THE MAGAZINE OF THE PENNINE
Issue No. 26 - April 1979
NOTES FROM THE COMMITTEE
Welcome to the
second gigantic "Trans Pennine" of 1979.
As proved by the
February magazine, the new typewriter and streamlined magazine
production have made a fantastic improvement in the quality of
"Trans Pennine", but there is still a problem, namely a last minute
flood of material for entry in the magazine. Obviously, we are ever
grateful to everyone who sends information, but it would be a great
help if all such material could be submitted well in advance of the
intended publication date (1st Wednesday of each even-numbered
Thank you to all
who have attended and entertained at our social evenings throughout
the winter months, especially the three lads from Oldham ,who came
to the March meeting in Sheffield.
The demand for
places on society visits has been overwhelming so much so that
demand has outstripped the places available on the majority of
trips. The few visits with places still available are listed on this
Once again, a
reminder of two new telephone numbers: President, Geoff
Bambrough-Doncaster (0302) 856215; Membership Secretary, Tom
- MULTI COLOURED STEAM SHOW
Slide show at the
"Masons' Arms" Doncaster
Presented by Jack Davis.
TUESDAY 8th.MAY -
TOMMYS, PEAKS, DELTICS AND THINGS
Slide show at the
"Grapes Inn", Trippet lane, Sheffield (20.00) Presented by Jon
- EVENING BRANCH LINE TOUR
at approx.18.30 and travelling via. the South Yorkshire Joint Line &
the LD&ECR to Lincoln Central. Return via. the Great Central.
1st/2nd.JUNE - SOUTH WALES DEPOTS.
from Doncaster and Sheffield,
to South Wales depots.
Children £5.00 Non-members 50p.extra.
6th.JUNE - SLIDE SHOW
At the "Masons'
Arms" Doncaster (19.30). Presented by John Sanderson.
- GRAND CHALLENGE QUIZ
At the "Grapes
Inn" Trippet Lane, Sheffield (20.00). SYRPC. v. Pennine v. The
Would any member
interested in a weekday visit to King's Cross Power Box, contact the
Fixtures Secretary as soon as possible (Accomodation is very
Model Railway Society have invited a party of Pennine members to see
their layout in action on Sunday 15th.July.Please contact Robin
Skinner for details.
LOCOMOTIVE STOCK ALTERATIONS
Below are listed all
alterations to British Railways, locomotive fleet since the
publication of the "Motive Power Pocket Book - Winter 1979" and also
reported alterations to industrial fleets and preserved ex. BR
Copies of the
"Motive Power Pocket Book" are available from the Society's
Promotions Officer at a special price for PRS members.
016;03 045;03 103;08 092;08 151;08 152;08 155;08 156;08 173;08
175;08 315;24 047 24 082;27 201;31 013;44 002;44 009;
84 001. (08
180 withdrawn then reinstated to MR
Locomotive To Store (serviceable)
08 035-LE;08 036-CD then WN;08 052-CA;08 115-DR;o8 207-CA;08
226-YK;08 230-MR;08 331-IM;
08 347-YK;08 361-EJ;08
399-LO;08 400-LE;08 465-CD;08 484-CF;08 549-MR; 08 561-GM;08 592-RG;
08 636-MG;08 632TE (ex.store); 08 646-BR;08 853-ED;08 953-NA;20
003-IM then TI; 20 046 IM to TI;20 093/4/5-IM;20 103/6-IM then TI;20
107-IM;20 144/5 TI;25 050-ED;25 064-ED;25 066-IS;
25 076-ED;25 083-HA;25
139/40-CD;25 186-CD;25 211-LO;25 237-ED;31 101/2-TE;31 113-MR;
31 128-BR; 31 135-OCQ1 147-IM then TI 149-TI;31 151-SF;31 156-MR
then IM;31 159-BR;
31 161-MRQ1 167-TE;31
183-MR;31 194-MR;31 237-U;31 248~IM;31 257-BR;31 266-IM;31 270-YK;
31 307-BR01 311IM then TI;31 317-IM;37 020-TE;37 026-ML;37 028-HM
then ED;37 029-GD; 37 042-TE07 046-ED07 056-ML;37 081-ML;37
095/6-HM;37 103/5/12-HM;37 120-SFQ7 124/5/6/737 129-ML;37 131/2IM07
137/9-ML;37 156/7-MLO7 289/90-CF;40 012-KD;40 o68-GD;4o o81/3/44o
094-SP;40 138/9-KD;40 150-HA;45 020/3TI;45 063-YK;47 015-CF;47
149-LA then ED;47 204-T 47 205-CD;47 316-im;47 331-BS;47 337/8-BS;47
347-CD;47 431/57/8/60/1-IM;47 473-LE;
Locomotives Reclassified and Renumbered
47 493 now 47
701;47 504 now 47 702;47 514 now 47 703;47 495 now 47 704;47 554 now
47 705; 47 494 now 47 7M. All are now allocated to HA.
Differences ~ current fittings are shown.
