The Magazine of the Pennine Railway Society


                                          No.149 - Autumn 20


Front Cover

The photo, taken by Chris Tyas, came third in the Andy Dalby Memorial Slide Competition held on 4th March 2009. It Shows 65462 approaching Weybourne, crossing the AI 49 road bridge, on the 12.00 Sheringham to Holt service on Sunday 1 8th May 2008.

Tornado The photos of "Tornado", printed on pages 12 & 14 were sent in by John Dewing QD), Geoff Griffiths (GG),  Derek Porter (DP, Andrew Watts (AJW) and David Whitlam (DW).

Committee Briefs

Sandtoft Gathering 2009
It was good to see a number of familiar faces at the transport rally at Sandtoft in July 2009. Unfortunately, inclement weather did not help the event. However, as usual, there was a good trade in the beer tent, and by common agreement, the star attraction was "Skinners Ginger Tosser', a tarty ale brewed in Cornwall. Skinners Ginger Tosser Ale was originally created to aid the celebration of Pancake Day. It is made with only the finest Cornish Honey and was designed for red-headed pancake tossers.

Weardale Operates Again
Regular steam trains returned to the Weardale Railway in August 2009 following the restoration of locomotive 40. The railway went into administration soon after opening 
Mi 2005, before being taken over by a London-based transport company British American Railway services. A more ambitious schedule is planned for 2010 which could include the extension of some services towards Bishop Auckland and the mainline.

Boris Continues Attack on Bendy's
Pennine's road transport correspondent, Gerry Collins, reports that nine bendy buses on Route 507, which travels between Waterloo and Victoria, were taken out of commission on 27 July 2009, replaced by conventional single-deck vehicles. London Mayor, Boris Johnson, has pledged to scrap the "much loathed" buses. Bendy buses on the seven remaining routes will be phased out when their contracts expire, by 2015 at the latest. He plans to replace bendy buses with a new double-decker Routemaster from 2011.

Twelve Coaches for Cambridge Peak
First Capital Connect's May timetable has brought 12-car trains from Cambridge to Kings Cross for the first time. Network Rail has lengthened platforms at Cambridge and Royston to allow for the longer trains.

Safety First
For the third year running no passengers or members of the train workforce died in h-din accidents. A superb safety record.

Wembley Footex's
Wrexham and Shropshire Railway took 1500 Shrewsbury Town FC supporters to Wembley Station for the play-off final with Gillingham.

Electrification Plans Announced
The government has announced plans to electrify the GW main line from Paddington to Swansea. The project will take eight years to complete. The announcement means that Wales will have its first stretch of electrified railway. The GW electrification will include the lines to Oxford and Newbury and make possible the replacement of HST's by electric Super Express trains. A second line, from Liverpool to Manchester via Newton-le-Willows will also be electrified, having the added benefit of allowing trains to run between Manchester Airport and Glasgow on electric power. However, a downside to this is a reduction in the number of new carriages promised to Northern Rail and First Trans Pennine. The government is still considering electrifying another major diesel route, the Midland Main Line between London and Sheffield, but has not committed the proposal.

Freights May Use HS1 from 2010
Freight operator DB Schenker and HS 1 Ltd are considering options to enable freight trains to share tracks with Eurostars. Several freight loops have already been built into the system. Initially it is expected that dual voltage Class 92s will haul trains at speeds 60-80mph.

Green Light for Amsterdam
July 2009 saw the unveiling of the new Brussels Amsterdam high speed rail service, to operate from next year. The Fyra high speed trains will connect with Eurostars at Brussels Midi and call at Antwerp, Rotterdam and Schipol en route to Amsterdam. The phased introduction of Fyra services in 20 10 will bring a significant reduction in journey times from London from the current overall time just over 5 hours.

Javelin Lands Early
On Monday 29 June, the UK's first high-speed commuter train arrived in London one minute early, reaching St Pancras 36 minutes after leaving Ashford, the 140mph Japanese built "Javelin" train running on High Speed 1 Channel Tunnel rail link. The Hitachi built Class 395 left Ashford at 06.48, arriving St Pancras at 07.24 with a stop at Ebbsfleet. The service is the start of a weekday only limited "preview" of the new trains ahead of full service introduction on 13 December. At present the Javelins run to Ashford only, but by the end of the year will serve Canterbury (59 mins), Folkestone (57 mins) and Ramsgate (80 mins). In 2012 Javelins will "fly" spectators from St Pancras to the Olympics site at Stratford in 7 minutes.

Super Expresses May Shrink Inter-City Network
The introduction of Super Express trains, the HST replacements, could cause a contraction of the inter-city network because of the cost of modifying infrastructure for the longer coaches. There is no guarantee that all routes now used by HST's will be cleared for Super Express. Such examples are the Pembroke Dock branch, Cardiff - Barry - Bridgend and Swindon - Kemble diversionary routes, and between Exeter and Penzance. The new vehicles will be 26 metres long, three metres longer than IC 125 vehicles.

Depot Side-Sweep Puts Pendolino Out of Action
A sideways collision between two Virgin Pendolino's at Alstom's Traincare depot in Wembley left 390008 with damage quickly repaired but with 390006 out of service for repair assessment. Virgin Trains is covering 6 daily journeys between Euston and Birmingham using a set of MK3 coaches hauled by a Class 90.

Starr Treatment for Blackpool Depot
Blackpool's first 16 new trams are to be housed in a new £20m depot to be built at Starr Gate, ready for Easter 2012 opening of the town's revitalised tramway. Trams will be built in Germany by Bombardier Transportation. Volker Fitzpatrick will build the depot. The system will also see new, but fewer, tram stops.

Royal Maill Contract Change
First GBRf has lost the Royal Mail contract to rival DB Schenker, formerly EWS who originally lost the contract to First GBRf. The contract sees 4 trains per day between London, Warrington and Shieldmuir (Glasgow) carrying first class post.

395s At a Price

The arrival of the Class 395s on the 140mph commuter service, using HS 1, initially between St Pancras and Ashford, comes at a price - passengers will be charged a premium rate fare. A return on the "preview" services will cost £48.70 (or £113.40 for a weekly).

