There may be
other attractions on a summer night but Robin has booked excellent
entertainment, including himself for our summer social evenings held
at the Salutation Hotel, South Parade, Doncaster (seven minutes walk
from Doncaster Station) on the first and third Wednesdays of the
We have a private room in a very well run establishment, with a good
selection of ales available. A programme of events is itemised
elsewhere in this organ. Please come along and bring a friend (or
Don’t forget the Railport Open Day at Doncaster on Sat/Sun July 15/
l6th., and the annual Sandtoft Gathering on Sunday July 30th. Our
Lincolnshire bus guru, Gerry Collins, says Sandtoft is a major
national event and not to be missed!! Turn up and buy your committee
members a drink in the Real Ale Tent.
Chris Tyas is arranging a “social” on the East Lancs Railway in the
autumn. Look out for, or ask Chris, for further details.
Skinner, currently residing in a “pad” in York following his
despatch by GNER to the nether (sorry, northem) regions, recently
asked a “Sharon” in W H Smith’s for directions to the Self Help
books. She said that if she told him it would defeat the object of
He has suffered a number of problems and complained to his landlord,
“I want some repairs done to my stove as it has backfired and burnt my
“The person next door has a large erection in his back garden which
is unsightly and dangerous”,
The introduction of the new “state of the art” Class l75’s was
delayed because the final design of the carriages proved wider than
the original specification.
The units will run in north Wales and from Manchester to Lancashire
and Cumbria.. Platforms, tunnels and signs will have to be trimmed
by Railtrack for First North Western trains, leased from Angel Train
After 30 years
without a service, Brighouse is back on the rail map, linked to
Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford and Leeds.
Two curves, mothballed for over 10 years, have been reopened with a signal
box at Greetland Junction to provide a direct link between Halifax
This single car
unit was badly damaged on May 08 when hitting a car transporter at a
crossing on the Par - Newquay line.
By the time you
are reading this article, EWS will have taken delivery of all it’s
280 new diesel locomotives.
The latest Class 67’s will be used mainly on mail trains and
possibly ScotRail sleepers north of Edinburgh/ Glasgow.
The last 11 Class 66 locos will be delivered from General Motors
Canada along with 5 of the Freightliner Class 66/5’s.
Some of the future 66/5’s will be for Freightliners new Heavyhaul
contract with Railtrack.
The next order due for completion by GM will be the 7 Class 66/7’s
for GB Rail.
GM has completed the order for 250 locos in 26 months. In
comparison, it took nine years for BREL/Electroputere to complete
the 135 Class 56 machines.
This must give us a clue as to why we now have no loco production in
On June O5
Eurostar sets 3101/3102 derailed near Arras in northern France at a
speed of around 156 mph.
The train remained upright and more than 500 passengers and crew
escaped serious injury. Four people were treated at the local
hospital suffering from shock, but were able to continue their
joumey with the other passengers.
The driver immediately stopped all other trains in the area by using
his automatic radio alert function fitted to these sets. No other
trains were in the vicinity.
It is thought that the train remained upright because of its
articulated bogies which give the train a “rigid” feel, combined
with its low centre of gravity.
Quotes Our beloved champion of the working class made the
following comment at the recent Rail Summit.
“I will certainly be keeping up the pressure, as well as the
Regulator and the SRA. There will be no easy rides for anyone,
except for ONE person - the PASSENGER”
Are we to believe that Railtrack are spending all the promised £ 29
billion to satisfy ONE person???.
If so, who will be that lucky person? - I wish it were me, but no doubt
the honour would go to the DPM himself as an alternative to his TWO
understood that Govia is to bid for the South Central Network
(currently run by Connex) at the next round of franchise bids.
Provisional plans include massive fare reductions, new services,
upgraded lines and major station improvements.
Branding will follow the old Southern Railway Malachite and Olive
green with traditional Southern “lettering” and “target” station
Where is the
remember that in the Winter 1999 issue I reported that John
Sanderson had been submitting his “Committee Brief’ notes on a
floppy disk done on a LAPTOP.
This process has now stopped and his back to biro and ruled paper.
What has happened to his conversion to modern technology or did I
make a mistake in the previous issue.
Perhaps I should have said “John’s notes have been compiled BY A
LAPTOP not ON A LAPTOP!!. Either one is a possibility - perhaps
we’ll never know? (Editor)
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I boarded a
tram for Broadway at the subterranean platform below Piccadilly
Station. This was only my second ride on the Greater Manchester
Metrolink, and there was still a great novelty about it. On my
previous trip I had found that, unlike the South Yorkshire
Supertram, the Metrolink does not carry conductors from whom tickets
can be bought; this time I made sure I had enough change for a
return to Exchange Quays, and fed my coins into the machine.
In its tunnel below Piccadilly Station, the Metrolink vehicle seemed
like an underground train, but once it was on its way, and had
emerged into the daylight, it felt more like a tram. Until I rode on
the South Yorkshire Supertrams, I had known trams only in museums,
on the Blackpool promenade, on the Isle of Man, and in continental
cities; it seemed very strange to be riding one through the traffic
of an English city centre.
I alighted at the island platform at Piccadilly Gardens, where the
Metrolink divides, the Bury line curving away to the right. Trams
passed frequently, pulling up at the platform and then departing,
crossing roads and threading their way among pedestrians with
warning blasts on their pleasant sounding chime horns. I thought the
white and green livery of the Metrolink was very attractive and took
several photographs. Some of the Manchester trams carry names, and
among the ones I snapped at Piccadilly Gardens were 1020 "The David
Graham CBE" and 1024 "The John Greenwood". Near the platforms stands
a sculpture, showing a man in a warlike attitude with his wife and
children cowering at his feet, which I managed to include in the
foreground of some of my photographs of the trams.
Back at the platform I was able to give directions to a lady who was
confused by the Metrolink, and then I boarded a tram for Altrincham
which took me on a ride through the streets of the city centre. I
alighted at St. Peters Square, where I photographed another named
tram, 1015 "Sparky", passing another sculpture; this shows a group
of men and women, and is in slightly less naturalistic style than
the one in Piccadilly Gardens. The next tram I boarded was heading
for Broadway on the newly opened Salford Branch, which is due to be
extended to Eccles. The tram passed the entrance to the former
Central Station, an impressive station with a huge arched roof once
the terminus for Midland and Cheshire Lines committee trains, now an
exhibition centre, and then climbed steeply away from the street on
to a viaduct. The tramway now became more like a railway, with the
colour light signals. After G-Mex Station, the tram picked up speed,
and ran fast on an elevated section to the big island platform at
Cornbrook. On one side was the disused high level approach to
Central Station; I had not realised that line from Piccadilly and
Oxford Road to Warrington and Liverpool was now running beside the
Metrolink on the other side, and I was taken by surprise when a
"Trans Pennine Express“ passed close beside the tram, followed
shortly afterwards by 90037 on a goods train.