08 353 vr;08 363
vrh;08 393 a;08 399 a;08 405 a;08 413 a;08 449 a;08 459 v;08 499
a;08 501. 08 511 a;25 037 xb;25 049 xb;25 190 xo;25 192 xo;25 209
xo;25 211 xo;25 212 xo;25 235 xb; 26 014 vb01 131 xb;31 145 xi;31
154 xi;31 159 xi;31 166 xi;31 212 xb;31 299 vo;31 307 xi; 31 311
x0Q1 419 e;31 423 e;37 009 xo;37 027 xb;37 038 xb07 054 xb;37 096
x0Q7 107 xb; 37
112 xiQ7 116 xbM 145 xi;40 148 xb;40 150 xb;40 152 xi;47 093 i;47
207 b;47 208 b; 47
210 b;47 211 b;47 212 is;47 218 is;47 221 is;47 226 os;47 275 os;47
286 bs;47 291 bs; 47 292 is;47 295 is;47 296 is;47 297 is;47 298
bs;76 038 ai;
86 032/37 are not
multiple-fitted (wired only).
Locomotive Names (official)47
079 now "G .J. CHURCHWARD"; 47 082/3 now carry both nameplates; 47
088/9 carry at least one nameplate;47 169 now "Great Eastern';
47 500 now "Great Western";47 513 now "Severn";
50 019 is "Ramilles"
(note spelling);47 701/3 are "Saint Andrew etc.;
86 207 now "City of Lichfield";86 208 now "City of Chester; 86 241
Add 74 010 R&D
Add- 03 037 British Oak, Crigglestone, W. Yorks.;07 013 Dow
Chemicals, Norfolk; 08 077 CorpachPaper
Mills, Nr. Fort William; Amend- 2193 NCB Garw Coll.Blaen Garw; 07
003 British Industrial Sand, Staffs.;4070 Whittle Colliery.
Northumberland; 4092 named "CHRISTINE"; 9502 Weetslade Coal Prep
Tyne & Wear; 9513 Ashington Coll.; 9535N.C.B.Backworth,Tyne & Wear;
Delete 2148/50/78(2nd.inclusion 2123-2186-3648-4074-all scrapped.
Add- 07 010
Winchester & Alton Railway;
ZM 32 A. M.
Keef, Cote Farm, Cote, Nr. Bampton, Kent.
TYNE AND WEAR METRO
by John Glossop
Later this year
the first section of the Metro should be opened between Haymarket
and Benton Four Lane Ends, after more than 8 years of planning and
go back to 1971 when the Tyneside Passenger Transport Authority and
Executive were faced with the problem of deciding on what type of
public transport policy to peruse to meet the requirements of the
1980's.They made a recommendation based on the results of a Land Use
and Transportation Study that took place in the late 1960's.The main
problems they faced at the time were that public transport services
were not properly integrated and busses were suffering more and more
from the effects of traffic congestion. Moreover the existing rail
network failed to serve the city centre and was operated by slow and
ageing DMU's making an annual loss of around £1.1/2m. The study
examined a number of
possibilities and decided upon a super-tram system, linked with a
fully integrated network of bus services.
Metro is aimed at
increasing the mobility of the population around Tyneside, which will
be done by revising existing bus services so that they form
connectional services for the Metro and do not compete against
it. The new network will consist of 42 stations, built around the old
British Rail Tynemouth loop and South Shields-Newcastle lines. The
Metro system includes two new underground lines through the city
centre; one running North to South from the old Jesmond Station to a
new station at Heworth, situated between Gateshead and Felling; and
the second running East to West from Manors to a new station at
St. James' Park. The North-South line crosses the Tyne on a new bridge
built between the King Edward and High Level bridges going into
tunnel again on the Gateshead side under Gateshead MPD. which is
British Rail's excuse for a ban on all visits tb the depot.
The Metrocars are
articulated sets built on three bogies, being built by Metropolitan
Cammell at Birmingham, using GEC Ltd. electrical equipment and
bogies built by the German Dewag Company. Metrocars are are
electrically powered, collecting electric current via a single
pantograph from an overhead supply of 1,500 volts DC. Each Metrocar
has a powered bogie at each outer end with a non-powered bogie
beneath the centre articulated vestibule. Each powered bogie
incorporates a single motor which drives both axles through hypoid
gearboxes with a ratio of 4,455:1.The traction motor is rated at 187
KW (241 hp). The braking system employs both rheostatic braking
and disc brakes, plus magnetic track brakes for use in emergency.
Track Gauge 1435
mm. Lengths over end panels 27800 mm.
Width over side
panels 2650 mm. Overall height 3445 mm.
above rail level 3500mm. Width of passenger doorways 1300 mm.
weight 39 tonnes Seating capacity 84
(at 6 per m2) 188
Maximum speed 80
Km/H (50 m.p.h.)
Scheduled operating speed 40 Km/H (25m.p.h.)