Rent a Virgin
Virgin Trains has gone into the charter train business with a NW loco-hauled set which will double as a strategic spare. The 9 coach set can be Class 90 electric or Class 57 diesel hauled. The set will be allocated to Alstom's Wembley depot. A NW3 train used by Virgin for services between Euston and Birmingham has been returned to DBS 1 Cargo D.

Kettering Gap Closed
Four miles of reinstated "gap fill" track has been laid between Kettering and Harrowden Jcn, north of Wellingborough, giving a third line to boost punctuality with the increase in traffic. Between London and Kettering is now 3 or 4 track all the way.

"Big Boxes" at Birmingham
"Big Box7' 9ft 6in containers can now reach Birmingham International Freight Terminal at Coppice Wood, enabling a new "big box" Freightliner service between Tilbury and Birch Coppice. It is planned to clear routes from Southampton and Felixstowe to West Midlands terminals for high containers.

British Bullet
On 18 June 2009 a Class 395 on trials reached 143niph on a run between St Pancras and Ashford. When in service, times will reduce from 80 minutes from central London to Ashford to 37 minutes. The outward journey took 30 mins 40 seconds and the return 29 mins 26 seconds (but not calling at Ebbsfleet). SouthEastern began a limited high-speed service on 29 June, followed by a full service from 13 December.

Opposition to St Albans Depot
First Capital Connect is likely to object to proposals for a rail freight depot at Park Street, St Albans, on the former Radlett Airfield site, fearing the prospect of 12 daily trains in and out could impact badly on its passenger services.

Nottingham Tram Extension
The Government has approved the extension of the Nottingham Express Transit system with 2 new routes, serving Clifton and Beeston, to open in 2013.

Go Ahead for Port Salford
A multi-modal freight exchange is to be built at Port Salford on the Manchester Ship Canal. 16 trains a day are expected to use the terminal which will be the UK's only distribution point served by inland water.

Wrexham and Shropshire Survival Fears
Wrexham and Shropshire has said it fears for its survival if Arriva Trains Wales' proposal for a direct twice daily Aberystwyth - Marylebone via Shrewsbury and Telford service gets the go ahead. It already runs services from Aberystwyth to the West Midlands.

Bridgnorth - Marylebone Special
15 August saw Chiltern Railways team up with Severn Valley Railway to provide a first ever direct train from Bridgnorth and Bewdley to Marylebone.

ECML Nationalised
As predicted, the government will take the East Coast service, run by, National Express, into state ownership. Ministers re~ requests that the contract be renegotiated. National Express is now expected to default on payments due under the terms of its franchise. The franchise will be put out for a tender to a new buyer. National Express won the franchise from GNER in 2007, agreeing to pay the government £1.4bn to run the ECM1 until 2015. Many analysts said at the time that it had paid too much for the franchise. Speculation will now mount about the future of National Express's two other franchises, East Anglia and c2c. Chief Executive Richard Bowker will leave the company to become chief executive of Union Railway in the United Arab Emirates.

Europe Opens Up
From January 20 10, the EU is allowing greater competition on the European rail network. This will open up the rest of Europe, beyond Paris and Brussels to Eurostar. It will also allow other operators to compete against Eurostar. Air France is interested in a London - Paris service, together with Paris - Amsterdam. German operator Deutsche Bahn wants to develop services from London to Cologne and Frankfurt, among others. At its peak Eurostar is only using 50% capacity of HS 1, leaving plenty of slack for a rival to run competing services.

Vienna Trams Waltz into Manchester
The first of Manchester's new M5000 trams have been delivered from Vienna, built by Bombardier. A total of 40 have been ordered to cater for new services to Oldham and Rochdale, Droylesden, Chorlton and MediaCityUK in Salford.

Tornado Flits Devon
8 August saw AI replica steam loco 60163 "Tornado" running a special between Bristol TM and Plymouth, the "Tamar Tornado", tested on the stiff Dainton, Rattery and Hemerdon Banks.

Tube Language Update
Touch screen ticket machines on the London Underground have been upgraded to operate in 17 different languages. These include Gujarat, Bengali, Tamil and English, but not Welsh. Strong letter to follow from Pennine member Rhys Jones.

Gerry's Bus Watch
Pennine's rubber tyre expert, Gerry "Roadcar' Collins tells us that National Express has agreed to sell its Travel London bus business to Dutch company NedRailways, using the cash to reduce debt. Travel London operates 36 bus routes for transport for London, 5% of London buses. He also tells us that the first attempt to rid London of its 350 bendy buses has ended in failure. 31 vehicles were offered for sale but failed to attract a buyer for these "chariots of fire". Bids of £70,000 - £80,000 were expected per vehicle. London Mayor, Boris Johnson, has pledged to rid the capital of these things, which he says should be pensioned off to a Scandinavian airport.

Slide Quiz
Tony Smith's annual slide quiz was held on Wednesday 20th May with the chance for members to show there knowledge (or lack of) on railways. The result was as follows:

1st Peter Bell 28 pts 2nd Paul Slater 26 pts 3rd Martin Fisher (and son) 23 pts

Many thanks again to Tony for setting the quiz. Congratulations to all the winners.

Sheffield Railwayana Auctions

At the Sheffield Railwayana Auction held at the Derbyshire County Cricket Club's Gateway Centre, on 13 June 2009 the following locomotive nameplates all sold for £6,000 or more:

LOCOMOTIVE NAMEPLATE: "JASON' as carried by BR 1 50Ov DC electric EM 1 Class 26049, built at Gorton as works number 1056 in October 1952 - £6,000. LOCO NAMEPLATE: `NEW HEBRIDES" being the left hand plate as carried by the LMS "Jubilee" Class 4-" loco numbered 5618 and built at Crewe in 1934 but not named until March 1936 £9,000. LOCOMOTIVE NAMEPLATE: "RAPID. WARSHIP CLASS" as carried by BR C-C diesel hydraulic "Warship" of elms 43, numbered D838. Built by the North British Locomotive Company in September 1960 and delivered new to 83D Laira - £6,200. NAMEPLATE: "TAGALIE'. This impressive 56 inch cast brass nameplate, attractively presented on a wooden splasher, was carried by the LNER AI elms 4-6-2 Pacific loco 2563, originally named "WILLLIAM WHITELAW" built at the North British Locomotive Company's Hyde Park Works, entering service in July 1924. It was renamed "TAGALIE' in July 1941 (when the original name was transferred to an A4) - £8,400. LOCOMOTIVE NAMEPLATE: 'WESTERN MARKSMAN- AND NUMBER PLATE D1032, as carried by BR diesel hydraulic "Western7 class 52, built at Crewe Works in December 1963 and delivered new to 81A Old Oak Common - £7,300. LONDON & NORTH WESTERN RAILWAY LOCOMOTIVE NAMEPLATE: "AJAX' with the build date "L&NWR Co Crewe-Works Oct.. 1904" inscribed at each end of the plate. From the George Whale designed "Precursor' Class 4-4-0 loco built at Crewe in October 1904 and named after a hero of the Trojan War - £8,000. LOCOMOTIVE NAME PLATE "SASSABY" as carried by B 1 class 4-" 1022, BR 61022. It was built at Darlington works and named after a South African antelope - £7, 100. LOCO NAMEPLATE: "UNION CASTLE MERCHANT NAVY CLASS". This was the second member of the OVS Bulleid designed class and was built at Eastleigh in June 1941 with air smoothed casing and was originally numbered 21C2 becoming 35002 in BR days - £27,000.

Paul Slater

I set off on the second Wednesday in February with the intention of filming trains on the Midland main line and photographing new liveries, and I also hoped to have a ride on a Meridian. When I alighted from a crowded railcar at Sheffield, there was snow on the platform ends. 220015, formerly named "Solway Voyager", was on a service to Newcastle, and was conveniently placed for me to get my first photo of the day, showing the brown, red and silver of Cross Country Trains. Five-car Meridian 222014 in the red; white, blue and orange of East Midlands Trains arrived from St. Pancras, and soon I had eaten my lunch in one of the station buffets, taken some more photos, and fed coins into one of the ticket machines in the concourse to obtain a return to Chesterfield. 66601 "The Hope Valley" passed through the station with a coal train. I sat in the rear carriage of 222014 for the short run to Chesterfield. The smart modem train, only moderately filled, hummed up the long incline through the southern suburbs of Sheffield. I was pleased that I had managed to get a ride on a Meridian, and I enjoyed views of wintry scenes around Dore station, with a good deal of snow lying. A girl wheeled a refreshment trolley through the carriage; I would have been grateful for it if I had been staying on the train for a long journey, but it was only a few more miles to Chesterfield. A vista of snow-covered hills stretched away
beyond the towns and villages on either side of the train. As the Meridian slowed for the Chesterfield stop, it was overtaken by 57006, formerly named "Freightliner Reliance", on the parallel goods lines. Chesterfield station proved to be a good place for filming and photographing, with the famous twisted spire easy to include in views of the trains. Five-car Meridian 222016 was on a St. Pancras - Sheffield service, 158s were on workings to Leeds and Norwich, and 220030 - formerly named "Devon Voyage?' - was on a Cross Country service to Penzance. The day was cold and raw, and soon I was glad to leave the platforms and have the second instalment of my lunch in the station cafe. Just outside the entrance was a new subject for photographs, a statue of George Stephenson holding a model of "Locomotion no. 1 ". A Voyager speeding through the station northbound took me by surprise, but I filmed another one which came through southbound without stopping. 222016 followed, returning south on a Sheffield - St. Pancras service. On the goods lines, 66506 "Crewe Regeneration' passed with a long train of wagons. I returned to Sheffield on the next service from St. Pancras. This was another Meridian, seven-car set no. 222002. I sat in the rear carriage, which was quite well filled. On the climb away from Chesterfield I again enjoyed the views of the snowy landscape; this was not my first ride on a Meridian, as that had been from Sheffield to Barnsley and back in January 2005, but this was definitely the most scenic so far. Soon the train was on the descent into Sheffield and I was preparing to alight. There was time for a hot drink in -the buffet. I filmed 222002 departing once again for St. Pancras, then made my way over the footbridge for the next departure for all stations to Lincoln. I had succeeded in my aims for the day, and had very much enjoyed my little winter excursion.

Tosca's Travels (Beer and Bashing Abroad)
Part 10

It had been a while since my trip to Portugal so when I found out that Neil Taylor and Mutley were going over for a trip I agreed to join them; however as I couldn't get the Friday off work I had to meet them there.

Saturday 20th March 1993
Doncaster - Kings Cross
Had a pint of Highgate Dark in a GBG listed pub, The Mitre, Islington. Then I caught the tube to Heathrow. The Tap & Spile at Heathrow was also Beer Guide listed at the time, so I had a pint of Titanic Lifeboat whilst waiting to check in.
British Airways G-DOCU Heathrow - Lisbon
I then caught a bus to Lisboa Santa Apolonia station where I met Neil and Mutley in time to do the following move.
CP 2567 Lisboa SA - Entroncamento
CP 1556 Entroncamento - Abarantes
CP 1569 Abarantes - Santa Margarida
CP DMU 020115 Santa Margarida - Entroncamento
We checked into a small pension (like a guest house but usually room only). This had a café attached so we ate there and sampled some Portuguese Super Bock lager.

Sunday 21st March 1993
The plan was to cover various diesel turns, including some 1400 diagrams. The 1400s are derived from the English Electric class 20s; indeed the first 10 were built here. Then we were to end up on the overnight to Faro. It didn't end up like that though.
CP 1551 Entroncamento - Abarantes
CP 1432 Abarantes - Torre das Vargens
CP 1448 Torre das Vargens - Abarantes
CP 1552 Abarantes - Entroncamento
CP 2564 Entroncamento - Santarem
CP 2558 Santarem. - Pampilhosa
CP 1971 Pampilhosa - Mangualde
CP 1968 Mangualde - Pampilhosa
CP 1442 & CP 1445 Pampilhosa - Santa Comba Dao
CP 1554 Santa Comba Dao - Pampilhosa
A successful day so far then turned bad. It was 1pm and we were waiting for the overnight (Blue train) to Faro. By 11.30 we suspected more then just late running. As none of us knew any Portuguese we couldn't understand the little poster in one of the station windows. Fortunately the Red cap (station supervisor) saw us through a window and came out to speak to us. Although he didn't know much English one word he did know was "strike". Now Pampilhosa isn't much of a place, just really a railway junction, with a few houses. So we were stuck, no h-din and no digs for the night. We decided a taxi to the nearest big town, Coimbra, might be the answer. The taxi driver spoke no English so 1 had to talk to his daughter on his radio. She then translated what we wanted. Eventually he drove us to Coimbra, and to a hotel that was open and had rooms available.

