Issue 86 -
Warning from Santa
TRANS PENNINE is produced by the Pennine Railway Society. The views
expressed are not necessarily those of the Society or the Editor,
but most likely those of the Treasurer or Father Christmas.
The Committee of the PENNINE RAILWAY SOCIETY join together to wish
all our members and their families a very happy Christmas and a
prosperous New Year, and we thank you all for your support and
friendship in 1993.
Attached to this magazine you will find a renewal of membership
form. The Committee is taking account of the Government's
anti-inflationary and hammer the workers policy, and our good
housekeeping means that the membership fee remains
again UNCHANGED at £3.50 for the year - tremendous value.
For your £3.50 we will continue with our ambitious social programme
in 1994, our high quality magazine, and our magazine quizzes. Uncle
David Whitlam will be listening to members for ideas for visits in
1994, celebrating our 20th Anniversary. Members will also receive a
free Society diary.
The Committee would like to thank-you all for your support in 1993
and sincerely hope you will rejoin with us in 1994.
Annual General Meeting
The Society's AGM will be held on Sunday 13th February 1994 in the
Corporation Brewery Taps, Doncaster. The AGM will start at 12 noon.
This is the opportunity for you, the members, to have a say in the
running of the Society. Tell the Committee what you like, don't
like, want, or don't want.
After the AGM you can have the honour of socialising with your
Committee - a chance not to be missed!
Pennine Slide Competition 1993
Once again we held a successful PENNINE Slide Competition. A total
of 76 slides were entered and the winner was Doug Stewart with a
preserved Warship. Coming second, an excellent achievement with a
Box Brownie camera was our popular Treasurer, John Sanderson with
Deltic 55009 on the NY14R. Third place went to Les Howell with a
slide of Blue Peter in green livery.
Our tasks were made easier by the non-appearance of GG, our Magazine
Editor and past winner who could not be released from his night
school bobbin lace making class.
Away The Lads
Congratulations to the PENNINE RAILWAY SOCIETY on retaining the
Pennine Shield, the annual quiz competition. The team came first in
each of the three rounds, led by Captain Caddick and ably supported
by Paul "Sutty" Sutton and Robin "Brezhnev" Havenhand.
Recent BR excuses for delays have included glue on the line, a yacht
on the line, and a Boa Constrictor on a preceding train.
Wires on the KWVR?
The electrification crew working in the Keighley area measuring for
gantries recently went three miles up the Keighley and Worth Valley
Railway until the mistake was noticed.
BR's new "enhanced" InterCity Shuttle service to the West Country
was recently launched with appropriate fanfares by racing driver
However It is difficult to spot with the naked eye between the
enhanced 10.15 to Bath Spa and the old unenhanced 10.15 to Bath Spa.
The same engines, the same carriages, the same fare (for the
moment), the same timetable. The answer is that the staff are now
more dedicated, more enhanced. Others might say it was a cynical
exercise in window dressing.
Chunnel Hand Over
The engineers finally handed over the Channel Tunnel to the operator
Eurotunnel on 10 December 1993. Services will start running through
the Chunnel in May 1994.
Dr Marje Skinner
In the second of our exciting new column which allows you to send
your problems to Pennine's Agony Expert Dr Marje Skinner, "Sutty"
from Doncaster asks "Why was the standard gauge of our railway
system set at 4' 8.1/2"?.,
Dr Skinner replies - Dear "Sutty", George Stephenson chose the gauge
of 4' 8.1/2" for the Stockton & Darlington Railway which opened In
1825. This gauge had been used for many years by North-East colliery
horse drawn wagonways. It may have developed from the normal cart
tracks which date back to Roman times. In 1814 Stephenson had
designed a steam locomotive named Blucher to run on the same gauge
on the Killingworth colliery line.
The Liverpool & Manchester Railway, opened in 1830, was surveyed by
John and George Rennie who suggested a gauge of 5ft. But Stephenson
was appointed engineer and built the line to 4' 8" between the
rails. About 3 years later an extra half inch was added to the gauge
to give the rolling stock extra freedom. Finally the standard gauge
was set at 4' 8.1/2" (1432mm). This small adjustment was made to
reduce the tendency of bogies to "hunt" or vibrate laterally at high
Isambard Kingdom Brunel built the GWR to a broad gauge of 7'
0.1/4" and it remained that size for almost 60 years until it was
changed to match the other railways. Nearly 5000 men converted, the
whole GWR track in two days in 1892.
