No.75 - Spring 1991
NOTES FROM THE COMMITTEE
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The Society's AGM was held in the Corporation Brewery Taps on 6
January 1991. The well-attended meeting re-elected the Committee to
the positions they held at that time (two were on the floor). Yet
again there were no stalking horses or Heselteenies and therefore
your Committee will remain unchanged during 1991.
Members will be delighted to hear that a "winner takes all" raffle
organised by the Landlord was won by our Treasurer, John Sanderson
who always looks forward to AGMs with relish. On receipt of his £40
winnings he quietly offered to buy all members at the meeting a
drink. Unfortunately most had left by that time.
RENEWAL OF MEMBERSHIP FEES
We would like to thank all those members who have renewed their
subscription to the PENNINE RAILWAY SOCIETY for 1991. For those who
have forgotten to renew, or, more likely, been too busy, it is not
too late. Simply send your £3 fee to Tony Caddick, our Membership
Secretary, and you will instantly be rejoined and be sent a much
sought after PRS diary and a map of routes to fourth division
grounds especially for Rotherham, Doncaster, Chesterfield, and
Scarborough supporters, and to Wembley for Sheffield Wednesday fans.
FAREWELL CEC 1L
Sad to see the final demise of former Transport Secretary, the
rubicund Cecil Parkinson, who resigned from the Cabinet following
the defeat of his beloved Leaderene by John Major-Ball, and he will
now also leave Parliament at the next election.
Cecil's epitaph can now read "This time I pulled out early".
PENNINE HEALTH WARNING
TRANS PENNINE is produced by the Pennine Railway Society. The views
expressed are not necessarily those of the Society or Editor.
After a slow start to the 1990 competition, the PENNINE made a
storming finish only to be pipped at the post. Final scores were
Sheffield Transport Group 10.5; SYRPC 10; Dore Loco 10; Pennine 9.5,
with Pennine winning the last round and being joint winners of the
penultimate round. This was our best performance for some years.
Other teams demanded a random drugs test from a Pennine member. Paul
(Chief) Sutton was chosen but unfortunately he could not produce a
sample before closing time at 23.30. Other PRS team members had made
regular sorties to the Gents throughout the evening. What could that
Quote of the Quiz - Robin Skinner "I have never known it so tight at
the end". Wrong Answer of the Quiz - Glyn Gossan "MS&W Wath"
electrics change from electric to diesel power at Lincoln". Wrong
Name of the Quiz - Robin Skinner, referring to our Fixtures
Secretary as David Whittam. Sighting of the Quiz - Geoff Bambrough,
turning up with a damaged, bandaged thumb looking 8" long as a
result of an "industrial injury" (probably trapped in a till). He
declined to give a ',thumbs up" saying that had caused his accident
in the first place.
MEMBERS SLIDE COMPETITION
This popular event was recently held at the Taps when the
audience judge slides entered on the night. A total of 70 slides
were entered and the result was; lst-Gary Stewart; 2nd-Glyn Gossan;
Remarkable features were (a) the number of Class 50 slides entered
(some even showing the locos working) and (b) Les Howell's slides
actually coming 3rd,4th,and 5th, almost emulating the Reverend
Watts' achievement of winning lst,2nd and 3rd prizes a few years
Thanks to Geoff Bambrough, Dave Whittam and Glyn Gossan (who scored
suspicious) for ensuring the evening went off successfully and to
all those who entered slides.
Our ace Doncaster Works guide Neil Taylor announced at the AGM that
most of the yellow high visibility vests purchased by BREL Doncaster
for use by punters touring the Works have at the end of visits
continued walking into cars and coaches thus leaving them with only
a small stock. We have agreed to ask all members attending our
visits to the Works to bring their own yellow vests along with them,
if they own one, to ease the problem. We were going to give you an
address from where you could purchase one if you wanted but the firm
recommended by Gerry Collins, Lincoln, bas just gone broke.
HELLO GRAHAM DAWSON
We would like to say a special hello to Graham Dawson of the Globe
Inn, Sheffield, Pennine's own "one armed bandit" who every time he
sees a Committee member asks when the next issue of TRANS PENNINE
will be published. The Committee have voted him our No 1 reader.