Monday 22nd March 1993
The strike was a planned 24-hour one and so we knew we were in a position of weakness. We went to the Coach station and got on a coach for Porto. Although this took a while, and was hot, the scenery was very nice. On arrival at Porto we checked into the Peninsular Hotel, which is popular amongst railway bashers. We called in at Porto Sao Bento station and found a list of trains that were running. So the day wasn't a total loss. CP DMU 030608 Porto Sao Bento - Porto Campanha CP DMU 030615 Porto Campanha - Porto Sao Bento CP 1409 Porto Sao Bento - Ermisinde CP DMU 0004 10 Ermisinde - Porto Campanha CP 1466 Porto Sao Bento - Contumil CP EMU 002129 Conturnil - Porto Campanha CP 1416 Porto Campanha - Ermisinde CP EMU 000413 Ermisinde - Porto Sao Bento We then found a very nice restaurant and had a lovely meal and a bottle of red wine. Part of the place had been taken over by a party of some sort. At the end of our meal we were given a slab of cake each courtesy of the party group

Tuesday 23rd March 1993
The strike was over so we got up early to get 2 of the narrow gauge locos on the Tua - Mirandella line.
CP 1422 Porto Sao Bento - Tua
CP 9030 Tua - Santa Luzia CP 9029 Santa Luzia - Tua
CP DMU 030615 Tua - Covelinhas
CP 1441 Covelinhas - Tua
CP DMU 030609 Tua - Livracao
CP 1409 Livracao - Mosteiro
CP 1405 Mosteiro - Recarei-Sobeira
CP 1418 Recarei-Sobeira - Cete
CP 1406 Cete - Penafiel
CP 1425 Penafiel - Caide 
CP 1414 Caide - Vila Mea
CP 1425 Vila Mea - Porto Sao Bento
A late finish so no beer tonight.

Wednesday 24th March 1993
CP DMU 030618 Porto Sao Bento - Ermisinde
CP 1421 Ermisinde - Porto Campanha
CP 1409 & CP 1404 Porto Campanha - Porto Sao Bento
CP DMU 030609 Porto Sao Bento - Porto Campanha
CP DMU 030617 Porto Campanha - Contumil
CP 1407 Contumil - Porto Campanha
CP 2607 Porto Campanha - Entroncamento
CP 1462 Entroncamento - Abarantes
CP 1561 Abarantes - Sarnadas
CP 1562 Sarnadas - Entroncamento
CP 1564 Entroncamento'- Tramagal
CP 1568 Tramagal - Entroncamento
CP 2602 Entroncamento - Lisboa Santa Apolonia
We then caught the ferry over to Barreiro for the overnight.
CP 1806 Barreiro - Olhao via Casa Branca

Thursday 25th March 1993
CP 1216 Olhao - Faro
CP 1901 Faro - Albufeira
CP 1210 Albufeira - Loule
CP 1804 Loule - Avalade
CP 1810 Avalade - Tunes
CP 1211 Tunes - Lagos
CP 1219 Lagos - Tunes
CP 1807 Tunes - Barriero
CP 1507 Barreiro - Livradio
CP 1509 Uvradio - Barreiro
CP 1434 Barreiro - Moita
CP 1508 Moita - Barreiro
After catching the ferry across to Lisboa I had to bid goodbye to Neil and Mutley as they were catching the overnight to Spain. I found a pension for the night and then had a couple of beers in a nearby bar.

Friday 26th March 1993
Took the ferry over to Barreiro to see what was on the locals.
CP 1802 Barreiro - Pinal Novo
CP 1801 Pinal. Novo - Barreiro
CP 1437 Barreiro - Setubal
CP 1808 Setubal - Barreiro.
Took the ferry back to Lisboa and decided to cover the unique Cascais line for the track. This line was isolated  from the rest of the network and was electrified at a different voltage.
CP EMU C114 Lisboa Cais Do Sodre - Cascais
CP EMU C221 Cascais - Lisboa Cais Do Sodre
Then walked to Santa Apolonia (A lot further than I thought).
CP 2602 Lisboa Santa Apolonia - Entroncamento
CP 1440 Entroncamento, 1/2mile short of Barquinha
The first stop for the above train was Barquinha. The tram stopped and a load of the locals proceeded to get of so as I  was bailing at the first stop for the train back I got off also.
It turned out to be a signal stop and the train had pulled away before I realised my mistake. Still at the time the railways in Portugal were like a public footpath, so I walked to Barquinha
CP 1432 Barquinha - Entroncamento
CP 1563 Entroncamento - Tramagal
CP 1556 Tramagal - Santa Margarida
CP 1452 Santa Margarida - Abarantes
CP 1552 Abarantes - Entroncamento
Stayed in the same pension as last Saturday.

Saturday 27th March 1993 

CP EMU 002117,Entroneamento - Santarem
CP 2627 Santarem - Entroncamento
CP 2561 Entroncamento, - Lisboa Santa Apolonia
Caught the bus to the airport,
British Airways G-11WK Lisbon - Heathrow
Tube to Kings Cross 66017 on oil trains
91011 Kings Cross - Doncaster.

56 New locos for Haulage (57 including 91027), plenty of new track and a first foreign trip with Neil which has become a regular thing over the years. Pity about the strike but so far (touch wood) that is the only strike I have ran into in all the time I have been going abroad bashing.
Amazing considering how much time I've spent in France.

