THE MAGAZINE OF THE PENNINE RAILWAY
SILVER JUBILEE YEAR
25th Anniversary Celebrations
Members are reminded that
all our social evenings are now held at "The Salutation", South
Parade, Doncaster. We meet on the first and third Wednesdays of each
month in a very comfortable, private upstairs function room at the
pub. This venue has proved very successful - if you have not yet
been, come and give it a visit. Meetings commence at 19.45 hrs.
If walking from Doncaster Station, go through the Frenchgate Centre
and then straight ahead up Printing office Street. Turn left and
then right into Wood Street, Turn left at the top of Wood Street,
pass the Civic Theatre and then left into South Parade. The
Salutation is 150 yards on the right.
Buses 170 (Cantley) leave Duke Street just up from McDonalds) on the
hour and at 15-min, intervals. Alight at Regent Square and The
Salutation is on the opposite side of the road. Return buses from
outside The Salutation at 15-min, intervals.
We are pleased to
announce that over 50 members and guests have booked on our
Celebration Lunch on the Midland Railway, Butterley on Saturday
October 9th1999. Those who have booked will be receiving further
details in due course. Our friends from Sheffield Transport Group
will be providing transport from Doncaster, Mexborough and Sheffield
using a preserved double decker bus for those who wish to avail
themselves of the facility.
Our train, departing at lunchtime, should be Class 31 hauled. Anyone
not booked on the lunch is welcome to join us on the day at the
Midland Railway Centre.
Other Silver Jubilee celebrations include:
A Silver Jubilee Slide
Night on Wednesday October 20th 1999 at The Salutation.
A display in Doncaster Central Library in the town centre from
November 1st to t6th 1999.
Sale of 25t'h Anniversary Mugs, Pens, Paperweights, etc.
175's on SVR
A new First North Western
3 car Class 175 DMU has been undergoing tests on the Severn Valley
Railway- The train, part of a fleet of 27 three and two car units
built by Alsthom in Birmingham,
is destined for the Manchester - North Wales Express services to
replace loco hauled stock.
Railtrack is "looking seriously" at the proposals to expand the
Coventry - Birmingham line from two to four tracks. Virgin Trains
has warned that its 140 mph tilting trains due to enter service in
2002 could be delayed up to 20 minutes between Birmingham and Rugby
because of the bottleneck This will not, however, be part of the
first phase of the West Coast upgrade.
Plans have been drawn up to extend Manchester's Metrolink train
system northwards to Oldham and Rochdale, south to Manchester
Airport and Wythenshawe, and east to Ashton under Lyme by 2004. The
Ashton line to he opened as far as a new stadium in East Manchester
ready for the 2002 Commonwealth Games. 'The line to Oldham and
Rochdale will involve converting Railtrack's Oldham loop with the
addition of street sections in the town centre. A 3 mile extension
to Eccles and the redeveloped Salford Quays is already due to open
Also in the new timetable are calls by Edinburgh - Dunblane and
Edinburgh - Bathgate trains at Edinburgh Park, a new station. A
second build of 6 Turbostars are expected to take over the Edinburgh
- Aberdeen services m the New Year
New Look Sleepers
New look ScotRail sleeper cars are emerging from Inverness Depot
following complete refurbishment. They are m a distinctive new blue
and purple livery. Elsewhere work is under way on converting 11
coaches to club Cars with reclining seats. (Sounds like a good venue
for Pennine Committee meetings!).
The new electric units will start replacing the Gatwick Express'
Class 73 locos and N1k2 coaches from November 1999, South West
Trains have ordered some for its Reading and Alton lines, while
ScotRail has ordered 40 three car units in Carmine and Cream livery
for use on Strathclyde services in Glasgow. Front ends may vary in
style according to design orders placed by the different companies
Dunrobin Station on the Far north Line to the Highlands has been
renamed Dunrobin Castle. The station is still owned by the Dukes of
Faster to the Far North
Class 158's will replace class 156 units on the Inverness -
Wick/Thurso fine from May 2000. The 90 mph diesel units, with better
acceleration than 156s, will cover the route to Thurso in 3hrs
22mins, shaving 15 minutes off the existing schedules.
ScotRail's plans to introduce the full fleet of 100 mph Class 170
Turbostars for its new 15 minute interval Glasgow - Edinburgh
service from 2&h September 1999 have suffered a setback as only 2 of
the 9 units ordered are expected to be ready because of production
difficulties at the AdTranz works m Derby. Remaining services will
be operated by Class 158's which will be able to cover the timings.
Trains between the two cities will be routed via Falkirk High.
Falkirk Grahamston will be served by extension of the Glasgow -
Cumbernauld service, the first regular service north of Cumbernauld
since 1966, while Croy will get its first direct link with Edinburgh
Connex has carried out checks on its Networkers after over 20
reported incidents of couplings failing and trains splitting. Nine
incidents involved trains with passengers on board.
New way out West
First Great Western has launched a Motorail services between London
and Penzance. Transporters will be attached to the "Night Riviera"
sleeper service. Other transporters will attached to day trains
during peak holiday 0Sds. It is the first time that cars have been
carried by a Motorail service on Great Western tracks since the mid
First Great Western was committed to launching the service as part
of its franchise agreement.
Cash boost for Settle Line
Railtrack is to spend £20m on the Settle and Carlisle line, mainly
on track renewals- The line is used by more than 60 freight trains a
week in both directions, plus regular passenger services and
specials. During the upgrading of the WCML it will serve as a
Eurostars on the ECML
Eurostar trains are set to go into
service with GNER on the East Coast route. If a deal is struck they
will work between Kings Cross and York from next spring to help the
company cope with a boom in passenger numbers. GNER is planning to
operate two of the regional Eurostar sets which are
4 coaches shorter than the main fleet which runs from Waterloo
International, providing up to 9 extra trains per day.
Leeds Link to Glasgow
Northern Spirit is to launch a service between Leeds and Glasgow via
Motherwell on 1st October 1999, restoring a link lost 17 years ago.
Class 158 trains will cover the 213 miles in 4 hours.
Ripon wants to rejoin network
A steering group is studying the feasibility of reopening the line
from Harrogate to Ripon, closed by BR in 1967. It will even
reconsider reopening all of the closed route, which continued
northbound to the ECML at Thirsk and Northallerton,
Virgin's New Fleets
Virgin Trains has announced that the 53 tilting trains for the WCML
on order from Alsthom and Fiat Ferroviaria will he known as
"Pendolinos" (how original!). The Cross Country fleet of 44 tilting
trains will be known as "Super Voyagers" with the 34 non tilting
trains as 'Virgin Voyagers". Bombardier is building both of these.
One of the worlds most sought after locomotive nameplates has sold
for a record price at a Sheffield auction. The nameplate from the
LMS Coronation Class Pacific 46227 'Duchess of Devonshire sold a
Myersgrove School for a world record breaking £34,200 to a collector
from the south of England. The 85" long brass plate accompanied by
its on~ British Railways receipt was put up for sale by a private
collector. The previous world record for a locomotive nameplate was
£25,600, paid in March 1999 for "Glasgow Highlander'. A total of 528
lots was auctioned, from posters and clocks to more affordable
nameplates, raising £297,000.
Highlights for your diary during Autumn include:-
* Pennine Slide competition - Wednesday October 6th 1999
at the "Sal". Bring along four of your railway slides, which you
think, can win the competition. Cash prizes and trophies for the
* Pennine Shield Quiz competition. Can the Pennine regain the
shield in our Silver Jubilee Year? Robin is arranging the dates
Ma'am lets the Train take the Strain
The cost to the taxpayers (there are even some in the Pennine) of
the Royal Train in 1998 amounted to a total of £799,000. 1he journey
taken by the Princess Royal from Euston - Perth: Aberdeen - Euston
cost £21,451 - First Class single tickets would have cost £245.
means that almost 89 people could have gone with the Princess on a
service train!!). The Royal Train will remain in service at least
until the end of 2002
The Misery Network
For the 12 month period April 1998-March 1999, 437,590 trains were
late (i.e. more than 5 minutes on shorter commuter routes or 10
minutes on long distance lines). 8.8% of the total train journeys
across the network- In addition, 61,692 were
cancelled. The figures do not include Great Eastern, which were not
collated in time. Chiltern Railways, whose trains go from
Marylebone to Birmingham, was highlighted as the worst offender.
The number of late trains on its lines soared by 87%. Black mark to
Virgin Cross Country where over 20% of
trains were late, a rise of
The London, Tilbury and Southend fine was praised for its 14% fewer
late trains while Midland Main Line cancelled only 54 trains.
A new overnight weekday freight service from Doncaster and Rotherham
to Brent Cross has been added to EWS's nationwide wagonload network.
The service leaves Belmont Yard, Doncaster at 21.40, Masborough
Freight Depot at 23.30, arriving at Brent Cross Distribution Centre
at 04.00. The return working departs at OS- 10 arriving Doncaster at
With the exception of 2 members (who have my personal thanks)
has bothered to send any information relating to the past 25 years
of the PENNINE RAILWAY SOCIETY.
It would appear therefore that there is no interest in an
ANNIVERSARY ISSUE and therefore I regret that this issue will not be
As I have stated before, this magazine does not depend upon the
editor (my job is relatively easy). Future issues depend on the
membership submitting material for publication.
