7th.1968. 11-
Birmingham Snow Hill/Wolverhampton Low Level. 12- Mexborough. 13-
David Howell. 14- D1671. 15- 3rd.June 1956. 16- Liverpool. 17-
Liverpool Street (18). 18- Bradford Exchange/London Marylebone. 19-
Raith Rovers. 20- Not named. 21- Bristol Bath Road. 22-
Southport/Wigan. 23- Fleet. 24- 1962. 25- October 8th.1960. 26-
55022 'Royal Scots Grey'. 27- D326. 28- Park Royal. 29- Frank
Paterson. 30- Gnu. 31- Carstairs. 32- Ribble' bus station. 33-
16th.July 1971. 34- 2750hp. 35- Central Line. 36- Tyndrum
Upper/Bridge of Orchy. 37- Horwich. 38- York. 39- 35019 'French Line
C.G.T.'. 40- Mirlees, Bickerton & Day. 41- 1961. 42- 1965. 43-
2-8-8-2 T. 44~ BR Lion & Wheel emblem. 45- Dick Kerr Works, Preston.
46- Court House. 47- 3rd.June 1966. 48- Ruston & Hornsby. 49- D5909
March 1971. 50- 35mph.
PENNINE SALES CORNER
The following items are available mail order from the Sales Officer,
David Bladen,19 Elder Grove, Finningley, Doncaster. Tel 771457
The 50s (Rail Photoprints 3rd booklet about named locos of BR) £1.25
Main Line across the Pennines (a pictorial survey of the Woodhead
Line, with dramatic shots of the Dinting derailment) £1-20
Depot Directory Pocket Book (2nd.Edition).Platform 5 guide to
depots, works, and stabling points nationwide £0-70
Please make cheques or postal orders payable to the PENNINE RAILWAY
SOCIETY and enclose a large SAE.
Some back issues of Trans Pennine are still available from the above
address. These are free (!) and a large SAE with a list of magazines
wanted will secure. The following Issues are available t- March
1977,May 77,June 78,December 78,April 79,July 79, August 79,December
79,February 80,December 81.
The Open Day season will soon be upon us and we urgently require
Items for the stall. If you think you could help please contact any
We have just received copies of Rail Photoprints booklet on Class
55s,and these are available to members at the reduced cost of 80
pence. These are available from David Bladen, address above.
First prize £5,second prize £1third prize £2.Entries should reach
Tony Caddick, the Magazine Editor by May 21st.1982.Don't forget, you
can still win a prize even If you do not have an all correct entry.
Hidden in the squares are 24 words relating to railways.
They consist of 6 preserved steam locomotive nanes,6 surnames of
steam locomotive designers (each has at least one example of his
designs preserved),6 diesel locomotive names (no Deltics are
Included),6 places which have stations on the East Coast Main Line.
The words will be found by following the letters consecutively in
straight lines, forwards or backwards, horizontally, vertically, or
diagonally. A letter square may be used in more than word. Each
answer consists of one word only.
Puzzle devised by Geoff (Bains) Bambrough.
A E Y B E H N I D E N
U D L R
C Z L I X E L T S A C S 0 B E
H B A T D O O H F E O S N Y T
E X A T S I K I O Y L D C E F
L C A E X A E V E N L F A C O
T T I R S R C L E Q E B S S R
E D N N B G S W L T T F T N D
N H A K A E A D E U T J E R R
H T T A R R E D I N B U R G H
A O T G K B L G R E D N A E L
M M I N C R E I N A T S X Q N
P M R O R I O N K I L C A F O
O A B 0 N K L Y M J G L J M R
S M A U N S E L L P T T A V I
S E L U C R E H B F D S T M Z
SOUTH YORKSHIRE CORNER
Since the last Trans Pennine came out, we have been able to keep up
our usual attendance at the meetings at the Grapes Hotel, Trippet
Lane, Sheffield. Despite the bad weather of the first few months of
this year, there have been one or two new faces and so we feel
encouraged by this.
