THE PENNINE RAILWAY SOCIETY
MAGAZINE No.9 April 1976
President: Geoffrey Bambrough
Membership Sec: Terry Spriggs
Chairman & Fixtures Sec: Robin Skinner
Treasurer: John Sanderson
Magazine Editor: Jon Davis
NOTES FROM THE COMMITTEE
We have continued to receive your support on the visits we have
arranged recently, all of which have been fully booked up. Our
policy of refusing to organise visits by road transport has
continued, for we feel that the policies of other societies old and
new of arranging visits solely by road deprives BR of much needed
revenue. We prefer our members to pay into the pockets of BR rather
than the pockets of private coach hire forms.
Would members please note that all enquiries concerning visits
should in future be sent to Robin Skinner.
The PENNINE RAILWAY SOCIETY has taken part in a triangular quiz
recently with the Grapes Hotel, Sheffield, and Doncaster Railway
Circle. The Society did reasonably well against some very tough and
experienced (not to mention aged) opposition.
As in the past, it is Society policy to obtain official permission
for all visits. We would be pleased to see others following our
Sun 25th July – Doncaster Shed 13.30 and Works 14.30. Meet Depot
13.20. Members 40p Non-Members 60p.
Wed 28th July – Doncaster Control 19.15. No charge. Limited
Sun 1st August – Doncaster Works 11.00 and Shed 12.15. Meet Plant
Hotel 10.45. (BY INVITATION ONLY NO CHARGE).
Wed 4th August – Social evening at Masons Arms, Doncaster 19.15.
Members Slides – all welcome – bring your slides along.
Sat 7th August – Hull (Botanic Gardens), Immingham, Frodingham,
by rail. Cost £3.00 (including all travel from Doncaster).
Sun 8th August – Crewe Works 14.30. Meet Goddard St entrance at
14.15. Members 25p, Non-Members 45p
Wed 11th August –Doncaster Control 19.15. No charge. Limited
Sat 14th August – Derby Works 11.30. Meet Siddalls Rd entrance at
11.15. Members 35p, Non-Members 55p.
Wed 18th August – Doncaster Control 19.15. No charge. (Reserved
for members of London Group.)
Wed 1st Sept – Social evening at Masons Arms, Doncaster 19.30 –
Mr P Fox.
Sun 5th Sept – York MPD and National Railway Museum.
Sun 12th Sept – Crewe Works. Details as per 8th August.
Sun 26th Sept – Doncaster Works 11.00 and Shed 12.15. Meet Plant
Hotel at 10.45. Members 40p, Non-Members 60p
Wed 6th Oct – Social evening at Masons Arms, Doncaster 19.30.
Mr M Crawley-Shildon Steam Cavalcade.
Sat 16th Oct – NORTH PENNINE RAILTOUR – ECML - South Tyne Valley
Line -Kingmoor MPD - Settle & Carlisle Line Circular Tour.
ALL ENQUIRIES CONCERNING THESE VISITS SHOULD BE SENT TO ROBIN
SKINNER ADVANCE BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL ON ALL VISITS.
LOCOMOTIVE STOCK ALTERATIONS
London Midland Region
W/E 7th April: 25103-CW;25214-CW;50008/40-BR
W/E 4th May:
W/E 23rd May: 25059-HA;25078-TO;25081-CD
W/E 10th April:47464/9-ED
W/E 8th May: 25030/1/92/3/6/231, 47045/141/208/472-ED; 25062-HA
W/E 15th May: 08952-ED;08145-GM;08735-HN
Western Region W/E 10th April: 50001/2/4/5/50-LA W/E 1st
W/E 8th May:
W/E 10th April: 03075/159-TE
W/E 2nd May: 31101/2/3/14/22/9/33-SF;31111/5-YK;31119/47-TI;
W/E 9th May: 08064-HM;08336/88-YK
W/E 16th May: 31105/6-SF;31268-HO;47170-IM
W/E 23rd May:
To Eastern Region:
To Western Region:
To Midland Region:
To Scottish Region:
Will any members who have rail information which may be of use
for future issues please contact Jon Davis, (address on front page).
We also offer free advertising facilities to members wishing to sell
or exchange railway relics/magazines etc provided the items have
been acquired legally.
The introduction of the new timetable in May saw the opening of
two new stations on the Exeter-Exmouth branch, at Lympstone Commando
situated between Exton and Lympstone, and Exmouth, built on a former
disused platform adjacent to the old station.
