THE MAGAZINE OF THE PENNINE
Issue No. 17 - November 1977
NOTES FROM THE COMMITTEE
We are delighted
to announce the appointment to the
Committee of Tony
Booth who will be Promotions Officer and will be in
charge of the
sale of books, badges, postcards, calendars etc. to members at
promotions supplement is enclosed with this magazine. We know that members
will find Tony to be extremely helpful to them and will
be pleased to
give any advice needed.
Members will find
details in this magazine of visits planned for the rest of this
year and for the Spring of 1978. Again we have tried to provide a variety
of different visits. To avoid disappointment members should book early
General Meeting will be held on Sunday 15th.January 1978 at 12-00 at the
Masons Arms, Doncaster. All members axe welcome to attend.
magazine is a membership renewal form. Once again
fee remains unchanged at 75p for 1978 (£1 for father and son)
Sat.19th.November- Swindon Works 11-00. Meet Rodbourne Road entrance
Sat.26th.November- Crewe Works 10-30 and. Derby Works 14-30.Members
60p, non-members 80p, excluding rail travel. No half fares.
3rd.December-Yorkshire by rail, To include Tinsley, Holbeck, York and
National Railway Museum. Meet Sheffield Travel Centre at 08-15.Adults
£3-50, children £2-55.Non-members £3-75. children £2-80.
7th,December- Social evening at the Masons Arms, Market
Place, Doncaster. PENNINE SHIELD QUIZ -Pennine v South Yorkshire RPC.
v Doncaster Railway Circle. 19-30 ALL WELCOME
8th,December-PENNINE SHIELD QUIZ - Teams as above. To be hold at the
BRSA Club, St. James Bridge,Doneaster.19-30 ALL WELCOME
Sun,11th,December- Doncaster Works 11-00 and depot. Meet outside Plant
Hotel at 10-45.Members 40p, non-members 60p. Children half price.
Tue.13th.December-PENNINE SHIELD QUIZ. Teams as above. To be held at
Grapes Hotel, Trippet Lane, Sheffield.19-30 ALL WELCOME
-Social evening at the Masons Arms, Doncaster 19-30.
Mr. Eddie Plenty - Slides,
-Doncaster Works ONLY, 10-30. Meet outside Plant Hotel 10-15. Members
40p,non-merabers 60p.Children half price.
Followed. by AGM at the
Masons Arms 12-00 (adults may bring children, meeting in private
-Swindon Works 11-00. Meet Rodbourne Road entrance 10-45 Members
35p,children 20p,non-members 55p children 35p.
-Crewe Works 10-30 and Derby Works 14-30.
Wed. 1st.February- Social evening at the Masons Arms-Mr. Keith
Marshall - slides
Sun,12th,February- Doncaster Works; 11-00 and depot. Meet outside
Plant Hotel at l0-45.
Sat,19th.February-Liverpool by rail-from Sheffield. To include Wigan
Springs Branch, Birkenhead, Allerton and the Liverpool loop. STAR OUTING
Wed, 1st. March -Social
at the Masons Arms, Doncaster
Sat, 4th,March -Severn Valley Railway-by BR excursion from
Doncaster with additional stop at Sheffield if sufficient numbers.
-East Anglia by rail from Doncaster. To include March. Cambridge and
Norwich, STAR OUTING.
Sun,26th, March -
MPD 13-00 and Works 14-00. Meet at MPD at 12-45
-Social evening at the Masons Arms, Doncaster
Sat. 8th.April -PENNINE SCENIC RAILTOUR from Worksop and
Darnall-outward via Woodhead, Manchester, Preston, Carlisle-3hour stop
and return via Skipton, Leeds, Aldwarke Jcn, Electric haulage requested
over Woodhead and Shap. STAR OUTING
-Eastleigh Works and Shed-by BR excursion from Doncaster with
additional stop at Sheffield if sufficient numbers. STAR OUTING
Sat. 22nd April - South Wales by BR excursion
with additional stop at Sheffield if sufficient numbers. To include
Severn Tunnel Pump
Ebbw Jcn and Cardiff Canton.
Wed. 3rd.May -Social evening at the Masons
Mon.29th.May -North Yorkshire Moors Railway -by
BR excursion from Doncaster. STAR OUTING.
Prices and times
when not given above will be released as soon as possible, All
bookings (except for STAR OUTINGS) should be sent to Tom Helliwell.