Pennine Observer Notes 
66207 on coal trains
66047 on oil train
Eastern Region
Recent sightings on the Gainsborough - Barnetby line have been:
Jun 3 66154 light engine
Jun 4 66621 light engine
Jun 6 66148 on coal train
Jun 8 66154, 66197 and 66729 on coal trains
Jun 9 66076, 66103 and 66197 on coal trains
Jun 10 66076, 66077, 66103 and 66511 on coal trains
Jun 12 66006 and 66120 on coal trains
Jun 15 66103, 66120 and 66148 on coal trains
Jun 17 66103 and 66221 on coal trains, 66176 light engine
Jun 22 66025, 66030 and 66034 on coal trains, 66167 on goods train
Jun 23 66009 on oil train, 66025, 66095 and 66148 on coal trains, 66115 and 66146 on goods trains, 66136 on p.w. train
Jun 24 66004 on p.w. train, 66018, 66176 and 66186 on coal trains, 66156 on steel train, 66164 on oil train
Jun 25 60019 on oil train, 66080, 66197 and 66599 on coal trains, 66083+66105 on p.w. train
Jun 26 60019 and 66146 on oil trains, 66018, 66020, 66095, 66171 and 66221 on coal train, 66085 on goods train, 66187 light engine
Jun 27 66018, 66020, 66563 and 66717 on coal trains,
Jun 28 66020, 66143 and 66204 on coal trains
Jun 29 66009, 66018, 66080, 66207 and 66502 on coal trains, 66153 on p.w. train
Jun 30 66005 and 66090 on oil trains, 66009,66018, 66080,66176,66197 and 66207 on coal trains
Jul 1 66015, 66050 and 66093 on coal trains, 66017 on oil train, 66077 on steel train, 66047 and 66094 on goods trains, 66168 on pw train
Jul 2 60085 and 66047 on oil trains, 66015,66080,66092,66093,66136,66197 and 66505 on coal trains, 66066 on pw. train, 66186 on van   train
Jul 3 60096 on van train, 66006, 66015, 66080, 66092, 66197 and 66027 on coal trains, 66047 on oil train
Jul 4 60010 on oil train, 66006, 66108 and 66204 on coal trains, 66047 on ballast train
Jul 5 66047 on ballast train, 66050, 66080, 66108 and 66143 on coal trains
Jul 6 66065 on oil train, 66074 on goods train, 66080, 66108, 66136, 66143, 66204 and 66717 on coal trains
Ju17 66047 on p.w. train,  66087, 66157 and 66199 on coal trains, 66106 and 66171 on goods trains, 66146 on oil train
Jul 8 66015, 66067 and 66162 on coal trains
Jul 9 66056 on p.w. train  66081 and 66200 on van trains
Jul 10 60096, 66106 and 66141 on oil trains, 66050, 66097, 66159 and 66717 on coal trains, 66056 on p.w. train, 66090 on steel train
trains 66173 on goods train
Jul 11 66080, 66097 and 66707 on coal trains
Jul 12 66043 on goods train
Jul 13 60019 and 66090 on oil trains
Jul14 66009,66080,66117,66133,66159,66180, 66207 and 66554 on coal train, 66078 on goods train, 66090 and 66113 on oil trains, 66096 on p.w. train
Jul 15 66086 and 66141 on goods train, 66147, 66182 and 66207 on coal trains
Jul16 66009,66053,66133,66166,66174,66182 and 66585 on coal trains, 66078 on goods train, 66090 on oil train,  66200 on van train
Jul.17 66002 on p.w. train, 66009, 66020, 66097, 66133 and 66178 on coal trains, 66078 on oil train, 66154 on goods train
Ju120 60096 on steel train, 66018, 66080, 66133, 66163 and 66707 on coal trains, 66047 on p.w train, 66146 and 66154 on oil trains
Jul 21 66018,66097,66119,66133,66163,66199, 66207 and 66707 on coal trains, 66090 on oil train, 66181 and 66193+66013 on goods trains
Jul 23 66095, 66108, 66133, 66182 and 66707 on coal trains
Jul24 60019, 66141 and 66186 on oil trains, 66018,66080,66097,66108,66166,66178, 66207 and 66707 on coal trains, 66098+66053 on p.w. train, 66174 with 2 tanksJul 28 66015 on van train, 66018, 66085, 66088, 66163, 66170 and 66624 on coal trains, 66624 on coal trains, 66107+66046 on goods train
Jul 26 60096 on ballast train
Jul 27 66015 on goods train, 66018, 66163, 66178 and 66562 on coal trains 66137 and 66174 on oil trains
Jul 28 66015 on van train, 66085, 66088, 66463, 66170 and 66624 on coal trains, 66107+66046 on goods train
Jul 29 66034 on oil train, 66133, 66159, 66162 and 66717 on coal trains, 66173 on goods train
Jul 30 66008, 66018, 66133 and 66178 on coal, 66126 on oil train, 66189 on goods train

Recent sightings at Doncaster have been:
Jun 11 66025 on coal train, 66075, 66714 and 66731 in yards
Jun 25 66117 on mineral train, 66221 on coal train, 66053, 66085, 66119, 66148, 66501 and 66547 in yards
Jul 22 66232 on steel train, 66703 and 66707 on coal trains, 66131 with 4 tank wagons, 57006 and 66585 light engines, 08428, 66184 and 66506 in yards, 47810, 47813, 47828 and 67021 stabled near station
Aug 6 67001 Thunderbird, 66520,66617,66549,66085,66710,66550, 66003,66555,66037,66618,66621,66008, 66528, 66020, 66562, 66715 and 66080 on coal trains,
 66955, 66594 and 66593 on Freight liners, 66169, 66705, 66126, 66135 and 66106 inter modal, 66610 engineers, 66719 and 66155 Gypsum
66598 and 66515 binliners, 66844 scrap Stockton to Sheerness, 66189 oil tanks, 66025 limestone, 66147 steel, 66087 sand
Aug 13 67023 Thunderbird,  66520,66607,66079,66513,66625,66581, 66105,66599,66526,66057,66151,66525 and 66555 all on coal
 66305 route learning, 66117 engineers, 66731 and 66023 inter modal, 66504, 66573 and 66955 freightliners, 66506 and 66515 binliners,66842 Tiphook flats,66054, 66152, 66166 and 66556 on coal 66174 light engine,trains 66169 sand,66135 and 66154 enterprise
 66617 limestone