Thank you, Graham, from us all.
BR's abysmal track record in the recent adverse weather was due to '
the intake of snow into electric power units causing motors to short
circuit or burn out completely because of the position of air intake
pipes which suck in huge volumes of air to cool the electric motors.
Pipes are fitted across and underneath with the 2 open ends close to
the ground. one end sucks in air at the rate of 2000 cu ft per
minute and the blasts it (and dirt,debris,and water) out the other
side. The system, introduced 50-60 years ago came unstuck when fine,
powdery snow began to fall. Too light to pass straight through it
sticks to the motor causing electrical failure. Continental train
motors are immune because intake pipes are positioned vertically to
suck air in from the roof. The system has not been introduced by BR
because our trains are narrower and the pipes, each one as wide as a
train seat, would not fit in. Class 317,319,321 sliding door stock
is vulnerable as well as the Inter City 225s on the ECML.
There is hope for commuters as new local Networker trains will have
an enclosed motor generating little heat and therefore not requiring
the same amount of air cooling.
Snow has fallen in the Algerian Sahara for the first time in 30
years complicating the widespread notion that the greenhouse effect
is warming up the earth's atmosphere. Commuters will wonder if the
Sahara snow is playing havoc with the local camel trains.
WELL DONE BR
BR has come in for some stick regarding its unfortunate "wrong type
of snow" announcement resulting in chaos throughout the system, yet
we must not allow to go unmentioned the sterling efforts of BR staff
when confronted by bombs (real and hoaxes) recently. On two Mondays
running BR had to close down access to all major London stations in
literally 10 minutes in the morning rush-hour. The logistics of such
an operation were enormous! Well done and let's hope the Government
bears this in mind when considering the economic effect this has had
on BR which has on several occasions advised passengers not to
travel into London by rail for their own safety.
DUBIOUS ACHIEVEMENTS AWARD - BR CUP FOR PASSENGER CARE
BR wins this award for the sacking of two train stewards on the
Plymouth-London route. They were dismissed for trying to improve the
standard of food. A chef was punished for adding freshly sliced
tomatoes to sparsely filled rolls while a steward got the sack for
selling them. An industrial tribunal ruled that they had been
Ace works Guide Neil Taylor, also the Pennine's real ale expert was
recently spotted in the revamped "The- Howard" in Sheffield
walking around with his usual half pint, also sporting a blue 'The
blue nose was a result of Barry Marshall inviting Neil to
sniff- pool cue chalk (rather toclosely).
HOLE IN ONE
Friends of BR employee Paul Wesley, photographic ace from Mexborough
may wish to ask him about his recent investigation regarding holes
mysteriously appearing in certain panels of Class 156 units. You'll
wet yourself when he tells you!
Welcome to the Spring edition of "Trans Pennine", and I sincerely
hope that when your copy reaches you it is Spring that is upon us
and not more of that dreadful white stuff. Mention has to be made of
the recent atrocities that have taken place in certain of London's
termini station but let us all hope that these are only one-off
On a happier note, you will all be pleased to learn that our
illustrious Honest John is still employed by that fine Mr Betts of
Sheffield City Council, but it is rumoured that he is to be put in
charge of the new Wheely Bins.
Congratulations to the Boys in red and white who have made a
remarkable recovery from their disastrous start to their Division
One campaign and are now well on their way to a play off place.
GRADED GRAINS MAKE FINER FLOUR
Veterans of the Society will remember the MacDougall's Flour advert,
with the cuddly flour grader telling us that graded grains make
finer flour. The resemblance of the gentleman featured in the
photograph above to a flour grader is uncanny. What is more unreal
is his resemblance to a certain Chairman of the PENNINE RAILWAY
SOCIETY who doubles up as Station Manager at Lincoln BR.