Maximum curve 50
Metres Maximum acceleration fully loaded 1 M/S2
deceleration fully loaded 1 M/S2
deceleration fully loaded-emergency braking 2.3 M/S2
Metrocars have a slower maximum speed than the present DMU's (50mph. compared to 75mph), but with far superior
acceleration, journey times from the coast to Newcastle will be
cut,e ven though there will be more stops .The PTE has taken over
South Gosforth Depot .from British Rail and will keep and maintain
Work on the Metro
tunnels beneath Newcastle began back in October 1974 and most of the
tunnelling in Newcastle itself is now complete and test trains have
been running for some months between South Gosforth and
Haymarket. The new Tyne Bridge is a steel girder bridge built by the
Cleveland Bridge Company. It has a span of 540 ft. at a height of 81
ft above the water level at high tide, these dimensions being
necessary to allow ships to get up the Tyne to the dockyards. This
had been completed by last November, although tunnelling under
Gateshead MPD. was only just beginning by this time. The new viaduct
across the Ouseburn Valley at Byker has a maximum height of 98
ft. and is half-a-mile long, being made up of 18 spans, the longest of
which is 226 ft. The viaduct is built out of concrete sections
(strengthened by steel) which interlock together, the gaps being
filled with glue! This type of structure is claimed to be very strong
as well as simple and cheap to build. The concrete sections were
brought to the site by lowlander and then lifted into position using
a simple crane and hoist system, the sections then fit together very
much like children's building bricks and any gaps are filled with
glue, although the designers assure us that the viaduct would stand
up without the glue anyway.
The tunnels in
Newcastle are being driven through boulder clay and are being lined
with cast-iron or concrete segments. In Gateshead the tunnels are
being driven through sandstone and excavated coal seams, some of
which are from mine workings dating back to the Middle Ages and
these have had to be filled before tunnelling started. The tunnels in
Newcastle are now virtually complete, with the tunnels in Gateshead
needing much more work. At Monument Station in the centre of
Newcastle the twin-track North-South and East-West routes cross and
direct access is being provided with the Eldon Square Shopping
centre for the Metro is located at South Gosforth and this controls
the signalling and keeps radio-communication with all
Metrocars. Closed-circuit TV will also be used at all major Metro
Tickets on Metro
will be mainly from automatic ticket machines and the PTE hope to
increase the use of Travelcards system of bus-rail interchange
tickets based on a zonal system is being examined at the moment, but
due to lack of success with the system elsewhere it seems unlikely
it will be adopted now.
To assess the
capabilities of Metrocars and to test their reliability a test track
was built along the alignment of the dismantled Backworth Colliery
Railway and Seaton Burn Wagonway. The test track incorporates a
section of 1 in
gradient (steeper than any gradients on the Metro system) ,a road
level crossing a footpath crossing, a farmer's occupation crossing, a
loop line consisting of several reverse curves and there was
originally a short tunnel built to the same dimensions as the
tunnels on the actual system, but this had to be demolished in 1978
so that the first vehicles built for the Hong Kong Metro could be
tested, these being built to a wider loading gauge than Metrocars.
TWO KILLED IN
A SNCF train
ferry "St. Germain" and a freight vessel collided off the French
coast near Dunkirk in thick fog on 21st.February.The ferry (which
was sailing for Dover) was badly damaged and one member of it's crew
and a schoolboy from Sutton, Surrey were killed. Four others were
taken to hospital in Dunkirk.
vessel, a Liberian iron-ore ship named "ArtadV' was also damaged.
The front car of
a Helensburgh Central to Airdrie train became derailed after hitting
a pile of sleepers near Dalreoch Tunnel in Dumbartonshire, on
18th.February.Less than a hour later, another train was derailed in
the same area. The second train, on the Dumbarton Central to Balloch
Central-service collided with a 40 gallon oil-drum, near Alexandria.
CALL FOR IMPROVED
A delegation of
Sheffield's civic and industrial leaders met British Railways
officials in London on 6th.February,asking for major improvements in
the rail-link between the two cities.
submitted by the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive would
make Sheffield part of a new electrified network ,linking London with
Leicester, Nottingham, Derby, Sheffield, Manchester (via Woodhead) and
It was claimed
that many firms had been persuaded to go to Leeds, rather than
Sheffield, because although Leeds is 40 miles further away from
London, the journey time was less.
meeting, members of the delegation were "curiously optimistic about
the effect they had on the Board.
Two ideas which
apparently came out of the meeting are a fast push-pull service on
the present route, employing 2x47's on each train and the "Master
Cutler" to be re-routed via Retford to King's Cross and to be formed
by a HST set.
IN BIG FREEZE
workers were killed in two accidents as they battled to keep open
lines badly affected by snow and ice on 16th.February.
year-old man was struck by a local train near Blyth and two other
victims were struck by an express on the Settle & Carlisle line, near
AS BUSSES STOP
and Dronfield Stations temporarily re-opened from 15th.&16th.February
respectively for passenger services to Sheffield Midland, as bus
services were brought to a halt by the "Arctic" conditions and
industrial action by gritter drivers employed by the City of
Sheffield Metropolitan District Council.
Attercliffe Road, Brightside and Dore & Totley Stations were
strengthened and the stations at Darnall, Kiveton Park and Woodhouse
were specially opened on Sunday 18th. February, although Wadsley
The service was
terminated on 19th.February.
