THE MAGAZINE OF
THE PENNINE RAILWAY SOCIETY
Issue No.28 - August 1979
NOTES FROM THE COMMITTEE
Summer quiz against the Peak Railway Society was cancelled, owing to
our visitors being unable to field a team, (because of the
holidays), Our members will still have the opportunity to play host
to the Peak, as they have been invited to field a team in this
year's Pennine Shield, along with the South Yorkshire Railway
Photographic Circle and our own team from the Pennine. Dates and
venues of the Pennine Shield rounds
are shown in this magazine.
now being taken for the "Gentleman of the Year" competition. A
leading contender for this title is sure to be Barry Monks, who
showed extreme courtesy to rail passengers on a recent visit to
We have been
forced to cancel the Calais trip on 28th./29th.September,owing to
extensive engineering work and re-signalling in the Victoria area of
the Southern Region during this weekend. We are endeavouring to make
alternative arrangements for a visit to the Continent this Autumn.
At a recent
Committee Meeting, a discussion took place as to the future of our
Social Evenings at the "Masons' Arms" in Doncaster. As the room is
now used as a games room and a great deal of space is taken up by
pool tables etc. ,it has been decided to look for alternative
accommodation. Any change in meeting place will be publicised well
2nd.SEPTEMBER DIDCOT STEAM CENTRE
*****Star Outing* By Merrymaker from Hull, Doncaster & Sheffield.
Adult £4.00 Child
5th.SEPTEMBER MEMBERS' SLIDE COMPETITION
See stop press
for details of venue. (start time 19.30',
8th.SEPTEMBER VALE OF RHEIDOL RAILWAY
*****Star Outing* By Merrymaker from Retford, Worksop & Sheffield,
BELOW to Aberystwyth & Devil's Bridge.
Adult £4.00 Child
11th.SEPTEMBER SLIDE SHOW
Presented by Jon
Davis at the "Grapes Inn", Trippet Lane, Sheffield (20.00).
15th.SEPTEMBER WEST COAST TOUR
*****Star Outing* To include Horwich Works and Wigan (Springs
Lunch in Preston,
return via Crewe & Derby.
By rail from
Doncaster & Sheffield.
£10.00 Child £5.50
Adult £10.50 Child
SUNDAY 23rd.SEPTEMBER DONCASTER WORKS (11.00) & SHED (12.25)
752. Non-members £1.00 No half-price.
3rd.OCTOBER SLIDE SHOW (19.30)
See stop press
13th.OCTOBER VALE OF RHEIDOL RAILWAY
*****Star Outing* By Merrymaker from Retford, Worksop & Sheffield.
Adult £4.00 Child
A brand-new Trips
List is due out in the near future, although confirmation was not
available in time to list these events in this edition of
YORKSHIRE ENGINE Co.
If anyone should
have information or pictures of the Yorkshire Engine Co. and the
locos. which were produced at the Meadow Hall Works, would they be
kind enough to contact Jack Davis at the editorial address. Thanking
you in anticipation.
The views or
comments published herein are not necessarily the views of the
Pennine Railway Society, or it's Committee.
LOCOMOTIVE STOCK ALTERATIONS
03 047; 08 223;
20 200; 33 036;
03 081 MR; 08 052
CA; 08 109 CF; 08 270 BC; 08 289 AN; 08 347 ML; 08 367 MG; 08 373
GD; 08 434 WH; 08 478 IM; 08 646 GL; 08 810 FP; 08 951 BR; 20
007/20/85 IS; 20 105 TI; 20 202 ED; 20 206/215 ED; 25 050/62/6/8 ED;
25 236 CW; 31 122/9 GD; 37 046 ED; 37 203/4/5 BR; 47 015 CF; 47 176
TE; 47 251 BR; 47 276 TE; 47 295 TI; 47
277/92/6/301/2/4/8/9/10/9/71/2/3/4/5/6 HM; 47 357/65/6 CD; 47
377/8/81 BS; 47 460/1 HA; 47 466 LA; 47 532 TO; 47 553 LA; 50 028 OC;
033/5/7/8/41/3 CF; 56 036 CF then TO;
Working Steam in
Hunslet 0-6-0 Austerity saddle tank, shunting
near Ecclesfield on Thursday
This loco has
recently undergone a major overhaul at
Hunslet, and despite it's filthy
external condition, is in first-class mechanical
All shunting is
done exclusively by the
steam loco and
although two small 0-4-0 diesels are stored at
Smithywood, a class 08 loco is
BR in the event of the saddle
tank being under
Smithywood is situated on the Blackburn
Valley Line of
the old South Yorkshire Railway, (absorbed by the
Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire
16th.July,1874) which ran from Tinsley
West Junction to
Dovecliffe (sketch map of the
is shown on the right)
Most of the coke
produced at Smithywood
is conveyed to
Frodingham, via Tinsley Marshalling
southern end of the Blackburn Valley
Line, as far as
Smithywood, being serviced by Tinsley
T34,which is normally hauled by two
The photograph was taken by Jon Davis.
