THE MAGAZINE OF THE PENNINE
Issue No. 18 - December 1977
NOTES FROM THE COMMITTEE
It is now three
years since the PENNINE RAILWAY SOCIETY was formed in November 1974
and we would like to thank everyone for their support during that
period and we hope to see you all again in 1978.We would also like
to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a happy
Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
The future events
list published in our last magazine has had, in certain instances, to
be slightly amended due to unavailability of permits, and a revised
list appears below. Our South Wales trip on 22nd,April has been
altered to include Barry scrapyard which still houses well over 100
steam locomotives. This change has been forced upon us by the refusal
of the Home Office to grant permission for our visit to the Severn
Tunnel Pump House at Sudbrook. To avoid disappointment members are
asked to book early on visits.
experienced delays in the delivery of our 1978 membership diaries
but these will be forwarded to members as soon as they are received
(STOP PRESS ***
Diaries enclosed )
Members are asked to-note that our AGM will now be held on Sunday
8th,January 1978 (details below).
Wed, 4th.January -Social evening at the Masons Arms, Market
Place, Doncaster. Eddie Plenty-"A wide variety of slides" 19-30
8th.January - Doncaster Works ONLY - 10-30,Meet outside Plant Hotel
10-15. Members 40p.non-members 60p.Children half price.
AGM at the Masons Arms 12-00 (adults may bring children-meeting in
Sat,21st,January - Swindon Works 11-00,Meet Rodbourne
Members 35p, children 20p, non-members 55p,children 35p.
Sat,28th.January - Derby Works, Members
20p,Non-members 55p, children 30p. times available shortly.
Wed. lst, February
- Social evening at Masons Arms-Keith Marshall- "Steam77"
Sun.12th.February - Doncaster Works 11-00 and depot. Meet
outside Plant Hotel 10-45.Members 40p,non-members 60p.Children half
Sat,18th,February - South Lancashire by rail from Sheffield. To
include Springs Branch (Wigan), Birkenhead, Allerton, and Liverpool
loop. Depart Sheffield 07-52 arrive back in Sheffield 19-42, STAR
Wed, lst, March - Social
Masons Arms. Mr. R. Rowland-British Transport Films-19-30
4th,March - Severn Valley Railway-by BR excursion from Doncaster with
at Sheffield if sufficient numbers. Times
shortly, Tickets from PRS. STAR OUTING.
- Doncaster MPD 12-15 and Works 14-00. Meet MPD 12-00,
40p,non-members 60p.Children half price. This visit
March 26th.All bookings transferred.
-East Anglia by rail from Doncaster. To include Lincoln, March and
Cambridge. Depart Doncaster 07-41, Retford 07-57,
back-Retford 18-08 Doncaster 18-53.Times and fares shortly -STAR
-Social evening at Masons Arms-Steve Barnes-slides,19-30
-PENNINE SCENIC RAILTOUR. From Boston and stations to
Darnall. Outward via Woodhead, Manchester, Preston.
stop and return via Skipton, Leeds, Aldwarke.
requested over Woodhead and Shap. Tickets available direct
from BR. Tickets for passengers joining
at Darnall from
PRS. Times and fares shortly. STAR OUTING
-Eastleigh Works and Shed-by BR excursion from Doncaster
stop at Sheffield if sufficient numbers.
Times and fares
shortly, STAR OUTING,
-South Wales by BR excursion from Doncaster with additional stop at
Sheffield if numbers sufficient. To Include Ebbw Jcn. (Newport), Canton
(Cardiff) and Woodham Bros. scrapyard at Barry. Ride by HST Newport-Cardiff. Times
and fares shortly. Tickets from PRS, STAR OUTING.
-Social evening at Masons Arms "Doncaster Resignalling" 19-30.
7th.May - Crewe Works 14-30.Members 25p.Non members 45p.No half
Sun.21st.May -Doncaster Works-details as 12th,February.
Mon29th.hay -North Yorkshire Moors Railway by BR excursion from
Doncaster. Times and fares shortly. Tickets from PRS, STAR OUTING
Sat 17th June - Humberside by rail and sea. To include Hull Botanic
Gardens. Immingham and Frodingham. Times and fares shortly. STAR
(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, If you require any further Information Tom or Robin will
only be too pleased to supply It.
