THE MAGAZINE OF
THE PENNINE RAILWAY SOCIETY
Issue No.27 - July 1979
NOTES FROM THE COMMITTEE
to Mr. Kevin Connell (Liverpool & England) for his winning entry in
a competition to find a badge for the Pennine Railway Society. His
emblem, based upon the old British Railways "lion & wheel" wins
Kevin an all-expenses-paid (by Mr. Connell) evening out with the
We are now back
in our normal club room at the "Masons "Arms", after being squeezed
into another room to make way for modernisation work during the
winter. Much improved facilities are now available, including a
private bar in the club room (real ale is still available from the
As the "Motive
Power Pocket Book - Summer 1979" will be available from the
society's Promotions Officer in the near future, the "LOCOMOTIVE
STOCK ALTERATIONS" section has been temporarily omitted from this
edition of "Trans Pennine".
quizmaster wishes to thank all members involved in the bumper entry
to our last competition and also thanks members who sent in
suggestions for future competitions.
4th.JULY - TONY BOOTH ENTERTAINS
Slide show at the
"Masons' Arms", Doncaster (19.30).
- SLIDE SHOW
At the "Grapes
Inn', Trippet Lane, Sheffield (20.00).
VISIT TO THE "WORLD'S LARGEST MODEL RAILWAY"
Gainsborough Model Railway Society, Florence Terrace,
There is no fee, but a
donation to the society's
funds would be appreciated.
Book in normal way.
SATURDAY 21st.JULY EAST
ANGLIA BY RAIL
Outing* To include:
-Peterborough-March MPD. -Cambridge - Lincoln MPD - Doncaster.
£8.00 Child £4.00
Adult £8.50 Child £4.50
28th.JULY DERBY LOCOMOTIVE WORKS
Siddals Road entrance,10.45.
Non-members 55p. No half-price.
AUGUST - QUIZ - PENNINE v. PEAK RAILWAY SOCIETY
At the "Masons'
Arms', Doncaster (19.30).
4th.AUGUST LIVERPOOL AREA BY RAIL FROM DONCASTER & SHEFFIELD
*****Star Outing* Springs Branch MPD Allerton MPD Birkenhead MPD
£6.25 Child £3.25
Adult £6.75 Child £3.75
12th.AUGUST - DONCASTER SHED (12.15) & WORKS (14.00).
75P. Non-members £1.00 No half-price.
14th.AUGUST- SLIDE SHOW
At the "Grapes
Inn" Trippet Lane, Sheffield (20.00).
AUGUST CREWE LOCOMOTIVE WORKS (10.30)
Goddard Street entrance 10.20.
Non-members 75p. No half-price.
*****Star Outing* DIDCOT STEAM CENTRE
from Hull, Doncaster & Sheffield. Adult £4.00 Child £2.00
5th.SEPTEMBER MEMBERS' SLIDE COMPETITION
8th.SEPTEMBER VALE OF RHEIDOL RAILWAY
*****Star Outing* By Merrymaker from Retford, Worksop & Sheffield,to
Aberystwyth and Devil's Bridge.
Adult £4.00 Child
11th.SEPTEMBER SLIDE SHOW
At the "Grapes
Inn!', Trippet Lane, Sheffield (20.00).
15th.SEPTEMBER WEST COAST TOUR
Horwich Works and Wigan (Springs Branch), Lunch in Preston, Return
via. Crewe and Derby.
By rail from
Doncaster and Sheffield.
£10.00 Child £5.50
Adult £10.50 Child £6.00
TRANS-PENNINE COVER PHOTOGRAPH
Nearing the end
of an era - soon to be taken over by locomotives of the new class
47/7, The Glasgow-Edinburgh high speed push-pull service, which has
been worked by pairs of Class 27 locomotives (one at each end of a
rake of six mark two coaches), since it's inauguration in May 1971.
Cowlairs Jcn., Sighthill Jcn., Gartcosh Jcn and Falkirk Grahamston,
(owing to Sunday engineering work) the 10.00 Glasgow Queen
Street-Edinburgh Waverley arrives at Falkirk Grahamston, on
Sunday,27th.May,1979,with 27 209 leading.
Photograph by Jon Davis.
100 YEARS AGO - 1879
Louis Favre, builder of the St. Gotthard Tunnel in France, died in
the tunnel on 19th.July 1879 from apoplexy, after he had been badly
led down by the company and the French Government. He had
revolutionised tunnel building with the use of dynamite, instead of
gunpowder and by employing the compressed air drill invented by his
friend, Professor Colladon.
