The Magazine of the Pennine Railway Society


No.161 - Autumn 2012

Committee Briefs

Barrow Hill – 13 June 2012
A successful visit took place to Barrow Hill on 13 June, attended by 17 members.  We had access to most areas; including the DPS shed and the signalbox (see Pennine Observer Notes for list of locos seen).
Our thanks to all those who enabled the visit to take place.  We were able to make a substantial donation to the Barrow Hill Engine Shed Fund.

Scottish Booze Ban
Our Scottish correspondent, Jock Collins, tells us of the alcohol ban on ScotRail trains, introduced from 20 July from 9pm to 10am.  Cross-border sleeper trains are excluded (but not the morning commuter trains!).

Plug Doors Save Mk3s
Ex-BR Mk3 coaches now fitted with sliding plug doors have entered service on the Chiltern Marylebone – Birmingham Moor Street line.

Tram Train Trials in South Yorkshire
A trial scheme will see tram trains running between Sheffield city centre, Rotherham Central station and Parkgate Retail Park by 2015.  Seven tram trains, suitable for both light and heavy rail will be built, to run at 20 minute headways.
There will be a connection between the existing tramway and heavy rail near Meadowhall and the line onwards to Rotherham will be electrified.

Thameslink Fleet Decision Delayed
Financial issues lay behind the delay in the signing of the contract for a new Thameslink fleet.  Siemens has been named as preferred bidder, a potential death blow to jobs at Bombardier, Derby.

Merseyside Fleet
Merseytravel is starting a tendering process to replace its EMUs by 2017.  The present 507 and 508s, built in the late 1970s, have only six years of economical life left.

Euro Containers Reach London
The first 4-metre high freight containers have arrived in Barking from Antwerp via the Channel Tunnel and HS1.
At the moment Barking is the limit of the ‘P400’ containers which are too large for the structure gauge of the domestic network.

Driverless Trains on the Tube
It is expected that the Jubilee Line will be the first Tube line in London to be converted to driverless train operation.

InterCity Express Confirmed
A new fleet of Intercity express trains is to be built, constructed in Newton Aycliffe by the Agility Trains consortium.  92 trains will be built, with Hitachi building maintenance depots in Bristol, Swansea, west London and Doncaster.  The fleet will be a combination of electric and bi-mode trains, some of 5 vehicles, others 9 vehicles.  The first trains will enter service on Great Western in 2017, followed by East Coast in 2018.

Adelantes Return to FGW
Five x 5-car Adelantes are replacing diesel Turbos on its North Cotswold line to Worcester and Great Malvern.

Rebuild for Class 317s?
Angel Trains has a contract which may see Class 317 Emus re-built to cascade to future electrified lines.  If an initial re-fit is successful, the whole fleet could be converted by 2017.

125mph Test on Midland Main Line
Network Rail and East Midlands Trains secured permission to run a train at 125mph on test as part of plans to raise line speed and cut journey times from spring 2014 to less than two hours between Sheffield and London.
The test researched driver views of line and signals at high speed and the “coffee cup test” inside the coaches.

Sleepers Saved
Caledonian Sleepers are to be let separately to a new ScotRail franchise expected to last for up to 15 years.  The Cornish sleeper from Paddington will also be included in the next Great Western franchise.

110mph Desiro Tests
London Midland Desiros are being up rated and tested to run at 110mph on the WCML ready for the December timetable changes.

Edinburgh Trams Back on Track – Again
The Edinburgh tram scheme is to go ahead costing £776m for the surviving line connecting Edinburgh Airport with Edinburgh Park, Haymarket and the city centre.  Already 15 trams have arrived at the new Gogar depot with a further 12 to be delivered – far too many for the shortened network, expected to open in summer 2014.

Cornish Concerns
Specification for the next Greater Western franchise, starting 1 April 2013 is said to include a base service of 6 through trains from Cornwall to London, compared to the current 9 daily trains.

Massive Rail Modernisation
The Government has announced a £9.4bn scheme to modernise the network, “the biggest modernisation of our railways since the Victorian era” (ignoring the 1955 Modernisation and Re-equipment plan!).
There are fears, however, that passengers, rather than taxpayers, will fund much of the scheme through higher fares.
The investment programme costing £4.2bn includes:
·  Electrification of the MML from Bedford to Sheffield and to Nottingham and Corby
·  Electrification of lines from Nuneaton and Bedford to Oxford, Reading, Basingstoke and Southampton
·  Complete electrification of the GW line from Paddington to Swansea
·  Electrification of Welsh Valley lines, including Ebbw Vale, Maesteg, Vale of Glamorgan
·  A rail link from the GW main line to Heathrow
·  Various sections of the former “Varsity” route west of Bedford to be upgraded or re-opened as a double-track electrified line for trains from Oxford to Bedford and Milton Keynes
·  Reading – Basingstoke to be electrified as a 25KV route with overhead lines continuing to Southampton for freight
·  Electrification from Oxford to Coventry and Nuneaton via Leamington Spa
The remaining £5.2bn is for projects already committed.

GW Expansion Plans
The Invitation to Tender for the next GW franchise includes re-opening of Bere Alston – Tavistock, full service restored to Okehampton and re-opening of the Portishead line to passengers.

Electrification of Paisley Canal
Work has started to electrify the route between Corkerhill and Paisley Canal, with new electric services running in December.

Virgin Derailed
First Group has won the WCML franchise and will take over the route from Virgin Trains in December.
Virgin will leave the rail network after Sir Richard Branson confirmed he will not bid for any of the other franchises coming up for tender.

Nostalgia Website
Anyone interested in nostalgia should visit the website.  It mainly covers the transition from steam to diesel and contains around 70 pages.  A link to it has been put on the Pennine website.

Working Timetables
Network Rail has published the working timetables on its website.  A link to this has also been put on the Pennine website.

Blackpool Tram News
The last of the new Bombardier Flexity 2 trams to be delivered, Number 016, arrived at Starr Gate Depot just after noon on Monday 25th June.  This just leaves 002 to return from warranty repairs in Germany to make up the full complement of 16 supertrams to work the core service on the upgraded system.  With the opening of the new substation at Fleetwood Ferry the daytime service was finally increased to every 10 minutes Starr Gate / Fleetwood Ferry from the beginning of July.
A welcome return to the heritage fleet was made by open boat car 604 in June.  Resplendent in a new coat of green/cream and carrying its pre 1968 fleet number of 230 the tram was named “George Formby” by members of the George Formby Society who kindly sponsored the repaint.  Photos of George are also carried in plaques carried on the trams trolley tower.  Hopefully by the time this TP appears Twin-car 672/682 will also grace the prom in another historic livery as in August the trams were both in the paint-shop being prepared for a repaint into original cream livery as the cars wore in the early 1960s.
Another historic car made a return to the promenade in August when in a ground breaking agreement between the Lancastrian Transport Trust and Blackpool Council Illuminations Department the wonderful illuminated Rocket tram, fleet number 732, was placed on display on a short section of track on the Gynn Square roundabout on North Promenade.  The tram which was withdrawn from traffic in 1999 is to be a feature of this year’s illuminations which run this year from 31st August to 4th November.
The Olympic torch was carried from Rossall School to Cleveleys West Drive on standard 147 on Friday 22nd June.  It had been hoped to use either open boat 600 or open top balloon 706 but the appalling wind and heavy rain on the day precluded this.
Departures from Blackpool have seen Centenary car 647 and Twincar 674/684 leave in early July.  Both cars have been bought by the North East Electrical Traction Trust.  It is good news that 647 has found a new home as this trams claim to fame is that it is the last 1st generation British built tram ever built.  This just leaves sister car 642 looking for a new home - any offers??

