Mag. 55 - Spring 1986
NOTES FROM THE COMMITTEE
As the Pennine Railway Society enters Its 12th year, events at the
Annual General Meeting~, have resulted in several changes on the
committee. Our thanks go to Robin Skinner for his work as Fixtures
Secretary from the formation of the Society (2obin will remain as
Chairman); to David Bladen as Magazine Editor, and to Linda Bladen
as Sales Officer, who will both remain on the Committee.
Glyn Gossan has taken over as Magazine ~!,Editor and it will be up
to all members to supply him with information and articles to help
him keep the magazine up to the high standards we have come to
Dave Whitlam has taken over as Fixtures Secretary and is determined
to provide an attractive programme for 1986.In fact, the first two
trips organised this year, to Doncaster works and Derby works, have
both been sell-outs", so early booking on future trips is advised
to avoid disappointment.
Tony Booth is welcomed back as Sales Officer, and we already have a
sales stand booked at Coalville Open Day on 1st June 1986 so come
along and support the Society.
'We wish to take this opportunity of thanking all those who have
faith in the Society by renewing their membership In 1986,and hope
will be able to take part in, and enjoy the events which we organise
year. Again, there will be a full programme of slide shows, quizzes,
etc. ,at the
-iron the .1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each
Corporation Brewery Taps, Doncaster month - these meetings are open
to all members and their friends.
Finally, congratulations to the Pennine Railway Society quiz team,
comprising Tony Caddick, Glyn Gossan and Paul "Chief".3utton
who won the Pennine Shield for the very first time.
John P Sanderson
Welcome to the Spring edition of Trans Pennine. As I have taken over
the position of Magazine Editor I would like to thank on behalf of
everyone in the Society, Dave and Linda for their work in producing
an excellent magazine over the last couple of years or so, and I
only hope that I can come somewhere near the high standard which
they have set.
Our cover photograph shows Class 4F 44252 passing Worksop East with
a Worksop - Nottingham service.
Thanks to Jack Davis for the photograph.
The Society will be running a sales stall at Coalville MPD at their
Open Day to be held on lst. June. If any member has any unwanted
magazines, photos, relies etc. please pass them to any Committee
member for vie can put them on sale to raise funds for the club.
A NORTHAMPTONSHIRE EXCURSION
by Paul Slater
A continuous noise from the traffic on the motorway a few miles to
the north carried clearly to the bridle path bridge over the West
Coast Main Line where I was standing. It was a calm, chilly October
morning and I was out for a day of railway photography and railway
reminiscence. The motorway had not been built when I used to
frequent this line as a boy train spotting; that was one obvious
change, another being the wires and overhead ironmongery where back
in the mid 1950's there had been nothing spanning the, tracks except
for a gantry of semaphores down the line at Ashton signal box. The
grass verge a little way from this bridge, where the four tracks
emerge from the cutting on to the embankment which takes the line
high above the village of Ashton, was once a favourite Saturday
afternoon train-watching spot. The signal lights in both directions
were all green, and I did not have long to wait before I had seen
several trains .I remember once seeing the Ashton home signals all
raised at once, showing that four trains were due; this was always
something to note on a quadruple track line, but nowadays, with the
automatic lights, four greens are not unusual. There used to be a
fifth track beyond Ashton signalbox, forming a loop in addition to
the up slow line.
Before I left Ashton I remembered a curious incident from the
1950's. It was a time when the up "Royal Scot, which passed Ashton
in the late afternoon was regularly double headed by the original
main line diesels.10000 and 10001.The signal at Ashton box was up at
the usual time, and my brother and I heard the throbbing of the
diesels as the train approached; but when the "Royal "Scot" burst
into sight from under the bridge on which I was standing, it was
hauled by a "Princess Coronation" Pacific making a distinctly
un-steam like noise!
