No.65 - Autumn 1988
Welcome to the Autumn edition of "Trans Pennine". At a time when
there. is so much happening at present in the network with new
electric units, the class 89's and 91's in the spotlight and
Sprinter units, the new generation DMU's making headlines in more
ways than one, there has certainly been much change in BR since the
end of steam more than twenty years ago. Steam played it's part for
almost a hundred and fifty years and it has been said could still
play it's part, albeit in a smaller way an the current system.
There are several lines currently operated by DMU's and Sprinters
that could still be served by steam. Tourism is a major part of
Britain's industry these days and BR plays It is part whether it, or
David Mitchell, likes it or not. The number of steam hauled specials
currently running on BR metals and the numbers of enthusiasts and
non-enthusiasts that turn out to see them speak for themselves.
Was therefore, BR's desire to see steam's demise a little premature?
The debate still continues.
PENNINE QUIZ No. 54
Six brave members attempted the last quiz with resolute
determination and all got within two correct of each other, would
Answers were :- 1) City of Truro, 2) 45675 Hardy, 3) 6B Mold Jcn, 4)
Moreton (Dorset), 5) The Lakes (Table 71), 6) 43095 Heaton, 7) 50040
Centurion, 8) Glasgow Shields, 9) Turkey Street, 10) Par, 11)
Brontes of Haworth, 12) Kenilworth, 13) 27B Aintree, 14) J36 65217
'French', 15) Formby, 16) Glorious Devon, 17) Bittern(e), 18)
Selhurst, 19) D600 Active, 10) 30930 Radley.
1st John Dewing, 2nd P. Slater, 3rd M. Bell.
NOTES FROM THE COMMITTEE
As I compose these briefs from my office desk, the sun is beaming
through the window, the larks are singing sweetly, my girls
are smiling merrily, Leeds are losing heavily, the pubs are open all
day, the Indian Summer is welcome here, but our cricketers aren't
welcome there. The Postmen have removed their sacks from over their
heads, that's why you can read these good words.
On a personal note I welcome David. Bladen back to Yorkshire, his
truly adopted home after having spent too long in Luton (plastic
pitch) plastic glasses, plastic beer, plastic place). Sad to report
the entry into Works of Mexborough Mafia Member, Tony Needham - best
wishes for a speedy recovery - poor lad can only drink Wards.
Slide competition approaching - 4th October. Bring along your
four best railway slides if you do not want to win - if you want to
win, bring some rubbish - see Tony Caddick or Andrew Watts for
advice. Cash prizes and plaques available.
See the social calendar at the rear of the magazine for dates of our
sensational PENNINE SHIELD quiz - better than watching girders rust
(apologies to German Frauleins) Pennine never win.
Robin Skinner now based at Lincoln. Sheffield breathes again;
Doncaster celebrates; Lincoln evacuates. Apologies to ER Staff
Society for the projector tor blow up at the recent Social evening.
Uncle Dave Whitlam took responsibly. John Sanderson took his hook.
Must sign off - phone rings (new delivery of canes).
ALL OUR YESTERDAYS
Twenty years ago last month saw the end of steam services on British
Rail. Sightings and workings over that period have been put together
to mark this anniversary.
August 3rd, 1968 saw Preston station unusually thronged with railway
enthusiasts to witness the end of steam as they saw it. The
following day's tours were artificial steam for this was the real
end. The 20.48 to Blackpool South and the 21.35 to Liverpool
Exchange were to be the last scheduled steam hauled services. Black
5 45212 arrived light from Lostock Hall, to work forward to
Blackpool on the rear portion of the train from London Euston. The
Carlisle portion had departed behind a diesel and with it's every
move, every hiss, every clank recorded, on film and tape, the Black
5 backed onto it's train.
The seconds ticked by, a whistle, a hoot, some wheel slip, much
flashing of night photography and the train was gone. Now it was
really it. The Blackpool train having gone meant the
Glasgow-Liverpool train really was the last.
Another Black 5 45318 awaited it's arrival. The Type 4 diesel
arrived, and duly departed to Manchester leaving the Liverpool
portion to be headed by the steam loco, for the last time. The train
was packed, and more, and with much smoke roaring out of the
chimney, cheering of the flocks left on the platform, the history
making train headed into the night.