The first of the original T68 Firema trams have been withdrawn and are now stored at the new Old Trafford depot.  1001/1004/1005/1008/1011/1018 are the unlucky examples so far but it is expected all the batch including the second series 2000s will also be withdrawn within 2 years.  An extra order of the new M5000 cars will unfortunately see off the pioneer 2nd generation British trams which only date from 1991 - Sheer waste!
The latest extension to Oldham Mumps opened to passengers on Wednesday 13th June.  For any members wanting a good view of Newton Heath depot and its stud of vintage DMUs the trams run straight past on what was the old BR Oldham Loop line.

News from the I.O.Man
Your resident historian Gerry Collins recently went by coach and IOM Steam Packet boat to Douglas.  All the transport is pre 1900 and we sampled the horse tram (the horses are well treated only doing 2 round trips, before going back to the stable).  Next was the electric railway from Derby Castle to Ramsey, via Laxey.  The gradients are many, but all adhesion, as is the Snaefell Mountain Railway with a 1 in 12 incline.  A Fell brake system operates centre track.  (On my last visit I enquired about the pantograph, to be smartly rebuked to be told that they are 'Bow Collectors').  Both railways run at 550volts DC.  Final transport was the steam railway from Douglas to Port Erin, with Loco 2-4-0 No 4 Loch on duty.  The original coaching stock is still in daily use, so don't expect a buffet car or a loo on this railway!  The permanent way was in very good condition, although the same could not be said for our weather!

 Sheffield Railwayana Auctions
At the Sheffield Railwayana Auction held at the Derbyshire County Cricket Club’s Gateway Centre on 16th June 2012 the following locomotive nameplates all sold for £5,000 or more:
·  LOCOMOTIVE NAMEPLATE: “COCHRANE” carried by LMS Stanier design 4-6-0 “Jubilee Class” loco originally numbered 5656 built at Derby and delivered new in December 1934 - £8,700.
·  LOCOMOTIVE NAMEPLATE: “SHERWOOD FORESTER” carried by a Type 4 1Co-Co1 Class 45 Peak loco D100, later 45060 - £5,750.
·  LOCOMOTIVE NAMEPLATE: “CHARLES JAMES LEVER” (Irish novelist) carried by Bowen-Cooke LNWR design “Prince of Wales” Class 4-6-0 built at Crewe in March 1914 - £10,600.
·  LOCOMOTIVE NAMEPLATE: “CALDICOT CASTLE” carried by the GWR Collett designed “Castle Class” 4-6-0 loco built at Swindon Works in December 1923 and numbered 4074, named from new.  Together with matching brass CABSIDE NUMBERPLATE “4074” - £20,000.
·  LOCOMOTIVE NAMEPLATE: “THE RANGER 12TH LONDON REGT.” carried by the Fowler designed LMS “Royal Scot” class 4-6-0 loco built at Derby Works in September 1930 with the number 6165, named from new - £11,800.
·  LOCOMOTIVE NAMEPLATE: WROXALL carried by the Isle of Wight section E1 class 0-6-0T loco numbered W4 by the Southern Railway and BR(S).  Together with BRASS WORKSPLATE: “Beyer Peacock Gorton Foundry Manchester 1872” - £8,000.
·  LOCOMOTIVE NAMEPLATE: "MARATHON" carried by Bowen-Cooke LNWR design “Prince of Wales” Class 4-6-0 built at Crewe in March 1914 - £10,800.
·  LOCOMOTIVE NAMEPLATE: “HYPERION” carried by Gresley A3 class 4-6-2 Pacific loco, built at Doncaster in July 1934.  The loco was originally numbered 2502 but was renumbered 37 in the LNER renumbering scheme - £8,000.
·  LOCOMOTIVE NAMEPLATE: “ADDAX” carried by the LNER B1 class 4-6-0 loco built by Darlington Works in 1947 for the LNER as their number 1024.  Renumbered 61024 by BR shortly after Nationalisation - £5,000.

The New York Subway
by Paul Slater
During a librarians’ study-tour to the eastern seaboard of the United States in October 1972, we spent some time in New York.  One day we went to visit the library at Columbia University, which is in the north-western part of Manhattan, in a district known as Morningside Heights.  We travelled there on the subway, New York’s notorious underground - noisy, dirty and more than a little frightening, but also cheap, fast and frequent.
Five of us from the party had become friends on the tour - Carol, Christine, Ed, Philip and me - and it was we five who, a little tardily, set off together after breakfast for Columbia University.  We walked from our hotel in 42nd Street to a nearby subway station, but here we took a wrong turning, and reached the wrong platform; before we had gone very far, I realised that we had got on the wrong train and were travelling on the wrong line.
The other four were slightly panic-stricken, but from my map I saw that the line we were travelling on ran parallel to the one we should have been on, and only a quarter of a mile east of it, and we were heading northwards, which was the right direction.  I had a guide-book to New York with me, and I suggested to my companions that rather than get off the train, wait for one going back the way we had come and then transfer to the other line, which would certainly make us late for our visit, we would do better to stay on the train, get off at the station nearest to Columbia University, and simply walk across the intervening blocks.  There would be no problems with invalid tickets, as the subway operated on a flat-rate token system.
We emerged from the station, not into the relatively genteel surroundings of Morningside Heights, but among the dreary tenements of Harlem, the black quarter of north-east Manhattan where tourists were advised not to go.  Our spirits quailed a little, but there was now no turning back.  Philip and Christine started walking eastwards, deeper into Harlem, but I pointed out that we must walk westwards to reach Morningside Heights, so we set off.
I was correct in assuming that Columbia University was only a short distance from the subway station where we alighted, but Morningside Heights and Harlem are on different levels, and where the land rises suddenly and steeply we were confronted by the trees of Morningside Park, which seemed to shut us off from our destination above.  The parks of New York had an even worse reputation than its subway, and with some trepidation I led my little group into the trees.  It was hardly a park as I understand the term, more an unkempt wood through which paths wound between high railings.
The paths forked; I hesitated, and then took the left turn.
“No!” said an old black woman, “go the other way'.”
We did, and soon heard shouts from behind.  I did not catch the words, but they sounded threatening, and, remembering what we had heard about muggings in New York, we took to our heels.  “That's right, whitey, you run!” I heard, called derisively, but we needed no telling.
Hemmed in by the high railings, with no chance to turn off the path, we ran until we came to a long flight of steps which led us out of the park.  We never saw our pursuers, who were hidden from us by the dense vegetation and the twists of the path.  We scampered up the steps.  At the top an official police notice warned “Caution - High Crime Area”".
“Now they tell us!” commented Ed.
Columbia University was nearby, and we were on time for our visit.  At the coffee break, we explained to our hosts where we had been, and why we five had arrived after the main party.  We were told, admiringly, that we had been very brave to enter Morningside Park, which was reckoned to be one of the most dangerous places in New York, the haunt of Harlem criminals, and somewhere the university people avoided.  It was, I was reassured, very easy to get lost on the subway, which was not at all well signed.
Taking care not to get on any more wrong lines, I continued to use the subway.  One afternoon Philip and Christine rode with me to the southern tip of Manhattan so that we could travel on the Staten Island ferry.  The ferry ride was enjoyable, and there were magnificent views of the skyscrapers of Lower Manhattan and a new addition to the New York skyline, the gigantic towers of the World Trade Centre.  On the way back we had to change trains; Christine clutched my hand, and later confessed that she was scared by the subway.
On our last day in New York I ventured on to the subway alone, as I wanted to visit the Seaport Museum near Brooklyn Bridge.  It was a Sunday morning; the rattling, graffiti-daubed train was almost empty, and the streets between the station where I alighted and the museum were eerily deserted.  I had told senior members of our party where I was going, as we had been advised not to go out alone in New York without taking this precaution; we were not supposed to go out alone after dark at all.  I found the Seaport Museum most interesting, and I went on to have a look at Wall Street and take the ferry out to the Statue of Liberty.  I found it quite exciting to be doing a. bit of exploration of New York on my own before riding the subway for the last time and re-joining the rest of the party at the end of what has remained my only holiday in the United States.