Barry Steptoe of Beighton near Sheffield tells Dr Skinner that a
friend of a friend has told him that travelling by rail has not
improved his libido (as Network SouthEast has suggested, and
highlighted in a previous column).
Dr Skinner has advised Mr Barry Steptoe to refer his friend of a
friend to the book "How to Satisfy a Woman Every Time And Have Her
Beg For More" published by Orion at £7.99.
Don't forget - if you have a problem of any sort, send it to Marje
Skinner. Total anonymity in any published reply is guaranteed.
Chunnel Link Go-Slow
The £3bn Channel Tunnel high speed link has become a casualty of the
bankrupt Government's spending clampdown. Work on the project has
been effectively shelved for at least two years and construction
could continue well into the next century.
The whole scheme appears to have gone back to the drawing board to
allow private investors to decide the 68-mile route between Dover
and the capital. Already C£350m has been spent planning the link
including £100m buying up property along one, now abandoned route.
The French Government has already completed its rail link. So the
first trains will race from Paris to Calais at 180mph, dip down into
the tunnel at 85mph and then complete the journey to London at an
average speed of 47mph.
William Waldegrave recently handed out 738 Charter Badges awarded in
the field of Charter Compliance for Excellency. The top award goes
InterCity Customer Services Department for keeping passengers
Informed about which trains are late or have been cancelled. He said
"Well done. Now we get a better price when we sell you off".
The Facts - Pre-Privatisation
Did you know:-
Each InterCity 225 train costs £10m, a 4 coach Networker £3.2m and a
two coach Class 158 £1.1m.
InterCity operates more trains at speeds of more than 100mph than
any other European railway.
BR employs 125 000 staff.
In 1992/3 745m passenger journeys were made totalling 19.7 billion
miles, over 2m passengers are carried each day on 15,000 trains, an
average journey length of 27 miles at an average cost of 10.8p per
Nearly 400,000 passengers travel into Central London on weekday
mornings representing 42% of all commuters travelling Into the heart
of the capital.
Each InterCity train carries an average of 162 passengers, a Network
SouthEast train 109 passengers and a Regional Railway 41 passengers.
There are 2482 stations, 113 more than in 1983. BR has opened or
reopened 249 stations since 1965.
There are 10270 route miles, 3051 (29.7%) which are electrified.
Threat to Thomas
Thomas the Tank Engine faces the scrap after the Government has
ruled he's as dangerous as a BR express.
The "Thomas" train at the children's railway in Cleethorpes travels
at 4mph but its owners have been ordered to take out insurance of
£5m the sane as BR routes.
Green Light for BR sell-off
The Parliamentary row over the privatisation of BR has run out of
steam. The final go-ahead for outside operators to finance and
operate sections of the network was given by the Lords after rebel
Tory peers gave up their fight to derail the project.
After two dramatic revolts which resulted in Government defeats, the
dissidents accepted BR should have only restricted ability to bid
for some of the 25 new franchise routes from next Autumn. BR
will only be allowed to bid for franchised services where there is
uncertainty about the quality of private sector offers.
Rail Deals To Go?
BR's cut-price fares including Savers and Travel Cards are set to be
scrapped in a privatised free-for-all once the government sell-off
is complete, another broken propilse by the Government which had
assured train travellers that BR's "network benefits" would be
It is likely that the Government will not oblige private operators
to accept Saver and other cheap tickets from other operators.
Welcome to the winter edition of TRANSPENNINE. Here we are again,
Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells and all that.
Latest on the Missing Persons Bulletin is that Michael Jackson has
been spotted at the same location as your Editor who has missed the
last few Pennine meetings due to attending Stage 2 of the
Class 50 Welding classes, alternately with Local Council Management
Training which is also being attended by your Treasurer.
Apologies for the late appearance of the magazine this month. My
regular scribe's printer expired at a crucial time preventing
him from being able to print out the magazine. However, fortunately
I found someone else with suitable equipment (!!) and nothing else
better to do who could produce the magazine for me - So here it is.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Pennine Quiz No. 75
Thanks to M. Bell for setting the last quiz. Answers required were
1) Kensington Addison Road, 2) Canterbury, 3) The Tynesider, 4)
46,100 lbf 5) Oxenholme, 6) Clan Munro, 7) The Master Cutler, 8)
12.00 KX - Edinburgh, 9) 935 Sevenoaks, 10)34051, 11) D 10 15
Western Champion, 12) 100 years of carrying mail, 13) 28/2/77, 14)
Harwich, 15) Strawberry Hill, 16) Hest Bank, 17) Paddington, 18)
Carlo Marochetti, 19) 22/7/1912, 20) Glasgow Yeomanry, 21) The
Balmoral, 22) The Needles, 23) 4-4-4, 24) 1/1/1948, 25) £19,
26)1966, 27) St. Thomas's, 28) George Hudson, 29) January
1953, 30) Ivo Peters.
