No.29 - December 1979
NOTES FROM THE COMMITTEE
With last Winter seemingly only just behind us, another year is
rapidly reaching it's fina16 and we are looking forward to the
1980s,wondering just what they have in store for our society and
railways in general.
Due to rising costs of postage etc. we have been forced Into the
increasing of the annual membership fee of the Pennine Railway
Society from 75p to £1.00
This is the first ever change in the fee since the Society was
formed in 1974 and we feel still very good value, when compared with
subscription rates of other societies around the country.
No doubt you will have noticed the rather lengthy gap in the
circulation of your "Trans-Pennine" magazine but the fact is that
despite various requests to you, the members, asking for material to
help make your magazine better, the response as been practically nil
(with the exception of a very helpful Lincolnshire member).
The first "Trips List for 1980 and membership renewal forms are
enclosed with this edition of "Trans-Pennine" and Robin Skinner and
Tom Helliwell will be only too willing to deal with your booking and
membership enquiries, respectively.
The Committee of the Pennine Railway Society wish a Merry Christmas
and a Happy and Prosperous New Year to all their members and
*The views or comments published herein are not necessarily the
views of the Pennine Railway Society, or it's Committee.
TRANS-PENNINE?'COVER PHOTOGRAPH (Shot by Jon Davis)
AC electric locomotive No.87 026 "Redgauntlet" enters Crewe station
with a down London Euston - Glasgow Central express on Sunday, 25th
These locomotives, now known as Class 87/0, were originally
classified AL7 and allocated numbers E.3200 onwards, but with the
advent of Total Operations Processing System (for better or for
worse) these numbers were never carried by the Bo-Bo engines, which
entered service from 1973 to 1975,their intended work being to take
over the Euston - Glasgow services from the D.400 Class 50 diesels,
with the introduction of the "Electric Scots".
In addition to the 35 Class 87's, is the lighter experimental
Thyristor controlled Class 87/1 "STEPHENSON".
All these locomotives are products of British Rail Engineering's
Crewe Works have loco, straight, air, train air and rheostatic
electric train heating and all carry nameplates.
UNION OFFICIAL CALLS FOR FARES FREEZE
In an article entitled "What a way to run a transport system!',
which appears in the latest edition of the "Locomotive Journal",
ASLEF General Secretary Ray Buckton called for the British Railways
Board to "follow the example of the South Yorkshire PTE an area in
which "there was NO INCREASE in fares last year, yet passenger
revenue on three local rail services INCREASED by over 26 per cent".
Mr. Buckton says "There are many instances, in all parts of the
world, which demonstrate that a cheap, reliable service will bring
increased revenue, as well as traffic".
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
I am very interested in the industrial aspect of railways & quite a
number of "second-hand" hopper wagons at the former "Steelo's"
Templeborough Works of the BSC in Rotherham.
Could you or any of your members tell me where these vehicles
B. Edwards, Dronfield Woodhouse, Derbyshire.
EDITOR'S REPLY: These wagons have recently been transferred to "Steelo's",
rom the British Steel Corporation's Bilston Works, near
BEHIND THE IRON CURTAIN
by John Sanderson
On 31st.August, I, along with Tom Helliwell set off to journey by
rail to Katowice in Poland, to view the 1979 World Speedway Final.
Against my better judgement, I was persuaded to travel via Doncaster
to King's Cross instead of my normal route to London, via Leicester
and into St. Pancras.
I should have known better, the 14.45 Manchester-Hull was cancelled
(no crew) and the 16.23 to Doncaster service finally departed at
16.40. Further trouble on the ECML. The 14.15 Edinburgh-King's Cross
HST. left Doncaster 20 minutes late and arrived in King's Cross at
19.52 (36 minutes late). Not the most encouraging start for a trip
Our special train, chartered by Warnersports left Victoria at 22.40
and a fast run via Tonbridge and Ashford saw us at Dover Marine at
Excellent weather saw a smooth Channel crossing to Ostend on the
Sealink vessel "Princess Marie Christine", leaving Dover at 01.30
and arriving Ostend at 05.40,on Saturday 1st.September. All times
quoted axe British times. In actual fact Belgium and Poland are one
hour ahead of British time, while East and West Germany are on
British time at this time of year.
