|THE PENNINE RAILWAY SOCIETY
MAGAZINE No.7 FEBRUARY 1976
President: Geoffrey Bambrough
Membership Sec: Terry Spriggs
Chairman & Fixtures Sec: Robin Skinner
Treasurer: John Sanderson
Magazine Editor: Jon Davis
NOTES FROM THE COMMITTEE
May we take this opportunity of thanking you for renewing your
membership of the PENNINE RAILWAY SOCIETY, and hope that you will be
able to support some of the many trips that we are running in 1976.
Since our last magazine, Terry Spriggs has been elected to the
Committee and has taken over the post of Mick May as Membership
Secretary. Consequently all communications on matters regarding
membership should in future be sent to Terry.
Work on the Gresley Buffet Car at Loughborough has stopped
temporarily since the MLST is running the vehicle on the new service
to Rothley. Negotiations are in hand enabling PENNINE members to
travel at reduced rates on the MLST line Loughborough-Rothley. We
hope to give you more details on this in our next magazine.
Support for our visits is extremely encouraging and in fact we are
having to run ‘relief’ visits to certain installations to cater for
the demand. To avoid disappointment, members should contact John
Sanderson or Robin Skinner as soon as they decide to go on any
Membership cards are enclosed with this magazine which should be
brought on any visit you attend.
Sunday 29th February – Doncaster Works 10.50 and Shed 12.15. Meet
‘Plant Hotel’ 10.45. Members 40p Non-members 60p.
Wednesday 3rd March – Social Evening at ‘Masons Arms’ Doncaster.
Slide show by Keith Marshall ‘Steam’ 19.30.
Sunday 7th March – Doncaster Works 13.50 and Shed 15.15. Meet ‘Plant
Hotel’ 13.45. Members 40p Non-members 60p.
Wednesday 10th March – Members Quiz at ‘Masons Arms’ Doncaster. All
members welcome to attend and participate. 19.30.
Saturday 13th March – Eastleigh Works 14.15 and Shed 15.30. Meet
Works entrance Campbell Road at 14.00 or travel on BR excursion
Sheffield-Southampton. Members 70p Non-members £1.00.
Sunday 28th March – Crewe Works 14.30. Meet Works entrance 14.15.
Members 15p Non-members 35p.
Wednesday 7th April – Social evening at ‘Masons Arms’ Doncaster.
Slide show 19.30.
Saturday 10th April – St. Leonards Depot, Hastings 15.00. Meet depot
entrance 14.45 or travel on BR excursion from Sheffield. Members 35p
Saturday 17th April – St. Rollox Works 14.30 and Eastfield 15.30.
Meet Works entrance at 14.15, or travel on BR excursion
Sheffield-Edinburgh and then by Inter-City express to Glasgow.
Members 35p Non-members 55p.
Sunday 2nd May – Doncaster Works 10.50 and Shed 12.15. Meet ‘Plant
Hotel’ 10.45. Members 40p Non-members 60p.
Wednesday 5th May – Social evening at ‘Masons Arms’ Doncaster 19.30.
Railway quiz PENNINE v Doncaster Railway Circle v Grapes Hotel
Tuesday 11th May – AT GRAPES HOTEL, TRIPPET LANE, SHEFFIELD Railway
quiz Grapes Hotel v PENNINE 19.45. SUPPORTERS WELCOME.
Saturday 29th May – London depots by tube, rail, and bus. To include
Finsbury Park, Stratford, Hither Green, Selhurst, Old Oak Common.
Meet Kings Cross travel centre at 10.20. Return to Central London
before 19.00. Members £1.55 Non-members £1.80 (EXCLUDING TRAVEL)
Sunday 23rd May – Crewe Works. Details as per 28th March.
Sunday 13th June – Doncaster Works and Shed. Details as per 7th
ADVANCE BOOKING ON DEPOT VISITS IS ESSENTIAL. If you do not book in
advance there is a chance you will not be allowed around the depot.
All bookings to John Sanderson at 35 Becket Walk Sheffield S8 7HF.
Enclose SAE if acknowledgement required.