Tosca’s Travels
(Beer and Bashing Abroad)
Part 21

Adam was born on the 27th January 1999.  It was and still is the best thing that has ever happened in my life; even better than watching the Blades beat the Wendys 3-1 at Hillsborough!
Adam had his first ever locos on May 3rd 1999; we had taken a holiday in the Lake District and did two kettles on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway.  I had done a few moves in England since his birth such as drags between Northallerton and Newcastle, 31s on the Bedford – Bletchley’s and a trip on the Great Central.  However my urge to travel abroad again was great and I had been informed about a railtour doing quite a few depots in Belgium.  So with a couple of days leave put in a plan was made.

Thursday 17th June 1999
An early start as I wanted to get to Bruxelles to cover the rush hour and the Charleroi via Ottignies turn.

91027 Doncaster – Kings Cross

Eurostar 3101 & 3102 Waterloo – Bruxelles Midi

SNCB EMU 600 Bruxelles Midi – Bruxelles Nord

Did a bar in the Belgium Beer Guide called Narrenschip.  Don’t really know how it had made the guide as it wasn’t much of a place and the beer selection wasn’t up to much.

SNCB 2717 Bruxelles Nord – Bruxelles Midi

SNCB 2226 Bruxelles Midi – Bruxelles Nord

SNCB 2201 Bruxelles Nord – Bruxelles Central

SNCB 2240 Bruxelles Central – Bruxelles Midi

SNCB 2213 Bruxelles Midi – Bruxelles Central

SNCB 2726 Bruxelles Central – Bruxelles Nord

SNCB 2711 Bruxelles Nord – Bruxelles Central

SNCB 1503 Bruxelles Central – Bruxelles Nord

SNCB 2012 Bruxelles Nord – Ottignies

SNCB 2231 Ottignies – Charleroi-sud

SNCB 2367 Charleroi-sud – Namur

SNCB EMU 451 Namur – Liege Guillemins

Although the Ottignies to Charleroi was a dud loco it dropped me neatly into the Paris – Namur with winner 2367.  On arrival at Namur I went for a celebratory beer at Les Artisans Brasseurs.  I had both the Blanche and Blonde and they were very nice.  I then took a unit to Liege where I had booked into the Metropole for the night. A Chinese meal and an early night followed.

Friday 18th June 1999

Up early to cover the Liege commuter trains.  The plan was then to make my way to Gent to cover the diesel turns including the evening 51 turn to Eeklo.

SNCB 5513 Liege Guillemins – Milmort

SNCB 2365 Milmort – Liege Guillemins

SNCB 5536 Liege Guillemins – Liege Jonfosse

SNCB 2327 Liege Jonfosse – Liege Palais

SNCB EMU 689 Liege Palais – Liege – Jonfosse

SNCB 2374 Liege Jonfosse – Liege Palais

SNCB EMU 477 Liege Palais – Namur

SNCB 2364 Namur – Charleroi-sud

SNCB EMU 836 Charleroi-sud – Bruxelles Midi

SNCB EMU 405 Bruxelles Midi – Aalst

I had called via Aalst to do the short Aalst to Burst line which was needed and had been dropping diesel locos on push pull sets.  Got the line but no loco as a plodding DMU was provided.  Still, it gave me the chance for a beer at the Bergenhof, where I tried the Leffe 6.

SNCB DMU 4402 Aalst – Zottegem via Burst

SNCB EMU 404 Zottegem – Oudenaarde

SNCB 6236 Oudenaarde – Ronse

SNCB 6236 Ronse – Gent St Pieters

SNCB 6202 Gent St Pieters – Gent Dampoort

SNCB 6252 Gent Dampoort – Gent St Pieters

SNCB 6235 Gent St Pieters – Melle

SNCB 2129 Melle – Merelbeke

SNCB 6247 Merelbeke – Gent St Pieters

SNCB 5111 Gent St Pieters – Eeklo

SNCB 5111 Eeklo – Gent St Pieters

SNCB EMU 504 Gent St Pieters – Antwerpen Central

I checked into the Hotel Florida and then went out to do some bars.  Mr Caddick would have been pleased as to get to the centre I caught a tram, no 7081.  I first tried the Groote Witte Arend and had a bottle of Palm Steendonk.  Then I visited the Highlander Bar and had a bottle of Orval.  I followed this by visiting the Pakhuis Brewpub and had both their Blonde and Bruin.  I got back to the hotel around 11pm as I didn’t want to be too late with the railtour tomorrow.

 Saturday 19th June 1999

The tour was starting at Berchem so the first move was a unit to catch it.  The tour was to have 1 main engine all day in the form of ex-CFL no 1602.  This had been painted up to look like an original SNCB loco and given the number 202020.  The tour did a large circle around Belgium and called at the following depots where we were allowed to spot and photograph locos:- Schaerbeek, Ronet, Monceau, St Ghislain, Kortrijk, Merelbeke and finally Antwerpen Dam.  After spotting well over 100 locos on Antwerpen Dam depot a different loco pulled us back the short distance to Berchem.

CFL 1602 Berchem – Antwerpen Dam depot via about half of Belgium

SNCB 5910 Antwerpen Dam depot – Berchem

SNCB EMU 834 Berchem – Bruxelles Nord

SNCB EMU 307 Bruxelles Nord – Namur

After checking into the hotel in Namur the plan was to go to Les Artisans Brasseurs again.  However it was shut. So as I was hungry I found a nearby restaurant and had a meal and some red wine!  Who says I haven’t any culture?

 Sunday 20th June 1999

The reason for staying in Namur the previous night was to do the Kayak trains to Houyet.

When I got to the station I realised that a few people from the tour had done the same thing.

SNCB 5319 + SNCB 5212 Namur – Houyet

SNCB 5209 Houyet – Dinant

SNCB 5201 Dinant – Bertrix

SNCB DMU 4502 Bertrix – Libramont

40 minutes to wait for a train so as the Lion Rouge over the road from the station was in the Beer Guide it was the ideal waiting room.  A Palm Special was the beer I chose.

