The Magazine of the Pennine Railway Society

 No. 162                                        Winter 2012

Committee Briefs

Season’s Greetings

The Committee of the Pennine Railway Society join together in wishing all our members, their families and their friends a Happy Christmas and Prosperous New Year.  We thank you for your support and friendship during 2012.

 Membership Fee (Unchanged in 2013!)
With this magazine you will find a renewal of membership form and we are pleased to announce that we are able to maintain the annual membership fee at £6 for yet another year.
We hope you feel this continues to be excellent value for money and look forward to you rejoining your society in 2013.

A 2013 calendar is included with this magazine which we hope you will welcome.
The calendar shows the dates of the AGM and social evenings in red.
The following special dates have been underlined:
Sunday 6 January – Annual General Meeting
Wednesday 1 May – The Andy Dalby Memorial Slide Competition
Wednesday 6 November – Pennine Slide Competition
Wednesday 4 December – Pennine Shield Round 2

 Annual General Meeting
You are invited to attend the society’s Annual General Meeting which will be held on Sunday 6 January 2012 at 12.00 noon at our usual venue of the Salutation in Doncaster.
This is the opportunity for you, the members, to have a say in how you wish the society to be run and to form a plan of events for 2013.  It will also provide an opportunity to socialise with friends you may not have seen for some time.
Any member who wishes to raise an issue is welcome to advise this to our Chairman, Robin Skinner, or to any other committee member, in advance of the meeting.

Social Evenings
Members are reminded of our social evenings, arranged by Robin, which are held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month at The Salutation, South Parade, Doncaster.
The early 2013 programme is shown elsewhere in this organ.  We have a private, well-appointed function room.  Non-members are also welcome to attend and a fine range of real ales is available from the bar, along with soft drinks.
Members are asked to note that meetings will begin at 8pm prompt, with a finish not normally later than 10.30pm..
Get your backside down to Salside by 8pm and enjoy a night of entertainment!

Pennine and the Digital Revolution
The Committee is aware that many of you are now moving from slides to digital when filming (possibly forced too due to absence of slide film!).
We are looking at obtaining a laptop and digital projector to enable presenters to access these at our social evenings and be available for our slide competitions.
If any member is able to help in enabling the Society to access these, please contact our Magazine Co-ordinator, David Whitlam, in the first instance.
Your help would be much appreciated.  Thank you.

 Magazine Archive
Tony Booth, the Website Manager, has been working on a project so that old Trans Pennines can be read on the website.  Currently the issues for 2002-04 are available.  Tony would appreciate your comments.

 Franchise Programme in Meltdown
Virgin Trains’ legal challenge to the awarding of the Intercity West Coast franchise to FirstGroup from 9 December 2012 has opened a “barrel of worms”.
When preparing its defence, the Department for Transport realised its “delivery test” to determine the winner was totally flawed.
As a result the entire franchise programme has been suspended; FirstGroup will not take over the WCML in December; three further franchises are suspended, as may be the ECML franchise due to be awarded in December 2013.
Civil servants at the DfT have fallen on their swords.  The four bidders for the WC franchise will have their costs in preparing their bids reimbursed (estimated at £14m for Virgin Trains alone).
Virgin Trains will continue to run trains on the WCML in the interim.

Rail Operating Centres – Update
The programme to replace all existing signal boxes with 14 rail operating centres is processing with contracts awarded by Network Rail.  The 14 centres will be:
Existing Locations: Ashford, Cardiff, Derby, Edinburgh, Gillingham (Kent), Saltley.
Upgrades: Didcot, Glasgow
New Buildings: Basingstoke, Manchester, Romford, Rugby, Three Bridges, York

Eurotunnel Record
A new daily record was set on 11 August 2012 when 15,152 vehicles crossed the Channel on Shuttle trains.  Shuttles now travel at 160km/h, the same speed as Eurostar's.

Freight at Euston
There are plans for supplies to station traders at Euston to be delivered by rail.  Goods would be operated by Colas Rail, the customer Stobart Group, and be brought in from Daventry International Railfreight Terminal in former Motorail vans, hauled by a Class 86.

End of Line for A-stock Tubes
The last of the A-stock sub-surface tubes have been withdrawn, replaced on the Metropolitan Line by Bombardier built S-stock.  The S-stock tubes will eventually also replace C-stock on the Hammersmith & City and the D-stock on the District Line, by which time all sub-surface lines will be worked by the same main class of rolling stock.

Ipswich Freight Link
A new freight link is to be built at Ipswich to provide a direct connection from Felixstowe and the down GE main line, allowing trains to continue cross-country to Nuneaton, avoiding either a run-round in Ipswich or travelling via London to the WCML.

Pennine Slide Competition
The Pennine Slide Competition, held at The Salutation on 7 November, was this year judged by Glynn Gossan (last year’s winner).  A total of 39 high quality slides were entered and the result was as follows:
1st  Rhys Jones    B1 61264 leaving Rannoch on a charter in 2001 or 2002
2nd  Glen Williamson    66745 hauling the Modern Railways 50th Special (York to Kings Cross) at Haxey
Curve on 28 September 2012
3rd  Rhys Jones    Class 47 at Unstone heading towards Dronfield with a Sunday morning service in February 1998
Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to all who entered and to Glynn for judging.