LOCOMOTIVE STOCK ALTERATION
W/E 29th November: 03111-HM;
W/E 7th December: 08004/63-DN;08064-DR;08859-FP;
W/E 13th December: 08071-DN;08550-HI;08671-GD;08758-SF;
W/E 4th January: 08872,37073/6-GD;03036-BG;08102-DR;37021/96-MR;
W/E 25th January:
W/E 1st February: 25018/9/21/3/5-ScR;40036/46-LMR;40048-HA;47179-HA;
W/E 30th November: 08111-EJ;08816,47020/91-BR;08836-WS;25155/219-CF;
W/E 6th December: 37178-CF;37290-LE;
W/E 13th December: 08091-NA;08281-BR;08849-GL;
W/E 10th January:
LONDON MIDLAND REGION
W/E 29th November: 08120-ER;
W/E 16th December: 08303-DY;24027/38/40/1-CD;25239-TO;25302-SP;
W/E 22nd November: 24117-HA;
W/E 20th December: 24065/9/94-HA (ex-store)
W/E 22nd January: 47207-ed;
50058/102/8,51130,59006,59440-CW (on loan)
COACHING STOCK NEWS
TO EASTERN REGION
TO WESTERN REGION
TO MIDLAND REGION
TO SCOTTISH REGION
On 20th December a Colchester-Sheffield special hauled by 47006
included Gresley RB E9128 in the formation. The vehicle was in
REVIVED SUNDAY SERVICE
Trains are again running on Sundays between Watford Junction and St.
Albans Abbey for an experimental period to 28th March. The service
had been withdrawn in October as an economy measure. The full
pre-October service of 15 trains in each direction will run.
SUCCESS ON ESK VALLEY LINE
The 35 mile Middlesbrough-Whitby line is a railway success story.
Due to ambitious promotions August carryings alone have risen from
31,000 in 1972 to 55,000 in 1975, and current winter traffic levels
show a 40% increase on the previous year’s totals. Due to the
success of the line it is hoped to provide a new station at Gypsy
Lane, between Guisborough and Nunthorpe.
ALTERATIONS TO MOTORAIL SERVICES
Services to be withdrawn this summer are:- Dover-West of England,
London-Exeter, London-Carmarthen, Newcastle-Plymouth, Bristol-St.
Austell. Services to the West of England will be concentrated at
Newton Abbot whilst facilities at Totnes will be withdrawn. Apart
from all the year round Motorail trains there will be 50 services
this summer linking the main centres of population.
NEW DEPOT FOR PENZANCE
Western Region is to build a new £1½m locomotive and carriage
maintenance depot at Penzance to cater for air-conditioned coaches
soon to be introduced on West of England expresses, and for HST's to
be introduced in the 1980s.
Electric locomotive 87001 was recently named ‘Stephenson’ at Euston.
The nameplates were presented by the Stephenson Locomotive Society.
How about a Class 76 locomotive called ‘PENNINE’.
MARK IIIs ON ANGLO-SCOTTISH TRAINS
Streamlined Mark III coaches are now being used on the 10.10 and
17.30 Glasgow-Euston trains and on the 10.45 and 17.45
The WCML between Carlisle and Preston is to have some sections
closed on Sundays up to 15.00 until 2nd May. Services will be
diverted via Hellifield and over Ais Gil.
NEW YEAR STORM DAMAGE
Nationwide Britain’s railways received a tremendous battering from
the storms which hit Britain on the night of Friday 2nd January. As
expected the worst hit was the West Coast electrified lines between
Euston and Carlisle. All passenger services were cancelled and the
current was switched off, leaving 50 trains stranded between
stations. Wherever possible passengers were given blankets and hot
meals. Those less fortunate were put up at hotels at such places as
Morecambe and Penrith.
On Southern Region, New Cross Gate carriage cleaning shed collapsed
blocking all four main lines, and Streatham station facade fell into
the road. At Dover three ferry vans were blown on their sides.
On Eastern Region, services between Liverpool Street and Southend
were delayed when overhead wires were blown down between Wickford
and Rayleigh, and a light aircraft parked at Southend Airport was
lifted over the boundary fence onto adjoining tracks. Services were
severed between Grimsby and Cleethorpes, as were those from Norwich
to Cromer, Yarmouth and Lowestoft.
On Western Region, signalling equipment was put out of action by
gale force winds, and time-interval working was put in between
Droitwich and Worcester, when a light diesel locomotive (1055)
collided with the rear vehicle of the 05.30 Birmingham-Worcester
parcels which had stopped at Worcester Tunnel Junction. Two men were
killed. A 20.15 Paddington-Swansea struck a tree in the Foxhall
Junction area and was delayed 100 minutes. Cardiff Canton depot was
also badly damaged.
Scottish Region escaped the worst of the weather, but Anglo-Scottish
trains were severely delayed when wires at Shap were blown down,
bringing the 15.45 Euston-Glasgow to a stand. It arrived at Glasgow
at 05.00 next day. The 16.45 and 17.45 Euston-Glasgow trains were
terminated at Lancaster and Preston respectively and passengers were
accommodated in local hotels.
Main delay belonged to a Euston-Manchester train which stood 17
hours at Leighton Buzzard.