SNCB EMU 370 Libramont – Bruxelles Midi

SNCB 2024 Bruxelles Midi – Bruxelles Nord

SNCB EMU 842 Bruxelles Nord – Bruxelles Central

SNCB 2118 Bruxelles Central – Bruxelles Nord

SNCB 2143 Bruxelles Nord – Bruxelles Midi

SNCB 2103 Bruxelles Midi – Bruxelles Central

SNCB EMU 531 Bruxelles Central – Bruxelles Midi

SNCB 1608 Bruxelles Midi – Bruxelles Central

SNCB EMU 143 Bruxelles Central – Bruxelles Midi

Eurostar 3231 & 3232 Bruxelles Midi – Waterloo

91005 Kings Cross – Doncaster

 Another good trip with 20 new locos for haulage and a great day out on the Railtour.  The tours in Belgium have become a regular thing over the years and quite a few Pennine members have been on them.  My own highlight of this trip was quite a short but very impressive noise as 5910 thrashed up the incline out of Antwerpen Dam depot.  No lowlights this time and definitely no rancid overnight.  I had enjoyed the trip so much that as soon as I got back I made plans for my next bash….

Pennine Observer Notes

Eastern Region

Recent sightings at Doncaster have been:

Jun 6    60045 and 66076 on ballast trains

    66547 on p.w. train

    66728 and 66746 on coal trains

    66001 and 66513 in yards

    08669, 08853, 67020 and 67025 in sidings near station

Jun 7    67028 Standby

    66589, 66594 Freightliners

    66121, 66136, 66708 Intermodal

    66519, 66116, 66060 Light engines

    60007 Rails

    37605/37608 Test train

    47749 in Wabtec

    66126, 66101 Stone

    66089 empty limestone

    66071 Sand

Jun 7    66010 four flat wagons ex Healey Mills

    66127, 66129, 66204, 66415, 66728, 66742, 66746 Coal

    91115 newly named Blaydon Races

    91110 newly named Battle of Britai  Memorial Flypast

Jun 14    67028 Standby

    66418, 66536 Freightliners

    66084 Light engine

    66094, 66721 Intermodal

    66124 Rails

    66068, 66039, 66218 Stone

    66115 Limestone

    66249 Sand

    37419 + 2 coaches for National Express East Anglia

    66506, 66206, 66740, 66708, 66108, 66715 Coal

Jun 20    66151 on mineral train

    66519 and 66546 on p.w. trains

    66704 and 66733 on coal trains

    66730+66714 on container train

    08669 shunting

    66019 in depot

Jun 21    67020 Standby

    66570, 66539, 66592 Freightliners

    66165, 66106, 66710 Intermodal

    66524, 66519, 66051, 66732, 66213 Light engines

    66526, 66738, 66731, 66094, 66704 Coal

    66005, 66218 Rails

    66103, 66107 Stone

    66043 Limestone

    66019/60045/66127/66047 Doncaster Decoy - Toton

    67028/67029 with DBS coaching stock 11039, 10211, 10546, 82146

Jun 28    67025 standby

    66532, 66538 Freightliners

    66069, 66098, 66713 Intermodal

    66142 Rails

    66124 Slurry

    66089, 66015 Light engines

    66207 Limestone empties

    66134 Stone

    66122 Sand

    666101, 66614, 66526, 66715 Coal

    320316 West Yard

Jul 5    67025 Standby

    66536, 66537 Freightliners

    66113, 66161, 66746 Intermodal

    66112/66089 Doncaster Decoy - Toton

    66188 Light engine

    66012, 66044, 66171, 66552, 66530, 66717,  66729, 66742 Coal

    66198, 66207 empty stone

    66206 Empty limestone

    66120 Stone

    66249 Sand

    66074/66598 (on hire to DBS) t. & t. Rails

Jul 11    66046 and 66544 on p.w. trains

    66091 on goods train

    66522, 66550, 66713 and 66731 on coal trains

    08669 shunting

    66010 and 66551 light engines

    66129 in yards

    66074 in depot

    67014 and 67027 in sidings near station

Jul 12    67025 Standby

    67014 West Yard

    67027 Empty East Coast stock

    66182, 66177, 66735 Intermodal

    47749 Wabtec

    66129, 66199 Rails

    66532, 66540 Freightliners

    66188 Empty limestone

    60071 Stone

    66608, 66047, 66551/66604, 66419/66590 Light engines

    66557, 66713, 66715, 66726, 66729, 66738, 66620 Coal

    66117 Empty MBAs

Jul 19    67025 Stand by

    66006, 66085, 66737 Inter modal

    66533, 66587 Freightliners

    66040/66204 Rails

    66099 Light engine

    66151 Sand

    66066 empty limestone

    66111 Stone

    66008 wagons into Wabtec

    66095, 66506, 66707, 66725, 66732, 66739, 66740 Coal

    66218 Decoy – Toton

Jul 24    66143 Steel

    60065 Light engine

    66056 empty MBAs

    66165 Limestone

    66541 Freightliner

    66520, 66737 Doncaster Yards

    321438 West Yard

Jul 26    67021 Standby

    66143/66047 Engineers

    66120, 66080, 66717 Intermodal

    66084 Rails

    66737 Biomass

    66043, 66206 Light engines

    66564, 66517 Freightliners

    66522, 66525, 66557, 66707, 66712, 66716, 66725 Coal

Aug 2    67028 Stand by

    60015/66065 Light engines

    66079, 66046, 66722 Intermodal

    66954, 66538 Freightliners

    66523, 66524, 66569, 66021, 66706, 66716, 66730, 66731, 66732, 66746 Coal

    66011/66119, 66175, 66008 Engineers

    66249 Sand

    66088 Stone

Aug 2    66512 Collecting wagons from Wabtec

    320321 West Yard

Aug 9    67027 Stand by

    66174, 66181, 66731 Intermodal

    66175 Rails

    66703 Gypsum

    66086, 66019 Light engines

    66538, 66550 Freightliners

    47749 in Wabtec

    66194 Sand

    66051, 66523, 66702, 66704, 66717, 66722, 66741, 66746 Coal

Aug 16  67027, 67028 Standbys

    60099 Rails

    66535, 66570 Freightliners

    66145, 66182, 66736 Intermodal

    66167 Light engine

    66139 empty limestone

    66249 Sand

    66021 Stone

    66093, 66122, 66514, 66527, 66703, 66707, 66717, 66729 Coal

Aug 23  67027 Stand by

    66041/66100, 66174 Light engines

    66002, 66116, 66744 Intermodal

    66564, 66955 Freightliners

    60004, 60071 Stone

    66506, 66515, 66528, 66555, 66091, 66074/66109, 66702, 66707, 66708, 66714, 66715, 66717, 66722, 66730, 66739 Coal

    321442 West Yard

Recent sightings on the Gainsborough – Barnetby line have been:

Jun 1    66009, 66014, 66034, 66069, 66190, 6711, 66726 and 66742 on coal trains

    66717 on goods train

Jun 2    66009, 66014, 66102, 66198, 66726 and 66746 on coal trains

Jun 4    66089, 66090, 66102, 66198 and 66742 on coal trains

    66732 on goods train

Jun 5    66014, 66102, 66128, 66201, 66204, 66742 and 66746 on coal trains

Jun 7    66199 on oil train

Jun 12    66029, 66069, 66089, 66708 and 66715 on coal trains

    66735 on goods train

Jun 14    66089, 66186, 66198 and 66715 on coal trains

    66735 on goods train

Jun 18    66091, 66108, 66186 and 66704 on coal trains

Jun 19    66079 on oil train

    66091, 66097, 66186, 66187, 66704 and       66732 on coal trains

Jun 20    66091 on coal trains

    66738 on goods train

Jun 21    66012, 66704, 66713 and 66731 on coal trains

    66080 on oil train

Jun 22    66186, 66704, 66731 and 66732 on coal trains

Jun 25    66080, 66171 and 66730 on coal trains

Jun 26    66080, 66204, 66206 and 66730 on coal trains

Jun 27    66093 on coal train

Jun 28    66186 and 66204 on coal trains

Jun 29    66012, 66184, 66186 and 66730 on coal trains

Jun 30    66104, 66184 and 66199 on coal trains

Jul 2    66014, 66051, 66186, 66199 and 66742 on coal trains

Jul 3    66014, 66047, 66186, 66199, 66204 and 66717 on coal trains

Jul 4    66014, 66104 and 66199 on coal trains

Jul 5    66121, 66171, 66204, 66713 and 66717 on coal trains

Jul 6    66104, 66186, 66604 and 66713 on coal  trains

Jul 7    66014 and 66069 on p.w. trains

    66186 on coal train

Jul 9    66102 on oil train

    66014, 66069, 66079, 66104, 66121, 66199, 66715 and 66732 on coal trains

Jul 10    66014, 66069, 66143, 66164, 66188, 66715 and 66732 on coal trains

Jul 11    66069 and 66741 on coal trains

Jul 16    66014, 66039, 66104, 66164, 66184, 66221     and 66707 on coal trains

    66199 on oil train

Jul 17    66014, 66039, 66069, 66124, 66164, 66707 and 66715 on coal trains

Jul 18    66069, 66109, 66114, 66164 and 66715 on coal trains

Jul 19    66078, 66114, 66124, 66184 and 66707 on coal trains

Jul 20    66060, 66069, 66078, 66089, 66124 and  66184 on coal trains

Jul 23    66124, 66164, 66707 and 66712 on coal trains

Jul 24    66075, 66134 and 66713 on coal trains

Jul 25    66124, 66164 and 66707 on coal trains

Jul 26    66124, 66134 and 66707 on coal trains

Jul 30    66706, 66716 and 66732 on coal trains

    66736 on goods train

Jul 31    66706, 66716, 66727 and 66746 on coal trains

    66736 on goods train

Aug 1    66164, 66706 and 66746 on coal trains

Aug 2    66706, 66716, 66732 and 66746 on coal trains

Aug 3    66204 and 66746 on coal trains

Aug 8    66016, 66076, 66129, 66204, 66702 and  66704 on coal trains

Recent sightings at Peterborough have been:

Jun 19    20905, 20189, 20901, 37604, 66096, 66708, 66706, 66703, 66733

Jun 20    66731, 66746, 66744, 37604, 66706

Jun 27    66719, 66710, 66701, 66708, 66725, 92032, 66714, 66703, 66558

Other recent sightings have been:

Jun 6    66566 on container train at York

    66249 on Plasmor train at Retford

    66715 on coal train at Clarborough

Jun 13    66416 and 66746 on container trains at Newark Northgate

Jun 19    66746 at Potters Selby

Jul 11    60059 in DB Shenker livery on tanks at Lincoln

Jul 18    66014 on oil train and 66197 on steel train at Althorpe

Jul 21    66060, 66069, 66102, 66129, 66177 and 66707 on coal trains at Melton Ross

Jul 26    66101 Steel, 66188 Stone, 66249 Empty stone and 66847 Coal at Swinton

Aug 6    70014 on coal train at Moore

Aug 14  66074 on Tilcon at Hull

    66421, 66422, 66423 at York

Aug 15  66074 on Tilcon at Hull

Locos seen on the Liverpool Street to Norwich service on 27 June were 90009, 90010, 90004, 900006, 90002 and 90013.  Locos noted at Ipswich on the same day were 70007, 66594, 66589, 66952, 90041, 66709, 66510, 90046, 66414, 66956, 86612, 66512, 66594 and 90045.

Locos noted on the Liverpool Street to Norwich on 9 August were 90003, 90002, 90012, 90005 and 90008.  Locos seen at Ipswich on the same day were 66592, 66593, 66517, 90044, 66536, 66567, 66955, 70004, 66558, 86501 and 66418.

Midland Region

Locos seen at Toton on 8 June were 66095, 66015, 66098, 66043, 66147, 60048, 60001, 20142, 08899 and 31465.  Also noted on the same day were 66056, 66535 and 66566 at Saltley.

Locos noted at Saltley on 10 June were 66503, 66538, 66596, 66587 and 66539.  Also seen on the same day were 73138, 73139, 37409, 31285, 37603, 37611, 97301 and 31105 at Derby Research Centre and 66211, 66031, 66059, 60061, 60033, 6048, 60094 and 60008 at Toton.

Locos seen at Saltley on 11 June were 66419, 66420, 66565, 66532, 66503, 66588 and 66532.  Also noted on the same day were 86627, 86607, 92041 and 90016 at Milton Keynes.

Locos noted at Crewe on 30 June were 66525, 66511, 66621, 66410, 66549, 66555, 66564, 66527, 90044, 86604, 86627, 86610, 86607, 86637 and 86609.  Also seen on the same day were 66425, 66426 and 90047 at Northampton and 92041 and 92043 at Rugby.

Mixed fortunes for the North Wales coast Saturday Pendolino working in July when on the 14th 57308 tried to couple up to 390034 at Crewe on the 0850 Euston / Holyhead.  After 45 minutes the train was cancelled with frustrated punters transferred to the following and already wedged Voyager.  The following Saturday 57308 had more success and left Crewe dragging 390002 arriving on time at Holyhead.  However more problems after running the loco round meant the return 14.38 working to Euston was cancelled with the next train being ARRIVA's 158836/819 on the 15.23 Holyhead / Birmingham International.  67003 was stabled at Holyhead on the WAG stock consisting of 9521/6183/5965/10249.

Locos seen at Wembley on 9 August were 67020, 67025, 66543, 86607 and 86639.

Locos noted at Saltley on 9 August were 66534, 66570, 66594, 66057 and 08762.

Locos seen at Derby station on 10 August were 56311, 56312 and 56303.

Locos noted at Crewe on 11 August were 47826, 90045, 86636, 86613, 70008, 66848 and 57311 working the Virgin service to Holyhead.

Western Region

57603 worked the Paddington / Penzance sleeper on 10 June after 57605 had brought in the empty stock.

57604 worked the Penzance / Paddington sleeper on 14 June and 57303 worked the ecs at Paddington the following morning.

Locos noted at Acton on 19 June were 66055, 66118, 66034, 59201, 66194, 66147, 66509 and 59202.  Also seen on the same day were 66018 and 66059 at Didcot and 66090 at Swindon.

Southern Region

Javelins seen working, in pairs, on the Olympic Shuttle service on 7 August were 395001/003/005/007/009-024/026/029.  On the following day 395002/004 replaced one of the sets.

 Preserved Railways

Locos working at the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway Diesel Gala on 26 May were 31466, 33103, 20031, 25059, 37075, D0226, D2511 and 50026 which failed on the first diagram.

Locos used at the National Railway Museum Railfest (2 – 10 June) were D6700, 3717 ‘City of Truro’, ‘Courage’ and ‘Teddy’ on standard gauge shuttles and ‘Palmerston’, ‘Hawk’ and ‘Synolda’ on narrow gauge shuttles.