WHAT DO YOU THINK
OF IT SO FAR?
What are your
views on the "Trans-Pennine" magazine? Are you prepared to write an
article for future publication? Have you any constructive comments
to make? Can you help by supplying news and information? Are you
satisfied with your society journal? Let us know your feelings!
Write to the
passenger service of the Derwent Valley Railway ceased to operate on
services over the 16 miles 1 chain of main line from York (Layerthorpe), to
Cliff Common (near Selby) began on 19th.July,1913 and came to an end
in 1926,being re-instated as a tourist attraction after a trial
period in 1976.
The last service
train, which consisted of three ex. BR Mark one coaches, was hauled
over the remaining 4miles 20 chains of main line, between Layerthorpe
and Dunnington (and return), by preserved North Eastern "J72"
tank (B.R.No.69023) "Joem".
Peter Hall and Jon Davis were passengers on the last train.
Valley Railway is to continue running it's freight service.
Pocket Book - Summer 1979 Edition"
Platform Five Publications, Price 50p.)
Once again this
latest Platform Five product is bang up-to-date and is without doubt
the most informative loco publication available. Utilising the
talents of a number of photographers certainly adds variety (no
disrespect to Dr. Nixon), although more half-page pictures would give
room to feature a wider range of motive power. The paper used for the
pages of locomotive numbers is a wise choice as unlike other brands
of number book, it does not tend to cause ink smudges. The inclusion
of names, whether still carried by the loco or not is helpful and the
"Ex, BR Diesels in Industrial Use" section is a great help to
anyone attempting to track-down such engines. Details of
HST cars, formations etc. would possibly be more at home in the
proposed "Multiple Unit Pocket Book" On the minus side, the book is
badly set-out, with introductions to classes appearing at the foot of
a page on numerous occasions. Mayoh Press have made a rather
amateurish job in trimming the book to size, but all-in-all this is a
publication well worth purchasing.
Footnote - This
book is available to Pennine members at the special price of
40p.,from Tony Booth, our Publications Officer.
100 YEARS AGO -
1879 the Caledonian Railway opened their magnificent Glasgow Central
station, In their bid to win traffic over from the Glasgow &
South Western Railway, who already operated from Glasgow
St. Enoch. Plans to build a 725ft.long viaduct over the River Clyde
met with strong opposition from conservationists of the day, who
protested that such a structure would obstruct the citizens' view of
the harbour, which was a beautiful sight, with it's sailing
ships.3,000 tons of wrought iron, supported on granite piers, this
viaduct was constructed by William Arrol, who's suspension bridge
over the Firth of Forth was abandoned after the Tay Bridge
collapse. Glasgow Central was constructed of ten million bricks, and
the roof composed of 1,850 tons of iron work, covered by six acres
of glass. The whole project cost the Caley £700,000.
50 YEARS AGO -
Eastern Railway, which ran from St. Helier to Gorey Pier was closed in
1929.The line was built to standard gauge construction of the
St. Helier - Gorey Village section being carried-out in 1873/74,with
the extension to Gorey Pier opened in 1891.
30 YEARS AGO -
Here is an
interesting little snippet take from a 1949 edition of the "Railway
& Tramway Institute Magazine", Perth, Western Australia ........