Joint 1st prize goes to John Dewing and Ken King with 26 correct
answers, and 3rd prize goes to Paul Slater with 22 correct answers.
Photting With a Pilgrim
During 1993 I have made a few photographic exploits in the company
of one of the country's leading football supporters of one of the
country's top clubs. The Severn Valley Railway has been visited on
numerous occasions by our South Western correspondent, and number
one Plymouth Argyle (who ?) supporter, one John Augustus Bartholomew
Pettigrew Crocker; or "JC' to his fiends.
Residing in the wonderful seaside resort of Goodrington, near
Paignton, and not having a Premier League football team anywhere
within a hundred miles, JC has had no choice but to support one of
his local teams, and considering the other options of Exeter City
and Torquay United, he has to be forgiven for choosing the best of
the bunch in Plymouth.
Also, residing in a wonderful but rather distant part of the country
somewhat restricts the number of preserved lines that can be visited
in a day, but he has now been introduced to several locations on the
Severn Valley Railway, and on a couple of visits to the North
Yorkshire Moors Railway to such idyllic spots as Fen Bog (opposite
Fylingdales Golf Balls), Denholme and Goathland; and area which was
greatly appreciated. We even 'scored' the Aidensfield Arms
of Heartbeat fame, but alas Claude Greengrass did not produce, nor
did, more unfortunately, Gina the Barmaid.
The first of our exploits, however, was on BR metals where we
photographed that 'soon to disappear' breed - the MGR train. Several
Class 58s and a single Class 56 were 'photted' one Saturday morning
in March, which rather surprised us as we did not expect to see very
much happening at a weekend. All were taken just outside Worksop on
the canal section close to Manton Colliery.
The second of our ventures, later to be nicknamed the 'Turkey
Shoot', was on the Severn Valley over the Steam Gala weekend of
April 17th/18th. We stayed at a wonderful farmhouse B&B close to
Chelmarsh reservoir, which afforded marvellous accommodation and
superb views, and a resident turkey which insisted on doing it's
cockerel equivalent impression at half past six in the morning !
Unfortunately it was not the only turkey there at the time as there
were two Northamptonshire photographers also staying who insisted on
rattling non-stop from their arrival at about 21.45 hours until
about one in the morning.
However, they did not spoil a superbly enjoyable weekend where
6960 Raveningham Hall, 7325, 2857, 4498 Sir Nigel Gresley, 2968,
48773, 3442 Great Marquess and 47383 were all photted at various
locations, including the gloriously named Little Rock Cutting.
The "Turkey Shoot" came on the long weekend of May 7th-9th when we
again visited the Severn Valley for their Diesel Gala, when such
celebrities as D 120, D 1842, 5 003 1, D 1062 and D821 were all in
The ferry across the Severn, at Hampton Loade is recommended, either
to 'score' the Lion Inn or the riverside footpath. As I recall,
several pints were consumed on the Friday and Saturday nights at the
Kings Arms, Chelmarsh, where they serve the most excellent steaks.
The Severn Valley was again visited on July 10th for a 'Western' day
where D1062 did three round trips, and 2857, 3442, 7714 and 2968
shared the rest of the workings. An early start from Sheffield and
Goodrington unfortunately means that the buffet at either Bridgnorth
or Bewdley has to be visited for a breakfast !
A visit to Mr. C's local fine ensued in August for the purpose of
photting 'The Scotsman'. The Paignton and Dartmouth Railway is
always worth a visit, regardless of locos working, as it is such a
scenic railway. Now that 'The Scotsman' is no longer on the line,
4920 "Dumbleton Hall" is more than an adequate substitute go and
The North Yorkshire Moors fine was done on the 16th of October where
Mr. Ketley did us proud (for once !) and we enjoyed a wonderful
Autumn day to enjoy the area to it's full. SR 30841 was motive power
and workings were photted either side of the afore mentioned visit
to Claude's local.
Finally, the West Somerset Railways Autumn Diesel Gala was visited
on October 30/31st when both Hymeks and visiting loco Class 20
D8110, which is incidentally a credit to it's owner, shared the
workings. Unfortunately Mr. Ketley was back to normal and the
weather was very disappointing.