THE "SUPER CONTINENTAL"
by P Slater
After my railcar ride across the prairies from Calgary, I continued
my Canadian rail tour on the "Super Continental", which departed
from the main CN station in Edmonton at 8.00am. This was the
Canadian National's cross-Canada express, running daily each way
between Montreal and Vancouver, and on the day I travelled it was an
enormous train of 17 vehicles + baggage car, restaurant car,
buffet/observation car, and the rest either sleeping cars, dayniters
or day coaches - hauled by a triple-unit diesel in black-and-white
livery with a red nose. The train was very well filled; several
sittings were necessary to accommodate all passengers wanting meals
in the restaurant car, and the final sitting for the evening meal
did not start until 10.00pm, by which time many items on the menu
were no longer available. After the evening meal I retired to my
"dayniter",. a comfortable reclining seat on which it was possible
to get quite a good night's sleep. From the front of the train came
the sound of the locomotive horn, mournfully melodious like the
steam locomotive chime whistle on which it was modelled, soothing me
as I dozed and reminding me that I was in a far-off country.
By nightfall the "Super Continental,' had left Kamloops in the
interior of British Columbia having travelled about 500 miles from
Edmonton, at first across farmland and flat wooded country, then
through forested hills, and then over a spectacular stretch through
the Jasper National Park and the Rocky Mountains. I had spent a good
deal of the day's journey admiring the passing scene through the
green-tinted glass of the dome on the upper level of the double deck
buffet/observation car. Although comfortable and well equipped, the
train was by no means fast; the highest speed I recorded was 76mph,
and for much of the time it was travelling at about half that speed,
especially on the curving sections through the mountains. In marked
contrast to British practice, the express was several times switched
into passing loops to leave the single track main line clear for
eastbound freights. Most trains seemed to consist of several dozen
box cars and grain tankers hauled by a pair of black-liveried CN
freight diesels, with a bright red brake van or caboose bringing up
At Jasper I saw the connecting passenger train for Prince George and
Prince Rupert standing on the adjacent track to my train; it looked
very much like a smaller version of the "Super Continental" Also at
Jasper was a Canadian National steam locomotive 4-8-2 no. 6015,
preserved in a small enclosure on the station platform. it fitted
fairly closely to my idea of what a North American express engine
ought to look like; powerful and functional, without too many
accessories, painted plain black with gold lettering and number
plate, and white wheel-rims and running plate. i thought it made a
fine sight against a background. of mountains, with a notable
example of an Indian totem pole nearby.
The "Super Continental" arrived at Vancouver at 8.00am, exactly 24
hours after leaving Edmonton. The last part of the journey had been
in pouring rain alongside the River Fraser, through the industrial
suburbs of Vancouver, past a huge engine shed housing dozens
of freight diesels, and finally into the terminal station
which CN share with the Amtrak service to Seattle. In the yards
outside the station I saw the bright green locomotives and
cabooses of the Burlington Northern Railroad, and during my 3 days
in Vancouver I also saw the dark green diesels of the British
Columbia Railway (formerly Pacific Great Eastern) at the BC station
on the northern outskirts of the city. I returned from
Vancouver to Calgary on the "Canadian", the transcontinental train
of Canadian Pacific, and I will describe this journey in a future
FAREWELL TO THE LAST ROUNDHOUSE
Monday morning, February 11th saw locomotives leaving Barrow Hill
depot for various local pits to work MGR trains for the last time,
as BR closed the depot from this date, with footplate men being
transferred to a new depot at Worksop. This heralded the end of an
era with the closure of BR's last roundhouse.
On February 11th evacuation of the depot and boarding up of the
offices were due to take place, prior to a six month interim period
to see whether a preservation attempt to save the roundhouse is
successful. Either way, the office block is due for demolition more
or less immediately.
I visited the depot on several occasions in recent weeks, which
still stabled a number of locos at weekends, and the roundhouse
always made for interesting photographs, especially when the sun was
out, giving a balance of light and shade.
On January 5th, 58017/45 were inside the roundhouse, with
20163/177/210/4, 56002/26, 58018/27/31/34/47 outside. January 20th
found 20088/194, 56025,58014/19/31/33/37/40/49 stabled, whilst on my
last visit, for some night shots, on the 26th I found 20108/163
20177/215, 56011, 58018/21/5/37/40/43/47 outside with 56022 being
the sole occupant of the roundhouse.