At Liverpool, Exchange station sounded like a cathedral with "Auld
Lang Syne" and "God Save Steam" booming out and echoing off the
splendid roof. People jostled to inspect the cab, talk to the crew,
even get their autograph's, and soon, all too soon, it was all over,
Steam as we knew it had finished.
August 11th saw the very last steam hauled service of all run on BR.
It was the famous Fifteen Guinea Special run from Liverpool and
Manchester. to Carlisle and back. The train left Liverpool behind
Black 5 45110 which worked as far as Manchester where "Britannia"
70013 "Oliver Cromwell" took over to Carlisle. On the return leg
Black 5's 44871 and 44781 worked throughout. Every platform, every
bridge and every field was full and bursting to witness the very
last steam hauled train. The scenes back at Liverpool likened those
witnessing the local football team retuning from a Wembley victory.
But soon it was all over and steam left Lime Street for the very
But even now steam was not yet finished, for "Britannia" 70013,
after running light engine from Carlisle to Lostock Hall, after
hauling the previously mentioned special, then ran light engine
overnight to Norwich en-route to Bressingham for preservation.
As if steam would never die July 29th saw the 09.15 Prest
on-Windermere fail when Brush 4 D1855 succumbed and was replaced by
Black 5 45110 which worked the return working the 11.00
Windermere-Euston back to Preston. On July 30th the 09.00
Windermere-Morecombe DMU failed and was rescued by Black 5 44896.
Steam was like a human being it laughed and it cried for over a
hundred years but steam now, has sadly died.
The working by a 12 car Swindon Intercity DMU on a summer Saturday
Paddington-Weston Super Mare service now appears to be a regular
turn, A second DMU turn seems to be the 08.50 Paddington-Minehead
and return 13.00 Minehead-Paddington. Previously a 'Hymek' turn the
DMU replacement obliviates the need for run round facilities at
On July 28 -two excursions from Weston Super Mare and. Bristol to
Hastings were worked by Brush 4's D1611 and D1649. The trains
travelled by Old Oak, Kensington Olympia, Clapham, East Croydon and
August ?4th saw Black 5 45428 seen at Belper heading for Tyseley. A
week later 44888 was exhibited at Derby Works Open Day and September
13th saw 48773 towed from Rose Grove to Bridgnorth for the Severn
The prototype Brush "Kestrel was employed on tests trains between
Derby and Crewe, then to Nuneaton and back to Derby via Leicester.
Remaining Metrovick 'Co-Bo's no's D5701/2/5-8/11/12/14/16/17/9 were
withdrawn on September 7th. During August former WR 0-6-0 diesels
D9506/13/22 and 31 were noted at Arnott Young's scrapyard at
Parkgate and cutting up had already started.
HOOVERING THE CORNISH CARPET
It happens about as often as the appearance of Halley's comet,
or about as often as an England Test Victory, or as often as Chief
buying a round.
It is the sighting of 50149 working a train, as opposed to playing
dead at Laira, which is apparently it's most popular pastime. Well
this never to be forgotten event was one of the highlights of a
fortnight's holiday recently taken on the Isle of Wight
(sorry, habit) in Cornwall.
Having been fortunate enough to a) afford a holiday and b) be
blessed with -what apparently is going to be the best weather since
February, a couple of aims that I'd set myself for this holiday were
actually achieved. One was to obtain, a photograph of the. elusive
Class 50/1 working, another was to try and find the shot off the
mountain at Golant on the Fowey branch, and possibly the third most
difficult: was to photograph any class 50 working a passenger train
Having not yet been able to obtain any Class 50 diagrams at, the
time of going an holiday, it was a case of cover the train and see
what produced but this, I was soon to learn was most frustrating
when trying to set a particular photograph and only a handful of
loco hauled trains to get them from.
The first shot which I was after was Penadlake viaduct north of
Bodmin Parkway station, which involves a bike up a mountainside, but
it is most worthwhile for its views of the surrounding area, and for
both photographing a Class- 50 and hearing it work flat out. So I
duly covered the 10.17 Penzance-Manchester (remembering I had no
diagrams so knew not what to expect) and lo and behold I was Justly
rewarded with 47645.. Ah ha, so that's the game is it, I thought.
