No.62 - Winter 1967
NOTES FROM THE COMMITTEE
The Committee would like to take this opportunity to wish members of
the PENNINE RAILWAY SOCIETY a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New
1987 has been another interesting year for the Society with the
social evenings at ' The Corporation Brewery Taps keeping up their
impeccably high standards - even I did a show.
We have an interesting and varied programme for you in the first
quarter of'1988.1f you would like to do a slide show or film show
for later in the year or know someone who is interested in doing
one, please contact me.
On the Fixtures side, Dave Whitlam is looking for new ideas for trips
and events. This must be the most difficult position on the Committee
after that of Treasurer with the present difficulties in arranging
trips that generate sufficient support to warrant running. If
anyone has ideas for different events, David will be delighted to
hear from you.
Anyway, we didn't win the PENNINE SHIELD this year, but a great time
was had by all. Final placings were:-
lst Sheffield Transport Group - 12 points
2nd South Yorkshire Railway Photographic Circle - 11 points
3rd Pennine Railway Society - 9 points
4th Dore Loco Group - 8 points
Pennine team members were Tony Caddick, Glyn Gossan, Robin Skinner and
Chief Paul Sutton.
Looking forward to 1988 membership subscriptions are now due. The fee
remains unchanged at £2.50 and should be forwarded to Tony Caddick.
Don't forget the Annual General Meeting to be held on Sunday 17th
Jan. at the Corporation Brewery Taps, Cleveland Street, Doncaster, starting at 12noon.
Robin Skinner - Chairperson
May I take this opportunity to thank all members for their support
during 1987 without whose help The Pennine could not hope to survive. Attached to your copy of the December issue of Trans Pennine
is a renewal of membership form. The fee remains unchanged at £2.50
and I hope members will consider that membership of the Pennine is
still value for money.
Thank you again for your support in 1987 arid I hope to see you
all again in 1988. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all.
John Sanderson - Treasurer
Welcome to the Winter edition of Trans Pennine. Do the months get
shorter or what because it certainly doesn't seem like 12 months
since Christmas came round.
Well, here we are again anyway and I'd like to take this opportunity
of thanking everyone who has contributed articles and news
throughout the last twelve months and hope you will all continue to
try and make the magazine even better.
And now the bad news. It is membership renewing time and honest,
John will be looking forward to receiving your readies.
Finally, I send my best wishes to you all and wish everyone a
healthy and peaceful Yew Year.
DONCASTER WORKS OPEN DAY
by Chief Sutton
An interesting event which took place on Saturday October 3rd.An
interesting selection of engines and stock was present, including
steam engines Mallard and Evening Star. There was plenty of Network
SouthEast stock to see including Western Region bubble-cars 55020 (in
NSE colours) and 55028 (in blue and grey). Another thing to see was
the well known 47522 which was duly named "Doncaster Enterprise",
complete with it's fresh coat of apple green paint. Also present was
the well known surviving cab of 55008.
I bumped into Bob Peach and had a chat with him and some of his
well known DPS colleagues. In fact I bumped into quite a few people
who I know, including Chris Palmer, Chris Keaton (Hounslow's top
Routemaster basher), young ginger hair fitted Lee (who has produced
at a few Pennine meetings and at Sandtoft, and knows Alison and Sue
Nicholson. He recognised Sue because she is a teacher at his
school, although she has not actually taught Lee yet).).
The number of infamous characters who produce at events like this, I
suppose will be
inevitable. The only ones who didn't appear were MFI and Rob
Skinner and a few
others. A few came who the Society may not know, namely my mate Alan
Reading), now living in Armthorpe, who worked on the Western Region
P.Way from 1958 to
1970 and is a committed Western Steam man. He took a lot of slides
and film of steam
from around 1949 onwards, and I reckon he would be a very interesting
bloke to bring
to a future meeting. Alan took some shots of non-steam at the open
climbing into the cab of a 56 to lean out of the window to shoot
46010, the cabs of
which, of course would be ned-fitted. Alan was saying about the
photting Mallard from inside one of the workshops, which he
eventually did. Mr Bird is
in my opinion a very interesting man, especially on account of his
accent, with which I am quite fascinated.