Roade, only two miles from Ashton, was where I first watched trains
on the West Coast Main Line, 31 years ago. The main road bridge near
the site of the now vanished station was busy with traffic, but from
another bridge nearby I could look down in peace on the four tracks
in their cutting, and could photograph the electric trains dashing
past the spot where I spent that first afternoon here in the autumn
of 1954. The cutting was deeper and more sheer sided than I
remembered, and on the other side of the bridge it stretched away
into the misty distance, a massive piece of early railway
My first sight of the express locomotive classes of the West Coast
Main Line made such an impression on me that I can still remember
the first "Royal Scot". I noted down on that Saturday in 1954;
46160 ",Queen Victoria's Riflemen"-and my first "Princess
Coronation". This was 46237 "City of Bristol", my first 4-6-2, a
thrilling sight to my ten year old self; and, if my memory of that
long ago afternoon is correct, it was the only locomotive I ever saw
in the immediate post-Nationalisation express engine livery, as
when 46237 roared past in the dusk I can remember noticing, with
surprise, that it was painted blue, not green.
I always liked the West Coast, Vain Line, as it was, if
anything, even busier than the four-track Midland main line through
Northamptonshire with which I was very familiar, and it had more
variety of motive power. lots of the classes which could be seen on
the Midland could also be seen at Roade, and in addition there were
"Royal Scots", "Patriots", original and rebuilt, "Princess
Coronations"," Princess Royals" and "Britannias" ,not to mention
71000 "Duke of Gloucester" as well as new freight types;7F 0-8-0s,WD
2-8-0s,and a class of Stanier 2-6-0s which I called "Taper crabs"
and which, as they approached I always thought they were Jubilees
hauling goods train as they had a very similar appearance to the
Midland line's main class of express 4-6-0's
The electric trains sped through Roade every few minutes; I followed
the main line Northwards, and later that day I saw them running
alongside the Grand Union Canal at Muscott, north of Weedon, and
beside the Oxford canal at Brinklow, between Rugby and Nuneaton.
Muscott and Brinklow were not places were I used to go
train-spotting, and their associations for me are more recent, they
belong to the years when I became interested in photographing
railways and canals. One of my few recurrent dreams also dates from
my enthusiasm for railway photography; in it I keep trying- to snap
trains which are gone before I can press the shutter, and the speed
and quietness of the West Coast electrics can easily make the dream
a reality unless I choose a location that gives me a view of a long
stretch of track on which to see the train approaching!
Many of the old steam-hauled expresses on the Euston line were
named, and all of them had carriage roof boards identifying their
places of origin and destination; I miss these destination boards
nowadays, and find that the frequent electrically-hauled expresses
are saved from monotony only by the variety of rolling stock and by
the choice of a named or un-named locomotive. The names of the 86s
and 87s are in many cases a reminder of ",The steam locomotives I
knew in boyhood. "Sir Winston Churchill", which I snapped on an up
express at Brinklow was a Southern Region "Battle of Britain"
(34051), while "Hal o' th Wind", which I photographed on a down
express at Roade cutting was an A1 No..60116,which I used to see at
Peterborough ,and "William Shakespeare" which I saw on a down
express at Brinklow, was once a Britannia No..70004 allocated at
first to Stewarts Lane, and then onto the Midland ."Fury", which
past the pub at Brinklow as I was having lunch was the .name of an
experimental 4-6-0,rebuilt into a Royal Scot",No.46170) "British
Legion", which I used to see on the West Coast Main Line, while"
City of Carlisle", also noted at Brinklow, actually was a regular
express locomotive on this route, a "Princess" no.46238.And,just as
I went for a final walk in the fading light along the canal towpath
at Brinklow, and called it a day, "Britannia" hurried past,
bringing my memories full circle to the present and the world of
railway preservation, as a locomotive of that name is now working on
the Nene Valley Railway.