TRANS-PENNINE BOOK REVIEW
ABC Locoshed Book
(Published by Ian Allan, price 40p)
excellent front cover picture (congratulations to Dr. Nixon), the
content of this
book has once again deteriorated to a new low. Indeed, what was once
Locospotters bible could now hardly even be recommended to an
atheist. Aside from the
fact that it
seems ludicrous that a book published during March should be correct
to only the previous October/November. A
quick check of the locomotive section revealed
aside from the alterations necessary to make the book up to date. It
is hard to believe that a
supposedly serious allocation book should have class 25s allocated
to Healey Mills, class 45/1s
to Haymarket and 08 666 (Bletchley) allocated to Wath, whilst 20 191
omitted glance through the multiple unit section reveals similar
and Ian Allan
must really try to do better than this if they still wish to be
taken seriously now that their
monopoly in this type of publication has been broken. On the credit
price has been
reduced to 40p (in line with the quality?).
LETTERS TO THE
Mr. P. Pearson,
44, Thievesdale Lane, Worksop, Notts.
Several times in
the past, articles have appeared in our magazine, written by someone
with a remarkable sense of humour. They are not only good-they're
I just thought
that you might find some room for the enclosed.
Have just been
informed (rightly or wrongly)!!!!that the offending locomotive is
NIMBUS': Could well be-it's been there long enough...........
Wishing you all
the best, Mr."P"
EDITOR'S REPLY- indeed the offending loco. is "NIMBUS" (NEST IN
MIDDLE (of) BUFFERS UNDER STEAM PIPE) and the workmen are very
reluctant to move the Deltic, in case it sings" Bye-Bye Blackbird"
K. F. Connell,
1 .Ten Pints Only (Editor's Ale Intake);
2. Is it finished;
3.I name this loco." SKINNER';
4.In a garden
shed at 81,Bowden Wood Cres. Darnall.,
5. Estimated Time Home of a
class 50 is any-time (most
Old Oak HST.;
8.The one with the name plate
9. Did Hull or Barnsley have a railway?;
12.A+B-C or A-B+C
or B-A+C I give in;
15.Reykavic MPD. (Iceland);
three North British Loco. Co. workers are-Mr. Smith, Mr. Jones and
18.I name this loco."BAMBROUGH";
19.MALLARD + GOLDEN
21.All BR locos. had steam in their boilers;
London Underground is 60 years
23.None-these locos. are not up to the standard required in
24.At the front
of a St. Pancras to Sheffield train;
29.Doncaster, Barnsley, Rotherham, Sheffield and Chesterfield;
31.Liverpool-Ormskirk-as it passes near the home of that
famous footballer Ian
33.Doneaster Railway RLFC.;
all loco at Go6dison;
3.5.In the same
shed as the class 76s were built.
37.What's a class 52
38.Mrs.Jones'garden shed + Doncaster;
40.I name this loco."BOOTH",;
Coast Main Line;
The Great Western
Railway completed the construction of Newton Abbot East Signalbox in
July 1928,at a total cost of £2000:1s:6d,of which £4:4s:7d was spent
on an electric cooker.
RAILWAY SOCIETY -
Special events at Bitton Railway Centre, Bristol.
July 2nd.-6th. :
Schools week with locomotive working every day.
15th./16th.: Transport Rally-busses, lorrys, motor cycles, steam
roller, vintage cars etc.
Railway Relic Auction.
COMPETITION NUMBER 15 WINNERS
The winner was
Mr. T. A. Dean of Swallownest, S.Yorks. and runner-up was Mr. N. E. Wright
Doncaster, S.Yorks. Six members tied for third place (T. Caddick, G. E. Collins ,M. E. Collins ,J. Glossop, S. R.Smith and M. Turner) and because of the high standard of their entries, the
thought it unfair
to draw one name out of a hat, so a tie-breaker has been introduced:
What is British
Railways Class 99 ?
Entries to reach
the Magazine Editor before 4th.May 1979.
Post Office 26. 2-6-2 Tank
2. 1962 27.
London Liverpool Street
3. King Arthur
28. C. B. Collett
4. B.R. Gorton 29.
London, Portsmouth, Salisbury, Southampton,
5. 61 30. 6,8,,
6. 41A. Darnall
31. Caledonian Railway
Millerhill 32. 86 211 "City of Milton Keynes"
8. 46 026
Yeomanry" 33. Swinton R.L.F.C.
Park Halt 34. Swindon Town A.F.C.
10. 75 M.P.H. 35.
11. L .J. Soane 36.
12. A.3912 37. 74
13. Reading -
Guildford 38. Dowlais Cae Harris, Dowlais Central, Rhymney
Elms 39. Gloucester (Barnwood), Hereford
16D.Annesley 40. "Byng"
Park, Queens Park, Atlas 41. 46124
Central - St. Pancras 42. Portpatrick & Wigtownshire Joint
18. "Sir Trafford
Leigh Mallory" 43. Axminster
19. 34058 "Sir Frederick Pyle" & 340638 "Kenley"
44. Manchester Pullman
"Doncaster Rovers" 45. Mossend Yard
"General Steam Navigation" 46. 13-1, miles
22. False 47.
West Somerset Railway
23. None 48.
Signal Works 49. 17,000 Lbs.
25. "Choppers" 50. NWI
£2,two runners-up receiving £1.Entries to reach the Magazine Editor
Below are listed
15 towns and, 15 industries served by rail. Can you match them up?