Again an early start was necessary, so the cafe at Blue Anchor was
done for breakfast. We were joined on this occasion by the
illustrious company of 'Shiny Shoes' Steven Spielberg to be Mick
Stewart and brother Gaston, who appreciated the evening's
entertainment at the Blue Anchor Inn on the Saturday night.
A trip to the Severn Valley in December to cover one of the 'Santa
Special' days is on the cards and, hope upon hope, we might just get
sun and snow! On the other hand, it all depends on what Mr. Ketley
has to say ..........
Rails to County Mayo
by P. Slater
County Mayo, a large and sparsely populated area in the West of
Ireland, has lost some of it's railways, but other lines still
remain in use, and during a holiday with my wife in that part of the
world I found it interesting to see what was left of the local rail
routes and observe train workings over them.
The line to County Mayo diverges from the Dublin - Galway route at
Athlone, on the Western side of the big bridge over the River
Shannon, and runs at first in a northerly direction through the
wooded countryside of County Roscommon, not far from the shore of
Lough Ree. The line is single track, but has a few passing loops,
the first of which is at Knockcroghery, the delightfully named
village where my wife and I stopped for lunch during our drive from
Dun Laoghaire to Westport. The station at Knockcroghery is closed,
but it still stands on the outskirts of the village; the signalbox
is still in use, carrying the village name and controlling a level
crossing over the Roscommon main road. By the crossing gates are a
pair of the bright red lower-quadrant semaphores still very typical
of Irish Railways, but out in the country the line to County Mayo
crosses the main road at a few locations where automatic barriers
have been installed, and some colour-light signals are now in use on
The next loop is at Roscommon, the county town, and there is another
loop at the following station, Castlerea. Here again is a signalbox
carrying the name of the town, read and white crossing gates, and a
set of semaphores controlling the running line and loop, all giving
the air of a traditional railway scene.
Over the county boundary in Mayo, the next station is Ballyhaunis.
The loop here appears to be disused and the modem
signalbox unmanned; one track was rusted when I had a look at the
station, and the semaphores were all in the clear position for both
Running through fairly flat and open countryside, but with mountains
visible far ahead, the line comes to Claremorris, an agricultural
centre and once an important railway junction. There was formerly a
branch to Ballinrobe as well as a long cross-country route to Sligo,
both now closed. The rails on the Sligo line can be seen at a level
crossing just outside the town on the road to Castlebar, and at
various places towards Sligo the track is still in place, although
disused and overgrown. From the other direction, the Mayo line is
joined at Claremorris by a line coming up from Athenry on the Dublin
- Galway route. At Taurn on this line is the headquarters of the
steam preservation society Westrail, but the line from Athenry is
not now in regular use, and from a footbridge by the level crossing
on the outskirts of Claremorris the single track looks grass-grown
Claremorris station is big by Irish standards, with three long
platforms as well as a signalbox, sidings and a still active goods
yard. The Mayo line widens to double track through the station,
forming what is now the last passing loop before the termini at
Westport and Ballina. Claremorris is signalled entirely by
semaphores, and has a fine set of lower-quadrant arms; two tall
brackets controlling the exit from the main platform and the loop to
the Athlone and Athenry lines are very photogenic, and there are
also several semaphores on the Athenry line itself Claremorris is
the railhead for the shrine and pilgrimage centre at Knock.
Until recently there was a loop at Balla, but this has now been
removed, and the station and signalbox are derelict. On the road
bridge nearby are two old warning notices carrying the name of the
Great Southern Railway.
Manulla Junction is signalled by colour lights. A disused station
house and platform show that there was once a loop here, but there
is now only an island platform with a bus-stop type of shelter. The
Ballina branch trains use one side of the island and the Dublin -
Westport trains use the other. Railwaymen can reach the station from
a flight of steps at the nearby road bridge, but there is no public
access. In the absence of a loop, the Ballina. branch train has to
run empty to Claremorris to that the locomotive can run round.