MORE FARE INCREASES
BRB HAVE ANNOUNCED THAT FARES WILL RISE BY AN AVERAGE OF 12% from
28th March. This brings a total increase of 87% over the last 2
years. In addition cuts planned to take effect from January but
postponed, will now take effect from 1st March.
The editorial of the Summer 1949 Railway Digest is interesting to
IS YOUR RAILWAY REALLY NECESSARY?
‘Viewed in a general sense this query may appear to border on the
ridiculous when applied to the railways of this country, yet it
strikes a note of reality when, for instance, unremunerative branch
lines come beneath the probing eyes of railway economists, but what
short memories we all have. Only a short while back the railways
were passing through the acid test of the war years – they were so
essential, so vital to the nation’s needs that would-be travellers
were shooed away by the ubiquitous slogan ‘is your journey really
‘Personally we think there is only one possible answer to the
question in our heading. We are convinced that the public will use
the railways if they can; it is just a matter of adjustment of
finances, or in other words, more money in the public pocket and
plenty of cheap rail travel to absorb it.
THE RAILWAYS ARE NOT MERELY NECESSARY - THEY ARE ESSENTIAL; AND IN
FACT VITAL TO THE PROGRESS OF ANY COUNTRY.’
THE LAST MAIN LINE TO LONDON
by J. G. Davis
Just 77 years ago, 9th March 1899, the then President of the Board
of Trade, opened at Marylebone Station the London Extension of the
Great Central Railway from Annesley in Nottinghamshire - the last
main line to link the metropolis to the provinces, formerly the
Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway, a none too wealthy
line, its initials MS&L giving it the nickname of the ‘Money Sunk &
Lost’. This developed as the GC into ‘Gone Completely’.
Earlier on that day of March, three special trains conveying guests
from Manchester, Sheffield and Nottingham had arrived in Marylebone,
having been enthusiastically cheered on by crowds assembled at
stations and other vantage points all along the route. Altogether
some 700 people came to Marylebone to celebrate the opening of the
line, and in order to accommodate them at the magnificent lunch
which had been arranged, a portion of the platform and lines at
Marylebone were boarded over, thus converting the place into an
enormous banqueting hall, complete with orchestra.
In 1890, seven years before it changed its name to Great Central,
the MS&L was a struggling provincial system linking Grimsby, Lincoln
and Doncaster with Sheffield and Manchester, reaching also by means
of joint lines to Southport, Liverpool, Chester and Macclesfield. To
the south, it had got no further than Beighton, but lines to
Staveley, Chesterfield and Annesley had been authorised and were
The southward extension to Annesley was the first step towards
London, which the MS&L had first attempted to reach, in association
with the Midland Railway in 1873, dissatisfied at having to hand
over London and intermediate traffic to bigger neighbours. Sir
Edward Watkin, ambitious Chairman of MS&L, and one of the last of
the Railway Kings was determined that his company should possess its
own metals to the capital. Sir Edward was also Chairman of the
Channel Tunnel, Metropolitan and South Eastern companies. With these
linked with the MS&L his dreams of through carriages from Manchester
to Dover and Paris (under an international route largely under his
control) would be realised.
The Bill for the London Extension came before Parliament in the
session of 1891. It proposed the construction of 98 miles of railway
from Annesley to Quainton Road, whence access to London would be
secured over the metals of the Metropolitan Railway. The terminal
was to be near Baker Street, to the west of Regents Park, reached by
a cutting through St
John’s Wood and by bordering on or tunnelling underneath Lords
This project was opposed tooth and nail by rival railways,
especially the GN, but the most vociferous attacks came from the art
colony of St John’s Wood, and the cricketing world. The artists led
by Alma-Tadema, J MacWhirter and Briton Riviere and the cartoonist
Harry Furniss described the proposed line as an act of vandalism,
despoiling the valuable residential property for ‘a line for the
conveyance not only of passengers, but of coal, manure, fish, and
other abominations’. To the cricketing world the thought of a
railway desecrating the sacred turf of Lords was a national
calamity. Solutions were put forward to prevent this act of
sacrilege. He should be brought before W G Grace and intimidated by
Spofforth the demon bowler, and if that failed Briggs, the
Lancashire bowler should cripple him, and he should even be handed
over to his own navvies and blown up with dynamite.
The Chairman of the MS&L did everything within his powers to mollify
and win over the antagonists aligned against him. The MCC were
offered a very good bargain, with the gift of land and the lease of
more, and the promise that play would not be disturbed, in return
for just a small strip of practice ground. But in other directions
the opposition remained firm and the Bill was thrown out.
