The Magazine of the Pennine Railway Society

 No.144 - Summer 2008

Committee Briefs

The Andy Dalby Tribute

On Saturday April 5th 2008, A-l-A Locomotives Limited and The Pennine Railway Society, with the grateful help of the Nene Valley Railway, held a charity day where a sum of £555 was raised in aid of the Sheffield Royal Hallamshire Hospital Neurological unit. Andy, who sadly
passed away suddenly in September 2007, was a member of A-1-A Locomotives engineering team. Andy served his apprenticeship as a plater welder at BREL Shildon before transferring to Doncaster where he worked on Loco repairs in the Crimpsall workshops. As well as being a shareholder in A-l-A locos he was also a committee member of the Doncaster based Pennine Railway Society.
On Saturday April 5th members, ‘niends and family gathered at the Nene Valley Railway where 31271 worked the final two trains of the day complete with headboard, also many people who could not be present on the day had sent donations beforehand. All those present on the day said how nice it was to celebrate the life of a good friend and colleague and also raise funds for the charity. Andy had received life saving surgery at the hospital several years previously, and I think that he would have been overjoyed to see all his friends were there to raise funds for such a worthy cause. (see photos on page 11)

Chris Tyas

On 13th May 2008 Chris wrote to the Pennine Railway Society tendering his resignation from the committee.
At a Committee Meeting on Monday l9th May 2008 this was reluctantly accepted.
Chris has said he will continue to attend meetings and support other Pennine activities. However he had been thinking of standing down, but the sad death of Andy Dalby put his plans on hold.
As a Committee member Chris worked very hard particularly on projects and events that were his idea.
The recent very successful trip to the Nene Valley was a typical Pennine event organised by Chris. Well organised and an excellent day out.
Chris has now been on the Committee since the 1996 AGM, over 12 years. In that time he has worked tirelessly to bring the society to where it is today; particularly in arranging meetings at the Salutation Chris has indicated he will continue to be an active member of the Society so we will see him at meetings etc.
Also Chris will be doing a slide show on Wednesday 20th August at the Salutation.
The Committee and membership wish Chris well for the fixture and thank him for his hard work over the years.

Meeting Cancellation

The Committee would like to apologise for the late cancellation of the meeting on Wednesday 7th May this was due to the fact that we did not find out until 4pm that the room was been redecorated.
Unfortunately we could not contact some members because we did not have up to date contact details for them.
If you attend meetings at the Salutation, can you check with Tony Caddick, the Membership Secretary, that we have your current contact details, i.e. home and/or mobile phone numbers or email address.

Arise Sir Ian McAllister

Congratulations to Ian McAllister, Head of Network Rail, who earns £250,000 per year for a three-day week, on the award of a knighthood.
He received the honour at Buckingham Palace by the Prince of Wales. The day was slightly marred however, with the announcement of a £14m fine on Network Rail by the Office of Rail Regulation alter its engineering works overran at New Year. As the company is nationalised in all but name, receiving a £4bn subsidy a year, it will be the taxpayer who pays the fine.

FGW Receive Ministerial Warning

Transport Secretary, Ruth Kelly, has warned First Great Western that continued poor performance could lead to the loss of its franchise.
A package of measures for improvement includes receiving 5 additional Class 150s to allow cascaded Class 158s to lengthen Cardiff/ Bristol / Portsmouth trains. It will also have an extra HST.

Adelantes for Hull Trains

Hull Trains will operate 2 Class 180 Adelante trains from May 2008. They will take the place of a Meridian train badly damaged in an incident at Crofton depot. First Great Western substantially reduced their fleet due to unreliability.

Ones Gone

27 February 2008 saw the end of the much maligned name of “one” railway. The company is now known as National Express East Anglia.

Ebbw Vale Reopened

Our Welsh correspondent, Rhys Jones, reports on the reopening on 6 February 2008 of the 18 mile Ebbw Vale branch to Cardiff One of the first units to work the branch was 150240.

Airport Station to Get Third Platform

Work is continuing apace to create another platform at Manchester Airport, served by 300 trains a day.

Axminster Loop

A new 3-mile section of track is to be laid to allow more trains to run from Waterloo to Exeter. This will allow for a passenger loop for trains at Axminster. Under the plans, a  new platform and footbridge will be built.

Commercial War around Wrexham

Virgin Trains announcement that one of its weekday services each way between Chester and Euston is to extended to operate from and to Wrexham has angered the Wrexham, Shropshire and Marylebone Railway (WSMR).
The Wrexham - Euston train will take around 2.1/2 hours, compared with over 4 hours from Wrexham - Marylebone.
Developments are awaited.

Blackpool Tram Upgrade

Our Blackpool Tram Man, Tony Caddick, reports on a £85.3m scheme to modernise the Blackpool tram system.
Refurbishment will include 16 new low-floor, fully-accessible trams, upgrading of track and overhead wiring and better facilities at tram stops on the line out to Fleetwood.
Some “heritage” trams will be retained to serve the Blackpool promenade. Work may start late 2009. The tramway has been closed for the first time in over 100 years to allow emergency track maintenance work. It was due to reopen for Easter 2008.

End of No End to Painting the Forth Bridge

New paint technology means that intensive work on the Forth Bridge will only take place until 2012. After that the bridge should not require a major repaint for around 30 years.
The new paint will be known as Forth Bridge Red. It will never, however, receive such admiration as Sheffield Cream which was applied to buses of the Sheffield Transport Department.