The Ballina branch crosses the Castlebar main road a short distance
from the junction, the level crossing being manually operated, then
runs northwards to Ballina, the largest town in County Mayo. There
is one intermediate station, at Foxford. Ballina station has a
single platform, a modem signalbox, several sidings, and a small
goods yard. The line formerly continued to Killala, a historic town
on the coast several miles to the north, but it now terminates a
short distance beyond the level crossing at the far end of Ballina
Beyond Manulla Junction, the "main fine" continues to Castlebar, the
county town of Mayo, and then on to Westport, with mountains visible
all around. Castlebar station has two platforms, but only one can be
used as the loop has been removed; there is a signal box and an old
goods shed. Situated on Clew Bay, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean,
Westport was formerly an important harbour. It now sees little
shipping, the old warehouses are being restored and converted, and
the town, surrounded by fine coastal and mountain scenery, makes a
good tourist centre. Westport is signalled by semaphores; again,
only one platform is used, the footbridge being blocked off, but the
loop is still in place, as the locomotives on the Dublin trains have
to run round. The loading dock at Westport is disused, and the
branch to the quay has been taken up, but there are still sidings as
well as an old goods shed and a small two-road engine shed.
Westport is now the end of the line, but a bridge over the road
between the station and the town shows where the rails once
continued further West to a terminus at Achill. Sound. At Newport a
handsome stone viaduct still stands, numerous bridges and stretches
of low embankment can be seen alongside the road beyond this town,
and at Achill Sound the former station, closed over fifty years ago
but still in use for other purposes, stands with it's goods shed,
platform and trackbed close beside the seashore at this remote spot
by the Atlantic. Achill Island, the largest island off the Irish
coast and a popular tourist destination, is linked with the mainland
by a swing bridge over the narrow channel near the old Achill Sound
station; there is nowadays a regular bus connection from the island
to Westport and Castlebar.
In the Summer 1993 timetable there were three trains per day from
Dublin to Westport and back, stopping at all stations beyond Athlone
and hauled by an example of Irish Rails most powerful locomotives,
the 2,250hp General Motors machines of Class 071; during the week
that my wife and I spent at Westport I noted 071, 076, 081 and 082
on the Dublin trains. Modem coaching stock was used, and I thought
the orange and black locomotives and carriages looked very
attractive in the setting of the Irish countryside. The Ballina
branch was worked by the smaller General Motors locomotives of Class
141 (875 hp) and Class 181 (1,000hp); during our week in County Mayo
I noted 141 and 146 at Manulla Junction, 144 shunting at Ballina and
188 with the empty branch train at Claremorris. The Ballina branch
train consisted of three rather elderly carriages.
Pennine Observers News
In the ever declining era of loco hauled services, it is
comforting to know that at least the Scottish Region of BR has seen
sense and still uses loco and stock formations. Better for
travellers and enthusiasts alike ?
August saw several Class 37s in action in Scotland, and those noted
were as follows. On the 20th, 37420 worked the 16.35 Edinburgh to
Inverness, with 37428 having powered the earlier 11.25 Edinburgh to
Inverness. 37427 had charge of the 15.16 Aberdeen to Inverness with
37156/294/402 in charge of the Inverness to Kyle services. 37510/113
powered the overnight Aberdeen to Edinburgh sleeper with sisters
37116/214 hauling the Inverness to Edinburgh overnight service.
The following day found 37165 on the 09.45 Inverness to Glasgow,
with 37051 on the 11.25 Edinburgh to Inverness and 16.28 return.
37294 powered the 10.25 Inverness to Kyle with 37240 on the 10. 15
Inverness to Edinburgh. 37211 powered the 13.33 Glasgow to Inverness
whilst 37427 worked the 09.16 Aberdeen to Inverness, 12.20 Inverness
to Aberdeen and 15.16 Aberdeen to Inverness. 37402 had charge of the
18.38 Inverness to Kyle and the 17.05 Kyle to Inverness was hauled
by 371516. 37170/251 headed the 'Cock of the North'
London-Kyle-Wick-London Landcruiser train.
The 22nd saw 37510/113 on the overnight Edinburgh to Inverness
sleeper with 37232 on the 11.15 Inverness to Kyle and 15. 10 return.
37402/428 also worked Inverness to Kyle services.
August 23rd saw 37510/113 on the overnight Edinburgh to Inverness
sleeper with 37232 on the 10. 15 Inverness to Edinburgh and 15.35
return. The 07.08 Perth to Edinburgh had 37043 as power, whilst the
12.46 Perth to Inverness saw 37051 in charge. 37428/294 had charge
of Inverness to Kyle services with 37426 on the 09.16 Aberdeen to
Inverness and 12.20 return.
