The Magazine of the Pennine Railway Society


No. 124 - Summer 2003



Committee Briefs










Our Treasurer, John Sanderson, has a complete set of Trans Pennine magazines, except for No. 1, which he gave away years ago.

If anyone has a copy of this magazine, John would welcome a photocopy being sent to him.  Any cost incurred will be reimbursed.


30th Anniversary


The Pennine Railway Society will celebrate its 30th Anniversary in 2004.  The Committee is meeting regularly to plan for this historic event.  Details of plans for 2004 will appear in the magazine.


Last Post


The Mail Rail is being axed after 76 years.  The Royal Mail says it is no longer economical to ferry post across London on 23 miles of underground track.  The annual cargo of 4 million bags will be shifted to the road.

Seventy-six staff operate the 36 miniature trains which run 18 hours a day on a double track 70ft below the streets between Paddington and Whitechapel.  There are no signals, conductors, drivers or passengers.

Transport For London is obliged to keep it operative and must safeguard the tunnels.  The Greater London Authority is holding an enquiry into the future of the track built in the 1860s and used in the First World War to conceal art treasures.


Second Class Sandwiches


If you are using the buffet car on Virgin Trains and travelling standard class, you should note that you will not be able to purchase any sandwich in a blue packaged box.

These are reserved for first class passengers, standard class passengers may only purchase sandwiches which come in a bright red box.

Virgin Trains say that the colour-coding of the sandwich wrappers is for “accountancy and allocation” reasons.  First class passengers are entitled to a pre-paid food package.


Slow Track to Express Handout


South Central is to have its taxpayers’ subsidy doubled without having to match the punctuality of the old state-owned service.  Its new franchise runs until December 209 by which time it must operate 89.5% f trains on time.  For 8 years before privatisation, Network SouthEast ran 90% on time.

The operator, run by Anglo-French group Govia, will receive almost £100m subsidy a year, up from £50m.




· A further £10m is to be spent on the Settle and Carlisle line.  The line will be closed between Appleby and Settle from 28 September – 4 October and between Appleby and Garsdale from 5 – 11 October.


· GNER has taken delivery of the last of the 31 Class 91s to be overhauled.


· The joint venture between Serco and Dutch Railways has been selected as preferred bidder to run Merseyrail Electrics.


· Existing operator First Great Eastern has been dropped from the bidding for the new Greater Anglia franchise.


· First Group, Arriva Trains, Eurailco UK (a consortium of French companies Transdev and RATP Développment), GB Railways and a joint bid from Serco Rail and Netherlands Railways are the 5 parties to submit detailed bids for the new Northern franchise.


· EWS is recruiting 182 new drivers to meet increasing demand.  It currently runs more than 8,000 trains a week.


· c2c’s Class 312s are gone, replaced with Class 357 Electrostars.


· 25 minutes will be saved on London – Paris Eurostars from autumn 2003 with the opening of the first part of the new high speed link from the Tunnel to London.  Journey time will be 2h 35mins.


Front Cover


The photo on the front cover was the winning entry in the Members Slide Competition held on 5th March 2003.  Robert Hay took the winning slide on 4th August 2002 and it shows 37401 at Dalrigh (near Tyndrum Lower) on 1H90 14.07 Edinburgh – Taynuilt.


Pennine Slide Quiz


Many thanks to Tony Smith for the time and hard work he must have spent producing, once again, an excellent quiz.

The result of the slide quiz, held on 7th May was:


1st – Tony Caddick

2nd – Glenn Williamson

3rd – Paul Sutton


Congratulations to all the winners and hopefully we will get more of the same from Tony Smith next year (perhaps a little easier to give other people a chance!!!).


Nene Valley Railway


The society’s trip to the Nene Valley Railway will be held on Saturday 20th September.  If you wish to go on the trip could you please return the booking form attached to the back of this magazine to Chris Tyas before 6th August.


The Plant 150


To celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the opening of Doncaster Plant Works, Wabtec Rail Limited in partnership with Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council and the National Railway Museum are holding a historic Open Weekend at the Plant on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th July 2003.

The Plant has been the birthplace of 2,500 locomotives and thousands of carriages and wagons.  Many famous Doncaster built locomotives including ‘Flying Scotsman’ and world speed record holder ‘mallard’ will be returning to The Plant for the Open Weekend.

The Pennine Railway Society is hoping to have a photographic display at the event.

For the latest news visit


Barrow Hill


A special thanks to Mervyn Allcock for sending me the article on how the Barrow Hill Roundhouse was saved (see next page).  Mervyn is the Project Manager of the Barrow Hill Engine Shed Society.