Eurostar Breaks another Record (For Delay)

The 20.05hrs Eurostar train from London - Paris on Friday 18 April 2008 broke all records by taking a record 12 hours 8 minutes to reach Paris.
Technical problems forced passengers to change trains at Lille. The replacement set then failed near Ablaincourt, in the Somme region, 90 miles north of Paris.
A further set was sent from Paris, but problems in coupling the two together were encountered. When coupled the 40 vehicle convoy could not travel above 38mph.
Our Pennine Treasurer, on a fact finding visit to Paris, saw the convoy, and weary passengers arrive at Gare du Nord.
An investigation is to be held!

Welcome Back to Dore and Totley

Good to see in a new batch of Northern station platform signs that Dore has been replaced by signs depicting Dore and Totley. It may be some time before announcements refer to this historic name. What next - customers become passengers again? We can only hope.

Wrexham - London Starts

Further to an item elsewhere in these briefs, our Welsh correspondent, Rhys Jones reports that on 28 April 2008, a direct service linking Wrexham with London via Shropshire resumed after a 41-year gap.
Services will operate 5 times a day in both directions between Wrexham and Marylebone by the Wrexham & Shropshire train company. The route will also re-establish a direct link between Shropshire, Walsall (Tame Bridge Parkway) and London.
Shropshire last had a direct service in the 1990s and Walsall lost its link 30 years ago.
Trains stop at 10 stations including Shrewsbury, Telford, Wolverhampton and Banbury.
The company is using hired carriages and engines until its own dedicated fleet is ready to run in the summer.

Simplified Rail Fare Structure

Following on nom news that passenger numbers are the highest ever in peacetime, comes the announcement of a national simplified fare structure.
There will be Advance (from 18 May) and from 7 September Off-Peak and Anytime. On routes with 2 off-peak fares, the cheaper fares will be called Super Off-Peak.

New Line in Scotland

Scotland’s newest railway will open on 19 May 2008 between Stirling and Kincardine. The route will enable coal trains from Ayrshire to be diverted away from the Forth Bridge to deliver to Longannet power station.
Passenger trains will run from Stirling to Alloa for the first time in 40 years, starting hourly from Glasgow Queen Street.

Member Activity

Noted in a “What’s on” the Pennine Member, Stephen Gay, was booked to give a presentation to the RCTS Peterborough branch on Woodhead - the Lost Railway.

Sheffield Railwayana Auctions

At the Sheffield Railwayana Auction held at the Derbyshire County Cricket Club’s Gateway Centre, on 15 March 2008 the following locomotive nameplates all sold for £9,000 or more:
*  “CHAMPION LODGE” as carried by the LNER 4-6-0 B17/3 “Sandringham” class loco No 2843 built at Darlington entering service in May 1935 - £9,200
*  “SAINT GABRIEL” as carried by the GWR 4-6-0 2900 “Saint” class loco No 2922 built at Swindon in September 1907 - £13,200
*  “WARWICKSI-l]RE” as carried by the LNER 4-4-0 D49/3 “Shire” class loco No 320 built at Darlington entering service in May 1928 - £11,800
*  “CRANBROOK CASTLE” as carried by the GWR 4-6-0 4073 “Castle” class loco No 7030 built at Swindon in June 1950 - £15,000
*  “BOIS ROUSSEL” as carried by the LNER 4-6-2 A1 class Pacific numbered 60117 built at Doncaster, works No 2034, entering service in October 1948 and named in July 1950 - £17,200
*  “VINDICTIVE” engraved with wax in-611 as carried by the LNWR 4-6-0 “Claughton” class loco No 13 built at Crewe in July 1920 and named in .July 1922 - £9,600
The “GOLDEN ARROW” headboard commissioned by BR Southern Region in 1951 to coincide both with the introduction of the two “Britannia Class” Pacifics, 70004 “William Shakespeare” and 70014 “Iron Duke”, to the service and the “Festival of Britain” exhibition held in
London, sold for £25,000
The total auction of 500 lots made a total of £280,848

Andy Dalby Memorial Slide Competition
The Members Slide Competition, now to be known as the Andy Dalby Memorial Slide Competition, was held on 5th March and, as last year, all the points were added up by Tony Smith on his laptop. The result was as follows:
lst Chris Theaker Class 91 at Temple Hirst Jct in January 2001 (see front cover)
End Chris Theaker Class 60 approaching Melton Ross on a loaded oil train from Killingholme in October 1994
3rd Chris Theaker “Balloon” Double Decker tram 723 at Central Pier in October 2007 Congratulations to Chris for his clean sweep (again!!) and thanks to Tony for producing the results.

Slide Quiz

Tony Smith’s annual slide quiz was held on Wednesday 21st May with the chance for members to show there knowledge (or lack of) on railways.
The result was as follows:
lst Paul Slater
 2nd Peter Bell
3rd Tony Caddick
Many thanks again to Tony for setting the quiz. Also special thanks to Peter Bell for donating the Eurostar goodies as prizes. Congratulations to all the winners.

In The Press

This letter, from a Pennine member, was published in The Sheffield Star on 3rd April 2008. Rail ticket barriers are a good idea I read with interest NP Johnson’s letter suggesting that ticket barriers at Sheffield Station would be ‘a step back into the Dark Ages’.
As a regular commuter between Doncaster and Leeds, on a daily basis I see queues waiting to pay to exit Leeds station. People who, if there was no barrier, would leave the station without paying.
I also see regular travellers who purchase a ticket to Wakefield if a conductor happens to come around. On the other days they can happily walk off at Wakefield without paying.
Call me old-fashioned but I suggest all stations should have barriers to stop this ‘very British Institution’ of fare dodging!
L Bladen. Doncaster