Out of a membership exceeding sixty I have less than a dozen who are
prepared to help with articles and information - To them go my
profound thanks for their dedication
Steam Train Past
by Paul Slater
sometimes said that if
she ever became a millionaire, she would buy me a house beside a
railway, so that I could watch trains without the need to leave my
home. This fanciful idea came true sooner than we expected, as when
we had to leave our first married home because of the "regeneration'
of the Park Springs estate, the house we moved too had a
garden which backed on to the Barnetby - Gainsborough line not far
from Gainsborough Central Station.
I soon came to appreciate being
able to watch trains from my garden. There were not many trains; the
line was often disused from Sunday to Friday, but there was an
occasional light engine or repair train, and on Saturdays there were
passenger trains, three in each direction, and before them, between
eight and nine o'clock in the morning a locomotive would run past our
garden, presumably checking the line after its six days of disuse,
returning in the other direction ten or fifteen minutes later.
Waiting for the locomotive while I made tea for Chris and coffee for
myself on a Saturday morning, and photographing it (if conditions
were suitable) when it returned, became part of my routine at the
new house. Sometimes the fine would be used as a diversionary route
at weekends and there would be the sound of heavy goods trains
passing day and night, and the chance of seeing many more
locomotives than usual.
Chris, who during her childhood in
the fifties had lived in a house beside the East Coast Main Line in
north London, said how marvellous it would be if a steam train came
past just to remind her of all the ones she had watched from
her-garden, and heard from her bedroom as a girl. I replied that it
was most unlikely, the Gainsborough - Barnetby line never, as far as
I knew, having been traversed by a preserved steam locomotive.
When we had been m our new house
for about eighteen months, I learned that a special train was indeed
to run past our garden one Saturday in the near future. The train
was originally planned to run to Barton on Humber via Scunthorpe and
Barnetby, with steam haulage, and then to return via Gainsborough
with a diesel in charge. We decided that we would go out and
photograph the steam train at a suitable location, then return home
so that we could see it, diesel hauled, pass our garden. The night
before, I checked details on the telephone and got timings for the
train; I learned that it was called "The Lanes Lines" and would
reverse at New Holland without going on to Barton on Humber- The
steam locomotive would be "Black Five" 4-6-0 No. 45407; the train
would wait at Cleethorpes before returning, and would stop for over
half an hour at Northorpe, where there is a loop midway along a
single track section of the Gainsborough - Barnetby fine. The train
was due to leave Northorpe at a quarter past seven, so should be
passing our house about twenty minutes later. There was no mention
of the steam locomotive being replaced by a diesel for any part of
On the day of the "Lanes Lines" I
was out in garden to see the Saturday morning engine- Usually it was
a 37 or a 56, occasionally a 31, 47 or 60, but today I had a treat,
the locomotive that passed our house was 66027, the first 66 I had
seen on the Gainsborough - Barnetby line.
photographed it on its return, my first picture of a class 66 on the
We saw the "Lanes Lines" at
Melton Ross, a favourite train watching location of ours, where a
bridge spans the three tracks of the line to Grimsby and Immingham,
a mile east of Barnetby, in the attractive scenery of the
Lincolnshire Wolds. We arrived early. Soon other photographers
turned up,- one said that the "Lanes Lines" had been on time into
Scunthorpe, then someone arrived m a hurry and said that the tram
had passed Elsham. The signal light turned green a few minutes
before the "Lanes Lines" was due, but I guessed that this would be
for one of the *Trans Pennine Express" on the hourly from Manchester
Airport to Cleethorpes, and the steam train would be waiting a
Barnetby ready to follow it. I was right and soon after the signal
had changed again to green, we heard the "Lanes Lines" restart from
Barnetby, the engine slipping, then gradually increasing speed. The
train came into sight round the curve, the spotless "Black Five"
working hard on the gentle gradient through the low hills and making
a fine picture in the rural setting- Class 37 No. 37412 "Driver John
Elliott" was attached at the rear of the train, but was not under
We drove on and joined a crowd of
other spectators at the little station at Thornton Abbey, where the
"Lanes Lines" was due to stop for a few minutes. This was country
that I associated with going to watch ships on the Humber rather
than with trains, and the tower blocks of Kingston on Hull were
visible in the distance.
"Lanes Lines" was now on its way back from New Holland, hauled by
37412, with 45407 in light steam bringing up the rear. There was a chance
for more photography as the train arrived, waited, then moved slowly
off towards Cleethorpes; the gleaming "Black Five" looked especially
attractive in close up, and made an interesting composition with the
old station nameboard.
We returned to Gainsborough. Two
passenger trains passed our house, also, gleaming in the late
afternoon sunshine, 60075 on a coal train. It got dark and we had
tea. I heard the last passenger train of the day go by at ten past
seven, and I guessed that the "Lanes Lines" would soon be leaving
Northorpe. I went out into the garden once or twice before I had
finished eating, thinking that I could hear a train, but the sounds
I heard were caused by other things - cars, lorries and a fairground
a few streets away.
It was nearly a quarter to eight
when the "Lanes Lines" finally passed our garden- We were outside
and heard it some distance off, sounding very like an approaching
goods train until it was very close, when we could hear the pistons
of a steam locomotive working. The "Black Five" ran slowly over the
bridge above a pedestrian subway that borders our property, the
glare from the firebox fighting up the interior of the cab and
making a very nostalgic sight in the darkness; then the long string
of lighted carriages passed our garden, with 37412 throbbing under
power at the rear.
The sound of the "Lanes Lines"
faded away and we went back indoors. It had lasted only a few
minutes, and we did not know if we would ever enjoy a similar
experience again, but we were very pleased that we had been able to
see a steam train go past our garden.
Weekend in Devon
by Chris Tyas
Friday 25/6/99. Caught
the 06.35 THE
ARMADA from Doncaster to Newton Abbot. Seen at Doncaster were 90026,
60084, then en route at
Sheffield 43050, 43073, Saltley 60012,
66013, 66055, D9000, Birmingham 86258,
86207, Bristol 47742,
43041, 08896, 43022, 43098, 43014, Exeter 08792,
Saturday 26/6/99 was
to be spent photographing along the Devon coast between Newton Abbot
& Starcross. A full list of all sightings for the day will be
included at the end of this article. My first train of the day was 43098
+ 43014 on the 0814 Paignton
to Newcastle which I caught from Newton Abbot to Teignmouth where I
spent the next few hours photographing along the sea wall. Then I
caught 47812 from
Teignmouth to Dawlish on the 13.00 Paignton
to Manchester- service. Next I travelled to Starcross with 150232 on
the 14-10 Plymouth
to Exeter service. On arrival at Starcross I set off to walk to
Cockwood Harbour but about half way there it started raining just
long enough for me to get soaked- After an hour or so photographing
and a pint in the pub I got the bus back to Dawlish for some more
photographs- After the light had gone I had a ride up to Exeter on 153370 on
the 19.15 Plymouth
to Exeter service where I caught 43171
+ 43182 back to Newton
Abbot on the 1810 Paddington
to Penzance service. 43171 had
received fitters attention at Exeter & was still having problems on
arrival at Newton Abbot having an engine shut down on arrival at
After checking in at the hotel in
Newton Abbot I decided to have a ride to Totnes, while waiting for 43023
+ 43026 on the 10.33 Paddington
to Plymouth 47854, 43031,
& 43152 were noted. At
Totnes 47764, was
photographed on SC99
12.18 Bristol - Plymouth
empty mail vans- Next I had 43191
+ 43028 on the 13-25 Plymouth
to Paddington service back to Newton Abbot- At Newton Abbot 43030
+ 43003 were noted while
waiting for 158871 on
the 11.40 Penzance
to Cardiff service which I caught to Dawlish. From Dawlish I walked
along the sea waft to Dawlish Warren. Noted and photographed were 47790 on 1C91Plymouth
- London via Bristol mail 43133,
43131, 43125, 43192, 43142, 47760 on 1E43
15.09 Ply mouth - Low
Fell mail, 47811 on
the 12.52 Penzance
to Paddington~ 43103,
43084, 43154, 43088, 43148, & 43002. From
Dawlish Warren I caught 150221 back
to Newton Abbot on the 15.54 Exmouth
to Paignton service.
Sunday 27/6/99. Caught 158838 to
Plymouth on the 07-40 Bristol
to Penzance. Bought a £5 Dartmoor
Sunday Rover at Plymouth station then had a ride on service 25 Plymouth
Circular This basically follows the route of the Plymouth City Tour
and drops you off back at the station where I had a few minutes to
wait for my friend to arrive from Truro, on the 09.15 Penzance
- Paddington with 43191 +
43016. Next we caught
Service 82 Transmoor
link to Moretonhampstead where we retired to the White Hart for Sunday
lunch. Next we took service 174 with
Carmel Coach's 1950 Albion
Victor to Okehampton. Next we travelled to Exeter on a Western
National Volvo coach on Service X9. We
then caught the 17.18 Exeter
to Okehampton with 150249- From
Okehampton to Plymouth we caught Service 118, which
was operated by Western National's 1960 Bristol Lowdeka. On arrival at
Plymouth we had a few minutes to wait for my friend's train back to
Truro. I had a ride to Exeter with 47843 on
the 20.15 Plymouth
to Bristol. From Exeter I caught the 14.32 Newcastle
to Plymouth with 43078 +
43062 back to Newton
Monday 28/6/99 was
spent trying to find some new photographic locations using public
transport. First port of call was Aller Junction on the outskirts of
Newton Abbot. From Newton Abbot I caught 150251 to
Starcross from where I got the ferry to Exmouth hoping to
photograph a Great Western 125, but
as it was running late we had got too far across the estuary by the
time it came. 37716 also
decided to put in an appearance at exactly the same time. From
Exmouth I caught 153362 to
Exeter where I got on 150263 to
Dawlish. The rest of the day was spent photographing in and around
Tuesday 29/6/99. Caught 43003
+ 43030 from Newton Abbot
to Paignton then had the same set to Bristol on the 10-00 Paignton
to Paddington. From Bristol I took 47853 on
the 12.10 Bristol
to Newcastle service back to Doncaster.