BREL RAILBUS HEADS FOR CANADA
A Railbus especially adapted for operation in harsh climates has
been shipped from Liverpool to Halifax NS. in Atlantic Container
Line's 36000 tonnes combination Ro-Ro container vessel "Atlantic
Concert" according to International Freighting Weekly Feb.6th 1986
edition. Designed and developed by British Rail Engineering Ltd.,
Derby the railbus is to be evaluated by Canadian rail operators in
various parts of the country. The highly economic unit is capable of
one-man operation and is cheap and easy to maintain. Based on the
Leyland National single decker bus body with driving cab at each end
and powered by a Leyland TL11 engine, BRE'L believe the railbus can
help keep open suburban and rural line that would otherwise face
PENNINE QUIZ No.45
Try your luck at the latest quiz. Entries to reach the Ed by 15th
May1986. Good luck. Prizes - £5, £3 and £2
Section 1 Cryptic (Answer is a loco number)
1. Did this Arsenal footballer regularly Streak down the East Coast
2. Was the inhabitant of the Major Oak a true Brit?
3. This true star always comes out after tea.
4. The nude lady of Coventry was really very Patriotic
5. This town is really the peak of Lancashire.
6. Duff information will lead you to this North Eastern loco shed.
Section 2 - Shed codes What were the numerical codes of the
1. Mold junction
3. Hertford last
6. Dalry Road
8. Newton Abbott
Section 3 - Stations - In which town or city could you find or have
found the following stations;
2. St Thomas
3. St John's Road
4. Belgrave load
5. Green Ayre
7. Arkwright Street
9. Court House
10. Buchanan Street
Section 4 Junctions - In which town or city would find or have found
the following Junctions?
1. Splott junction
2. Springwood Junction
3. Tapton Junction
4. Lochend Junction
5. Falkland Junction
6. Cowley Bridge Junction
7. Shawford Junction
8. St. Annes Park Junction
9. Holgate Bridge Junction
10. Aller Junction
Section 5 Teasers
1. On which date did the last regular steam hauled passengers
service run to Ryde Pier Head?
2. What was the original name of Bath Green Park Station?
3. Name class 56 no. 56037
4. Name the junction on the Isle of Wight, where the Ryde-Cowes line
and the Ryde-Ventnor line separated
5. Name North British Warship no D604
6. What is the horse power of a class 03
7. What was the name of the last Warship in numerical sequence built
8. What was the former no. of class 44 no..44009?
PENNINE OBSERVER'S NOTES~
There were no problems spotting a class 50 at Waterloo on l8th
January as 50011 worked the 11.10 Waterloo-Exeter,50025 the 13.l0 Exeter,50030 the 15.10 service and 50002 the 17.10
departure.50004 worked in on the 12.20 ex. Exeter.
A visit to Eastleigh on 1st March found 0884, 33032,47100 and
59003 in the station, with
09015,33004/5/11/12/53/60/105/205/058/025,73006/116/106 in the works
and. the depot playing host to 08650/831/830/929,33017/007/
Noted at Fratton on the same day were 08642/892,09001 and
at Southampton station were 33056/8/7/3/16/39/117 and 47455.
Noted at Salisbury the following day were
08845,33010/20/33/8,47285/330 and 50029 whilst on 3rd March
at Salisbury were 33043,47370 and failed 50014.Also on that date the
following were noted at Idestbur31285,-J1~020/35,47056/128,56C56 and
59001 on crew training.
One of Ed's now rare trips out took him to the far reaches of Sheffield on
27th December when class 31/4s seemed to rule the roost, especially
on the relief workings with the following- locos sighted:
31460 Leeds-Cardiff relief, 31415 York-Plymouth relief, 31449
York-Cardiff relief, 31433 Leeds-Brighton, 31459 Portsmouth-Leeds
Fridays only. Other workings that day were 47559 on the
Blackpool-Cambridge, 47591 on the Harwich-Glasgow "European" 47575 on a
45101 on a Bristol-Leeds rellef,45121 on a Reading-York relief,
45130 on a Cardiff-York relief and 47537 on a Plymouth-York relief.