VICTORY FOR RAIL USERS
In our last magazine we mentioned that a group of our members who
were regular users of 1M27, Leeds-Derby Midland would be travelling
on its last journey on 1st May. It gives us great pleasure to inform
you that as a result of pressure brought to bear on BR by our
Society and other individuals the service has been reinstated
between Leeds and Chesterfield, in the form of a DMU.
CRASH DRIVER CLEARED
The driver of the London-Glasgow sleeper, which was involved in
the Nuneaton Trent Valley disaster last June, was cleared of a
charge of manslaughter on Saturday 12th June.
ROMANIA BUILD FIRST BATCH OF NEW BR LOCOS
The first of 30 diesel-electric freight locos being supplied to
BR by BRUSH Electrical Machines has been completed ready for trials.
The locomotives, to be known as Class 56, using over 70% of
British components and to a Brush design, are being assembled at the
Craiova Works of Electroputere, Romania. A further 30 locos are to
be built at Doncaster. The 30 locos being assembled in Romania where
there was capacity to provide early delivery will all be completed
this year. They will be rated at 3250hp and have a top speed of
80mph and will weigh 126 tons fully loaded.
HIGH SPEED TRAIN SCHEDULED
Western Region plan to run 46 trains per day at speeds of up to
125mph on London-Bristol/South Wales routes from October. Fifteen
high speed services each way will run between Paddington and South
Wales and eight each way will serve Bristol. Remaining services on
this route will continue to run at conventional speeds.
The fastest train of the day will cover the 112 miles from
Paddington to Bristol Parkway in 73 minutes, an average speed of
92mph. The journey to Cardiff will be 23 minutes quicker, while 15
minutes will be cut off the schedule to Bristol.
Altogether 27 high speed trains are on order and following
completion of delivery next year all regular services on these
routes will be run at high speed from May 1977.
LANCASHIRE, DERBYSHIRE AND EAST COAST RAILWAY COAL TRAFFIC
The Lancashire, Derbyshire and East Coast Railway was promoted
primarily to create new outlets for the Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire
coal fields to the newly opened Manchester Ship Canal at Warrington
in the west, and to the east at the company’s own docks at
The enterprise, although opposed by the MS&L (later to become the
Great Central) Midland, and North Western Railways enjoyed the
support of landowners, coal producers and consumers, the Miners
unions and of every town along its route, and on 5th August 1891
became the most important railway scheme ever passed by Parliament
in a single Bill.
But the railway never lived up to its great start and only 38 miles
of its main line were ever opened, from Chesterfield (Market Place)
to Pyewipe Junction near Lincoln. Apart from colliery branches,
their only other line was from Langwith Junction to Beighton
Junction, which by means of running powers on other railways
afforded a connection to Sheffield (Attercliffe). Despite the
ambitious title of the company neither Lancashire nor the East Coast
had been reached when the concern was bought out by the Great
Central on January 1st 1907.
By 1960 the bulk of the LD&EC route traffic was coal from the
Derbyshire/Nottingham fields which were administered by the East
Midlands Division of the NCB who were sending about ¾ of their
output by rail. Coal from Bilsthorpe, Blidworth, Clipstone,
Ollerton, Rufford, Thoresby and Welbeck collieries was worked to
Mansfield Concentration Sidings, whilst Cresswell, Langwith,
Shirebrook and Warsop collieries sent their output to Langwith
Junction. From there two yards and Warsop Junction, trains ran to
the north (via Rotherwood), West of England (via Annesley and
Woodford), and via Lincolnshire to Immingham, Grimsby, New England
and Whitemoor. The returning empties were usually worked direct to
the collieries. The traffic from Mansfield Concentration Sidings to
the east was by far the largest from the area. Most of the
Immingham/Grimsby traffic continued by coastline "Colliers" to CEGB
power stations. The New England traffic was for the GN area and the
Southern Region by way of the cross-London lines, whilst the coal
reaching Whitemoor was sorted out for East Anglia, the industrial
area of the Lea Valley, and for East London. With steam haulage the
working of this traffic was far from ideal, and there was ample
scope for improvement and rationalisation. Most of the locomotives
employed were life expired and punctuality was almost impossible to
achieve. This frequently caused bunching to occur, particularly
between Mansfield and Lincoln. To make matters worse, the steam
times were so slow that it was necessary for all crews to be
relieved at Pyewipe Junction to allow them to return to their depot
within a normal rostered day’s duty. These shortcomings of the LD&EC
coal services were well known to the GN area of the Eastern Region,
who were anxious to introduce an improved train working scheme at
the earliest possible opportunity. Two developments enabled such a