The Story of Barrow Hill Roundhouse Railway Centre


Mervyn Allcock


















Barrow Hill Roundhouse Railway Centre is Britain's last surviving operational railway Roundhouse.

Building commenced in July 1869 and was completed in November 1870.  The contractor was J.E.Hall and the final cost was £16,445 pounds 4shillings and 9pence.

It was built to house the locomotives that worked in the local iron and steel works and grew to be a major contributor to the local economy.  Throughout the late 19th century and early 20th century the importance of Barrow Hill Roundhouse continued to grow.  It was not until the late 1960's, when rail traffic started to decline, that the Roundhouse began to lessen in importance.  Steadily through the 1970's and 1980's it was used less and less until it was finally closed by British Rail in February 1991.

As a child I used to regularly cycle from my home at Inkersall to visit the Roundhouse at Barrow Hill (train spotting expeditions!).  In 1989, by then in my early twenties, I read an article in Steam Railway by Paul Smith, which predicted the closure and probable demolition of the Roundhouse.  I decided I couldn't allow this to happen to my childhood railway depot and so formed the Barrow Hill Engine Shed Action Group later to become a society (known as BHESS).  Little did I know exactly what was involved!

I was joined by several other likeminded people and our first aim was to prevent the demolition of the building.  After successfully lobbying the Chesterfield Borough Council the building was given a preservation order, which prevented its demolition.  This order was placed 48 hours before demolition was due!  The building was later granted Grade 2 listed status by the Department of the Environment.

After securing its future our next aim was to raise the profile of the project locally and nationally as well as raising capital to reopen the building as a railway centre.  This stage of the process was to take over six years during which time the building was heavily vandalised.  The roof was stripped, the windows smashed, track stolen and if the vandals were not enough, nature slowly took a hold until most of the site was covered with young silver birch trees and weeds.

With the enormous help of Chesterfield Borough Council funding was finally secured (ERDF, SRB, Transport Trust, CBC, Nth Derbyshire TEC, Derbyshire County Council and others all contributed) and the building and land was finally purchased from British Rail on the 20th of December 1996.  Work then commenced to re-roof, re-glaze and re-wire the building as well as replacing the trackwork and clearing the weeds and rubbish.  All this work was done by a very committed band of volunteers as well as contractors.

By the beginning of 1998 most of the initial work had been completed.  It was then we were able to advertise in the national railway press that the roundhouse was open for business and that we were seeking locomotive owners to base their collections at Barrow Hill.  In July 1998, before the first owners had arrived, it was decided to hold an open day to promote the Roundhouse.  With the help of Geoff Silcock (a well known photographer and photographic charter operator) we hired in four working steam locomotives and for the first time in over thirty-five years the Roundhouse reverberated to the sound of steam again.  It is worth noting that the first steam locomotive back in the Roundhouse in 1998 was the Johnson half-cab 41708 which had spent most of its working life at Barrow Hill during the early part of the twentieth century!

Now five years on we have held many successful open days and have enhanced the facilities at Barrow Hill Roundhouse considerably.  There is now a platform and running line as well as the addition of many sidings.  Several existing features have been restored as well as many new features added.  There are also now over sixty Steam, Diesel and Electric locomotives at Barrow Hill plus numerous wagons and coaches.

Each year we hold a Steam Gala in July and a Diesel Gala in October both of which are becoming extremely popular.  We also open in the winter for Santa steam trains.  The galas' always feature visiting locomotives as well as trade stands, train rides, catering and a free bus service from Chesterfield Railway Station operated by a local bus preservation group.  The atmosphere in the Roundhouse is fantastic particularly when full of steam.

Now the railway centre is firmly established I am looking forward to further enhancements over the next few years which will include the Deltic Depot (built by the Deltic Preservation Society), extension up the Springwell Branch, Diesel maintenance sheds, station run-round, platform enhancements, installation of a number of replica smoke hoods, purchase of a signal box and the rebuilding of the coaling stage.

Finally I would like to thank all the committed individual volunteers, my fellow committee and management colleagues, the Chesterfield Borough Council and all the other organisations that have helped make my dream of Saving a Roundhouse become a reality - Thank You.


Forthcoming Events at Barrow Hill


5/6 July - Model Engineering Gala - this will involve all gauges of models as well as three large GWR locomotives including Foxcote Manor.

12/13 July – Steam Gala weekend - this involves 7 GWR locomotives including the three above.  Also this event will mark the re-opening of the Springwell Branch as well as the re-instatement of the Smokehoods.  It is planned

that the event will be opened by Pete Waterman.  Train rides will operate all day and there will be trade stands etc.