50 YEARS AGO -
different types of tank engine were introduced in 1929:
0-6-0 pannier-tank, which became the standard Great Western shunting
and general purpose tank,851 examples being scattered all over the
company's system. Many of this class were often employed on light
passenger duties, exept Nos.6700/79,which were not vacuum fitted.
(2) The very
powerful Southern Railway "Z" Class 0-8-0 tank of which 8 were built
at Brighton, were used for heavy shunting and banking duties and
allocated.. Ashford 3;Salisbury 2;Templecombe 1;Exmouth Junction 2;
(3) Somerset &
Dorset 0-4-0 Sentinel tank-two of these odd-looking chain-driven
locos. were built, their intended purpose being colliery shunting.
Both spent most of their life at Radstock.
30 YEARS AGO - 1949
signalling was introduced in the Doncaster Station area, with the
new "North" and "South" boxes replacing "A" "B" & "South" cabins and
controlling Marshgate, Frenchgate and South Yorkshire junctions.
20 YEARS AGO 1959
This year saw
many changes in the West Riding rail-network, with the introduction
of new diesel railcar services and the closure of Burton Salmon,
Copmanthorpe, Hambleton and Monk Fryston Stations and withdrawal of
passenger services on the Holmfirth Branch.
by Roger Richards
The scene is
Martian Supreme Command Headquarters. The Supreme Commander is about
to receive i report from the Leader of Red Squadron about the ways
of life on Earth with a view to possible invasion.
SUPREME COMMANDER: What have you got to report?
LEADER OF RED SQUADRON: I have just returned from Earth - there are
some very funny people on Earth - heh-heh-heh-heh- they are called
trainspotters - heh-heh-heh-heh
S.C. What do they do?
R.L. They peel them with their metal knives - heh-heh-heh-heh
S.C. These are invasion plans, not a commercial, GET IT RIGHT!
R.L. They stand on stations and shout "Deltic" - heh-heh-heh~heh
S.C. What is a Deltic?
R.L. It is a large blue thing that has yellow ends - heh-heh-heh-heh
S.C. Just like my wife - heh-heh-heh-heh - what is so special about
R.L. The trainspotters like to watch them move about
S.C. How do they move about?
R.L. They've got wheels
S.C. Surely a most primitive race - heh-heh-h--he-heh is that all
R.L. No, they shout" Damn Nana"
S.C. What does that mean?
R.L. I do not know - but they say it a lot so it must be important
S.C. What does trainspotting achieve?
R.L. When a trainspotter sees a Deltic he writes it's number in a
book - heh-heh-heh-heh
S.C. Why does he do that?
R.L. To annoy the people who didn't see it - heh-heh-heh-heh
S.C. Is that all about trainspotters? heh-heh-heh-heh
R.L. No - there are some of them called bashers
S.C. Do they smash them all to pieces? heh-heh-heh-heh
R.L. Why can you make jokes and I can't?
S.C. You don't seem to realise - Supreme Commanders make jokes -
minions get sent to the Smash mines
R.L. Bashers call each other Walt and go on trains to Chesterfield
S.C. Why do they do that?
R.L . So that they can go on the trains back to Sheffield -
S.C. Do not be sarcastic - I warned you before
R.L. It is true and they all shout "Not Required"
S.C. What does that mean?
R.L. It depends on who says it
S.C. What do you mean?
R.L. Some people mean "I have been pulled by that engine before" and
others mean "I have never been pulled by that engine before - but
won't admit it"
S.C. How can you toll them apart?
R.L. It is difficult, you have to be a basher
S.C. This is obviously a peculiar race - it is not worth invading
R.L. I am glad, I grew quite fond of them
S.C. Where are you going on leave?
R.L. Back to Earth - there's a
Poole, Walt - heh-heh-heh-heh
Work has now
started on re-routing the East Coast Main Line around Penmanshiel
Tunnel, blocked by a rock fall on 17th.March.Attempts to remove two
bodies from the tunnel have been abandoned. Estimated cost of the
diversion is £1 million and work is not likely to be completed until
the end of the year.
Notice has been
given by the British Railways Board to discontinue the Humber Ferry
service, on the opening of the Humber road bridge, along with the
passenger service between New Holland Pier and Barrow Road Junction
and between New Holland Junction and Barton Junction and the closure
of New Holland Pier and New Holland Town stations.
