Issue No.13 - March 1977
NOTES FROM THE COMMITTEE
Welcome to our second magazine of 1977, the year in which the
society hopes to beat the great success of last year. First of all
we would like to thank all those members who attended the film show
given by Robin Rowland in February and Keith Marshalls slide show in
March, at the Masons Arms. The February meeting brought a record
attendance of 25,a record which lasted only one month before 30
people turned up at the March meeting. Robin and Keith wish us to
pass on their thanks for the attendance and they look forward to
returning in early 1978.We would like to extend our warmest thanks
to these two gentlemen for giving up their evenings to give us two
Turning now to trips, Robin Skinner would like to thank all those
members who took part in the visit to Liverpool for being such an
orderly party, which went towards making it one of the most
interesting and pleasurable days out we have had yet.
Our Editor Jon Davis says he would like to see more members sending
in details of rail news etc. as his local postman is in danger of
being made redundant through lack of work, and don't forget to write
into our new section of the magazine "Talk Point" and give us your
views on what makes you angry about the railways or any praise you
may want to give them.
Wed. 6th.April -Social evening at the Masons Arms
Doncaster 19-30.Trial Quiz-question master Keith Marshall.
Sat.16th.April -Derby Works-meet Siddals Road entrance 10-45.
Members 35p,Non-Members 55p.
Sat.23rd.April -London Area depots-meet under departure boards at Kings cross 10-05.Return by 1900.Depots
to include Stratford,
Hornsey, Hither Green, Old Oak Common.
Members £1.55,Non-Menbers £1.80
Wed. 4th,May -Social evening at the Masons Arms 19-30.
Mr. Jon Davis-"Midland Main Line".
Sat. 7th.May -Humberside by rail and sea. Leave Doncaster
by 20-00.To include Botanic Gardens, Immingham, Frodingham.
Members £3-00 adult, £1-50 child.
Non-Members, £3.25 adult, £1.75 child.
Sat.21st.May -North-East by rail to include Darlington, Thornaby and
Times and details available on booking.
From Doncaster-Members £5-50 adult, £2-75 child.
Non-Members £5-75 adult,£3-00 child.
Sun.29th.May Crewe Works-Meet Goddard Street entrance 14-20
Members 25p, Non-Members 45p.
Wed. 1st.June -Social evening at the Masons Arms Doncaster 19-30
Fri/Sat.10/11 June-Inverness by rail from Doncaster-to include
depot 11-00(Sat.) and coach tour to Loch Ness to see the
monster. Prices on application before 28th.May -approx.
£6-60 from Doncaster including coach tour.
Sat.25th.June - Derby Works-details as per 16th.April.
ALL BOOKINGS TO TOM HELLIWELL
WARNING Please do not turn up for visits without booking in advance
as you may have to be turned away if the visit is fully booked.
Numbers are limited to that on the permit as British Railways
byelaws require .
LOCOMOTIVE STOCK ALTERATIONS
London Midland Region: 03397/9-ER, 25092/264-TO, 40095/8-LO, 40134/79-SP.
Scottish Region: 08321-HN,20203-HA, 47470-ED, 20019/55-TI, 20204/6-ED,
08712-DE, 50269-HA 59556-ED
Western Region: 08185-GL, 08492-EJ, 08825-BR, 37270/1-CF, 37298/9-LE,
Locomotives withdrawn 08135/318, 24065/104/6/12/3/5/8 20/1/9, 25012,
26009/20, 27015, 44006, 76004/48/50/55/7, D1022/D1058
50388-NH, 50389-TS, 50497-BX, 51272-NH, 51292-NH, 51470-DE,
56424-NH :56456-TS 59544-DE 59553-HN
DMUs Withdrawn: 51540, 252001
EMUs Reinstated: 29547/8/9/60/7/77/91/9-HR
New shed codes: OO-Old Oak Common (HST),
PM-Bristol St. Phillips Marsh (HST)
COACHING STOCK NEWS
3(BY), 9(RFO), 143(BG), 323(PPF), 603/12(SLSTP), 1011/5
(RUO), 3064/8,3704,3915/89/95,4116/51 4361/3,4473,
4498,4549,4600,4765/93,4815,9005, 9331/51,9408/91, 13163/74/7/84/8, 13257,13263/6/71/9/83,13353,15376,15709,21006;14/30/5/53/89,21147,21220,2412,
To Eastern Region
5954,6111, 13420,15833 80028.