Voyaging Around Yorkshire


Paul Slater


















I saw my first Voyagers on test runs at York in the summer of 2001, and at the beginning of 2002 I began to see them in regular service.  I noticed that some trains were always operated by Voyagers, and I decided that I would have a ride on one.  My first journey on a Voyager was on a Bristol-Newcastle service; I boarded it at Sheffield and alighted at the next stop, Doncaster.  It was only a short run, but was enough to give me a sense of what a ride on one of these trains was like.  The interior, like the scarlet-and-silver outside, was very bright and smart and modern, and the speed and acceleration were impressive.  During the summer months the Voyagers had suffered from overcrowding, but there were plenty of seats spare in the one I travelled on, 221108 “Sir Ernest Shackleton”.  I watched to see if it would tilt, but although it took the curves past Rotherham at speed, it did not appear to behave in any unconventional fashion, and the sharp curve between Swinton and Mexborough was taken very sedately; later, I learned that only one section of line had been passed for tilting, and it was nowhere near South Yorkshire.  My ticket was checked by a pretty blonde conductress, and when she stood on the platform by the door of her train during the stop at Doncaster, I managed to include her in a photograph with the train operating company’s name, Virgin – not intended as a visual pun, unless the word “virgin” is used in the old, general sense to mean a young woman.

When the full service of Voyagers was introduced, I began to see many more of the new trains.  At Fenwick Crossing, north of Doncaster, I took a friend to see them as they sped across the flat countryside on an autumn afternoon.  At Swinton I first saw a train or locomotive with a name in Cornish, as the nameplate of 220029 “Cornish Voyager” also gives it in that language, “Vyajer Kernewek”.  At Meadowhall, among the crowd of home going Saturday shoppers, I was jeered at by youths as I photographed Voyagers speeding through, headlamps blazing in the dusk.  At Doncaster, on a dismal wet November afternoon, I tried my camera in available-light conditions, using the light from the darkening sky and the platform lamps and the Voyagers’ headlamps, and was pleased with the results.

My second ride on a Voyager was from Doncaster to York; the train was 221113 “Sir Walter Raleigh”, one of the very few Voyagers to have a name which was once carried by a steam locomotive – in this case, Southern Region “Lord Nelson” 4-6-0 no. 30852.  It was a day of intermittent heavy rain, and the countryside looked wintry and waterlogged.  It was a month before Christmas and the dark would come down early, so I did not visit the National Railway Museum or explore the streets of York, but stayed on the station, seeing several more Voyagers, before returning to Doncaster as the sun set.  My journey back was in one of the shortened Inter-City 125 trains operated by Virgin, which seemed very spacious and old-fashioned after the Voyager, I really enjoyed the journey, looking out at the familiar countryside now dramatically lit by the winter sunset.

On a dark, dismal Saturday in December, when it never really got light, I travelled as far as Leeds, changing trains at Wakefield.  In the deepening gloom I rode into Leeds on a Virgin Inter-City 125 bound for Dundee; it was crowded with young people and their luggage, presumably students going home for Christmas, and it reminded me of the long journeys I had made, in an earlier generation of diesel-powered expresses, in the days before I bought a car.  The Dundee HST was running very late, and so was the train on which I returned to Wakefield, 220032 “Grampian Voyager” on an Aberdeen-Cardiff service.  It was crowded, but after taking a photograph of it under the high roof at the newly-rebuilt Leeds station, and struggling with an internal door which I did not realise had to be opened by pressing a lighted button, I managed to get an aisle seat.  It was the first time I had been in a Voyager after dark, and I thought that the interior looked very bright and modern and welcoming, with many spotlights and computerised displays.  The window seat was reserved, but when the conductor apologised over the public-address system for the lateness of the train and said that the reservations were invalid, passengers should sit wherever they could, I changed seats.  By the window, I no longer had such a good view of the interior of the carriage and my fellow-passengers, but I could see better outside.  The train was hurrying out of the city, the engines quite loud on the gradient; I looked out at the dark roads, remembered when I had lived in Leeds in the late 1960s, and enjoyed seeing familiar places from the bright new train as it sped along.  I got another photograph of “Grampian Voyager”, rain showing clearly in the brilliant headlamp beam.

Soon after the New Year, on a Wednesday when I had a day’s holiday from work, I travelled for the first time in a Voyager over the former Swinton & Knottingley Joint line.  The train was 221122 “Doctor Who”; I boarded it at Sheffield, and alighted at Wakefield.  It was running late.  The day was bitterly cold, and snow was lying in our garden and in the street outside our house when I left that morning.  I enjoyed the speed round the curves at Rotherham and at the site of Wath Road Junction; the sun came out, illuminating the interior of the carriage with a fiery golden light.  Outside, the winter landscape, patched and streaked with snow, looked really beautiful. “Doctor Who” took me past two of my regular locations for railway photography on that line, the stations at Swinton

and Moorthorpe.  I hoped to get another Voyager back to Sheffield, but an incident near Darlington meant that all southbound long-distance trains through Wakefield were delayed, and I returned on an all-stations Pacer.