scheme to be devised – the new freight train classifications and the
allocation of sufficient Brush Type 2 diesels to Darnall Depot to
provide 12 engines to work the coal trains, from Langwith Junction
Depot. The new train classifications allowed faster train timings
with a "head" of fitted wagons to supplement the locomotive’s
braking power. In conjunction a new diagram was carefully devised,
which allowed one crew to work a round trip from Mansfield or Warsop
Junction to Immingham, New England, or Whitemoor and back within a
normal 8 hour shift, and enabling the New England trains to run
direct between Lincoln and Spalding instead of using the circuitous
route by way of Boston. With the co-operation of the NCB, certain
consignees were nominated to be fed with "minfits", working in a
circuit between colliery and customer. One such customer was Halling
Cement Works on the Southern Region, and their wagons formed the
fitted "heads" on the New England trains. Each of the 12 Brush "2"s
were operated on a cyclic diagram, covering 1,500-2,000 miles
between weekly maintenance at Darnall. These 12 diesels replaced 29
steam locomotives which were previously required. Although a
thriving marshalling yard, Mansfield Concentration Sidings was very
hard to find. It could only be reached by road by means of a long,
private, unmade lane through neighbouring fields. Because of the
yard’s isolated position BR provided a mini-bus service to ferry
train crews to the yard from Warsop Junction, Langwith Junction and
Mansfield. About 2 miles east of Dukeries Junction (Tuxford), site
of the now derelict LD&EC locomotive works and their passenger
exchange station to the East Coast main line, is the High Marnham
power station, which at the introduction of the diesel service was
fed by some 10 trains daily from the East Midlands Division
collieries. The second half of the sixties saw further changes to
the coal services with the closures of Darnall and Langwith Junction
MPD's and the introduction of the "merry-go-round" system of coal
haulage. The trains are now worked by Brush Type 4 locomotives based
on Shirebrook West, and serviced at the parent depot at Tinsley
(Rotherham). The "merry-go-round" system has increased train
capacity and with the trains working on a continuous circuit,
between colliery and power station, has cut down the work of the
yards at Warsop Junction, Langwith Junction and Mansfield. In 1975 a
new connection was laid in, to the Midland Railway Shireoaks
(Worksop)-Mansfield line, to ease the negotiation of the Shirebrook
area, but the Sheffield line has been lifted between Langwith
Junction and Spinkhill. Only the section from Spinkhill Tunnel to
Beighton Junction now remains, to extract the produce of Westhorpe
Colliery. This line is well known for its severe inclines and is
known to loco men as the "slog&knock it". At the eastern end of the
main line (officially titled the Dukeries route), the viaduct over
the river Trent, at Fledborough near High Marnham power station is
now unsafe and consequently the track over it has been singled, and
a 10mph speed limit imposed. The latest question mark over the LD&EC
coal traffic is the proposed closure of Langwith Colliery, which has
been the centre of much controversy of late. But whatever the future
may hold, the Lancashire, Derbyshire and East Coast Railway has
undoubtedly been one of the world’s foremost mineral conveyors since
the first coal train left Barlborough Colliery by way of the
Beighton Junction-Langwith Junction line on 16th November 1896.
NOTES AND NEWS
On Saturday 1st May the Haltwhistle-Alston branch went down
fighting, with service trains packed and specials running from
Leicester (MLST) and Newcastle (SLS), and a DMU organised by the
Carlisle Round Table, which was attached to the last train to run on
one of the most essential rail links in Great Britain. Immediately
after the last train the track was severed to stop the South Tyne
RPS running over two unprotected level crossings, at Slaggyford, and
on the new "all weather road" at Coanwood.
The 1st May also saw 45041 haul the last 1M27, Leeds-Derby. The
train was fairly well populated and the front coach was suitably
decorated for the occasion.
The Spalding festival created activity on 8th May. Noted were
The alterations to Retford are now well advanced, but one platform
is to remain in its present condition as the buildings have been
designated as being of architectural interest.
One of the 2 Class 84 locos, 84008, which has been in Doncaster for
a number of years was noted in the departure sidings on 20th June.
Also noted were 24086 and 25015 which had recently arrived.
Withdrawn Class 03 locos, 03166 and 03174 entered C F Booths
scrap-yard on 3rd May and were quickly dismantled.
On 21st May 6229 "Duchess of Hamilton" was moved from Swindon to
York Museum, whilst on York in the early hours of Saturday 19th June
included the APT-E (now in the museum), 4472 "Flying Scotsman" and
92220 "Evening Star", the latter two being in steam.