A SUMMER SATURDAY IN DEVON 26/06/99
0740 PLYMOUTH -NEWTON ABBOT
0814 PAIGNTON- NEWCASTLE
0615 PENZANCE -
0641 PENZANCE -PADDINGTON
0858 PAIGNTON -GLASGOW
0940 PAIGNTON - PADDINGTON
0950 PAIGNTON -WATERLOO
1001 PAIGNTON -NEWCASTLE
0808 PENZANCE -PADDINGTON
0838 PENZANCE -MANCHESTER
0928 BURNGULLOW- NEWPORT
0858 PENZANCE -PADDINGTON
0915 NEWQUAY - EDINBURGH
1139 PAIGNTON - PADDINGTON
1147 PAIGNTON -BRIGHTON
1030 PENZANCE -PADDINGTON
1300 PAIGNTON -
1057 PENZANCE -EDINBURGH
1122 NEWQUAY -PADDINGTON
43139 + 43138
PAIGNTON - PADDINGTON
1339 PAIGNTON -CARDIFF
1140 PENZANCE -
1427 PAIGNTON - NEWCASTLE
14 10 PLYMOUTH - EXETER CENTRAL
1445 PAIGNTON -PADDINGTON
1500 PAIGNTON - PRESTON
1325 PENZANCE - PADDINGTON
1550 PAIGNTON - PADDINGTON
NEWQUAY - LEEDS
1605 PAIGNTON - SOUTHAMPTON
1617 PAIGNTON -
1655 PAIGNTON - EXMOUTH
1505 PENZANCE - PADDINGTON
PAIGNTON - PADDINGTON
1710 PLYMOUTH - LEEDS
1752 PAIGNTON - EXETER
1637 NEWQUAY - PADDINGTON
1844 PAIGNTON - BIRMINGHAM
1640 PENZANCE - PADDINGTON
1712 PENZANCE - MANCHESTER
1915 PLYMOUTH - EXETER S.D.
2015 PAIGNTON - EXETER SD
2205 PAIGNTON - EXETER SD
0700 BRISTOL - PAIGNTON
0834 NEWTON ABBOT - NEWQUAY
0754 EXN4OUTH - PLYMOUTH
0600 SOUTHAMPTON - PAIGNTON
0653 BASINGSTOKE - PAIGNTON
0733 PADDINGTON - PENZANCE
0620 DERBY - PAIGNTON
07 15 PADDINGTON - PAIGNTON
0604 LEEDS - NEWQUAY
0833 PADDINGTON - PAIGNTON
0613 PRESTON - PAIGNTON
0903 PADDINGTON - PENZANCE
0915 CARDIFF - PAIGNTON
0644 YORK - PAIGNTON
LIGHT ENGINE - ST BLAZEY
0933 PADDINGTON - PAIGNTON
1030 PADDINGTON - PENZANCE
0810 LIVERPOOL - PAIGNTON
0645 NEWCASTLE - PENZANCE
1105 PADDINGTON -NEWQUAY
1042 PADDINGTON - PAIGNTON
1135 PADDINGTON - PENZANCE
1035 WATERLOO - PAIGNTON
0917 MANCHESTER - PAIGNTON
1145 PADDINGTON - PAIGNTON
0933 MANCHESTER - PENZANCE
1414EXETER CENTRAL - PLYMOUTH
1017 MANCHESTER - PENZANCE
1000 BRIGHTON - PAIGNTON
1235 PADDINGTON - PENZANCE
1242 PADDINGTON - PENZANCE
07 10 EDINBURGH - PLYMOUTH
1454 EXN4OUTH - PAIGNTON
1335 PADDINGTON - PENZANCE
1554 EXMOUTH - PAIGNTON
0840 GLASGOW - PAIGNTON
1733 EXETER CENTRAL - PAIGNTON
1535 PADDINGTON - PENZANCE
1204NEWCASTLE - PLYMOUTH
11120 GLASGOW - PENZANCE
1635 PADDINGTON - PLYMOUTH
09 10 ABERDEEN - PLYMOUTH
18 10 PADDINGTON ~ PENZANCE
2050 EXETER CENTRAL - PAIGNTON
1508 NEWCASTLE - PLYMOUTH
1935 PADDINGTON -PLYMOUTH
1550 MANCHESTER - PENZANCE
European Rail Focus No.2 Belgium
by Andy Dalby
Firstly Belgium is
a country of two languages, French and
Flemish, Flemish being derived from the Dutch language.
people are known as Fleming (Dutch)' 'or Walloons (French). (Personally I think
the French have been wallies for years. AD.)
To cover the
difference in the languages the railway runs under the symbol. Access to the
system can be made by three main forms of transport:
1. Eurostar services
from Waterloo to Brussels- (It is possible to change
trains and stations at Lille in Northern France for access into
2. By coach
and ferry from Hull to Zeebrugge, with a bus connection to Bruges
railway station. Euro-Lines running coach services
from Victoria Coach Station to various locations in Belgium, these
services going forward to the Netherlands.
fast ferries run from Dover to Oostende (in just over 2 hours).
3. By various
airlines to Brussels Airport. Easi4et fly from Luton to Schipol
(Amsterdam) from where there is a direct rail service to
Antwerp and Brussels, running hourly.
Railways run a mixture of diesel and electric traction,both loco's
and multiple units, the electric system being run at 300OvDC overhead.
There are several classes of dual and treble voltage
locos for th6 international services that work to Amsterdam (150OV DC),
Koln (15kV AC)
and Lille/Paris (25kVAC). There
are also several classes of locos dating back to 1953 to run
internal services at 300OvDC. Diesel loco's are all medium powered
(about the size of our type 3) dating from 1954
form of train heating is steam although there are a few
loco's with electric heat working in the Liege area, these being painted
yellow and blue instead of the usual yellow and green.
No heat loco's carry a dot i.e. .5134 in
front of the
number, but locos can be dotted one week no dot the next, a bit like
having "chicken pox". The diesel
lines are spread about the country, the main areas
being Antwerpen to Neerpelt (Northern Belgium) normally worked by class 62
locos, Liege to Luxembourg (Eastern Belgium) worked by
class 55 locos (this fine is in the
process of being
electrified), Charleroi to Couvin (Southern Belgium).worked by
class 62's, Gent to Ronse, Eeklo and Geraardsbergen (West
Belgium) worked by the odd class 51 and normal class
from Namur to Dinant (this section is electrified) and on to Bertrix in
the Ardennes area is worked by EMU s to Dinant and
then diesel loco's or DMUs forward. The loco services
normally work in the morning and evening rush hours but
on a week-end there are tourist trains, one running from Namur
to Houyet, south of Dinant and a Bertrix to Dinant and return
top and tail loco hauled service, these services being worked by
re-built GM loco's dating back to 1955.
If you wish to go 'Tourist Mode' Belgium has lots to offer,
seaside towns like Blankenberge, De Run, and Oostende offer
the usual seaside attractions. Bruges, Gent, Antwerpen and
Brussels offer old buildings, some dating back to the 13th century, country walks round the Ardennes area (this is a good
area for tank spotting being the area
of WW2's Battle of the Bulge). If you are interested in tram systems,
Oostende is in the centre of the coastal tramway between De Panne
and Knokke. Towns like Gent, Antwerpen and Brussels have a system
but I have little or no knowledge of their size or operation.
Accommodation is readily
available in the major towns and cities, covering the whole price
range. Food is normally of reasonable quality, menu's varying in
price and content. Fast food outlets are numerous Burger and chips
are the same everywhere). One interesting addition to a Mac's is
mayonnaise, to dunk chips in. Mr Barclay knows what I'm on about.
Another tip, if you like your steak, it will normally be cooked rare
(still kicking rare)- To get it cooked ask for it "Bien Cuit,' well
done, or "Trop CuiC overdone. To wash down your meal there is a vast
selection of beer's ranging from 4% abv to over 12% abv. One other item worth a mention is
Belgian chocolate, known world wide as some of the finest available.
One last item, Midland Main Line
has an offer from Sheffield to Brussels via Eurostar for £99.00- A
leaflet explaining this offer is available in the travel centre at
Sheffield. The offer runs until January 1 st 2000.
As the saying goes, "Go
on, give it a try, you know you want to".
This quiz has been provided by IAN
SHENTON to celebrate
our Anniversary. Even numbered questions have a year during which the
Society has been running for their answer.. (Not necessarily in the
1 . How many snowploughs were built from class 40 bogies?
which year were APTIS ticket machines introduced?
3. For what reason was CL 66 No 66064 delayed being placed
What year did the Shackerstone Railway open?
In which railway is known as The Strawberry Line?
In which year did the DalesRall service from Leeds start?
Whichshed had the code 50G?
8. In which
year did The Docklands Light Railway open?