Rambling to Wymington
by Paul Slater

In the early l960s I went on three evening rambles to Wymington with a church youth group from my home town of Rushden. The first ramble was on a cool, rainy spring evening. We headed westwards out of the town, on the field-path which was my usual route in the summer months for going down to the Midland main line to watch trains. The fields were sodden, and banks of misty drizzle cut off the views of the countryside. The leader of the group had once been a railway enthusiast, as I still was, and sure enough we were soon down by the main line just above Irchester South signalbox.
An 8F 2-8-0 was plodding up the bank out of Wellingborough with a southbound goods train. We squelched along the edge of the Held, and then, confronted with an impenetrable hawthorn hedge, our leader ducked under the railway fence, and we followed him along the grass beside the tracks. The train was looming up through the greyness behind us, and overtook us before we reached the next open Held, the driver of the SF leaning out of his cab and eyeing the girls in the party. I was usually careful about trespassing, and had rarely been so near to a moving train; a spatter of soot fell on the group as the wind took the engine’s smoke over us, and then the wagons full of coal clanked by, one alter the other, until the brake-van passed us and the train was drawing away up the gradient towards Wymington.
We re-crossed the fence and walked down into a little hollow; the railway went over it on two embankments, for the main line divided here, the goods lines - built later when the route was quadrupled - bearing away from the original pair of tracks on an easier alignment via Wymington. My fellow railway enthusiasts and I knew this place as the “ballast hole”, and it was a favourite place of mine for summer trainspotting. It was a great novelty for me to be here with the lads and girls of the youth club, and I did something I had never done before, and climbed up the embankment of the main line. One or two of the others had the same idea, but the grassy slope was steep and high, and they changed their minds half-way up. I went right to the top; one of the girls climbed up with me, but stopped just short of the tracks. I looked at the familiar countryside from this novel vantage-point, then down the long curve of the shining rails to the signalbox and the bridge by Irchester station, my usual trainspotting haunt in the winter months.
The drifting banks of rain had cleared, and for the moment visibility was good. The other young people, far below, were looking up at me and the girl. At the end of the summer I would be going away to university, and I was sure that I would he homesick, for a time at least; I felt that l wanted to make the most of these last months before I went away. The railway and the youth group were perhaps the two things I would miss the most when I left Rushden, and I was pleased that on this rainy evening the two had come together for the first time.
Remembering that I was standing on forbidden ground, and that I could easily be seen on the lofty embankment, I came down to join the others. On the far side of the main line we spread coats on the wet grass and sat down to eat our picnic supper. Someone had brought a transistor radio, and pop music filled the air. In a fierce clattering one of the new Sulzer type 4 diesels came racing down the embankment from Sharnbrook summit with an express, and a few minutes later, a London-bound train came up the line in the other direction, the diesel roaring loudly on the gradient. Hardly any passenger trains on the main line still had steam locomotives; it seemed symbolic to me that the end of steam on the railway should coincide with the time when I was growing up and away from my home town.
Another bank of fine., penetrating rain drifted across the fields and enveloped us. We finished our supper quickly, put on our coats and headed away from the railway, along the side of a stream. The ground was tiresome and squelchy. Alter about a quarter of a mile, we crossed the stream. Looking back, I saw the signalbox and its tall signal posts almost disappearing in the enshrouding drizzle.
We made our way by boggy fields and dripping, scratchy hedges up to higher ground. When we came to a stile leading on to the Podington road it was nearly dark; the rain had finally cleared, and broad pink patches were showing through the clouds in the west. The flames of waste gas at the Wellingborough ironworks flared orange in the distance; we called them the “Wellingborough candles”. The ironworks had closed a few years earlier, but had since been re-opened.
Another southbound height was puffing up from Wellingborough, and it passed in front of us as we walked along the road towards Wymington. The engine was barely distinguishable in the twilight, and the steady beat of its exhaust and the clanking of its coupling-rods were mellowed and softened in the distances of the nocturnal countryside; the trail of smoke showed up slightly paler than the surrounding gloom. It is a thing I never see nowadays, a goods train steaming into the night, and even then it seemed to me to be nostalgic, something which was already beginning to seem like an echo from the past. When we walked through the main street of Wymington, it was quite dark. Apart from our footsteps and quiet voices, the village was silent and deserted. With a sudden roar and clatter a northbound train, a fast night goods, thundered over the bridge behind us and swept past the village, the glare of its fire catching the faces of all the group. It was two years later, in July, when we went on the other two rambles. Again, even though we k now had a different leader, we finished up by the railway. The youth club had changed, and the membership was younger. I had changed too; I was getting used to university, and although I still liked Rushden and my friends there, it was a place I came back to for holidays rather than where I lived. The two rambles both took place on beautiful summer evenings, with none of the mist and rain there had been on the first walk.
The final ramble took us almost to Sharnbrook summit, and we stayed there for a time as the evening deepened into twilight. I remember thinking how good it was to be away from the university for a long summer break, back with my young friends in fine weather in the scenes of my childhood. On the Way back home in the dusk we followed the railway down to Wymington. I was walking close to the fence, accompanied by one of my former adolescent sweethearts, when a 9F 2- l 0-0 on a northbound goods train overtook us, coasting on the downgrade. Its clanking and hissing, and sharp coal-smoke smell, and the orange shaft of firelight on the drifting steam. filled me with memories. I had thought that by then no steam locomotives were any longer working south of Wellingborough. That year, the Wellingborough ironworks finally closed, and the “candles” were extinguished; it was the year of my last long summer holiday at home: and it was also the year when. on my final ramble to Wymington. I last saw steam on the stretch of railway which I had loved since childhood.