Locos seen at Barrow Hill on Wednesday 13 June were 08942, D9009, 37402, D9015, 20096, 20314, D2587 (Class 05), 03066, 58016, 37057, E3035 (83012), 85101, 33108, 81002, 20132, 26007, 45060, 37087, 56006, 40145, 45105, 84001, 82008, 07001, 37275, 07013, 37059, 08685, 09012, 37503, 37521, 47830, 37510, D4092 (Class 10), 20311, 47791, 20306, 89001, D213 and steam locos GREAT CENTRAL 506, LNER 8217 and 60532, GNR 251, BLACK 5 45110, LMS 41708

Locos working at the Middleton Railway Steam 200 on 23 June were Kent Electric Power Co. 2, Slough Estates Ltd 3, 20, 1310, ‘Matthew Murray’ and ‘Sir Berkeley’.

Locos used at the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Diesel Gala on 11/12 August were 31414 and 33035.

Locos working at The Midland Railex 2012 at the Midland Railway Butterley on 19 August were 47401, D1501, 47749, 20048 and steam 73129.

Railtours and Charter Trains

Locos seen on railtours and charters have been:

Jun 9    (“The-3-2-C”) 37609, 37606 and 66156

Jun 30    (“The Rossendale Venturer”) 66003 and       66165

    (Cardiff to York and Scarborough) 37606       and 37611

Jul 18    (“Scarborough Spa Express”) 46115

Jul 24    (“Scarborough Spa Express”) 46115

Jul 27    (“Scarborough Spa Flyer”) 46233

Aug 8    (“Scarborough Spa Express”) 44932

Aug 14  (“Scarborough Spa Express”) 44932


Trips to London

The following were seen on a trip to London on 31st May 2012:

Doncaster Decoy: 66418/602/723/726/738/951

Peterborough: 66035/145/705/706/728/732/743/954

Southern end of ECML: 321408/429, 365501/504/529/

  535/537, 313035/037/040/043/049/054/055/134

Bounds Green: 08571

Kings Cross: 67020, 365503/505/534

St. Pancras International: 395015/022/026/029,   373007/3008

St. Pancras Thameslink: 319003/216/362/367/372/373/

  381/425/435, 377520/523

Kentish Town: 319384, 377504

West Hampstead T’link: 319382/436/450

West Hampstead N.L.L.: 378207/217

Willesden Depot: 378201/210/212/218/226/255,   172003/005, 09007/86401/87002

Willesden (passing): 350109/121/125/126/127/130/

  249/266, 59001/005/66030/076/426/535,   390107/131

Euston – Watford service: 378206/256

Willesden High Level: 378209/211/213/214/215/216/225/


Marylebone: 165002/004/013/015/030/032,   168004/005/106/111/112, 172103/104

Wembley Depot: 67015/018, 165001/005/006/007/009/010,   168001/003

Wembley Stadium Station: 67013

Gospel Oak: 172002/007/008/172102, 66727/66429/92041,   378204/205/208/209/219/221/222/227

Highbury & Islington: 66006/193, 378138/144/146/149/


Tottenham Hale: 317504/508/513/657/666, 379004/016/


Hackney Downs: 317502/886, 315827/843/844/849,   379002/007/013/023

Bethnal Green: 90003/005/007/008/010/011/013/014,   315801/803/804/810/811/813-817/819-846/848-861,   317650/651/653/655/657/658/661/664/666-672/881/

  882/884-890/892, 321301-303/305-310/312/




  447/448, 360101-107/109-113/115-121,   379003/005/006/008/010/011/012/014/015/017/018/  022/024/025/027/030

Farringdon: 319007/363/420/452/460, 377501/507

Ferme Park: 67028

The following were seen on a trip to London on 26th June 2012:

Doncaster West Yard: 31601, 320316

Doncaster Decoy: 66151/152/66201, 66710

Peterborough: 66594/701/703/704/725/728/741, 92032,   170117, 321403

Peterborough to London: 317337/348, 365507/508/509/


Ferme Park: 66120, 59201

Kings Cross: 67025, 365505/509/525/537

Liverpool Street: 90012, 315804/823/826, 317887,   379002/018/026/028

Hackney Downs: 315860

Tottenham Hale: 317501/507/650/651/656/657/663,   379006/007/009/010/013/018/019/020/023/025/026/  027/030

Temple Mills: 08948, 373229/230

Orient Way: 395003/028

Stratford: 90001/013/015, 360103/114/116, 315821,   321303/308, 357029

Stratford to Canary Wharf D.L.R.:   13/24/27/31/63/83/91/93/98/112/121/123/135/105/


Poplar Depot: 03/08/09/011/41/44/89

Shadwell: 02/05/10-12/16/22/30/36/38/40/46/50-55/58/



  136/138-140/142/145/147-149/152-155,   357009/011/013/015/017/018/025/039/039/213/225

All Saints: 48/59/92

Devons Road: 27/31/63

Pudding Mill Lane: 24/83

Hackney Central: 66501

Hampstead Heath: 92037

Highbury & Islington: 378135/142/148

Gospel Oak: 172004

Stratford – Clapham/Richmond: 378202/203/205/206/210/


Euston – Watford service: 378201/207/218/220/221

Willesden Depot: 378203/204/208/209/217/222/256,   172003/007

Willesden passing: 390004/112/119/136/154/156,   350102/110/122/231/235/236/237/246/254/255/263/  267, 377213,   37229/603/608, 59101/202,   66004/061/591/593/702/708, 90045

Clapham Junction: 450544/546/548/562

Croydon Trams: 2530-39/46-48/50/52/53/55/57-59

East Croydon: DR75410, 377153/157/209/407/408/424/

  430/445/452, 171806, 377523/513/504

Norwood Junction: 3777142, 378137/142, 171804

London Bridge: 375629/706/819/915, 377101/301/306/

  328/467, 465003/004/007/030/034/165/183/192/

  195/250/915/934, 377508/510

St. Pancras Thameslink: 319007/372/421/453/446

St. Pancras International: 373013/3014/3021/3022/3205/3206

Trip to Peterborough

The following were seen on a trip to Peterborough on 24th July 2012:

66715, 66717, 66722, 66732, 66741, 66742 GBRf Depot

66709, 67021, 92026 Light engines

66558, 66563, 66588, 66956 Freightliners

66083 Stone

66071 Sand

66120, 66165, 66184, 66701, 66723, 66738 Intermodal

66010 Plasmor

66040 Self discharge train to Chesterton Junction

66623 Sand to Ellesmere Port

66708 Engineers Carlisle – Whitemoor

153311/321/326/355/379/385, 156411, 158770/773/780/783/785/813/846/847/852/854/856/864/866/867, 170101/102/104/107/108/111/116/204/207/519/520/638, 317338/340-343/347, 321404/406/408/420/440, 365502/506/508/510/511/518/519/522-524/527-529/533-536/538/540/541