The Salford line diverged from the Altrincham route, and climbed to
pass over the Bridgwater Canal. After Pomona Station the tramway
swung sharply right to cross the Manchester Ship Canal, then dropped
to street level among tall new buildings. The next station was
Exchange Quays; this was not a photogenic location, and after
alighting from tram 2006 and snapping it departing for Broadway, I
quickly crossed to the other platform and rode on tram 2002 back to
I knew of Pomona from a song on one of my folk music records, "The
Flowers of Manchester", which I would play once I was home again.
The song refers to the Pomona Palace, a long vanished dance hall.
Pomona Station is a brand new island platform on a viaduct, with the
`Manchester Ship Canal on one side and the Bridgwater Canal on the
other. There are many new buildings to be seen in the old dock area,
and in the distance is a view of Manchester city centre. Trains
passed on the railway to Liverpool, and tram 2004 made an impressive
picture as it crossed the bridge over the Ship Canal. I had the
station to myself; no one else boarded or alighted while I was
I rode on tram 2006 back to Piccadilly Gardens; it was crowded with
schoolchildren, and a young girl seemed fascinated by my camera. At
Piccadilly Gardens I took a final photograph, of tram 1025 passing
the sculpture, and then I rode the Metrolink again for the short
distance to Piccadilly Station and the "Trans Pennine Express" back
to Meadowhall. I would enjoy the ride through the Peak District, to
my mind the most scenic joumey in England, and I would look forward
to making another photographic foray to Manchester and the
West Coast Main Line or thereabouts)
by Malcolm Bell
1. On what date
did Push/Pull operation using DVT's from Euston commence.
2. Where did these trains work too initially.
3. What was the name of LNWR Webb compound No. 1301
4, What colours did the Furness Railway paint it's coaching stock.
5. 46245 City of London was the first Coronation to be painted by BR
in red livery. In what month and year.
6. Which depot could be found at the end of Glebe Road.
7. Ownership and responsibility for WCML passed to Railtrack on what
8. On December 20 1979 who was the driver who took the A'I'P-P to a
record 160 mph.
9. In which year was the Euston - Watford 650v DC electrification
10. February 1910 saw the introduction of a service called "City to
City". Between which two stations did it run.
11. When introduced in June 1957 how long did the Euston - Glasgow
run of "The Caledonian" take.
12. It is now Manchester Piccadilly. What was its previous name.
13. On what date did the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway combine
with the LNWR.
14. Name Claughton 4-6-0 No. 207. ‘
15. In 1933 a Royal Scot class 4-6-0 toured Canada and the USA. It
was supposed to be 6100 "Royal Scot". In reality it was which Scot
16. What is the height of Shap Summit.
17. What was the first number allocated to 83015.
18. On June 29"‘ 1937 Driver Clarke took 6220 Coronation up to
113/114 mph. Who was his fireman.
19. Travelling north up the WCML Grayrigg Bank begins with the
crossing of which river.
20. Who succeeded Bowen-Cooke as Loco Superintendent of the LNWR.
21. Which was the first WCML electric locomotive to carry a name.
22. Travelling North from Carlisle, where were the first set of
23. How far were these water troughs from Carlisle Station (to the
nearest 1/4 mile).
24. In July 1910 a train called "The Budd", after it's sponsor, ran
between Euston and Keswick. To what type of event, taking place in
Keswick was it taking its passengers.
25. In March 1970 approval was granted for the electrification of
the WCML from Weaver Junction to Motherwell.
To the nearest million, what was the estimated cost of this project
at the time.
Quiz No. 100
3. Bluebell Railway
5. South Tynedale
6. 3005 3006
8. John McCririck
9. North York Moors
10. First Great Eastern
11. 20901, 20902, 20903.
13. River Clyde.
14. E3096 &E33O0
15. Autun, France.
16. Holbeck Depot.
18. Severn Valley.
19. New Connaught Rooms, Holborn, London
20. Adderley Hall
21. LNER 4472 Flying Scotsman.
22. Isle of Wight Steam Railway
25. 3’ 6”
26. Wagon &Carriage superintendent
27. Reginald Munns
28. 1 9 1 6
29. Colchester and Walton, Eastem Region
31. 6.8 miles
33. Market Harborough &Kettering
35. Michael David Rix
36. Mitcheldean Road & Forest of Dean Junction Rly
37. 47054 Xancidae
38. 4MT Tank 80103
40. 506 yds
41. 3705s+37047, 60008 Rylestone Branch
44. Between Oxenholme & Penrith
45. Entrance to Crewe Works
46. Pseudonym of author of “The Railway Children”
47. Ernest Marples
48. Clan Cameron
49. Sir James Inglis
lst. Mr Ken
2nd Mr John Dewing
3rd. Mr Paul Slater
Congratulations Gentlemen -
As usual the cheques are in the post.
Our East Yorkshire
correspondent is sad to report the return 142/144 units to the Hull/
Bridlington line for the start of the summer timetable. They are
being used on the Sheffield/Bridlington services from which they
were previously banned.
Noted at Ulceby on 01 April were -
56081 on Cargowaggons
60097 on Iron Ore
60022 60083 60088 and 60090 on Coal
Sightings at Lincoln include -
05 April 60020 and 60026 on Oil
trains 66076 on Cargowaggons
06 April 56069 on Cargowaggons 60026 on
Oil 66001 on Cars
07 April 56094 on Cargowaggons 60020 on Oil
April 60050 and 60093 on Oil
11 April 37379 + 37667 on Aventis
Weedkiller 56060 on Cargowaggons ' 60076 on Oil
14 April 60037 and
60054 on Oil
20 April 66066 on Cars
Light Engines seen on Gainsborough-Barnetby line before Saturday
01 April 66184
08 April 56102
15 April 56102
29 April 60046
06 May 60052
13 May 56102
20 May 56105
27 May 60096
Noted at Barnetby on 13 May were: 56007 56078 56110 and 66060 on
60052 and 60083 on Iron Ore
60026 and 60032 on Oil
66193 on Ballast
Noted at Lincoln recently have been:
05 May 66147 on car transporters
23 May 56087 on cargowaggons 66077 on oil 66141 on car transporters
26 May 66198 on car transporters
31 May 66196 on oil
At Eaton Lane Crossing on 31 May our correspondent noted 47270 on a
Freightliner and Eurostar units 3303/4 on the 18.57 York/Kings
New Class 333 Units from Spain appear to be passing through
Doncaster on the 08.30 Saturday morning 6E98 Wembley - Wakefield
Europort service, Recent sightings have been -
March 18 333001
April 15 333002
April 29 333003
May 13 333004
Wrawby Junction on 03 June was host to:
60083 Iron Ore
60088 Iron Ore
60052 Steel 661115
56048 Light Engine
Engineering work at Whitehall Junction on 01 May saw all Leeds/KX
GNER services diverted via Normanton involving dragging from
Wakefield Westgate to Leeds. 47749/781 and 782 performed admirably.