If you wish to go on a STAR OUTING please book with Robin Skinner
stating how many places you wish to book and from which station you
wish to travel. For any further Information please contact Tom or
Please note that
all payments should be received in advance,
03171-SP 08510-SB,08003-DN,08459-DR.08870-WH, 08240/862-CA,. 08889, 31129261/309-MR,
08015/22/331/523-TI. 08504, 31107/70, 47167/8/9 -IM.
311251/61/240-FP, 473134-TE, 31297/8,
Region 08025-BS,08300-AN 08465-KD, 25O94-CD, 25101/11-TO, 25112/4-CD,25115/52/73-TO. 25148/86/92-CD: 40010/1/7-KD, 4764-BS, 47281-TO, 47293/4/5/8.BS
08247-DT, 25031-ED. 25090/2/6-ScR
withdrawn 03092 08002/65/6/167/310/57 25029 26017 40059/72 76020
stored 03025/154/9/71 08459/504 24023/35/6/47/63/81
reinstated 03034/171 08003/59/459/772 76004
50194/245/9043/88-HA, 50606/10/6200/1 - NL, 51248/50/6409/10-GF,
50200/40-DN, 51268-NR, 56457-SF, 51212/443/63721/3-CA, 51246/7/495/6071-GF,
50209/91-GF, 51456/520/6388-ED, 51248/50-DE
DMUs stored 50249
Vehicles withdrawn. 21098 25437 35163 70651 70702 87227 87254.
reinstated 16221 87090
3388 4421 5337 5343 9392 13468/9 14057 25313 25449 81127
Region 2434 5258 5272 5279 5678 81225 81259
5099 5391 5395
During 1948 and
1949 Hull Speedway fielded a third division team known as 'The
Angels'. Home meetings were held at Heddon Airfield, five miles
Hull-Wythenshawe railway line. Crowds of up to 9,000 attended
meetings and a special station was constructed outside the stadium
in order to carry supporters back and forth from the city. Will
anyone with any information on the station or the speedway please
contact Jon Davis, Editor of 'TRANS PENNINE'.
This month's photograph shows Stanier Class 5MT 4-6-0 No.5305
passing through Doncaster in August 1977 an route from Hull to
Dinting. We thank Tony Booth for the photograph.
From 3rd.October 1977 Backworth, on the Newcastle-Whitley Bay loop
and Black Rock on the Machynlleth-Pwllheli line have been closed.
SUCCESS OF ELECTRICS
The GN Inner-Suburban electrics, introduced less than a year ago have
attracted the customers. There has been an overall increase of more
than 50% in ordinary and season ticket takings for the first 26
weeks of operation. From stations between Finsbury-Park and Wood
Green full and reduced fares revenue was up 37% and season tickets
up 142% giving a total increase of 162%.
SHOCK FOR MERSEYSIDE PASSENGERS
The Merseyside PTE is proposing to withdraw financial support from a
number of rail services in the Greater Liverpool area and reduce the
amount of support from several other services as a means of
economy. Under the proposals all support for the Birkenhead-Wrexham
and St. Helens Shaw St.-Garswood services would be withdrawn and the
Heswall shuttle service stopped. BR would have the option of bearing
the costs themselves or closing the services altogether.
Services on which it is proposed to make economies by reducing the
frequency or length of trains include the North Merseyside electric
services. Peak travel on the Southport/Ormskirk line will be cut by
lengthening the time between trains by 2.1/2 minutes and on the Wirral
electric service the peak services will be at 10 instead of 5 minute
Intervals and the train intervals between Birkenhead Park and
Liverpool will be extended from 20 to 30 minutes.
The estimated cost effect of closure or rail service reductions is a
net saving of £300,000 in 1978/9 and £799,000 for 1979/80. Merseyside
spends £14m on rail services from which it draws revenue of £6m. Its
bus operations cost £34m against total receipts of £24m.
Many cancellations came into effect from 3rd.October 1977.
Industrial action on 15th.October resulted in all Class 55 Deltics
being taken out of service. This action took the Deltics out of
service for about one week.
BR MISS OUT
A series of one day stoppages is hitting South Yorkshire bus
services. Commuters and shoppers have made use of local rail services
despite a total lack of advertising by BR. In the Sheffield area for
example many passengers have been boarding at Darnall and Dore. With
more initiative many more passengers could have been attracted,
Train loads of aggregates being used in the construction of the
NCB's new mine at Selby are moving from Buxton. BR's contract with
Staveley Lime Products Is to transport 35,000 tons of limestone to
Gascoigne Wood near Selby. The material is being carried by two sets
of 28 wagons in 650 ton loads with 5 trains a week in each direction. Full trains leave Peak Forest at 03-45 arriving Gascoigne
Wood 07-50 while the return empties leave at 05-00 reaching Peak
Forest by 10-00.