Treasurer Rides High Speed 1
by John Sanderson

Tuesday 20 November 2007 and I plan my Sheffield - Paris return day trip on the new HS1 line from St Pancras International to Paris GDN. Wake up to hear the General Strike in France is still on. Will the Eurostars be accepted into French fail space? Anyway, it is too late to abort now. Take the 05.25 No 53 bus from Lowedges (Sheffield) to Sheffield Interchange.. First Group single decker 60671 provides the power. Make my way into Sheffield station by the “Cutting Edge” steel feature, unkindly referred to by some as the longest and most expensive urinal in the world. Arrive early for the -0.25 Sheffield - St Pancras service, powered by 43055 and 43046. Service now run by Stagecoach, having replaced National Express who now have the ECML franchise. Have choice of seats, so take the misery seat in 44054. Its coach A, so “quiet coach”. No chance of any phone call from Robin Skinner as I turn 05 my mobile.
Bang on time into St Pancras. Cheered up by the sight of Eurostars, headlights on, pointing towards Europe. Yes they are running into France. Quick look around St Pancras International - very impressive. Then 2 minute check in and wait for the 10.28 departure to Paris. Enquire about purchase of tickets for Paris Metro. Not selling any today - general strike in France. OK _ Eurostars 3017 and 3018 provide power, and I join train on Platform 5, adjacent to the Champagne Bar - how “The Lord” would love that! Depart 10.28 43 secs, but stop just out of station limits. Are they going to turn us back - no access into France? 6 minute delay, but sighs of relief, off we go. Straight to the Club Car for a stiff one. The new Ebbsfleet flashes past in 22mins, but we are running late. Ebbsfleet now famous - new station, Bluewater Shopping Centre, Conference League Football Club (renamed from Gravesend - Northfleet). It is even going to get a huge monument, to match the Angel of the North (or Geordie Flasher).
We call at Ashford, arriving l 1.07 (9mirrs down). Now non-stop to Paris. Pass Dollands Moor and spot 9036 on a “Le Shuttle". Enter Channel Tunnel at ll.l9 and exit into France at ll.38 (l0Omph allowed in Tunnel). Alter watch an hour and pass Calais Frethun at l2.39 (l hour forward). Fast to Lille, passing at 13.04. Paris about l hour from here (not in l“ World War it wasn’t). Arrive Paris GDN at l4.04 25secs (l1 mins down), a journey of 2hrs 35mins 42secs from London.
Good news now, limited Metro service running (and no fares being taken ~ all ticket office staff on strike and barriers left open). Take Ligne 4 to Chatelet for Notre Dame and a visit to my favourite bar on the side of the Seine. Do Notre Dame, but have not time for Confessionals. Enjoying a beer and phone rings. Horror - it’s Skinner - am I going to Pennine Shield meeting on Thursday. I say I
am in Paris - he didn’t sound impressed. Probably thought I was lying. At least I answered his call this time. Return to Paris GDN on Ligne 4 (packed, but free) and time for a beer in a station bar before quick check in for the 19.13 flyer to St Pancras. 3011 and 3012 provide the power.
Depart Paris 19.13 10secs. At 19.15 I am back in Club Car looking out into the darkness but satisfied with my own reflection. Lille Europe passed in 55mins 40secs and enter Channel Tunnel in 1hr 21mins 15secs. 24mins 5secs in Tunnel, then fast on Ashford flyover lhr 51mins 40secs out of Paris. Remember to put back watch 1 hour. Arrive St Pancras 20.30 30secs (2mins late) having done Paris - London non-stop (yes, really non-stop) in 2hrs 17mins 20secs, impressive. Leisure time at St Pancras before the 21.25 departure to Sheffield. I have a cheap 1st Class ticket (only £14 for this journey). Power provided by 222005 “City of Nottingham”. Have another misery seat (G60A). Arrive spot on time in Sheffield at 23.55.
 Taxi home, arriving just after midnight. If you have a free day - try Paris by Eurostar. Not cheap but style and quality (just like me).

Tosca’s Travels
(Beer and Bashing Abroad)
Part 6 The Return of the Irish Rover (November 1991)

Friday 22nd November 1991
Having called in at my mothers in Elsecar, I made my way for my evening flight.
DMU Elsecar - Sheffield
DMU Sheffield - Manchester Piccadilly
BUS to Manchester Airport
I then caught an Aer Lingus flight to Dublin but didn’t get the aircraft reg.
Caught the bus into Dublin and checked into the Kingsbridge Hotel near to Heuston station. I then went into Ryan’s Bar where I met the Manchester crowd I had been to Ireland with previously. Too many pints of Guinness followed by Bushmills chasers were consumed.

Saturday 23rd November 1991
Why oh why do I do it? I got up feeling really ill.
So much so that I skipped breakfast except for a cup of tea. I didn’t fancy doing too much leaping about fortunately as the day panned out I didn’t need to.
IR 082 Dublin Heuston - Templemore
IR 085 Templemore - Dublin Heuston
Caught the bus over to Connolly. Had a hair of the dog in Grainger’s Bar to liven myself up. Then got lucky with the 13.35 Rosslare.
IR 026 Dublin Connolly - Rosslare Harbour
IR 026 Rosslare Harbour - Dublin Connolly
Bus back across town followed by a couple of pints and a Chinese.

Sunday 24th November 1991
A quite early start to get the Westport line in.
IR 077 Dublin Heuston - Athlone
IR 080 Athlone - Westport
It was lunchtime when we got to Westport and it was banging it down. The train back was at 15.35. So what do you do for 2.1/2 hours in Westport on a Sunday afternoon? Obviously, we found a bar. The bonus was the traditional Irish stew on the menu mopped up with wedges of soda bread. It was so good and so filling that I only managed 3 pints of Guinness.
IR 166 & IR 173 Westport - Dublin Heuston
The pair of small GMs on the student train were superb and the bonus was I needed them both. Unfortunately the others gave me stick all the way back for being “such an amate1u”. The usual couple of pints in Ryan’s before an early night.