Our April 13th.meeting will be in the capable hands of Tony Caddick,
so we can expect a wide range of Deltics ! On 12th.May we hope to be
entertained by our old friend Eric Slater, and then on 8th. June we
will be celebrating the tenth anniversary of our holding meetings at
the Grapes, so watch out for further developments
PENNINE OBSERVERS NOTES
Several Paddington/Birmingham services on 23rd.January were hauled
by Class 313 in place of the usual 47 or 50.Amongst those noted
wore 31416 on the 15-38 ex-Birmingham and 31422 on
the 13-50 ex-PaddIngton.Class50,50046 'AJAX' worked the 08-50
Paddington-Worcester then the 14-38 Birmingham-Paddington. On
20th,February the 10-23 Manchester-Plymouth was taken forward from
Birmingham by 50043'EAGLE' whilst the 1120 Liverpool-Paddington was
taken over by refurbished 50008' THUNDERER'.
On 6th.February the 13-50 Cardiff-Bristol produced 45106 in place of
the usual Class 33.
A Pennine member who passed several South Wales depots recently has
kindly provided the following list:
Radyr- 08351/796 37223/2391286/288/306.
Cardiff Canton- 08191/360/393/484 25203 37181/257/~78 47417
Swansea Landore- 03121 08364/592/659 37182 47134/412/556 TDB 968008
(ex24054) Ex. DMU 140001
Swansea East Dock - 08400/663/819/898 P175/222/236/276/305
The last appearance of a Deltic in Glasgow took place on Christmas
Eve when., 55008 'THE GREEN HOWARDS' worked the
17-30 -Edinburgh-Glasgow Queen Street Push/Pull service following
the failure of 47?709 'THE L0RD PROVOST'. After reversing on the
Cowlairs triangle No.8 worked back on the 18-30 return service to
The West Highland line made the headlines on 28th.December when the
06-00 Glasgow-Mallaig was derailed north of Bridge of Orchy when
it hit a 7 foot snowdrift. Thankfully the passengers and the Class
37,37085 were unhurt.
In a surprise development three Scottish Region Class 27s were sent
to BREL Derby Works at the beginning of February. The locomotives,
27003,27021,27203 are to be overhauled before being returned.
Class 73, 73115 was badly damaged in a crash at East Croydon in
which the driver was severely injured. On 2nd.January 33014/043
worked the 09-20 Brighton-Exeter and 13-40 return with a load of 12
vehicles. On 6th.February the 15-14 Bristol-Portsmouth Harbour was
worked by 33014,wIth 33029 returning on the 13-10 Portsmouth
Harbour-Bristol. The 14-10 ex-Portsmouth produced 33012,the first
Crompton to sport the modified BR livery.
As always the Region was badly hit by the Winter weather and members
will have seen the amazing scenes on the TV news when hundreds of
the bowler and brolly brigade left their train and diced with death
walking on the track between Vauxhall and Waterloo. This clever act
necessitated the disconnecting of all power thereby causing even
LONDON MIDLAND REGION
The last month of Deltic existence saw quite a lot of Trans-Pennine
services covered by the class. Regular performers were the
'railtour' engines which were regularly rostered for testing by York
MPD on the 08-50 York-Liverpool and 13-05 return. However on Sundays
20th and 27th.December Eastern Region authorities decided to
publicise two workings which were to be hauled by Deltics, giving
hundreds of enthusiasts a first or final chance of a Deltic to
Liverpool. The workings concerned were the 12-05 Newcastle-Liverpool
(1m69) and 15-40 York-Liverpool (1M70) and the return 19-10
Liverpool-York (1E22) and 21-15 Liverpool-York (1E50).Despite the
wintry weather all trains were well loaded with 55022 and 55002
doing the honours on the first Sunday, and 55009 and 55015 the
55009 'ALYCIDON' also visited Liverpool on Christmas Eve on the
08-50 York Liverpool returning with the 13-05 Liverpool-York. The
last visit of a Deltic to Liverpool occurred on 30th.December when
55002 worked the 07-49 and 12-05 return. The purpose of this ~as to
test the loco in preparation for the final railtour but as it turned
out, all was not well with 'KOYLI' and after ret urn ing to York the
loco never ran again, its place on the railtour being taken
appropriately by 55015 'TULYAR'.