Another character present was my mate Gary ,the 40 Man who was
supposed to be nephew-fitted (they became separated from each other
and their Uncle Gary, although Luke and Gary were later re-united).
Unfortunately, no 40's present, although some exhibitor had set up a
video show with 40's powering through such locations as Manchester
Victoria and Peak Forest, plus Guide Bridge, to remind us that 40's
worked both sides of Manchester.
The afternoon passed and chucking out time came upon us. End of yet
another absorbing day.
Present:4468,92220,55020,55028,55008 cab,31105,47301,56xxx, 46010,47522,08272,31418
being lifted and various units.
NIGHT TRAINS TO SCOTLAND
by Paul Slater
Two of my favourite memories of rail journeys in the days of steam
are both of night trains to Scotland. The first occasion was in
1957, when with other boys from my school railway club I went on a
shed visiting trip in Glasgow. As the journey from our home in
Northamptonshire and back was to long to do in a day, we started
the previous evening and travelled overnight. It was my first visit
to Scotland and my first night journey by train, so it was a
memorable experience quite apart from the several hundred new engine
numbers I acquired.
We changed trains at Northampton and Birmingham, and completed our
journey on a night Birmingham-Glasgow express. The locomotive was
rebuilt "Jubilee" class 4-6-0 no. 45735 "Comet" as far as Crewe and
then a "Princess Royal" Pacific no. 46206 "Princess Marie Louise".
There was a long delay in the darkness somewhere near Preston, then
at last the train re-started. It must have been about three o'clock
in the morning, the sky just beginning to show the first
faint glimmers of the summer dawn, when the train sped through
Tebay. I caught a glimpse of tank engines outside the shed, and was
surprised that our train had not stopped to pick up a banker, as I
knew that this was the normal practice on Shap.
Three quarters of the way up the bank, the train's speed fell
sharply, the noise of the engine became more laboured, and then it
was losing adhesion, smoke erupting incontinently from it's chimney
as its wheels spun helplessly on the rails. The train came to a
standstill, and the engine blew off steam.
We seemed to be stuck on Shap, in the early dawn among the lonely
fells, for an eternity. Several fast night goods trains came
coasting down the lines, and then a 2-6-4T on it's own, running
backwards, and at last the tank was coming up the bank behind us,
and was buffering up to the rear carriage ready to give a helping
push. it was growing lighter, and I could see the length of the
train; counting the carriages - we had seventeen on - I wondered
that an attempt had been made an the notorious bank unassisted. The
train was over an hour late arriving in Glasgow, but we still had
time to visit the three engine sheds at Eastfield, St. Rollox and
Polmadie as planned. I once saw a steam-hauled goods train slip to a
standstill on a gradient, but that occasion remains the only time a
passenger train in which I was travelling on failed to surmount an
My second ride behind steam on a night train to Scotland was in
1965. I had Just started my first job, in Leeds, and was going on a
working holiday in the Hebrides. Steam locomotives still worked the
goods trains around Leeds but the expresses were all headed by
diesels, and as I expected a 45 brought my train in from
St. Pancras. Because of the station layout trains reversed to proceed
further north, I did not bother to go up to the front to see the new
engine which would take the train to Glasgow as I assumed it would
be another 45. The train was well on it's way, and accelerating up
the slight gradient towards Skipton, when I became aware that it was
a steam engine in charge.
The gradient steepened as the line gradually climbed into the
pennies, I stretched out on the seat, for the train was not full,
and, half asleep, enjoyed the nostalgic and exciting sound of a
steam engine pounding up mile long climb into the hills, hurrying me
on my way towards what promised to be an unusual and enjoyable
I heard the steady noise of the steam engine suddenly hushed as
steam was shut off, and the train came gradually to a halt. I got
up, and opened the window. The train was standing at a signal in the
middle of nowhere, high on the moors; I saw the first faint orange
glow of dawn above the eastern' horizon, and heard the loud
melancholy cries of curlews. A column of smoke rose from the engine,
black against the suggestion of light in the sky, and fanned out
high in the air.