Unfortunately, adverse weather conditions put paid to visiting after
that, especially the last weekend of all, as visits during the week
were not permitted.
Many of us will fondly remember some excellent Open Days held at the
depot in past years, where celebrities such as 'Blue Peter' and
'Kestrel' were great attractions. There was usually a Deltic to be
seen and we all remember the Class 03 cab rides! Happy days
indeed. Never again will a weekend visit to Barrow Hill roundhouse
be on the agenda, but there again let's hope the preservation
attempt succeeds, and then, who knows?
CONGRATULATIONS TO SALISBURY
Salisbury station staff picked up a cheque for £500 after their
station was voted best medium sized station, and Templecombe best
small sized station. Major plus points picked up by the national
judges included excellent customer information, good clear
announcements, and plentiful tourist information -
and, of course, Class 50's !!
Our cover picture shows a diesel railcar on its way to Norwich
approaching Brundall Gardens Halt in 1959. The station received a
first class award in the station gardens competition that year.
Photo ; A. Newcastle-Brown.
PENNINE QUIZ No 65
Hope you enjoyed the slight change in format. The answers we were
looking for were:
1) Knightsbridge, 2) Marble Arch, 3) Paddington, 4) Kings Cross, 5)
Islington, 6) Baker Street, 7) Bank, 8) Holland Park, 9)
Cockfosters, 10) Vauxhall, 11) Royal Oak, 12) Oxford Circus, 13)
Clapham Common, 14) Barbican, 15) Pimlico, 16) Farrington,
17)Marylebone, 18) Shoreditch, 19) Wapping, 20) Shepherds Bush,
21)Blackfriars, 22) Elephant & Castle, 23) Seven Sisters, 24)Golders
Green, 25) Earls Court, 26)Kennaway, Coryton, Phillott, Clerk's and
Parsons, 27)Named after landowners, 28) Special Scotch Express,
29)12/5/1851, 30) 9/9/1848, 31) Inverness/Dingwall-Kyle, 32)1935,
33) 28/3/1964, 34) 1927, 35) 5, 36) Queen Street, 37)1010
Campaigner, 38) D6595, 39) D200, 40)Between Tipton and Walsall in
West Midlands, 41) 30/4/72 42)27/9/35, 43) last Westerns withdrawn,
44) Titfield Thunderbolt, 45)Paddington, 46) 37.6 miles, 47) East
Lancs Railway, 48)Barnstaple-Bideford, 49) Jan 1959, 50) 1961.
Re question 46 leeway has been given as several members said 37.75
and 37.5 miles, but unfortunately, some members answer questions
requiring dates with just the year and these are marked incorrect.
(Controversy, controversy, boo, hiss).
Winners were 1st John Dewing (45), 2nd M Bell (43) and joint 3rd
Barry Marshall and Peter Gardner (Fitsmoor Feet) (41)
PENNINE QUIZ No.66 Editor
Try your hand at this edition's offering based on Isle of Wight
1) Which section of line was the first to open to passenger traffic
and in which year?
2) On what date did the last BR steam train run on the island?
3) Electric traction first operated on Ryde Pier in which year?
4) On what date did ex-London Transport electric stock commence
operation on the Ryde-Shanklin line?
5) In which year did the 02 class steam locos receive their
6) What was the length of Ventnor Tunnel which passed under
St Boniface down?
7) In which year did the Ryde & Newport Railway become part of the
Isle of Wight Central Railway?
8) What was the number of the last operational Stroudley El 0-6-0T
on the island?
9) What was the name of the wharf constructed b), the Ryde & Newport
Railway in 1877?
10)1n which year did the Ryde Pier tramway close ?
11)St John's Road signalbox originally came from where?
12)In. which year was Ryde "New Shed" opened?
13)Where was the 208 yd long tunnel on the island.?
14)Which station served as the alighting point for Osborne house ?
15)Which station is the headquarters of the IOW Steam Railway ?
16 ) What was the name of the bank between Wroxhall and Ventnor ?
17)Which station was 294 ft above sea level ?
18)What was the other name for the
19)On what date did the Sandown-Newport line close?