The new “White Rose” Kings X/York GNER service using the ill fated
“North of London” Eurostar sets commenced on Tuesday 29 May. Units
3301/3302/3303/3304 in GNER livery (pvc sheets) were seen on various
services. 3309/3310 has also been in use as the “spare set” covering
maintenance of the GNER sets. In your correspondent’s opinion these
sleek and impressive units give the best ever ride yet on the ECML.
Far superior to the ill designed and cramped Mk 4 stock and better
even than the highly comfortable Mk 3 HST stock. It is also
impressive to see the whole of a platform at Doncaster filled with
ONE extremely long train, something not seen for many years.
6M47 the 08.55 Aldwarke/Wolverhampton steel working is nowadays,
like most EWS workings, booked for a Class 66. Recent exceptions
Wed 19 April 56134
Thurs 20 April 56134
Fri 21 April 56058
Wed 26 April 56095
Thurs 04 May 56091
Mon 08 May 56089
Wed 17 May 56105
Wed 24 May 56117
Present at Knottingley on June 17 were 08499 56031 26087 56094 56110
56134 66002 66056 66058 66063 66068 66072 66086 66196
Your editor spent the early evening of 02 June at
Warrington and noted the following freight workings
56059 Stanlow - Humber empty tanks
66131 Mossend -Chirk timber
60017 Ayr - Bescot loaded MGR
Ipswich - Coatbridge Freightliner
66066/37710 Ayr - Fiddlers Ferry
66177 Arpley - Mossend Enterprise
66111 Hardendale -
Margam Lime covhops
66073 Mossend - Garston empty cartics
Valley - Carlisle nuclear flasks
86627/614 Coatbridge - Ipswich
60079 Ayr - Fiddlers Ferry loaded MGR
60100 Empty MGR
66143 Cardiff - Mossend Enterprise
66122 Carnforth - Bescot
Saturday 27 May should have been the last day
for Class 37 hauled trains, Class 101 “Met Cam” DMU's and Class 309
“Clacton” emu’s for First North Western. These were to be followed
by the mass introduction of new Class 175 "Coradia1" DMU's and a
general cascade of sprinters and pacers to eliminate “heritage”
Observations however disproved this statement and the
following services were noted in the Manchester area:
53163/53204 9.13 Sheffield/Man Picc.
101653 51426/54358 8,46 Man
101681 51506/51228 9.46 Man Picc/Sheffield
53211/54085 11.10 Rose Hill/Man Picc.
101662 53228/54055 11.18 Man
101679 51224/51533 12.26 Man Picc/Chester
51463/54365 15.59 Stalybridge/Man Vic.
101659 51213/54352 16.37 Man
101681 51228/51506 18.46 Man Picc/Sheffield
309624 worked various services and carried the headboard “Class
309’s - The End??‘?”. (Sadly for those fast and stylish emu’s it
was). Monday 29 May brought in the new timetable but NO new DMU's.
Unit 101683 worked the 10.14 Sheffield/Man Pico., while 101653 and
101657 were stabled at Man Picc_ with 101654 stabled at Chester.
37420 worked the 10,07 Birmingham NS/Holyhead and 37429 was on the
These two “tractors” plus 37412/415 covered
the Class 175 replacement duties during the first week of the new
timetable. By 01 June “Clacton's” 308613/616/624 had been shunted to
Longsight for removal. By 02 June they had gone!!.
A visit to the
North West on 02 June produced the following sightings:
(Green) 10.43 Man Picc/Sheffield
47829 11.17 Man Picc/Bristol
87024 12.18 Euston/Glasgow
16.46 Holyhead/B’ham NS
20.50 B’ham NS/Chester
17. 18 Crewe/Holyhead
37420 17.34 B’ham NS/Holyhead
86256 15,08 Paignton/Preston
86209 20.28 Macclesfield/Euston
90146 19.18 Euston/Carlisle
101683 was observed in
the rain at Crewe waiting to work the 22,19 Crewe/Bangor. How much
longer these 40+ year old units (a fine tribute to Met Cam
Birmingham) remain in service remains to be seen. If the replacement
units last half as long they will be a bargain.
June 10 at Peak
Forest found 60007 on a stone train, 66159 in the quarry sidings and
08599, 60006, 60027, 60036, 60079, 66007 and 66140 on the depot, 'On
the same days at New Tupton, Chesterfield the following were noted:
37695 Light Engine
37801 PW Train
56091 MGR Coal
66190 Steel Scrap
At Carlisle on April 08 were 37216 56089 56091
56110 66024 66043 66070 66117 66186 86225 86253 92009 and on May 01
the following were present at the same location 66013 66028
6604766098 66208 66227
A correspondent on a 3 day
trip to Scotland on Mar 26/27/28 noted the following workings:
37430 Edinburgh/Fort William sleeper
90040 Euston/Glasgow sleeper
37413 Freight at
37606 Freight at Upper Tyndrum
37511 Freight at Shean
37428 Fort William/Edinburgh sleeper
visit to the Edinburgh/Glasgow area on June 13/14 your editor
observed (as well as numerous local EMU/ DMU’s) the following;
Haymarket - 170402/3/4/5/9/11/12/13/14/15 with 37520 on Royal
Millerhill - 66038 66074 66200
Motherwell - 37092
37408 37411 37423 37424 37425 37430 37667 37674 37717 47640 47749
47758 47773 66041 66054 66095 66103 66111 66173 66182 66208
Yard - 37405 37503 37603 60085 66001 66047 66061 66112 66115 66155
66208 86212 86607 86609 86611 86615 86628 86634 86637 86638 86639
90020 90144 90145 92011 92013 92021 92034
Paisley Gilmour St. -
Polmadie - 334006 334008 47634 47733 47775 86252 (Anglia
Ayr - 08441 66037 66048 66069 66072 66077 66133 66160
On the return joumey steam loco 75014 with Fragonset 31190
(inside) was noted at Carlisle northbound with a rake of West Coast
Region Noted at Southampton Freightliner
Terminal on April 15 were 47233 57001 57004 57007 57008 08475.
22 April - “Cleveland Crusader” was hauled by preserved
locos 37028/37038 top and tailed with Loadhaul liveried 56027 for
06 May - “Oil Leake” was top and tailed by
56131/58016 on the route Birmingham NS/Burton/Lichfield/Burton/
Coalville/Leicester/East Leake (on old GC Main Line to Nottingham
Victoria)/Leicester/Burton/Lichfield / Brownhills/Birmingham NS.