The following Wednesday, I travelled for the first time in a Voyager over the Midland main line south from Sheffield.  I rode on 221104 “Sir John Franklin” on a Dundee-Cardiff service as far as the first stop, Chesterfield, once I had extricated myself from the sliding door which had closed on me as I boarded the train at Sheffield.  It was the first time for several years that I had travelled between Sheffield and Chesterfield; it was a pleasant run in the winter sunshine, up the long gradient through the southern suburbs of Sheffield, through a tunnel, then downhill though attractive scenery past Dronfield, Unstone and Sheepbridge.  At Chesterfield I did some photography at the station, and then walked up into the town centre to get some views of the famous crooked spire before returning to Sheffield in fading light on board 221125 “Henry the Navigator”, running late on a Bristol-Dundee service.

A few days later, I travelled again from Doncaster to York.  The train this time was 221138 “Thor Heyerdahl” on a service from Cardiff terminating at York because of work on the East Coast Main Line further north.  I looked at the explanatory plaque about its namesake which all Super Voyagers carry, and remembered reading Heyerdahl’s “The Kon Tiki Expedition” for English O-levels back in the 1950s, one of the more enjoyable of my school set books.  After watching trains from the south terminating at York, I returned to Doncaster on “Thor Heyerdahl” while it was still light.  The Super Voyager was heading for Bristol; I twice changed my seat when the display lit up to show a reservation, but when I realised that every seat on the train was showing a reservation from Newcastle, whereas the train started at York and was three-quarters empty, I decided to stay put.

In February I travelled from Sheffield to Derby, breaking my journey at Chesterfield and using Midland Mainline HST's as well as Voyagers.  It was another sunny but very cold day, with a little snow lying; the hilly countryside on the eastern edge of the Peak District looked very attractive, and it was another enjoyable journey.  From Chesterfield to Derby I rode on 221127 “Wright Brothers” on a Dundee-Cardiff service, and from Chesterfield back to Sheffield on 221122 “Doctor Who” again.  I passed another of my one-time regular train-watching locations, Clay Cross.

The Voyagers were now beginning to lose their novelty, but I made a point of riding on one from Doncaster to York on a Saturday when I hoped to see Hertfordshire Rail Tours “Crown and Sceptre” charter.  It was another sunny, cold day, good for photography both at York station and in the historic city centre, and the train I travelled on from Doncaster was 221102 “John Cabot”.  The “Crown and Sceptre” arrived in the twilight, and once I had photographed its three locomotives I decided not to wait for a Voyager back to Doncaster, but I travelled on the first available train, a GNER express propelled by a 91.

These short winter excursions had given me an opportunity to sample Voyagers on a variety of local routes, and I had enjoyed using the new trains to see familiar places or ride on lines I had not recently travelled.  My initial impression of the Voyagers is that they are bright, modern and fast, but not without problems concerning timekeeping and reservations; they seem much less spacious than HST's, but are not at all uncomfortable on short journeys.  In months to come I may user them for longer trips.




Didn’t we have a lovely time the day we went to Brighton via Cardiff?


by Chris Tyas




Star date 09.05.03.  It’s 04.15 in the morning and the alarm as just gone off.  There really should only be one 04.15 in a day, but it’s time to get out of bed if I want to catch the 05.35 to Kings X.  I arrive at the station shortly after 05.00 and already the empty stock is in platform 4 waiting to go to Hull to form the Hull to Kings X service, the power cars are 43107 & 43114.  In platform 8 91103 is at the head of the 06.15 to Edinburgh & on the goods road 56094 is on a freight.  Meanwhile 66207 comes through the station from the north on an Enterprise.  91119 finally arrives on the 05.35 to Kings X.  I board and find a seat to relax all the way to the Cross; in Belmont yard 60071 & 37695 are seen.

En route at Peterborough 66704 + 66702 are outside their shed and also seen in the area are 66195, 60078, 60050 & 60084.  Shunting at Bounds Green was 08853, while at Kings X 47776 was on Thunderbird duty; also in the station waiting to head north were 91120 and 91101.

Upon arrival at Paddington with about ten minutes to spare before departing on the 08.00 Swansea service with 43131 + 43032 to Cardiff, also in the station were 43192 & 43019.  Seen on Old Oak Common were 67007, 47815 and 58035, while 37601 was seen on North Pole.  In Acton yard were 66170, 59201 and 66217; while 66236 was seen working in the Southall area.  At Reading 43125 + 43028 were seen heading to Paddington.