"A sleeper is one
who sleeps. A sleeper is that in which the sleeper sleeps. A sleeper
is that on which the sleeper runs while the sleeper
sleeps. Therefore, while the sleeper sleeps in the sleeper, the sleeper
carries the sleeper over the sleeper under the sleeper, until the
sleeper which carries the sleeper jumps the sleeper and wakes the
sleeper in the sleeper by striking the sleeper on the sleeper and
there is no longer any sleeper sleeping in the sleeper on the
20 YEARS AGO -
1959, the largest railway waiting rooms in the world are at Peking
Chang'an Boulevard station, in China, with a capacity of 14,000!
LOGO UNDER FIRE
The logo of
British Railways, often referred to as the "Barbed Wire', seems to be
very unpopular these days, with a return to the previous crest
(introduced by the British Transport Commission in 1956), supported
by most people except the powers that be.
symbol, which is often displayed inside-out is certainly
un-enterprising, when it is considered the role heraldry has played
the history of Britain's railways.
passengers during a recent survey show the public don't think much
of it ....... "I've never taken much notice of it"; "poor"; "which
way round should it be?"; "rubbish"; "boring"; "why is it back to
front on ships?";"a waste of time"; "suits the railway fine - it's
pulling in opposite directions!" ;"pathetic"; "not much cop"; "hideous";
The new date for
resumption of through passenger services between London King's Cross
and Edinburgh Waverley, via. Berwick is Monday
20th.August,1979.Services will be restored, with a full high speed
timetable in operation.
LETTERS TO THE
Lane, Worksop, Notts.
in Cornwall I decided to try and locate the three class 10
ex.BR shunters, belonging to English China Clay (ECC). These are:
July 1968 Last allocation 16A.Toton;
June 1968 Last allocation 16A.Toton;
Apri11968 Last allocation 16B.Colwick; In the "Motive Power Pocket
Book" they are listed as at Fowey Docks, so first stop was Fowey. There
was no sign of any railway at all in the dock area and subsequent
enquiries led me nowhere.
I next met an
ECC. lorry driver at Par, where I was staying and he told me they
had been working the ECC docks here, but were no longer used (in fact
the railway link was being lifted while I was there) and had been
moved to another ECC site at a place called Bugle and were stored
in a shed.
The Cornish Steam
Loco. Preservation Society have a shed at Bugle and were having a
steam open day that week-end, so I decided to visit them and enquire
further about the diesel shunters there.
CSLPS have three small industrial tank engines, one of which was
in steam and are in fact ex. ECC locos. Talking to the gateman on the
entrance, soon made me realise that these were the locos the driver
had been referring to.
through some photographs for sale in in the sales coach, I came
across two photos of the shunters I was after. The salesman told me
that he had photographed them on a special visit. The shunters are
based at an ECC private dock area to the north of Fowey above a
place called Bodinnick Ferry on the River Fowey and it is impossible
to view them, unless one either trespasses or takes a river
cruise, but as the engine shed is out of sight at the back of the
sidings, you could not guarantee to see them all from the river.
determined to see them, I visited the area office of ECC at Par and
had an interview with the chief security officer and asked for
permission to visit the dock area. They were delighted to give
permission, providing I visited the dock area after 7 O'clock at night, when work had ceased for the day. They also instructed me how
to get there.
night, pouring down with rain I set off for the docks. The railway
system lies hidden in a river valley, flanked on one side by the
river and on the other side by sheer wooded cliffs. There are no
roads nearby the sidings, which are four tracks wide, converging into
a single track operated by BR, linking to Par to St. Blazey.
The engine shed
is the first thing one meets at the railway end of the docks. This is
a modern, single track shed with a turntable outside. Inside the shed
was D.3452 under repair. Outside D.3476 complete with shunter's wagon
was stood with the rain steaming off it's hot radiator, having just
finished working. Half-a-mile further up the sidings stood
D.3497.This loco was in a sorry state, it's cab doors were off and
fittings missing, the doors to the engine compartments were swinging
in the wind.
shunters were still in original BR green, with BR emblems and
numbers and considering they are continuously exposed to the sea
air, were all in reasonable state ,paint wise.
Dear Sir or
functions are referred to as "Star Outings" in the trips lists
etc. Does this title indicate an excursion which is attended by "stars" (i.e.Red
- DECISION IN SEPTEMBER
County Council recently announced they will be making a decision as
to whether they would back plans to re-open Dronfield
station,between Chesterfield Midland and Sheffield Midland,in
September this year.Derbyshire County Council and North East
Derbyshire District Council have already decided to support the
scheme,provided South Yorkshire also give their support.