May - “Cheshire Phoenix” was hauled by 5 different locos:
47206 Southampton - Crewe
Crewe - Chester
56112 Chester -
Warrington Bank Quay
57010 Warrington BQ - Middlewich - Sandbach -
47234 Crewe - Southampton
Centre “Goods 2000” on 20 May produced 45133 on BR Goods Train.
Steam loco 7445 on vintage goods train and steam loco 1163
“Whitehead” on brake vans. Narrow gauge loco “Berry Hill” was also
seen on “secret Train” of ex MOD vans.
At the Great Central Railway
Spring Gala on 29 May steam locos 34039 “Boscastle”, 60800 “Green
Arrow” and 63601 were working trains. Working on the Middleton
Railway 40th Anniversary Gala on June 12 were steam locos 1210 Sir
Berkley, 1625 Cockerill, and 2409 King George (from Gloucs/Warks
Rly). Diesel locos on show were 7051, D631 Carroll and 1786 Sweet
Pea. At the official opening the Birthday Cake was cut by the Lord
Mayor of Leeds.
On Saturday May 27 John Dewing
visited the last “Steam on the Met” 7 between Amersham and Watford
which produced steam locos 61572 62005 41312 9466 plus 20227 and
“Sarah Siddons” (No. 12). The event was well worth the £10.00 day
ticket. Well organised, well attended with helpful staff despite a
cloudburst and thunderstorms. (Better than going to Wembley). Sadly
he had to endure the company of “football yobs” on his return HST
joumey to Hull.
Newton Abbot Transport Festival on May 13/ 14 was
host to GWR Pannier Tank 9600 on shuttle between Exeter, Newton
Abbot, Paignton and Heathfield. Also on Sunday the Pathfinders Tour
sported 31601 and_31602 with 66009 and 66108 for top and tailing on
the Meldon Quarry branch. Class 60 not allowed on the branch. On
display at Newton Abbot were 66199, 67009 and 4472 “Flying Scotsman”
(on a tour). Vintage buses were in operation from the station to the
Festival on the racecourse.
Hits the high "C's"
(Carlisle, Chester and Canada)
by David Bladen
Question: What do a trip to
Carlisle and London Buses have in common?
Answer: You wait ages for
one and then two come together!
In my case, ages means more than 15
years. In an earlier `Rail Ale` article, I mentioned about the
length of time between my first trip to Eastleigh and my second some
nineteen years later. It’s a similar story with Carlisle. In the
early 1980`s I was never away from the place. There was the `Hadrian
Flyer‘ Deltic railtour in 1981, memorable for the number of Pennine
members who nearly had an early appointment with their maker, as a
class 25 driver decided to move his loco through the assembled
throng of photographers during a photo stop at Hellifield.
there was the Pennine trip to Kingmoor Yard one cold, wet and
miserable Saturday morning, to view a class 25 which Mr Sanderson
was considering purchasing for preservation. Having decided that the
wreck on offer might not be such a good investment, the party then
retired to a pub in Carlisle, the Crown on Botchergate, to spend the
rest of the day doing something infinitely more interesting, like
And finally, there was the trip organised by the
vicar of St Nicholas’s in Blackpool, my mother-in-law’s local
church. The Reverend had been summoned to an ecclesiastical shindig
in Carlisle to meet some visiting bishops. He thought it would be a
good idea to combine that with a parish outing, so he set about
chartering a train for a “GodEx”. Linda and I were in Blackpool that
weekend so we went along.
British Rail provided a ‘Derby
Heavyweight’ unit, which made the trip via the S&C, and an excellent
day was had by all. Unfortunately, on the way back, a points failure
at Blackburn delayed the train for about two hours. That might not
have been so bad had it not been a very hot day. As it was, the
train came to a stand on a stretch of track opposite a couple of
pubs and within sight and smell of Blackburn’s two breweries,
Matthew Brown and Thwaites. Although the poor vicar could in no way
be blamed for this, he did have to put up with comments on the lines
of: “Reverend, that bit in the Lord’s Prayer about ‘Lead us not into
temptation’ - run that by me again!”
My recent trips have again been
to look at surplus rolling stock in Kingmoor, but this time with the
aim of disposal rather than preservation. There were a number of
wagons and vans which had been stood in the yard for a long time,
and these needed to be removed because they were hindering
Railtrack’s plans to increase the capacity of the yard. My
job has been to arrange transfer of the various wagons to Currock
and Upperby yards for storage or scrapping. The timings of site
meetings at Kingmoor with Railtrack’s representatives have meant
overnight stops at the Regal Cumbrian Hotel, just outside the
station (sadly. no real ale) and thus the opportunity to go in
search of some decent beer. Carlisle`s unusual claim to brewing fame
is that it was the home of the Britain’s state-run brewery. The
First World War provides the background to how the government came
to be involved in brewing. The Carlisle scheme arose out of the
rapid growth of munitions work in the area. Concern about levels of
drunkenness and the impact this was having on productivity brought
radical measures. In 1917 all the breweries and public houses in
Carlisle were brought under state control. A Government appointed
board proceeded to shut down many of the pubs and build replacements
on a large, rather spartan, scale. These houses were put under
management, rather than tenancy, to ensure that tight control of
drinking was maintained, and were supplied by the snappily named
Carlisle and District State Management Scheme Brewery. Theakston's
bought the brewery in the early 70s, however, its survival was
short-lived as Theakston's itself was bought by Matthew Brown, which
in turn succumbed to the clutches of Scottish and Newcastle in 1985.
Nowadays, the brewery is the site of halls of residence for the
University of Northumberland's Carlisle campus.
There is very little
evidence left today of the state’s involvement in brewing in
Carlisle, a situation compounded by the amount of redevelopment
being undertaken in the city centre. I was taken aback somewhat on
my first trip as I turned the comer from Citadel Square into
Botchergate. Large sections of one side of the street had completely
disappeared. The Crown was still there, but it had been transformed
into a neon-illuminated sports bar. Needless to say, I didn’t bother
to go in to see what had changed over the years!
I headed instead
for the Woodrow Wilson, a Weatherspoon’s pub on Botchergate
converted from a former co-op store. Inside, the decor is formulaic
Weatherspoon, this one being done out in the comfy chair/library
variation. As part of a nation-wide chain and therefore more or less
the same all over the country, the pubs could be described as
unimaginative, however, they do serve some good beer at reasonable
prices and this one was no exception. Thwaites Best Mild was on
offer at 99p a pint and I had no complaint about either the price or
the quality. On a cold, wet Wednesday night, the place was quite
crowded which just goes to show Weatherspoon’s must be doing
something right. I had another 99p’s worth of Thwaites, and then
headed off into the night.