Two new terminals at Harwich and Birmingham are to be opened next year. Harwich will be served by an extension of the existing
Cambridge-Edinburgh Motorail route which will be increased in
frequency and be extended to Stirling. If the feasibility of using
Birmingham International is confirmed it will be provided with a
seasonal overnight train to Inverness.
POTTED RAILWAY HISTORIES
No.1 - The GNR
by Tony Booth
From 1835 it took
15 years of schemes and counter schemes involving costly legal
battles before this major East Coast route was completed. The main
objectors were the LNWR, Midland and the Eastern Counties lines, all
of whom were fearful of losing a great deal of business.
Maiden Lane, near Kings Cross it was opened to Werrington Junction, near Peterborough and two years later to Doncaster, A new
station was built at Kings Cross in 1853 designed by Lewis Cubitt,
yellow brick in the style of the Tsars riding school in Moscow. At
the time it was acknowledged as being the largest and finest station
And so to
Doncaster which was the industrial hub of the main line, Here was
centralized all Great Northern traffic from the South Yorkshire
coalfield and the West Riding industrial area. There is an
old, true saying that the GNR "finished in a ploughed field four miles
north of Doncaster'. This was at the 'end on' Askern Junction where
the original access to York lay over L&Y and the York and North
Midland lines via Knottingley. It was not until 1870 that the North
Eastern Railway pushed south from Challoners Whin Junction via Selby
to Shaftholme Junction giving the GNR running powers over a direct
route to the North.
Northern promoted a number of lines In Cheshire to strengthen their
position and consolidated local interests. In 1866 the GNR,
Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire and the Midland became partners in
the Cheshire Lines Committee and tapped the business from the
Lancashire industrial area and the docks of Merseyside.
locomotives were supreme. They were first bought from outside firms
until 1850 when locomotive superintendents took over. The first of
these was Archibald Sturrock, a former GWR man who was specialised in
building large singles. He transferred the locomotive works from
their temporary location at Boston to Doncaster where they were
opened In 1853 for repairs and rebuilding only.
succeeded Sturrock in 1866 and built the first locomotive at
Doncaster in 1867. In 1870 he produced the first 8ft 4-2-2 which were
probably the most popular engine of their era.
Next, in 1895 came
H. A. Ivatt and the first British Atlantic 4-4-2 'Henry Oakley'
emerged from Doncaster Works in 1898. In 1911 perhaps the most famous
GNR engineer, Sir Nigel Gresley took over and though his finest work
was done after the 1923 amalgamation he did produce a GNR Pacific
4-6-2 in 1922.
So was achieved
the perfect progression of locomotive design upon one
system, starting with the Stirling 8ft.Singlel through the Ivatt
'Atlantic' to the Gresley 'Pacific'. No other railway in the country
could show such-an example of logical expansion from type to type, or
such a result of unparalleled success.
On the formation
of the LNER Gresley stayed in power as Locomotive Superintendent and
carried the GN tradition to an even higher degree of
success. Locomotive colours were light green, lined white and
black, red-brown frames lined red, black outside cylinders, green
wheels. Goods engines were grey with white lining from 1912. Coaches
were in varnished teak and wagons were dark brick red.
Off to a flying
start is the news on the £80m Midland suburban electrification
scheme from St. Pancras to Bedford. According to Alf
Brinicombe, project officer (Midland lines)-'We've never had a job so
far advanced within 12 months of authority to start'.
A special feature
from entertainments aces Kevin Connell and Alan Pett.
Married to Lynn
CHILDREN - Two-1 boy
and 1 girl
Computer Programmer (long distance)
FAVOURITE-RELAXATION- Selling badgers for Pennine funds
FAVOURITE SPORT -
Soccer (Barnsley F.C.)
PLACE- - NCB Coal House Doncaster.
PROGRAMME - In-Clement Freud's dog food adverts
- Oh, Rob-I don't know Rob.'
Travellers-Fare Gold Blend coffee
ON HOBBY - Robin Rollhand'
NOTES AND NEWS
28th,SepteMber Harrogate saw its first HST
when 254002 worked from York to Leeds and return. Noted on York MPD
on the same day were
25120(TO), 25253(BS), 47194(CD), 47495(BR), 47101(CF), 20031(IM), 20215(TI).
whilst 254003 worked an excursion Into York from Bristol, as did Union
Jack adorned 47164 from Shenfield.