66035, 66135 and 37668 were at Didcot, 08676 was passed at Swindon and 66202 was on a freight at Bristol Parkway.  In the Newport area 66008, 66136, 56113,

37798 and 09101 were all seen.

On arrival in Cardiff I had a few minutes before catching a train to Coryton as I required the line from Heath Jct.  Back in Cardiff I had some time to kill before catching the 12.00 to Brighton, seen in the Cardiff area were 66157, 60004, 43165, 43143, 67023, 60091, 43028, 43125, 43172, 43149 and 31452 top and tailing with 31602 on the 12.00 to Brighton.

We left a few minutes late and passing through Newport once again 60012, 56113, 66089, 56083, and 60005 were seen.  Upon departure from Severn Tunnel Junction, I decided to take up position at the front window and have a listen to the engines, the climb back out of the tunnel was tremendous with both locos working on full power; it was almost reminiscent of the days when the class 31s were run up on the Doncaster works test house.  At Bristol 67006 & 43020 were in the area, while later on in the journey 60088 & 59004 were seen in the Westbury area and 66501 was seen at Southampton.

After arrival in Brighton I had time to photograph the train before catching 375320 to Hove so I could get some shot’s of the 31s on the 17.00 return working to Cardiff.  Before catching the 17.20 to Haywards Heath formed of unit 1845, and then it was time to catch a Thameslink service to Kings X formed with 319448.  At Gatwick 73208 was waiting to form a service to Victoria alongside 460008 also on a Victoria service.  At kings X were 91129, 47776 and 91119 on my train the 19.30 to Leeds.

 Seen en route in the Peterborough area 66195, 66173, 60050, 60060, 60084, 66087and 66701.  Back at Doncaster 66130 and 66249 were seen on freights.


Robin’s Review


No 20 A tribute to RAILWAY WORLD









Railway World was published for the last time in February 2003 by Ian Allan Publishing.

I reviewed Railway World (RW) in Trans Pennine No 109 Robin’s Review No. 6 in which I said:

    “Railway world is still a multi-coloured swap shop of everything to do with railways with a heavy slant on preservation and light rail.  The photography is particularly good”.

As Robin’s reviews go No. 6 was particularly difficult to research as a lot of the early history of the magazine was lost in the grey of the war years; I now find I have to correct some of the things I said in 1999!

The title RW came into being in 1952 (not 1953) and September 2002 was its 50th anniversary issue.

Ian Allan choosing to mark the 50th anniversary of the title Railway World, not its former titles Railways and Railway Pictorial.

However I read with interest the article in the anniversary edition “Ian Allan Reminisces”.  It says Railway World Ltd was incorporated on 10th January 1941! (The History is taking some unravelling).

RW remained a separate company until October 1959, when it was acquired by Ian Allan.

From then onwards right up to the last edition of RW the company policy was that RW would look after the Historical and Enthusiasts side and Trains Illustrated (now Modern Railways) should aim towards the professional market.

The final edition of RW consisted of 80 pages divided up into news 40 pages covering National Network News, Stocklist, Railtour Review, Heritage Mainline and Private Lines all informative and bang up to date.

Features consisted of eight pages divided into; Full Frame (six pages of photography); Pen & Ink (Letters); and Mixed Goods a good title for reviewing Videos DVDs and Books.

The Specials section consisted of six articles a whole host of everything Steam, Historical, Modern and Classic Traction in the form of The Falcon Story about the famous Brush prototype.

Altogether an excellent magazine but still jack of all trades and master of none!

Something had been in the air for sometime as back in 2001 the long time Editor Michael Harris retired through ill health and RW became caretaker edited by a company called Virtual Solutions on behalf of Ian Allan.

Then last summer there were rumours that RW was closing.  I was surprised but not surprised as for a long time RW was marking time in a very competitive  market something most magazines cannot afford to do!  Also Colin Marsden left Railway Magazine for pastures new!

Early in 2003 the February edition of RW hit the streets and the editorial answered all those questions that had built up in ones mind (or most of them anyway).  RW was closing and this was to be the last issue……….

A new magazine edited by Colin Marsden called “Railways Illustrated”

would be published from next month on behalf of Ian Allan.

Interestingly going back to the RW 50th anniversary edition the last paragraph in the Ian Allan Reminisces article says and I quote “I don’t think anyone knows quite where railway periodicals are going.  Everyone knows there are too many magazines to support the market.  It may well be the survival of the fittest thank goodness RW is petty healthy”.