20)In which year did Wooton station close?
PENNINE OBSERVERS' NOTES
Our thanks to Messrs Payne, Dewing, Caddick, Barclay, Bolland,
Gossan, Collins, and Taylor for the information contained in this
Noted working Victoria-Gatwick services on November 30th were
73201/2/4/6/7/10/12. Class 33 and 47 interlopers still work
Waterloo/Salisbury/Exeter services instead of the Class 50s. 47479
headed the 10.20 Exeter-Waterloo, 33116 the 12.15 Waterloo-Salisbury
on November 30th, with 33101 working the Clapham Jcn-Kensington
Withdrawn 50044 has been replaced by 50046 in the loco pool,
providing another very welcomed opportunity to photograph a large
logo liveried Class 50 on passenger services. Long may it last!.
Horsham continues to see a variety of power providing a welcome
break from EMUs. November 16th saw 09010 head for Selhurst after a
spell as yard pilot. Also 73128 worked light from Three Bridges.
Three days later 09010 returned, presumably after servicing and
light repairs. November 22nd saw 37705 work the Cory oil train and
73119/126 work light to Three Bridges. The same pair worked back
light four days later. 73140 delivered one PHA to the yard on the
27th and 73110 headed light to Three Bridges on the 28th and 29th.
09010 again headed for SU on 30th November, being replaced by 09020
on December 3rd. The following day 37709 headed the Cory oil train.
December 7th saw a visit by 73130 on empty rail flats and 73001 on
the 8th. 73108 and 33027 provided a memorable sight as they worked
towards Ford with loaded Seacows on the 10th, and the 17th found
73101 shunting the yard with 73108 arriving from Three Bridges on
Seacows. December 20th saw 37893 on the Cory oil train and 09020
returning to SU the following day.
The Christmas period illustrated the unreliability due to poor
maintenance and lack of interest by Laira staff of the Network Class
50s with regular instances of Class 33 and 47 replacements, as well
as Departmental Class 50s working.
Thursday 27th December saw 33116 work the 10-15 Waterloo-Salisbury
and 13.18 return and 33114 the 12.15 Waterloo-Salisbury and 15.13
return. The following day found 33116 head into Waterloo on the
08.09 ex Salisbury and worked the 11.15 Waterloo-Exeter, returning
at 16.22. Also, 33101 went to Exeter on the 06-52 ex Capital
returning at 12.28 and then worked the 17.34 to Yeovil. 331.13 also
saw Exeter on the 15.15 ex Waterloo, returning at 19.42.
50027 failed at Exeter running around the Plymouth-Portsmouth and was
replaced by 50036. 50015 worked the 10.20 Exeter-Waterloo
returning to Salisbury at 16-40 and re-engining the 18.1 Waterloo- Exeter at Salisbury.
33113 and 33116 also saw work on the line on the 29th whilst 50031
made it to Waterloo on the 10.20 from Exeter. 33002 worked the 15.15
Waterloo-Exeter as far as Basingstoke. The situation worsened on
30th and 31st December and by mid-afternoon only 5 of the 18 Network
50s were in traffic due to excessive amounts of Christmas pud and
bad ale being consumed by those who should service and repair these
The highlight of the week, for some, would have been 33208 on the
14.15 Waterloo-Salisbury but that failed at Clapham Jcn being
replaced by 33002 which went to Salisbury as ECS returning at 17.24.
47490 and 47821 were also in evidence. 50048 failed at Pinhoe
(Never) on the 14.22 Exeter-Waterloo, being rescued by 47813 with
33118 providing a replacement service from Salisbury.
The New Year saw 09006 sent from SU as new yard pilot at Horsham
while locos used on the Cory oil train during January included
37888/891 and 47669. Class 33s have also supplemented the Class 73s
on engineers and electrification trains with 33019/47/101/116 and
73001/106/110/114/118/126/133/140/142 being observed during January.
Two of the last ZGV's have appeared at Horsham marked "to work
between Peak Forest and Buxton TMD" and "to work between Ashton Road
Wagon Shop and Ince Moss Tip". The Southern has extended its area
further than originally thought!.
