Mag. 57 - Autumn 1986
Truro has a few nice semaphores, but the old shed is long gone and the site now a factory. A brief wait enabled me to photograph the 12.00 Penzance-Plymouth local with 50007,before boarding bus, no.142027 for a run down to Falmouth. This wasthe only branch line that I could fit in whilst covering all the class 50 diagrammed trains. Official, vandalism isn't in it when Falmouth is reached, and it is a quite depressing site to see the once, quite large busy station reduced to its half length platform, weed-infested termini status now. Still, at least the line is still open for all to enjoy. Back at Truro, the 13.53 Penzance-Paddington had to be taken to Lostwithiel, arguably, the nicest of the Cornish stations, and would you believe the same tram as the 07.25 to Penzance, previously caught. A bonus was had here, for 37207 worked a clay train and then 37235 on
one In the other direction and sandwiched in between was 50033 returning on the 14.12 Penzance-Bristol .The weather had really done me proud and my day was soon to be made by the arrival of 50004 on the 15.00 Plymouth-Penzance, which I would take to Truro .I took my position to photograph the train arriving, and with heart pounding with excitement, awaited the first' line in the book of the day.
The signalman pulled levers fast and furiously to announce the arrival, and with headlamp blazing the 15.00 arrived with 50003.Ahhhhhh !!!!! Disaster. Bowled. Where the bleeping hell was 50004? Well,the train was taken to St. Austell to cover the following 11.45 Paddington-Penzance in case it had changed diagrams. I almost ignored totally 50041 entering the station on the 15.08 Penzance-Plymouth, as in sheer desperation I asked the driver of 50003 what. 2C74 was. After much rummaging through some book or other he had in the cab, the fine man Informed me it was the following 16.35 Plymouth-Penzance train. But, still disaster as I was diagrammed to be back In Teignmouth by 19.30.
Ah well, where was that phone box? A quick phone call explained everything so that yet another attempt could be made to get the 'Scarlet Hoover'. So the afore mentioned following Paddington-Penzance train was taken to Truro behind 50006. Back at Truro. Photos were obtained of the 09.20 Liverpool-Penzance with 47594 (purely for the semaphore at the east end of the station) and the 16.35 Plymouth-Penzance with 50004! At last. Yippee!! I was overwhelmed, nay, flabbergasted, my flaber has never been so gasted. I almost couldn't get on the train with excitement, but I managed it, and bellowed all the way to Redruth where the 18.10 Penzance-Bristol was the train to get me back to Teignmouth. To be honest, I could not have cared less what had been on the front (providing it was a 50), but 50003 was a welcome sight all the same and a glorious evening made a fitting end to the day. The 17.50 Plymouth-Penzance was passed at Truro behind 50041 and a photo was obtained of the magnificent cathedral as we passed by.
The journey through Cornwall and Devon is really one of the most enjoyable to be had anywhere in the country and the continuous switchbacks of Cornwall, followed by the banks of Devon, and the run alongside the estuary from Newton Abbot to Teignmouth was enjoyed to the full, with the magnificent engine at the front having to work flat out for most of the way with its 11 coach load.
Teignmouth was reached all too soon and a superb day semaphore and 50 bashing had come to an end.
Wednesday was spent more locally, photting 47131 at Dawlish Warren on a freight, followed by 47591 on the 09.35 Exeter-Paignton, and 50012 on the 07.30 Penzance-Aberdeen. Aller Junction was next stop for 47107 on freight,50021 on the 10.00 Penzance-Paddington, 50011 on the 10.30 Penzance-Liverpool,50013 on the 11.10 Paddington-Paignton and 50027 on the 11.45 Paddington-Penzance.
The following day was spent train-free and Friday too up until tea-time where Dawlish Warren was chosen for the mini rush hour. Here,47523 passed on the Plymouth-Leeds vans,47148 unusually headed the 14.12 Penzance-Bristol,47481 the 09.43 Newcastle-Penzance,50047 the 16.40 Paignton-Exeter,47404 the 14.35 FO Paddington-Plymouth and 50021 the 17.25 Exeter-Paignton.