As the train re-started, I read the name Selside on a lonely
signal box. Later between Dumfries and Kilmarnock, I could again enjoy
the sound of steam working against a gradient, and with the
increasing daylight could see the engine as it snaked around the
curves; but not until I had alighted at Glasgow could I identify the
locomotive as "Britannia" Pacific no., 70010 "Owen
it's nameplates and with a deep LMS whistle in place of it's
original, and much more melodious, chime whistle.
At Glasgow I met the other people with whom I would be working, and
we travelled an another steam train to Gourock, where we caught a
ferry; the engine this time was a BR Standard class 5 4-6-0. That was
the last long distance ride I did behind steam for nearly a
decade, and the very last one behind non-preserved steam; I have very
much enjoyed travelling over the Settle and Carlisle by diesel
train, and watching the "Cumbrian Mountain Expresses", but my night
ride to Glasgow in 1965 had a magic all of it's own.
ALL OUR YESTERDAYS EVENTS AND SIGHTINGS FROM 20 YEARS AGO
From January 1st 1968 all Manchester-St. Pancras trains were
diverted to Piccadilly with the exception of the overnight 2359
Manchester-London which starts from Victoria, as a result of the
closure of Manchester Central. From the same day
Nottingham-Manchester trains have been diverted to run to and from
Piccadilly, and with the exception of one train will be operated
by diesel multiple units.
LONDON MIDLAND REGION
The Christmas period saw a number of steam hauled reliefs in the Manchester area, including the 1747
Manchester Exchange-York which
ran additionally on December 21st and 26th extended to
Newcastle; no's 45034 and 73000 respectively, were used as far as
On December 26th "Britannia" Pacific No. 70013,cleaned specially for
the occasion, was turned out an the 0945 Carlisle-Blackpool Football
special. On the return journey and although a stop at Tebay was made
for a banker, none was available, and 70013 had to tackle the climb to
Shap unaided with a 13 coach, 451 ton train from a dead stand.
On December lst "Warship" D848 was unusually employed on the. Southampton-Birmingham New St train north of Banbury, presumably
following the failure of a Brush type 4. Another Brush failure
resulted in "Warship" D828 arriving at Birmingham New St on December
5th with a train from Paddington.
Through services from Oxford to Cambridge via Bletchley were
withdrawn from lst January although services from Bedford to
Hastings six car no. 1001 was employed on riding trials between
Finsbury Park and Grantham on January 6th in an attempt to assess
riding qualities on track capable of 100 mph. running. The move
was probably a result of the Hither Green derailment in December.
On January 2nd Brush Type 4 D1683 was unusual power on the 0830
Liverpool St-Norwich service.
Leeds Holbeck contained a number of withdrawn steam locomotives
during December and no fewer than 25, including 22 Stanier 8F's
were at Royston.
The original five NBL 'Warships' were withdrawn and. put into store
at Laira from January 1st.
On December 28th Sulzer Type 2 D5076 was an unusual visitor to
Cardiff an a parcels from Shrewsbury. During November and December "Warship".D855
was used on crew training between Bristol and Gloucester and in the
Worcester area and by the end of December a number of Worcester-Paddington
trains were in the hands of *Warships".
Scottish Region NBL Type 2 D6122 was used in re-railing experiments
at Hither Green a few days before the derailment there and at the
end of December was stored at the back of Hither Green depot.
On December 17th EE type D333 worked into Feltham from the Staines
direction, presumably working from the Birmingham direction via
Reading. Three days later "Western" D1021 worked out of Feltham on a
On December 14th,a parcels from Southport to Glasgow was worked by
"Britannia" 70024 from Carlisle providing a rare steam hauled train. Possibly the only steam hauled working in Scotland in 1968
occurred in the early hours of January 1st when a special ,from
Manchester to Glasgow worked as far as Carlisle by D401, and taken
forward by "Britannia" 70045.