9. Who was the only CME of the Hull & Barnsley Railway?
10. In which year did Edmondson type tickets finish on BR?
11. Between which stations was Cutlers Green Halt?
12. What year did CL 91's commence running to Edinburgh?
13. Complete the station name: - & Timberland?
14- In which year did the Centenary of the opening of The Settle &
Carlisle Railway fall?
15. Name D864
16. In which year did the CL 52 Westerns cease running on BR?
17- Which railway station has a concourse named the Lawn?
18- In which year was the first CL 58 introduced?
19. Which named train was nicknamed "The Porridge Box"?
20. In which year was the fastest rim by an EMU made?
21. What did a Gadfly wagon carry?
22. In which year did the first CL 59 arrive in the UK?
23. Of which shed was Gowhole a sub shed?
24. In what year did the Rainhill Cavalcade take place?
25. Of which railway company was H. Smellie a locomotive
26. In which year did the Channel Tunnel open?
27. Between which stations was Bay Horse station?
28. In which year did BR sell its last hotel?
29. Who designed the GER CL J92 crane tanks?
30. In which year did the Centenary of the opening of Forth Rail
31. Which shed had the code 8G?
32. In what year was 01001 withdrawn?
33. What commodity is carried through Haw Bank Tunnel?
34. In which year was the Woodhead route closed to freight?
35. What year was the Garret steam loco invented?
36. In which year was the track on Ribblehead Viaduct singled?
37. Of which shed was Overseal a sub shed.
38. In what year was Holbeck depot closed?
39. What is the length of Galston Tunnel?
40. In which year were steam cranes last used on BR?
41. What was the cost of The Trains Annual for 1949?
42. In which year were semaphore signals removed from Worksop?
43. Which railway had the initials MW&SJR?
44. In which year did the Centenary of The Railway Magazine fall?
45. Which BR locos ran with match trucks to operate track circuit
46. In what year were CL 325 EMU's introduced?
47. Of which shed was Moat Lane a sub shed?
48. What was the last year that CL 50s ran on BR service trains?
49. Between which points did the East & West Junction Rly run?
50. In which year was electrification completed north of Crewe?
51 In what year does the Silver Jubilee of The Pennine Railway
PENNINE QUIZ NO. 97
1 . Kings Cross Thameslink and Farringdon
3. 0 June
4. London St. Pancras.
5. Dunblane and Bridge of Allen.
6. Hull Paragon Station.
7. 27thh March 1961
10. York (8) and Goole (1)
12- Money Sunk and Lost.
13. 1484 fl at Druimuachder.
15. 220 yards.
16. 52 feet 6 inches,
18. 16th March 1959.
19. 11th May 1986.
20. 33030 and 33051.
21.12th May 1986.
22. Nene Valley Railway.
24. 37 074
25. Jimmy McGregor.
29. 1 mile 356 yards.
30. Great Snipe
1st. Mr Ken
Joint 2nd- Mr Malcolm Bell & Mr lan Shenton
Congratulations Gentlemen - The cheques are in the post
Pennine Observers Notes -
Sightings around the regions.
Light Engines on Barnetby line before Saturday Passenger
July 3 66023
July 17 56120
July 24 66017
July 31 37695
Aug 7 56071
Aug 28 56095
Sep 4 66031
Sep, 11 66141
Noted at Eaton Lane Crossing on June 29th were:
47 258 and 57002 Freightliners
47145 and 56079 Enterprises
90039 19.05 Leeds-Kings X
At the same location on July 6 were
47270 and 47303 Freightliners
89001 19.05 Leeds-Kings X
Noted at Lincoln on July 16 were 56022 + 56120 on an oil train
and 66122 on coal.
On 4 Sept the 10.34 Leeds/Felixstowe freightliner was hauled
by EWS 66 129 through Doncaster, about 40 minutes late.
On Aug 28129 work on the ECM1 saw the following locos
dragging Class 91's + Mk 4's through Gainsborough LeaRoad - 47 565 47725 47742 47764 47765 47787 47788. 47771
light engine and 56120 dragging 86426 on a diverted special.
On an East Anglian visit on Aug 21 the following were noted:
Peterborough - 56010 5606156067 58006 58008 5801258037
Norwich - 08869 08928 47766 50002
60061 86215 86217 86220 86426 86250 86637 plus turbo's
Ipswich - 665021314.
On Aug 22 90032 on a KingsX/Leeds service was delayed 30
mins at Retford due to "sparks and explosions" as the train entered the station. The train continued after an examination
found no damage.
On Aug 147812 on Bristol/Newcastle was delay 30 -mins due to
passenger being taken ill at Doncaster- The Poole-Newcastle
(430801101) was running 65 mins late due to 43101 losing power and
the service was terminated at Darlington153307/153319 were noted
during the week working a regular Sheffield/Scarborough service via
Doncaster, Hull and Beverley.
Noted at Swinton on July 3rd were,-47 822 10.01 Paignton/Newcastle
56049 Coal 56084 Freightliner 60014 Oil Noted at Peak Forest on Sep
4 were 60016 and 60017 on stone trains with 08925 56068 59204 60018
60030 and 60099 on the depot. A visit to Leicester on Jun 19 saw
60028 60083 and 66106 on the depot with turbo's 170103/7/8/11/13
working passenger services. On Jun 25 the Birmingham/Holyhead
services were worked by 3741514181429 while the next day saw 37426
added to the list. On Jun 25 the following were noted - 37429 47851
87005 87018 87024 90002 90012 90027 90030 90134. Yorkshire Cricket's
staunch supporter, John Dewing, noted the following locos at
Leicester in between watching Yorkshire bowled out for 52 in another
disappointing season. Jun 29 - 60030 66034 Jun 30 - 37370 60030
6003160035 66107 Jul 03
- 47711 58009 58024 66036 66085 A visit to Warrington on Jul 17
produced 08460 08485 37198 37216 37796 37895 5M0 56060 56102 56129
60006 60039 60038 66074 66091. On Jul 17 the North Wales Coast
Services were worked by 37718 37403 37423 37694 and earlier 37384
until taken out service after vandals threw a brick through a
window. On Aug 7 Saltley Depot was host to 37370 37697 47315 66046
66047 and 66052 while 47845 passed on the Paignton-Preston On Aug 14
Rugby was host to 0902137109 37513 37885 and 47476 while 31452131602
and 31459131468 worked the Bedford/Bletchley service until 31459
caught fire and the 37's were substituted with Bubble Cars 55029131.
33103 33108 31601 were on Bletchley Yard. Seen at Milton Keynes on
the same day were 47283 57001 57003 60078 86206 86233 86260 86242
87002 87007 87011 87012 87015 87020 87028 87033 87035 90008
90010.90014 90015 90142 90019 90038. Ex Waterman Rlys 47705 "Guy
Fawkes" has been working for Virgin Trains recently and was on the
11.17 Manchester-Bristol on Aug 7- The same day saw 474121415126
working the North Wales Coast services. Also assisting Mr Branson on
this day was Freightliner 90142 on the 17.58 Man Picc-B'ham NS.
On Jul 31 Motherwell Depot was host to 08933 09103 37023 37165 37409
37674 37694 37801 47792 56032 56069 60043 6007366063
On July 12 Eastleigh. Depot was host to 33026 37212 58043 5M9 73103
73104 73106 73108 73117 73133 73134 73139. On Aug 22 Dollands Moor
was host to 66009 66096 66104 66109 92004 92009 92014 92015 92016
92018 92020 92025 92027 92030 92038 92043 92044 whilst 09019 31203
31420 31466 73105 and 73136 were noted at Hoo Junction. 33021 and
80098 (steam) were also seen at Tonbridge.
A visit to South Wales on Jun
26 produced the following: Newport - 09107 37706 37884 37892 37897
56108 60013 66087. Cardiff- 37407 59202 600416009166017 66054. D 172
on a special from Manchester. 37057 worked return Rugby Specials
Cardiff-Rhymney were worked by 37042 37198 37678. Also working
between Bristol and Cardiff was the Green Hastings DEMU. On Aug 16
D6393 (ex 33208) was on a special Cardiff-Crewe working. At Acton
Yard on 18 Aug were 47790 58032 58043 60015 60031 66034 66096 and
Noted at Hatfield & Stainforth on Sep 4 was steam loco 60800
"Green Arrow" on the "Scarborough Flyer" steam special. On Jul 10th
"Worksop Midlothian Railtour?' was hauled by 58048 + 58016, outward
via ECML and return by S & C. 37682 was add to top and tail the
Kincardine & Rosyth Dockyard Branch. On Aug 21 AIA Charter "A Farewell
to Arms" Railtour was hailed by 31110 (resplendent in Green livery)
and 33 1154
Loadhaul 37513/713 carried on to Lowestoft and the 2 x 31's returned the
special from Lowestoft to Liverpool St. On Aug 28 Pathfinder Tours
"The Sandwich Dealer" railtour was hauled by 37040 from Finsbury
Park to Sheerness- 37230 then took over to Finsbury Park for the
return journey via Ashford and Hastings. Noted at Hoo Junction were
31110 31154 31203 31420 31466 73105 73136 and 09024. Sep 4 saw
"Hoovers" back in our area when 50031 + D444 working Pathfinder
Tours "Hunslet Hoover" railtour. 60090 was used to top and tail on the Hunslet Branch
Great Central Railway "Mail by
Rail" gala was host to 6990 Witherslack Hall, 7821 - Ditcheat Manor,
92212 D5579 and D8098 working passenger and mail trains. Noted at
Barrow Hill Open Day on July 17 were the following:03066 20096 25067
33207 and D5300 hauling Brake Vans. In steam were 1163 "Whitehead",
41708 and 68846. On display were 03094 06003 20306 20308 26011 37111
44004 45060 45105 47710 50007 57002 58042 66071 82008 83012 61 5580
D6700 E3003 E3044 (cab only) 12082 and steam locomotives 2700 27505
45593 "Kolhapur" and several industrial shunters.