Round we came again to Saturday. Was it really a week since we arrived? I am certain there are only 8 hours a day when you're on holiday. A new spot was found in a footpath just 'north' of Torre station, and a fine spot it is too. Unfortunately, the superb weather which was experienced earlier had deserted me but I still managed to phot 50011 on the 10.30 Paignton-Paddinton,50030 on the 08.15 Cardiff-Paignton,50007 on the 11.20 Paignton-Paddington and 50042 on the 08.50 Paddington-Paignton. Semaphores still stand sentry at yet another station which has seen better days, but alas their days are numbered.
We decided to stop over the Saturday night enabling us to get another day in and on that second Sunday, the 09.00 Basingstoke-Paignton was headed by 47217 and the 11.10 Paignton-Waterloo by D~0049.A most enjoyable week saying farewell to the Western Region semaphores had come to a premature end, as indeed they themselves are doing, and making the most of my opportunities, called in at Morton-in-Marsh en route home just in time to see the 16.10 Paddington-Hereford and 50031.
So a few more semaphore guarded stations have been added to the 'photted' list. Although time is running out, Cornwall may be reached again before the final signal clanks down for the very last time.
PENNINE QUIZ No.47 ~
As you lot don't seem to think the quizzes are getting any harder, try this all cryptic teaser for size. Entries to reach Ed by 15th November 1986,winning prizes £5, £3 and £2.
1. Did Mr.McGuigan come from this Welsh town with an old steam shed, and not Ireland after all?
2. Would you find this Hall in the middle of London?
3. Was this former Southern Region shed named after a pub?
4. Did this A4 conjour up any tricks?
5. Was this class 50 named after William?
6. Was this class 86 first past the post?
7. Does this Cornish station blow its own trumpet?
8. Did this table 147 station give its name to an old Scottish steam shed?
9. Is this class 47 known world wide?
10.Did this class D49 give its name to a make of DMU?
11.This Sussex station really did see how It got its name.
12.Did this station in Kent give its name to a river?
13.This class 47 may take you to a ski slope.
14.Should this steam engine which is still around be called Charles?
15.Would this North Western station leave you leaning on a lamppost?
16.Would you leave this Southern Region station wearing a sheep skin coat?
17.Is this HST power car named after a man from Leeds?
18.Did this A3 always find peace and quiet?
19.This class A2/3 never took off despite its name.
20.Did Robin Hood live at this former Nottinghamshire station?
21.Would you have to dig deep to find the name of this class 56?
22.50007 is green, but should this classmate be painted gold?
23.Would you have to be very athletic to call at this table 201 station?
24.A station where perhaps a famous detective used to go to church.
25.Did this Jubilee used to make a smokey exit from every station?
Pennine quiz no.46
There were nine entries to the last quiz with one member getting all the answers correct, one getting all bar one correct, and three getting all bar two correct. Answers were:
1. 5995, 2. 7028, 3. 30902. 4.17, 5. 72000, 6. 70039, 7. 62418, 8. 46244, 9. 60532, 10. 60047, 11. 60098, 12. 1035 13. HS4000, 14. 26054, 15. 45646.
1. Ipswich, 2.Manchester, 3. Cardiff, 4. Dundee, 5. Perth, 6. Hartlepool 7. Newcastle 8. Lowestoft, 9. Peterborough, 10. Sheffield.
1. 7096, 2. 25262 and D7612, 3. Barmouth, 4. Harpenden, 5. 145, 6. Western Hero, 7. Midford, 8. Brading, 9. Catesby, 10. Wilton Endeavour.
The prize winners were 1st. Rhys Jones 2nd. Jon Davis 3rd Ian Shenton, Stuart Earle and J. R. Dewing
PENNINE OBSERVER'S NOTES
An observer's holiday in Scotland in June resulted in the following observations:
Grangemouth June 23rd - 08725,26021,27058/64.