Noted at Rotherwood on 10th June was 44010 on a freight train,
whilst 2 days later 37118 had charge of a Spalding-Whitby Mystex.
The following Class 55 locos were seen in Doncaster Works on 13th
June: 55002/11/14/17/19/21, whilst D5901 was still intact, and a
decision was being awaited as to its future. Other withdrawn
locomotives included 24015/6/71/117.
The following shunters were sighted in the North-East on 25th April:
Tyne Yard- 03170,08058/512/6
Newcastle Station-03061/4/94/107 Gosforth-08562 Blythe-08370
On 3rd July, the 19.20 York-Scarborough was hauled by 37101 and
37111. A PENNINE party visited Stratford MPD and Works on 10th July.
Noted on the MPD locomotives included –
31001/2/4/5/7/8/9/10/12/13/14/15/ 16/19, in addition to 31018 which
is now out
of service and earmarked for preservation.
Shunters on the depot were –
Noted on the Works included – 31011,45007,08627 and 08758, in
addition to Gresley Buffet E9132.
Noted on Finsbury Park on the same day included – 08545/56/834/73
On 16th July, 47088 "Samson" was noted passing Rotherham on 1V46,
Bradford F.S. – Plymouth overnight mails.
LONDON MIDLAND REGION
Railway enthusiasts from all over Britain travelled on the Settle
& Carlisle line on 1st May to mark the line’s centenary, many
marking it with a last trip on the Alston branch. A return excursion
to Euston was noted passing Hellifield behind 47449.
Sulzer Class 25 locomotives, 25242/92 were noted at
Radcliffe-on-Trent working a return Skegness-Derby excursion on
Sunday 30th May. On the following day the same pair worked a
Beeston-Southport Mystex, whilst a Burton-Southport was worked by
45047. The trains crossed Manchester via the Ashburys (for Belle
Vue) – Phillips Park - Miles Platting – Manchester Victoria line.
Class 20 locomotives are still seen occasionally on passenger
duties. On 31st May the 09.20 Derby-Skegness was hauled by 20020/56,
whilst on 3rd July 20135/83 had charge of the 08.00
On Saturday 5th June a return Blackpool-Kilmarnock excursion was
noted entering Carlisle Citadel behind AL1,81007. This was replaced
by Eastfield pairing 25241 and 27105, which took the train to its
Disaster struck on the main line from the North to London on the
evening of Friday 25th June when just south of Luton station an
express hit the wreckage of 2 suburban DMU's which had collided
seconds earlier. DMU's which were wrecked included M51632 and
M59618. Several trains to/from London were cancelled whilst others
were diverted into Euston running from Market Harborough and joining
the WCML at Northampton. The first express to work into St Pancras
was the 12.10 from Sheffield on 26th June. However at Wellingborough
the locomotive 45135 was replaced by 45108.
On the same day a special train ran from Wolverhampton, Birmingham
and Coventry to Wembley Central for the World Speedway Championship
Intercontinental Final. This meeting was dominated by the English
with Wyer, Collins, Morton, Simmons and Louis qualifying for the
World Final at Chorzow in Poland in September.
On 23rd June, 24091 was noted in the Derby area working several trip
freights, whilst on 25th June 24063 was working in the Saltley area.
Locos noted on Derby Works on 8th May included 24086 and 27207,
whilst 44003 was "in store" in bad external condition and minus
On 3rd July the Lickey incline bankers at Bromsgrove were 37253/93.
Several notings of double-headed working have occurred recently. The
19.30 Sheffield-St Pancras is now rostered to leave Sheffield behind
2 x Class 45/1s. On 5th July the locos involved were 45101/18 and on
the same day, 1E56, 16.50 St Pancras-Leeds entered Sheffield behind
A visit to Willesden on 10th July revealed the following:-
08903/921/681/533/234/680/934/904/010, 81007/10, 85038/006,
Noted at Euston on the same day included 25193/265, whilst sightings
at Derby on the 10th included 25029 ad 25303 double-heading on
Once again this section is dominated by sightings of the once
common "Westerns". The following members of this persecuted breed
were noted over the Easter weekend:-
D1001–Truro (Good Friday), Plymouth-Paddington-Birmingham (Sat)
D1005–N.A.(G.F.) D1009–N.A.(G.F.) D1015–N.A. Paddington (Thur)
D1023-Penz.-Padd. (G.F.) D1028-Penz.-Ply. (G.F.)
D1033-Padd.-Cardiff(Thur) D1036-Ply.-Padd. Thur), Laira (G.F.)