Egyptian Diary

Another 3 months just flown by, have visited the station 3 times since my last report, on the 31st May.  I did get another trip around the Loco depot, was escorted and took a few photos.  When climbing into the cab of this particular loco my fingers almost got burn marks on them, a bit different to the cold steel of the grab handles on British locos.  A different mix of engines this time: 3122 stand by loco on the station, 3944 in siding, and on shed 2104, 2105, 2403 and 2405.  The 21s are not the 66 type they are Adtranz built 1997 and look something like a 67.  The 24s are GE Evolution class, a very up to date loco from what I have read!  The Egyptian railways have 80 of them, also the 66 type they have 40 locos.  The Egyptian railways are investing in the railway at the moment, up grading level crossing lifting barriers with traffic lights.  (You don’t see traffic lights in Luxor at the moment and motorists drive around with no lights on at night also, it’s all wonderful stuff).  On the shed there was a new breakdown crane, made in Germany, and a new maintenance bay is almost finished in Luxor.  The trains have an air con coach attached, something like a Ethel in reverse, it is a coach with all the necessary equipment, not a converted loco.  The next visit on 30th June was another shed visit escorted by Gamal the gent responsible for the loco rosters, took a few photos and then it was to the mess room for tea and more photos, and to show them the Pennine mag, all were very interested, they were pleased with a pack of Gauloises cigs also!  Next to meet the shed engineer Fisal Abraham, he was interested in the article about Robin.  Locos noted: 3070, stand by, 3203 Cairo train and 3183, 2135 on shed.  One interesting thing I notice in the mess room was the key for 3183 had 3183 on the fob not the Arabic numbers I would have expected.  I didn’t manage a visit in July and it was a quick visit to the station last Saturday, the 11th August, it’s rather warm to be stood around too long.  I had my Bring Back British Rail T shirt on, and managed to get a few photos with Diana’s help.  I was allowed to get on the front of a class 39 which was at the head of a local train, there was quite a bit of interest from the locals on the platform, and the railway men again enjoyed looking at the Pennine mag.  As we left the station the policeman with an automatic rifle over his shoulder had quite a smile on his face.  (The class 39s are EMD G22W.)

Best regards to all at the Pennine.  Steve (Egyptian Correspondent)

Pennine Quiz No. 149

Pot Luck

1  What was the name and number of the last Castle   Class loco to be built?

2  Only one queen was commemorated by the   “Britannia” Class - who was she?

3  During the 1950’s, several of the then new BR   Standard locos were built to an unusual design   incorporating a separate boiler underneath the   normal boiler and a side mounted chimney.  What   Class were they and what were they called?

4  With what part of a steam locomotive would you   associate a horn guide?

5  Whose system is used to classify steam locomotive   wheel arrangements; e.g. 4-6-0, 2-6-2, etc.?

6  Where is the highest railway station in England?

7  Which former Great Western terminus never had   any track?

8  Which railway first introduced Pullman cars into   Great Britain in 1874?

9  On which route is the longest straight section of   track, and how long is it?

10  Which is the deepest tunnel in England, and how   deep is it?

11  There was only one 4-6-4 steam tender locomotive   built in this country.  Unusually it was a compound.    What was its nickname and what railway did it run   on?

12  What is the worst rail disaster in British history?

13  In signalling terms, what is an Overlap?

14  In a manual signal box what is the function of a   black lever?

15  On semaphore signalling, what is the name given to   a yellow signal with a fishtail end and a black   chevron?

16  What was carried on the “Jellicoe Specials” during   World War 1?

17  Near what station was the London Necropolis   railway station?

18  The 2-6-4 tank loco was a fairly common sight on   BR.  Do you know what the name for the wheel   arrangement was?

19  Many railways were given nicknames.  What was   the real name of the Muddle and Go Nowhere?

20   Which city is served by Laira TMD?

21  Why was every passenger train obliged to stop at   Swindon on the GWR routes to Bristol and South   Wales until 1895?

22  Which bridge crosses the Menai Straits to Anglesey?

23  Of what material was Glenfinnan Viaduct on the   Mallaig Extension of the former North British   Railway constructed?

24  What happened in the town of Soham, in   Cambridgeshire on 2nd June 1944?

25  What was the western terminus of the Devon Belle?

Pennine Quiz No. 148
The Answers

150th anniversary of Liverpool and Manchester Railway


Golden Arrow

Royal Scot

60149 Amadis

7002 Devizes Castle

CR 439 0-4-4T

Severn Valley Railway

SR West Country 4-6-2

10  K&WVR

11  Box Tunnel

12  40p

13  LMS Coronation Class and BR Class 9F

14  GWR Kings Class and LNER Class A1

15  Class 50 Dreadnought

16  Class 73 Broadlands

17  Class EM2 Electra

18  County Class 4-6-0 County of Oxford

19  Class P2 Cock o’the North

20  Hall class 4-6-0 Hagley Hall

21  Centenary of the IOM Steam Railway

22  Centenary of the Manx Electric Railway

23  Centenary of the Snaefell Mountain Railway

24  Evening Star and Duchess of Hamilton

25  City of Truro and Mallard

The Winner
Congratulations to the winner – Steve Payne and thanks to those who pointed out the date errors in the quiz.


I would like to thank the following for their generous contributions to this issue: Geoff Bambrough, Andy Barclay, Tony Booth, Tony Caddick, Gerry Collins, John Dewing, Ken King, Steve Payne, John Sanderson, Robin Skinner, Paul Slater and Tosca.

Next Issue

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Pennine Meetings 2012

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

Wednesday 19th September 2012
David Bladen

Wednesday 3rd October 2012
Les Nixon

Wednesday 17th October 2012
Gavin Morrison

Wednesday 7th November 2012
Judge Glen Williamson

Wednesday 21st November 2012
Glyn Gossan

Thursday 29th November 2012
At Dore Loco Society

Wednesday 5th December 2012

Wednesday 19th December 2012
Paul Burgess

Recalling the Clans
Colin Allan lives in hope of spotting a favourite locomotive class once again.

It burst out of Harrogate Station in a fury of dark smoke.  Luckily I had a clear view of the intervening 400 yards from my embankment stone wall perch.  The impressive looking engine headed in my direction, Knaresborough bound.  There was no one else around not even a pedestrian on the adjacent narrow footbridge.  I had the experience all to myself.
It was June, 1957.  I was an eight-year-old train-spotter and in for the shock of my young life.  The train passed right below me, barely 15 yards away.  I read the nameplate and took the number.  It was Clan Fraser, number 72003.
I ran the short distance home, hardly able to contain my excitement.  But my older brother was out and my moment of triumph delayed.  When he returned, after what seemed an eternity, I blurted out my news.  He was not impressed. “You must have got it wrong.  It’s a Scottish engine.  It doesn’t operate in Yorkshire,” he declared.
Sadly my train-spotting pals reacted in the same way.  At school my claim was treated with contempt. I alone had seen the engine.  Perhaps it had travelled through over their teatime, although I can’t remember the time of day my miracle occurred.
Three years later, my family moved to Hull and the sighting of Clan Fraser was consigned to memory.  I turned away from train-spotting to other interests and concerns.