ANOTHER FARES SET
BACK FOR 1980
Board announced on 8th.August,their plans to implement major
increases in passenger fares for 1980.
Railways say their policy of slashing fares is paying great
The intended closure of the former Great Central Railway between
Manchester London Road (now known as Piccadilly), and London
Marylebone has been a long drawn-out affair, which began as long ago
as early 1959,the year which saw the withdrawal of commuter services
between Sheffield Victoria and Penistone (electric hauled) and
Penistone and Barnsley Court House (steam hauled). On
4th.January,1960,the through passenger service from Manchester to
Marylebone was suspended and replaced by the following truncated
services: Manchester-Sheffield; Sheffield-Nottingham and Nottingham-London. These
new truncated services were designed to miss connections by odd
minutes at Sheffield Victoria, with the intention of encouraging
passengers to travel by other routes.
In December 1960 British Railways London Midland Region Published a
booklet entitled "The Changing Role of the Former Great Central Main
Line". In this booklet BR said it was now necessary to withdraw all
passenger services from the southern end of the line to make way for
diverting freight and parcels services to the line.
The major problem of the GCR was the fact that it was split-up into
four sections, one run by the Western Region, one by the Eastern and
two by the London Midland.
In February 1965,another BR publication entitled "The development
of Major Railway Trunk Routes" gave the following reasons for
choosing Woodhead to be developed for freight traffic: the line was
well sited to cater for Trans-Pennine coal traffic. It was
electrified, equipped with modern signalling, utilised two brand-new
tunnels, the system was being extended to Tinsley Yards, there was
scope for increasing payloads from 750 tons per train to well in
excess of 1,000 tons by using the ultra-reliable E.M.1 locos in
multiple and there was ample scope for extending the electrification
to Liverpool, via. the Cheshire Lines using existing motive power.
The last through train on the GCR main line was the Manchester
Piccadilly - Marylebone, Up mail on the night of 3rd./4th.September
1966,Nottingham Victoria station was closed for ever and a railcar
service introduced between the re-opened Nottingham Arkwright Street
and Rugby Central. Most passenger services, except those to and from
Manchester, ceased to use Sheffield Victoria station, forcing
passengers to make their own way across the city centre to join
these Pennine services, after arriving at Sheffield Midland.
The British Railways Board intended to withdraw passenger services
on the Woodhead Route on 5th.June 1967 and after a bitter
struggle, finally got their own way on 5th.january 1970,once again
claiming they intended to increase freight traffic, as their excuse
for withdrawing this profit making service. The Manchester suburban
service won a reprieve.
DMU services between Nottingham Arkwright Street and Rugby Central
ceased on 3rd.May 1965 supposedly being replaced by bus services
operated by South Notts. Bus Co. Ltd., Barton Transport Ltd., Trent
Motor Traction and Birmingham & Midland Motor Omnibus
Co. Ltd.(Midland Red).
Since the withdrawal of passenger services from the Woodhead section
of the GCR, the volume of freight traffic using the line has been
steadily decreased and as BR would only need permission to close
the section between Nunnery (Sheffield) and Penistone (because
Sheffield Huddersfield paytrains traverse this section) and takIng
into account the fact that plans for a Trans-Pennine Motorway, using
the trackbed through Longdendale, have already been drawn-up, the
future of this modern railway looks bleak indeed. British Railways
Board appear to be determined to close the line, despite the fact
that it uses an energy saving electric system (remember they have
cancelled many diesel services because of the fuel shortage, but
still refuse to utilise this route) and despite the fact that no
other Trans-Pennine Railway is capable of carrying the new 8'6"
freight containers .... remember BR's comments during the work to
make the ECML tunnels
suitable for the containers 'We've got to do it because, by the
mid-1980's,the vast majority
of world freight will be shipped in these vast containers. We do it
willingly because, in the long
term, these containers will mean more trade with the rest of the
world, more business for rail and
a better future for our railways. Yet they willingly close the best
rail-link between the
East and West seaboards of Northern England (and presumably risk
another Penmanshiel into the
bargain), just to knock another nail into the coffin of the Great
Anyway, if it is such a bad thing to run "duplicate" railways, why do
we need to duplicate the motorways (we've got the M62 across the
Pennines already haven't we) ?