Monday 25th November 1991
The Tralee line was today’s target although the plan of doing the Dublin - Tralee throughout fell apart by the sight of winning 143 at Mallow. And this meant that 5 out of 6 of us were amateurs.
IR 077 Dublin Heuston - Mallow
IR 143 Mallow - Cork
IR 051 Cork - Tralee
Had about 2 hours in Tralee so found a bar to play pool, oh and to drink of course, Beamish this time.
IR 051 Tralee - Mallow
IR 071 Mallow - Limerick Junction
IR 152 Limerick Junction - Limerick
We had phoned ahead from Tralee to book into Boylans at Limerick. Therefore once we had quickly checked in we were over to the Railway Hotel. This was the first time, but not the last that I had been completely embarrassed watching someone do karaoke. Fat Jeff from Keighley doing ‘My Way’ was cringeworthy, even after a few pints of Guinness.

Tuesday 26th November 1991 The usual full Monty breakfast at Boylans was followed by a great day which included me getting my last 071 class loco for haulage.
IR 192 Limerick - Limerick Junction
IR 123 Limerick Junction - Cork I The above train is the mails/passenger and was unusually full from Limerick. It turned out that the intercity had failed. We didn’t find this out until we got to Cork. Luckily the rescue locos went back.
IR 184 & IR 185 Cork - Kildare
IR 054 Kildare - Carlow IR 082 Carlow - Kildare
IR 074 Kildare - Dublin Heuston
 IR 082 Dublin Heuston - Limerick Junction
IR 088 Limerick Junction - Limerick The usual visit to the Railway for a couple of pints ended the day off well.

Wednesday 27th November 1991
The main target for today was to have a run down the Cobh branch. Whilst in Cork the previous day we had seen 171 arrive with a Cobh train so it would be a fair assumption that it would be there today. Imagine our surprise when we saw the loco for our first move.
IR 171 Limerick - Limerick Junction
IR 078 Limerick Junction - Cork
Now I know what I’d seen the previous day at Cork, but a
seed of doubt was sown when we had:-
IR 172 Cork - Cobh
IR 172 Cobh - Cork
IR 07 8 Cork - Mallow
IR 143 Mallow - Cork
IR 189 Cork - Mallow
Went to the Roundabout Bar for an hour or so playing pool
and having a couple of pints.
IR 130 Mallow - Limerick Junction
IR 084 Limerick Junction - Kildare
IR 085 Kildare - Athy
Decided to bail here instead of going to Carlow, good move as there a couple of nice bars in Athy.
IR 147 & IR 174 Athy - Dublin Heuston
I was again booked in the Kingsbridge as were most of the others. We did the usual beers in Ryan’s bar.

Thursday 28th November 1991
Didn’t get up too early. No real plan for the day -just as well as it would have gone up in tatters!
IR 047 Dublin Connolly - Bray
IR 030 Bray - Dublin Connolly
2 New A class locos were a great start to the day. Then things got even better. The Belfast to Dublin service had failed at Dundalk. IR kicked out a spare set to do the 11.00 Belfast.
IR 025 Dublin Connolly - Belfast Central
This was the first time I had been to Northern Ireland.
There was still plenty of terrorist activity so I have to admit being quite nervous stepping off at Belfast Central. None of the other lads had been there either so rather then going to a bar that we might not be welcome we elected to use the station bar. We had about an hour before the train went back. I went to the bar to buy a pint, 2 minutes later I returned to the bar with the correct money, having forgot that Irish punts were not used in the north. Good old pounds sterling did the trick and it was the cheapest pint of Guinness all week.
Got back to the platform to see a unit stood there. It turned out that the scratch set had been sent to Portadown on a local service and it would be waiting for us there.
NIR DEMU 95 Belfast Central- Portadown
IR 025 Portadown - Dublin Connolly
IR 183 & IR 166 Dublin Connolly - Mullingar
[R 169 & IR 181 Mullingar - Dublin Connolly
Change of beer venue tonight with a few pints in Mulloys Bar near Connolly station before heading back to the Hotel.

Friday 29th November 1991
The last days bashing for this trip turned out to be a poor one. A major signal failure around Dublin Connolly causing chaos. Did get my last NIR 111 class though.
IR 153 Dublin Connolly - Dublin Pearce
IE EMU 8103 Dublin Pearce - Dublin Connolly
NIR 112 Dublin Connolly - Drogheda
IR 073 Drogheda - Dublin Connolly
As the signalling problems were still ongoing I went across town to Heuston.
IR 014 Dublin Heuston - Athy
IR 084 Athy - Kildare
IR 147 & IR 146 Kildare - Port Arlington
IR 123 Port Arlington - Dublin Heuston
As this was to be my last night, although some of the lads were not going back until Sunday, we had a night around the town. I can’t recall the bars we went in but I do remember everywhere being friendly.

Saturday 30th November 1991
Amazingly I didn’t have a hangover! So after a full breakfast I caught the bus to the Airport for Aer Lingus EI-CDE a Boeing 737-500 to Manchester. Then a bus to Piccadilly for a DMU to Sheffield. I was in my seat at Bramall Lane at 15.00. Another good trip with good
company and a lot to drink. Only 18 new engines but as I had been a few times now they were getting harder to find.
Then the inevitable happened - another girlfriend came along. This one lasted 6 months so by the time we had split I was ready for another trip.