More or less opposite the Woodrow is the
Caledonian Cask House. This is a large open-plan bar, where the
emphasis seems to be on the younger end of the market. There are
quite a few monitors mounted on the walls with a succession of
videos advertising the delights (7) of the video jukebox. I don't
know what the music was like but one of the videos was excellent,
featuring as it did (for some very obscure reason) footage of planes
taking-off and landing at San Francisco Airport in the late 70’s.
The film of obscure aircraft belonging to equally obscure airlines
did a lot to take my mind off the mediocrity of the beer. Courage
Director’s was the only hand-pulled offering and to be quite honest
I’ve had better pints. (On my second visit to Carlisle, the place
was closed for refurbishment, so I might have some better news to
report alter my next trip.)
The rest of the pubs on Botchergate
seemed equally uninspiring and as the rain was beginning to come
down quite heavily, I decided to return to the hotel. On the comer
of Botchergate and Citadel Square is the Griffin, a converted bank
now operated as a John Barrass outlet. I had passed this place
earlier, but the presence of large gentlemen on the door had
indicated this was not a place I would be at home in, despite large
signs proclaiming ‘Traditional Ales’. I chose to ignore my earlier
misgivings and went in, but it didn’t take much to realise I should
have known better!
A lot of thought and work and, doubtless, money,
has gone in to refurbishing the interior of the building but the
loud music totally destroyed the ambience that such opulence should
create and I think it is the sort of place which is probably best
visited at lunchtime or early evenings. The ‘Traditional Ales’
turned out to consist solely of Theakston's Bitter. It was alright,
but at £1.80 a pint, grossly overpriced. I drank up quickly and
returned to the hotel for an early night. The thought of a second
visit to Carlisle didn’t exactly till me with joy, but duty calls.
The weather on my second trip was much better and it was quite a
balmy evening as I set off from the Regal Cumbrian to find the other
two pubs shown in the Good Beer Guide as being near the station.
The Boardroom on Castle Street is a recently renovated pub nestling in
the shadow of the cathedral. Its original name was the ‘Board’, a
reference to the type of beds used by the monks who inhabited the
cathedral in medieval times. The pub is decorated with photos of old
Carlisle and has a comfortable, welcoming feel to it. Beers on offer
were Theakston's Bitter and Courage Directors, but unlike the
offerings on my earlier trip, both were in excellent condition, and
quite reasonably priced.
I left the Boardroom and made my way
through the centre of Carlisle to the Howard Arms on Lowther Street,
adjacent to the Lanes shopping centre. There is a superb tiled
frontage to the pub which apparently was covered up for more than 60
years before being ‘re- discovered Inside, a number of small rooms
surround a central bar, at the back of which is a display of bottles
from the state brewery. The pub is also home to a couple of rugby
clubs and there was definitely a boisterous and lively air about the
place. Beer choice was limited to Theakston's Bitter, however, it
was very drinkable and reasonably priced at £1.50 I had a second
pint then headed back to the hotel in a much better frame of mind
than when I had arrived. Maybe Carlisle wasn’t such a bad place
A few weeks later and it’s off to Chester to look at more
wagon disposals. Well, Ellesmere Port actually.
EWS is looking
to get rid of the 100-plus wagons stored in the East Yard there and
in my capacity of wagon executioner-in-chief I was due to meet the
regional engineer with whom I would compile the death warrants.
hotel for this visit was located in Chester and as the city has
always been a place I wanted to spend some time in it was with a
sense of anticipation that I set off on the journey.
routed me via Liverpool, as I had been due to go via Allerton for a
meeting. The meeting had been postponed, but I didn’t bother to
change my ticket, as it would give me the opportunity to travel on
some lines on the Wirral that I hadn’t covered previously. Mr
Branson provided 47847 and some coaches in place of the booked HST
for the short journey to Sheffield, where I changed for the Central
Trains service to Liverpool, surprisingly formed by 150125.
in Liverpool was punctual and I picked my way through the building
site that is Lime Street station, then down to the lower level
platforms for the Merseyrail unit to Chester.
I was quite shocked by
the state of Chester station when I arrived, The Merseyrail
platforms were tatty and filthy (obviously the commuters into
Liverpool don’t count for a lot) and many of the tracks in the rest
of the station were heavily overgrown with weeds. Considering
Chester is one of England’s premier tourist hot spots, I wonder what
overseas visitors must make of the mess.
The station is some way out
of the city and although there is a frequent bus service into the
centre (free to rail travellers) perusal of my A to Z showed me I
could visit three of the GBG-listed pubs without too much of a
detour from a straight walk into town.
First stop was the Union
Vaults at the comer of Union Street and Egerton Street. From the
outside, the pub looks authentic and that impression is not
dispelled when you walk through the door - wooden floors and
panelling, with carpet only in the “best end”. It was small and
cosy, with friendly bar staff dispensing Greenalls Bitter and
Plassey Bitter, which comes from the brewery of that name at Eyton
near Wrexham. The Plassey was very tasty and, at .£l.7O, not badly
priced. I was intrigued by what looked by a bar-billiards table
along one of the walls. It looked like bar billiards but there were
none of the little “mushrooms with sticks” which are a feature of
that game. Curiosity got the better of me and I asked a man who was
just about to start playing. He gave me a look that said, “Bloody
tourist” and then quietly explained that this was bagatelle, a
variation of bar billiards that is unique to Cheshire. I have to say
it’s a new one on me.
The pub next door to the Union couldn’t be
more different. The Mill Hotel is a modem plush hotel converted,
unsurprisingly, from a mill. The bar is a beer- drinker’s delight,
where bow-tied bar staff dispense excellent and reasonably priced
beer from a bank of handpumps. A large marker board shows the long
list of forthcoming beers and there is a smaller board where patrons
are invited to add their suggestions. House beers come courtesy of
Coach House. I ordered a pint of Gunpowder Strong Mild, but this ran
out alter about two pulls on the pump handle. The Coach House
Premium, however, was a worthy substitute and great value at £l.5O.
The hotel is very popular with organised coach parties and if it
only has one fault, it is the aroma from the huge bar meals which
were being frequently served. I was very, very tempted to indulge,
but EWS had already arranged dinner for me at my hotel. (A supposed
‘Mongolian barbecue’, about which the less said, the better!) When
my next visit to Chester comes around, I think I shall be asking for
a room at the Mill. The final pub in the trio did not live up to its
GBG billing as being ‘well worth seeking out’ and I have to say that
I won’t be making a second visit. The Talbot on Walter Street was a
bit of a strange place. Very much a local’s pub, everything went
quiet when I went in. It must be something to do with being a
Burtonwood pub. (Avid readers of this column, if there are such
people, may recall I had a similar experience in a Burtonwood pub in
Melton Mowbray last year.)