A New Year's Day visit to Shirebrook found the following locos
stabled:56094/100/6/9/112/3/120/3/27-, 58012/17/23/4 and 58034.
Class 58 no.58034 was named "Bassetlaw" at Worksop station on 12th
"Duff" 47626 "Atlas" provided the power for a football special from
Brighton to Hull on Saturday 25th January whilst on February 5th
ScotRail liveried class 37 no.37021 was a rare visitor to Hull
The recent icy spell had its effects on local DMU services out of
Hull during February and on Wednesday 5th Feb, passengers faced long
delays at Hull due to frozen points and some Hull-Bridlington
services were cancelled altogether. On Tuesday 11th Feb, the 07.25
Goole-Hull, the 17.44 Hull-Bridlington were cancelled, together with
the 07.59 Bridlington-Hull the following day. On February 9th a
failed 1UT set with power cars 43060/3 was seen being hauled
through Doncaster by 56030,possibly en route to Neville Hill as the
class 56 returned light engine later the same afternoon.
Also in th(; Hull area, Thwaite crossing signalbox was demolished
during December last year, at Cottingham, on the Hull-Scarborough
Noted at Dringhouses, York during a fifteen minute spell on 6th
January were:- 47003 ballast, 47201 oils, 45102
Liverpool-Scarborough,03089, 45149 09.55 Scarborough-Liverpool and
47551 09.22 Newcastle-Penzance.
Noted on York MPD on 19th February were:-
Noted in Doncaster works on 9th February were:-
shop31126/132,37072,50008/50,31464/102/317/160/275/164/229/146, 58037, 56062/77/71/41/48/40, 58039,03179,47120, 31184,31405. 03112,o8161/225/211/373/520/593/682/786/876/930,13003, 25060/189/214. 31130/203/207/284/296/423, 7004/041/133/203,56111.
shop- 51340/72/81,51442,51506/8,53047,53200/56, 53327,54018/71/73/919
London Midland Region
The arrival of the Foster Yeoman class 59s
no doubt create much interest in the forthcoming months, and one
member reports seeing 59003 at Toton on 6th February.
Noted at Roade cutting, Northampton on 8th February were:- 86253 and
86422 on up expresses,86260 and 86412 on down expresses, and 25201 and
85006 light engines.
Noted in Derby Works on Saturday 8th March were:-
20009/21/2/77/82/130/2/141, 163/170,45110/118/107/120, HST Power
For scrap -
25200,40075/132/163,45003/13/23/43/5/50/7,45109. 45133/44,08297. On Derby
MPD were:- 20052/96/178,45103/111/127/140/5/50. Workings
through Derby on the same day included 47481 on 06.45 York-Portsmouth,
47559 on 08.20 Leeds-Cardiff, 45131 on 07.40 Leicester-Leeds and
47433 on 08.55 Penzance-Newcastle.
On 5th March 1986 45116 headed a Derby-Wadsley Bridge Football
Special while sister loco 45149 powered a Burton-Wadsley Bridge
Footex, both for the Sheffield Wednesday v Derby County FA Cup tie.
The following day 45101 was in charge of the 07.27 Nottingham-Glasgow,
taking over from a failed 47 at Nottingham.
ALT, OUR YESTERDAYS - SIGHTINGS FROM 20 YEARS AGO
London Midland Region
During January the third round of the FA Cup produced the usual crop
of Football specials; EE Type 4 D267 had charge of a West
Bromwich supporters special to Bolton but AL6 electric E3121 was
employed on a West Ham supporters train from Willesden to Stockport
where Black 5 45046 and Crab 42715 took over for the remainder of
the run to Oldham. An unusual visitor to Crewe on January 22nd was
Hymek D7088 which arrived on 08.45 Cardiff-Manchester and returned
south later in the day on the 12.55 Manchester-Plymouth.
On January 3rd Oxford marked the end of steam working by turning out
"Hall" 6998 for the northbound Poole-York train as far as Banbury.