PENNINE OBSERVERS NEWS
The last scheduled loco-hauled train into Newquay provided a
colourful spectacle an October 4th when a special 08.25
Paddington-Newquay was headed throughout by Class 50 no's 5003415
which of course are both in Network South-East livery. Several
Pennine members enjoyed a day out with several reports of the loco's
"performing". On the same day Class 50's and 33's alike were working
Cardiff -Portsmouth services with 33050 heading the 1110 Cardiff
-Portsmouth into Bristol, 33026 the 1310 Cardiff-Portsmouth into
Brlstol,50017 the 1012 Brighton-Cardiff from Bristol, 50005 the 1453 Cardiff-Portsmouth into Bristol,33206 the 1315
from Bristol,50017 the 1600 Cardiff-Portsmouth into Bristol, and
50005 returning on the 1705 Bristol-Cardiff.
This turned out to be a more important visit to the area than
originally thought as from the start of the winter timetable there
are no scheduled Class 50 workings between Bristol and, Cardiff in
On the 17th October the following loco's were seen during the
excellent Pennine trip to London. Noted at Old Oak Common were-:08523/944/634/948/606/811/904.31463/465/223/402.47628/500/597/220/515/558/583/560/
On the same day 50003 worked a Paignton-Paddington service, 50031
the 14.17 Padd-Oxford, 50021 the 13.10 B'ham-Padd, 50012 the 16.17
Padd-Oxford and 50028 the 14.40 B'ham-Pd, 50013 failed on the 10.55
Oxford-Padd and was assisted to Paddington by an unidentified Class
Noted in the London area on October 31st were 50042 on the 06.42
ExeterWaterloo,73135 the 10.44 Waterloos-Bournemouth, 50050 the 08.17
Exeter-Waterloo, 50047 the 11.10 Waterloo-Exeter, 50035 the 09.36
Exeter- Waterloo, 33106 the 12.10 Waterloo-Salisbury, 50042 the
13.10 Waterloo-Exeter, 50019 the 12.18 Exeter-Waterloo, 50050 the
15.10 Waterloo-Exeter and 50038 the 1A.17 Exeter-Waterloo.
Noted in Euston on October 26th were 08890/905. 81013. 85015/28.
86230/86245/256/261/4011404/417/428.87001/24. At Willesden were
Working Trans-Pennine services an October 25th were 47422 on the
08.50 LiverpoolNewcastle,47421 on the 1050 Liverpool -Newcastle,
45128 the 12.00 Newcastle-Liverpool and 47402 the 13.42 Liverpool-Newcastle.
Noted at Peterborough on September 12th were-:
47094/219.31417 and 449 worked the 1045 Liverpool-Yarmouth.
Noted at Tinsley an the 'Family Open Day" on September 20th were:-
Class 45's are still making appearances on passenger services.45107
worked the 10.38 Poole-Newcastle through Sheffield an October 9th.45141
worked the 07.22 Sheffield-Liverpool on October 15th and 45107 the
1600 Sheffield-London HST service.
Other HST substitute workings have been worked by 47619 on the
13.25 Newcastle-Plymouth through Sheffield on October 9th,47469 on
the 0753 Plymouth-Newcastle on October the 10th and 47618 the 15.25
Newcastle-Plymouth the same day. October the 11th saw 47628 work the
11'.45 Plymouth-Newcastle, while on October 15th the 06.57 Newcastle-Plymouth
was headed by 47629,the 0925 Newcastle-Bristol by 47542 and the
07.53 Plymouth-Newcastle by 47621. On the same day 47534 headed the
1525 Newcastle-Plymouth and 47648 the 15.04 Bristol-Newcastle,
altogether not a very good day for HST's.
On October the 10th Sheffield United ran a Footex to Manchester
City and was headed by 47490(not a class 08 and brake van as
diagrammed. The same day 47413 worked the 12.22 Sheffield-Liverpool. Sunday
October 11th saw the 1110 KX-Leeds worked by 31432.