London Midland Region -
- TO, 40191 - SP, 08465 40010/1/7 - KD,
25094/1124/48/8692 - CD, 08025 47064/293/4/5/8-BS
37295/6/7 47508-LE, 31124/36/213/54/60/96-OC. 08480 31414/6/9, 47159 - BR,
08594 - EJ, 4714314/5 CF
20003/7 25031/90/2/6 - ED, 47465-HA
withdrawn 03171 06007 40048
stored 24036 24091 25031 25096 46005
50303/21-DE, 50166/6051-BG, 50660/79/82/3/93/4/5/725/7/932/35/38/39
50862/6/72/919 - TS; 51058/9/71/2/3/4/6/85/6/7/99/101/2/4/225/426073/6371
56482 - NH,
59114 - DE, 59261/6/78/94/9/414/8/30/1/2/3/513/5 - CF, 59374/6-TS, 59504-CW, 59197/2
24/31 - GF.
5297 5325 9358 13287 86767
Region 1736/43/9 (RB) 5317 5818 25814 80300 81225
This month's photograph shows Stanier Class 5MT 4-6-0 No,5305
Doncaster in August
route from Hull to Dinting.
We thank Tony Booth
have announced their
Intention to transfer all carriage servicing and shops etc. at
Newton Abbot to Plymouth upon the introduction of the High Speed Train
for the early 1980s
BR have announced withdrawal of all services from Royal Oak North
Junction -Filey Holiday Camp via the North Curve line, and from Royal
Oak South Junction-Filey Holiday Camp via the South Curve line and
the closure of Filey Holiday Camp station as from 26th, October 1977.
On Tuesday October 31st, Class 87 electric locomotive 87007 was
named "City of Manchester" at Manchester Piccadilly station. The
engine then worked the 15-35 service to London Euston.
A further Class 87 locomotive.87005 has since been named "City of
London" at Euston station.
BR have announced a rise of around 14. 1/2% from 8th.January 1978 with a
higher rise for commuter journeys. Although fare rises appear to have
become an annual event instead of 3 or 4 times per year as in the
past they can still have a devastating effect. Statistics show that
as numbers of passengers are beginning to increase after a fares
rise the next rise brings about a sudden drop in the numbers
This increase is greater than the Government's 10% ceiling on
HALF CENTURY OF THE POST OFFICE RAILWAY
The Post Office's own underground railway which runs for 6. 1/2 miles
from Paddington to Whitechapel, 70 feet below
the streets of London celebrated its 50th.anniversary recently, The
driverless trains run exactly on time 22 hours per day,6 days per
week, with around 359,000 bags of mail handled daily.
The rolling stock used on this 24 inch gauge railway is 46 years old
and the remote controlled electric locomotives are of 1927 vintage
and clearly need replacing If this vital system is to remain much
BIG JIM ARRIVES
A 110 ton 2-8-0 American built steam locomotive has now arrived at
the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway yard at Ingrow. The journey
from Hull after arrival on the MV "NALECZOW" from Poland was by low
loader vehicle via Market Weighton, York, Bradford, Bingley and
The locomotive was abandoned in Eastern Europe after World War 2.
Problems with language, communications, and Polish officialdom led
enthusiasts to believe that the locomotive would never arrive in
England. Last month after a promised delivery date was not met, some
people believed the engine to be lost.
Further renovation will now be completed by Worth Valley members.
LUXURY EMU's FROM YORK
BREL York are now well advanced with their £8m contract to supply 13
x 5 car EMU sets for Taiwan. The units will be the showpiece trains
on a 250 mile run between the North and the South of the Far East
island .The one class coaches have swivel chairs with
footrests, smoked glass panoramic windows, magazine racks, tape
recorded public address system and separate toilets for men and
Two small pieces of plastic with blue horizontal lines are found on
the door frames at particular heights (passengers pay according to
size in Taiwan). Children under the lower mark travel free, those
below the upper pay half fare, whilst anyone above the upper mark
pays full fare. These rates apply irrespective of age,
The units are wider and taller than British coaches although they
have narrower gauge bogies and therefore cannot be tested on track
until they are unshipped at Taiwan.
MEET THE COMMITTEE THE CHAIRMAN
A special feature
from entertainment aces Kevin Connell and Alan Pett
Skylark Sparrow Skinner NICKNAME Dobbin
AGE PASS BIRTHPLACE St,Pancras Chambers
Single CHILDREN No comment
RELAXATION Bun running FAVOURITE SPORT Sheffield Utd. NIL( Soccer-?)
PROGRAMME Robins Nest
Yes please-if you're paying.