Find the spot, wait for the sun, and along cows a duff. Well off
I went f or the Bodmin Parkway from the field shot. Sure enough,
plenty of time, chase the spot, the sun disappears and..... One
thing I have. become accustomed to and can quite categorically,
guarantee, If you're waiting to photograph a train that could
be a duff, or could be a 50, and the sun disappears one and a half
minutes before the train comes, then it's a 50!!.
And that's exactly what happened. Thick cloud abounds and 50020
making an almighty row as it leaves Bodmin. Parkway. So having
decided that things were looking up, well, apart from the
weather, I headed for Lostwithiel. On arrival there, the sun came
out and that's when. I started to worry. Sod's law mentioned
above works In reverse and having flagged off the
Penzance-Liverpool, eagerly awaited, , well certainly expected
further great multi-coloured strumming dust carts on the following
Penzance-Paddington and Paddington-Penzance services.
At that point the sun vanished again and I knew English Electric
power would show its face again. 50031 and 50010 respectively. So I
was to photograph Class 50's in Cornwall after all, and with
semaphores, but in the sun-well that's asking too much!
Off down, to Par for the shot of a down train coming into the
station with semaphores. The Liverpool-Penzance was due, the peg was
pulled off, the sun came out. (would it be 520? 587? 624?). As I
pressed the shutter I rediscovered my belief in the almighty and
decided I wasn't an atheist after all. I never knew I could do
handstands, cartwheels and somersaults but. the sight of 50039 in
the sun made up for all prior disappointments.
At that point I decided that I'd better not push my luck too
far (and that I'd better get the family to the hotel) so I headed
for the tropical climes of St. Ives.
With next to no loco hauled services on the main line in the week
nowadays, the rest of the week was spent holiday making. The
following Saturday however, I headed out to chase some more 50's.
First stop was Penwither's Jcn, Truro for the 11.17
Penzance-Newcastle and was rewarded for 50012. Burngullow provides a
good shot in both directions particularly on the up direction as you
are also rewarded with hearing the loco's flat out on the climb from
Truro to St. Austell. Today might have been my lucky day as the
expected wreck on the 1202 Penzance-Liverpool didn't produce and the
more than welcome sight of 50031 made an impressive sight and sound
storming round the curve and through. the remains of Burngullow
station. The following Penzance--Paddington produced 50016 and when
50003 appeared an the 09.02 Paddington-Penzance, all in the sun,
then I knew my luck was in.
A quick storm down to Chasewater followed to try and make the
Penzance-Old Oak vans and just having time to bail out of the car
was rewarded with 50021 and the customary two vans. All this and it
wasn't even my birthday!
Now tin mine pumping houses are a relic of a bygone age which are
scattered all over Cornwall., particularly around St. Austell,
Redruth and Camborne. Unfortunately, very few are situated near
enough to the railway line to include them in a photograph. The best
example, though is that of the old Hallenbeagle mine, Great Wheal
Busy Siding, Scorrier between Truro and Redruth. A fine shot can be
had of something heading west and I was rewarded with 50015 on the
08.35 Liverpool-Penzance this provided a fine end to a definitely
better than average day.
During the following week I decided that if there were no 50's to be
had I would go out 'photting' the china clays. Heading for
Lostwithiel I managed to get the required shot at Golant on the
Fowey branch, albeit a 37 rather than a 50. Heading back
to Lostwithiel I was amazed to find 50046 on a ballast train which
it promptly ran round. A quick Nigel Mansell impression up to
Cutmadoc a couple of miles north assured me of another shot - a real
bonus. By the time I returned to Lostwithiel that Scarlet Pimpernel
of locos 50149 was in the process of shunting China Clay wagons into
the down sidings. Unfortunately it promptly ran light engine In the
opposite direction, and I was, told it would not return until
at least tea tine. Maybe I thought I might catch it later on
at Par or St. Blazey so my hopes were not dashed altogether yet.
Next stop was Treesmill, between Trevarran tunnel and Par', to phot
the Penzance-Glasgow vans and the Penzance-Old Oak Common vans.