On 20th September
47434 experienced difficulty whilst working the up Hull Pullman. 47216
assisted the delinquent 47 from Doncaster to Kings Cross where the
duo arrived one hour late. On the same day the down 'Hull Pullman'
left Kings Cross 45 minutes late due to a signal failure.
September a Bridlington-Edinburgh 'Merrymaker' was hauled by Sulzer
Class 46.no.46017(LA), whilst on 17th,September 37039 was in charge
of a Grantham-Blackpool Illuminations special.
Class 03 03197
was noted outside Doncaster Works on 18th.September in superb
ex-works condition, and on 24th.September 47219 hauled a
Doncaster-Portsmouth Harbour excursion. On the outward journey this
train ran via Reading General and Guildford.
remaining green liveried Class 13.No.13002 has been painted 'rail
blue' in Doncaster Works. However on the other hand Liverpool Street
station pilot 08531 has been repainted at Stratford in green livery
complete with the old BR 'lion and wheel' emblem.
RAILWAY SOCIETY ran a visit to London depots on
8th.October,covering Stratford, Willesden, Cricklewood, Old Oak
following locomotives were noted at Stratford:
45010, 40068, 20059, 56005/12,
was noted at Stratford being adorned with a Union Jack. Also noted at
Stratford that day included E51003,S051487, Sc56477 and BTH
non-powered carriage-heating unit ADB 968000(ex-BR D8243).
Two Class 56
locomotives, 56012/14 are currently working off Wath Depot and have
been employed on test trains at the end of October and beginning of November. The engines, hauling 30 full MGR hoppers, have been found to
be extremely powerful.
20s are still to be found at Gunness near Scunthorpe, employed on
banking duties. On 29th.October 20025 was in attendance. On the same
day 20029/51 and 08404 were at Scunthorpe.
locomotives noted on Doncaster depot included:
on the same day were: 03179, 08122/74/228/76/95/358/88/401/59/88/509, 24001/9/72 147/8,
31009/118/38/241/58/9 /88/98/309/14, 37032/3/49/50/58/94/168/93/200/4/18/52/95, 50002/6/8/16/20/31/6/44/6/8, 55017/16/18, 56036/7/9 (complete).
withdrawn Class 76, 76020 was in the Works. This engine is earmarked
for the National Railway Museum at York.
The final Class
56 locomotive to be delivered from Romania, 056030 has now entered
service and is operating from Tinsley. On lst. November 56030 was seen
passing Dore with a cement train for Earles at Hope.
The current power
dispute is again causing chaos on BR. Class
56008 was seen at Sheffield Midland on 4th, November acting as a
standby power source for the station lighting and one of Wath's
Class 56s is being used to supply power to the depot in the event of
new Class 56 56037 was standing resplendent outside Doncaster Works.
On 17th September
08355 was noted at Blackburn whilst 08835.and 40096/115/85/91 were
at Preston and 08925 was at Blackpool.
a Liverpool-Spalding "Class 44 Peak Farewell Tour" had Peak haulage
from Toton-Spalding and return. The locomotive used-was 44008 'Penyghent',
whilst on lst. October a St. Pancras-Manchester had Class
44 haulage throughout.
24th,September,Doneaster-built Class 56,56033 was noted at Saltley
depot .This loco is being used for crew training purposes, whilst on
8th.October,Class 44, 44009 'Snowdon' was seen working light-engine
at Trowell Junction.
On 8th, October a
PENNINE visit to Cricklewood spotted the following
locomotives: 08458/603/6/768/890, 47201/3/359/491,
In addition many
DMU's were noted including, E50988/92 E51154/7/8/62.
On the same day
locomotives noted at Willesden included
08010/903/5, 25175/81/316, 81016, 84004, 87004/13/21/7 and 87101 which
was being fitted with the nameplate 'Stephenson' prior to the naming
ceremony which took place at Manchester Piccadilly on October 12th.
the 16-15 Sheffield-Manchester DMU was passed at New Mills South
Junction by 'Jubilee' 4-6-0 No.5690 'Leander' and at Romiley by
44004 'Great Gable' both working enthusiasts excursions, and on
arrival at Manchester Piccadilly a 'gricer' was noted on an
adjoining platform carrying a nameplate off D216 'Campania'.