1. Oxwellmains A.
Power Station Waste
2. Trostre B.
3. Stanlow C.
4. Ravenscraig D.
5. Bury St.
Edmunds E. Tinplate
6. Tilmanstone F.
7. Plympton G.
8. Dungeness H.
Warrington I. Steel
10. Peak Forest
11. Speke K. Iron
12. West Burton
15. Kemsley O.
by Peter Barsby
Dinting Railway Centre, Nr. Glossop, Derbyshire.
4-6-0 No.5596 "BAHAMAS".
After many years
of waiting, money has now been raised for restoration.
This loco. needs
retubing and fire-plate repairs should be complete by late 1980.
L.M.S. "Royal Scot" 4-6-0 No.6115 "SCOTS GUARDSMAN". Was returned to
main-line working for a short period but failed a boiler test.
tubes have been replaced and 6115 should be passed for main-line
working again in the near
Webb 0-6-2"Coal Tank 'L.N.W.R.No.1054(B.R.No.58926).
G.C.R. "Tiny"Class 04 No.102(B.R.No.63601).
awaiting major overhaul. Work is due to start later this year.
Midland Railway "Compound"4-4-0 No.1000 (B.R.No.41000).On loan from N.R.M.York. In full working
B.R.Class A2/3 N6.60532"BLUE PETE" '(actually carries
This loco .is on
loan for about five years and will be completely overhauled at
The first loco. to
be outshopped by British Railways from Doncaster Plant bearing a
A4 Class 4-6-2 No.19"BITTERN" (B.R.No.60019). Withdrawn from
service in 1966 and restored for working special trains.
In very bad
condition and in need of many years work before being ready to work.
Hudswell Clarke 06-OT.No.1704"NUNLOW".
general repair and boiler retubing.
1949, this loco. is under restoration and needs new boiler tubes and
Robert Stephenson & Hawthorn
0-6-OST.No.W.D.150"WARRINGTON" In full working
0-4-0 Steam Crane Tank.
loco. is in poor condition and is awaiting major repairs.
Biscuits Ltd.0-4-0 Petrol Driven Loco.
In store prior to
The driver and
secondman of the 07.40 Cardiff Central-Newcastle and the driver of a
road vehicle were killed in a collision on a level crossing near
Lydney, Western Region, on 1st.March. The locomotive 46 036 was
extensively damaged in the crash.
DISASTER IN SHEFFIELD
The driver of the
08.17 Chesterfield Midland-Sheffield Midland DMU averted a major
disaster after the brakes of his "Inter-City 12Y unit failed on the
approach to Sheffield Midland Station on 12th.March.
After jamming the
warning horn on, he went through the train telling passengers to get
into the back car and lie on the floor.
The train hit a
failed Allerton DMU. on platform One, which had just been emptied of
it's passengers, causing extensive damage to the stationary unit.
Seven people were
killed in a head-on collision between two trains at Wallneuk
Junction, near Paisley Gilmour Street Station, on Easter
The dead include
the drivers of both trains, 18.58 return Ayr - Glasgow Central
"Seaside Special" and the 19.45 Glasgow Central-Wemyss Bay "Blue
The Glasgow bound
excursion mounted the front car of the EMU, coming to rest
dangerously close to the overhead power supply and firemen (wearing
breathing apparatus, because of blue asbestos released from the
structure of one of the trains) had to take great care, because of the
risk of the wreckage collapsing.
This was only
the second fatal "Blue Train!' crash since their introduction in
rail-spectacular to outshine even the Shildon parade is planned to
celebrate the Rainhill Trials. The event will last three days and
included will be a parade of at least 24 steam locos. and
others, showing the development of traction over 150 years.
celebrations in 1980 will be on May 24/5/6th.(Spring Bank Holiday) and stands seating
50,000 will be erected along the
1.1/4 mile route between Rainhill and Lea Green near Liverpool.
Here is an
account of an imaginary journey from London to South Wales, twenty
years ago. There are quite a few deliberate mistakes, can you spot
appear in the next edition of "Trans-Pennine".
It is January
1959 and we are leaving London on a trip to Burry Port, a sub-shed of
87F, Llanelly, in the hope of seeing Burry Port & Gwendraeth Valley
0-6-0 tank No.2198, the last survivor of a company noted for it's
tall cabs. This loco. is soon to be withdrawn.
we join the "Red Dragon express, on which we are to travel to
Swansea, behind "Warship" Class B-B No.D.854 "Tiger".
starting our journey, we pass Royal Oak Loco. Sidings and "tube"
station on our left. On Royal Oak we see "Castle" Class
No.7028 "Cadbury Castle", with it's double chimney and single-chimneyed
"King Henry V" ,with it's unusual "v-fronted" cab.
At Reading we see
the Southern Station down to our left, with one of Maunsell's
armoured Q.1 Class 0-6-Os No.33001 in attendance.
We arrive at
Swindon (home of our "Warship" train engine) 3 minutes late and see
No.7073 "Swindon"' working an up express.
Parkway we have made-up our 3 minute deficit, but we loose another
minute between Filton Junction Station and Severn Tunnel East.