At the KWVR Diesel
Gala on Jul 31/Aug 1 the following locos were present:- 08266 08788
20031 20902 20903 25059 26004
2700137604 37612 D5580 and steam
80002 On a visit to Ffestiniog Railway by one of our members on Aug
14 the locos working were "larll Merionnyd", "David Lloyd George",
"Lynda" and earlier diesel loco "Vale of Pickering". During the day
services were delayed by lightning striking signals in severe
On Sept 9 the East Lanes Railway
had the following on show: 31110 33202 3735137906 47306 56006 73129
What the Papers Say
A Pot Pourri of magazine
and newspaper articles
relating to the
Trains arrive with half their coaches missing
by David Norris
(Daily Mail - 17 Aug 1999)
In the latest fiasco to hit the
ramshackle railways, trains on some of the country's busiest lines
have been coming apart in the middle.
Even more unbelievably, carriages
have gone missing as drivers have suddenly found that their
eight-coach trains have mysteriously turned into four-carriage ones.
On one occasion, a high-speed
Eurostar train had to be called in to help find carriages which had
disappeared somewhere on the way to London's Victoria Station.
Since January there have been
around 20 incidents of commuter trains splitting up on routes operated by
French-owned Connex South Eastern. The trains concerned were not
ancient slam door stock but ultra modern Networkers with automatic
A Connex spokesman insisted that
no passengers had been in danger. He said the break-ups were due to
locomen not coupling their trains correctly in poor light, or on
bends, and had happened mainly in depots or sidings. One lost-carriages
debacle happened when a passenger train was approaching the Kent
suburb of Nunhead.
It came apart just before it
entered the station. The driver took the first half to the
platform, where the commuters ali ed. Then he walked back to the
other half, and drove it from its rear cab into the station.
The Eurostar was called in when
another Networker came apart. The morning rush-hour service had
been suffering technical problems on its way from Orpington in Kent
to Victoria. The driver ordered his passengers of at Shortlands,
station, near Bromley.
The train continued empty towards
London, until the driver realised half the train, or four coaches,
had been left behind somewhere.
chiefs radioed the Eurostar, on its way out of London and heading for
Brussels, to slow down and help look for the carriages.
Eventually they were located and driven into Victoria again using
the rear cab.
The Connex spokesman said coupling
procedures had now been changed to avoid any future
He stressed that passengers could
not walk from one unit of a train to another, and there had
therefore been no risk of somebody unwittingly stepping out into
Trains - or parts of them - which
come to an unscheduled halt should not pose a danger to following
When a train passes a signal it
automatically trips the signal on to red for stop. The signal
changes to yellow, allowing another train on to that section of line,
only when the first train has moved on and passed a second signal,
further up the line.
In 1988, however, there was a
disaster at Clapham when a faulty signal allowed a high speed train
to hurtle through and crash into the rear of another, which had
halted between signals further up the line.
(Editor's Note - Cannot
understand why a 4 car EMU has to be driven from the REAR cab).
British hit by world's highest train fares
Joanna Walters, Transport Business Editor
Guardian Sunday August 8, 1999
fares on Britain's privatised railways are now the highest in the
world, it emerged this weekend.
for mile, passengers pay more for 'Walk-on' tickets in the UK than anywhere else in Europe
or in any other countries with extensive networks, such as the USA
British rail fares not only
eclipse those in other countries, but mile for mile are twice as
expensive as flying to New York, The Observer has found. A rush hour
fare bought immediately before travelling on Thursday evening from
London to Leeds on Great North Eastern Railway would have cost
£54.54 single, £109 return, or 30p a mile. A ticket with British
Airways to New York, also bought on the spur of the moment on
Thursday, would have cost £457 single or £825 return, including £41
airport taxes. At 3,464 miles the higher single fare works out at
13p a mile.
Independent watchdogs this
weekend accused Britain's train operators of trying to 'price
passengers off the trains', in conflict with the Government's
policy of persuading people out of cars and on to public transport.
A rush hour fare bought
immediately before travel on a weekday evening from London to
Manchester on Virgin costs £72.50 single or £129 return. For the
250-milejourney the single fare works out at 29p a mile. A ticket
from the capital to Exeter with Great Western, at £4450 single or
£89 return, is the equivalent of 29p a mile.
The Office of the Rail Regulator,
the official rail watchdog, regulates around half of Britain's rail
fares and, when these are taken into account, average fares m the UK
are the second highest in the world, after Germany, according to
stockbrokers Warburg Dillon Read.
However, research by The Observer
last week showed that unrestricted fares in the UK are much higher
than similar tickets in Germany.
A single 'walk-on' fare from
Frankfurt to Berlin, at £72, is the equivalent of 20p a mile while a
journey to Hanover is 23p a mile.
The most expensive of a selection
on state-owned Deutsche Bahn was 24p a mile for a ticket from
Munich to Hamburg. But this is still a fifth less than the
London-Leeds fare- Other open tickets in Germany, such as Cologne to
Berlin or Hamburg, or Stuttgart to Dusseldorf work out at 18p a
mile or less.
For average fares, Britain is
more expensive than Japan, Sweden, the US, Switzerland, Holland,
France, Spain, Italy and India, according to the Warburg report, The
Global Rail Review. For unrestricted fares it is the most expensive
by a substantial margin.
Yet the new figures coincide with
a boom in rail travel in the UK. Passenger numbers are at a 40~year
high of almost 900 million last year. This is despite soaring fares
and deteriorating punctuality on the majority of routes
The Central Rail Users
Consultative Committee has urged the rail regulator to protect more
tickets with fare-capping and force operators to stop raising the
price of peak-time fares.
Andrew Bums, CRUCC's data
research manager, said: 'Passengers who rely on walk-on tickets have
suffered big increases. It is a general problem.'
Many Virgin fares to Scotland and
the north, plus those of Midland Mainline and Great Western, have
been raised by up to twice the rate of inflation since privatisation
was completed in 1997.
Virgin points out that pre-booked
off-peak tickets can be as low as £29 return from London to Glasgow,
the lowest fare since World War II.
Meanwhile, the rest of Europe
offers fares to turn travellers in the UK green with envy. In Italy
the journey from Milan to Rome on the 140mph tilting trains ordered
by Virgin for the UK west coast in 2002 costs just £36, or 9p a
mile. The rate per mile between Madrid to Barcelona is also 9p.
International rates are generally as low.
The regulator restricts around
half of UK rail fares which cannot rise by more than one per cent
above inflation. This covers almost all commuter fares into cities
and large towns.
But watchdogs say that tickets
such as super-savers and many day returns - which are not restricted
by the regulator - are over-priced or being phased out.
Last year the industry received
around £1.7 billion in Government subsidies. Railtrack made pre-tax
profits of £398 million, the 25 passenger train operators collective
profits of £124m and the train-leasing
companies a total of £387m profits. Jonathan Bray of pressure group
Save Our Railways said- 'We need a national fares initiative,
national rail cards and other innovations from the Government if its
transport policies are going to succeed. Standard rail fares in
Britain have become absurd.'
Let your Jaguar take the Strain
By David Hughes and Deborah Collicutt
Daily Mail - 10 August 1999
When John Prescott found
stranded on a delayed train with dozens of commuters, he decided to
take the fast track out - by car.
Running late for a meeting and
unwilling simply to sit and wait, the Deputy Premier first ordered
an aide to summon a taxi to pick him up from the stranded train,
then arranged to have his chauffeur diverted from Euston station to
meet him on the M1.
Last night a station worker told
how Mr Prescott shielded his facet o avoid being recognised as he
dashed from the waiting room of Berkhamsted station in Hertfordshire
to his taxi.
The man, who declined to be
named, said: "He seemed both
flustered and embarrassed
to be left waiting like dozens of others. Perhaps he thought he'd be
lynched if someone recognised him".
The incident on the West Coast
main line on Tuesday evening (17/08/99) was yet another setback to
Mr Prescott in his crusade to get people out of cars and on to the
railways. Ironically, Mr Prescott had spent the morning eulogising
the benefits of public transport at a meeting in Manchester. But
when the train failed to take the strain, he waited no longer then
15 minutes before returning to his gas-guzzling car.
due at Downing Street for a 7pm meeting with survivors and relatives of the
victims of the Marchioness riverboat disaster to explain his
decision to order an inquiry into the tragedy.
Fellow commuters were left for
more than two hours on Virgin's 14.49 Blackpool North to Euston
They were given no information
about the delay, which was caused by a 19-year-old man threatening
to throw himself onto the railway line between Apsley and Kings
Langley, north of Hemel Hempstead. Virgin said as many as 150 trains
Taxi driver Andy Carrington, said:
"The whole area was in chaos and taxis were coming from 20 miles
away to pick up people from the trains".
I did chuckle to myself when we
got to the M1 and the traffic was nose to tail".
"It would have been a bit strong
to have mentioned the motorway congestion to him - anyway I think he
saw for himself what's it's like for thousands of people every day".