D1041-Newbury(Thur) D1048-Paignton-Padd.(G.F.) D1049-Padd.-Penz.
D1053-Westbury(Thur) D1054-Dawlish(G.F.) D1056-Padd.-Penz. (Sat)
D1058-Exeter(Thur),Taunton(Sat) D1065-Ply.-Padd. Thur), Padd.- Ply.
D1070-Ply.-Padd. Thur), Padd.-Penz. (G.F.) D1072-Saltash(G.F.)
A tour of the Western region on the weekend 29th May revealed the
following named locomotives:-
Jcn);47086/484(Landore);47089(Swansea High Street).
31st-1010/54/70(Taunton);1041(Exeter St Davids);1023/71(Laira);
47089,1023/56/72(Penzance); 1005/21/68(Exeter St Davids).
2nd-1028(Exeter St Davids);1036(Gloucester Horton Road).
Noted at Taunton on parcels on 10th June was 1009, whilst 1036 had
charge of a freight. 1036 was also seen entering Paddington on a
West of England arrival on 26th June.
Several Class 52s were in evidence on 3rd July, for 1033 was an
unusual sighting on Gloucester Horton Road, 1009 hauled a
Spalding-Tenby excursion from Cardiff to Tenby and 1068 was also
seen on Canton.
On 3rd July 2 sets of the new triple-headed ore trains were seen,
one set hauled by 37192/270/233, and the other by 37302/305/241.
Noted at Llanelli on the same day were 03141/2/51 and 03145 was at
A visit to Old Oak Common on 10th July revealed two "Westerns",
those being 1028 and 1048. However visitors were rewarded by no less
than 4 Class 47 "namers" – 47081/3/7/9. Class 08s noted on OOC
Withdrawn Barclay dock shunter 06010 was noted on Polmadie on
15th May. Also on depot were a trio of Class 24s, 24069/120/8.
A BR overnight excursion from Spalding-Aberdeen on 18/19th June was
hauled by a variety of motive power. The train left Spalding behind
47184 (no boiler), which was exchanged at Newcastle for 40091, which
in turn was replaced at Edinburgh by 47268. At Aberdeen the stock
was shunted by 08764 to release 47268 from the bay platform to work
the return train to Edinburgh, where 40091 again took over to
Newcastle and 46033 took over for the last leg of the marathon run.
Cold passengers were kept going through the night (behind N.B.47) by
piping hot tea and coffee supplied by expert Buffet
Attendants/Pennine Committee Robin, John, Geoff and Jon.
Noted at Markinch on 19th June was 06008, whilst 06005 was seen at
Dundee. At Aberdeen Ferryhill on the same day were-
Locos on Haymarket on 19th June included 20223,24069/119,
25004/226/37 and 26005.
A Society visit to Hither Green on Saturday 10th July noted the
On Saturday July 10th, the society ran a very successful visit to
London depots via tube and rail. All participants enjoyed the visit,
which was extremely well organised. Depots visited were Stratford
MPD and Works, Finsbury Park, Hither Green, Willesden and Old Oak
Common. We hope to run another London trip in the autumn.
Subject to confirmation the following holiday preview excursions
will run from Sheffield later in the year:- 18th Sept.- Rhyl,
Bangor, Holyhead (Ffestiniog Railway available) 25th Sept.-
Carlisle, Glasgow, Gourock
2nd Oct.- Paignton-Kingswear-Dartmouth-Totnes (Dart Valley Railway)
9th Oct.- Berwick, Dunbar, Edinburgh
16th Oct.- Llandrindod Wells
23rd Oct.- Weston-Super-Mare-Plymouth
30th Oct.- Oxford-Winchester-Bournemouth
6th Nov.- Edinburgh, Dundee.
Plans are in hand for the re-opening of Peartree and Normanton
station, just south of Derby station on the West of England main
line. It is anticipated that Matlock trains will call at this
station on a new Matlock-Sinfin Pay-Train service.
We must apologise for the late publication of this magazine –
this was due to annual holidays etc. Our next edition is due to be
published at the end of August.
Our London group now hold social evenings every month for the
benefit of our Southern members. The meeting place is the "Cock
Tavern" on Phoenix Road, which is off Eversholt Street and opposite
Euston Station. The next meeting is on Friday 13th August commencing
at 19.30. Any enquiries concerning meetings should be made to Mr S
Barnes, address Keepers Lodge, Brook Road, Buckhurst Hill, Essex,
COACHING STOCK ALTERATIONS