Blackpool Tram News
Flexity 002 arrived back in Hull docks in the early hours of Thursday 1st November and by 14.15 had been unloaded at Starr Gate and driven into the depot for recommissioning.  This completes all the deliveries of these new trams which started with the arrival of 001 in August 2011.
During the busy half-term week in October the "B" fleet of modified balloon cars finally saw use when 5 cars were diagrammed for use Mon-Fri between 09.00/17.00.  Some of the crews then transferred to evening lights tours with the illuminated feature cars.  Cars 700/707/709/711/713/718 and 719 were used.  Of these 700/711/719 made their debuts in the purple/white "flexity" livery now being applied to these trams to differentiate them from the heritage fleet cars.
The first day of the new winter timetable on Monday 5th November saw 10 Flexity's 003-005/008/009/011-014/016 allocated to the peak-hour 12 minute Starr Gate / Fleetwood service with 001 out on driver training duties.
All the Lancastrian Transport Trusts collection of trams which were still stored in Rigby Road depot were removed during the first week of September.  Unfortunately the Allely's trailer was too large to access the LTT's Brinwell Road building so at the moment the trams are stored outside in secure storage in a site nearby.  The cars involved are OMO 8, Brush cars 259 & 632, Balloons 704 and 715 and Coronation 304.  The only tram still on depot not belonging to BTS is ex towing car 680 still awaiting her move to the Heaton Park tramway in Manchester.
As a result of the general reduction in the old tram fleet four roads in the tram depot are now used as a storage area for the BTS bus fleet.
The Lancastrian Transport Trusts superb Coronation tram 304 has been on loan to the Beamish Transport Museum since October and despite being far and away the largest tram ever to run round the tight Beamish circuit the visitor has proved to be very popular and it is hoped her stay may be extended for a few more weeks (see photo on Page 12).
Finally on Wednesday 7th November Centenary car 646 was put up for sale on E-Bay.  The unfortunate tram is at present in open storage in the yard of its all-over advert sponsor "Paul Gaunt" furniture at Squires Gate.  The tram is still thought to belong to the Friends of Fleetwood group but was heavily attacked by vandals in September.  Poor old thing!

Sheffield Railwayana Auctions
At the Sheffield Railwayana Auction (now owned and run by Great Central Railwayana Ltd) held at the Derbyshire County Cricket Club’s Gateway Centre on 8th September 2012 the following locomotive nameplates all sold for £5,000 or more:
·  BONCHURCH, from a London & South Western Railway O2 Class 0-4-4T No 226 built at Nine Elms Works in November 1892.  It was transferred to the Isle of Wight in May 1928 where it was numbered W32 and named shortly afterwards.  Withdrawn from Ryde on 25 October 1964, it was cut up at Ryde Works - £7,000
·  EARL CAIRNS, from the GWR Castle Class 4-6-0 No 5053 built at Swindon in May 1936 and named Bishop's Castle when built.  Renamed in August 1937 after the Earl who then resided at Farleigh House, Farleigh Hungerford, Bath, when the GWR decided to transfer the Earl names originally allotted to 4-4-0s of the 3200 Class to Castles Nos 5043-62.  It was at Stafford Road by January 1948 and later Newton Abbot, Laira and Cardiff Canton from where it was withdrawn in July 1962 and sold for scrap to Cashmores at Newport, entering their yard on 22 March 1963 -£6,000 (a cabside numberplate also sold for £5,400)
.    FROBISHER, from the LMS Jubilee Class 4-6-0 No 5640, becoming BR 45640, built at Crewe and allocated new to Edge Hill on 31 December 1964.  Named on 16 March 1936 after Sir Martin Frobisher, the English navigator and explorer, it was later allocated to Crewe North, Millhouses, Kentish Town, Derby, Nottingham and Carlisle Kingmoor from where it was withdrawn by 7 March 1964 and sold for scrap to Campbell's at Airdrie on 22 June 1964 - £7,000·      
.  LESLIE RUNCIMAN, from the LNER B1 Class 4-6-0 No 1238 built by the North British Locomotive Co, Works No 26139, in September 1947, becoming BR 61238.  Named after an LNER North Eastern Area Director (1937-8 and 1946-7) who died on 1 September 1989, it was allocated new to Gateshead and later Tyne Dock, Ardsley and York from where it was withdrawn on 17 February 1967 and sold for scrap to Hughes Bolckows at Blyth, received by them on 2 June 1967 - £5,300
·  NEIL GOW, from the LNER A1 Class 4-6-2 built by the North British Locomotive Co, Works No 23119, in November 1924.  Rebuilt and re-classified as an A3 in January 1943, it was renumbered 82 in 1946, becoming BR 60082.  Allocated new to Heaton, it remained there until moving to Gateshead in 1948.  It then alternated between Heaton and Gateshead with brief stays at Darlington and Holbeck.  It was withdrawn from Gateshead on 2 September 1963 and cut up at Darlington Works.  Although the loco took its name from the racehorse which won the 1910 2000 Guineas, the horse was named after a celebrated violin player and composer of traditional Scottish airs (1727-1807) in whose memory the Annual Scottish Fiddle Festival is held at Dunkeld & Birnam close to where he lived - £7,600
·  RENOWN, from the LMS Jubilee Class 4-6-0 No 5713, built at Crewe in 1936, becoming BR 45713.  Named on 29 June 1936 after one of Beatty's famous battle cruisers (1916-48) which carried battle honours for both world wars, it was allocated new to Camden but spent almost all its working life at Carlisle Kingmoor, moving late on to Bank Hall from where it was withdrawn in October 1962 and cut up at Cowlairs Works - £8,400
·  WOLLATON HALL, from the GWR 4900 Hall Class 4-6-0 No 5999 built at Swindon in June 1940 and named when built after the 16th Century Hall which is now Nottingham's Natural History Museum.  A long time Taunton engine, it moved in 1961 to Westbury from where it was withdrawn on 7 September 1962 and cut up at Swindon Works the following 30 November - £12,000