On January 31st services in and out of Waterloo were severely
delayed due to adverse weather conditions. Ice on conductor rails
around Basingstoke resulted in several cancellations.
An extra service resulted in 50033 working to Eastleigh on the 09.30
ex. Waterloo via Woking, returning to Salisbury to work the 15.13 to
Waterloo. 33047 and 73129 were on freights at Woking. The weather
also resulted in the cancellation of the Pathfinder Railtour
"Cornishman II" on February 2nd and has been re-scheduled to May 4th
- snow permitting.
January 13th found 5 Class 50s to be seen at Salisbury. 50037 was on
the 08.28 to Waterloo, 50029 on ECS to Waterloo, 50024 stabled on
stock and 50043/8 in the bay.
On January 12th 47972 and 56041 worked a special service from
Newport to Crewe and return and then 37037, 37042, and 47584 worked
further services. Noted at Hereford urere 09015, 37097/719, whilst
at Newport were 08479/652/664, 37141/2/174/799/883 and 47150.
Noted at Preston on December 28th were various diesel and electric
locos, including 47559 on the 05.59 Paddington-Glasgow, being
replaced by 90013; 47971 on the 10.48 Manchester Vic-Barrow;
red liveried 86425 on the 08.25 Glasgow-Poole; 87022 on the 09.00
Glasgow-Euston; 90006 on the 08.35 Euston-Inverness; 90009 on the
09.25 Euston-Carlisle; 87018 on the 10.32 Glasgow-Birmingham; 86257
on the 07.10 Plymouth-Aberdeen; 90050 (red-liveried) on a
Glasgow-Euston relief and 87019 on the 12.25 Euston-Blackpool. On
this date Manchester Vic-Barrow services were in the capable hands
of 4759,7 on the 12.48 outward, and ex-Scottish region 47635 "Jimmy
Milne" on the 13.18 Barrow-Manchester.
January 2nd found veteran "generator" 47413 heading the 13.25
Liverpool-Newcastle, with sisters 47422/443 and 512 working other
11TransPennine" services. On the 16th 47512 failed at Oxford Road
whilst on the 09.25 Liverpool-Newcastle and the train was taken out
of service at Piccadilly. Passengers for the north were diverted to
use the 10.51 Manchester-Scarborough two-car Sprinter.
47443/597/642 also worked "TransPennine" services on this date.
47492 headed a 19.14 Manchester-Liverpool, instead of starting at
Manchester. An EMU failed outside Manchester Piccadilly causing
delays and disruption between 18.00 and 19.00.
Noted at Warrington Bank Quay, which still sees a variety of power,
on January 16th were 08613/694, 20057/140, 47356/8, 47003, with
47157, 85105 and 90046 on freights. 47423/6 were seen on passenger
services. Longsight hosted 31101/147, 47206/473, 85018, 86218/252,
87005,also on the 16th.
Three days later 47488 worked the 09.25 Liverpool-Newcastle, 47422
the 15.25 Liverpool-Newcastle, and 47597 the 07.19
Newcastle-Liverpool. This date proved to be the last Saturday of
loco hauled services on the Manchester Victoria-Barrow services.
47635 headed the 10.48 Manchester Victoria-Barrow and 13.18 return.
47492 worked other services. 31113/147, 47258/355/440 were at
January 23rd saw only one Class 90 seen at Preston all day with all
other services worked by Class 86/87 locos. 90019 was the one seen
and that failed at the head of the 10.15 Glasgow-Euston. 87029 was
attached and left 15 minutes late.
History was made on December 22nd with Sheffield United registering
their first victory of their Division One campaign, beating Nottingham
Forest. 47527 "Kettering" proved the unlucky omen to the visiting
supporters, hauling their Footex. By Christmas Eve this loco was
finding employment on Blackpool-Preston services (Euston trains).
New Years Eve saw ScotRail liveried 47706 head 1Z31 15.52
York-Birmingham relief. Two days earlier 47007 headed a failed DMU on
the 18.51 Doncaster-Peterborough, the same train being worked by
31272 on January 6th. Similarly 31552 headed up the Joint Line on
Christmas Eve on the 12.30 Peterborough-Doncaster.