ON HOBBY Michael May
Bolland "PENNINE BEST DRESSED MAN OF THE YEAR" winner 1977 lost his
title recently, when the Swindon Works gateman stopped him entering
the Works, thinking he was a tramp. This was due to a ten day growth
Favourite to take
over Norman's title is Mr. Alan Pett who will be the undoubted winner
(providing he can find his teeth in time).
The winner of
competition number 8 was Richard Bolland of Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Lancashire,
runner up prizes went to Ian Medley of Romford, Essex and Anthony
Booth of Doncaster, South Yorkshire.
SUNNYSIDE 2-WALTHAMSTOW ST. JAMES STREET
STREET 4-ELTHAM WELL HALL
ESTATE 6-FILEY HOLIDAY CAMP
BRANSTY 8-WALLASEY GROVE ROAD
9-YEOVIL PEN MILL
10-ST. BUDEAUX or BARNSTAPLE VICTORIA ROAD
LINE 14-WAKEFIELD KIRKGATE
BUMPER QUIZ 1977-
First prize will be £10 with a second prize of £5 and a third prize
PLEASE ENTER- IF YOU DO NOT GET ALL YOUR ANSWERS CORRECT YOU
MAY STILL WIN IF YOU HAVE MORE CORRECT ANSWERS THAN ANYONE ELSE.
1- What do the
initials BRUTE stand for?
2 -A signalman records all movements in his
section in which book?
3- Who was the locomotive superintendent of the
4-Where were the Standard Class
Clan pacifics designed?
5-What was the
number of the Gas Turbine loco, which was rebuilt as AC Electric loco
6-Towards the and
of their life the Lancaster-Morecambe-Heysham DMU's were converted to
alternating current-true or false?
Pullman Car No.354
company built a number of railbuses for BR?
service is known as the "Drain Train"?
11-Which LNER A4
Class Pacific was destroyed by enemy action at York on 29th.April
"Warship" No,D800 "Sir Brian Robertson" named?
13-What do the
Initials DB of the German Federal Railways stand for?
timetables are split into two main types-what are their titles?
Railway had Joint Omnibus Committees with the municipalities of
Halifax, Huddersfield, Sheffield and Todmorden. Which two of these were
tripartite agreements also including the LNER?
16-Three of the
above Joint Committees had emblems. Which one did not?
17-What is the
popular name for the Glasgow Corporation Underground?
18-What is the
Gaelic title of the Irish Transport Company?
19-On what date
did the last trains on the narrow gauge Lynton&Barnstaple line run?
20-What was the
original title of the Mersey Railway?
21-What was fite
retail price of the 1977/8 BR all line timetable?
22-On which line
out of London Liverpool Street is Rye House situated?
Pare run a buffet on Worksop Station-true or false?
24-In the current
all line timetable which Welshpool & Llanfair Railway station is shown
as "Service temporarily suspended"?
mileage from Penzance to Paddington is (a) 250. (b) 225. 3/4
26 Who ware the
builders of BR Departmental 0-4-0 shunter No.52 (ox 11104)?
from Rosslare Harbour run Into which Dublin station?
28-Mame the first
open station out of Dundee Tay Bridge station on the Aberdeen line.
trains run In each direction between Sheffield and Huddersfield ~on
station does a motor coach operate to Southend Airport?
D1200 "Falcon" finally out up in 1976?
company entered an agreement with a brewery company whereby the
brewery built public houses opposite every station and the railway
opened no refreshment rooms?
33-Who are the
owners of GWR 4-6-0 No,4079 "Pendennis Castle" ?
did the LMR introduce on 4th,October 1976?
club in nicknamed "The Railwaymen"?
speedway stadium is used by a British Railways Staff Association ?
Gresley introduced articulated coaching stock to the LNER London
suburban service. "What were they called?
railway artist marks his paintings with a mouse?
SNCF stations does "The Capitol" run?
40-Where did a
DMU overrun buffer stops and become balanced over a road on
line became 100 years, old on 1st. May 1977?
organization uses the slogan "Stand up to the English shires"?
43-For what In
1977 which section of the Manx Electric Railway was reopened?
45-Name Class 40
1960s.which LMR Division was given the code of D16 to Identify its
main line locomotives?
47-Who was the
only Chief Mechanical Engineer of the Eastern Region?
48-What was thie
nickname of the Southern USA 0-6-0 tank class?
49-Which was the
first blue-liveried Class47?
50-Which loco has
recently been loaned to the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway by the
National Railway Museum?
reach Jon Davis, 81 Bowdon Wood Cres. Sheffield 9 before 16th,January
members, are not eligible to cater this special competition.