I bought a pint of Burtonwood Bitter,
which tasted okay, and sat down. I hadn’t realised that I’d left my
mobile phone switched on in my briefcase - it rang and the pub once
more descended into silence as several pairs of eyes once again gave
me a look that said ‘Bloody tourist’. I scrabbled about in my papers
trying to answer the blasted thing. What is even more annoying is it
turned out to be a wrong number! I smiled weakly, drank my beer as
quickly as I could and left with as much dignity as I could muster.
I swear that as I left, somebody cheered. They sure know how to make
you feel welcome in Chester!.
And so to Canada. Not all of it you
understand - just Toronto, and definitely not a place you will end
up on a railtour from the UK. Linda, Alex and I spent a week there
and for transport enthusiasts there is a great deal of interest in
the city. The Toronto Transit Commission operates a fleet of
streetcars (trams to you and I), buses and subway trains, and there
is an extensive service of suburban trains operated by GO Rail, and
I have to say that the whole network comes as close to an integrated
transport system as any I have come across before.
Toronto, the streetcars and subway are the main means of getting
around. There are two subway lines, the Bloor-Danforth, which runs
east to west and the Yonge-University-Spadina, which forms a
north-south ‘U’-shape. The streetcars run east to west within the
city centre and there are interchanges at major subway stations. The
bus fleet seems to operate mostly in the suburbs and services are
centred on the subway stations, many of which are dedicated
‘small-scale’ interchanges. The cost of getting around is very
cheap. A flat fare of CDN$2 (about 90p when we visited) will take
you either one stop or from one side of the city to the other (about
35 miles at its widest). If you need to change from a subway train
to a bus or Streetcar, or vice-versa, you simply get a paper
transfer ticket from a machine or the driver as proof you have
The main railway station in Toronto is Union Station,
which deals with suburban and mainline services, and the interior of
this building can justly be described as magnificent, with its tiled
cathedral-like roof and supporting pillars. I had hoped to take some
photos on the platforms, but entry to them is not permitted unless
you are a ticket holder and then only when a train is actually
standing at the platform.
Passengers must wait in the specially
designated areas at the entrance to each platform and are only
allowed to board the train once the alighting passengers are clear.
Quite why this system is operated I don’t know, however, it didn’t
seem to be causing any hold ups. As we walked from the station to
the CN Tower, I did manage to get a couple of shots of one of GO
Rail’s General Electric locos as it arrived with its rake of
double-deck suburban stock. For once I wished I’d had a video camera
and microphone. The noise this loco ‘was emitting was something
And as for the beer? Well mostly lager-style brews from the
big Canadian companies such as Molson and Carling, however, there
are actually real ales to be found. Toronto is the most cosmopolitan
of all Canadian cities and its multi-cultural background is
reflected in the diversity of beers which are produced by the
estimated 60 microbrewers in the Greater Toronto area. The average
night-time temperature of -l2°c, together with the occasional
blizzard did tend to put the dampener on serious pub-crawling, so
evenings were spent in the hotel bar, with Alex happily watching
live ice hockey on the giant TV screen.
An opportunity to try
somewhere else came on the Saturday of our visit. I had planned to
spend all day at the airport with my camera but it got so cold in
the afternoon my camera started playing up and I made an early
return to the city. Linda and Alex were spending the day exploring
Toronto’s many shopping malls and we had arranged to meet back at
the hotel in the late afternoon. I decided to go for a bite to eat
and possibly sample a decent pint or two. Once again, the Rough
Guide proved invaluable in tracking down a decent watering hole.
C’est What? is a small basement bar near to Union Station, at 67
Front Street East. The guide had said that up to 28 microbrews were
on tap, including some brewed on the premises, but when I descended
the stairs into the bar, the last thing I expected to see was a bank
of 10 handpumps on the counter! The barman seemed amused when I
asked if they were working, but at least I didn’t get a look that
said, “Bloody tourist”_ One of the pump clips was marked Arkell’s
Bitter, but this was not the product of the small Swindon brewery,
rather it was one of a range of beers produced by the Wellington
Brewery of Guelph, Ontario. I ordered a pint (yes, Canada is very
civilised) of Arkell’s and a sandwich and sat down to examine my
Comfy armchairs and low tables were the order of the
day for furniture and the walls were covered with posters for many
different beers. One' particular brew advertised was ‘Ganja Ale’ and
the poster prominently featured a drawing of a large leaf of unknown
origin! I wasn’t sure whether this was a spoof or not. From a room
at the back of the bar came the sound of live jazz and I was told
that CDNS4 would gain me admittance, however, the waitress had just
arrived with my beer and sandwich and I was slowly thawing out by a
heater so I opted to stay put. The Arkell’s was excellent though it
came as quite a surprise to be told by the barman that the alcohol
content was 6.5%. So it wasn’t just the heater that was making my
cheeks glow! The ‘Ganja Ale’ did exist but was unavailable (and they
wouldn’t tell me what it contained!) so next to be sampled was a
half of hand pulled wheat beer from another Ontario microbrewer,
Creemore Springs. This was sharp and very refreshing but, like the
bitter, rather on the strong side at 7% abv.
It was by now obvious
that I couldn’t try too many more beers if I was going to get back
to the hotel without falling in a snowdrift, The last beer to be
sampled was a porter from the bar’s own brewery. This was almost jet
black in colour and had a wonderful nutty taste. Definitely very
moreish, but Toronto Maple Leafs against Montreal Canadians was the
featured ice hockey match on the hotel screen and I had promised
Alex he could watch the whole game. Time to go! Now, if only Robin
could organise a permit for Toronto shed..!
What the Papers Say
Intolerable - Steven Morris - Daily Mail 25 1 May 2000
A SENIOR railway executive has admitted he sometimes drives to work
instead of taking the train because he cannot risk being late for
Richard Middleton, Railtrack’s £125,000-a-year commercial
director, went on to brand road and rail congestion in London as
"pretty bloody intolerable".
Mr Middleton, who was speaking of
today's national rail summit also criticised the high cost of
travel, saying paying passengers were not getting a fair deal.
railwayman for 25 years, Mr Middleton used his personal experiences
of commuting to and from the capital to illustrate his allegations.
He said overcrowding on his train home from London Waterloo to
Kingston upon Thames was so bad that he sometimes had to push his
way on to the busy carriage.
"We've just got to have more money for
investment", he added. "We can't just price people, off trains and
put them on the roads because the roads can't cope either.
"It is a
pretty tough problem and it has got to be addressed now. Congestion
around London on road and rail is pretty bloody intolerable".
Middleton went on to say that the problem was endemic all across the
network not just in London, and could not simply be "magicked away".
His remarks were being interpreted yesterday as a "shot across the
bows" for the Government, as Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott
prepares to open the rail summit at the QEII centre
in Westminster. Railtrack, which has responsibility for the
infrastructure of the network, has been at loggerheads with the
Government in recent years.