Other recent sightings have been:
Jun 11 66572 and 66593 on container trains and 31459 stabled at Retford
Jun 13 66006, 66103, 66129 and 66562 on coal trains and 66185 on oil train at Wrawby Junction
June 18 60085 on oil train and 66139 on goods train at Nottingham 66067 and 66731 on goods trains at East Midlands Parkway
Jun 19 66714 and 66717 on route learning at Hull Docks
Jun 20 67001,66725,66040,66117,66721,66714 and 66701 at Peterborough
Jun 25 66536 on container train at Retford
Jun 27 66061 and 66087 on steel trains, 66186 on oil train and 66951 in sidings at Barnetby
Jul 4 66564 on coal train at Melton Ross
Jul 8 66136 and 66623 on goods trains at East Midlands Parkway
Jul 10 66732 at Ferriby en route to Hull Docks
Jul 17 66070 on 30 loaded tanks at Lincoln
Jul 18 60040, 66070 and 66625 on oil trains, 60096+66181+66047 with 3 tank wagons and 66019 light engine at Lincoln
Jul 19 66170 on empty tanks at Newark
Jul 22 37516 stabled and 66047 light engine at York
Jul 2560019 with 2 tenders at South Muskham.
Western Region
Locos present at the Long Marston Open Day on 6 June were:  08345, 08517, 08668, 08728, 08736, 08813, 08827, 08869,08928,20016,20032,20057,20072,20081,20088, 20138,20197,20215,20901,20902,20903,20905,31301, 31423,31437,31439,37029,37412,37672,37696,37898, 47295,47580,47746,47829,50026,50135,56021,57307, 66730,73006,73138,86212,86215,86217,86218,86223, 86226,86228,86229,86230,86231,86232,86233,86234, 86235,86242,86245,86246,86247,86251,86258,86260, 86401,87004,87009,87011,87013,87017,87018,87021, 87023, 87025, 87027, 87030, 87031, 87032 and H049-13 (ex-Dutch Class 08 type shunter). 86205 and 87014 were also on site but not on display.
Locos noted at Didcot on 26 June were 37401, 40145, 59203,66009,66089,66090,66110,66116,66126,66138, 66145,66167,66184,66201,66206,66237,66501,66517, 66535, 66543, 66561, 66590, 66591 and 66594.

Midland Region

Locos noted at Stafford on 24 June were 37706, 47245, 47786,57304,57307,57312,66104,67029,66605,66418, 66422,66425,66430,66504,66505,66529,66537,66538, 66540,66543,66570,66574,66580,66590,86609,86628, 90044, 90046, 90047, 92001, 92012, 92030 and 92042.
Also seen were Class 350 EMU's 350101/103/106/110/111/117/1191121/129 and 3502331238/241243/247/249/252/254/258.
On the 24 and 30 June and 2 July, 90029 was noted working the Euston - Birmingham NS loco hauled diagram. Locos seen in the Washwood Heath area have been: Jun 24 66539, 66547, 66568 and 66165 Jun 27 66530, 66568, 66589, 66503, 66055 and 66542 Jun 30 66572, 66575 and 66593 Locos noted in the Wembley / Willesden area on 30 June were 66567, 90046, 66501, 92026, 92042, 92030, 9002 1, 66572 and 90049. Locos seen at Derby on 30 June were 66841, 66518 and 66589.

Railtours and Charter Trains
Locos seen on railtours and charters have been:
May 4 (Hull to Carlisle) 47804 and 47851
Jun 6 (Long Marston Open Day) 66060 (Class 90 to Nuneaton)
Jun 2 (The Jorvik Fellsman) 37670 and 37401
Jun 24 (Kings Cross to Durham) 90019
Jun 27 (The Cathedrals Express) 34067 Tangmere
Jul 18 (Lincolnshire Poacher) 4936 Kinlet Hall
Jul 19 (South Yorks and Mid Notts Railtour) 66090,47843 and 47812
Jul 25 (Bridlington Seaside Special) 92017 and66001
Aug 1 (The Cumbrian Crusader) 66430, 37607, 37604, 37087 and 37676
Aug 1 (Cumbrian Mountain Express) 46201
Aug 12 (Scarborough Spa Express) 45231

Preserved Railways
Locos working at the Midland Railway Diesel Gala on 25 April were 45133, 20227, D182, D2138, 08331, 08590, 20189, 31108, 47401 and No. 9 (Dutch 08). Locos used at the North Yorkshire Moors Spring Steam Gala were 75029, 60163, 45407 and 60007. Locos working at the Nene Valley Railway Charity Day on 20 June were 66723, 73207 and 73050 (steam). Locos seen at the Cholsey & Wallingford Railway on 27 June were D3030 Lion, D3074 Unicorn, D3190 George Mason, Planet 3271 Carpenter and Alco No. 803. Locos noted at the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Diesel Gala on 27 June were D5581, 37116 (working), 459515 IRIS (working), 37219 (failed), D8568, steam 9682 and unit W55023. Locos used at the Gloucester and Warwickshire Railway Gala on 10 July were D8737, 20154, 11230, 08927, D2182, 08887, 33109, 47376 and D2860 giving cab rides at Toddington. Locos working at the Barrow Hill Diesel Gala on Saturday 7 August were Stanton No 50, 47818, 07001, 55019, 66425, 56098, D 1023, D 10 15, 66433, 56101, 55022, 56006 and 66841. On the Sunday, 66842 replaced 56098 which had failed.