To Western Region 5079, 5158,5982/6, 13085, 14081, 86747
To Midland Region 1524,4994/6,13481,25783/99, 25808/35, 35287
To Scottish Region 3022/35/6,4119/61,5110/1/88
Vehicle reinstated; 87090
We would like to thank Mr. Jack Davis for our first
picture. All photographs used for the magazine will be framed and
hung on the wall of our club
room in the Masons Arms
THROAT TROUBLE AT KINGS CROSS
Eastern Region have undertaken a nine week--operation to remodel the
throat area of Kings Cross station. The work is playing havoc with
the East Coast train services and it seems appropriate that the
operation is due to be
completed on April Fools Day.
RAILHEAD GRANTS FOR SHEFFIELD-AND WOLVERHAMPTON
Coopers (Metals) Ltd. of Swindon have been awarded a Government
grant of £82,000 to be used to provide rail freight facilities at
their new alloy steel depot in Brightside Lane, Sheffield.
A grant of £671,000 will help BSC to build a new railhead at their
Bilston Works near Wolverhampton. The railhead will act as a
trans-shipment depot for steel produced for West Midlands markets at
the Corporations major
complexes in the Teesside and Scunthorpe areas. Up to 6,000 tons
of steel a week will be switched from road to rail when the Bilston
sidings become fully operational.
BRADFORD INDUSTRIAL MUSEUM-RAILWAY EXHIBITS
by D. J .Croft
The Bradford Industrial Museum was opened on 14th.December 1974.
Whilst much of the museum is devoted to the textile industry there
is a small transport gallery containing motor cars motorcycles and
one steam locomotive. There is also a Bradford tram and a trolleybus
in another gallery.
The locomotive in question is "NELLIE" a 1922 Hudswell-Clarke 0-4-0
ST (works number 1435),built for use on Bradford Corporations Esholt
Sewage Works railway system. Originally a coal burner, " NELLIE" was
converted to run on oil waste products in 1962. Incidentally she was
named after the vicar of Esholts wife. A diesel shunter was acquired
by the Corporation in 1969 and "NELLIE" was retired the following
year to a temporary home at the Yorkshire Dales railway site at
Embsay near Skipton. In May 1974 she was returned to the industrial
museum for restoration and repainting in a pleasant golden brown
livery, complete with the Bradford coat of arms.
Around the walls of the transport gallery are other railway items
including a nameplate from the LMS Coronation Class loco "City of
Bradford" (BR 46236) and several from other Esholt locos.
Whilst not a major railway museum the industrial museum is well
worth a visit if you happen to be in the Bradford area. It is
situated at Moorside Hills, Moorside Rd, Bradford 2, which is off the
A658 Harrogate road and is open daily 10-00-17-00.Adiiission is
IN SEARCH OF EUROPEAN STEAM
A member of the Pennine Railway Society is planning to visit one of
the remaining steam centres in Europe. Will anyone who would be
interested in joining him or if anyone could supply current
information on European steam please contact Mr. K. M. Brown,
4, Hudson Close, Harthill, Sheffield, Tel. Worksop 770633.
ATOMIC TRAINS KEEP DANGEROUS S TRAFFIC OFF ROADS
Deadly atomic waste is being shipped every day on BR. nearly 500
loads went to Windscale plant in Cumbria for reprocessing last year.
Waste is packed in special flasks which are then cased in other
protective materials. The whole package could weigh up to 80 tons.
Stations from which the journeys were started were Bradwell (Essex),
Berkeley Gloucestershire), Trawsfynydd near Blaenau Ffestiniog
(Gwynedd), Dungeness Kent), Sizewell (Suffolk), Oldbury (West
Midlands), Wylfa (Anglesea) and Hunterston (Ayrshire).
Work has started on a new station at Brinnington ,Cheshire between
Bredbury and Romiley on the Manchester Piccadilly-New Mills Central
line. Work should be complete by this Autumn.
TRANS PENNINE TALK POINT
A new section for "TRANS-PENNINE" is "Talk-Point" in which guest
writers will put over their point of view on things that matter in
the world of BR and the Pennine Railway Society.
controversial topics as the Woodhead route and its future and the
Advanced Passenger Train will be discussed, as well as criticism or
praise when it is due on the progress of the GN and Midland
electrification schemes as well as general discussion on BR's
Inter-City, and local services.
Also, you the member, will be invited to write to the Editor giving
your views on the subjects being discussed. One of the ideas of this
article is to generate discussion and interest in the things that
affect your hobby and interests. The writer will sometimes be blunt
and ruthless therefore it will be up to you to write in and say
where he is right or wrong, and most important of all-tell us what
So look out in the next issue for "Talk Point" and if you've
anything to moan about or praise put it down in letter form to "Talk
Point", and send to the Editor.