47043 arrived at Blackpool with an excursion from Grimsby Town. On
the same day 40116 and 47158/346/539 were also in attendance.
unusual sight at Preston on 29th.October was that of 47019 complete
with silver roof.
recently on the Liverpool-Ormskirk line have been electric trains
from the Moorgate line in London.
locomotives were noted on Reading MPD on
20th, September: 08791/803/941, 47060/134/44/503,whlilst 4 days later a
freightliner was double headed
through the station by 33012 and
A PENNINE visit
to Old Oak Common on 8th.October noted the following
37022, 50007/9/12/23/4/5/38/50, 47076 'City of Truro' 47078 'Sir
On lst. October Fort
William shunter 08718 was noted on Eastfield undergoing minor
overhaul. On 15th,October 08789,26011/33 and 40151 were seen at
Edinburgh Waverley whilst 40062/3/6/84/5/151/62 were on Haymarket
MPD along with 'grounded' Deltics 55001/3/10/3/6.
On 24th September
33019 was noted at Guildford whilst 08933 was at Fratton and 47484 'Isambard Kingdom Brunel' worked into Portsmouth
occurred& on Southern metals on 11th.October involving the previous
days 15-52 Welbeck-Northfleet MGR and the 03-24 Northfleet-Dunstable
cements. The trains collided when the cement train hauled by 33043/6
ploughed into derailed wagons of the coal train hauled by 47323/59
at Mottingham on the Sidcup line.
33205 failed at Beckenham Junction on the 20-50 Leeds-Dover van train
Victoria-Ramsgate to reverse at Kent House and return to Victoria
before taking an alternative route. The train restarted from Victoria
70 minutes late.
Yet a further
incident on the, Southern occurred on 13th,October when the 17-37
Holborn-West Croydon jumped the rails at Loughborough Jcn. blocking
three lines. The train was worked by
2x4 EPB 5014
and 5253. Unit 5014 was derailed but none of the 600 passengers was injured. However 500 passengers on the following 17-40 were stranded
for 2.1/2 hours since buses arriving to take away stranded passengers
were moved on by Police before commuters could get to them.
lst, October due to engineering works at Factory
(Stewarts Lane) all Southern Region services on the South Eastern
main line from Victoria to Bromley
South/Gillingham/Faversham/Ramsgate/ Dover including boat trains
were diverted via Clapham Junction and Crystal Palace rejoining the
main line at Beckenham Junction adding some 20 minutes to the
journey time. Crews were changed at Beckenham Junction with Central
Division men working between there and Victoria under Home Office
Customs regulations. Police were in attendance to supervise
changeovers on boat trains and the Night Ferry. As passengers do not
go through customs until arrival at Victoria the trains are
Things started to
go badly due to guards going sick causing train cancellations and
further delay with fast services stopping
slow services. By the early afternoon services were becoming further
dislodged by the fact that the Central Division guards started
objecting to working these services as they thought they should just
conduct. Tea time brought a points failure at St. Mary Cray, a lineside
fire at Swanley and a tree blocking the Fast Lines also near
Swanley. The worst
delay recorded was the 22-40 Victoria-Ramsgate/Dover Marine leaving
Victoria at 00-45, 125 minutes late. The 18-40
Victoria-Ramsgate/Dover Marine was terminated at Beckenham Junction
passengers being detrained. Overall punctuality on the Chatham, side
service was 19% right time as opposed to the regular 90-95% on a
Winner of competition No.7 was Mr. B, Taylor. Runners up were Mr J. Henley, and Mr. A
Answers are as
By popular demand
here are another set of station name suffixes. Can you put the
correct towns to these names?
All entries to J.Davis,81,Bowden Wood Cres. Sheffield 9 by 30th,November.
First prize is £2 and there are
second and third prizes of £1 each.
asked to send any information suitable for inclusion in 'TRANS
PENNINE' to Jon Davis. The more information we get, the more
interesting our magazine will become. For information included in
this issue we are indebted to Messrs. Davis, Dewing, Mercer,
Mellors, Sanderson, Skinner and Turner.
After eight years
of negotiation the Bulleid Society has finally acquired the Bulleid
Q1 steam locomotive. Destined to run on the Bluebell. Railway it has
been handed over from the National Collection at Preston
unconventional looking (BR No.33001) was built at Southern Railway's
Brighton workshops in 1942. It remained in service until the mid-sixties.
After being taken
by road from Preston Park to the Bluebell Railway's Sheffield Park
locomotive works the Q1 was thoroughly cleaned and repainted by
Bulleid Society members in time for the handing over ceremony on the
10th.annivereary of Southern Region's last steam train. It is hoped
to have the locomotive in steam and running on the Bluebell by 1980.