The following day saw 37683/113 on the overnight Edinburgh to
Inverness sleeper. 37428 had a busy day when it worked the 05.52
Inverness to Aberdeen, 09.16 Aberdeen to Inverness, 12.20 Inverness
to Aberdeen and 15.16 return. 37211/232/294/427 powered Inverness to
Kyle services and 37156 saw employment on the 11.25 Edinburgh to
Finally, on the 25th, the overnight Edinburgh to Aberdeen sleeper
saw 37505/510 in charge, with 37113/221 on the corresponding
Edinburgh to Inverness sleeper. 37402 was employed on the 05.52
Inverness to Aberdeen and 90.16 return. 37111 worked the 11.25
Edinburgh to Inverness and 37043 was on the 10. 15 Inverness to
Noted at Glasgow on September 13th were 86229 on the 16. 10 to
Paddington, 87028 on the 17.00 Euston service and 91029 on the 16.00
to Kings Cross. 47287 and 87006 were at Polmadie with 37051 sighted
at Rutherglen. 37178 was seen at Motherwell and 37250 at Carstairs.
September 17th saw 08735, 37071/100/153/170/250 at Craigentinny. A4
Pacific no. 60009 Union o South Africa was seen at Markinch.
Seen on Victoria - Gatwick services on September 27th were
73201/203/204/206/209/210 with 33035, 47578 and 56038 stabled at
Tonbridge. Two days later found 73118/130 at Cheriton with 47543 and
73104 at Ashford. Noted at Stewarts Lane were 33002/202/208, 5605 1
and 73 13 The 29th saw 73201/202/203/209/211 on Gatwick services and
37194/293 at Clapham Junction.
Seen at Swindon on September 27th were 37101/010/222 and 47576,
whilst Bristol Temple Meads saw 37037/054/065/899, 47806/812/813/483
in evidence, with 47833 (D1962) on the 11.44 Plymouth to Liverpool.
37045 was at Hull Paragon on August 30th, and on the same day 47832
headed the Derby to York and 47816 the 09.45 York to Exeter. The
following day 47816 again headed the York to Exeter with 47817 on
the 07.55 Birmingham to York. Sister loco 47839 headed the 11.06
York to Swansea.
September 4th saw 47813 head a St. Pancras to York service with
90024 noted on the 16.38 Leeds to Kings Cross. Other Class 90s on
the 6th were 90016 on the 10.00 Edinburgh to Kings Cross and 90018
on the 11.30 Kings Cross to Newcastle. On the 17th 37378 and 47277
(D1979) were seen at Hull Paragon with 90016 working the 12.30 Kings
Cross to Newcastle. 47803/806/810/817 all worked services to/from
September 20th found the 09.45 York to- Exeter cancelled due to fire
damage to signalling equipment between Bristol and Gloucester.
Several services were loco hauled in place of HST's with some
starting at Gloucester instead of Bristol or Plymouth. 47848 headed
an 07.58 Gloucester to Newcastle and 47817 the 12.05 return working.
September 30th found a rare visitor on the Nene Valley Railway in
the shape of 37379, and 47809 was a visitor to Skegness on charter
Earlier in the month, on the 23rd, Liverpool Street saw 86215 on the
16.20 to Harwich Parkeston Quay, with 86232/235/250 on Norwich
October 4th saw a respite from 47/8s when 47717 headed the Poole to
York and 17.27 York to Derby. On the 8th, the 09.54 York to
Newcastle, which originated at Kings Cross, ran 60 minutes late due
to a failed Class 9 1, so 90025 was power for the train.
The 30th found 47821 in trouble whilst working the Cheshire Railtour
from Cleethorpes to Carlisle (?) and was 1 hour late after being
assisted by 47675. 90025 was again in action, this time on November
I st when it worked the 09.00 Kings Cross to Edinburgh.
A visit to the North East in mid-September revealed Blyth Depot
playing host to 37178, 56066/081/106/107/108/110/130/134 on the
15th, Lynemouth seeing 56118 on coal wagons the following day, and
91002/011 on passenger duties passing Berwick on the 17th. 47277 was
on oils at AInmouth on the 18th.
Peterborough saw 08495/528, 31541/558, 47211/331/474, 56103 and
91028 on the 27th, with Kings Cross playing host to 90020,
October 16th was a grand day out for several Pennine Punters when
they boarded a 'Rail UK Cleethorpes to Kings Cross charter worked by
47821. Apparently, on arrival at London the 'Pennine Gang' went bus
bashing and photting EMUs at Charing Cross and 73s on the newly
semi-privatised Gatwick Express services.