Winter, in the not too distant future could see Sheffield and
Manchester totally cut-off from each-other, with Totley Tunnel closed
for vital patching-up, no Woodhead to divert trains on, and all the
roads blocked by snow (remember, there is no such thing as an "all
The Manchester, Sheffield and Wath electrified system is a railway we
cannot afford to lose!
WHERE IS IT ? (solution)
The area show in the sketch-map, which appeared in "Trans Pennine,,
NO.27, was the Bath and Westbury area of British Railways Western
BR ran a Merrymaker Excursion from the Sheffield area to Wroxham on
12th.August. Advertised arrival time at Wroxham was 13.70 !
Rounds to be played as follows:
Pennine Railway Society: "Masons'
Arms", Doncaster, Wednesday 5th.December;
Peak Railway Society: "Hallamshire Hotel", Sheffield, Monday 10th.December;
Yorkshire Railway Photographic Circle: "Gapes Inn", Sheffield, Tuesday
11th.December; All rounds to start at 20.00.
Each team to be
responsible for it's own Quiz Master and Scorer.
individual choice with unanswered questions passed on to the next
team for a bonus of half points. This is in the individual
heats, suggested numbers of marks being two per question and one as a
bonus. Team questions, usual setting is of several parts, with marks
for each part. The unanswered parts of a question being passed on
for it's full marked value.
Questions to be
confined to Mainland Britain (including the Isle of Wight) only.
Teams to consist
of three members, plus one reserve, who can be substituted for one
member on request to the officiating Quiz Master, from the beginning
of a heat only. No further substitution will be allowed.
The winner of a
round to be the team which scores the most points in that round and
match points will then be awarded at the ratio of 3-2-1 and totalled
as each round is completed. The team with the most match points (a
maximum of nine) at the end of the competition will be declared
holders of the Pennine Shield for
Trophy to be held until the
competition, when it will be surrendered to the Pennine Committee to
be played for again.
were decided at a meeting held at the "White Lion", College
Rd., Rotherham, on Tuesday, 28th.August,1979.
The meeting was
attended by the following:
Pennine Peak S.Y.R.P.C.
Tony Booth Richard Gittins Iain Waller
Robin Skinner Geoff Newall Jack Davis (Chairman of meeting)
Jon Davis Geoff
Master officiating will have the final word in any dispute.
AN OPEN LETTER TO
The Committee are
deeply concerned about the recent justified adverse criticism of the
content of the magazine. First of all I must point out that the
Magazine Editor's job is to edit the magazine not to write it. We can
count the number of regular subscribers on one hand and I must
confess to being one of the vast majority of members who contribute
very little. We have nearly 200 members, whose combined knowledge and
opinion on railway matters must be very substantial to say the
least. If we all contributed one paragraph, it would fill the magazine
for a year. Let us be keenly aware that the magazine is what we the
members make it and at the end of the day we get what we deserve. Let
us all try and make a concerted. effort and make the magazine worthy
of our club. I am sure that Jon Davis will be only too pleased to
recive your articles to edit.
meeting was attended by a small, but enthusiastic band of stalwarts
our numbers being greatly depleted by holidays etc. The Members
Slide Night proved to be as entertaining as I had anticipated and
provided a good deal of discussion, lead as usual by "Big V' himself.
October will be
our open slide competition, which will be rounded-off by a "Black
Pudding Supper". The competition will be open to all-comers and as
usual entries will be taken in groups of five for 20p.Any'number of
fives may be entered. We have secured the services of Gerry Bates as
our judge. Gerry,who works at the BR Technical Centre, at Derby, is an
accomplished photographer and promises to bring a new approach to
the judging, so let's have a record entry this year.
Cheerio for now,
The winner was
S.R.Earle of Rothwell, Leeds. Runners-up were E. Plenty of
Holloway, London and B.Dawes of Peterborough.
The answers were as
2. 45610 GHANA
3. 61659 EAST
4. 1010 COUNTY OF
61994 THE GREAT MARQUESS
6. 34092 CITY OF WELLS
8. 5072 HURRICANE
9. 60010 DOMINION OF CANADA
10. 34025 WHIMPLE
Below are listed
sixteen tunnels .Can you name the railway companys, who's metals
passed through these tunnels? Entries should reach the Magazine
Editor before30th.September,1979. First Prize £2,two runners-up
receiving £1 each.