Aviemore June 24th - 47492 worked the 11.00 Euston train from Inverness whilst 47640 "University of Strathclyde" worked. the 12 0 Inverness-
Glasgow and 47519 the 14.30 Edinburgh-Inverness.
At Inverness on Sunday June 29th were 47459 on the 09.23 ex Edinburgh 47430 on the 15.35 to Aberdeen, 47550 "University of Dundee' on the 13.10 ex Aberdeen,37419 on the 08.05 to Lairgs and 11.10 return, 37415 on the 10.05 to Wick and 14.40 return,37419 and 37262 "Dournray" on the 16.05 to Wick, 37420 "The Scottish Hosteller" on a p.way train,08717 on station pilot duties. Stabled in the goods yard were 08754,26034/6,47363.
On Inverness MPD were 26038,37154,47483/517/534. Noted on the Far North line on June 30th were 37114 "Dunrobin Castle" on a special,37414 on the 17.35 Inverness-Wick,37415 on the 12.00 Wick to Inverness,37418 on 11.35 Inverness-Wick and 18.00 return, 37419 working from Georgemas Jcn.
Noted at Slochd summit on July 3rd were 47635 on the 16.25 Glasgow-Inverness and 47640 "University of Strathclyde" on the 19.30 Inverness-Euston, whilst at Perth on the following day were 47467 on the 09.23 Edinburgh-Inverness, 47569 on the 11.23 Edinburgh-Perth, 47593 "Galloway Princess" on the 12.33 Glasgow-Inverness.
The unreliability of the class 31s reported in recent issues seems to have continued with 31429 requiring the attention of the local fire brigade on April 4th whilst heading the 15.41 Manchester-Hull, the train going forward behind 31237.
Anyone waiting on the Western region on April 19th for 50008 for haulage would be well and truly disappointed as it worked an excursion from Worcester to York.
Noted at Doncaster works on April 20th were:
Yard -08519/593/786/159/902 31203/405/448/436/240
No.4 bay - 08747/956,31131/171/184/207/231,37072, 50018/36,56015
No.3 bay - 31290/6, 37004,No.2 bay-37133,56002/7 13/16,58042
Dismantling Shop - 56083
Scrap-25189/237 257/078/195/287/054/229/298/226/245/119/ 044/300/302, 45016/19 38/ /56/72/75,46010
Yard - 08176/226/948804,13003,31121/217/221/270/409, 25060, 50021,56042,58004.
The first Summer Saturday at Sheffield, May 17th,produced the following workings:
45150 on the 09.12 York-Foole,31428 on the 10.22 Sheffield-Liverpool, 31439 on the 08.45 Liverpool-Sheffield,45051 on the 09.26 Bradford-Penzance,45136 on the 08.12 Newcastle-7.1eymouth,47556 on the 10.05 York-Pembroke Dock, 31286 on the 08.15 Yarmouth-Liverpool,47619 on the 09.40 Poole Bradford, 45144 on the 10.15 Paignton-Neweastle,45124 on the 09.35 Tenby-York,47435 on the 09.55 Weymouth-Newcastle,47419 on the 09.18 Newquay-Newcastle,31238 on the 12.13 Yarmouth-Sheffield, 31135 on the 15.45 Liverpool-Hull,47458 on the 09.33 Penzance-Newcastle, and 45134 on the 19.40 Sheffield-St. Pancras as there was no HST set available.
On the 29th May 47303 worked the 09.45 Liverpool-Hull whist 50036 was at the head of the 09.50 Newcastle-Penzance forward from Leeds.
On the 31st May.31154/141 worked the 08.15 Yarmouth-Liverpool whilst 37030 was at the . head of the 10.43 Skegness-Sheffield.
Noted outside Doncaster works on 3rd June was 47901, a rare venture away from Westbury?
An unusual excursion ran on June 23rd when 47421 worked a Penistone-Bridlington special, running via Doncaster and Beverley. On June 17th 31200 hauled the 16.56 Hull-Bridlington service because of a shortage
On July 14th the 19.45 Liverpool-Hull arrived at Sheffield 2 hours late because of track circuit failure in Disley tunnel.