The company, which made profits of more
than £300million last year, has attracted criticism for not
ploughing enough of its own money back into investment and
In turn. Railtrack has claimed the network desperately
needs more Government money to help provide an efficient service.
his briefing, on Tuesday Mr Middleton, 44, argued that Railtrack had
done all it could to improve its own performance and had won some
praise from the rail regulator.
He was appointed to his post three
years ago, becoming the company‘s third commercial director in three
The appointment was seen as an attempt by Railtrack to steady
the ship and much was made of Mr Middleton's many years of
first-hand experience on the railways.
He is no stranger to
controversy, however, attracting criticism in the wake of the
Paddington disaster when - 15 days after the crash - he dismissed
concerns about safety as "hysteria".
To the fury of bereaved
families and survivors of last October's tragedy, he insisted
changes had been made to ensure Paddington was safe, adding: "It is
time for the hysteria around rail safety to be calmed down-Rail is a
safe mode of transport".
He was later credited with stepping in to
save a military band which had been told to leave the spot on
Paddington station where it had entertained passengers for 100
"Decent" compensation for disrupted train travellers.
Norris - Daily Mail 26 May 2000
Train passengers hit by delays and
cancellations are to get better compensation, it emerged at a
national rail summit yesterday.
'Where performance falls below
acceptable levels, passengers should receive a decent level of
compensation] said Mike Grant, chief executive of the Watchdog
Strategic Rail Authority.
Suffering travellers will be able to ask
for cash instead of having to accept vouchers.
Holders of weekly
season tickets - in addition to those with monthly and annual passes
- will be compensated for periods of poor performance. Compensation
for one-off delays of more than 30 minutes will also be available to
season ticket holders.
The authority, meanwhile, wants rail
companies to improve their performance so that 15 trains out of 16
reach their destination within ten minutes of the scheduled time on
long distance routes and within five minutes on other journeys.
Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott indicated at the summit that he
is ready to bail out ramshackle railways with millions of pounds of
extra public money.
The network is getting .£ l.3billion in
subsidies this year. But the present plan is for the subsidies to
dwindle to nothing by 2005 and industry chiefs are warning that
income from fares alone will not be enough to fund the massive
investment needed to stop the rot.
Mr Prescott told the summit in
London, attended by rail company bosses "Government money can lever
in a lot of private money". It was a clear hint that there could be
a huge injection of public money, provided the industry increased
its own investment.
The Rail Passengers' Council told the summit
fares have soared on average by an inflation busting 15 per cent in
four years as private operators have squeezed travellers to try to
make up for the fall in subsidies.
Over the last 30 years, the
average price of a ticket has gone up by 40 per cent in real terms.
But in return, passengers have seen only marginal improvements in
late and cancelled trains, according to the council. It said 91.95
per cent of trains ran to time, against 91.43 per cent a year
earlier, with cancellations falling by 0.1 point to 1 per cent of
Commuter outcry as train firm fined over bad service rakes
in record cash
By David Norris Industrial Correspondent - Daily Mail
16 June 2000
ONE of Britain's worst performing rail companies has
announced record profits despite a slump in its standard of service.
Commuters reacted angrily to the figures from South West Trains,
which showed that operating profits have jumped from £33.8million to
It means SWT, which runs local and long-distance trains
from the southwest into Waterloo, now tops the earnings league for
all Britain's 25 privatised train operators.
Only last week the
firm, owned by transport giant Stagecoach, appeared on the Strategic
Rail Authority's list of the 13 worst rail operators in Britain.
Companies were measured on how many of their trains reached their
destinations on time. SWT managed to run only 79 per cent of its
trains on time during the six months to the end of March - a slump
from 84 per cent in the same period last year.
The firm was also
fined £4million by the authority last year for its dismal
performance on punctuality and for running trains with too few
carriages, making them overcrowded.
Despite the punctuality figures,
the chairman of parent company Stagecoach, Brian Souter, said it had
been 'another excellent year with further strong growth in passenger
He added: 'Looking forward, rolling stock, and
infrastructure peak capacity constraints face SWT and we believe
these will be key considerations in the refranchising process now
He added that Stagecoach remains 'fully committed to the
UK rail industry provided we can earn sensible commercial
returns for our shareholders"
Chief executive Keith Cochrane pledged
that SWT would "continue to strive" for punctuality improvements.
But some commuters in London yesterday were not impressed with SWT's
profits, City banker John Bancroft, who commutes from Ascot,
Berkshire, said: 'This is nothing short of a scandal. The trains are
late and dirty and nothing, has improved since privatisation. They
should give passengers a refund.' Rail pressure groups were
reluctant to attack the SWT profits. They said that subsidies to the
privatised train operators are being reduced each year, and will
disappear altogether by 2005.
It means the firms have to make
profits in order to invest in new trains and equipment. Many of the
25 train operating companies blame Railtrack, which owns the track
and the signalling, for some of the delays.
Official figures show
that nearly half the hold-ups are down to track and signal failures,
over which the train operators have no control. Meanwhile,
Stagecoach is preparing to fight off challengers who want to take
over the South West Trains franchise when it expires in 2003.
least six rivals, including French owned Connex, which runs trains
in Kent and Sussex and is also under fire over its appalling
punctuality record, are known to be interested.
fell sharply yesterday after the parent group reported a fall in
profits compared to last year. The group has seen shares suffer over
the past six months, and yesterday shares dropped ten per cent -
down 7p to 63p.
Taking into account the costs of acquisitions and
disposals, pre-tax profits were £l82.3million against £210.4 million
No 9 TRACTION
Traction is published by
Warner Group Publications based in Bourne very near to where I live.
The June issue has 58 pages with pictures in Black and white and
colour. Priced at £2.80 per issue, subscriptions are £33.60 for
twelve issues. Traction’s claim is to be “The only monthly devoted
to classic Diesels and Electric's "Past and Present".
by David Brown is called Platform Starter, nothing political in this
editorial just sheer enjoyment of what the magazine is about - “A
The regular features include, News, Preservation
News, Taking Stock plus Railtour File, Showcase (Photo Feature),
Fleet Report, TPO (Letters), Modern Railwayana / Models and Review.
There are also seven different articles covering the Diesel and
Electric scene. My favourite in this issue is "On Location - The
Newton Abbot to Kingswear Branch", excellent black and white
photography of Warships and a Hymek taken by John S Whiteley.
early 1960s, the time when I, as a young boy was first taken to
Dawlish Warren on a family holiday, Westerns Warships, Hymeks, North
British Warships as well , were the order of the day. From then on I
never looked back with my spotting.