On a different note, on 8th.December,the 13-50 York-Liverpool was
derailed at Ulleskelf. The train was hauled by 4?409.
Saturday 9th.January saw 1E40,the 13-01 St. Pancras-Sheffield hauled
by 25285 after an engine failure at Sharnbrook. The 'rat' worked the
train from Wellingborough. A little later 4?353 assisted 45122 into
Sheffield on the Cornishman,10-21 Penzance-Leeds. Earlier that day,
Western Region DMUs,W51523,59551,51452 ran into Sheffield on an
additional from Leicester.
On 23rd.January.31111 was noted leaving Birmingham on a Bristol
City-Aston Villa Footex. The following day 37008/042/119 in company
with 25201/202 were noted on shed at Buxton.
Birmingham bound services on the Oxford-Leamington Spa route were
disrupted on 30th.January when 47134 on a train of 20 empty coaches
failed between Banbury and Leamington and rescue was provided by
47339.The following late running 11-50 Paddington-Birmingham was
hauled into Leamington by 47409,much to the delight of a group of
The following were noted on depots in the Midlands on recent strike
Leicester (3/2/82) : 08456/618/692/697/699 20037/043/044/045/143
25176/248 46050/47202/22V231/316 56052/56.
Saltley (9/2/82) : 20165 25090/294 31175/216 45016/042
47050/120/157/479/500/521 50045 56049.
Nottingham (11/2/82) : 20136/147/151 47379 4-5108/131/145
Toton (11/2/82) : 08021/293/610/757
20047/072/084/134/140/169/186/189/192/193 25185/202 31226 45068
On 6th.March 40047 was noted on pilot duties at Manchester
Piccadilly along with 08891,whilst 08475 was noted at Manchester
Victoria, along with the stabled 45069.Class 25s noted on Newton
Heath Included 25069/130/201.
The Eastern Region notes are of course dominated with sightings and
news of the remaining Deltics which worked until the bitter end. The
withdrawal date for all but the 4 railtour engines was appropriately
at midnight on 31st.December 1981.The engines still in service up to
that time were Nos.7/8/16/17/19/21.The railtour engines,2/9/15/22
were officially withdrawn at midnight on January 2nd 1982 after the
final railtour. The engines withdrawn prior to 31st.December were
Nos.10 and 13.55010 'THE KINGS OWN SCOTTISH BORDERER' was dumped
outside Doncaster Works on Christmas Eve after working 1122 (23-00
Kings Cross-Bradford) the previous night, official withdrawal date
being 29th.December. 55013 'THE BLACK WATCH' was withdrawn at
Finsbury Park on Christmas Eve, its last working unknown.55016
'GORDON HIGHLANDER' worked 1W8 (19-40 Kings Cross-Hull) on
23rd.December, and remained at York Depot until withdrawal.
The last few days of service were logged by hundreds of enthusiasts
with every working attracting a large following of 'bashers'
enjoying a final opportunity to travel behind their fine machines.
Listed below are the known workings during those fateful last
55008 IS70 (22-15 Kings Cross/Edinburgh)
55009 1L44 (16-03 Kings Cross-York) 1A34 (20-19 York-Kings Cross)
55008 1C83 08-08 Edinburgh-Carstairs) 1*** 11-23
1A38 14-55 Edinburgh-Aberdeen) IG20 (18-23 Aberdeen-Edinburgh)
1E48 21-20 Aberdeen-Kings Cross from Edinburgh)
55009 THE DELTIC EXECUTIVE RAILTOUR (Kings
1S79 23-20 (Kings Cross-Aberdeen to Edinburgh)
55017 1A08 08-08 (York-Kings Cross) 1L44 (16-03 Kings Cross-York)
55021 1NO0 01-00 (Kings Cross-Newcastle) IS08 (07-05
Newcastle-Edinburgh) 1E52 (09-10 Dundee-Kings Cross)
55002 1M53 (07-49 York-Liverpool) 1E98 (12-05 Liverpool-York)
55007 1A08 08-08 (York-Kings Cross - assisted from Doncaster by
55009 :1M04 07-1 (Carlisle to Newcastle) 1A40 (21-00 Newcastle-Kings
55017 IS12 05-50 (Kings Cross-Aberdeen to Edinburgh) 1E48 (21-20
Aberdeen-Kings Cross from Edinburgh)