On 11th July the 07.00 Hull-Scarborough DMU failed at Bridlington.31165 which was following with empty stock for the Scarborough-Newcastle, made an enforced stop at Bridlington to pick up passengers for Scarborough and intermediate stations.
Noted on July 24th was 31173 on the 19.22 Sheffield-Liverpool whilst on the same clay 47434 hauled dead 31429 on the 18.45 Liverpool-Hull.
On 26th July a fatal rail crash occurred on an unmanned crossing at
Lockington ,near Beverley.9 people lost their lives and the DMU's were a 2 car Cravens set and a 2 car Derby heavyweight set.
An unusual visitor to Hull Paragon on July 27th was 25109 which worked out on the 19.23 to Liverpool.
On August 3rd 47337 made a most colourful sight when the Railfreight liveried loco headed Mk1 "Sealink" stock on an Edinburgh-Kings Cross through Doncaster. The same loco worked the 10.10 Penzance-Leeds on August 16th.
On August 9th 45044 worked a 12.03 York-Cardiff relief. Noted on the "Scarborough Spa Express" on August 3rd was 4771 "Green Arrow", with 34092 "City of Wells" working a fortnight later. Great Western loco "City of Truro" worked the train on August 12th.
Another unusual loco noted at Hull Botanic Gardens on August 8th was Scottish region 37117 which worked a Speedlink service.37264 worked a similar service on August 14th.
A variety of motive power has been used on the 07.10 (SO) Sheffield-Skegness with the following locos being noted:
May 31st-37030,June 14th-20032/9, July 5th-47476,July 19th-20197/151, July 26th-20092/22,August 9th-45111,August 16th-20108/135.
50025 came to the rescue of 47162 when it failed hauling the 09.40 Poole-Bradford. The pair were replaced at Birmingham New Street by 45146f the event taking place on May 24th. Coalville depot held an open day on June 1st and the following locos were present:5593 "Kolhapur",53809,"Cadley Hill No.1", 58012, 20077, 25912 "Tamworth Castle",31123,37146,40122,45040,45121,47409,47628,50007,55015,56060, 5804,0,97201, 97403, D4 "Great Gable".20065/142,58014/28/32. Noted at Church Stretton on June 14th were 33007 on the 17.25 Cardiff-Crewe,33059 on the 14.08 Holyhead-Cardiff and 37170 on a parcels.
Noted at Crewe Works on Aug 1st were the following:- 37006 (798), 37021 (7010), 37030 (702), 37081 (797), 37310 (796), 37125 /133, 37136 (905), 37148 (902), 37150 (901), 37155 (897), 37161 (899), 37163 (802), 34184, 37186 (898), 37206 (906), 37208 (803), 37231, 37249 (903), 37509, 37799, 47014/128/129/194/213/5/239/247/275/285/321/334/348/356/407/427/431/446/452/457/475/485/518/550/1/617/62~/654/703/6/11. 56038/57/65. 81019,85018/39,86009/10/39/2-14/259/424,87009/14,89001.
20002/15 (TI) were noted at Dee Marsh Jcn. .Shotton on July 17th.The following day 85040 was noted dragging 81019 through Stafford on a Halewood-Dagenham Dock car train. Also on July 18th,40046, which has spent the last few months with the Ministry of Defence at Morton on Lugg, was noted outside Crewe Diesel Depot.
On July 22nd 20029/147 headed the 17.37 Crewe-Derby in place of the usual DI4U.Stock was 4 Mk1's. Also on this date 47207 headed the 18.45 Liverpool-Hull. Noted on July 26th were 37506/050 on the 07.30 Euston-Pwllheli, 37426 on the 11.10 Aberystwyth-Euston, 37430 on the 09.35 Euston-Aberystwyth, 85035 on the 11.10.Newquay-Manchester, 81002 on the 10.03 Penzance-Liverpool, 85037 on the 18.00 Birmingham-Glasgow.