ALDWARKE JUNCTION ROTHERHAM
In answer to a members question on Aldwarke Junction here is a
paragraph from the manual printed by BR for the opening of Tinsley
marshalling yard- "Aldwarke Junction new signal box controls the
scissors connections between the ex-Midland slow lines and the ex-GC
Rotherham branch and signals trains on both main line routes between
Kilnhurst (West) South and Rawmarsh Station and between Rotherham
Road and Thrybergh Junction. Train describers are provided between
Aldwarke and the immediate fringe boxes".
LADIES ONLY NO MORE
On 11th.March BR announced the end of "Ladies Only" compartments.
NOTES AND NEWS
Highlight of these notes must be the appearance of
D1013 "Western Ranger" at Leeds City on 20th.January. It is understood that
D1013 was the only locomotive available when the engine on 1B54
Swansea-Leeds failed at Gloucester, and it caused many heads to turn by
through to Leeds. The hydraulic returned to its Laira base working
14-33 Leeds-Plymouth throughout.
Gateshead Class 46, 46032 was noted passing Gainsborough Lea
Road-hauling a West Burton-Fletton freight on 12th,January.This
train is usually hauled by a Class 47 from Immingham or Tinsley.
A visit to York Railway Museum on 22nd.January saw 31018 and 03090
on view whilst visitors on York MPD included 03171,25056,25189,
40059/81/108/183 and Wickham Saloon DB 975005/6. On the same
day.40196 was seen at Kilnhurst South.40050 at Cudworth and 40112 at
On 24th.January newly arrived Class 56s,56519/20 were noted on
Barrow Hill MPD.
On 26th.January Wigan Class 40,40131 was noted on the Newark-Lincoln
line hauling a train of empty oil tanks towards Immingham whilst on
the same day 25094 worked light engine through Gainsborough Lea Road
and 47363(TE) was seen on a train of oil empties bound for Teesport
refinery instead of the usual Class 37 motive power.
Class 08 shunter,08015 was included in a mixed freight hauled
through Rotherham Masborough by 31148 and 31238 on 28th.January,
whilst on 29th.January 40032 ex "Empress of Canada" was seen working
on the Joint line between Doncaster and Gainsborough. Unusual power
was provided for a Tinsley-Lincoln on 3rd.February with 31173 and
40009 in charge.
On 5th.February the 09-49 Cleethorpes-Sheffield hauled by 40035
"Apapa" was noted running 29 minutes late at Gainsborough Central
whilst on 12th. February this train was worked by 31179 instead of
the usual Longsight Class 40.
On 12th.February a Taunton-York enthusiasts excursion hauled by
D1023 "Western Fusilier" was noted running over 60 minutes late at
Treeton Rotherham. The locomotive had been in collision with a cow
near Gloucester and had sustained damage to the vacuum pipe.
Brighton and Hove Albion FC ran a special to their game at
Rotherham United on 12th.February. The return working was noted
leaving Rotherham behind 45029, and included in the formation was
Pullman Parlour First E314E.
Sheffield-Barnsley trains have been diverted via Shepcote Lane and
the Sheffield District line to Brightside on Sundays in February
because of engineering work near Attercliffe Road station.
On 14th.February Gateshead Class 47, 47414 was noted at Liverpool
Street fuel sidings alongside Class 31s,31002/4/12.
EMU's 312105/6/12 have been noted on crew training duties for loco
men at Chingford, Bishops Stortford, Enfield and Hertford.
Cardiff Canton Class 47,47231 was seen working light through Clapham
The first Doncaster built Class 56, 56031 has been undergoing high
frequency testing in a new test plant housed inside the paint shop.
Class. 47, 47079 "George Jackson Churchward" was seen heading south
through Rotherham Masborough on 4th.March hauling an evening
Class 56 locomotives are now working freight trains on the
Sheffield-Manchester Hope Valley line. On 5th,March 56o06 was seen
at Sheffield Midland returning light having worked a train up the
A visit to Doncaster MPD on 13th,March saw the following amongst
engines in attendance: 03397,03399,08102/100/131/638/876/002/061/076,
37209/252,4006/043/049,whilst engines on the works on the same day
included 56002 50009/040/041/048
5603i/2 wore both seen in or around the paintshop.
A Chesterfield-Edinburgh excursion ran into trouble on 5th,March
when 47167 expired at Alnmouth. Class 40,40003 was taken off a
passing freight and took the train on to Edinburgh, where arrival
was 112 minutes late.