On January 22nd Black 5
No.44760 piloted Brush D1923 on the up "Cambrian
Coast Express" to Paddington and 45436 and D1688 were in tandem on
11.40 from Birkenhead.
Before the end of steam on the Western Region B1 61121 (36A)
Reading before making its way back home on 15.00 Scouts Lane special
Eastern and North Eastern Regions
On January 5th V2 No.60824 was unusual power for the down "Thames
Clyde Express" north of Leeds.
On January 21st Black 5 No.44910 headed the 08.52 Hull-Kings Cross
during a period when steam reappeared on a regular basis on the
southern end of the NER
An unusual visitor to Hull on the same date was Birmingham Type 2
which arrived with a freight from York, as part of a fill in turn
working the Cliffe-Uddingston cement trains.
Norwich saw the arrival of three football excursions for the fourth
round FA Cup tie against Walsall. Two were loco-hauled by Type 4's
D2255 and D329 and the third was formed by one of the Blue Pullman
the first time one of these sets had visited East Anglia.
On the same date, February 12th,EE Type 3 D671( failed on the 09.30
Liverpool St.-Norwich at Colchester, and was replaced by Brush 2 D5573
reached Norwich 42 mins. late.
On February 2nd B1 61173 headed a special freight from York to
As expected, the "Pines Express" went over to diesel traction from
the start of the year; the loco working from Crewe to Poole, returning
north the following day on Mondays to Fridays. However, on
Saturdays, the loco off the southbound service is stabled and then
used on the Sundays 08.53 Bournemouth-Waterloo and 13.30 Waterloo-Bournemouth return, before
heading back north on the
Black 5 No.45462 headed the 03.40 Waterloo-Portsmouth
newspapers on February 10th,heading back north on the 19.30 via
Eastleigh to Reading.
Hymeks were unusually employed on isolated SW
division workings during recent weeks, with D7032 heading the 07.30
Woking-Basingstoke on January 21st and D7085 the 18.23
32outhamptonBounemouth on February 19th.
The re-engined NBL Type 2 diesels returned to service during
February after being stopped for attention during January. D6101
was in charge of the 08.25 Glasgow-Aberdeen and 17.15 return on
February 7th. While these locos were out of service Ferryhill A4
Pacifies were used on the three hour Aberdeen workings. On two
occasions, however, Black 5s were used with 44698 on the 07.10 ex
Aberdeen on February 16th and 44672 on the same train on February
23rd. Also during February, no fewer than eight "Britannia" Pacifies
were seen in the Aberdeen area on freight and parcels duties, with
finding their way on to passenger workings with the 13.30 Aberdeen-Glasgow and 17.10 Aberdeen-Perth respectively, deputising for A4s.
THANKS to Messrs. Corroy, Whitlam, Sanderson, Slater and
editions of Railway World March/April 1966.
Pennine quiz no.44.
were thirteen entries to the last quiz with two members tying
for 1st place with maximum points and two for 2nd place with
39 points .Answers as follows:
1. Bristol Parkway 2. 1m 1452yds. 3.
4,0135 4. Paddington station 5. Sandown Park 6. 50013 Agincourt
55009 Alycidon 8.47050
9. Metro-Cammel 10. Atlantic Conveyor 11.
Penzance 12. Doncaster Rovers 13. 50041 Bulwark 14.Bonnie.Dundee
16. South. Yorks PTE livery 17. 47708 18.class
19. Fleetwood 20.
85mph 21. The Orcadion 22. BBC Look North 23. NC
26. 1958 27.Tees Tyne Pullman
28. Gateacre Hall
29. Class Z 30.Festival of Britain on the south bank of London
31. D5300 32.
33.1977 34.Fleet line
Special Scotch Express
Ivatt class 2MT
Paved concrete track
39. D322 40.
The prize winners were: 1st Mr. N. Bolland and Mr. J. R. Dewing
2nd Mr. M. D. Turner and Mr. M. Bell -
LOCOMOTIVE STOCK CHANGES
08606/684,31298/317 - CW
08856 47122/423/426/431/438/450/468/485/489/531/533 - CD
08885-DR 08295/588/728, 37064-TE 08514-KY, 08719-YC, ;08658-NC; 08776-BG;
08618,47432-4/436/437/441-3/445/446/476 - GD,
08709BN; 08834,31147/173,37216-MR; 31233 235,47297-IM,. 37150-SF
20042/093/145,27063-ED; 08882-AB; 27047/648,37263-IS, 37049/o99/190-ML;
370071036/139 - CF; 08523/798,31210-OC., 31304-BR.