The Hull and Barnsley Railway
by Paul Slater
The Hull and Barnsley Railway was built to compete with the North Eastern Railway for coal traffic to Hull docks, and it merged with the North Eastern shortly before the formation of the LNER in 1923.  Some of the eastern part of the Hull and Barnsley closed in the late 1950s, and most of the remainder had gone by the end of the following decade.  In its heyday it consisted of a main line from Hull to Cudworth, with branches from Wrangbrook to Wath and to Denaby; there was also a joint line with the Great Central to Doncaster and on southwards to a junction with the Midland and Great Central Joint at Braithwell.  The Hull and Barnsley at one time had passenger services over most of its lines, but it was primarily a coal-carrying railway.
In the late 1970s and early 1980s I saw a lot of what was left of the Hull and Barnsley, and I wrote an article for “Trans Pennine” describing what I had observed.  Since then, I have found further remains of the line, and a book entitled “Steam around Sheffield” has given me more information on the Hull and Barnsley.  A stretch of the Wath branch has been made into the “Frickley railway footpath”, with a sign depicting a small tank engine and a passenger train; according to “Steam around Sheffield”, a class F8 2-4-2T was used on the infrequent passenger trains on the Wath branch during the 1920s before the service was withdrawn.  At Thurcroft a stretch of the Midland / Great Central / Hull and Barnsley Joint line has been made into a bridleway, which I found made a pleasant walk on a winter day.  At Hexthorpe a section of the Hull and Barnsley / Great Central Joint line, including the bridge over the River Don, has been incorporated into the “Trans Pennine Trail”; on the bridge I noted a plaque bearing a representation of a 2-8-0 locomotive, the date 1916, and the initials HB and GC.
The former station at Wath is in use as a house, as are the station houses at Wath and Moorhouse.  The Hull and Barnsley / Great Central Joint line never had a passenger service, but some stations were planned and partially built, and the station houses were completed; these houses, in a distinctive style more modern than most railway architecture, can be seen at Pollington, Sykehouse, Thorpe in Balne and Warmsworth.
Part of the former Hull and Barnsley main line was reinstated to serve Drax power station; on this section I noted that the former Carlton station - also known as Carlton Towers - was in use as a house, as were the crossing houses at two automatic level crossings, West Bank Hall and Linwith Lane, and the one at the user-operated crossing at Jacky Duffin Wood.  At Wrangbrook there is now no trace of the Hull and Barnsley’s junctions and yards, and a new main road has been built through the site, but the single terrace of railway cottages is in use and has its own signpost.  The former Kirk Smeaton station, once the starting-point for the passenger service over the branch to Wath, is now a car repair centre.
No Hull and Barnsley locomotives have been preserved, in fact only a few survived into British Railways ownership; the last one was class N13 0-6-2T no. 69114, scrapped in 1956.  By that time, of the Hull and Barnsley's engine-sheds only Springhead (53C) and its sub-depot Alexandra Dock remained open; Denaby and Bullcroft had closed in LNER days, and Cudworth (53E) closed in 1951.

 Tosca’s Travels

(Beer and Bashing Abroad)
Part 22

A 3 day weekend from work.  I wanted to save my second set of Belgian passes until later in the year so I opted for a few days in France.

Friday 16th July 1999

I had a meeting in York.  After that I made my way to Lille.
43120 & 43038 York – Kings Cross
Eurostar's 3104 & 3103 Waterloo – Lille Europe
After checking in to the hotel I went out for food and beer.
I ate in Les Trois Brasseurs and had a ½ litre of their Blanche de Lille wheat beer. I then visited Au Bureau for 33cl Belforth Blonde and finished in La Taverne Flamande where Castelain Ch’ti Blonde was my nightcap.

Saturday 17th July 1999
A leisurely start, 2 targets for the day – a bar in Boulogne and the line from Amiens to Tergnier.
SNCF 22301 Lille Flandres – Calais Ville
SNCF 16540 Calais Ville – Boulogne Ville
Headed for Bar Hamiot and had a lunch of sole and chips along with a bottle of Brasserie St Omer L’epi de Facon.
SNCF 67619 & 67451 Boulogne Ville – Marquise-Rinxent
SNCF DMU X4560/8622 Marquise-Rinxent – Amiens
SNCF 16024 Amiens – Longeau
SNCF 15047 Longeau – Amiens
SNCF 66480 Amiens - Tergnier 
SNCF 16054 Tergnier – St Quentin
SNCF 16012 St Quentin – Maubeuge
SNCF EMU Z23506 Maubeuge – Aulnoye Amieres
SNCF 16531 Aulnoye Amieres – Valenciennes
Beer and evening dinner in le Grande Hotel opposite Valenciennes station.  Can’t remember the food but I had a 25cl La Choulette Blonde and a 25cl Jenlain to drink.
SNCF 16029 Valenciennes – Lille Flandres
Beers in Lille – La Palais de la Biere - 33cl Pelforth Brune, Ah Ca Ira – 25cl Hoegaarden Blanche,
Taverne L’ecu – 25cl Wieckse witte.

Sunday 18th July 1999
Again no rush to be up early.  The main plan was to cover the 66/4 turn on the St Pol line then drop down to cover the 67 from Le Treport.
SNCF 66456 Lille Flandres  - St Pol sur Turnoise.
Its 10am on a Sunday morning and I have 35 minutes for the unit to Arras.  The brew pub in St Pol opens at 10 on a Sunday.  So I had a beer.  Café La Poste – La Polo Politaine.
SNCF DMU X8619/4589 St Pol sur Turnoise – Arras
SNCF 16539 Arras – Douai
SNCF 16527 Douai – Amiens
SNCF 16019 Amiens – Longeau
SNCF 16054 Longeau – Amiens
SNCF 67543 & 67485 Amiens – Abbeville
SNCF DMU X8649/4637 Abbeville – Le Treport
If you have never been to Le Treport you have missed a lovely little place.  It is very similar to Whitby but not as hilly.  I first came here in 1975 with my parents on a caravanning holiday.  This was the first time I had been by rail.  After a wander around and a few tourist photos I stopped for a beer.
Café du Port – Gouden Boom Brugse Tarwebier.  After a couple of leisurely hours it was time to head to my Hotel in Amiens.
SNCF 67602 Le Treport – Abancourt
SNCF DMU X4524/8534 Abancourt – Amiens
Then time for a nightcap at the French beer guide listed – Chez Marius.  The beer was the rare and very nice Heineken (France) Porter 39.  Very rich but also quite strong at 6.9%.