55019 IL43 (14-03 (Kings Cross-York) then light engine York - Kings
55021 IN12 (00-05 (Kings Cross-Newcastle) IS08 (07-05
Newcastle-Edinburgh) 1E35 (20-25 Edinburgh-Kings Cross)Thursday
31st.December (last day)
55002 York MPD 55007 Finsbury Park MPD 55008 Finsbury Park MPD
55009 Finsbury Park MPD 55015 1A26 (15-50 York-kings Cross)
55016 York MPD 55D17 (1L44 16-03 Kings Cross-York. terminated at
55019 IN12 (00-05 Kings Cross-Newcastle) IS08 (07-05 Newcastle-Kings
5-5021 IL41 (09-40 Kings Cross-York) 1E26 (16-30 Aberdeen-York, from
55022 1S12 (05-50 Kings Cross-Aberdeen)
The last day was something of a disaster as the following notes from
your Editor's personal experiences show. The early hours started
well enough with 'ALYCIDON' performing beautifully on 1A40 from
Doncaster to Peterborough. After an hour fester at freezing
Peterborough No.19 working on one engine on 1N12 roared up Stoke
bank for the - last time. Often called the most boring town in
England, Grantham Is not at its beet at 2am but it was here that
No.21 was boarded on 1E35 for a last overnight bash to Kings Cross.
*ROYAL SCOTS GREY' in immaculate condition was in superb form on
1S12 and as dawn broke at Doncaster the dreadful sight of 47411 on
1A08 greeted us, giving a foretaste of the day to come,
After enduring the above mentioned machine to Kings Cross we waited
to see which beast would work 1L41the 14-03 to York. The appalling
slot of the same 47411 backing onto the train meant the only move
left open was to wait for IL44,the 16-03 to York which had long been
booked as the last Deltic-hauled service train out of the Cross.
Thankfully 55017 'THE DURHAM LIGHT INFANTRY' adorned with headboards
was provided for the occasion and after posing for enthusiasts press
and TV,No.17 blasted out of the Cross for the last time with
suitable splendour carrying a vast load of passengers. The run was
of the usual Deltic high standard until we ground to a halt just
south of Grantham. After standing for about an hour the train was
routed Into Platform 3 and then came the dreaded announcement that
due to a b-broken rail at Barkston the train was being terminated.
This splendid piece of public relations greatly impressed the hordes
of enthusiasts who were hastily transferred to a following HST to
complete their journey. The broken rail caused serious disruption to
all services, including 'TULYAR' which was working 1A26 and was
being held at the other end of the blockage.
Back at Grantham 55017 ran round its train and worked back in the
path of 1A26 before giving up the ghost at Knebworth. 'TULYAR'
eventually arrived at Kings Cross more than 2 hours late but at
least took the honour of being the last Deltic hauled service train
to arrive at Kings Cross. The last Deltic to work a service train
was 55019 on the 1630 Aberdeen-York, arriving at York at around
11pm.The result of these workings left 'TULYAR' and 'ALYCIDON' at
Finsbury Park and 'ROYAL SCOTS GREY' at Haymarket in preparation for
the final railtour. All in all, a sad and unsatisfactory ending.
Deltics 55008-13/16 were withdrawn at Finsbury Park and stayed there
until almost the end of January before entering Doncaster Works. The
withdrawn engines at York were quickly despatched to the Works, the
first arrivals being 55007/19/21 on 4th.January.The following day
47552 hauled 55009/15/16/22 whilst a couple of hours later a sorry
looking 55004 arrived behind 47186.0f the previously withdrawn
engines in the Works No's 5/11/14 were still intact in early
February, although 55014 was cut up by the end of the month. 55018
'BALLYMOSS' was cut up in January, causing much concern amongst
certain Pennine members.