Here again The class 50's appeared in the disguise of 47544 and
47438. My immediate reaction, having, missed 50149, and the vans not
even producing class 50's was to head straight back to St. Ives. But
whether it was the thought of missing 50149 on film or the horrific
thought of two three year old Herberts leaping all over me shouting
and bawling, urged me to continue in search for the shot that would
be Jack's number one in November. A short drive to Par and what's
running round a train of china clays ready to storm westwards , but
Now being one of the lucky few who drives a company car and just
paying for petrol on holidays enables me to stop inside 3 feet
mounting a 6 foot kerb without, considering tyre burn or sudden
bumps that may unexpectedly appear. So the car was duly dumped on
the spot, camera grabbed and shot secured, a lousy one I must admit,
but a shot none the less of the elusive beast. As it was probably
the last time I'd see it in action, I was a well pleased with such a
fitting end to the day.
The day before returning home was the final fling of the holiday to
try and get a few more 50's on film. I'd decided to stay In West
Cornwall and obtain a few shots around Penzance and Marazion.
Canons Town between St. Erth and Marazion, was chosen for the first
attempt and so I duly covered the 11.17 Penzance-Newcastle, which
had produced a 50 on the previous two Saturday's. The sun's
disappearance persuaded me the camera would be used on this
train for a third successive week and sure enough 50007 was -seen
for the first time during the holiday. Marazion station, or the
remains it was the next stop to cover the 12.30 Penzance-Paddington
and I was rewarded with 50040. Back to Canons Town, (different
bridge) for the Penzance-Old Oak vans and the hat-trick was on.
After flagging off the Milton Keynes a short wait resulted in 50042
on the vans. I returned to Marazion for the nice sweeping. curve
westbound and the 09.02 Paddington-Penzance, clouds galore so a 100
per-cent certainty for a '.Hoover' and I was not to be disappointed
as 50025 appeared running very early.
After picking up other parties at St. Erth, who had decided that
Hoover bashing was not quite what a, holiday in Cornwall was all
about, we headed northwards as we were staying, near Liskeard that
night before the Journey home on the Sunday. Redruth was chosen as
the spot to cover the 08.35 Liverpool-Penzance, the last train of
the day, and right on cue the perfect ending to a superb holiday
appeared In the shape of 'Rodders' storming westwards.
The Journey home seemed a long long depressing end to a most
enjoyable fortnight, three days chasing 50's from Bodmin right down
to Penzance with some memorable sound effects as well as
photographic spots. Cornwall is a marvellous place for a holiday,
and while. there is still the chance for photting 50's a must for
keen enthusiasts. The long tiring drive is forgotten at the site of
a Hoover storming. out of Bodmin Parkway, or up the gradient into
Liskeard. But to those of you who prefer chasing the sun and some
foreign holiday, well give my regards to the Air Traffic
PENNINE OBSERVERS NOTES
Class 50's, 'although becoming increasingly unpopular with Laira
depot, are still being turned out on West of England services, as
well as still monopolising the Paddington-Oxford services and the
Waterloo-Exeter services. Departures from Paddington an July
2nd were powered as follows :- 06.00 Manchester, 50034, 06.25
Paignton 50026, 08.17..Paignton 50044, 08.20 Oxford 50032, 08.42
Newbury 50031, 0902 Penzance 50037, 1017 Oxford 50030, 12.15
Oxford 50019, 13.07 Newbury 47627, 13.15 Oxford 50032, 14.15
Oxford 50017, 15.15 Oxford 50030, 17.02. Hereford. 50026, 17.50
Oxford, 50032, 19.05 Oxford 50031, 23.20 Oxford 50030. Also an the
same day 50021 headed the 0905 Paignton-Paddington, 50026 the 1025
Paignton-Padd, and 50044 the, 1500 Paignton-Cardiff. "Hoovers" out
of Penzance were 50041 on the 08.17 Glasgow, 50007 the 12.30 Padd,
50045 worked the 07.07 Plymouth-Glasgow as far as Birmingham.
The following day-saw 50021 on the 09.45 Oxford7-Paddington, 50020
the 16.05 Oxford-Padd,, 50009 the last 15.40 Gloucester-Padd 'vans,
50031 the 16.10 Oxford-Padd, 50032 the 17.35,Word-Padd, and
50021~the 17.10 Padd-Oxford.