A new station
would be provided at New Holland on the Barton on Humber -
BR has also
declared that the former GWR main line between Stratford upon Avon
and Cheltenham has officially closed, apart from a section between
Honeybourne and Long Marston.
been given for the building of 236 new sleeping cars for British
Railway. Based on the Mark
design, all will be built at Litchurch Lane Works, Derby, from
October 1980 to mid 1982,at a cost of £ 39 million. All will be
fitted with smoke detection equipment.
RECORDS FOR THE EASTERN
Two High Speed
Trains, the 08.00 King's Cross - Edinburgh Waverley and the 09.05
King's Cross - Leeds City/Harrogate, are timed start to stop,
Stevenage to Peterborough North,48.7 miles .in 27.1 minutes, an
average speed of 106. 1/4 mph
This is the
fastest regular diesel train schedule in the World, the quickest
start to stop timing in Europe for any kind of train.
The 12.00 King s
Gross - Berwick on Tweed becomes the fastest train in the World
(outside Japan) over a distance of over 200 miles, travelling the
237 miles to Darlington in 146 minutes, an average of 95.34 mph
OBSERVATION CAR RETURNS
For the first
time since 1967 an observation car is running on the Inverness -
Kyle of Lochalsh line (Monday, Wednesday and Friday only) from
28th.May to 14th,September,attached to the rear of the 10.30 from
Inverness and returns on the rear of the 17.55 from Kyle. There is
seating for thirty and a supplementary charge of £1 in the coach,
Caledonian saloon No.41, which is painted in Caledonian Railway
PORTABLE LAMPS FOR CENTRAL WALES LINE
headlights attached to the centre-front lamp-iron of a locomotive
and supplied from the inspection light socket in the loco. cab are
to be used to allow other than the headlight fitted English Electric
Type 3's based on Pantyffynnon to work over the Central Wales Line,
releasing the "37"s for other duties.
WHY WOOD119AD MUST BE SAVED
In recent weeks,
much publicity has been given to the fuel shortage ,the arrival of
which has been accelerated by the actions of OPEC and other
political bodies, yet the British Railways Board are still
determined to close the only electrified main-line route in Britain
which does not connect with London. Whilst services throughout the
system are being reduced in the name of fuel economy, it would
surely make sense to divert as much Trans-Pennine traffic as
possible onto the fuel-saving Manchester-Sheffield-Wath route.
statements concerning electrification have recently been noted in
THE ARGUMENT FOR ELECTRIFYING OUR RAILWAYS WILL BECOME CLEARER IN
British Rail 1979
CRISIS STRENGTHENS CASE FOR ELECTRIFICATION.
Rail News, July
OUR RAILWAY NETWORK IS A NATIONAL ASSET WE CAN'T AFFORD TO NEGLECT
Sir Peter Parker,
PRESIDENT SLAMS BR."ANTI-ELECTRIFICATION LOBBY"
CANMLWYDDIANT RHEILFFORDD DYFRYN CONWY (Conwy Valley Line Centenary)
The Conwy Valley
Line of the London and North Western Railway celebrates it's 100th.
birthday this month. The line runs from Llandudno Junction,
following the Afon Conwy up the spectacular valley to Betws Y Coed
and thence via Roman Bridge and the jagged, unlined Ffestiniog
Tunnel (at 2 miles
the longest in Wales) to the breath-taking slate town of Blaenau,
will be marked by a special train from Crewe, on Sunday
22nd.July,hauled by two class 20 locomotives, which will be given a
civic send-off at Llandudno Junction and a civic reception at
We are continuing
to attract good crowds to the "Grapes" for our monthly meetings and
although the attendance has fallen off slightly during the summer
months. We are still doing better than in previous years, in spite
holidays etc. Our July meeting saw a return visit of Ron Chaplin,
who is fresh back from the US of A. and he entertained us with
pictures and stories of this weird and wonderful country!
meeting will be a members' slide night and all are welcome to bring
along something to contribute to the variety which these kind of
meetings seem to produce.
In September will
have Jon Davis to entertain us with some more of his modern motive
power. If anyone wishes to give us a show, I am compiling the Winter
programme and will be pleased to here from them as soon as possible.