Trip to Switzerland
Steve Payne

30/5 Javelin unit 395007 Rochester P&O ferries "Pride Of Calais" Dover to Calais
31/5 Strasbourg 46 1001
1/6 Davos Platz 116,620,626,644,650 Rhatische Bahn Davos Dorf 242 Klosters 243,617,620,624,650
2/6 Bregenz, Austria 420-380-7, 421-371-6 SBB cargo locos, 4024-028-5 OBB unit German ferry on Lake Constance to Lindau
Germany Lindau. station 114-501-0, 217-001-7, 218-491-9 DB locos, 223-064/070 Arriva DB units 612-575/594,628-399,928-350, OBB units 4024-023-6, 4024-025-1
3/6 Andermatt for trip on Swiss Glacier Express. Andermatt station, 22, 23, 52, 53, 55, 61, 91, 93, 96, 4971 Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn Haulage with No 104 rack loco to Disentis, No652 to Chur, No647 to Filisur.
Disentis 102, 105, 619
Hanz 87, 603
Reichenau 119
Thusis 88,117,607,610
Filisur 644,648
Chur 460-444-1, 1123 9, 11501/75, 16427 SBB locos 251,232, 603, 608,619, 630, 646,652 Rhatische Bahn locos.
A very interesting dual gauge station. Also seen 11222,619.
4/6 Lugano, Italian high speed trains ET500 set  11, ETR470 sets l/8 Swiss locos, 11261, 11678
5/6 St Moritz, Bernina Express locos, 41, 42, 51, 53, Rhatische Bahn locos 112, 612, 617, 630/1, 644, 646/7.
Also seen 89, 90, 607, 624, 627, 641 (in CooP Livery), 706
6/6 Strasbourg 461007. A very busy yard with a lot more locos.
7/6 Back home, Calais-Dover, P&O "Pride Of Kent"
Also seen, a Zepppelin over Lake Constance, I thought we were back in the 1930's.

Barrow Hill
Andy Barclay

The following were noted on the Pennine Trip to Barrow Hill on Monday 22nd June 2009
Steam locos
60532 "BLUE PETER', 506 "BUTLER HENDERSON, 45110,61264,41708,8217.

Diesel and Electric Locos
D4092, D2302, 33035, 37057, 56101, 56006, 33 108, D8132,20904,73117,97903,26007,37409,47488, D9019, 47744, 45105, 47791,37515, D9015, 37683, D9009,97304,20096,97302,08695,37275,20092,20121, 45112, D213,45060,20105, 85101, 83012, 82008, 84001, 89001.

Industrial Locos
Industrial Shunter 2491 named Henry. NCB N09 CLIPSTONE.

Mark 1 34699,80257,95199.
Mark 2 5810,5910,6001,3366,3374,5810,5995, 9506,1254,5971,6122,6173,5941,5125,9388.
LMS 45049.

Pennine Quiz No. 137

Railway Tunnels

Give the length, in yards, of the following tunnels.

1. Abbotscliffe
2. Asfordby
3. Birkett
4. Charing Cross 

5. Dore
6. Eaves
7. Esholt
8. Fairlie
9. Gillingham
10. Hamstead
11. Inverkeithing
12. Kemble
13. Lea Wood
14. Marley
15. Nuttall.
16. Old Trafford
17. Overbury Street
18. Parson's
19. Pinmore
20. Rise Hill
21. Saltwood
22. Thurstonland
23. Upholland
24. Wellhouse
25. Westminster Road
26. Blackboy
27. Coryton
28. Fersit
29. Gasworks
30. Hunsbury Hill

Pennine Quiz No. 136

The Answers
1 Kings Cross, Peterborough, Bradford and Leeds
2 8
3 Brick Red
4 Wall papered to promote a wallpaper paste
5 No. 2508 Brown Jack
6 56
7 D 1035 Western Yeoman
8Newton, 1 Mile 35 yds
9 D131
10 Jim Stringer, North Eastern Railway
11 London Kings Cross & Fort William-Inverness, Nairn
12 £1,424,220
13 Highfliers
14 11/0511987
15 Pickle Bridge
16 Johnson 4-4-0, 1757 Beatrice and Johnson 4-2-2, 2601 Princess of Wales
17 660ft
18 Accrington to Stubbins
19 Temple Mills (Eurostar)
20 Black Five 44806
21 56302 Wilson Walshe
22 West Burton
23 Exeter
24 Class 92
25 51562

Pennine Quiz No. 136

The Winners

1st Ken King
2nd John Dewing

Congratulations to all the winners. I only received these 2 entries, but I know some people are experiencing problems with postal strikes so I must apologise if you have sent in an entry and I have not received it.

Pennine Meetings 2009

Meetings are held at The Salutation Inn, South Parade, Doncaster starting at 20.00 on 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month.

Wednesday 16th September 2009
Robin Patrick
'Recent Photography'

Wednesday 7th October 2009
Les Nixon

Wednesday 21st October 2009
Glen Williamson

Wednesday 4th November 2009

Wednesday 18th November 2009
Paul Burgess

Wednesday 2nd December 2009

Wednesday 16th December 2009


I would like to thank the following for their generous contributions to this issue: Andy Barclay, Gerry Collins, John Dewing, Ken King, Steve Payne, John Reader, John Sanderson, Ian Shenton, Robin Skinner, Paul Slater, Tosca, and all the members who have sent TORNADO photos (I have still got some left for another time).

Next Issue

The Winter 2009 Issue of Trans Pennine is due for publication on 16th December would contributors please let the coordinator have their information by Wednesday 18th November - THANK YOU. Remember you can email your contributions to

Legend Called Mallard

The 'blue streak' whose world speed record for steam locomotives remains unbroken
David Cullen