On Severn Tunnel
Jcn. MPD we see "Modified Hall" 4-,6-0 No.6916 "Misterton Hall" and
at Cardiff General we are passed by 0-6-0 pannier-tank No.2009 of
Canton Depot, which is working a local freight.
From Cardiff we
take the Taff Vale main line to Port Talbot, where we see a variety
of locos. at Cathays Shed.
On Landore Shed
we again see a wide variety of locos. including panniers 8788/9.
From Landore it
is only a short run to the end of the first stage of our journey, at
Swansea Victoria and we are soon drinking Brains' Bitter, just 3
hours 5 minutes after leaving London.
100 YEARS AGO -
Near Kiveton Park, on
22nd.January, the famous criminal Charlie Peace made a
sensational bid for freedom, whilst travelling under escort to
Sheffield, to face a charge of murdering Arthur Dyson at Banner
Cross. He leapt from the train, but a warder managed to grab his leg
and Peace hung upside-down from the speeding train, until he crashed
to the floor, leaving the warder holding a boot. Seriously
injured, Peace was taken to hospital in Sheffield and later hung at
50 YEARS AGO -
The London &
North Eastern Railway introduced the first of 20 K.3/3 Class
in April. They differed from other members of Class K.3,with shorter
springs and vacuum and Westinghouse brakes.
30 YEARS AGO -
Transport Authority took over the railways and hotels of the
Northern Counties Committee, from the British Transport Commission on
1st.April.This deal ended
years of ownership by the Midland Railway and it's successors.
YEARS AGO - 1959
express freight service from Glasgow to London (via the Midland
route), was introduced on 16th.March.Worked by Metrovic. Type 2 Co-Bo
diesels, the "Condor" was the forerunner of the modern "Freightliner"
For our February
meeting, we were treated to one of the best slide-shows to have been
given at the "Grapes" and I would like to echo the thoughts of the
entire audience in thanking Jeff Lane for such an enjoyable
evening. This was on one of the most atrocious nights of
our "Siberian"winter and we had another great attendance. Twenty hardy
souls braved the ice and snow, including two from Doncaster! Well done
This augers well
for when the better weather comes along and I would like to remind
all our readers in the Sheffield area, that there are still plenty
more chairs to fill, in the room.
WHAT'S IN A NAME?
are now as popular with enthusiasts as at any time in the history of
Britain's railways. Many of the names allocated to locomotives of
classes 47/7,50,86 and 87 have at one time or another been used on
steam locomotives and below is a list of the Class 86 names and some
of their past owners.
The vast majority
of these names were carried by ex. L.M.S. locos. of the Royal Scot,
Jubilee and Coronation classes, many in fact, being transferred from
Royal Scots to Jubilees. 86 101 Sir William A. Stanier F.R.S.-Coronation
Class 4-6-2 No.46256 86 204 City of Carlisle. Coronation Class 4-6-2
No.46238 86 205 City of Lancaster-Coronation Class 4-6-2 No.46243 86
206 City of Stoke on Trent-Coronation Class 4-6-2 No.46254 86 207
City of Lichfield. Coronation Class 4-6-2 No.46250 86 208 City of
Chester-Coronation Class 4-6-2 No.46236 86 209 City of
Coventry-Coronation Class 4-6-2 No.46240 86 210 City of
Edinburgh-Coronation Class 4-6-2 No.46241 86 211 City of Milton
Keynes-new name 86 212 Preston Guild 86 213 Lancashire Witch-Royal
Scot 4-6-0 No.46125 (renamed 3rd.CARABINIER) 86 214 Sans
Pariel"Scot"No.46126 (ROYAL ARMY SERVICE CORPS.) Jubilee 4-6-0
No.45732 86 215 Novelty"Scot"No.46127 (THE OLD CONTEMPTIBLE) Jubilee
No.45733 86 216 Meteor-"Scot"No.46128 (THE LOVAT SCOUTS)
Jubilee No.45734 86 217 Comet-"Scot"No.46129 (THE SCOTTISH HORSE)
Jubilee No.45735 86 218 Planet-"Scot"No.46131 (THE ROYAL
WARWICKSHIRE REGIMENT) Patriot Class 4-6-0 45545 86 219
Phoenix-"Scot"No.46132 (THE KINGS REGIMENT LIVERPOOL) Jubilee
No.45736 86 220 Goliath-"Scot"No.46136 (THE BORDER REGIMENT) 86 221 Vesta-"Scot"NO.46137 (THE PRINCE OF WALES'S VOLUNTEERS SOUTH
LANCASHIRE) 86 222 Fury-"Scot"No.46138 (THE LONDON IRISH RIFLEMAN)
86 223 Hector-"Scot"No.46140 (THE KINGS ROYAL RIFLE CORPS.) Class
E.M.1 Bo+Bo No.E.26048 86 224 Caledonian-"Scot"No.46141 (THE NORTH
STAFFORDSHIRE REGIMENT) 86 225 Hardwicke. L.N.W.R. Precedent Class
2-4-0 No.790 86 226 Mail-"Scot"No.46143 (THE SOUTH STAFFORDSHIRE
REGIMENT) 86 227 Lady of the Lake-"Scot"No.46149 (THE MIDDLESEX
REGIMENT)ex.L.N.E.R.D11 4~4o 6269o 86 240 Bishop Eric Treacy-new
name. 86 241 Glenfiddich
We contacted that
learned band of Sheffield enthusiasts "The Walts" for their comments
on locomotive names and they came up with a copy of the original
Class 50 names allocation,before
it was amended:
001 Dreadnowt 50 026 Dominotable
006 Name That Tune 50 031 Rainhat
007 Steptoe's Horse
50 008 Blunderer 50 033 Gloria's
50 009 Corn Curer 50 034 Spurious
50 013 Ageingeart
50 038 Formicatable
50 014 Waspbite
50 039 Plastictable
015 Valium. 50 040 Mr.Wrangler
50 016 Barlamb 50
017 Selly Oak 50 042 Funky Moped
50 018 Revolution 50 043 Dan Dare
50 019 Tramlines 50 044 Tex Ritter
50 020 Stonehenge
50 045 Mucky Knees
50 021 Rodent
022 Arson 50 047 Unsure
50 023 Why,What &
Where 50 048 Gormless
50 024 Vandriver
50 049 Appliance
Invisibletable 50 050 Feelers
list was drawn-up by retired staff of the Great Western Railway's
Swindon Engine Naming Studio, after their Annual Outing, to a well
known brewery in Blandford Forum.