 Monday 19th July 1999
2 targets for the day both 66/4 turns; one from Etaples le Touquet to Bethune and the other from Dunkerque to Calais.  Oh and I suppose a 3rd target was to catch the Eurostar home.
SNCF 15049 Amiens – Longeau
SNCF 15008 Longeau – Amiens
SNCF 72005 Amiens – Etaples Le Touquet
SNCF 66403 Etaples Le Touquet – Bethune
SNCF EMU Z92053/4 Bethune – Lens
SNCF 16512 Lens – Hazebrouck
SNCF 16514 Hazebrouck – Dunkerque Ville
SNCF 66456 Dunkerque Ville – Calais Ville
Everything had gone fine so far but whilst heading from Dunkerque to Calais the train stopped at a place called Gravelines.  It waited, and waited, and waited.  Eventually having been stood for half an hour a train in the opposite direction passed us running late.  As I was only on a plus 10 this seemed to have been blown.  The next Calais to Lille would only give me 9 minutes to get from Lille Flandres to Lille Europe for my Eurostar – a bit of a tall order.  We arrived in Calais about 25 late to find that the 15.47 Calais to Lille had been held to connect.  There were only about 5 of us that wanted it and after a cross platform change it set off about 18 minutes late.  It turned out to be a booked connection that is always held no matter what; can’t see that happening in the UK.
SNCF 16552 Calais Ville – Lille Flandres
As I now had plenty of time I had a blonde beer in Le Trois Brasseurs before wandering up to Lille Europe.
Eurostar 3212 & 3211 Lille Europe – Waterloo
91006 Kings Cross – Doncaster
An enjoyable trip with 24 new locos for haulage and a few nice beers.  Highlight being the visit to Le Treport.

 Pennine Observer Notes

Eastern Region
Recent sightings at Doncaster have been:

Aug 30           
67027 Standby
66077 Rails
66014, 66129, 66743 Intermodal
66565/66419, 66594 Freightliners
66055, 66109/66250 Light engines
66088, 66145 Limestone empties
66071 Sand
66732 Biomass
66218 Aggregates empties
66013, 66078, 66206, 66518, 66526, 66701,     66707, 66718, 66722, 66726, 66742, 66744     Coal

Sep 5   
66116 on Ballast
66511, 66710 and 66719 on Coal
66519 on Tanker train
60099 and 66001 Light engines

Sep 6   
67027 Standby
66054, 66056, 66741 Intermodal
66003 Steel
66018/60011 Rails
66554 Engineers
66001, 66030, 66218 Light engines
66718 Slurry
66510 Binliner
66077 Limestone empties
66071 Sand
66058 Stone
66509, 66545, 66595, 66006, 66034, 66112,    
66120, 66206, 66701, 66702, 66709, 66710,    
66712, 66719 Coal
66572, 66558 Freightliners

Sep 13   
67019 Standby
66054, 66055, 66718 Intermodal
66567, 66571, 66956 Freightliners
66181 Rails
66123 Engineer
66171 Stone
70016/66619, 66004 Empty limestone
66206, 66598, 66701, 66709, 66711, 66712,    
66951 Coal
47727, 67015 in Wabtec
320311 West Yard

Sep 20   
67027 Standby
66116 Rails
66019, 66084, 66731 Intermodal
66504, 66532 Freightliners
37667/37194 t. & t. Test train
66112 Empty limestone
66077 Stone
66071 Sand
66004 Light engine
66078, 66561, 66595, 66701, 66703, 66710,     66712, 66716 Coal
321442 West Yard

Sep 27   
67027 Standby
66147 Slurry
66238/66067/66016 Rails
66169, 66723 Intermodal
66012, 66709 Light engines
47854/47760 t. & t. charter
66516, 66535 Freightliners
66221 Stone
66218 Sand
66560 Crane
66154 Empty limestone
66055, 66144, 66514, 66585, 66703, 66737,    
66744 Coal

Oct 3   
66056 on Mineral train
66702 and 66733 on Coal
66729 on Goods train
66041/66129, 66154 and 67028 Light engines
67019 in Depot
67027 Standby

Oct 4   
67027 Standby
66035, 66106, 66745 Intermodal
66516, 66565 Freightliners
66033/66042 Rails
66723/66737, 66067 Light engines
66744 Slurry
66123 Sand
66167 Stone
66078, 66168, 66546, 66702, 66719, 66720,
 66740, 66743 Coal
57003/57007/57008/57002 R.H.T.T. wagons to Stowmarket
66218 Aggregate empties

Oct 11   
67019 Standby
66541 Freightliner
66010 Rails
66218 Sand
66194 Steel
66052, 66204, 66572, 66729 Light engines
66004, 66015, 66139, 66708 Intermodal
60040 Auto ballasters
66056 Gypsum
66712 Slurry
66023 Empty limestone
66185 Stone
66078, 66136, 66150, 66508, 66701, 66702,    
66706, 66707, 66735, 66740, 66745 Coal

Oct 18   
67019 Standby
66106, 66143, 66746 Intermodal
66534 Freightliner
66097, 66218 Light engines
66010, 66123 Sand
66115 Empty limestone
66249 Autoballasters
66052 Point carriers
60059 Rails
66713 Empty box wagons
66120, 66520, 66544, 66704, 66706, 66708,    
66712, 66718, 66720, 66730, 66731, Coal
66066 Stone