NOTES AND NEWS
The Deltic "groundings" in October due to industrial action caused
major changes on the ECML. On 12th,October.prior to total grounding
the 08-45 Leeds-Aberdeen was hauled as far as Newcastle by 55010, from
where 55001 took over. On the same day the 10-35 Aberdeen-Kings Cross
arrived in Newcastle behind 55016, sister engine 55004 then took over
the train as far as York from where 47401 took over.
the 16-08 Kings Cross-Newcastle was hauled by 40058, The train was
seen at York running only 7 minutes late. On the same day the 16-00
Edinburgh-Kings Cross was hauled by 47547 noted at York running 62
sparks flew at Gainsborough with the sight of 25267 hauling 31415
(OC) towards Doncaster. On the 17th,November 47601 was seen at
Gainsborough Trent Junctions hauling a Lindsey Oi1 Terminal train,
on the previous day 03026,08277/31323 and 47271 were noted In
Lincoln West Holmes Yard.
Swindon Works Inter-City Class- 123 DMUs entered service on the
Hull-Sheffield-Manchester route At present only 3x3 car sets are
available (ex. Cardiff sets 711.712.713 and there is only one diagram. On the first clay of working
E52091, E59823, E52098 were noted
on the 20-47 Sheffield-Hull.
The power dispute
in November had resulted in Class 56 56016 on standby at Sheffield Midland to provide emergency power. Unfortunately the locomotive
proved defective and was replaced on 11th,November by 56008.
30th.November 500l6,37049 and 13002 were all seen outside Doncaster
Works in ex. Works condition.
Our first visit
around Tinsley MPD on 3rd,Deceaber saw a wide variety of motive
power. Locomotives spotted included 56003/5/9/12/3/8/25/30
13001, 25160, 47169/81/275.
Noted at Leeds
Holbeck on the same day were:
08225/453/99/503/766, 45012/59/140 47333 47267 46028/37,
Noted at York on
3rd.December were: 08042/170/249/52/336/559/70769, 40059/698/83/157/92, 31142/60/214/316,
built Class 56's 56032/4 were noted outside the Works on
47464 (ED) was unusual power on the 16-07 Derby-St. Pancras. Class
85, 85007 has been at Derby Research Centre since 24th,October.
On l9th November
locomotives at Saltley MPD included 25032/269/75.
The 2 Class 33
locomotives recently involved in the derailment in South
London, 33036/43 are still at Hither Green MPD in a damaged condition. On 29th.November, 08180 and 09001 were spotted at South
Lambeth and 73114 and 74007 were seen at Clapham Junction.
Noted at Gloucester MPD on l9th.November included 08478/86/638,
37178 47317 and PWM 654.
A visit to Swindon Works on l9th, November saw a variety of
locomotives dead and alive. Locos spotted
included: D1001/09/11/12/15/22/23 /25/27/28/33/34/56/58/65/70/71
D818 D821 D7029, V of R.No.8, 24039/41/52/77/8/9/84/5/13441
M51100 W55018 S86201/2/3/4/6 (Class, 499 TLV) M55003.
Scottish Region continues to provide passenger work for Class 40's. On
22nd.October 40029 (LO) hauled the 18-13 Aberdeen-Edinburgh.
Noted on Haymarket on 23rd,October were:
08571/5/720/89, 20220, 25035/50/125, 27103/4/11/206, 40029/60/6153/64/5
45016, 47172/276/407/17/28/35/66/92/516/44, 55001/3/10/3.
Class 45, 45016 had worked Into Edinburgh on a weekend excursion from
Huddersfield. The first Deltic working after the temporary grounding
was 55003 on the 12-15 Aberdeen-Kings Cross from Edinburgh.
Engines spotted on Glasgow Eastfield MPD on 25th.October included:
08147/84/339/425/45./721/38/64/938, 06003, 20015/89/
24006, 25010/2344/9/96/235/7/9/40/1/6/7, 26015/8/22/6/31/42,
27005/8 10//25/6/79/31/7/106/8/9/10/11/205/9, 40065 4704553/208/427/72.
Engines. noted on Ayr MPD on the same day included: 08446, 20080,
25002/7/11/91/2/171/234. Station pilots at Glasgow Central on
were 20149 and 20202.