3. North Stoke
9. Winsor Hill
10. High Tor
12. Gas Works
Faced with the
oil shortage, Rhodesian Railways (Africa, not Nottinghamshire) are
bringing withdrawn steam locomotives back into service. The
locos, Beyer Peacock, Gorton built, articulated Beyer Garratt
engines, have been stored in yards since their withdrawal and are to
be completely overhauled before taking over duties presently
performed by diesel traction.
FIND THE WORKS
British railway works have been hidden in the diagram. They have been
printed across, down,or diagonally, in a straight line, with no letters
missed out. The solution will appear in the next edition of "Trans
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47 325 on the
09.24 Manchester-Poole failed by milepost 92,east of Brockenhurst
and after a 100 minute wait was rescued by 47 324,which came off an
ECS working, leaving it's train in the sidings at Brockenhurst. The
two numerical class 47s,continued to Poole. Total chaos followed as
there had been no arrivals from the Southampton direction for over
2.1/2 hours. The 15.52 and 16.22 Bournemouth-Weymouth (ex. Waterloo)
were terminated at Bournemouth and the 16.25 Weymouth Nottingham
Midland left at 17.10,due to lack of a crew, and called all stations
to Bournemouth Central, to cover for a cancelled class 33 and
TC set. It took the Bournemouth area all evening to recover.73 107
on the Weymouth Quay - Waterloo boat train was announced as a fast
train for Southampton, Basingstoke and Waterloo.
37 070 was noted
at Basingstoke on a Westbury - Basingstoke aggregate train. The 10.37
Saturdays Only Waterloo Salisbury, is booked for a "slim" Hither
Green class 33 and was 33 211 on 18th.August.
Waterloo Exeter is used as an Eastleigh Works running-in turn and 33
056 and 33 111 were noted on 22nd./24th.August,respectively.they
were both replaced by other class 33s at Salisbury.
On 24th.August,the 14.54 relief Waterloo Salisbury and return were
formed of 2x 4T.C.s and 33 112.This set worked the 18,54 Waterloo
Exeter St. David's relief throughout.
Dumfries headed an up evening parcels, whilst 20 120 and 08 106 were
stabled in the station.
"Duff" No.47 288
was noted passing Dumfries with an up chemical train on 24th.July.
showed it's usual form by failing on 20th.and 24th.August.Firstly at
Gleneagles, where ex. Tinsley 37 111 was sent to assist, taking 47 427
and train forward to Mossend. In consequence, the 11.49
Aberdeen-Glasgow Queen St. was terminated at Stirling and the return
working ?40 161) started there. The second "Clansman" failure was 47
524,just north of Perth, the engine sent to the rescue being 47 703
Edinburgh-Carstairs has been producing small power, with the 22.45
Carstairs Edinburgh and 18.05 Birmingham-Edinburgh worth watching:
(20th./8) 27 005;(21st.) 26 007;(22nd. ) 25 233;(23rd.) 37
026;(24th.) 27 042; 22.45...(20th./8) 26 005;(21st.) 27
001;(22hd.) unknown;(23rd.) 25 008;(24th.) 25 011; 18.05... (24th./8)
passenger work on the region, class 20s.have recently appeared on
several occasions. On 18th.August,the 15.15 Scarborough-Glasgow Queen
St. was powered by 20 196 (Toton) between Edinburgh and Glasgow. On
20th.August,the 06.43 Carstairs to Edinburgh was worked by 20 027
and on 23rd.August,the 20.15 Cowdenbeath-Edinburgh Waverley, being
worked by the prototype refurbished DMU failed and 20 086 was used
With the transfer
away of many of them, Tinsley's class 37s have seen little use this
year on Summer seasonal extras from the Sheffield area. Isolated
examples,e.9.37 136 on 7th.July 37 169 on 21st.July and 37 135 on
4th,August,have worked the once regular 37 turn, the 09.25
Sheffield-Blackpool (returning with the 13.55,from that resort), while
Skegness has had only two visits from them:37 135 on 7th.July with
37 122 the following week and both on the 08.34
Chesterfield-Skegness,12.50 return. Most of the Summer additional
trains have therefore been class 31 and all of Tinsley's examples
have been used.