The front cover also shows 47080
Titan pulling away from Newton Abbot with a Western waiting to
"Class 50s North of The Border", also with Black and White
photographs looks at the Class 50s on the WCML up to 1974. "North
British Class 21/29s" looks at their short working life in Scotland
having been rejected south of the border. "The Smaller Diesels of
British Rail Part 2 The Leeds Connection", looks at Hunslet's,
Hudswell and Clarke. "West Yorkshire Class 308 Twilight", "East
Largin Viaduct" and "Swindon from Warship to Waterloo" are also
Traction is not a Magazine I have read
regularly, however I can see how it appeals to the Diesel and
Electric Enthusiast with a very good mix of old and new and
preserved, not forgetting the modeller. "Learning the Electrics" is
an interesting article by a driver recounting his training on 81-83
I have been unable to determine the circulation of
Traction, however, we are now at edition 68, which suggests it has
been going about 5.1/2 years.
The magazine is also involved in the
Railtour Scene in that they and Mercia Charters ran a joint railtour
“The Practical Joker “ on 01/04/00, and a good day out was had by
all despite being three hours late back!
VERDICT - Traction is a
good magazine, however, everything in it can be found in whole or
part in other publications, therefore it’s a matter of preference.
Clearly some people do prefer it, its certainly not heavy and the
Editorial team and contributors clearly are Enthusiasts in their own
“write” not just earning a living. Oh and very refreshingly it's not
embroiled in politics.
Visits to Swindon Works, one of the premier workshop sites in the
country along with Doncaster, Derby and Crewe were never frequent. Swindon did however have its
own PR/B in Yellow.
Swindon also had considerable disadvantages
compared to the other three. By the late 1970's it was a shadow of
its former self, all the diesel hydraulics had gone bar a few
waiting preservation and secondly it was difficult to get to from
The first visit to Swindon we look at was Saturday
February 3rd 1979 (The 20'" anniversary of Buddy Holly’s death) at
11.00 for a party of 30. People on the trip included N
Bolland, P Barsby, I Sanderson, T Helliwell, T Booth, D Gee, B
Sterry, E Porter, M Bloomer, I Wishaw, S Payne, A Needham, P
Savage D Denton, M Jacobs and R Skinner.
Getting to Swindon from
South Yorkshire was only just possible for 11.00.
Sheffield Dep 06.15
Gloucester Arr 08.56
Swindon Arr 10.20
However, if I
remember correctly I think I went overnight from Doncaster and had
breakfast somewhere on Praed Street near Paddington Station.
alterative was a very tight 10:48 arrival from Paddington,.
visit to Swindon was on a Friday. Swindon had stopped doing visits
on a weekend limiting possibilities to a Monday -Friday.
this we still attracted 22 members on the visit, on Friday 20"‘
November 1981 (Which must have been the anniversary of someone's
death!) The trip was at 10:45 and included amongst others, T
Needham, TA Dean, M Bloomer, Dave and Linda Bladen, S Taylor, T
Booth, P Barsby, F Heyes, G E Collins, S Payne, T Caddick, R
Richards, A Pett, B Cresswell, T Helliwell, A Ashman, R Gleadell,
and M Turner .
In November 1981, unless you went overnight from
Doncaster via London or 23:59 Sheffield -St Pancras the earliest
arrival via Gloucester was 1046 too tight.
The third and final trip
to Swindon we are looking at was on Friday 20"‘ May 1983 at 1045. By
1983 there was a hill HST service running on the ECML and GWML, as
well as the MML and the following journeys were available.
Sheffield Dep 06:00
Cheltenham Spa Arr 08129
Doncaster Dep 06:50
King’s X Arr 08:56
Paddington Dep 09:35
Swindon Arr 10:35
Members on the trip included M D Turner, M
Bloomer, D Cawley, D Whitlam, A Watts, B Cresswell, K King, S
Taylor, F Heyes, R Heyes, T Booth, J Boothroyd, I Jones (MFI) and H
Cooper. Unfortunately I have no records of loco’s and stock seen on
these visits, however, a good guess would be that it was all units
and withdrawn loco’s on the scrap line.
It is also interesting to
compare those difficult early morning journeys to Swindon to today's
timetable. For example if we were to have had a visit to Swindon on
Friday 26"‘ May 2000 what would our options be, alas not overnight
to Kings X or St Pancras.
Doncaster Dep 06:35
Sheffield Dep 07:03
Gloucester Air 09:24
Swindon Arr 10:35
Not bad, and it's
possible to arrive much earlier via London, either MML or GNER, but
even better, Sheffield people can leave at 05:27, changing at New St
and Cheltenham and arrive at Swindon at 09:14 via Virgin XC.
would say the service is worse because of the loss of the overnight
trains, but that is more than compensated for by the greater
frequency of early morning trains both into London and on First GW
from Paddington to Swindon!!
Swindon Works today has mostly been
demolished and built on, however, a small pan of the site is being
converted into a museum. I wonder if we’ll see a Castle in bits or a
Western being overhauled. Will it be a working museum? Lets hope so!
If any member has details of what was seen on these trips or any
others that they would like to share please send to Robin Skinner.
First of all an
apology to Chris Nicholson and all who turned up for his show on May
I l7"‘ . The show was cancelled at the last minute due to the
decorators being in the room and the Landlord being away on holiday.
The Landlord has apologised for the inconvenience and, so far, all
looks okay for the future.
Secondly an apology from me
for missing the details of June and July Meetings from the last
edition of Trans-Pennine.
meetings are held at the Salutation Inn, South Parade, Doncaster at
1950 on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month.
Wednesday July 5th
2000 Tony Caddick
Wednesday July 19th 2000 Robert Hay.
August 16th 2000 Robin
Wednesday September 6th 2000 Phil Baker
Wednesday September 20th 2000 Rhys Jones.
Wednesday October 4th 2000. Pennine Slide Competition
judged By Chris Nicholson,
Wednesday October 18th 2000 Chris Theaker.
If any member
would like to do a show or knows anyone with an interesting
collection of Slides or Films please contact Robin Skinner. THANK
I would like to thank the following
for their generous contributions to this issue: Malcolm Bell, David
Bladen, Tony Booth, Tony Caddick, John Dewing, John Sanderson, Robin
Skinner, Paul Slater, Ian Shenton.
The Autumn 2000 edition of TRANS
PENNINE is due for publication by Monday October 2nd 2000.
Contributions for this issue should be in the Editor’s possession
by Monday September 25th 2000 at the LATEST
Editors Plea - Again
Once again I am asking for members help in making the production of
YOUR magazine a viable continuing proposition. We have a nucleus of
around 70 members, all of whom have an obvious interest in the many
and varying aspects of railways. Why not share your specialist or
general interest with other members? Let me have an article for
publication on any rail related subject. If each member did one
article every 10 years I would not need to put in this plea every
REMEMBER - IT’S YOUR SOCIETY AND YOUR MAGAZINE
Those eagle-eyed members will note that our meeting on Wednesday 2nd
August has been omitted from the list of events There is a meeting
that night and the Speaker is Paul Slater.