85001 07096 97804
03119/120/144-LE; 08569-KD; 08599-CD; 0860l-TS; 08610/677-TO; 08616
- SP; 08675-AY;
25311-CD; 97408-CD: 08684-CW.
Locomotives Stored Unserviceable
Slow Speed Control Fitted
Slow Speed Control Removed
37049/099/186-190, 45022, 47219.
High Phosphorous Brake Blocks Removed
Twin Tanks Fitted
Modified-for Gatwick Service
Radio Telephone Removed
Flexicoil Suspension Fitted 8
MW Flexicoil Suspension, Resilient Wheels Fitted
827204-27058 25262-25901 37007-37056 37241-37428 47068-47632
25268-25902 37036-37507 37300-37429 47083-4763
25276-25903 37265-37430 47158-47634
25283-25904 37272-37431 47029-47635
25309-25909 86006-86406 47244-47640
86034-86434 47086-47641 25316-25911 86004-86404 47040-47642 25322-25912 86325-86425 47269-47643
6omph Max Speed
86328-86428 47246-47644 47075 - 47645
Locomotives Cut Up
ZL-03142 08121/325,25101/105/253/277,27034 40083/112/154/176,
08991 (KIDWELLY) 08992-GWENDRAETH 08993 (ASHBURNHAM)
QUEEN OF SCOTS
37402-OOR WULLIE 37403-ISLE OF MULL
56135-PORT OF TYNE AUTHORITY 58034-BASSETLAW
73127-WOKING HOMES 1885-1985 73137-THE ROYAL
SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS
National Railway Museum-08064.
ECC Ports Fowey-08398.
Marple & Gillott,Sheffield-D7096
Keighley & Worth Valley Railway-08266.
DIESEL MULTIPLE UNITS
51912/14/16/22/42,53971/74, 54052,54484/91/93/99 54500/03/04-NH.
53712-DY; 53976,54224-KD; 59054TS; 53686, 53732 59526-CH.
51176/82/93/98, 54337/41/56/60 - CF.
53242/68,59080-HA; 51174/86, 51789/91-3, 53666/74.53723/27,54357,54403-AY.
1037;51262;51861;52027, 53422/28/75, 53506/27, 53668/91;53701/19/21, 53827/29, 54419, 59064; 59100/29;5928 ;59337;59550/88,.59679/83-5;7860l; 78851.
52101,57101-RTC, 52102-9/11-24-DY; 55550/2/3/5,55600/2/3/5-NH;
55557-62, 55607-12-LA; 55648-57/73-82 HT; 57102-24-DY.
Converted to Parcels Units
53510/65,59210 (AY); 53800/34/37,53900.59326/42.59440/41.59623 (TS); 5550222 (NL)
303016/25/61 - GW; 311102/04/05/7/9/10 - HY.
5456-9,5464-6,6267-9-SG; 7777-83,7874-9-BI, 7873-RE; 5826-9-SU ;930009- BM
302273, 308453, 501135/7/41/2/7/8/50-2/5-60/4/871/6/86/8. 5025/34, 5108/9, 7383. 6289 (to Departmental 050).
Class 487 Cars 81/86 (WC)
7153-1500;5026-5483, 5031-5484, 5053-5485, 5036-5486;6233-6405, 6206-6406,
61178-977345, 75178-977346, 61180-977347, 75180-977348, 61183-977349,