To reduce light
engine mileage between Lincoln and March, the Manchester-Yarmouth and
Yarmouth-Manchester trains have, this year, changed engines at
Sheffield; an LMR class 40 has been the power through the
Pennines, with a March class 31 or
37 east of Sheffield.
shortage of motive power has manifested itself on the N.E./S.W. axis
with the plethora of "Peaks" being invaded by a motley
other power. Many trains have been 31 hauled, in particular the 14.39
Leeds-Plymouth and class 37s have been making increasingly frequent
appearances, usually on from Birmingham to Newcastle or
Scarborough, but on three occasions the 07.40 Cardiff-Newcastle. has
been worked by one of this class:37 077 on 30th.June,
37 032 on
28th.July and 37 076 on 18th.August.Perhaps the most unexpected and
exiting working has been the use of 50 007 on the 10.43
Berwick-Plymouth on 4th.August:"Hercules" took over from a "Deltic"
at York, but failed at Gloucester;50 024 "Vanguard, after some
considerable use on the
ECML, worked on the same train (but now the 09.50
Edinburgh-Plymouth) on 21st. August, but, was noted an hour late
passing Chesterfield. As mentioned on the previous
page,Saturday,4th.August,saw the first recorded visit of a "Hoover"
class 50,to Sheffield Midland station.50 007 "Hercules" had taken
over the 10.43 Berwick on Tweed - Plymouth North Road, at York. The
loco was ex.works and was being worked back to the Western
Region. The loco's performance between Sheffield and Derby is
4th.August,1979 - TRAIN: 1V93 10.43 Berwick-Plymouth
007 "Hercules" LOAD: 12 Vehicles
SECS AVGE SPEED (MPH)
Sheffield Midland 00 00
Heeley 03 03 27
Eccleshall 04 59 42
Dore & Totley
North 07 33 50
South 09 01 47
Dronfield 10 04
Sheepbridge 12 59 74
Midland 14 17 78
Clay Cross South
Junction 19 26 48
Wingfield 24 57 64
MPH Permanent way slack)
Junction 29 57 49
Belper 32 21 54
Duffield 34 24 75
Junction 35 53 81
Notes: Time for Stretton, exact load and actual speeds not taken, due
to stop-watch operator being totally wound-up! Signal cheek at Clay
Cross to allow 1E26,12.01 St. Pancras - Sheffield Midland (hauled by
45 149) to pass. Speeds shown are point-to-point averages.
It may have
escaped the notice of some of our members, but the Deltic fleet seems
to have been reduced by four to eighteen. Whether this is temporary or
permanent remains to be seen. Remember the names of the missing
engines: ST.PADDY; QUEENS OWN HIGHLANDER; GORDON HIGHLANDER; NIMBUS; A
new generation of train spotters have found that a class of
engines that could be "cleared" in a week on Doncaster station now
involves much harder work. So what has happened to these loco's
during this period? Here is a summary of works movements
001 "ST. PADDY" Arrived works 24.3.78;Week ending 28.7.78 power
units taken out and placed in 55 018 "BALLYMOSS". Then to the yard. Since then the loco has
been "cannibalised" of various items
including buffer beam equipment, air/vac hoses, fuel tanks and various
items from the cab. The exterior of the loco is in a bad condition
with paintwork starting to peel off. 55 004 "QUEEN'S OWN HIGHLANDER".
Arrived works 14.6.78.Week ending 16.6.78 to paint shop for nose end painting. Exhibited in prime position for works open day ("Railex
125").Week ending 21.7.78 to Canal Sidings where it has languished
in a sea of scrap ever since. As with 55 001,a certain amount of "cannibalization'
has taken place ,although not to the same extent. Externally this
loco is not too bad, with the yellow ends standing out. Unfortunately
the one remaining nameplate crest has disappeared. 55 016 "GORDON
HIGHLANDER"' Arrived works 29.8.78.Stood outside paint shop until
18.12.78.After overdue attention returned to traffic on
28.12.78.Returned to works 12.1.79.To test house 18.1.79 (repair not
actioned) back to standing outside paint shop. Within the last few
months moved to Car Park side of Crimpsall. This loco is in a very
dirty condition, yet does not appear to have become a source of
55 020 "NIMBUS"
Arrived works 26.4.78.Due to industrial action at the works in
April "NIMBUS was used as a source of spare parts by Gateshead MPD to keep it's allocation of 55s working. Located in car park
side of Crimpsall and during works open days appeared also to be
"cannibalised" by so called railway enthusiasts!!! Week ending
18.8.78 moved to yard where it has been ever since. The locois in a
similar condition to 55 001 with various parts missing since it's
arrival on works.