July the 9th resulted in a mixed bag of 50's and 47's on the West
of England trains. 50037 headed the 08.17 Padd-Paignton,47661 the
08.42 Padd-Newbury, 50017 the
Padd-Penzance, 47534 the 09.05 Paignton-Padd 50024the 12.05
The Berks and Hants line sees surprisingly plentiful stone traffic
on -Summer Saturdays with
~56056/59/63/74 heading such trains on July 9th,
50032/4/5 are seeing almost unbroken
service on the Padd-Oxford workings as they were all seen. again an
July 30th saw the rare event of a Class 50 failure' when 50025
failed on the 10.25 Paignton-Padd, prior to departure and was
assisted throughout by 50016. 50030 worked the 08.17 Padd-Paignton
and 50037 the 09.02 Padd-Penzance. Sunday the 21st August
saw till Padd-Oxford's class 50 hauled, such is Old Oak's
determination not to share Laira's desire not to
use the popular loco's. 50026/29/30/32/34 shared the services ,with
50033 heading the 10.05 Padd-Bristol and 14.20 Bristol-Paddington return and 50022 the 10.19 Penzance-Paddington.
August Bank Holiday Monday proved to be a Class 47 day it, the"
West of England. `4.7613 headed the 07.07 P1ymout h- Aberdeen, 47468 the 07.40 Padd-Plymouth and
return 15.10 Plymouth-Paddington, 47622 the 05.55
Penzance-Liverpool, 47575 the 07.20 Penzance-Glasgow, 47557 the
15.55 Paignton-Paddington additional and 47519 the 14.10 Penzance-Padd
additional, The only break In the class 47 takeover
bid was 50003 which worked the 08.45 Paignton-Glasgow.
A bomb scare at Newport station an 22 July delayed services for
nothing was found. 47484 headed the 15.18 York-Plymouth and 37430
headed a Crewe-Cardiff service on this date. The following day saw 47445 head the
taken from Cardiff by 47639. 50004 was at Cardiff an 23rd July on an
unidentified service at
about 18.30. Canton hosted the following loco's on July 23rd/24th:
37207 was seen at Carmarthen and 08422, 37263/694 at Radyr.
proved to be probably the best summer Saturday this year with
being plentiful. 45103 headed the 08. 05 Newcastle-Weymouth, 45110
the 09. 19 Bristol-York, 45107 the 09.17 Padd-York, and 45046 the 14.33 York-Taunton. Also 31309
"Cricklewood" was unusual power on the 11. 18 York-Cardiff f.
20056/90 worked the 10.15
Skegness-Sheffield and 20189/17(3 the 12.54 Skegness-Derby. The
45126 worked the 08.05 Newcastle-Weymouth, the last recorded Peak to
work this train.
20054/183 worked the Skegness-Derby. and 47112 the 11. 10
Poole-York. M0st unusual on
July 16th was 37689 which headed a 10.00 Yarmouth-Leeds Additional.
the Skegness-Sheffield service. July 23rd also saw a Class 31
failure with 31463
succumbing on the 16.20 York-Birmingham service near Sheffield, to
be rescued by
31459. The following Saturday saw 31450/446 work the 06.16
Bristol-York and 41584 the
09. 17 Padd-York. On August 20th 47204 worked the 10. 42
Skegness-Leeds and 47226 the
09.17 Padd-York, whilst 47207 worked the 09.10 Weymouth-Newcastle
and 47311 the 15.52
Yarmouth-Leeds. Once the plague of Deltic fans 47411 worked the
Siding 'Trip Freight' in place of the usual pair of 20's on August
24th but five days
later was on main line duty when it headed the 09. 19 Bristol-York
and 16.20 York- Birmingham. A shortage of Class 150/2 Sprinters at Newton Heath has
led to loco
hauled trains on Manchester-Blackpool services. August 9th saw 31223
on the 13.32
Blackpool-Manchester and 47339 an the 13.50 Manchester-Blackpool on
the 12th. The
18th saw 47317 head the 12.58 Blackpool-Manchester and 47051 the
13.32 B 1 Blackpool-Manchester.
July 3rd. saw 08632, 37888 and 56085 at Appleby Frodingham
steelworks. July 10th
found Frodingham playing host to 20096/145/146/185/203/225, 31328,
37153, 47379 and
56047. 'Peaks' worked right to the end with 97413 seen at Harbury
on July 25th. Noted
working the Liverpool-Newcastle services on the sane day,
47424/443/4. The 30th saw
47448 and 47561 on "Trans Pennines". A4 Pacific 'Mallard' worked a
steam special an this date. The same day saw 08879, 20098/126/228,
97410/12/13 at Tinsley. On August 5th 08441, 56113/126/127 were at Sunderland South
Dock, whilst three days later Blyth Depot hosted 08421,
Class 89 No. 89001 is seeing regular use on the 08.20 Kings
Cross-Leeds and Leeds-Kings Cross, although it, is restricted
to 100 mph working, due to having a barrier
vehicle in its formation.