When he joined his chauffeur at
Scratchwood Services, Mr Prescott's £25.40 fare - plus £2.50 tip
-_was paid by a woman aide.
One disgruntled commuter, who got
home four hours late, last might derided the Transport Secretary.
Anne Thorn, from Watford, said:
"The rail network is the bane of my life. How nice for the Transport
Secretary to be driven to London when things go wrong to make his
meeting on time- When I am late for a meeting I have to re-schedule
everything and answer to my boss."
A spokesman for Virgin said power
to lines had to be cut and trains halted for the safety of both
passengers and police officers. The man was eventually overpowered
and removed from the scene at 7.30pm. He appeared before Hemel
Hempstead magistrates yesterday in connection with breaches of
previous bail conditions.
Losing the Track
Keith Harper Friday August 20, 1999
Following several warnings to
Railtrack that it has been under performing~ the new rail regulator,
Tom Winsor - chosen personally by the Deputy Prime Minister, John
Prescott, to put a bomb under the company - has finally chosen where
to lay the charge.
The regulator has considerable
powers given to him by the Conservatives, but unlike his
predecessors, Mr Winsor is enthusiastically using them. The limp
approach of the first rail regulator, John Swift has been replaced
by the iron grip of somebody who is determined to knock Railtrack
into shape- If it does not offer a better service to passengers and
make up lost ground, as it promised the regulator last year~
Railtrack could be facing penalties of up to £40m this time next
year. The money would be taken from its profits and so long as the
government's much delayed railways W1 receives royal assent, would
be ploughed back into the industry.
Gerald Corbett, Railtrack's chief
executive, could not say that he was surprised by Mr Winsor's
pronouncement yesterday. It has been coming for months. But instead
of taking it on the chin, and saying that Railtrack accepted the
criticisms and had improved its performance over the past three
months, the complacent Mr Corbett responded with a mass of
Faced with a dissatisfied
passenger on the Today programme, whose train had been consistently
late for the past week, Mr Corbett replied that 95% of all trains
arrived on time. (Trainspeak allows trains to arrive up to 10
minutes late before they are officially deemed to be so.)
Mr Corbett's job is increasingly
being called into question as a result of his unsympathetic attitude
towards the industry's current problems. Yet he further twisted the
Today story by suggesting that there had been a 40% improvement in
Railtrack's performance over the past three years.
This is true, but it is a
lopsided version of the truth, and one on which Mr Winsor
immediately stamped. In the year after privatisation the company
achieved a performance target of more than 35%. In the past two
years, it has been no more than 1-2% on passenger services.
Mr Winsor's gleaming axe is not
likely to be put away now. Although he faces considerable
presentational problems, the rail regulator is confronting Railtrack
on at least three other fronts.
The most pressing is how he deals
with an independent report that suggests that the state of the
network is worse than it was under British Rail. He is bound to
order Railtrack to clean up its act by investing more in the
infrastructure, as it should be doing with almost double the support
from the taxpayer which was received under British Rail.
Mr Winsor is also concerned about
the delivery of the £2.2bn upgrading of the West Coast main line
between London and Scotland, the most important and heavily used
rail route in Britain. Railtrack has already agreed that the warning
signs are there, and has just appointed a new management team to
spur staff on to new efforts.
Railtrack could find itself in a
legal battle with Richard Branson's Virgin Trains, the main user of
the West Coast route, if it cannot prepare the line m time for
Branson's expensive new tilting trains.
Finally, Mr Winsor is certain to
produce an early reply to Railtrack's grandiose assertions that it
wants to spend an extra £27bn in the next 10 years turning the
railways into a "world class industry". He does not believe it and
is likely to say that it has to be more realistic and invest
The impact of Mr Winsor's
announcement and the deplorable passenger complaints figures earlier
this week underline the tougher terrain ahead for Railtrack.
The City has been reasonably well
prepared for Mr Winsor's actions and Railtrack's share prices have
been hardly affected. But Mr Corbett and his colleagues face a
determined public servant who is in a hurry to improve the lot of
the passenger. The
scale of what is required of Mr
Corbett is not enormous. It will cost him only a further £20m to prevent
Mr Winsor fining Railtrack the maximum, almost £40m.
Railtrack's interests elsewhere
have not been resolved. The company has been portrayed as the
inspirational rescuer of London Underground, linking up part of its
network with main line routes. But it may not happen.
still going on with LU on the partial privatisation of the network,
and John Prescott
has set a deadline of this autumn. Railtrack, however, is beginning
to get twinges that it may not be such a commercially viable idea.
Indeed, running such an extensive service in one of the world's biggest
underground transport businesses may not be profitable.
The plain fact is that Mr
dared to confront the issue which Labour has so far avoided. Can a
private monopoly like Railtrack successfully carry out its duty both
to its shareholders and the travelling public? Mr Winsor has at
least posed the question that a conflict of interests is inevitable.
He wants any penalties extracted
to be ploughed back into the industry. Except that Railtrack should
be doing this without being placed under pressure, particularly as
it continues to survive by courtesy of the taxpayer.
The partnership between the
public and the private sector is difficult. But this government will
always be forced to pick up the tab when, as in the case of the
heavily subsidised rail industry, the bar starts to dry up.
Off the Rails
The clickety-clack of rail claptrap continues
Wednesday August 18,1999
British train passengers, traditionally a stoic breed,
are learning to moan and wail. The
National Rail Users' Committee, one of the toothless watchdogs set up to
bark helplessly while the privatised network disintegrates, says
this morning that it has taken nearly
19,000 complaints in the past year - up 27 per cent.
The reason is straightforward. The
committee reports that nearly inne per cent of trains were seriously
delayed last year, up from 7.5 per cent. Cancellations on 22 of the
25 train operating companies rose on average by nine per cent The
Cardiff Railway manned a 362 per cent increase in cancellations.
Some of the most startling
figures relate to the Virgin companies headed by that quintessential
champion of the private sector, Richard Branson. One in five trains
on his Virgin West Coast and Virgin CrossCountry services were
significantly delayed. Cancellations on the notorious West Coast
service were up 196% per cent. The price of the ludicrously misnamed
SuperSaver tickets on the fine rose by 15.4 per cent - nearly five
times the rate of inflation.
On and on go the dismal figures, like a clapped-out Virgin train, or a Great Western one. Or any of the
other dirty, inconvenient, cramped, unreliable and expensive rail
monopolies now masquerading as public transport Maybe we are just
getting better at complaining. Much more likely, we are belatedly catching
on to a central, glaringly obvious. truth: profit is incompatible
with public service.
The only public transport that
works well is that which is run without a profit motive. Free passes
for pensioners, for instance, are a boon to the active elderly
who would otherwise be marooned by their low incomes. Subsidised
school transport and local authority-assisted rural buses are other
examples. But when greedy company directors and shareholders get
their clammy grip on transport services, all notion of public
service is left behind on the crumbling platform.
The rail users` committee squeaks
in ineffective protest about Railtrack's investment programme, which
lies at the heart of the unholy mess. The biggest and most
malevolent rail monopoly (which makes more than £1 million a day)
has promised to put £27,000 millions into the system over the next
ten years, but has yet to spell out where the cash is coming from.
There is not even a pretence of
competition in rail services. The only choice travellers have lies
between traffic jams and cattle class trains that may or may not turn
up. Fares are bewilderingly complicated and disgustingly high. Per
passenger mile, it costs far more to travel between British cities,
than it does to cross the Atlantic, even on a bog-standard economy
Transport minister Lord Macdonald
insisted this morning that rail traffic is growing steadily, "so
we're the victims of success in some ways*. What utter claptrap. The
simple fact is that more people are being forced on to the railways,
because our roads are clogged- They are being cheated, ripped off
and tormented by the so-called market forces that dominate and diminish our lives.
'Plan B' in Eastleigh
by David Bladen
Onwards, ever onwards! Never let
it be said that EWS does not send me to exotic locations - Tyne
Yard, Thornaby, Melton Mowbray and now the piece de resistance -
growth m rail-freight traffic in the south of the country over the
last couple of years, although very welcome, has led to increasing
pressure on EWS's yards and terminals. The Eastleigh area has been
particularly affected - as well as being a major pre-assembly point
for infrastructure trains and a busy T&RS depot. Eastleigh is also
a calling point for a number of 'Enterprise' services. AI times,
the number of trains needing to use the yard has led to problems
with congestion, with a consequent knock-on effect on freight
services. EWS Operations had asked for action to be taken to
alleviate some of the problems and, as a result I found myself
heading south one Wednesday afternoon to organise the disposal of
the large number of redundant wagons that have lam dormant m the
yard for many years.
admit that I was looking forward to this particular
trip. Eastleigh Works had been the destination of my first ever
Pennine excursion, way back m the 'Merrymaker` days of 1980.
There are quite a few things that
stick in my mind about that day - the lovely sunny weather~ our
Treasurer oblivious to the railway delights on show as he listened
intently to the Grand National on his transistor radio, the entire
party heading straight to the nearest pub after the works visit,
getting a lift from Mexborough back to Doncaster in Mr Skinner's
InterCity Beetle - happy days!
It would be nice to see what had
changed. The only cloud on the horizon was the complete lack of
entries for Eastleigh in the Good Beer Guide, and by complete I mean
in all editions dating back to 1977!