 Oct 20               
 67019 Standby
66070 Light engine

Oct 25               
67019 Standby
67015 + DVT 82305
66098, 66717 Empty box wagons
66563, 66593 Freightliners
66132/66139, 66136, 66725 Intermodal
66025 Rails
66218 Empty aggregates                         
66010 Sand
66158 Stone
66092 Limestone
66115 t. & t. 66041, 66175 Engineers
66160, 66597, 66598 Light engines
66140, 66419, 66702, 66703, 66707, 66711, 66716, 66740 Coal
 466024, 466028 Wabtec

Oct 27   
66702 on coal train
66221 and 66706 light engines
08669 in Wabtec

Nov 1   
67028 Standby
66016, 66041, 66701 Intermodal
66543, 66572 Freightliners
60054, 66218 Rails
66108, 66717 Empty box wagons
66136 Empty stone
66009 Stone
66125 Empty limestone
66080, 66957, 66702, 66706, 66711, 66723     Coal

Nov 8   
67019 Standby
66058, 66207, 66732 Intermodal
47843 in Wabtec
66523, 66534 Freightliners
60035, 66079, 66125, 66164 Light engines
66143 Gypsum
66023 Stone
66737 Empty box wagons
66116 Rails
66218 Autoballasters
66206, 66550, 66703, 66711, 66713 Coal
37425, 66046, 66052, 66099 on the Depot

Recent sightings on the Gainsborough – Barnetby line have been:
Sep 3    66020, 66047, 66137, 66144, 66154 and       66710 on coal trains
Sep 5    66089, 66144, 66149 and 66154 on coal       trains
Sep 6    66006, 66063, 66144, 66154, 66710, 66712     and 66719 on coal trains
Sep 7    66063, 66154, 66168, 66185 and 66710 on     coal trains
Sep 11    66034, 66137, 66185 and 66710 on coal       trains
Sep 12    66034, 66063, 66149, 66168 and 66185 on     coal trains
Sep 13    66168, 66709 and 66712 on coal trains
Sep 14    66047, 66709 and 66712 on coal trains
Sep 17    66047, 66107 and 66149 on coal trains
Sep 18    66051, 66054, 66107 and 66706 on coal trains
Sep 19    66054, 66107 and 66185 on coal trains
Sep 20    66054, 66107, 66185, 66706 and 66712 on     coal trains
Sep 21    66051, 66054, 66107, 66149, 66185 and       66712 on coal trains
Sep 22    66136 and 66716 on coal trains
Sep 24    66059, 66709 and 66744 on coal trains
Sep 27    66056, 66079 and 66709 on coal trains
Sep 28    66079, 66709 and 66744 on coal trains
Sep 29    66144 and 66703 on coal trains
Oct 1    66012, 66031, 66125 and 66128 on coal       trains
Oct 2    66121, 66125 and 66702 on coal trains
Oct 4    66012, 66031, 66128 and 66702 on coal       trains
Oct 5    66128, 66702 and 66743 on coal trains
Oct 8    66014, 66121, 66702 and 66706 on coal       trains
Oct 9    66012, 66014, 66702, 66706 and 66711 on     coal trains
Oct 11    66177 on coal train    66712 on goods train 66707 light engine
Oct 12    66012, 66128 and 66176 on coal trains
Oct 13    66735 on coal trains
Oct 15    66012, 66114, 66177, 66703 and 66706 on     coal trains
Oct 16    66012, 66037, 66114, 66703 and 66706 on     coal trains
Oct 17    66012, 66114, 66139, 66176, 66204 and       66703 on coal trains
Oct 18    66012, 66703 and 66712 on coal trains    66040 on oil train
Oct 19    66176, 66703, 66706 and 66712 on coal       trains
Oct 23    66151, 66204 and 66707 on coal trains
Oct 24    66120, 66162, 66706, 66707 and 66711 on     coal trains
Oct 25    66120, 66129, 66162, 66204, 66703, 66707     and 66711 on coal trains
Oct 26    66018, 66090, 66201, 66703, 66707 and       66711 on coal trains
Oct 27    66129, 66204, 66706 and 66711 on coal       trains

Other recent sightings have been:
Aug 22 
66716 on coal train at Welham
66164 on oil train and 66549 on coal train at Nottingham
Sep 1    66094, 66184, 66726 and 66953 on coal train at Melton Ross
Sep 15    60059 and 66002 on oil trains and 66602 and 66712 on coal trains at Crowle
Sep 21    66013 on Tilcon at Hull
Sep 22    92042 on goods train at Eaton Lane Crossing
Oct 12    66199 on Tilcon at Hull
Oct 13    66114, 66130, 66520, 66527, 66706, 66739  and 66951 on coal trains and 66133 on oil  train at Barnetby
Oct 17    60059 on oil train, 66031 and 66848 on coal     trains and 666096 on steel train at Crowle
Oct 24    66228 on Tilcon at Hull
Oct 27     20301+20303 on track-cleaning train and  66520 and 66703 on coal trains at Hatfield and Stainforth

Locos noted at Peterborough on 28 September were 66170, 66042, 66745, 66737, 66717, 66716, 66730, 66736, 66184, 66249, 66150, 66086 and 66572.  Trains were delayed by 90 minutes due to points failure and obstruction on line.

 Scottish Region
Locos seen at Edinburgh on 20 September were 37685 stabled at Craigentinny, 67024 and 90035 stabled in Waverley and 67030 on 2G13 (17.08 Edinburgh Fife Circle).
Locos noted at Mossend on 13 October were 66095, 08676 and 66075.

Midland Region
Locos seen at Saltley on 24 September were 66504, 66594, 66540, 66584, 66057 and 66418.  On the same day 37683, 37603 and 37425 were noted at the Derby Research Centre.
Locos noted at the Derby Research Centre on 4 October were 37683, 37610, 37607, 08417, 08536, 73139 and 66747.
Locos seen at Carlisle Kingmoor on 14 October were 66187, 66595, 66953, 66117, 66165, 66432, 66422, 66425, 66540, 66530, 66426, 37612, 37608, 37427, 37426, 37417, 87009, 08405 and 20315.
Noted in Crewe Yard on 20 October was 70099.