Thanks go to Messrs. Davis, Caddick, Slater, Dewing and 40129.
MOTIVE POWER CHANGES
08468-CH,08648-WN,08712/732/753/761/2- PH 08811-SF, 08902-AN, 08942-CF, 20102/110-ML, 20123/4/37-T0,20154-TO, 20171/5-ML, 31101-CW, 31107/12-IM, 31117-CW, 31119/49/63/65/70-IM, 31178-TE, 31234-KD, 31238-IM, 31257-KD, 31270-KD, 31296/9-CW, 31301-TE, 37020/30-CF, 37050-IS, 37098/101-TE, 37125-TI, 37134-SF, 37161/206/8-CF, 37225-IM, 47001-BS, 47056-GD, 47098-BS, 47105-SF, 47108-HA, 47128-CD, 47213-BR, 47292-SF, 56083-GD.
DUAL BRAKED FITTED
37093 to 37509,37102 to 37511,37112 to 37510,37157 to 37695, 37192 to 37694,37228 to 37696,37243 to 37697,47055 to 47652,47061 to 47649, 47254 to 47651,47257 to 47650,86003 to 86403, 86037 to 86437, 86315 to 86415, 86324 to 86434.
STEAM, GENERATOR REMOVED
26025, 31184/217, 31270
37406 "The Saltire Society"
37420 "The Scottish Hosteller"
43084 "County of Derbyshire"
59001 "Yeoman Endeavour"
59002 "Yeoman Enterprise"
59003 "Yeoman Highlander"
59004 "Yeoman Challenger"
73113 "County of West Sussex"
51179/83/51200-NC,51222/6-NL,.51268/9/94-AY,51302//5/17/20-LA, 51514-BG,53140/2-BG,53162/71/88/96-NL,53195-BG,53202/6-NC,53210-AY, 53211/25-NL,53235/40/51/61-BG,53262-NL,53293-CA,53334-NH,53367-NC, 53369-NC.
REINSTATED/RECLASSIFIED MOTOR BRAKE PARCELS
RECLASSIFIED MOTOR PARCELS
REINSTATED MOTOR PARCELS
5168-SG, 5452,6412-SU, 6330-SG
5015 to 5491, 5112 to 5492, 5262 to 5490, 6254 to 6414, 7035 to 1719, 7306 to 1718, 7433 to 1806, 7434 to 1807.
TO BE RENUMBERED
410 to 8010,411 to 8011,412 to 8012,413 to 8013,414 to 8014,415 to 8015, 416 to 8016,417 to 8017, 418 to 8018,419 to 8019,420 to 8020,421 to 8021, 422 to 8022, 423 to 8023,424 to 8024, 425 to 8025.426 to 8026.427 to 8027, 428 to 8028,429 to 8029,430 to 8030,431 to 8031,432 to 8032,433 to 8033, 434 to 8034,1011 to 203001,1130 to 205030,1131 to 205031,1132 to 205032, 1133 to 205033,1301 to 207001,1302 to 207002,1303 to 207003,1304 to 207004,1305 to 207005,1306 to 207006,1307 to 207007,1308 to 207008, 1309 to 207009,1310 to 207010,1311 to 207011,1312 to 207012,1313 to 207013,1314 to 207014,1315 to 207015,1316 to 207016,1317 to 207017. 1318 to 207018,1319 to 207019,1401 to 204,001,14,02 to 204002,14,03 to 204,003,1404 to 204.004,3001 to 2001,3002 to 2002,3003 to 2003,3004 to 2004,3005 to 2005,3006 to 2006,3007 to 2007,3008 to 2008,3009 to 2009, 3010 to 2010,3011 to 2011,3012 to 2012.3013 to2013,3014 to 2014,3015 to 2015,401 to 8001,402 to 8002,403 to 8003,444 to 8004,406 to 8006,407 to 8007,408 to 8008,409 to 8009.
LOCOMOTIVES CUT UP
McW= J.McWilliams, Shettleston.