November 2nd saw a rare sight in the UES Steels sidings at Aldwarke
when 'old rail blue' 47146 was noted on a steel train instead of the
more usual Class 56.
A collision at Leeds station on November 11th between 47562 on the
Penzance to Leeds vans and 156483 on the 06.17 Leeds to Blackpool
service resulted in severe damage to the cabs on both vehicles, and
severe disruption to services for most of the day. It even affected
services on the Hull to Scarborough line because of a shortage of
stock which was stuck on the other side of the Pennines.
London Midland Region
Class 56s and 60s are to be seen in numbers at Leicester with
56010/035/077/089/101, 60006/048/068 in evidence on September 18th.
Also at Leicester, but earlier in the year on August 31st, 20087/132
worked the Skegness through service, with 20128/131 acting as train
locos on September 2nd. 47222 and 47219 had charge of the B'ham to
Yarmouth and Yarmouth to Birmingham respectively on the 4th, and
47201 headed the same service from the resort on the 18th. 156422
worked the Birmingham to Yarmouth service on this date.
Electric locomotives seen in the North West during September were
86252 on a Birmingham service, 87030 on a Euston service and 90015
on a Glasgow service, all seen at Penrith on the 11th, with 86259 on
a Birmingham service, 90009/013 on Glasgow services and 86623/235
light engine, all on the following day.
Noted at Leicester on October 4th were 47618/824,
final 'Summer Saturday' workings saw 37428 work the 10.15 Blackpool
to Holyhead on October 2nd, together with 31438 working the 10.30
Bangor to Manchester Victoria which was terminated at Chester due to
locomotive failure. Other Class 37 activity saw 37421 head the 11.33
Crewe to Holyhead and 37414 on the 12.06 Llandudno to Birmingham.
Also the final working of the Summer's most unusual service (?), the
09.33 Weymouth to Manchester Piccadilly via Liverpool Lime Street,
ran on October 2nd with 47828 to Liverpool and 47625 forward to
Merseyrail electrics 507008 and 508141 worked a special service to
Chester prior to the opening of the new Chester to Liverpool
electric service the following Monday.
November 6th saw 47816 head the 06.00 Paddington to Edinburgh as far
as Preston with 86227 taking it forward. The 11. 15 Preston to
Euston had 87030 as power with 86213 on the 08.40 Euston to Glasgow.
The 10.37 Liverpool to Blackpool arrived behind 31421Wigan Pier, but
all these sightings were outshone by newly restored Blackpool
Corporation 'Coronation' tram no. 660 which worked the Blackpool
October 23rd saw 31435, 31185, 31420 and 47333 all work light engine
Preserved Line News
Great Central Railway
The GCR's Steam Railway Autumn Gala on October 3rd saw 4498 Sir
Nigel Gresley, Jubilee 5593 Kolhapur, GWR Hall 6998 Burton Agnes
Hall, GWR Castle 7029 Clun Castle, West Country Pacific
34039 Boscastle and Merchant Navy 35005 Canadian Pacific in action.
Midland Railway Centre
The railways Diesel Spectacular of October 17th found Peak
D4 Great Gable, Class 40 D212, D1500, D7671, 20001/227, 45133,
50031 Hood and 55015 working services, with 12077 and 46045 also
Keighley and Worth Valley Railway
October 16th found 5305, 46441, 48431, 78022, 47279 and 1054
working during the Autumn Steam Gala.
A recent visit to France by one of our members found electric
locomotive 16022 working the 16.54 Boulogne Maritime to Paris Gare
du Nord on September 27th, with sister locos 16033/4/47/54, 17066
and TGV 522 also in evidence.
At Mare-La-Vallee the following day diesels 62443/62470 and 62414/18
worked ballast trains. At Paris Gare de Lyon were electrics 22294 on
the 15.56 to Lyon and 22261 on a Clermont-Ferrand service with TGV
66 on the 16.00 to Lyon. The following day saw electric loco 16036
on the 10.56 to Boulogne Maritime with 17078 and 1804 double heading
a train from Berlin. Diesel shunter 64063 was on station pilot duty.
A double deck suburban train was at Saint Denis behind electric loco
17 100, with 16717 on freight at Creil.
Oil fired steam loco 4-4-0 W. B. Cody worked a train on the
EuroDisney Railroad around EuroDisneyland theme park, linking Main
Street, Frontierland, Fantasyland and Discoveryland stations. A rare
report indeed !
Thanks go to Messrs Dewing, Caddick and Slater for their reports.