Western Region
57602 worked the Penzance / Paddington sleeper on 14 September after 08410 had brought in the empty stock.  08483 worked the ecs at Paddington the following morning.
Locos noted at Didcot on 15 September were 66067, 66162, 66108, 08752, 70017, 66112, 66099, 66193, 66170 and 66126.  Also seen on the same day were 08836 and 08848 at Old Oak Common and 66113 and
66041 at Acton
Locos seen at Cardiff Canton on 16 October were 08499, 56094, 47739, 56312 and 56311.  Also seen on the same day were 66099, 66090, 66185, 60007 and 66127 at Margam and 66092, 66098, 66113 and 70015 at Newport.

Railtours and Charter Trains
Locos seen on railtours and charters have been:
Aug 29  (Scarborough Spa Express) 45305
Sep 28    (“Modern Railway Golden Jubilee”) 87002 and 66745
Oct 6    (“Heart of Wales Rambler”) 66067
Oct 13    (“Hunterston Tracker”) 37685, 37516, 47804, 26024, 26038 and 37175
Oct 20    (“Ferry Go Round”) 66197 and 66095
Oct 27    (“Grinkle Belle”) 66176

Preserved Railways
Locos working at the Peak Rail Shunter Gala on 1 September were 03113, D2139, 09001, D2953, 03099 and PWM654.  31270 and 68013 were working to Matlock.
Locos used at the Didcot Railway Centre’s “All in a Day’s Work” gala on 15 September were 5322, 08604, 3738 and No. 93.
Locos working at the Severn Valley Railway steam gala on 21/22 September were 3650, 42968, 34053, 5164, 30120, 1501, 5164, 43106, 7812, 31806, 2857 and 7799.
Locos used at the Barrow Hill Roundhouse Model Rail Live event on 22 September were 70013, No. 2000 and 1300 with 03066 giving brake van rides.
Locos working at the Churnet Valley Railway diesel gala on 23 September were D8059, 33102 and D8059.
Locos used at the Nene Valley diesel gala on 29 September were 14029, 31108, 25279, 37119, 47765, 50026, 55002, 56091, 56311 and 66723 (replaced by 66737 the next day).
Locos working at the Great Central Railway steam gala on 5 October were 925, 9466, 47406, 48624 and 78019.
Locos used at the Severn Valley Railway diesel gala on 5 October were 08471, 08015, 45133, 50026, D1062, D8188, D821, 33108, 50035 and D8059.
Locos working at the GC Railway, Nottingham diesel gala on 6 October were D7629, 47292, 56097, 20154, 31162, 46010 and E6016.

Egyptian Diary
It is now November 6th and the temperatures are still in the 30’s but we have had showers, thunder and lightning for most of the day, with pools of water
 at the side of the road.  I asked a local this evening when it was last like this and he said about 7 years ago.  It is all down to climate change you know!  Anyway down to the railway, I mentioned a sugar cane railway before on the west bank, there is also one between Luxor and the airport; it is crossed about 3 times as you travel to the airport.  The design of Luxor station building is copied from an Egyptian Pharonic temple inside and out, with the station platform canopies having Pharonic columns, it also looks a bit Art Deco Southern railway style.  The smaller local stations do look Southern being of concrete construction.  On my 1st September visit to the station 3211 was at the head of a 10 coach 2nd class train to Cairo, depart 13.00 all stations, arrive Cairo 01.00.  Included in the train a baggage car for newspapers and passengers with no ticket, doors are left open and as the train draws out the passengers jump on.  I managed another trip around the depot and they were changing pistons between 2 EMDG22W’s Class 39’s with the help of a Finish built mobile crane.  The depot also has a very well equipped machine shop.  The GE Evolution Class 24 Co-Cos are built in the States, are very up to date on fuel efficiency with A/C, but accessing the cab from a door down the side of the loco seemed rather an ordeal.  I haven’t seen these locos on any passenger train as yet.  The October visit on the 31st was very enjoyable and the station was busy, 3941 off shed with coach and onto a local train to piloting 3151 on shed, 2162 (66) off shed and onto 15.00 all stations to Cairo.  3197, 2478, 3969/70 on shed, 3944 brought in 1st class coaching stock for Cairo.  3174 arrived with ex-Aswan train.  A very nice cup of tea was enjoyed in the buffet, water heated in rather large brass kettle on a gas ring.  The buffet as mentioned before, the kind we loved before the corporates got on board!  The trip ending with a visit to the station signal box, with a good chat with the signalman another cup of tea and a fag!  You have to; it is not polite to refuse.  Best regards to all at the Pennine.  Steve (Egyptian Correspondent).

P.S. For the aviation enthusiasts, a flight in Egyptair A320 SU-GBU on a day trip to Cairo, and return in Embraer-170 SU-GCT.  Very nice flights with complimentary drinks

Pennine Quiz No. 150

50 Years of the Class 47

1  Where were the Class 47s built and how many were   built at each location?

2  How many were built with not train heating   equipment?

3  What number was D1102 rumoured to have carried   when it first appeared?

4  What was the original maximum output and the   downrated value of the Class 47?

5  Which range of locos were built as Class 48s and   then converted?

6  Which locos never received 47 numbers?

7  Which loco had the most changes of number   (excluding preservation)?

8  Which Class 47s were repainted for the GWR 150   celebrations?

9  Which locos were painted in the original NSE   livery?

10  Which locos were repainted into which liveries by   Virgin Trains to celebrate the end of Class 47 power   on cross country services?

11  Which loco became 47601 and 47901?

12  Which Class 47 was involved in the accident at   Morpeth in 1984?

13  Which loco was involved in 2 accidents; first in   Scotland and then near Dover?

14  Which locos were withdrawn following an incident   at Reading in February 1991?

15  Which loco was renumbered in response to a   warning given by a clairvoyant and was then   involved in an incident near Barnetby?