After arrival at the Works all the engines, apart from 11 and 14
were stored open to the elements in the Canal Sidings, a place which
must have been familiar to 55004 which festered there for a year in
1978/79.Since then 55015 'TULYAR' has almost become the star Works
pilot with frequent visits to the station sidings to the amazement
of many startled spotters. In recognition of the interest still held
in the Class, Doncaster Works held a Deltic Open Day on Saturday
27th.February,after which cutting-up would re-commence. The now
preserved Deltic 55002 arrived at Doncaster the day before, under
its own power, to take part in the event, and left again on the
Saturday evening, again under its own power to return to York.
Still on the ECML 47431 disgraced itself by failing completely on
the approach to Huntingdon on 1A08 (08-08 York-Kings Cross) on 12th.
December.Rescue came in the fine shape of 40068 which was sent from
Peterborough and hauled the failed 'duff' and train Into London.
On 30th.December 1A31 (18-11 York-Kings Cross) worked by 47517
Included new sleeping car E10655 in its formation, the corridor
connections being firmly locked throughout the journey.
Finally on January 2nd. 47523 on the 10-30 Kings Cross-Edinburgh
additional was removed at Doncaster with boiler failure.31317 with a
more than adequate boiler proved a fine replacement.
The same day saw the last working of 1S12,the 05-50 Kings
Cross-Aberdeen,47418 doing the honours.
The following Monday saw all daytime ECML, expresses apart from the
Cleethorpes service rostered for HST's. only exception
to these workings are the new 15-10 York-Kings cross and
the balancing working, the 19-37 Kings Cross-York which are still
loco-hauled. However since the Introduction of the revised timetable
theme trains have been regularly cancelled due to a shortage of
Due to the arctic conditions which prevailed at the turn of the year
the railway system was plunged into chaos even before the ASLEF
dispute. Several ER services normally worked by DMUs wore worked by
scratch sets of loco-hauled stock. Performers on Sheffield area
services Included 45001 on Sheffield-York locals on
2nd.January,45022 on the 06-28 Sheffield-Doncaster
on 6th.January,and 31246 on Sheffield-York locals on 23rd.January.
Class 31s were also regular performers on the Sheffield -Lincoln,
Newark-Cleethorpes and Hull-Leeds locals during this period. However
these trains wore prone to trouble. On 2nd. January 31176 failed on
the 06-54 Sheffield-Lincoln at Kiveton Park, and was rescued by
31246.Noted that day at Worksop were 56091 and 56103.
Blizzard conditions in the West of England brought the appearance of
refurbished 5oo36 'VICTORIOUS' Into Sheffield on 9th.January,
working on the previous days Plymouth- Birmingham and running
heavily late, the train was commandeered to work IM4 (07-30
Birmingham Newcastle). After working this train as far as
York, the Hoover returned south on 1V96,the 13-" Newcastle-Swansea.
Another 50,50010,'MONARCH' visited York on December 19theon the
'Napier North Eastern Railtour',55002 taking the train forward to
Success in the F.A.Cup for Doncaster resulted in 2 specials being
ran to Norwich for the 4th.Round tie, one being hauled by 31250,the
other by 31225.37097 took over from 31225 on the return on
23rd.January.Two days later 31126 had charge of 1E70o14-25
On 27th.January 27003/021 were noted at Tinsley en-route to Derby,
as was 2?203 the day before. The latter was noted in Tinsley heading
back north on 3rd.March.
After being released from Doncaster Works,50009 'CONQUEROR' worked
back to the Western Region on 1V75,(07-00 Newcastle-Bristol) on
5th.February,which due to the ASLEF dispute started from Sheffield.
On the same day 31110 worked the 0?-30 Birmingham-Newcastle, and
31409/411 worked 1E18,16-o6 Bristol-Newcastle, and on 20th.February
31142/175 Put up a tremendous performance on IE70, the 14-25
Paignton-Leeds. Even the Harwich-Chester Boat Train has succumbed to
the power of the 318 with 31112 working from Sheffield to Manchester
on 8th.February,and 31106/243 taking over from 47576 on
An unfortunate incident occurred at Tinsley on 5th.February when 0"2
and 40127 ran out of control in the depot yard and derailed (instead
of running onto the Sheffield Parkway road).40127 was withdrawn as a
result, and was moved to Stratford at the end of February.