In 1999 it had a circulation of 18,000; I wonder how many bought the last edition?

The end of a very famous title that has been around all my life… Dead but not yet will it rise from the ashes using another famous Ian Allen title Illustrated.

In the next edition of Trans-Pennine I’ll review Railways Illustrated by then it will have been on the newsagents shelves 6 months.


Pennine Observer Notes










Eastern Region

Recent sightings at Lincoln have been:

Mar 6                170398 Bombardier livery

Mar 7                60092 on coal train

Mar 11              60050 on coal train

Mar 19              56007 light engine

Mar 26              60080 on coal train

Mar 31              66605 on blue tanks

Apr 1                  66607 on oil train

Apr 3                  66052 on coal train

Apr 4                  66078 and 66211 on coal trains, 66605 on                       oil train

Apr 7                  66021 on coal train

Apr 8                  66174 and 66211 on coal trains, 66611 on                       oil train

Apr 9                  56032 and 66215 on coal trains

Apr 14                66605 on oil train

Apr 15                60045 on oil train

Apr 16                66217 on vans

Apr 22                60050 on oil train

Apr 24                60065 on oil train

Seen at Peterborough on 7 March were 66703, 66704, 66709, 66708, 60039, 47787, 66015, 66129, 66196 and 08528.

Seen at Peterborough on 17 March were 66702, 66707, 37709, 47787 and 60063.

On the same day at Ipswich were 66537, 66532, 90041, 90042, 90046, 60016, 86628, 86627, 86620, 86609, 66538, 66561, 47309, 57001 and 57009.

On the following day at Ipswich were 66504, 66537, 57011, 66533, 86426, 86637, 86615, 86609, 90044, 90045, 66539, 47730, 47309, 86610, 86633, 37607/37608 and 66561.

Noted at Doncaster on 19 March were 66545, 66547, 60025, 67005, 67027 and Thunderbird 47727.

Seen at Peterborough on 25 March 66708, 37694, 37203, 47778 and 56069.

The following have been seen working on the Gainsborough – Barnetby line:

Mar 16 60020 and 66128 on p.w. train, 66147 and 66186 on coal trains

Apr 5 66037 on coal train

Apr 6 66053, 66065 and 66242 on coal trains

Noted at Doncaster on 2 April were 66068, 66163, 66183, 66078, 66128, 66153, 66190, 66551, 66529, 66543, 60076, 60031, 56081, 67016, 67008, 37694 + 37698 and Thunderbird 47744.

Seen at Peterborough on 14 April were 66707, 66702, 66704, 66705, 66706, 37051, 66195 and 66212.

Noted at Ipswich on the same day were 90045, 90046, 66501, 57005, 57007, 57011, 47818, 47303, 66535, 47370 and 57010.

Other recent sightings have been:

Mar 17 47773 on Riviera Trains special at  Grantham

Mar 24 66116 and 60025 stabled at Peterborough

Mar 26 60005 on Lafarge train at Sleaford

Apr 12 47799 + D9016 (failed) on special, 56058 on goods train, 66533 on freightliner at Temple Hirst Junction

Apr 18 66235 and 66553 on coal trains at Fenwick

Apr 19 66106 and 66533 on freightliners

Apr 26 66106 on goods train, 66705 light engine at Barkston South Junction

Class 90 locos seen on Liverpool Street to Norwich workings have been:

Mar 13 90041, 90044 and 90048

Mar 17 90043, 90044 and 90050

Mar 18 90041, 90043 and 90050

Apr 14 90043 and 90048

Apr 15 90041, 90043, 90048

Apr 16 90041 and 90043 (90048 failed and was replaced by 170201)

May 9 90041, 90048 and 90049

May 15 90041, 90046 and 90048

At a recent meeting, Kevin Bonwick won two return tickets to London courtesy of Anglian Railways.  So on Friday 25th April Kevin and Phil Lowis travelled to London and saw the following locos:

90030, 56099, 56115, 47773, 60056, 60076, 66166, 66238, 66703, 66704, 66707, 66708, 66015, 66072 and 66063.


Western Region


47815 was on the Paddington to Penzance sleeper on 9 May and on the Penzance to Paddington sleeper on 15 May.

Noted on 15 May were 60040, 60069, 60017, 60090 and 66236 at Acton and 67028, 09017 (sleeper pilot) and 08841 at Plymouth


Midland Region


Noted at Bescot on 1 March were 56105, 66035, 66064, 66030, 66092, 66002, 66094, 66182, 66246, 66240, 66076, 66167, 66177 and 66716.