Yours truly - Jack Davis
NEXT MONTH ........
edition of "Trans Pennine" has been seriously delayed' we still
intend to produce this years fourth edition, in August, to ensure
the full quota of six journals are circulated to our members in
1979.News,views and stories in the August edition will include
BOOK REVIEW Summer
Motive Power Pocket Book:
WORKING STEAM IN
SOUTH YORKSHIRE a special report by Jon Davis:
56MAINTENANCE technical details from British Rail's Ian Parrish;
QUIZ REPORT a
review of our "showdown" with the Peak Railway Society;
inside information from ace stewards Tom Helliwell and Tony Caddick;
PLUS all the
Material for the
magazine should be rushed to the Editor or passed on via. any
During the week
ending 8th.July, major changes took place in and around the
Doncaster station area. If first reports are to be believed, then
Doncaster North and South signal boxes have been replaced with a
ground-frame, adjacent to the NCL yard, Staff & Ticket working
introduced on single lines from St. James' Junction to Bridge
Junction and Marshgate Junction and Bridge Junction to Marshgate
Junction, certain expresses re-routed from Conisborough, via the
avoiding line from Hexthorpe, to a "new Clapham" at Stainforth &
Hatfield, and. all buildings on Doncaster station demolished and
replaced by a bus shelter, in line with Doncaster Division's policy
for passenger comfort. A new coal delivery service has been launched
in the area, with the first delivery being made to a house adjacent
to the Doncaster avoiding line direct by train!
CHARITY SHOW IN
MEMORY OF GROSSING VICTIMS
audience of 1,000 saw a charity show in Cardiff, organised to raise
funds for the families of Driver Harry Hitchens and Relief Driver
Phil Bull, who were killed in the Lydney tragedy Singer Heather
Jones, a star of BBC. TV's "Pebble Mill", who was a passenger on the
train, was to have appeared in the variety show, but she was taken
ill before the show.
NUMBER 15 TIE-BREAKER
Class 99 is the
classification of Sealink vessels. The only correct answer was
submitted by D. J. Glossop of Sheffield.
The winner was M. A. Collins of North Hykeham (near Lincoln),
runners-up were P. Gee of Woodhouse (near Sheffield & T. Bott of
Treeton (near civilisation?) S.Yorks.
The answers were
C. china clay
A, power station waste
10. Peak Forest
12. West Burton
K. iron ore
Below are the
original names carried by ten steam locomotives. All were eventually
re-named, but what were their new names? Entries should reach the
Magazine Editor before 19th.August,1979. First Prize £2,two
runners-up receiving £1 each.
2. 45610 GOLD
3. 61659 NORWICH
4. 1010 COUNTY OF
6. 34092 WELLS
7. 30923 UPPING HAM
8. 5072 COMPTON CASTLE
9. 60010 WOODCOCK
10. 34025 ROUGH TOR
SPOT THE DELIBERATE MISTAKES - (solution)
Burry Port and
Gwendraeth Valley locos had (and still have) cut-down cabs;
would have gone direct to Llanelli on the "Red Dragon", without
having to change trains in Swansea;
D854 "TIGER" was
not built until 1960; "SWINDON" was No.7037;
Royal Oak "tube"
station is on the right; Bristol Parkway did not exist in 1959;
By 1959 all
"Kings" were fitted with double chimneys; Filton Jnc. station is on
Class Q1 was
designed by Bullied; 6916 was not a "Modified Hall";
D854 "TIGER" was
built in Glasgow; 2089 was a Birkenhead dock shunter;
4073 class were
4-6-0s; Cardiff-Port Talbot was GWR not TVR.;
Cathays depot is
on the Cardiff-Pontypridd line;
Paddington arrived at Swansea High Street;
As today's HST
services take around three hours to reach Swansea, it is highly
unlikely that our travellers could have been in a public house in
that city, three hours-five minutes after leaving London.
advertisements, promoting British Rail's new "Family Railcars"' took
place on a scenic West Country line, on which BR do not run a
passenger service! How's that for bad publicity?
Information for this section can be sent to the Magazine Editor, or
passed on via any Committee Member.
76 003 and another member of it's class both had pantographs ripped
off in separate accidents at Tinsley and Deepcar, within one hour of
each other recently.
Immingham type "3" No.37 140 was derailed on trap points (Jacks) at
Milford Junction, on 23rd.May after running away down the gradient
from Hillam Gates, whilst working a train of unfitted merry-go-round
cripples, en-route to York from Worksop. The loco crew were Relief
Driver Bullock and Secondman Davis, of Tinsley depot. After being
re-railed, with the aid of the York packing vans,37 140 continued
light to York MPD ,at a maximum speed of 15 mph.
Class 56 No.56 027 developed a serious air leak, whilst in charge of
6G68 Westthorpe - West Burton MGR on 5th.July,and had to limp back
to Tinsley MPD ,leaving it's train at Woodhouse.
Doncaster built class 56 No.56 060,was noted working a train of
first class HST cars at Beighton Jcn on 12th.June.