Railways Board amended the list to bring the names in line with the
old "Warship" Class. What a pity, the original names seem far better!
this section can be sent to the Magazine Editor, or passed-on via any
Brush type 2
No.31 272 took charge of the 1N31,Sheffield Midland-Newcastle
portion of the Poole-Newcastle/Leeds express on 6th.February.
Birmingham RC&W 3
car DMU., Nos.50473,50525 & 59181,normally employed exclusively on
Manchester-Blackpool service, worked the 17.15 Sheffield
Midland-Manchester Piccadilly on 10th.February.
37 043 worked the
1E70 Paignton-Leeds on 5th.March,whilst sister loco.37 087 had
worked the previous day's 20.00 (SO.) Sheffield Midland-Newcastle.
Locos. on Healey
Mills MPD., on 2nd.March included: 08
086/98/163/72/295/308/11/71/2/706/ 73/865;31 127/34/246/53;37
031/95/6/8/245/9;40 007/9/46/71/176/96;45 024;47 183/319/71;
08 226/579 were
in Healey Mills marshalling yard,08 162 at Wakefield Kirkgate and 08
206 at Wakefield C&W on the same day.
In attendance at
Barrow Hill on 3rd.March were the following:03 129/89;08
141/86509/868/71; 20 009/10/22/32/46/58/61/208/9/11/2;31 166/320;47
A visit to
Tinsley MPD. on 4th.March revealed the following locomotives:08
024/223/87/53 810/61/80;13 001/2/3;20 005/8/21 3/35/56/103/27/8;25
11801 119/47/71 268/76/302/407;37 135/69y 19/22/25/30;
021/3/30/3/5/9/48Y61/124;47 047/175/455/501;56 003/4/7X
At Frodingham on
the same day were:08 008/9j/210/3~1/2/7;20 026/51/2/3193/4/5/107;31
135/ 215/33/47/320;37 035/221;45 056;47 181/219;ADB968o12;
4th.March, locos.stabled at Doncaster (Carr Loco.) were as
follows:08 099/102/28/31 /84/`244/331/4,01/444/876;D.0226 (K&WVR.);37
018/85/131/40;40 055/74;45 022;46 050;47 184/ 458/508;55 021;56
15th.February,45 144"ROYAL SIGNALS" was noted, being dragged through
Dore & Totley by two Tinsley class 20's.
Three class 40s
passing through Rotherham Masborough on 17th.February,were:40 025 "LUSITANIA" (down
parcels);40 0,57 (up oil);40 074 (up freightliner), all within a
space of 15 minutes
Cleethorpes-King's Cross express service is a frequent variant. On
25th.March the 13.00 was composed of 47 525 hauling mark 1
coaches, the same combination working the following day's 07.07.On
28th.March the 07.07 was minus a buffet car, but on 29th.March the
normal train of MK2 coaches, plus buffet car were hauled by 47 421.On
3rd.April,31 402 (with white waistband) and 31 411 worked the
07.07,which was hauled by silver-roofed "4.1/2-" 47 458 on 6th.April.
beginning to appear in the Lincoln area on oil trains, with 56 011
and 56 013 putting in appearances recently.
31st.March,at, Newark Northgate, a train double-headed by 2 class47s
was stood at the down platform and a northbound HST. was stood at
the up platform. Unfortunately, the observer did not have time to
investigate, as he was attempting to be the Pennine Railway Society
Best-Dressed Member (in a hurry), kitted-out in his cinema manager's
outfit en-route to a dinner dance in Leicester and whoever saw a
train spotter in a dinner jacket!
47 169 "Great
Eastern" was noted working a Whitemoor freight through Lincoln on
1E32 Cardiff Central-Newcastle was worked to Sheffield by 37 176
(CF), which returned south light-engine.