Also noted at Warrington on the same day were 37704, 56091, 60079, 66220, 66202, 66201, 66245, 60025, 66171, 66004, 66143 and 60049.

Seen on 29 March were 60031, 37114, 37503, 37042, 56114, 56119, 56117, 56083, 60072, 60078 and 47780 at Bescot; 57603, 66533 and 92003 at Stafford; 66042, 66178, 66141, 66090, 66157, 66075, 66082, 37419 and 37704 at Warrington and 57304 at Preston

Noted at Carlisle on 10 April were 66169, 90035, 56081, 66067, 92041 and Pendolino 390021 on test.

The following were noted working in the North West on 22 April (Easter Tuesday):

86212 12.27 Manchester / Euston

87011 10.00 Euston / Manchester

87026 13.27 Manchester / Euston

86259 13.32 Liverpool / Euston

86229 13.10 Euston / Liverpool

47787 14.00 Holyhead / Birmingham NS

87006 15.27 Manchester / Euston

87007 15.10 Euston / Liverpool

47770 17.19 Manchester / Holyhead

And on Friday 9 May:

87025 16.52 Manchester / Euston

47756 17.19 Manchester / Holyhead

47737 18.18 Crewe / Chester

47746 17.21 Birmingham NS / Holyhead

390022 Northbound test

90016 18.25 Euston / Manchester

90008 18.30 Euston / Glasgow

87004 16.50 Glasgow / Euston

87009 19.32 Liverpool / Euston

86228 20.00 Euston / Liverpool

900071.00 Euston / Liverpool


Railtours and Charter Trains


Locos seen working on recent railtours and charters have been:

Mar 1                 (‘Spinnin State 6) 37109, 37216, 92024, 60008 and 56091

Mar 7                 (‘The Wig and Weasel’) 92009, 37886/37517, 56111 and 92016

Mar 15              (‘The Super Snipe’) 67108 and 66153

Mar 29              (‘The Tyne Line’) 66130, 92005, 60061/60070, 37707/37684 and 56107

Apr 5                 (‘The Blyth and Tyne’) 90027 and 67017

Apr 12               (‘The Wizard Express’) 37698/37712 and 37308/37047

Apr 26               (Railtourer ‘Whitby & Esk Valley’ Tour) 47737 and 66137

May 17              (Nenta Tours Norwich to Newcastle) 67006

May 17              (SRPS Ayr to York) 37411 and 37426

May 17              (Ashford to Newcastle charter) D9000

On 30 April steam loco 46233 Duchess of Sutherland worked a ‘Northern Belle’ Pullman from York to Hull.  But due to a mix up at Hull (hot water supplied to the tender instead of cold), 47798 had to work the train back some 40 minutes late.

LMS 6233 worked a charter from Birmingham International to York and back on 3 April.

On 5 April, 47798 worked an Erdington to York and return charter; 47709 worked a Spondon to Carlisle and return charter and D345 worked a C.F.P.S. tour.

47787 was used on a Victoria to York V.S.O.E. working on 7 April.


Preserved Railways


Locos working at the Great Central Railway 1960s Gala on 22 March were D5830, E6003 and steam locos 4141, 63601 and 90775.

Steam locos 7671 and 47357 were on 5 May at the Midland Railway Centre Vintage Train Day.

Locos used at the North Yorkshire Moors Diesel Gala on 12/13 April were 57306, 66566, 37048, 37197, 37717, D345, 45133, 47292, D7641, D5061 and 56114.  Also working were 153328 and 153352.

Locos working at the Peak Rail Gala on 19 April were E6013, 73107, D3023, 08016, 03158 and D8.

Locos used at the Nene Valley Gala on 26 April were 40306, 31108 and 66706.

On 3 May, DL2 (01002) 63 and “Arnold Machin” were used on steelworks tour trains for the Appleby Frodingham Railway Preservation Society Diesel Day.  Corus locomotives 1, 75, 90, 91, 92 and 94 were at work in the steelworks.

Locos used at the South Devon Railway Gala on 10 May were 20110, 47279, 20166, 20118, 25901, 33110, D2246 and 5786.  Also working was DMU 51604 + 51592.

Locos working at the Mid Hants Diesel Gala on 16 May were 33201, 47224, 46035, 37709, 33208, 40135, 31271, 56104, 08288 and 12049.