Seventy years ago this summer (2008), an event took place for which the phrase 'best of British' might have been specifically coined. The supreme example of a then ultra-modem railway locomotive was fully unleashed on the East Coast main line, just a few miles from Market Deeping. This resulted in setting a world speed record for steam. The locomotive was the London & North Eastern Railway's world- famous Mallard; a masterpiece in steel and steam. Her story begins in 1933. The LNER's chief mechanical engineer, Herbert Nigel Gresley (later Sir Nigel) visited Germany, where he was greatly impressed by a streamlined two-unit diesel railcar, The Flying Hamburger. Its graceful outline was not only eye- catching, but it made very high speeds possible by cutting air resistance. Consideration was duly given to its purchase for the LNER London - Newcastle service, but research showed that the German performance could not be matched on the more demanding LNER route, and the cost of improved diesel power would be prohibitive. Gresley accordingly looked into producing his own affordable steam-powered train. Operational trials began in 1935, with a six-carriage train hauled by locomotive 2750 Papyrus. Exceptional performances were achieved, including a new speed record of 108mph. On the strength of this, Gresley won approval to develop his streamlined super engine. Plans were drawn for a train of locomotive and matching carriages named "Silver Jubilee", in honour of His Majesty King George V's celebration, and work began at the LNER Doncaster locomotive plant. The result was the magnificent A4 class. Initially, four engines were constructed: 2509 Silver Link; 25 10 Quicksilver; 2511 Silver King; and 2512 Silver Fox. These new locomotives were of the highly successful Pacific type, (having the 4-6-2 wheel arrangement) with four small bogies at the front, six coupled driving wheels, and two small bogies at the back. They had three cylinders, with the middle unit's valves operating through special rods by the motions of the two outside cylinders; a Gresley trademark. Their appearance was quite revolutionary. Rather than presenting the familiar, rounded locomotive face, the front sloped gracefully. The boiler was fully clad in air-smoothed casing and metal valances covered much of the wheels and motion gear. These innovations lessened air resistance, significantly reducing the horsepower, required. for- a given-speed (for 9Omph, the figure was 190.4 compared with 328.49 for non-streamlined predecessors). Coal and water consumption rates were reduced accordingly. In addition, the sloping front created a powerful upward draught at speed, lifting smoke clear of the crew's vision. The streamlining wasn't limited to the exterior. Internal steam passages were larger than on previous locomotives and as unrestricted as possible, providing an incredibly free flow of both live and exhaust steam; crucial to high speed operation. Water heating ability was boosted by a special combustion chamber in the firebox, generating a high working steam pressure of 2501bs per square inch. As a finishing touch, they were fitted with Gresley's unmistakable sounding chime whistle, giving a unique voice to a quite unique locomotive. The A4s performed so superbly in service that 35 were built between 1935 and 1938, for use on two further named trains "Coronation" and "West Riding Limited and for general passenger workings. Engines of the latter type were named after birds; including Mallard. Initially, three liveries were used: original silver; garter blue for Coronation engines; and green for those on general services. In 1938, blue was adopted for all. Mallard, built that year, sported this from new. The London, Midland and Scottish Railway had also ventured into streamlining with the Duchess class 4-62s. The first of these - "Coronation'- attained the British speed record for steam of 114mph in 1937, beating the LNER best by 1!,~mph. Intense rivalry existed between these two companies and Gresley was desperate to re-claim this coveted achievement. To this end, on Sunday, July 3rd 1938, a 240-ton train of six streamliner carriages, plus a dynamometer car carrying measuring instruments, took part in a clandestine operation - officially a brake testing exercise. At its head was locomotive No. 4468 Mallard, specially chosen for the task. Built just five months previously, she was still brand new, yet fully run- in, and fitted with a double blast-pipe and chimney to improve firebox combustion and discharge of exhaust. The crewmen were also specially chosen: driver, Joe Duddington - a man renowned for his skill and fearless ability to push a locomotive to its limits; and fireman Tommy Bray. They were accompanied on the footplate by Gresley himself. The run began near Barkston, north of Grantham, with the dynamometer car's instruments recording all relevant data. The train passed Grantham station at 24mph, reaching just less than 60mph after another two and a quarter miles. There was a slight gradient, which rose by one foot for every two hundred travelled. One and a half miles on, speed had risen to 69mph; then to 745~mph passing Stoke box, the summit of the climb. The track beyond sloped gently downward. With her regulator fully open, Mallard stormed onward. Speed was increasing steadily, recorded at one-mile intervals as 87Y2niph, 96Y2, 104, 107, 11 1V2, 116, and 11 9mph at milepost 93. Fireman Bray was now shovelling flat-out to satisfy the locomotive's voracious demand for steam and individual exhaust blasts were indistinguishable, emerging as one continual, thunderous roar.

The Peppercorn Pioneer at Doncaster on 1 February 2009 (DP)

The Yorkshire Pullman at Doncaster on 18 April 2009 (DP)

From here, 120V2,122Y2, 123, 124/2, and then 125mph were recorded at half-mile intervals. The LNER had not only re-taken the British speed record, but had broken the world record of 124mph, set in Germany in 1936. Then, for a fleeting moment between Little Bytham and Essendine, the h-din accelerated to a fraction over 126ruph. In a heartbeat, Mallard became more than world-famous; she was elevated to the realm of legend. Rail speed claims were often disputed back then, but the dynamometer readings were undeniable proof. This one would stand, seemingly forever. Not altogether surprisingly, some damage was sustained in the process. The big end bearing of the middle connecting rod overheated, although this was a small price to pay for the glory in which locomotive No.4468, the LNER - and indeed the entire nation - now bathed. With repairs duly carried out at Doncaster, Mallard continued in highly distinguished service, receiving green livery in her British Railways days, along with the number 60022 and a special corridor tender to allow on-the-move crew changes on long-distance journeys. Wholly befitting her status, when withdrawn in 1963, she was earmarked for preservation, spending many years in the Museum of British Transport in Clapham, London, and the National Railway Museum in York. By popular demand she was restored to full working condition in 1985, and on July 3 1988, resplendent in original garter blue and again bearing the number 4468, made a fifty-year commemorative run. Today, Mallard takes pride of place in York's superb NRM. On July 3 I shall be raising a glass to celebrate that still unbeaten record of seventy years ago. I'm sure I won't be alone.

This article is reproduced from the July 2008 issue of Best of British, a monthly magazine available from newsagents and on subscription. Please visit or call 01778 342814 for further information.


   60163 at Darlington on 1 August 2008 (GG)                                                60163 at Grosmont on 9 May 2009 (JD)

  The Coronation at Doncaster on 15 May 2009 (GG)                                  60163 at Barrow Hill on 5 April 2009 (DW)

  The Tyne Tornado at Newcastle on 12 March 2009 (AJW)                         60163 at Sheffield on 24 March 2009 (JD)

  The Peppercorn Pioneer at Doncaster on 1 February 2009 (DP)                The Yorkshire Pullman at Doncaster on 18 April 2009 (DP)

  The Coronation at Doncaster on 16 May 2009 (DP)                                    60163 at Barrow Hill on 5 April 2009 (DW)