The following sightings were made at York on 16th.May-25 307 & 40
008 worked in on a school special;40 105 up parcels train;46 051
replaced 47 415,on a Newcastle Central - Liverpool Lime Street
express;47 707 "Holyrood!' headed a Liverpool - Newcastle express 55
003 "MELD", with white cabs (as used with the old green livery)
hauled the 08.38 departure from King's Cross.
Gateshead "350" No.08 747 was noted being towed off Tinsley top shed
on 12th.July,by "Peak' 44 004 "GREAT GABLE", en route to Swindon
Toton class 44,No.44 007 "INGLEBOROUGH" made an unwise journey over
Tinsley main yard hump or 10th.July and became stuck, halfway
Also in Tinsley Marshalling Yards, a very rare sight on 2nd.July,was
a class 47,hauling a convoy of one class 40,two class 24s and one
Locos. on show in an "Electric Display" at York National Railway
Museum on 23rd.June,were 26920,26500,84 001,E.5001 and EMU'ss
3131,1293,28249,4077 (Tyne & Wear Metro) S.75 (Waterloo & City).
37 050 hauled the York - Newton Abbot Motorail through Sheffield
Midland, on 26th.May.
On 23rd.June,31 407 arrived at Sheffield Midland with the 07.30
Birmingham New Street Newcastle Central and was replaced by sister
engine 31 154.
A visit to Stratford MPD ,on 16th.June,revealed the following
locomotives03 160/1/8/149/389;08 482/958/546/422/360/656/440/418/417
231/239/541/241/315/527/859/724/262/627 08 264/957/233/269, 31
47 413/169"Great Eastern"
968000 (ex.D.8243) in green livery;
LONDON MIDLAND REGION
On 5th.May,31 213 arrived at Birmingham New Street with the 13.50
from Paddington and on the same day 31 304 was noted in New Street,
working the 11.39 Poole - Newcastle This engine was replaced by 31
"Duff" No.47 087 "CYCLOPS" worked the 07.30 Swansea High Street -
Leeds City express on 2rd.June,whilst a Gainsborough - Bath
excursion, on the same day was headed by 31 271/409. AC electric AL6
No. 86 235 "Novelty" was seen at Euston on 16th.June,complete with
large numbers and Rainhill Trials Anniversary coat of arms.
20 172 was acting as pilot in Toton Old Bank in the early hours of
The following locos were in attendance at Old Oak Common on
16th.June 08 673/109/798/787/439/793/948;31
265/413/117/254/154/412/260/286/259;47 096/542/078/487/509/147 47
37 237 worked an SRPS railtour from Falkirk to Inverness throughout
on 7th.July,With their set of vintage coaches.
The 14.44 Glasgow Queen St.-Dundee Tay Bridge on 10th.July was
hauled by 20 120,whilst on 11th.July,the much delayed up "Clansman"
was noted at Stirling, behind. 20 115 (nose first) and 40 061.
The 21.50 Euston Fort William portion of the "Royal Highlander" was
hauled from Cowlairs Junction to Glasgow Queen Street by 20 0801,on
STOP PRESS .........
SUNDAY 23rd.September DONCASTER WORKS (11.00) & SHED (12.25)
PR4/79/30 Members 75P. Non-members £1.00 No half-price.
FRIDAY/SATURDAY 28th./29th.SEPTEMBER CALAIS BY RAIL AND SEA
PR4/79/31 *****Star Outing* By Merrymaker from Hull,Doncaster &
See SNCF in action and visit France for a day!
Prices to be announced.
PENMANSHIEL TUNNEL ... LATEST .........
Scottish Region have set a target of 1st.October 1979 for the
resumption of full services on the East Coast Main Line.
Work is going ahead 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to clear a
cutting through 250,000 cubic metres of hillside (a lot of metric
rubbish!) for a new double-track line to by-pass the ill-fated
There is also the problem of diverting a stream, which will require
the construction of a Syphon under the railway, north of the tunnel.
WHERE IS IT
Can you identify the area show below?
The solution will appear in the next edition of "Trans Pennine"
A Westinghouse Brake & Signal Co's employee was killed and his
workmate injured, when they stepped into the path of an up express,
whilst they were moving away from the 6T55 Westthorpe - Cudworth
merry-go-round train which was travelling on an adjacent line at
Swinton, near Rotherham, on 6th.July.
We apologise for the late arrival of your "Trans Pennine".
The delay was due to difficulty in compiling information and in
getting a replacement typewriter ribbon cartridge.
Once again, a reminder that information for the magazine can be sent
directly to the Magazine Editor, or passed-on via any Committee