Pennine Observer Notes

Eastern Region
Recent sightings at Hykeham have been
Mar 27 660411+60500 on coal tram
Mar 31 66715 on container train
Apr 9 66723 on container train
Apr 16 66725 on container train
Apr 23 66176 on oil train
Apr 25 66724 on goods train
66727 on container train
May 2 66612 on oil train
66711 on container train
66724 on goods train
May 8 56303 on container train
Other recent sightings have been:
Mar 28 66175 on coal train at Lincoln 66725 on container train at Pyewipe Junction
Apr 2 66708 on container train at Pyewipe Junction
Apr 4 66618 on oil train at Lincoln
Apr 5 66089 on steel train at Eaton Lane Crossing
Apr 18 60071 on oil train at Gainsborough Lea Road
Apr 26 66050 on container train at Tuxford
May 3 66013 on coal train at Holton-le-Moor
Locos noted on Norwich - Liverpool services have been:
Feb 22 90035, 90002, 90005, 90007 and 90014
Apr 4 90003, 90006, 90007, 90002 and 90036
Locos seen at Ipswich on 22 February were 66501, 66532, 66539, 66576, 66579, 66571, 66587, 66591 and 66594.
Locos noted at Healey Mills on 1 March were 66207, 66047 and 66127
Locos seen at Peterborough on 2 March were 66002, 66004, 66075, 66094, 66173, 66184, 60031, 60059, 60079, 66710, 66711, 66712, 66713, 66709, 66724, 66726 and 67023.
Locos noted at Barnetby on 12 April were 66013, 66034,66066, 66089, 66141 and 66173 on coal trains; 60013 on
oil train and 60025 on iron ore train.
Locos seen at Peterborough on 26 April were 66063, 66126, 66098, 66173, 66586, 66709, 66715, 66720, 66723,
66724, 66725, 66728, 66729, 66712 and 66727.
Seen also were 08585, 66585 and 90043 at Tilbury. 16.04

Western Region
57603 was on the 23.45 Paddington - Penzance sleeper on 4 April; 57605, in new livery, brought in the empty stock

Midland Region.
Locos noted at Warrington on 1 March were 08897, 08309,  37411, 37401, 37417, 66143, 66165, 66204, 66100, 92017 and 67017
Locos seen at Northampton on 27 March were 66574, 90049, 66204, 66418 and 66520.
Locos seen on the new Wrexham & Shropshire Railway service between Wrexham - Marylebone have been:
May 16 67025 with 67012  67028 with 67013  67014 with 67026
May 17 67025 with 67012  67014 with 67026  67015 with 67013
May 31 67028 with 67014  67025 with 67014  67025 with 67012
The following were seen at Tamworth on 29 May between 11.35 and 19.15:
66543 4M50 Southampton - Crewe 11.36
66584 ? Light Engine 11.49
66522 ? Light Engine 11.49
60089 6M57 Lindsey - Kingsbury 11.53
66588 4027 Ditton - Southampton 11.58
66611 6E54 Kingsbury - Humber 12.01
66137 6G77 Buxton S T 4 Bescot 12.06
67019 5Z67 Crewe - Old Oak ECS 12.38
60049 6M96 Margam - Corby 12.39
90044 4L75 Crewe B H- Felixstowe 12.42
31233 ‘? Serco 13.25
66401 4S44 Daventry - Coatbridge 13.25
66139 6D44 Bescot - Toton 13.28
66405 4Z34 Coatbridge - Daventry 13.41
92013 41-124 Wembley - Trafford P 13.45
66513 4Z96 Ironbridge PS - Immingham 13.52
66529 4G01 Leeds Hunslet - Tyseley 13.53
66563 4Z86 Rugeley - Hunslet 13.59
66503 4E44 Southampton - Leeds Stourton 14.27
66088 4A10 Trafford Park - Wembley 14.39
66165 6H55 Bletchley - Peak Forest 14.55
66532 4M58 Southampton - Ditton 15.18
 90041 4M81 Felixstowe - Ditton 15.23
66430 4G81 Chaddesdon - Daw Mill
66429 4M44 Mossend - Daventry 15.35
60051 6E41 Westerleigh - Lindsey 15.55
66529 4G02 Tyesley - Leeds Hunslet
56301 4090 Doncaster - Thamesport 16-55
66575 4M87 Felixstowe - Trafford Park 17-08
60089 61559 Kingsbury - Lindsey 17.11
37423 2Z04  Wellingborough - Derby  17.35
66137 6G45 Toton - Bescot 17.51
66533 4O29 Trafford Park - Millbrook 18.02
66169 6E48 Didcot - Lindsey 18.24
56303 4O60 Trafford Park - Thamesport  18-35
90019 6L48 Garston - Dagenham 18.41
66574 4S59 Southampton - Coatbridge 19.03
66596 ? Heavy Haul 19.15

Southern Region
On 20 March 31602/31233 were seen top & tail with  observation coach at Barking.
Locos noted in the Willesden/ Wembley area on 27 March were 66516, 92009 and 92026.

Railtours and Charter Trains
Locos seen working on railtours and charters have been:
Mar 1 (Port of Seaham Pioneer) 66066 and 66059
Mar 8 (Buffer-Puffer 6.1) 37405 and 37401
(Nenta railtour) 67026 and 67001
(Chelsea footex to Barnsley) 67027 and 67021
 (Spitfire Tours) 37667 and 37688
Mar 15 (Choppington Changer) 92022, 56303, 66423, 60048 and 92029
Apr 5 (The Royal Duchy) D1015
Apr 26(The Grays Church Elegy) 37401 and 37417

Preserved Railways
Locos working a t the Nene Valley Diesel Gala on 2 March wmre66727,47720,31271,37518,56003,24081,1)95l6, D9520, D306 and Sentinel DL83.
Locos used at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway LNER Steam Festival on 29 March were 63395, 62005, 65462, 4771,60007,60009and60019
Locos working at the Bodmin & Wenford Railway Diesel Gala were 37142, 47306, 47727, 47749, 50042 and 08444. 78043,43893,46452, ,42836
Locos on display at the Locomotion NRM Shildon Modern Traction Open Day on 11 April were DELTIC, 37038, D1023, 60074, D8000 and 37003. Brake van rides were given by 03090, Dutch 08 (N S663) and later by D8000 and 37003.
Locos used at the Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway gala on 3 May were 24, “Battison”, “Effie”, Sutton Miniature Railway 1 “Sutton Belle” and 2 “Sutton Flyer”, Kirklees Light Railway “owl” and Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway 4 “The Bug”.
Locos Working at the NYMR Diesel Gala on 10 May were D182, D7628, D9009, D1015, D6700, 50027 and 08556.
Locos used at the Appleby Frodingham Railway Preservation Society diesel weekend on 10/11 May were “Arnold Machin”, 3808 Bagnall, Corus No 6, Corus No 58, Corus No 81 (20056), D9520, D2253 and WD 72229.