Noted at Doncaster on October 13th was 31134 hauling a failed DMU on
the 2114 Cleethorpes-Sheffield.
October 15th saw the HST working the 1710 York-Cardiff (Power Cars-
43128,43028) fail outside Sheffield station, and being rescued by
45007.The train was terminated at Sheffield somewhat short of it's
Another DMU failure occurred on October the 20th when the 1514
Cleethorpes-Sheffield failed in the Scunthorpe area and was rescued
by 20083,arriving at Sheffield an hour late, and yet another on
October 26th when the 1707 York-Doncaster via Selby failed and
arrived in Doncaster 63 mins late behind 37303.On the same day 31250
headed the 16.02 Ipswich-Sheffield. The following day 47357 headed a
Sheffield Wednesday Footex to Barnsley.
November the 8th saw 47588 on the 11.10 RX-Leeds, 47569 the 12.10
KX-Leeds, and 47447 and Green/Cream West Highland stock on the 1335
KX-York. 47277/366. 56099 were On Peterborough stabling point on
Also at Doncaster 47157 was, seen at the head of the 1050 Penzance-Edinbrough
after 47442 caught fire at Sheffield.
On November 11th 47318 replaced failed 31403 an the 15.45
A string of charter trains headed from the North East to Kings Cross
on November 14. 47633 worked from Dunston, 47458 from
Scarborough.47466 from Darlington,47477 from Newcastle, 47549 from
Halifax, 47657 from Redcar,47654 from Morpeth. Return workings were
as follows-: 47655 to Scarbarough, 47426 to Dunston, 47633 to
Darlington,47549 to Newcastle,47466 to Halifax,47542 to Redcar and
47457 to Morpeth. Just like the old days at the blocks!
Chartered to West Yorkshire from Birmingham was a special headed by
50020 'Revenge' carrying several Pennine members. A certain person
and his two Herbert Offspring can vouch that the loco was omitting
plenty of noise ascending Sheepbridge bank towards Dronfield!.
Also on November the 14th a Derby to Newcastle Footex was headed by
47536.On the same day 45115 headed a Rotherham-Doncaster Footex.
The following day 47401 worked the 1335 KX-York and on November the
17th 47116 hauled a failed DMU on the 16.42 Sheffield-Leeds. The day
after saw 37098 and another failed DMU on the 10.18 Sheffield-Leeds. On
the same day 20104/113 and DMU worked the 16.42 Sheffield-Leeds.
Thanks go to Messrs Caddick, Slater, Gossan, Wesley, Barclay.
CHRISTMAS PRESENT LIST
ROBIN SKINNER - BOTTLE OF BENYLIN - TO EASE ALL THE CONGESTION.
JOHN SANDERSON - A NEW WATCH - FOR THE 8 O'CLOCK PROMPT STARTS
TONY CADDICK - £25 - THEN HE CAN BUY OUT SHEFFIELD UNITED BEFORE
ROBERT MAXWELL DOES
ABDUL WATTS (JIM) - A TRIP TO ST. TRINIAN'S - THAT PLACE IS FULL OF
DAVE BLADEN - A MEET WITH GARY NUMAN TO TEACH HIM HOW TO FLY.
PETE WESLEY - AN ORDNANCE SURVEY MAP OF BEIGHTON.
TONY NEEDHAM - - A PART IN A PEPSI-COLA ADVERT - THEN HE CAN MEET HIS
IDOL, MICHAEL JACKSON.
DAVE WHITLAM - A PART IN "ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES" - HE LIKES RODDERS
EDITOR - A PART IN "ALLO ALLO" - HE LIKES YVETTE!