16  List the names, and the Class 47s that have carried   them, that include a Yorkshire town in the name?

17  List the names, and the Class 47s that have carried   them, that include “Bristol” in the name?

18  List the names, and the Class 47s that have carried   them, that include “Derby” in the name?

19  List the names, and the Class 47s that have carried   them, that have been named after newspapers or magazines?

20  Which loco was to be named “University of   Sterling” and which actually carried it?

21  Which loco was the first to be converted to a Class   57 and what was its new number?

22  Which locos, selected to become Class 57s, were   found to be unsuitable and which locos replaced   them?

23  Which was the first Class 47 to be preserved and   where is it currently based?

24  Which Class 47 is owned by the NRM?

 Pennine Quiz No. 149
The Answers

1  7037, Swindon in 1950
2  70036 Boadicea
3  Class 9F Franco Crosti
4  Wheels, they are what the axle boxes slide up into
5  Whyte Notation
6  Dent on the Settle – Carlisle
7  Dartmouth
8  Midland Railway
9  Between Barlby and Brough on the Selby – Hull   line, 18 miles long
10  Cowburn tunnel, 875ft below the surface, on the   Hope Valley line at the west end of Edale
11  Hush Hush on the LNER.  Built in 1930, converted   to Class A4 in 1936
12  Quintinshill, on 22 May 1915, near Gretna Green,   200+ people died and 246 were injured when a troop  
train collided with a goods train
13  The distance allowed for the train to stop in should it   pass a signal showing a stop aspect
14  Controls points
15  Distant signal
16  Coal
17  Waterloo, closed in 1941 after bomb damage the   entrance is still there in Westminster Bridge Road
18  Adriatic, said to have been named after its use by   Austrian railways on a route by the eastern shore of  
the Adriatic Sea
19  Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway
20  Plymouth
21  Compulsory refreshment stops
22  Britannia Bridge
23  Concrete
24  Explosion of ammunition train, the George Cross   being awarded to Driver Gimbert and Fireman   Nighthall
25  Ilfracombe

The Winner
Congratulations to the winner – Ian Shenton.

Pennine Meetings 2013
Meetings are held at The Salutation Inn, South Parade, Doncaster starting at 20.00 Prompt on 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month.

Wednesday 2nd January 2013
Members Slides

 Sunday 6th January 2013

 Wednesday 16th January 2013
Joe Wray

Wednesday 6th February 2013
Geoff Griffiths

Wednesday 20th February 2013
Steve Philpott

Wednesday 6th March 2013
Brian Longborne
“The Railways of Lincoln”

Wednesday 20th March 2013
Pete Sargieson

Wednesday 3rd April 2013
Glen Williamson
(18.00 visit to Tower)

Wednesday 17th April 2013
Ken Grainger
“Cheshire Lines”

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

Next Issue
The Spring 2013 issue of Trans Pennine is due for publication on Wednesday 20th March would contributors please let the coordinator have their information by no later than Wednesday 20th February - THANK YOU.  Quiz questions would be much appreciated.  If you can, please email your contributions to

 Stop for a while…
Richard Furness relives the fun of camping coach holidays

The railways became an important element in British society from the Victorian era onwards.  Cars were not affordable for a good part of the early 20th Century, and naturally the foreign tourist package was still a gleam in the traveller’s eye.  It was the railways who came to the rescue, producing holiday guides, travel packages and most of all, camping coaches for family and friends to stay together.
The coaches used were those that had come to the end of their useful life, but when ‘kitted out’ to accommodate small groups, proved to be immensely popular from their inception in 1933.  Naturally the railways also advertised the benefits of family holidays.  So as well as gathering income from the refurbished old coaches, they had more revenue from the newer coaches that took all the holidaymakers there: a win-win situation!  The LNER seems to have had the idea first, but it was not long before everybody jumped on the bandwagon. Because of the camping coach demand, the various railway companies fought hard before and after WWII for holiday business.
The coaches were located all over Great Britain, usually in sidings at strategic railway stations and were generally administered by the local station staff.  The GWR and then BR (WR) seemed to have the largest number of locations (almost fifty at the peak), so that many places in Cornwall, Devon, South Wales and Mid-Wales saw many such coaches and the local economy benefited from the extra tourist income.  How many Best of British readers might have visited one of these and have happy memories of lovely hot summers?
The railway posters that advertised them are also most interesting and these would have appeared early in the year, to encourage booking and let the families who used them avoid the disappointment of missing out.
They were not always sited at the seaside.  The London North Eastern Railway (LNER) had six-berth coaches in Scotland located at Glenfinnan, Loch Awe, Kingussie and West Kilbride as well as at the more traditional Carnoustie, Lundin Links, Arasaig and St Monance.  They also had four-berth coaches at picturesque Robin Hood’s Bay and other six-berth coaches all the way down the East Coast to Norfolk and Suffolk.  They looked comfortable from the outside and certainly were on the inside.  But if the sun shone and the beach or scenery was to hand, who cared that the sleeping quarters were a little cramped.
As well as the personal effects they took, other attractions could be the local station itself, where the signalman almost certainly used to invite guests into the signal box and maybe a few extra levers would have been pulled? Sadly the dreaded Health and Safety today would get in the way of fun and such amateur or trainee signalmen would not be allowed anywhere near the signal box: what a great deal we have lost over the years!
It was the GWR and then BR (WR) who ended up with the largest numbers.  Most were eight-berth units and some were even converted ex-travelling Post Office Coaches!  The railways however made them home-from-home and there were apparently few complaints.  There was a heavy concentration in the Mid-Wales area (Aberdovey, Barmouth, Borth, Dolgellau, Fairborne and Morfa Mawddach) but Cornwall also saw many families partake of the clean air and summer sun all the way from Foley round the tip of Cornwall to St lves.  Dawlish Warren in Devon even saw eight camping coaches parked as a complete train!
After the war, many of the coaches had been unoccupied for six years so needed further work, but there was actually not so much money around.  When BR came into being in 1948, the wartime effort had left the country bankrupt, but people still had to have holidays, so even more coaches were refurbished and let in the early 1950s and popularity returned.  Some of the new coaches were Pullman Cars, so the rent could be increased.  For just a few pounds per person per week, families could live temporarily very well, making a more than welcome change from the smoke and pollution of Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds or Sheffield.
Sadly, the social habits of the British holidaymaker were changing, as more cars appeared and then the package holiday.  A certain Richard Beeching came on the scene in the early 1960s and business economics then dealt a fatal blow to all this frivolity.  By 1971, most camping coaches had gone (save those the railwaymen used themselves), as the family flew away to warmer destinations for the traditional summer school holiday break.  We are left with some lovely pictures, evocative posters and memories of a time we may never see again in Britain.