GNER delivered me safely and punctually to Kings Cross and then it
was across London to Waterloo to catch an onward service. SWT was
definitely not having one of its better days. The train I had
planned to catch had been cancelled and this, together with the
onset of the rush hour, led to severe overcrowding on the following
service. I did manage to get a seat but it was a slow, uncomfortable
journey, made worse by the lack of any air-conditioning on the
train. The last twelve months working for EWS have taught me that
running a railway is not an easy task - things can and do go wrong -
but as I scanned the grim faces of the luckless commuters around me
and gave mental thanks that I didn't have to go through this every
day, I could understand why SWT goes by the epithet South Worst
Trains. By the time I got to Eastleigh I was hot, tired and
definitely ready for a pint. I crossed the road outside the station
and headed straight for the pub I had first visited all those years
ago, the Home Tavern.
I can't really remember what the pub was like 19 years ago, but
I am sure it was not like it is today, an open-plan, bare
floorboards establishment with a bank of monitors around the bar
showing satellite TV sport. To be quite honest, I couldn't have
cared less what it was like - I wanted a pint and I wanted it now!
The pint in question turned out to be Wadworth's 6X quite nice but
definitely overpriced at £2.08. Having got my breath back and looked
at a street map, I decided to walk to my hotel: This would give me a
chance to have a look around and see if there was anywhere worth
visiting later on.
And was there? No, not really. As I walked down the road towards the
Post House I was struck by how little there was m the town centre in
the way of pubs and restaurants. I'd seen an 'Oirish' bar but
nothing else. By now it was beginning to rain heavily and I decided
'Plan B' might be the best option for tonight. 'Plan B' involves
having -a meal at the hotel then finding a quiet corner of the hotel
bar and going through the paperwork ready for the following day's
meeting. Needless to say, it's not a plan I use very often!
I checked in and went straight up to my room for a shower and a
change of clothes. When I returned to reception, the receptionist
informed me that the hotel bar was closed that evening for
refurbishment, but a temporary bar had been set up in one of the
lounges. This did not bode well for 'Plan B' but, as things turned
out, it was 'curry night' in the restaurant so I decided to
persevere- One enjoyable Prawn Madras later and I was ready for what
the temporary bar had to offier. What I was not ready for was the
total absence of draught beer in the temporary bar. Only small
bottles of warm Carlsberg were available, but this did not bother a
large and voluble group of men in the corner of the room, who seemed
hell bent on pouring as many of the bottles down their necks as they
I gathered from their conversation that they were a group of sales
executives from Guilford who were on a 'bonding experience'. Sailing
was one of the activities involved, and they were all wearing boat
shoes and calling to each other m phoney nautical language. One or
two were even wearing caps with anchors embroidered above the peak
(And I bet they would be the first to say that railway enthusiasts
were sad!) I came to a quick decision - rain or no rain, I'm out of
here! Let's face it - could you spend an evening listening to people
shouting "Ahoy, mate" and "Avast, ye Lubber" at each other, and
making terrible puns on the word sales? No, I didn't think so!
'Plan B' had totally failed and for a moment I considered inventing
'Plan C', namely retiring to my room, watching one of the
pay-per-view film channels and emptying the minibar The prospect of
being hauled in front of EWS's bean counters to justify my expenses
claim meant 'Plan C' was a definite nonstarter. Thankfully, the rain
had eased and I left the hotel, walked back towards the station and
turned into High Street, where earlier I'd seen the 'Oirish' bar.
This turned out to be a place called Porter Black's and
seemed very busy, but I wasn't that desperate (yet). Further along
the street, set back slightly from the other buildings, were two
pubs, the Litten Tree and the Hogshead. Maybe things
were looking up? No, they were not.
The Litten Tree was a modem theme pub, very much in the style of the
JJ Moon chain, with a sports bar upstairs and wide screen television
downstairs, and definitely attracting a young crowd - so young, in
fact, that the manager threw a group out! Beers on offer were
Directors, Worthington and a house beer, Litten Bitter. Enquiries
about the origin of the latter met with a blank look from the spotty
youth behind the bar but throwing caution to the wind, I
ordered a pint. It was awful! I pointed out to said spotty youth
that the stuff was undrinkable, but got the classic response,
"No-one else has complained". Refraining from pointing out that this
was because everyone else in the pub was drinking multi-coloured
alcopops, I decided against prolonging the agony and instead made my
way next door to the Hogshead.
Finished in typical 'exposed brickwork and beams' fashion, the
Hogshead seemed pleasant enough. The choice of beers was limited
though - Boddingtons, on special offer at £1.25, and two 'guest
beers', Gales HSB and Wadworth's 6X, both at £108. Posters on the
wall proclaimed a special offer on the guest beers of '4 pints for
the price of 3' but I couldn't help thinking that if the brewers
could aftord to give pints away, the beer was overpriced in the
first place. The Boddies was reasonable, but the pub was practically
empty and there was no atmosphere at all, so it was once more into
the wet and windy Wednesday night and over to Porter Black's. Yes, I
was that desperate!
Porter Black's turned out to be a typical theme bar, but it was the
only place in the town centre with a bit of life in it. Webster's
Green Label was on offier on hand pump, but I settled for a pint of
Guinness which, surprisingly, was excellent A duo began playing some
folk music so I decided to stay put for another pint before heading
back to the hotel. The Guildford manners were still bonding away
furiously when I returned, but one or two were beginning to
look a bit worse for wear and I left them to it and went to bed.
Thursday morning's weather was atrocious, with the cold wind and
rain coming straight off the Solent and seemingly straight through
my waterproof clothing Eastleigh Yard was not a pleasant place to
be, as the local engineer and I trudged round the fines of rusting
wagons deciding winch were destined for an early appointmerit with
the cutter's torch. I'd taken my camera in the hope of getting some
decent pictures, but the only thing of interest was Freightliner's
57001, which was visiting the depot for fuel. By early afternoon, we
had finished our deliberations and with the rain still pouring down,
it was with a sense of relief that I headed off for the station to
begin the journey home. It had been 19 years since I was last in
Eastleigh, and I would be more than happy if it was 19 years before
I had to go back!
As I sat on the platform waiting for the train,-I had a quiet
chuckle at the thought of all those hungover executives bobbing
around a stormy Solent in a tiny
boat and turning as green as the labels on their Carlsberg
bottles. Now that's what I call bonding!
Cavalcade Plans Revealed
Millenium Cavalcade steamed into reality on Tuesday when Locomotive 45407 drew
into Darlington North Road Station carrying organisers, guests and
the Nation's press aboard an Orient Express Pullman from Kings Cross.
Waiting on the platform was
actress Sally Thomsett, star of "The Railway Children", who waved a
red petticoat, as in the film, to stop the mighty engine. The
Cavalcade, which is to be held on August Bank Holiday next year over
the three days from August 20h to August 28th, is expected to be the
last of its kind run in tins country due to the advancing age of
many of the locomotives.
Over 40 of the worlds greatest
steam trains will run the eight miles from Shildon to Darlington to
commemorate the 175th Anniversary of the world's first passenger
David Champion, the Chairman of
Rail 2000, the firm set up to organise the event, told the Record,
"This will be one of the great national events to be run in the
North East in recent years. I must stress that we are not creating
an event just for the steam enthusiasts' said David, "This will
prove to be a fantastic family day out - one which will be
remembered for decades to come".
the 1975 Cavalcade,
there will be nowhere to view the locomotives for free, for all the
trackside at Shildon will be given over to three huge grandstands.
Tickets are only available through a centralised ticket *Hot Line on 0870
012 2000 or on the
Internet at www.rail2000.com and
are priced between£8.50 and
£45.00 per day depending on type of seat and where it is situated.
Note: Apparently the £45.00 seats
are already SOLD OUT. The
website is excellent for steam enthusiasts.).
No 6 Railway World
Railway World is the first
publication to be reviewed from the lan Allen stable, I suppose I
could write an article on lan Allen and its contribution to the
Railway Enthusiast over the yew (Food for thought!).
Railway World is published
monthly and costs £2.60, an annual subscription is £31.20 for one or
£62.40 for two years, the special offier at the moment is a free
binder for the number of years subscription you take out.
Railway World has its origins in
1939 and was then called Railway Pictorial. A magazine which
apparently sold itself for its Photographic content as opposed to
its Text content Pictures were apparently lacking in its
competitors. A bit like Picture Post in relation to The Times during
the Second World War.
Today, Railway World is different
having evolved into the Ian Allen family in the austere years after
WW2 and acquiring its current name in 1953. The
September 1999 edition is Volume 60 No 712.
I first came across Railway World
in 1966 and whilst as a 10 year old I and my friends had fixed in
our minds what to expect from Railway Magazine and Modern Railways,
we never knew what to expect in Railway World. After messing my
parents about not to mention the Newsagents at Low edges bus
terminus near where we lived in Sheffield, I finally settled down to
be a Railway Magazine reader. Thinking back I seem to recall somebody
on Platform 5 or in the triangle at Dore and Totley had copies of
other Magazines. Then over the years I saw RW from time to time and
if my mind set has changed its that the slant towards preservation
has increased, but not without covering all the other things.
The magazine today comprises of
80 pages which are divided up into three main sections News,
Comment and Features, interspersed with adverts.
The News section is made up of
Regular headings; Standard Lines, Narrow Lines, Classic Traction, On
Main Lines, NRM Spotlight~ National Network 15m gauge World, and
European Steam Scene.