On 6th.February a Sheffield-Leamington Spa 'Mystex' was headed by
45019,but on the return journey the locomotive expired at Derby and
was replaced by 25139.On the game day a Sheffield-Colchester Footex,
for the Colchester v Sheffield Utd. game was double headed by 31246
and 31318.It is hoped that the haulage made up for the result since
Colchester won 5 - 2 !En-route,08493 was noted at Bury St. Edmunds
and 03179 at Norwich.
Another Class 31,314,08 worked the 16-06 from Bristol which, because
of the ASLEF dispute terminated at Sheffield and did not run through
to Newcastle, whilst on 27th.February,31184 took over the
Harwich-Manchester at Sheffield from 47574.
On lst. March, Hoover 50005 'COLLINGWOOD' was noted outside
Doncaster Works, in an unrefurbished condition, whilst on
6th.March,named 47, 47579,'JAMES NIGHTALL G.C', worked Into
Sheffield on the boat train from Harwich, and 47431 took over for
the run to Manchester.
On 1st.February 40153 and 37041 were noted in Doncaster Works
sidings. It Is understood the 40 is for scrap, whilst on the next
day 50009 and 37079 were noted there. Later that afternoon 50009
moved to Doncaster Depot with 31240.50009 worked back to the Western
For the above information we are indebted to Mrs. K. Corroy, Miss
S.Taylor and Messrs, Gossan. Marshall, Gee ,Glossop, Davis, Watts,
Whitlam, Lowis, Collins, T.Needham, Wesley, Stojanovic, Sadd,
Peach, Barsby, Collins, Sanderson, Skinner, Bladen, '40068',
The next edition of Trans-Pennine will appear in June. All
contributions should reach the Editor, Tony Caddick by Friday
28th.May and will be gratefully received.
PENNINE TRIPS REPORTS
No.29 Doncaster York& 13th - December 1981
MPD - 08008/031/114/115/331/607/734,
WORKS- Pilots 08444/77
Paint Shop; 37021 50016 56011/103
Yards: 03067/10/158/168, 31109/137/154/411, 37004/033/681(Loch
Long)/167/221, 40067/070, 50009, 55005/11/14/18, 56102
4-Bay: 03063 37133/228/267 50021/37/44, 56014/036
2-Bay; 31418, 37052/069/093/215 56022
Erecting Shops: 56101
9612. TDB 975540
No.1 Toton/Derby Yorks 16th.January 1982
37107/245, 40033/124, 45003/013/014/0490/064,
56048/50151/59/61/63/64/65/67/6~/72/79 ADB 96800012
Derby Works- 08462 25092/094/216/267, 45041/043/053/058/137/144/146
46032, 43029/33/74/78/84/85/88/91 ADB 975812/3
No.2 Doncaster 17th.January 1982
31130/142/162/168/188/242/302, 37123/131172, 45006,
Paint Shop: 31418 50009 55015 56027
Yard; 03067/107/168, 31113/137/234/235/243/245, 3713?7/167,
4 -Bay: 03l38, 31154, 37221/228267, 50021/37/41/44, 56014
2-Bay: 31109/170/323, 37004/021/081/084/201 56022
Dismantling Shops: 50029/42
Canal Sidings: (South to North order) 55007/21/10/19/04/22/09/16/05
Scrap Line: 55018
No.3 Manchester Area 5th February 1982
Longsight- 08283/604 686/687/820/915, 25084, 37120, 40002/016,
4?201, 83002/08/09/12/13, 85026/027, 86206/255
Reddish- 25213/288/325 40013/065/117
76043/50/56/57 (shells only).
Newton Heath- 08524/675/676/677. 25120. 40029/073/135. 45005.
No.4 Sheffield Area 13th.February 1982
Tinsley- 08024/209/287/492/510/655/729/782/866/877, 13001/3,
37002/121/172/209/215, 40028/047/081/163, 45009/10/12/14
/22/29, 47371/375/405/528/536, 56019/36/83/88
Shirebrook- 08022/075/214/244/260/266/867, 20023/129/131/214,
Barrow Hill- 03129 08141/186/509/868/871 20025/034/055/106/132/133
Worksop- 08255/263/285/429/824, 20009/021/035/208, 31144/227, 47374,