This article is reproduced from the September 2010 issue of Best of British, a monthly magazine available from newsagents and on subscription.  Please visit or call 01778 342814 for further information.

Railway in the Killin fields
James Carron remembers a doomed Scottish branchline

The British love lost causes and the former line to Killin is a classic example.  It remains a wonder it ever opened for business.
Prior to its creation, the nearest station to the village - named Killin Station - was five miles away at the head of Glen Ogle.  The laird, the Marquis of Breadalbane, believed Killin held potential as a tourist destination.  All he needed to do was get people there.
Neither the Callander and Oban Railway Company (C&O), which operated the station at Glen Ogle, nor the Caledonian Railway (CR) shared his vision.
Undaunted, the Marquis vowed to build the line himself and established the Killin Railway Company, encouraging his tenants to invest their cash.  Shares were taken up by local businessmen, shopkeepers, farmers and even shepherds.
Construction began in 1883 but it was dogged by problems.  Money was tight, costs spiralled out of control and contractors went bankrupt.  Bad weather hindered progress, unpaid navvies left in droves and the C&O refused a connection with their line unless the Killin Railway Company paid for a junction twice as expensive as the one initially planned.
Time and again the Marquis dug into his own pockets to bring the project to fruition and would continue to do so.  So short were funds that the company ordered nameboards with ‘Junction’ on to bolt on to the old ‘Killin’ sign from the station in Glen Ogle - which was being renamed Glenoglehead by the C&O.

Short and sweet

The new railway was five-miles long with three stations - Killin Junction, Killin, with a small goods yard, and Killin Pier at Loch Tay.  In 1900, a siding was added at Acharn, a mile up the line from Killin.
With the branch built and the first train ready to roll, all problems seemed solved.  The weather had other ideas.  On the day of the planned Board of Trade inspection, a snowstorm swept down the glen, covering the rails.  Plans to open were (literally) put on ice, but many locals needed winter coal and 140 tons sat at Killin Junction.  A similar request came from local farmers in need of hay.  A plea was made to the railway, and then the Board of Trade.  The shiny new engine set out in the winter sunshine on its inaugural journey.
Eventually the inspection was made and on March 13th, 1886, the opening ceremony took place, seven days ahead of the launch of passenger services.  The grand affair included lunch, a trip on the line and a cruise on Loch Tay.
The trains were hauled by two specially designed tank engines known as Killin Pugs - nicknamed ‘coffee pots’ because of their tall stovepipe chimneys.  Built and operated by the Caledonian Railway, one was kept at the engine shed at Loch Tay station, the other held in reserve at Stirling.
Villagers made good use of their railway but, with little freight, it relied heavily on summer tourism.  The village established itself as a popular destination for the Victorian middle classes, with unpolluted air, spectacular mountain scenery and the Falls of Dochart.
One great asset was Loch Tay.  The Marquis set up the Loch Tay Steamboat Company.  His first vessel, The Lady of the Lake, plied a regular service between Loch Tay Station, from a rail-topped jetty, and Kenmore.  A second cruiser, The Queen of the Lake was purchased in 1907.
Despite this early optimism, there were always problems.  The goads shed at Killin blew down in a storm, the engine shed at Loch Tay was destroyed by fire, and the two Killin Pugs performed so badly they soon had to be replaced.

Death of the Marquis

In 1922 disaster struck.  The railway’s founder and father figure died and the line, and his estate, passed to trustees who didn’t regard it in the same paternal light.  They stopped subsidising the company and it ran full steam into the red.  The directors struggled on without pay but the following year, with debts of £12,000, they sold to the London, Midland & Scottish Railway Company.
The slow demise of the branch began.  In 1939, the steamboats were scrapped, the pier demolished and Loch Tay station closed.  The number of services dropped to five a day.  In 1948 the nation’s railways were nationalised and British Railways took over.
The branch enjoyed a brief upturn in fortunes in the 1950s with the construction of a Hydro-Electric power station on Loch Tay.  But its days were numbered.  Dr Beeching’s famous axe should have fallen on the branch in November, 1965.  Closure was actually brought forward by two months after a landslide on the line in Glen Ogle between Callander and Crianlarich.  With it went the branch.
On the wet and murky morning of September 26th, villagers gathered to wave the last train off.  It seemed unwilling to go.  Hauling three coaches and 13 wagons, it twice slithered to a standstill on the greasy rails on the rising gradient out of Killin.  Relieved of the wagons, it made its final exit on the third attempt.
In time the track was lifted and today the route makes a fine country walk.  Ironically the first station to close, Loch Tay, is the only one to survive.  Preserved in its original state, it is now a privately owned holiday home.

This article is reproduced from the February 2011 issue of Best of British, a monthly magazine available from newsagents and on subscription.  Please visit or call 01778 342814 for further information.