The Comment section comprises the
following:- RW Comment, Heritage Railway Forum, lan Allen writes,
Letters and Young Isambard, an interesting column. However the
letters only take up one page and one column the rest of the second
page being Young Isambard:
The features section comprises
the main articles for the particular edition, in this case the
editor Michael Harris writes an excellent article on The Paignton
and Dartmouth Railway "Letting
a hundred flowers blossom" including
some excellent photography. "Carters Double
back to the 50s and 60s with NE Pacifies at Leeds. (Black and White)
plenty of atmosphere. The Hollycombe steam collection is in there
as is The Stevenage Locomotive Societies annual photographic
competition, whilst the photos are damn good we see just as good at
our competitions. Industrial scene looks at an array of Industrial
locomotives. Last but not least a comprehensive article on Tramlink
South London's new light rail system based on Croydon.
VERDICT - Railway World is
still a Multicoloured swap shop of everything to do with railways
with a very heavy slant on preservation and light rail. The
Photography is particularly good. November is the magazines 60th
birthday, so get the November edition its likely to be very good I'm
looking forward to reading the history of this magazine which
appears to have survived against all the odds. The Editorial comment
is spot on with regard to Heritage rail and rails role in integrated
Circulation. - 18,000 per month
140 locos and although Rogers book doesn't say, I suspect that about
6-10 electrics were on the electric depot and most 40's
and 45' were
In this edition I thought
ramble on about trips or a trip to Crewe Works which, since The
Pennine Rail way Society started running trips in 1975 up to about
1985 were probably second only m frequency to Doncaster Works visits.
Crewe in this period was
a massive workshop that could hide behind its gates probably every
type of BR locomotive you could
to see, except generally 31's
and 55's which were
always at Doncaster and 45s and 46s at Derby, (although I have to
say nothing would
have surprised me).
The fact that Crewe was the
largest locomotive workshop on BR, historically comes as a bit of a
surprise when you compare it to the Great Locomotives built at
Doncaster and the fact that the LMS days even though Stanier
were built at Crewe, the Mechanical Engineer's headquarters were at
Derby, much to the disgust of Crewe men in 1923 when the
Midland component of the LMS seemed to rule all and the LNWR
contingent was nowhere to be seen.
Pennine Railway Society could always obtain permits for BREL's Crewe
Locomotive works, which is more than can be said for Crewe Diesel
Depot or Crewe Electric Depot which were always no-no's. However,
all was not lost
because the station gave a good vantage point for Crewe Diesel and
often we would be taken to a point in the works where we could see
the Electric Depot next to
the Chester lines, thanks to our guide George who was quite a
character dressed in a 1950s style uniform complete with Station
Master's style cap- George was always very reasonable regarding the
number of people in the party which would he reflected in the size
of the whip round as the visit
ended, using his large hat to collect the contributions..
we are going to examine
in this issue is 10th December 1983. The visit had 32 names on the list all having
completed the Pennine Railway Society Booking procedure form PR/B
and had a supply of green Crewe booking forms. People on the visit
included J. Boothroyd, JP Sanderson (paid), M. Turner, T. Booth, J.R
Dewing, D&L Whitworth, D Cawley, D&K Guy, T .
I Shenton, M. Bell S. Earl, PA Hall, A& M Beverley, K Welsh, P
Warren, M Bloomer, P
Lewis and Roger
Butcher with a party of three others who are not named. No doubt Mr
Sanderson led the party, as I wasn't present.
Roger Butcher has kindly lent me
a number of - his Spotting books from this period and there
now follows the list of locos seen on this visit to Crewe Works:-
81001/2/16/19. 82002/5 84004/5
Thanks to Roger for
books, well be using them again for future articles. If you have
any lists of what was seen on a particular trip or more information
about this particular trip then please drop a line to Robin or Tony.
All meetings are now held at The Salutation Hotel, South Parade,
Doncaster and commence at
Wednesday, 6th October 1999
Society Slide Competition 1999.
Judged by that old favourite C. A Nicholson.
four best slides.
(I'm sure Mr Nicholson will be kind). One of
our best nights of
Wednesday, 20th October 1999.
Pennine Railway Society Silver Jubilee
Members Slide Night.
Bring along your best slides taken on Pennine
Trips and of Pennine members over the last 25yrs.
Wednesday, 3rd November 1999.
Neil Taylor. (Neil's latest)
Wednesday, 17th November 1999.
Peter Barsby. A-round the Regions Early 60s to mid 80's. At long
last Pete Barsby makes a welcome return.
Thursday, 25th November 1999.
Pennine Shield Round One. Host- Dore
Loco Society. Venue to be announced.
Wednesday, 1st December 1999.
Pennine Shield Round Two. Hosts- South
Yorkshire Railway Photographic Circle. Venue - Club 197, Sheffield
On the same night Pennine meeting
at the Sal.
Chris Tyas Members Slides:
Wednesday, December 15th 1999.
Pennine Shield Final. Venue- Salutation Inn, Doncaster. Hosts Pennine
Robin is now compiling dates for
2000. If you wish to do a slide or film show at the Sal please get
in touch- Thank you.
I would like to thank the following, for their contributions to
this issue: Andy Dalby, Paul Slater, lan Shenton, John Dewing,
John Sanderson, Tony Caddick, David Bladen, Chris Tyas and Robin
The Winter 1999 (Xmas) edition of TRANS PENNINE is due
for publication by Monday 13th December 1999 to hopefully
ensure delivery before Xmas. Contributions for this issue should
be in the Editor's possession by Monday 8th December at the
Your Editor had the pleasure, during the second week in
August, to visit Devon for the Eclipse and also to view the numerous special trains organised for this major event.
12 Special Trains were viewed at Exeter St. Davids between
17.00 and 20.30 hrs, details of which are shown below:-
ECLIPSE SPECIALS - EXETER - 11 AUGUST 1999
1Z88 22.35 Basingstoke - Truro - 66 034
IZ89 18.55 Truro - Basingstoke - 66 115
Coaching Stock - 3318 3292 35469 3115 3136
3148 1832 4938 4977 4949 13318 13341
(RCCS - Set BNxx + Anglia Coaches 3292
3318 - Assorted Liveries)
1Z37 23.00 Paddington - Penzance - 66 096
1Z40 14. 10 Penzance -Paddington - 66 096
Coaching Stock - 3097 1680 3141 3146 3147
3121 1698 3120 21269 3119 16713132
(RCCS - Set BN91 - Carmine and Cream)
15-16 Linlithgow - Penzance - 37 405 37 410
1Z92 16.43 Penzance - Linlithgow - 37 405 37 410
SRPS Railtours - The Total Eclipse -
Coaching Stock - 99827 99828 99826,1730
212414836 99829 99824.99823 998A 99822
(SRPS - Maroon Set)
1Z36 17.37 Preston - Penzance - 66 002
1Z39 15.00 Penzance - Preston - 66 002
Coaching Stock - 5037 5007 5027 4986 5023
4925 17023 1696 3114 3123 3127 3124
(RCCS - Set BN96 - Green)
1Z41 20.38 Crewe - Penzance - 47 799
1Z91 14.41 Penzance - Crewe - 47 799
Regency Rail Cruise - Cornish Riviera
Coaching Stock - 99540 3125 99566 3188
318121224 1692 13227 3240 3273 3267 5647
(Mixture of Regency Rail Cruises and Riviera
1Z93 21.00 Crewe - Plymouth - 66 013
1Z47 16.41 Plymouth - Crewe - 66 013
Coaching Stock - 99318 4960 5032 5035
99317 99722 99328 99311 99723 99127
99371 99121 99125 (West Coast Railway
Company - Maroon)
1Z95 01.29 Crewe - Plymouth - 66 037
1Z45 18.09 Plymouth - Crewe - 66 037
Coaching Stock - 4998 5002 5040 4902 4963
5009 4927 1863 21272 3140 3098 3112 3122
(Riviera Trains - Chocolate and Cream except
4998 and 5002)
1Z43 03.14 Paddington - Penzance - 66 048
1Z44 18.15 Penzance - Paddington - 66 034
Coaching Stock - 4916 4996 4946 1813 21245
3110 3100 3144 3131800413133 3150
(RCCS - Set BN91 - Carmine and Cream
except 3150 [Green])
1Z42 03.10 Paddington - Penzance - 66 004
1Z94 16.06 Penzance - Paddington - 66 004
Coaching Stock - 4956 4959 4939 17015 5008
4915 49915005 4999 1658 3149 3107
(RCCS - Set BN94 - Mixed Blue/Grey and
1Z81 07.38 Exeter - Kingswear - 47 798
1Z83 19.25 Exeter - Plymouth - 47 798
1Z82 11.30 Kingswear - Exeter - 47 798
Venice Simplon Orient Express
Coaching Stock - 254 281 280 255 301 213
245 284 308 243 34991302
(All in VSOE Pullman Livery)
1Z90 22.30 Hastings - Buckfastleigh
1Z98 13.30 Buckfastleigh -Hastings
Preserved DEMU No. 1001
1Z96 04.19 Victoria - Plymouth - 66 076
1Z46 19.49 Plymouth - Victoria - 66 076
Coaching Stock - 4973 4951 186199325 5756
99680 99674 99676 1659 99672 99671
(West Coast Railway Company - Mixed Livery
Shunting of stock at Penzance was performed by 66 124. 37 668 was on
stand by at Totnes. Spare at St. Blazey were 37 351 37 689 47 758
47782 66 115 66 123 66 125 66 128