Old Sightings Maurice Ockleford

18 September 1960

24G (Skipton)
44282, 47454, 47428, 78043, 43 893, 46452, 42905, 42836
48148, 47427, 42882, 44487, 90637, 45082, 44220, 41327
48084, 84015, 48401, 40586, 44007

24H (Hellifield)
45329, 48159, 42492, 76022, 76051, 47577, 43271, 47347
42132, 44119, 42278, 43585, 42491, 45568, 42648, 44468
40685, 44149, 42051, 43756, 42485, 70052, 90556, 42831

11C (Oxenholme)
42613, 42449, 42457, 42464, 42322, 42301, 46434, 42314

11A (Barrow)
42364 43045 45383 45661 42233 47409 44879 42427
42179 47518 42402 47356 47339  47531 44601 44443
45303 58115 44366 58293 47676  80045  48741 47517
47323  42420 45141 47287 45293 47345 45445  47322
47505  47520 47605 42432 47675 58160 47373 44347
47564  40656 58287 47503 44207 43004 42376 44306

24L (Carnforth)
45340  47471  40628 44570  90488  40081
42119  44679  73126 45230  43968  44905
43006  49196  44469 D3840  D3839 43908 
44044  44277  40041  47288  48684  44844 
45014  45332  42578  45591  45606  90686  
43028  45398  43009  42931  45108  45454 
73033  42426  44904  90178  49240  45592
90212  45341  45508  48252 44820  40016
42395  D3838

24J (Lancaster (Green Ayre)
41903 43007 47676 43112 41323 43115
47639 42851 42921 42135 47481 47532
47369 42589 47468 41904 61279 42895
42853 42589 43113 42136 46441 42440
 90595  41215 42700  45394 90555  45601

24F (Fleetwood)
42765, 41260, 90171, 90654, 84018, 42952, 42840, 42844
51419, 84016, 42867, 42841, 45212, 44982, 47165, 47161
41261, 42722, 42842, 51386, 43502, 90245, 49618, 44988

24E(n) (North Blackpool)
42657, 40109, 40099, 40174, 40103, 42148, 42206, 44869
45060, 45665, 45297, 44732, 44926, 42461, 45653

24E(s) (South Blackpool)
42638, 40164, 42625, 45574, 44927, 45227, 42235, 44950
45515, 45078, 44947, 45571, 40072, 45415, 45318, 44668
44779, 44737, 45077, 44733, 44692, 45559, 44806, 45200
40091, 40166, 44915, 44730, 45684, 44945, 44949, 42726
45435, 45211, 42894, 44689, 44920, 45518, D233

24K (Preston)
58132, 47360, 45582, 47008, 47319, 44451, 42976, 47472
46449, 42397, 45107, 45633, 45542, 47413, 46114, 45543
45306, 44897, 73131, 42977, 47293, 45303, 45512, 42838
44773, 45464, D3368, D3369, D3581, D3846

24C (Lostock Hall)
42863 42433 42965 40192 44735 52456 42187 42634
42476 42707 90713 42296 42661 D3781 D3782 90564
52429 44041 90658 90698 90335 90398 90061  90266
42434 90331 45375 45315 42481 40183  90321  42436
90258 90295 42298

8F (Wigan Springs Branch)
49402 44445 49448  47392 49408  46165 12022 45017
49422 42949 49008  47659 44280  65198 45551 12099
45546 44708 78019  45408 42317  47671 48348 44069
42303 D3836 D3835 45425 42574  49447 45142 49020
45244 45019 49191  47270  45140  44242 49023 49025
90317 47669 42960  90552  90535  42421 42458 45413
48175 41283 45347  58120  47281 45150  43189 78017
45135 90291 48942  44438

Pennine Quiz No. 132
Nicknames .

Name the types of locos or units that were given the
nicknames that follow.

1. Flying Pig
2. Froth-Blowers
3. Garden Shed (or Skud)
4. Greenhouse
5. Greyhound
6. Grid (or Gridiron)
7. Gunboat
8. Hoover
9. Master & Slave
10. McRats
11. Metvick
12. Pom-Pom
13. Rats
14. Roarer
15. Shed
16. Shop
17. Skinhead
18. Skittle Alleys
19. Skoda
20. Slim Jim
21. Spaceship
22. Streak
23. Syphon (or Tractor)
24. Tadpole
25. Teddy Bear
26. Thumpers
27. Tommy
28. U-Boat
29. Whistler
30. Yeomans

Pennine Quiz No. 131
The Answers

1. 1886
2. R.E.L. Maunsell
3. 30926
4. 859 Lord Hood
5. 35005 Canadian Pacific
6. 7808 Cookham Manor
7. Sir Billy Butlin
8. City of Leeds
9. 70047
10. 70001 Lord Hurcornb
1 l. 33027 and 33056
12. D6580 (33119)
13. D322
14. Whistlers
15. D345 (40145)
16. Media
17. Scafell Pike
l 8. 56
19. Ixion
20. 55020 Nimbus
21. 55001 and 55007
22. 55015 Tulyar
23. William Henry Barlow
24. Charing Cross
25. 2 miles 241 yards

Pennine Quiz No. 131
The Winners

lst= Malcolm Bell
lst= Ken King
3rd Ian Shenton
Congratulations to all the winners.