road and rail traffic was brought virtually to a stand in
Lincoln when the GPO damaged a high voltage cable. Both passenger
stations and the Holmes area were without supply and a train was
stuck across East Holmes level crossing as the Central crossing
gates could not be operated. However, the East Midlands Electricity
Board quickly restored the supply enabled all wheels to roll again!
"Peak" class 44
No. 44 008 "PENYGHENT" has been re-painted in blue livery, with a
white stripe along the lower edge of the body, white roof and red
buffer-beams, bearing depot name Toton in white letters and has been
re-numbered D.8 !
Services on the
Belle Vue-Romiley line were disrupted after a lorry crashed into a
bridge in the Bredbury area on 8th.September.Eventually the bridge
(which had been moved 1ft.6ins.) was reopened to DMU's ,but all
other trains were diverted via. Guide Bridge and Woodley. Early on
9th.September,the diverted 1E66,01.17 Manchester
Piccadilly-Cleethorpes newspaper train was noted passing Dewsnap
Sidings, with March type 3 NO.37 034 in charge.
9th.September,86 235 "Novelty" was dragged out of Manchester
Piccadilly by an unidentified class 47,on the 00.25 Euston sleeper.
86 239 rushed the
down "Manchester Pullman" through Tamworth at 09.11,on 22nd.August.
Tamworth, on the same day, 87 009 "City of Birmingham' worked an up
freightliner, 85 028 hauled an up motorail,25 043 was in charge of
an up engineers train,47 229 hauled a Rugeley bound merry-go-round
and 20 072 passed nose-first, light engine through Tamworth High
No boiler Bath
Road Brush 4 No.47 244 worked the 1E23 Tenby-York, on 25th.August.
A return Everton
Footex was noted at Derby Midland, behind "Big D" 40 131on
On 27th,August 20
066/182 took charge of the 09.10 Derby Midland-Skegness, after another
pair of type ls had failed, after bringing the empty stock into
08.57 Edinburgh Waverley-London King's Cross," Flying Banana" was
diverted via the Settle and Carlisle line, because of a derailment
locomotives were noted at Carlisle Citadel on 24th.July:08 844 (Motorail
pilot);82 003;83 014;85 014;
47 201 (14A
Cricklewood) was noted working the 11.50 Glasgow Central-Nottingham
Midland, through Dent on 27th.July.Other sightings at Dent on the
same day included 25 142 (12A Kingmoor) propelling six ballast
wagons and 40 031 "SYLVANIA" (9A Longsight) working a down freight.
of "Hoover` class 50 No.50 011 have been received recently, all
stating this loco is still un-named, (it's allocated name is "Centurion").
locomotives were observed at Par on 1st.2nd.August: :08 091/643;25
206/7; 37 267;45 042;46 00l;47 034/078 "SIR DANIEL GOOCH"/089 "AMAZON" 446/473/485;50
021 "Rodney"/ 023 "Howe"/029 "Renown/043 "Eagle"/045 "Achilles" and
50 013 "Agincourt".
For the above
information we are indebted to the following: Messrs.Biggs (Hall); Glossop; Hazell;
Webster; Collins; Stubbings ;Caddick (Mauger);Davis ;Lund; Richards (ex.works); Gee; Parrish; Marshall;
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The 13.00 King's
Cross-Waverley HST became derailed at 70 mph, just south of
Northallerton, on 28th.August. All cars remained upright and only one
passenger needed hospital treatment (for shock).
Evenings in Doncaster will be held at the "Masons' Arms", Market
Place, until further notice.
The "Class 56
Maintenance Report" by Ian Parrish, will now appear in Magazine
Ivor Jones Esq. :
I'm still working on those numbers, but I'll let you know as soon as
On behalf of all
our members we wish Roger Richards a speedy recovery ,from his recent
If you can supply
any information on Ex.BR diesel locos, please contact Mr. R. Biggs,
c/o the Magazine Editor.