Class 47's are being repainted in 'Railfreight Grey' livery at the
old Dairycoates Depot, Hull. Approximately 2 per week are being
outshopped , and 47085/113/119/185/193/5/6/324 have recently
undergone the change. Class 56's are not commonplace at Hull but
56064 worked onto King George Dock and Saltend at Hull
on August 17th and an unknown 56 worked a Speedlink service to Priory
Sidings at Hull, on August 23rd.
As previously mentioned Class 50's still do the lion's share of
work on the Waterloo-Exeter services. July 3rd saw 50002 work the
08.35 Basingstoke-Paignton, 50038 the 08.20 Salisbury-Waterloo and
14.10 Waterloo-Exeter, 50045 the 09.40 . Exeter-Waterloo and
the12.20.Exeter-Waterloo, 33112 worked the-10.20
Salisbury-Basingstoke and 33114 the 12.20 ex Salisbury.
July 30th saw 47660 head the 1105 Brighton-Plymouth while 50002
worked the 13.10 Waterloo-Exeter, 50029 the 1417 Exeter-Waterloo and
50007 the 15.10 Waterloo-Exeter.
August 29th.saw 50009 head the 1220 Exeter- Water loo, 50002, the
1310 Waterloo-Exeter, 50043 the 14.20 Exeter-Waterloo and 33021 the
Plenty of `Roarers' were in evidence at Preston in Early August with
the 08.45 Paignton-Glasgow on August 9th and 85025 working
a northbound Motorail. The
next day saw 85010 an the 11.14 Manchester-Edinburgh, 85023 the 08.45
and. 85036 on a southbound Motorail. The 11th found 85003 on the
10.35 Euston-Stranraer, 85011 an the 07.07 Plymouth-Glasgow and 85035 on a
northbound Motorail. The 12th
saw 85011.on the Stranraer service and 85026 ex Paignton service.
Thanks go to Eskers Dewing, Tyas, Caddick, Slater, Gossan and
Try your hand at this latest quiz which has a slightly different
format. An imaginary Journey has taken place, including 20
deliberate mistakes. These are the answers to the quiz, pick them
out and good luck!
On an August Saturday this year I decided to traverse the West of
England main line from Paddington to Penzance. I arrived at the London
terminus in plenty of time to board the 09.02 departure and was
delighted to walk up the platform, to find Class 50 number 50013
'Agincourt' at. the head of the train, which consisted of ten
'Network' liveried Mark I coaches. Right on time we departed and
after crossing over the maze of points we were soon heading
westwards. We soon passed Southall, With the old. steam shed, later
diesel multiple unit shed standing deserted on the right hand side.
We passed a 3 car DMU on a local service heading towards London,
before the windows vibrated to an HST also heading towards London.
We sped through the stations of West Drayton, Ivor, Langley and
Slough and within a short time we passed Twyford and then
Maidenhead, before storming non-stop through Reading.
After leaving the Oxford and Bristol/South Wales lines behind we
headed west and soon slowed for the stop at Newbury. To the west
of Newbury, the Kennet and Avon canal runs adjacent to the line for
a time, and as we passed through Hungerford, the old loop to the
east of the station on the right hand side now up lifted.