Pennine Quiz No. 76 -
Grand Christmas Extravaganza
by Tony Caddick
1. In which year did Blackpool Central station close ?
2. Name West Country Pacific 34013.
3. In the current BR timetable, which service is marketed as the
4. Sheffield's new Supertram system is due to open in 1994, but in
which year did the old system close ?
5. Which make of engine powers the Class 28 'Metrovick' loco ?
6. In which year was the prototype Class 252 HST built ?
7. Name Class EM2 Electric E27004.
8. What is the current Depot Code for Craigentinny ?
9. Which was the first Class 50 loco to appear in BR large logo
10. Sheffield Midland station once had an overall roof - True or
11. Between which two stations is Buckhorn Weston tunnel ?
12. Name Class B 17 no. 61660.
13. After it's fatal accident in 1967, where was DP2 cut up ?
14. In which year did the local ECML stations at Bawtry and
Rossington close ?
15. Name Class 31 no. 31421.
16. In which year did Lancaster Green Ayre station close ?
17. Between which two stations is Duncraig station ?
18. At which station was Deltic D9013 The Black Watch named ?
19. Who was the designer of the ill-fated original Tay Railway
20. In which year did I1fracombe station close ?
2 1. Name LMS Patriot Class No. 45 546.
22. In which English holiday resort would you find Enfield Road
carriage sidings ?
23. In which year was the Scarborough to Whitby line closed ?
24. Name EE Class 40 no. 40032.
25. Which town has 3 BR stations named Canal, Gilmour Street and St.
26. Between which two stations does the 'Royal Wessex' run ?
27. In which country were the Manchester 'Metrolink' trams
28. In which year did Mexborough. MPD (36B) close ?
29. Which was the first Deltic to be fitted with electric train
heating equipment ?
30. Name SR Lord Nelson Class no. 3085 5.
3 1. Between which two stations does the 'Irish Mancunian' run ?
32. On which branch line could you find Causeland station ?
33. On which LT underground line is Chigwell station ?
34. Which football club has it's own railway station called Ramsline
35. In which year did Scarborough MPD (50E) close ?
36. Name BR Warship Class no. D833.
37. Which Deltic class loco is named after the racehorse which won
the 1949 Derby ?
38. On which date was the new electrified Woodhead Tunnel officially
39. What was the original name of Class 50 no. 50007'Sir Edward
40. Name Class 47 no. 47825.
Good luck to one and all. Let's have a good response from you lot as
it takes a lot of personal
time to arrange a quiz.
DECEMBER 1993 - APRIL 1994
Suffering from post-Christmas depression? What better way to get rid
of the hangover, (or to get another one), than to come to our social
evenings which are held on the first and third Tuesdays of every
month, starting at 20.00 hrs prompt. All are welcome bring a friend.
No entrance charge, although a silver collection is taken by our
Treasurer to support society funds. Our Spring Fayre is shown below.
All meetings take place at the Corporation Brewery Taps, Doncaster.
TUESDAYS AT EIGHT - MAKE IT A DATE - DON'T BE LATE
Tuesday 21 December - Eeevility Night. A night of madness. Bring
along-any slides you want to make it an entertaining evening.
Embarrass your Committee, if that is possible! FREE
Tuesday 4 January - Chris Tyas . A heavyweight amongst railway
photographers. Post Christmas relief.
Tuesday 18 January - Rhys Jones. A welcome return from the hillside.
A song with every slide!
Tuesday 1 February - Mick Stewart. Subject to confirmation Mick will
be bringing a selection of videos (railway).
Sunday 13 February - Annual General Meeting, starting at 12 noon.
Come and participate in the planning for the Society for 1994, the
20th Anniversary of the Society. Membership fees can be paid for
1994 at the AGM. Diaries will be given out to those joining.
Tuesday 15 February - Glyn Gossan. It must be half-term to allow GG
to forego his night school classes in bobbin lace making.
Competition winners will be on view (his railway slides, that is)
Tuesday 1 March - Dave Cawley. A welcome return to our friend from
Retford. The quality of his commentary will match the quality of the
Tuesday 15 March - Members slide competition. Bring 4 slides to be
judged by the audience. A slide show with a difference. Hugely
popular and not to be missed. Prizes-galore.
Tuesday 5 April - To be announced. Confirmation awaited from
Tuesday 19 April - Geoff Bambrough and Tony Booth. Travel down
Memory Lane with our two stalwarts. (MISS THIS AT YOUR PERIL!!!)