On 12th. March a football special ran from Rotherham-New Clee for
the Grimsby-Rotherham game. The 11 coach train was hauled by 37089.
On 13th.March 56001/4 were noted at Shirebrook and 56o17/8 were seen
at Barrow Hill.
The F.A .League Cup Final replay was held at Hillsborough, Sheffield
on 16th.March, resulting in an influx of soccer specials. Eight
trains were scheduled to run from Birmingham-Sheffield Midland, and
in fact seven ran with one train being cancelled. Motive power was
1Z69 -45054,1Z72-47120,1Z73-47098,1Z74-47049,1Z94-47540, 1Z93-4547,1Z94-47540,
Ten trains were scheduled to bring Everton fans across the Pennines
from Liverpool. Every train ran, using the Woodhead route and
bringing fans to Wadsley Bridge station. Motive power was provided
Sheffield was host to another football special on 19th,March
when a train brought Nottingham Forest fans to the game at Sheffield
United. The train was hauled by 45070.
LONDON MIDLAND REGION
Deltic Class 55, 55016 "Gordon Highlander" made
a brief but welcome appearance at Derby Midland on 3rd.February when
it hauled a dead "Peak" from York to Derby. What would the likes of
Johnson and Deeley have thought if they had seen this crack East
Coast loco in the Midland capital?
On 5th.February 40185 wan noted at Ilkeston on an up freight whilst
44002,"Helvellyn" and 44004,"Great Gable" were seen in Toton Yard.
Noted in the engine sidings at Derby on 8th, February were
08067/612,20053/63/88/130/160, and 47191,whilst Burton depot played
host to o8o43/623,20!34/173/208,and 47331.On the same day 25280 was
in charge of banking duties at Saltley.
On 24th.February 40141 was seen on the bankers road at Manchester
Victoria and sister engines 40020 "Franconia" and 40172 were seen
working oil trains from the Shell refinery at Stanlow on the Helsby,
Rock Ferry line.
Serious flooding hit the Midland main line in the Long Eaton area on
24th.February and Derby-London trains were diverted via Sinfin and
Castle Donnington. Flood water washed away a section of ballast from
the down line in Clay Cross tunnel and drivers wore advised to
proceed with extreme caution inside the tunnel.
The 09-56 Manchester Victoria-Glasgow/Edinburgh was noted at Bolton
on 26th.February behind 40117,whilst 40010,"Empress of Britain"
worked a special through Wigan Wallgate after being seen on Springs
Branch depot. Other Class 40s noted on 26th.February included
40011-Manchester Victoria, 40018/115/178-Springs
Branch, 40058/79/171/181/191-Birkenhead MPD, 40029-Edge
Hill, 40091-Allerton, whilst green Class 47s,
47256 and 47358 were noted at Springs Branch and Birkenhead
respectively. Also on Birkenhead MPD on the same day was 24057 In
good external condition. Following our visit around Lancashire
depots the 18-35
Manchester-Sheffield contained the rear portion reserved by the
Pennine Railway Society.
Cement trains to the cement works at Hope continue to provide a
variety of motive power. On 5th. March 40118 was in charge of one
train and 25106/163 double-headed another. Noted at Manchester
Victoria on the same day were 25090 and 25302,whilst 40106 arrived
with a parcels train.40106 is still sporting a rather faded green
Class 24 locomotives are becoming increasingly rare to spot, but
24091 was seen on a parcels train at Chester on 5th.March.
An unusual visitor to Manchester Piccadilly on 5th.March was
English Electric Class 50s are to be maintained at Doncaster in
future to give Crewe more space to build new HST units. The first
two to visit the Plant were 50009 and 50048. Whether the reliability
of Class 50s will now improve remains to be seen.
On 22nd.January D1013 "Western Ranger" worked the 06-45
Paddington-Birmingham and the 10-25 return from Birmingham.47037 and
47223, both of Immingham depot were noted working
Birmingham-Paddington expresses on 17th.February, and two days later
miniature snow-plough fitted Class 31s 31285 and 31307 were noted on
The following hydraulics were seen on Swindon Works on 23rd.
Also noted were 24040/59/89/135 and SR Trailer Luggage vans
All Paddington-Swansea day time services are now booked HST workings
although stock is limited by a defect which has been spotted on the
bogies of Mark 3 coaches.
It is thought that prototype HST power cars 252001 are now at Derby
Research Centre and are to run test trains with HST trailers on a
circular route from Derby which is to include the freight only
Masborough South curve at Rotherham.