Pennine Meetings 2008

All meetings are held at The Salutation Inn, South Parade, Doncaster starting at 20.00 on lst and 3rd Wednesday of each month.

Wednesday 18th June 2008
Ron Chaplin
‘In and around S Yorkshire 1970s-l980s’

Wednesday 2nd July 2008
Nick Dalby

Wednesday 16th July 2008
Neil Taylor

Wednesday 6th August 2008
Glen Williamson

Wednesday 20th August 2008
Chris Tyas

Wednesday 3rd September 2008
Chris Theaker

Wednesday 17th September 2008
Glynn Gossan

Wednesday lst October 2008
Judged By Christ Theaker

Wednesday 15th October 2008
Martin Bromley
‘Sheffield Vic - Marylebone’ ls the Master Cutler a South Yorkshireman?

I would like to thank the following for their generous contributions to this issue: John Dewing, Ken King, Maurice Ockleford, John Sanderson, Paul Slater, Tosca and Chris Tyas.

Next Issue
The Autumn 2008 Issue of Trans Pennine is due for publication on l7th September would contributors please let the coordinator have their information by Wednesday
20th August - THANK YOU. Remember, you can email your contributions to david@whit1am]45freeserve. co. uk.

Nene Valley Photos


                                                                                                                               31271 at Peterborough (Nene Valley)

               31271 at Wansford before first train                                                                   31271 at Wansford before second train

31271 at Yarwell Junction                                                                                   Nick and Susan Dalby with 31271

Arrival of the DELTIC
Travelling on a train pulled by a different type of locomotive came as a pleasant surprise for Don Smith

I’ve never been a railway enthusiast but, like many engineers, I cannot resist admiring the power and majesty of the old
steam locomotives. Days past, if one went by or over a level crossing it was always stop, look and listen until the final wisps
of smoke and steam drifted away.
In the mid-1950s, while in the Royal Air Force, I was stationed north-west of Liverpool. I came from Chelmsford in Essex,
so at the weekends, be they 36, 48 or 72-hour periods, I endeavoured to get the train home. On a Sunday night I would travel
back to camp overnight, arriving at Edge Hill and Lime Street around 6am, feeling somewhat jaded, grubby and tired, as
were my fellow passengers after our six hours of a stop-start journey. Oh, how we envied those sleeping compartments but
they were far from the reach of my l2s/6d a week service wages.
At the end of an RAF working week I always tried to ride to Euston on the 2.10pm express from Lime Street. This was
pulled by a huge steam locomotive that could bowl along at high speed once it was rolling.
I did my best to be at Lime Street in good time to bag a forward-facing, non-smoking window seat. Once chosen, I’d dump
my trusty holdall which I still have) on the seat, then walk up and inspect the engine at the front. All was shiny copper pipes,
huge wheels, smoke and steam jetting from various outlets - heady stuff indeed.
Over a long period of time I became familiar and felt quite affectionate towards them. After all, their great wheels and power
were taking me to the city of London and home!
The train always left on the dot, arriving at Euston just in time for me to underground to Liverpool Street (Bishopsgate), then
race across the platforms to catch the 6.36pm to Chelmsford. If I missed this 6.36 then I had to kick my heels waiting for the
next train. Being short on hours, the wait was irksome.
One Friday, having wangled a 48-hour pass, I hot-footed it to Lime Street, chose my seat, then walked up front expecting to
see the steam loco with the driver twisting handles and levers with the fireman stoking energetically amidst the fire, water
and steam. Hello though! What’s this? As I walked the platform I could see no steam pouring from the stack. Instead a
powerful drumming was coming from the platform.
On reaching the front of the train, I was amazed to see there was no steam locomotive. I couldn’t believe my eyes for there,
standing majestic and overpowering, was a different, more potent locomotive. This was diesel!
Its name was on the side - Deltic - an acronym for Diesel Electric, a prototype machine. Its colour was a distinctive sky blue
with three wide curving chevrons (whiskers) on the nose, over which was a spotlight. It was huge. I just stood there taking it
all in. Oh for a ride on the footplate!
This was l957; the Deltic or DP] was the first of its kind.
The Lime Street clock neared 2.l0pm, so I returned to my seat, the sound of those big diesels still throbbing powerfully. At
2.10 we eased away, gently, smoothly, and in no time at all were moving fast. Not long into the journey a long curve was
encountered and if you peered through the window, as I always did, you could see the blue Deltic in all its impressive glory
hauling the long line of carriages.
Its turn of acceleration was faster than the steamers. In my many, many rides behind the Deltic it always chopped minutes
off the old steamer time.
I have never forgotten my first sight and sound of the Deltic, which initially ran as the ‘Merseyside Express’ and, in the years
since, I have jotted down details of this locomotive. In 1963, it was transported to the Science Museum in London.
The Deltic now stands at the National Rail Museum’s annexe at Shildon, County Durham and still impresses the onlooker. I
certainly hold a place in my memory for such a handsome, powerful locomotive, and feel proud I rode thousands of miles
behind it.
Its first name was to be Enterprise, but before trials commenced it was renamed Deltic. While the Deltic was operating the
BR network, only selected drivers were trained to operate it. Always on board were a team of English Electric engineers,
technicians and litters to cope with any en route failure or breakdown. Whilst I rode with it, the performance of the Deltic
was faultless.
Even today, I can still hear and feel the deep beat and throb of those Napier engines!

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