Class 91 locos are proving both commonplace and reliable on ECML
services now with 91005 on the 14.50 Leeds-KX and 91021 on the 13.30
KX-Leeds on December 23rd. The following day 91003/5/8/20 91023/4
were in evidence. On the 23rd 47430 towed HST 43041/99 60 minutes
late on the 15.33 Plymouth-York, terminating at Doncaster.
On the 27th.47535 saw employment on the 07.30 Newcastle-Liverpool
with 47418 working the 15.50 M-Bradford forward from Leeds. The
following day 47717 worked a KX-Leeds parcels and 47813 the 06.00
Derby-York. Various Class 47 locos were used on Newcastle-Liverpool
services over the Christmas period, apart from those mentioned
previously. 47422/443/492/568/640/642/413 were all noted on such
duties. On New Years Eve 47706 worked up-country on the 10.10
Bristol-York, prior to retiring on the 15.52 mentioned above.
The 06.00 Derby-York seems solid 47/8 these days with 47834 on
January 2nd, 47814 on the 12th, 47823 on 23rd, 47802 on February 7
and 47803 on the 8th. Also on the 2nd there were two additional
services from Scotland-KX, the 09.20 Dundee-M and the 09.17 Perth
KX, worked by 47828/841 respectively as far as York with 91007/17
On the 6th, due to a landslip on the Doncaster-Leeds line, trains
between Doncaster-Leeds were diverted via Normanton, not calling at
Wakefield. The 15.16 Doncaster-KX additional was powered by 91022
whilst the 14.30 Bradford-KX had 31442 at the head as far as
Doncaster. KX-Leeds services were forwarded from Doncaster by Class
47s with 47517 on the 14.10 ex-KX and 47810 on the 12.15 ex-KX. The
13.30 Edinburgh-KX was not an HST, being replaced by 47852 running 25
January 4th saw "Dutch" liveried 47974 pressed into InterCity
service on the 14.43 York-Bristol. Because of the landslip
mentioned above Class 47s dragged Class 91 hauled services with
47517 hauling 91015 and stock ECS to Doncaster. 47517 then hauled
91002 to Leeds. 91022/4/5 were also dragged.
On 11th January at midnight 60009 "Wild Boar Fell" took tanks from
Immingham through Lincoln whilst on 22nd January 37420 hauled a
fertiliser train on the Midland line into Lincoln.
On 27th January 47833/82211/91006 and 47517/91003/82205 were noted
at Lincoln on ECML diverted services, whilst on 2nd February ex.
TransPennine loco 47488 was seen at Lincoln.
Class 144 No. 144012 worked a
Sheffield train at Lincoln. It appears a MetroTrain destination
blind does not include Lincoln. The future does indeed look bleak!.
The old gates at Lincoln Central have been replaced with barriers
resulting in reduced traffic congestion though the signalmen
react at different speeds in raising the barriers!
Friday January 11th saw 08562 on passenger duty when 307105 failed
near Castle Hills on the 18.51 Leeds-Doncaster. The 08 hauled the
defunct unit into Doncaster. A sign of the times with KX-York
services now being electric hauled; 91009 seen on the 20.45 on the
The following day saw 307105 fail again on the 07.31 Doncaster-Leeds,
being rescued (?) by 31158. The 17.10 KX-Harrogate had 47517 at the
head from Doncaster, whilst 47462 led the 18.10 KX-Bradford from
Doncaster. On the 16th 91021 failed on the 05.00 Leeds-KX and was
pushed by 47805 resulting in an 85 minute deficit and the train
being terminated at Doncaster.
On the 29th 47827 stood in for an HST on the 13.11 Newcastle-Cardiff
and 47704 worked 1A40 Newcastle-KX vans. 91005 failed at Wakefield
on 06.10 Leeds-KX on February 7th, being rescued by 91023, but
running 110 minutes late.