Landore type 3
No.37 196 worked through Gainsborough on the Llandarcy oils on
15th.March, whilst 37 154 of Eastfield was in ex-works condition at
Frodingham, the previous day.
The "Inter City
123" leading car involved in the Sheffield Midland crash on
12th.March was 52102 and the damaged Allerton units were 51923 and
NCL pilot on 11th.March was 03 060.
mentioned in the "Letters to the Editor" section, a family of
blackbirds have made their home on the long-time-stationary 55 020
"NIMBUS" in Doncaster Plant.
Also noted in
"The Plant", on 8th.April was North Eastern 2-2-4 tank No.66
"AEROLITE", undergoing work in the paint shop.
Services on The
East Coast Main Line have been seriously disrupted by the collapse
of Penmanshiel Tunnel Between Berwick on Tweed and Edinburgh on
17th.March.Attempts by the local Mines Rescue Brigade to free a
number of workmen trapped in the tunnel were unsuccessful. It is
expected to be a very long time before the line will be re-opened.
25 133 was an
unexpected visitor to Lincoln Central on 17th.February,Following the
blockage of lines by snow-drifts.
The editor's last
class 37,37 065 GD, has been noted in the Lincoln and Sheffield areas
recently, but is still managing to keep out of his sight.
All 3 of
Darlington's 03 allocation 03 067/72/80 were on their parent depot on
Also noted in Darlington on 16th.April was 25 123,with a parcels
37 181/219 were noted at Thornaby and Tyne Yard on 16th.April,whilst
was at Thornaby and much sought-after "350" 08 772 was in West
LONDON MIDLAND REGION
locomotives were in Crewe Works on 3rd.March.
154/128/066/151/7/092/097/104; 47 015/60/10
47 428/81/92 4
012;84 001;85 001/25/30/8/40;86
visitor to Birmingham New St,on16th.March was 33 105,which arrived
with the two hours late, Poole-Liverpool Lime St. The train was taken
forward from Birmingham by 87 033, reaching Liverpool 4hours 51mins.
late, due to adverse weather conditions.
37 No.37 108 failed at Five Ways (Birmingham), whilst working the 1V92
Edinburgh Waverley-Plymouth North Rd, on 17th.March.The defective
loco. was replaced by 37 176 of Cardiff Canton Depot.
previous night's 22.35 Euston-Inverness reached Crewe at 05.15,with
86 231 in charge.
from Nottingham Midland, seen arriving at Wembley Complex, for the
Football League Cup Final, between Nottingham Forest and Southampton
were hauled by: 83 001;85 037;82 003;81 017;47 089;47 138;81 008;47
Earlier in the
day,47 483 was seen leaving Nottingham with a "Directors'
Special, comprising all 1st.class accommodation and two kitchen cars
and 31 176/7 worked a Matlock-St. Pancras excursion.
locomotives were on Chester MPD on 3rd.March: 08 078/9/84/153;25
216/81/304;40 033/79;47 082;08 465/665/802;
locos. are among the most popular in Britain, a fact which is
underlined by the number of enthusiasts' excursions being worked by
these fine locomotives an average of one railtour every Saturday
being Bo Bo hauled in recent weeks.
collapse of Penmanshiel Tunnel, the "Flying Scotsman has become a
main line train, running between London Euston and Edinburgh
Waverley ,in a time which rivals anything on the East Coast
Branch! The train is formed of comfortable stock, which is normally
allocated to Darnall for working the crack "Master Cutler" express.
London and Sheffield were diverted to Euston, during the evening of
9th.April,because of severe flooding on the Midland Main Line.
"Peak" type 4
No.44 007"INGLEBOROUGH" was noted crossing the regional boundary at
Horns Bridge, Chesterfield, with a down freight, on 19th.April.This
loco. is one of the last few surviving members of a class which was
the forerunner to today's high speed services on the West Coast Main
Line, many tests being carried out at high speeds, with members of the
44007 later took charge of the Eastbound Boat Train from
Chesterfield on 19th April.
The much delayed
22.35 Euston-Inverness (16th.March) changed locomotives from 86 231
to 40 137 at Mossend Yard on 17th.March.
On the same
day, 47 001 of Bristol Bath Road Depot was working between Aberdeen
and Glasgow Queen Street.
The first members
of class 47/7 are beginning to appear from Crewe Works and the
latest of these,47 704"Dunedin" was observed outside Derby Technical
onto Victoria Station on 24th.February,included:
035;73 002;73 118;
On the same
day,73 107 was noted at Clapham Jcn. 33059;73 109 at Gillingham,73 120
at Faversham,08 811 at Paddock Wood,08 847;47 247 at Tonbridge and
09 004 at Hither Green.
The Pixieland Express" from Worcester, Birmingham, Gloucester and
Bristol to Newquay, on
worked by the following class 37s:
St.-Camp Hill-Bristol Temple Meads - 37 011 & 37 276;
Bristol-Bath-Castle Cary-Westbury-Plymouth-Penzance-Par - 37 178 &
Par-Newquay-Par-Plymouth - 37 279;
Plymouth-Gloucester-Birmingham - 37 084 & 37 178;
37 084 was
continuously providing a foul, thick smoke-screen from it's boiler!