About 30 years later I made a half-hearted attempt to find a photograph of the engine at the National Railway Museum in York, but without success, so the Clan Fraser incident remained the nostalgia of childhood.
A visit to the museum’s 2004 Railfest changed all that.  I was idly thumbing through a book with the catchy title A Detailed History of British Railways Standard Steam Locomotives and suddenly found myself staring at a photo of Clan Fraser.  That was definitely the beast at the back of my memory, and I felt compelled to buy the book.
Back home I was reading the relevant chapter on the Clan Class when, lo and behold, I came upon: ‘...another unusual working was of 72003 from Blackpool to York, via Blackburn, Colne, Skipton, Filey and Harrogate on June 30th 1957’.  When my brother visited a few weeks later I showed him the extract.  It had taken 47 years, but I was vindicated.
I suppose to a schoolboy train- spotter, the engine’s name held an exotic attraction.  Scotland seemed a long way from Yorkshire in 1958.  The locos received their romantic names from engineer Ernest Stewart Cox.  He was simply recycling names that had once been used by the Highland Railway.  As the Clans were initially allocated to run on Scottish rails it was an obvious choice.
My Clan Fraser was one of only ten such locomotives built at Crewe in 1951 and 1952.  Railway enthusiasts would know them as British Rail Standard Class 6 Pacifics.  The Class 6 referred to their power designation (6P).  As such they were designed by Robert Riddles to fill a niche in British Rail’s scheduling.  Not as powerful as their better known cousins, the Britannias (7P), the Clans could run on routes unsuited to heavier engines.  They were also expected to thrive on a diet of lower quality coal, making them cheaper.
As they looked so similar to the Britannias, unfair comparisons were made by both enthusiasts and some crews.  The Clans had smaller boilers, fireboxes and marginally smaller cylinders.  Some finicky enthusiasts obsessed with tables of performance statistics were not impressed by them.
Yet crews who regularly operated the Clans were favourably disposed towards their charges.  The Clans were quite capable of meeting the challenge of Britain’s main railway inclines, such as Shap and Beattock banks, often without the need of a supporting banking engine.

 Kindred spirits

The age of the Clans - sadly all too short - began in a blaze of publicity on January 16th 1952.  The Lord Provost of Glasgow presided over the official naming ceremony for Clan Buchanan at the city’s Central Station.
The first five Clans (72000 to 72004) were allocated to the Glasgow Polmadie sheds with the rest going to Carlisle Kingsway.  The engines were to spend most of their working lives in Southern Scotland and North West England.
My fellow spotters in Carlisle, Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow and Perth would enjoy many sightings.  The Clans were also frequently used on the Dumfries to Stranraer boat train service.  These reliable and hard working engines were particularly suited to this long and winding way.
A particularly satisfying job for the crew of Clan Cameron (72001) must have been the run from Glasgow Queen Street to Spean Bridge on June 16th 1956.  It formed part of the Clan Cameron rally.  It was even stipulated that the crew must be Camerons.  A huge circular sign with the legend Clan Cameron Gathering was placed on the front of the engine.

 Decline and fall

Eventually the Clans roamed further afield (thus my sighting in Harrogate) but their fate was sealed.  A further batch of 15 engines had been planned with work to commence in May, 1954.  Unfortunately, a severe international shortage of steel delayed the work.  A year later, British Rail’s modernisation plan signalled a wholesale switch to diesel traction.  Although work on Hengist, the next of the class, had already begun, the order was cancelled.
Over the late l950s and early 1960s, the Clans ventured further south.  Ironically, they were sometimes substituted for failed diesel units.  But progress could not be halted.  The first of the Clans (72000 to 72004) were withdrawn from service in December, 1962.  The last of the class to be withdrawn was Clan MacLeod (72008) in April, 1966.
But perhaps that is not the end of the story.  A group of enthusiasts called the Standard Steam Locomotive Co. Ltd. was formed in 1996, with the aim of building a brand new Clan locomotive, Hengist.  It was originally scheduled to be built over 50 years ago as the first of a new batch destined to operate in the south of England, hence its name; Hengist was the leader of the Jutes, a tribe who settled in Kent in the 6th century.
Work on the new Hengist is underway at the South Devon Railway at Buckfastleigh.  One day the phoenix will rise again and I will be able to spot my second Clan class Pacific locomotive.

Step up to the footplate
Carole Marginson becomes a train driver for the day.

On the morning of my birthday, my husband presented me with a mysterious plain envelope.  Inside was a gift voucher for a ‘footplate experience’.  Something to do with shoes?  Not quite.  This was a day learning to drive a steam locomotive at the Midland Railway Centre in Ripley, Derbyshire.
The steam trains of the 1950s had been a source of fascination to me as a child, and with misty-eyed nostalgia, I had often described journeys and encounters with these friendly giants of a bygone age.  It was pleasing to recall the excitement of going on holiday from a busy station full of noise and smoke, standing on the bridge near my school to wave to the Flying Scotsman, talking to my train driver great uncle about life on the footplate of a Castle class locomotive and gazing in wonder at posters showing romantic rail journeys to exotic faraway places.
It’s one thing reminiscing about the past age of steam travel but quite another actually learning to drive a locomotive.  Among all that soot and smoke, coal shovelling and oily rags, the cosy rose tinted images of the past seemed to quickly evaporate.

Team spirit

Friends were keen to attend the event and so a date was fixed.  We all assembled at the rather quaintly named Butterley Station, where I met the other three participants - all men, of course - plus our instructor driver and fireman.  In pairs, we were introduced to tank engine number 47357 and invited onto the footplate.  I seemed to share a similar sense of humour with a delightfully relaxed man called Rob and we agreed to become team ‘A’.
Following basic health and safety instruction we were taught the finer points of steam pressure (don’t get above the red or it will blow up); how to use the regulator (the large metal handle that acts as the engine’s accelerator); how to shovel coal into the firebox (heat distribution is complicated); how to brake (using a tiny lever needing the softest touch or you crash); and most exciting of all, how to create an ear piercing whistle (pull something similar to a lavatory chain).
The driver allowed us each to take control of the regulator and we trundled forwards and backwards along a short stretch of track with a crowd of supporters racing up and down the platform cheering each time we succeeded in moving off and stopping.
Pulling a small collection of trucks was slightly trickier,
especially when I misjudged the pressure needed to operate the tiny brake lever.  My accidental emergency stop caused the whole lot to shunt loudly together in a succession of rapid clanking sounds, which almost threw team ‘B’, currently in the guard’s van, onto the track.

 Power and glory

There was something frighteningly exhilarating about controlling such a powerful piece of machinery.  Confidence quickly improved and our increasing state of sootiness bore testimony to our enthusiasm.  In between periods as driver in control of the regulator, we took turns to stoke the surprisingly spacious firebox, where we learned the finer points of coal distribution.  The intense heat from the open door must have been great for locomotive crews on a cold winter’s day but on a very warm afternoon in June, it was almost overwhelming.
The simple old system of a metal tablet being passed from one locomotive to another at the signal box guaranteed the safety of the line and we soon mastered the nifty arm-hooking skill of exchanging this while still in motion.  All this, combined with watching your steam pressure, leaning nonchalantly out of the cab to ensure a clear line, warning of approach, and checking signals, added up to the best fun ever.  We were sadly not treated to the legendary eggs and bacon cooked on the fireman’s shovel but tea produced on the footplate is quite possibly the best in the world.

Getting our hands dirty

Four o’clock left us with one more job, to rake out the firebox from a pit underneath the locomotive - the dirtiest of all the jobs undertaken by the railwaymen of old.  For one team, the desire to squeeze every last sooty minute out of the day was irresistible.  Team ‘A’ descended dramatically into the unspeakably foul pit and after 15 minutes in a shower of dead cinders and ash, we emerged triumphant, exhausted and totally black to take a final curtain call from our admiring audience.
It was a really great day, full of fun, excitement and new challenges for people of any age, gender or physique and nothing like as serious as I had imagined.  The men on the course were clearly surprised to see a woman there at all and I enjoyed a smug sense of satisfaction that I was able to successfully tackle all the tasks as an equal member of the team.
Some weeks later, I received a note from Rob, my ‘A’ team partner, saying how much he had enjoyed our day on the footplate and with typical badinage he added, “I am now looking forward to telling my grandchildren about the day I did something dirty with a strange woman under a steam engine!”


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