"Western Fusilier" hauled a circular special between Cardiff,
Hereford, Worcester, Reading, Bristol and Cardiff on 5th.February.
Noted at Severn Tunnel Jcn on 5th.February were 47086,"Colossus",
and PWM 614, whilst D1013,"Western Ranger" was at Cardiff Canton.
A Mexborough -Weston -Super-Mare excursion on 5th.March was
worked to Severn Tunnel Jcn. by 47167,which was then replaced by
46003. On the return journey 47167 took charge again at Gloucester.
Noted on Bristol Bath road MPD the sane day were
47089," "Amazon" and D1071, "Western Renown" and 50028/38
were seen at Bath later in the day.
A visit to Westbury MPD on 20th.February revealed the following
locomotives -08411/825/951, 31254, 47012/40 47083 "Orion" 47171/328 47484, "Isambard, Kingdom Brunel", 47508,
February 26th.1977 will be remembered as the last day of BR
diesel-hydraulic locomotives. A double-headed special was worked
Paddington to South Wales and Plymouth by D1013 and D1023,with
by pair D1010 and D1048 in close proximity throughout the tour.
the excursion D1010 and D1048 were despatched to Laira whilst
D1013/23 went to Swindon to drop off one of the pair before the other
to Laira scrap road,
Crompton Type 3,33202 was derailed at Crayford on 19th. February
whilst working the 09-00 Wimbledon-Hoo Junction empty tank
COMPETITION No. THREE
Winner of Competition number three was Mr., J.
Sanderson and runners up were
Mr. T. Helliwell, and Mr. S. Griffin.
The Answers are as follows:
1-PAISLEY GILMOUR STREET
0-BRADFORD FORSTER SQUARE
BARRACKS or MAIDSTONE BARRACKS
G-BIRKENHEAD HAMILTON SQUARE
9-ARDROSSAN SOUTH BEACH
10-B0OTLE NEW STRAND
11-WILLESDEN JUNCTION NEW STATION
12-LEAMINGTON SPA MILVERTON (FOR WARWICK)
13-EXETER ST. THOMAS or
SWANSEA ST. THOMAS
1--NOTTINGHAM LONDON ROAD HIGH LEVEL
COMPE1'ITION NUMBER FOUR
Below are ten questions on the subject of electrics. First prize is
£2 with second and third prizes of £1 each, All entries to reach Jon
Davis,81, Bowden Wood Crescent, Sheffield 9 before 30th.April.
1-WHICH FIRST ALL ELECTRIC RAILWAY SYSTEM IN BRITAIN?
2-OF WHAT WAS WEST COAST ELECTRIC E2001 A REBUILD?
3-WHAT SYSTEM DID SOUTHERN RAILWAY CLASS CC LOCOS 20001/2/3 USE?
4-BRUSH CLASS ES1 No.26500 IS PRESERVED IN YORK NATIONAL RAILWAY
MUSEUM. IN WHICH COMPANYS LIVERY IS IT PAINTED?
5-WHO NAMED CLASS 76 No.26000 "TOMMY" ?
6-HOW MANY BR ELECTRICS HAVE CARRIED NAMEPLATES
A-1, B-10, C-21, D-24 ?
7-WHAT IS THE NICKNAME OF THE GLASGOW AREA EMU'S?
8-WHEN WERE THE MANCHESTER-GLOSSOP-HADFIELD UNITS INTRODUCED?
9-WHERE IS NORTH STAFFORDSHIRE RAILWAY BATTERY LOCO No.BEL2
10-SOUTHERN REGION 2EPB UNITS 5781-5795 WERE FORMERLY USED ON WHICH
A number of interesting special excursions are planned to run in the
On 3rd April an HST unit will leave Paddington about 08-20 and run
into Pembrokeshire visiting Carmarthen, Milford Haven and Fishguard
Harbour, and one week later on 10th.April the first ever public
InterCity 125 train will run from Paddington and Reading to
In July a Silver Jubilee special will run, the first public run of
an HST from Kings Cross-Edinburgh, a five hour journey with
NEW SOUTHGATE STATION
New Southgate on the GN Suburban line which was gutted by fire on
Christmas Day was reopened by Eastern Region on February 14th, 1977.
A new bus/rail interchange station Is to be built on the site of the
old Knowsley Street station and goods yard closed in 1970, and
replacing Bolton Street station. The present line to Manchester
which runs into Bolton Street station will be diverted to run on the
trackbed of the former locomotive loop line closed in 1967,to the
Knowsley Street site.