Passing the aptly named Froxfield. Bottom lock, the canal provides
the line for some time, but soon, the two part company and we speed
via the Westbury
avoiding line, through Castle Cary, where the Weymouth-Bristol line
Crosses over the old Great Western Main line. Cogload Junction has now disappeared
with the old four
tracks into Taunton now reduced to two, but, again for a short
distance the canal is
picked up an the left. A short stop was made at Taunton before we
towards the 'Cornish Riviera Coast' the tight schedule allowing 31
to Exeter. Past Cowley Bridge Junction and into Exeter St. Davids'
where there was a Class 33 standing in for a Class 50 on a
On the stabling paint was 50040 'Leviathan' and a Railfreight Class
31. As we
approached my favourite stretch of line, the sea wall section from
Dawlish to Teignmouth, we passed a northbound HST, then the famous
camping coaches at Dawlish
Warren, before passing Starcross, Dawlish, with it's sandstone cliffs
Teignmouth. At Newton Abbot, we passed 'Network liveried 50033
"Glorious" which was
running light engine towards Exeter. The old shed and works
stood idle before we
the scheduled two minute stop. After passing Totnes and climbing
Rattery we dropped
down towards Plymouth passing Laira depot the old 83A where
several 47's, 50's
and DMU's were present. With Plymouth behind us, we crossed over
Brunel's' magnificent rail
bridge dating back to 1850 and crossed into Cornwall. Passing
through the stations of
St. Germans and Menheniot we stopped at Liskeard before catching a
glimpse of our
first lower quadrant signal since leaving the Capital.
down through Bodmin
Parkway and Lostwithiel with the Fowey branch on the left and we are
Lostwithiel station still holds much of the old GWR character with
the old goods shed
on the right and semaphores abound. China Clay traffic is heavy an
several trains going down the branch to Fowey for discharging into
shipment. Par. is soon reached with the old roundhouse an the
right playing host to
08and a 47. As we passed through Par, a loco hauled passenger train
was slowly moving its way off the Newquay branch and we soon passed through St.
Austell on our way to
Truro, junction for the Falmouth branch. The old steam shed has been
long gone and its site now holds industrial buildings. Penwithers Junction is
where the Falmouth
branch, leaves the main line. Redruth and Camborne are soon
reached with ruined tin
mines dotting the area. A brief stop at Hayle before crossing the
short viaduct and
the almost as short journey to St. Erth Junction for the
beautiful St. Ives branch.
The creamery on the right saw regular milk trains to Kensington
right through steam
days, Westerns and 50's. A regular train was the 1915 to Kensington
last worked by a 50 with large logo 50043.
The Journey was now almost over, we were on the last lap and
Penzance was next stop, we passed St. Michaels mount on the left and
Ponsandine HST depot on the right, on the site of the former stem
shed, after passing the Junction for Marazion Quay a few minutes
earlier. Penzance was reached, right on time at 14.41 and we were at
the end of the. line. Two Class 50's nos 50012/47 stood an the
stabling paint and I said farewell to 50013 before leaving the
Heading a four car Hull-Manchester Piccadilly express through
Chinley on 3rd.August 1982 is Albion engined BR Swindon built Class
124 TRANS-PENNINE Motor Composite No.E51965.
MEETINGS LIST No.4 SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER 1988
All meetings are held at the Corporation Brewery Taps, Cleveland
Street, Doncaster, and commence at 20-00 hrs (8pm) prompt. All
welcome - bring a friend - buy the Treasurer a drink.
Tuesday, 4 October - The Annual Pennine Railway Society Slide
Competition. Bring along 4 railway slides, Prizes galore - FREE
Tuesday, 18 October - Paul 'Tucker' Jenkins . Slide show
Tuesday 1 November - Graham Lee . Slide show
Tuesday 15 November - John Patrick Sanderson Esq., Slide show. John
shows 300 of his top quality slides. taken in a
variety of positions at a variety of locations,
on a variety of subjects, over a long period of
time. (Regret none for sale)
Tuesday 6 December
Pennine Shield railway quiz
Tuesday.20 December - Xmas slide show - members slide night. Bring
your slides to entertain us. Eevilities (fun shots)
Thursday 24 November - Hosts Dore Loco Society at Brown Cow,
Tuesday 29 November - Hosts Sheffield Transport Group at
Brewery Taps, Cleveland Street, Doncaster
Tuesday 6 December
- Hosts Pennine Railway Society at the Taps
Thursday 15 December - Hosts South Yorks. Rly. Photo. Soc. at Brown Cow
Sunday 23 October - Doncaster Works 11.00 Meet Plant Hotel
entrance 10.50 hrs. Members £2.75;Non-members £3.00. Re-run of trip PR4-88/2.
If interested please contact Dave Whitlam