Undaunted Watkin decided again to seek powers in the next
Parliamentary session and in the meantime endeavour to reach
agreement with his opponents. The landowners received a satisfactory
land settlement but the allegations of the Alma-Tadema were
bordering on the stupid. They claimed that vibrations from passing
trains would make it impossible to draw a straight line on canvas.
The attitude of the London County Council was more serious. They
sought to make the railway responsible for widening existing and
constructing new roads.
The Bill went before a special committee in late March 1892 and was
virtually passed in July when Parliament was dissolved. A General
Election and a new Government under Gladstone followed and the Bill
did not receive Royal assent until 28th March 1893.
NOTES AND NEWS
Gale force winds in the New Year resulted in severe delays to many
trains and subsequently some interesting workings. At Sheffield on
3rd January, the 22.50 Glasgow-Nottingham sleeper was noted running
190 minutes late, behind 45121, and the 19.15 Oxford-Sheffield
parcels (4E05) arrived 260 minutes late behind 45139. In addition
the 07.45 Sheffield-St. Pancras (1M11) formed of air-conditioned
stock departed behind 40047.
Several derailments have disrupted services recently. A derailment
at Deepcar on 21st January meant that some Sheffield-Huddersfield
trains ran via Barnsley and Dodworth to Penistone, whilst on 18th
February a Stainforth-Toton coal train was derailed in Conisbrough
Tunnel, blocking both lines until 06.30 on 20th February. Passengers
were ferried between Doncaster and Mexborough by bus, and on Friday
20th February a derailment at Woodhouse disrupted Sheffield-Retford
A visit to Doncaster Works on 18th January revealed that withdrawn
31150 had been cut up. Deltics 55006/9/12/6/20/2 were noted. On 6th
February 55009 failed whilst hauling the 09.45 Edinburgh-Kings Cross
near Cromwell, and as it was coming to a stand, the engine mounting
gave way, and the ‘guts’ of the loco crashed onto the track. The
loco was eventually replaced by 40086 and was reported running 262½
minutes late passing Grantham.
On 6th February 13 wagons on 8L00 (03.15 Whitemoor-Healey Mills)
became derailed at Kesteven Sidings, between Gainsborough Lea Road
and Lincoln Central. The train was hauled by 40049.
ER is still suffering from a shortage of DMUs and several units at
Botanic Gardens have been taken out of service for re-engining and
the fitting of new gear boxes. Some services normally worked by DMUs
have been loco hauled. Those noted have included on 9th February the
07.30 Hull-Beverley, hauled by 31272, and the 16.53 Goole-Hull,
hauled by 40031. On 2nd February 1D02, 12.20 Kings
Cross-Cleethorpes, hauled by 40052 failed north of Lincoln and was
replaced by 47220.
On 9th February the 17.34 York-Sheffield DMU was diverted into
Sheffield via Tinsley Yard owing to an obstruction on the line at
Brightside. The train arrived in Sheffield 67 minutes late.
On 20th February 1E18, 16.15 Bristol-Newcastle was hauled by 47076
‘City of Truro’, whilst on 21st February, 1N31, 17.42
Sheffield-Newcastle was hauled by 37108. This locomotive was also
noted hauling 1V97, 16.36 Leeds-Cardiff on 24th February.
On 23rd February 47070 caught fire at Kilnhurst whilst working 1E54,
08.48 Cardiff-Leeds. The fire brigade were summoned to extinguish
the blaze, and the engine was then removed from the train and taken
to Tinsley. A class 37 took the train forward to Leeds.
A new arrival at Doncaster loco on 26th February was 5901 from
Derby. It is assumed that the loco will be cut up in the Works. Also
arrived in the Works was 24100 to accompany those other Class 24s
which have arrived. This engine and 24101 were noted heading towards
Doncaster on 12th February, hauled by 40156.
Another loco on fire was 47280 which was ablaze at Parkgate on 10th
February at 22.30. The fire brigade was in attendance. Locos noted
on Barrow Hill on 15th February included 25016/7/20/2/4.
An unusual sight on 13th February was 7098 being hauled through
Rotherham by 25188.
Several Scottish 47s have been noted in the Sheffield area recently.
On 7th February 47268 was seen on the Harwich boat train, as was
47271 the following week. 47271 was also noted at Silverwood
Colliery on 22nd February. The League Cup Final between Newcastle
and Manchester City at Wembley resulted in 23 specials being run
from the Newcastle area.