Adverse weather meant 47813 worked the 07.10 Leeds-KX instead of the
usual Class 91 on February 13th whilst two days later 47402 worked
its first passenger train since re-instatement when it powered the
06.10 Doncaster-KX, rekindling past memories. It was seen two days
later on the 17.35 KX-Newcastle. The 13th found two HST substitutes
in the shape of 47832 on the 13.11 Newcastle-Cardiff and 47709 on the
Class 60s are now becoming more commonplace with 60032 heading
through Lincoln on tanks. 37419/420 have also been seen working
through Lincoln, as has 47401/D1500. Strathclyde liveried Met Camm
51224/53241 has also been working in this area.
Noted at Hull Paragon on February 9th were 37414 and 31547/563. The
31s were plough fitted and worked to Scarborough and back. 47379 and
47536 "Solario" were also at Hull.
A landslip at the entrance to Ardsley Tunnel caused problems on
Leeds-Doncaster services and the line was closed for four days during
January. On January 22nd two freight locos failed at Hessle
resulting in Hull-Brough services being severely disrupted between
17.00 and 19.00. The 17.28 Hull-Doncaster left at 18.40
Noted at Haxey on February 2nd were 47517/91009/82209 on the 14.35
Leeds-KX and 47584/91020/82204 on 12.10 KX-Leeds. 37893 worked an oil
train and 47332 on freight with 47488 working light engine.
February 16th saw Pathfinders Tours "Sulzer Salute" with D7672
"Tamworth Castle" visit Lancashire and Yorkshire after it
replaced 47828 which had brought the train from Swindon into
Noted outside Doncaster Works on 9th March was electric 86639
whilst 37170 was also seen sporting front end (nearside) collision
damage- Noted the day before was 91030 on the test train stock,
stabled in the yard.
stabled ill the
BR EXTENDS WINTER
Owing to this year's severe weather conditions with over 3" of snow falling in a single 24 hour period, BR has taken the unprecedented
step of extending the 1990/91 winter. Subsequently, the Winter
1990/91 public timetable will be extended to run until July 7, 1991.
It is not known at this stage whether our EC partners will follow
PENNINE RAILWAY SOCIETY - MEETING/TRIPS LIST - APR 1991-JULY 1991
Meetings List No.2 April 1991-July 1991 Robin Skinner
Bored on Tuesday nights-fed up with Emmer dale Farm-fed up with
watching Donny Rovers? Come to our social evenings at the
Corporation Brewery Taps, Doncaster. We meet at.1945 for a 2000
promptish start every first and third Tuesday. Everyone welcome;
bring a friend, meet Paul Sutton, meet the Committee; meet our
President, Geoff Bambrough. What excitement. Our programme is:
Tuesday 2 April - Illustrated show by Jack Davis
Tuesday 16 April - Illustrated show by Mexborough's own No. l son
Tuesday 7 May - Captain Chris Nicholson - all the way from
Scarborough. "A legend in his own mind" -Sunday Sport.
Tuesday 21 May - David Bladen's annual slide quiz- He shows
slides and asks questions. Enter into teams
and win prizes
Tuesday 4 June - Slide Show - Guest to be confirmed
Tuesday 18 June - Tony Smith (Retford) slides
Tuesday 2 July - Steve Payne (Lincoln) a long-awaited debut
Fixtures List No.2 David Whitlam
Sunday 12 May - Doncaster Works 11.00am. Meet Plant Hotel entrance
10.50. Members £3 ; Non-members £3.23.
IF YOU HAVE A YELLOW VEST PLEASE BRING IT ALONG
WITH YOU. NEIL TAYLOR WILL BE HAPPY.
BUTTERLEY At the AGM it was decided to should try and organise
an evening visit to the Midland Centre at
Butterley. The visit would consist of a tour of the
line by train, a walk round the museum complex and a cheese supper
provided by the centre. Cost- approx £6
Because the centre require at least 30 people on a visit I
need to know who would want to go on the trip before making a
The proposed date is Tuesday 6th August (replacing the scheduled
social evening). Would those wishing to go please let me (or any
other committee member) know by 13th April.
Payment will be required as soon as the booking is confirmed.
Transport from Doncaster, Mexborough and Sheffield may be provided
by our friends from FAST Tours (subject to confirmation). Donations
not included in above price.