WHAT THE DICKENS
by Jack Davis
The Railway Age captured the imagination of most of the great
Victorian and Edwardian writers and we find train journeys occurring
in the works of masters of the pen such as Lewis Carol , John
Betjeman, Kipling, Robert Louis Stevenson, and many others. Conan Doyle
made frequent use of the railways in the "Sherlock Holmes" stories
and gives some very interesting glimpses into their workings about
the turn of the century. We are, most of us, familiar with the works of
John Betjeman, perhaps the most celebrated of all railway fans.
I think the most perceptive and often amusing of railway writing is
contained in come of the later works of Charles Dickens. Dickens was
born in 1812 and so we can say that he grew up with the railways, or
to be more precise, as he grew up he saw the railways elbow the stage
coach off the road and he drew heavily on what he saw of both to
make his stories come alive as in "Dombey and Son". Little Paul
Dombey's nurse lives in Staggs Gardens in Camden Town (her husband
by the way was a fireman on the London & Birmingham Railway). Later in
the story when Paul is dying a servant in sent to find the old lady
and finds that Staggs Gardens have vanished under the new terminus
at Euston and their place has been taken by tiers of railway
warehouses, railway hotels, railway coffee houses, railway plans, maps, views, wrappers,
bottles, sandwich boxes and timetables and the streets were full of
railway cabs and omnibuses. The clocks even observed railway time as
if the sun itself had given in.
In "Hard Times" he talks of Coketown as being full of machinery and
tall chimneys and piles of buildings where there was rattling and
trembling all day long as the pistons of the steam engines worked
monotonously up and down like "the head of an elephant in a state of
melancholy madness". The railway went striding on many arches over
which the trains shrieked and rattled. Telegraph wires "ruled a
colossal strip of music paper cut of the evening sky"
His stories arrive on more than one occasion at Mugby Junction
(presumably Rugby) which in 1860 appeared to have refreshment room
well up to modern standards with "stale sponge cakes which turn to
sand in the mouth and shining brown patties composed of unknown
animals within (ginger tom?) and offering to view the device of an
indigestible star fish in leaden pie-crust" or "sandwiches that had
long been pining under an exhausted receiver".
Mugby Junction itself is described thus: Cris-crossing lines
zigzagging into it like a congress of iron vipers, warehouses in
which goods seemed to have taken the veil (of the consistency of
tarpaulin) and to have retired from the world without any hope of
getting back to it. This comes from a short story entitled "The Lazy
Tour of Two Idle Apprentices" which goes on to describe an elevated
signal box where a points-man was "constantly going through the
motions of drawing immense quantities of beer at a public house
bar". The wall's of the station at night were under the glaring gas
lights, lurid advertisements for sauces and bedsteads, patent safes
and umbrellas. The station in either totally unconscious or wildly
raving and the change is effected by one shave of the air from A
WOODEN RAZOR. A bell rings and bedlam ensues. Then in a minute the
station relapses into its stupor and as the train glides out the
fireman is seen wiping the long nose
of his oil can on a dirty pocket handkerchief.
Locomotive Stock Alterations - Late News
Transfers-25055/63 219 20-CD 25137/93/302/8.13 TO 25141-BS 40191-SP
SOUTH WALES SIGNALLING BEING MODERNISED
A modernisation scheme is now under way to provide the latest colour
light signalling over the 28 track miles of railway between
Carmarthen and Whitland. Colour light signals controlled from
Carmarthen and Whitland signal boxes are replacing the semaphores
previously operated by signal boxes at Sarnau and St. Clears. In
addition to colour light signals, modern lifting barriers will
replace existing gates at both Sarnau and St. Clears crossings.
Signal boxes at Llanstephan, Sarnau and St. Clears will. be closed
under the scheme. The work is due to be completed at the end of next
summer and will cost over £390,000.
FISH BY ROAD
.Lorries are likely to continue to carry large loads of fish from
Mallaig, on Scotland's west coast to the Netherlands. Scottish
Region's General Manager, Mr. Leslie Soane claimed Dutch lorries could
load and drive night and day arriving In the Netherlands within 48
hours which British Rail could not match at present.
While refrigerated wagons could be linked to the back of passenger
services from Mallaig, the transit time would be slower than by lorry. He added that a regular flow of traffic would justify a
special train. The problem was the volume and seasonal nature of the
fishing industry, which tied up resources which BR could not afford
to keep "lying around for use at the drop of a hat".
Members with any news or Information suitable for inclusion in
"TRANS-PENNINE" should send it to Jon Davis. The more Information we
get then the more interesting our magazine will become,
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