PENNINE QUIZ No 51
ANSWERS WERE 1) Bath Green Park,2) Tulyar,3) Evening Star,4)
Portsmouth Harbour,5) Goole,(5) Dibatag,7) Exeter St Davids,8)
Starcross,9) Snowdon,10) Temeraire,11) Fort Willian,12)
Britannia,13) City Of Wells,14) Royal Scots Grey,15) Lincoln
Central,16) Scarborough,17) Zulu,18) Active,19) Bristol Temple
1st Prize - P. Slater, 2nd Prize I. Shenton, 3rd Prize - K. King.
PENNINE QUIZ No.52 BY TONY CADDICK
Try your luck at the Grand Christmas Quiz. Entries to Ed by beginning
of March please.
1) Who is the Sector Director of Network South East?
2) Name Class 50 no. 50040.
3) What was the standby loco on the Deltic Scotsman Farewell
4) Which is the new station on the Bradford Forster Square-Shipley
Line opened September 1987?
5) What is the class no. of the new "Thameslink" EMU's?
6) Which Preserved railway is the new owner of Class,25 no. 25059?
7) Name A4 Pacific no. 60027.
8) Which MP, a self confessed railway fanatic has recently published
9) The Class 155 Sprinter DMU's are built by who?
10) Which new station in Blackpool opened this year?
11) In which year did the last London tram run?
12) Name class 47654.
13) How long is Blea Moor Tunnel?
14) In the current B.R. all system timetable which table details
15) Name class EM2 27003.
16) Name the Birmingham station for services to Stratford on Avon
and Leamington Spa?
17) Who is the present Minister of Transport?
18 Which Pullman service serves the Fylde coast?
19) Which class 86 electric loco was recently repainted in '1966
Electric Blue Livery?
20) Name class 33112.
21) How many power signal boxes control the line from Kings X to
22) What is the present fine for malicious use of the
23) In the current B.R. all system timetable what service does table
24) At which event was class 3714 no. 37420 "The Scottish Hosteller'
25) What is the new Railfreight depot symbol for Tinsley Depot
26) Name 'Jubilee' class loco no. 45663.
27) Which TV personality presents the British programme in the BBC
"Great Railway Journeys Of The World"?
28) Name Class 203 "Hastings" motor coach no. 60014.
29) On which preserved railway would you find Rolvenden Station?
30) What is the BR 'TOPS' number for S.R. Loco 34092 'City
31) Name I.C.125 power car no.43142.
32) Which is the 150th B.R. station to open or re-open since the
Beeching cuts of the
33) Which Class 40 now carries the name 'Atlantic Conveyor'?
34) On which line is Uphall Station?
35) Which world famous bridge celebrated it's centenary this year
in a gigantic firework display?
36) In which county is Berwick?
37) Name 'Western' class no. D1066?
38) What is the former no. of departmental loco no. 97201
39) On which preserved railway does 'Deltic' no. 55019 now reside?
40) Between which two stations does "The Hebridean" run?
MEETINGS LIST No.1 January-March 1988
Pennine Railway Society meetings are held on the lst and 3rd Tuesday
of each month at The Corporation Brewery Taps, Cleveland Street,
Doncaster, commencing at 19.45.
Tuesday 5th.January - 1988 Jack Davis
Tuesday I9th.January 1988 - Andrew Watts
Tuesday 2nd.February 1988 - Rhys Jones
Tuesday 16th.February 1988 - Keith Marshall
Tuesday lst. March 1988 - Keith Brown
Tuesday 15th.March 1988 - Trevor Dean
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Sunday 17th.January 1988 Corporation Brewery Taps,12.00-14.00.
This is your chance to have your say in the running of the Society.
FIXTURES LIST No.1 1988
Saturday 23rd January 1988 - Crewe Works 10.30
PR4-88/1 Meet West Street Entrance 10.20
Price to be confirmed.
Sunday 21st.February 1988 - Doncaster Works 14.00
Meet Plant Hotel Entrance 13.50
Members £2.75 ; Non-Members £3.00
All bookings to me enclosing a stamped addressed envelope.
Cheques/Postal Orders to be made payable to the PENNINE RAILWAY
Dave Whitlam-Fixtures Secretary