LONDON MIDLAND REGION
As has been reported elsewhere in this magazine, the LMR electrified
services suffered severe disruption at the hands of the New Year
gales. Locos noted at Manchester Piccadilly on 3rd January included
40173 HA, 47068 OOC, and 40016, which was an unusual sight on 1M84,
18.06 Manchester-St. Pancras. Signal failures on 6th February caused
disruption at Manchester Piccadilly with many trains stranded in and
outside the station.
With so many Class 24s and 25s in store, it was good to note 5
Sulzers in active service on Chester MPD on 17th January. Those
noted were 24037/9/47, 25109/320.
Sighted at Warrington Bank Quay on 18th February was 50022 on a
freight, while 50010 and 50040 were seen at Preston, along with
Since it has been some time since our Society has been around Derby
Works members may be interested in the locos noted in the Works on
08821/911/43; 09010/22; 20022/74/81/228; 24086;
RESEARCH CENTRE: 08043; 832; 5901 (now at Doncaster); 312101.
ETCHES PARK: 03386/97/9;
08899/926; 20008/13/38/45/50/142/53/69/89; 25047/74; 47271/348/490.
Due to the reconstruction of bridges 5 and 5A at Willesden, all main
line expresses from Euston-Birmingham/Wolverhampton will depart from
Paddington on Sat/Sun 28/29 March, and 10/11 April. Trains will run
via Leamington and Coventry into New Street. They will leave
Paddington 17 minutes after advertised departure from Euston. The
local EMUs will start from Wembley Central.
On 12th January, 46047 developed trouble whilst working 1E78 10.05
St. Pancras-Sheffield, and was piloted into Derby by 44007. Both
engines were replaced by 31295(OOC) for the remainder of the
It has been confirmed that 1041 was piloted northwards for cutting
up by 45008 on 5th January.
Class 25, 25257 is in Derby Works following collision damage, and is
awaiting a decision as to its future. It is also reported that three
Class 44 locomotives will be withdrawn and sold abroad in the near
On 25th February, 46050 failed at Repton whilst working 1E18, 16.15
Bristol-Newcastle. The train was propelled into Derby by 47050 from
where 46050 was able to take the train forward, 58 minutes late.
Noted at Bescot on the same day were 24023/7/35/77, whilst 24134 was
noted at Wolverhampton, and EMU 312204 was sighted at Smethwick
Noted at Victoria on 7th February was 71010, and on the same day,
73113, 73110 and 73137 were seen at Stewarts Lane. At Gillingham on
7th February was 08374.
Unusual motive power was supplied on the 17.50 Edinburgh-Newcastle
on 6th February, when 24121 took charge.
On 7th February the 16.00 Crewe-Cardiff was powered by 37184 hauling
5 vehicles. Class 52 locomotives continue to take charge of main
line trains. On 31st January, 1063 was noted on the 14.05
Paddington-Birmingham, whilst 1033 was seen on the same train on
On 10th January, the following Westerns were sighted:
1005-Dep.Cardiff 04.20 on freight
1015-Arr.Old Oak Common 06.10
1023-Arr.Laira 20.21 (9.1.76)
1030-Dep.Westbury Yard 00.25
1033-Arr.Newton Abbot 06.30
1037-Dep.Acton Yard 03.46
1040-Dep.Severn Tunnel Jcn. 02.40
1043-Arr.Milford Haven 08.50
1047-Arr.Bristol TM. 04.23
1049-Arr.Old Oak Common 22.27 (9.1.76)
1051-Arr.Westbury Yard 00.15
1053-Arr.Laira 09.00 (9.1.76)
1054-Arr.Old Oak Common 05.25
1056-Arr.Old Oak Common 05.37
1057-Arr.Bristol Bath Road 02.20
1063-Arr.Laira 21.00 (9.1.76)
1065-Arr.Laira 00.05 (9.1.76)
1067-Arr.Laira 23.15 (9.1.76)
1068-Dep.Acton Yard 05.25
1070-Arr.Laira 18.40 (7.1.76)
LATE STOCK ALTERATIONS
LATEST MARK NXs OUT OF DERBY: 12120/1/2/4
WITHDRAWN STOCK AT DERBY: 25077/117/9/50, 31413
RECLASSIFIED AND RENUMBERED: M5970-M1800(SSO)
TO MIDLAND REGION
TO EASTERN REGION
3014/7, 5273/83/6/7/93-5, 5305-7, 13458
TO WESTERN REGION
TO SCOTTISH REGION
For the above information we are indebted to Messrs Calvert,
Mellors, Wallace, Sanderson, Marshall, Davis, Hill, Lee, Monks, Fox,
Douglas, Spriggs, Skinner, and any others we may have omitted.
CREWE WORKS 23rd May 1976 – Due to increased costs, the charges for
the visit are now 25p for members and 45p for non-members.