Past Summer Saturday


The following were observed by Chris Theaker between Torquay and Exeter on Saturday 30th July 1977:

25187, 25210, 25215, 25216, 25217, 25264, 25269

33002, 33008, 33031

45002, 45005, 45009, 45012, 45021, 45023, 45024, 45030, 45039, 45049, 45061, 45066, 45071

47028, 47033, 47035, 47055, 47060, 47072, 47108, 47146, 47147, 47152, 47166, 47171, 47196, 47205, 47258, 47262, 47327, 47477, 47479, 47545

46005, 46022, 46025, 46029, 46034, 46047, 46048, 46053

50003, 50005, 50008, 50011, 50014, 50018, 50020, 50024, 50026, 50028, 50029, 50032, 50038, 50042, 50045, 50049

P461, P470, P553

(How times have changed)


Pennine Quiz No. 113


Ken King









1. How many sets of water troughs were there between Euston and Glasgow Central?

2. Which is the first EWS Class 66 to accumulate 10,000 engine hours?

3. Which Class 142 went to Canada for demonstration purposes?

4. What was the original gauge of the Ulster Railway?

5. In which year did the N.E.R. open The Royal Station Hotel at York?

6. Which year saw the collapse of Penmanshiel Tunnel?

7. Name the station --------- Troy

8. On what date was Horwich Parkway station opened?

9. Which locos hauled Hertfordshire Rail Tours “Route 66” in 1998?

10. Which line is marketed as ‘The Blackberry Line’?

11. What was the number of the 1,000th diesel locomotive built at Derby?

12. Name the station ---------- and Jarvis Halt

13. At whose yard was GT3 scrapped?

14. In which year was “The Rhinelander” renamed “The Lorelei”?

15. On what date was Millbrook Freightliner Terminal opened?

16. What name was bestowed on Irish GM locomotive No. 150 on 15th June 1996?

17. Which was the only Class 50 to be cut up at Laira?

18. Which station invited passengers to “alight here for Woburn Abbey”?

19. Which service is marketed as ‘The Gainsborough Line’?

20. ‘Ponder castle way’ is an anagram of which diesel locomotive name (two words)?

21.  Which class of locomotive was known locally as ‘Retford Pacifics’?

22.  What was the name of the vessel which operated the final years of the New Holland Pier to Hull Corporation Pier service?

23.  What is the English translation of Cyffordd Dyli station?

24.  What aid to railways did John Ramsbottom invent in 1860?

25.  What is the name of the Isle of Man Steam Railway locomotive No. 4?


Pennine Quiz No. 112


The Answers







1. Hull

2. London

3. Liverpool

4. Cardiff

5. Leeds

6. Glasgow

7. Wrexham

8. Edinburgh

9. Swansea

10. Portsmouth

11. Dublin

12. Liege

13. Aberdeen

14. Paris

15. Amiens

16. Bradford

17. Ghent

18. Birmingham

19. Peterborough

20. Manchester

21. Eccles

22. Brussels

23. Wigan

24. Harrogate

25. Carlisle


Pennine Quiz No. 112


The Winners

1st John Dewing

2nd Ken King

 Only two entries received – congratulations to the winners.


Pennine Meetings 2003.










All meetings are held at the Salutation Inn, South Parade, Doncaster starting at 20.00 on 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month.


Wednesday 18th June

Andy Dalby


Wednesday 2ndJuly

Tony Brown


Wednesday 16th July

Chris Tyas


Wednesday 6th August

Steve Philpot


Wednesday 20th August

Tony Caddick


Wednesday 3rd September

Robin Havenhand


Wednesday 17th September

K Glossop


Wednesday 1st October.

Pennine Slide Competition.


Thanks to everyone who has done shows so far this year.




I would like to thank the following for their generous contributions to this issue: Mervyn Allcock, Tony Caddick, Andy Dalby, John Dewing, Ken King, Steve Payne, John Sanderson, Paul Slater, Robin Skinner, Chris Theaker and Chris Tyas.


Next Issue


The Autumn 2003 Issue of Trans Pennine is due for publication on 17th September. Would contributors please let the coordinator have their information by Friday 29th August – THANK YOU.  The next issue will be number 125, so how about articles and unusual sightings and workings about HST's.  Remember, you can now email your contributions to


Crewe Works Open Weekend


The following were on display at Crewe on Saturday May 31st (list supplied by Andy Dalby):-


Steam Locos

LMS 45157  46441  5690  6201 6233

GWR 4936  5199  5972  7760  7822

SR 34045

LNER 60009  6080

BR 76079  92134


Diesel Electric and Hydraulic Locos

08   08098  08830  D4173 (08943)

20   D8087 (20087)  D8154 (20154)

31   31152  31459

37   37038  D6700 (37119)  37410

40   40135

45   45112

46   46035

47   47709  47712  47798  47844

52   D1023

56   56115

57   57301

66/0   66250

66/7   66713

67      67002


Electric Locos

86   86261

87   87001 87002 (in new Porterbrook livery)

90   60028

92   92001