Our eleven coach train left Ostend, electrically hauled at 08.15.
The rolling stock was from the German Federal Railways, containing
couchettes, Compartment stock where seats convert into bunks, three
We crossed into Germany at Aachen (10.43), no passport checks and
then ran via Cologne (11.58) viewing the world famous cathedral,
Minden and Hannover (15.21) and running to the West German border at
Helmstedt (16.18).We then cross through No-Mans-Land up to the East
German border and into Marienborn, passing: miles of electrified
fences and observation posts.
At Marienborn (dep.17.10) the train was thoroughly checked by East
German border guards with Alsatian dogs checking the underneath of
Steam is soon apparent in East Germany, At Magdeburg (17.35) was a
huge concentration of about 40 tanks crossing a field with a similar
number of other military vehicles at a nearby road crossing. I
wonder if NATO knew what they were up to?
Our locomotive is a Russian built Delta 9 diesel from Helmstedt, but
plenty of steam is visible in East Germany and Poland. It is however
forbidden to take photographs of military personnel or officials,
railway installations, or anything connected with the country's
We reach the East German border at Frankfurt (Oder) at 21.20 and
have a long delay, departing at 22.40.We departed to an almost
forgotten sound on a main line express, we were being pulled by an
East German steam locomotive-the highlight of the journey. Behind
steam on on a main line express at main line speeds - UTOPIA.
The first coach behind the engine was a disco coach. I am convinced
the music was turned off to hear the music from the loco.
Regretfully the steamer was taken off at Kunowice, in Poland, after
only a short run and was replaced by a Polish diesel. We left
Kunowice at 23.02 and ran through Poland, arriving at Katowice at
07.22 (2nd.Sept.).Following the speedway event held at the Slaski
Stadium, Chorzow, (also home of the Polish national soccer team and
seating 130,000 spectators) we leave Katowice at 21.47 and travel
through the night to Berlin. Border guards board our train at Berlin
Ostbahnhof at 08.50 (3rd.September) and we pass to Berlin
Friedrichstrasse station where again our train is inspected to
ensure there are no escapees on. We arrive at Berlin Charlottenburg
at 10.10 and have a day free in Berlin, the most isolated city in
I visit the Berlin Wall, which runs for 168 km cutting East off from
the West. It has been standing for 18 years and is manned by 14,000
East German guards. I also visit the famous Berlin Zoo, before we
depart from Berlin at 22.40,retracing our outward route and
'arriving at Ostend at 10.13 (4th.September).
We sail at 10.45 on the "Reine Astrid" arriving Dover at 14.30 and
depart on our special train to Victoria at 15.09,arriving London
16.43 and a quick dash to King's Cross sees us on the 17.05 "Hull
Executive", the fastest diesel hauled train in the world. Behind 55
008 we arrive Doncaster at 18.57 and finally reach Sheffield at
20.07.The end of a memorable rail journey.
CLASS 56's IN SOUTH WALES
BR's newest and most powerful diesel electric freight locomotives,
the class 56s have taken over the operation of BR's heaviest trains.
Two of the 3,250 hp. locos. now pull trains of iron ore from Port
Talbot docks to Llanwern steelworks, near Newport (Casnewydd), a
distance of 46 miles. The payload of each train is 2,079 tonnes, the
gross trailing weight of the trains of 27 BSC rotary tippler wagons
being 2,740 tonnes.
Six 56s are based at 86A Cardiff Canton and have displaced the class
37s which worked in triplet, these now working MGR coal trains to
Aberthaw power station, between Barry and Bridgend
*During operation of the iron ore trains by 87A Landore EE3s
(D.6600s) there were no engine failures. The first
class 56 failure (56 036) took place on their first week in-charge
of this service!
There has been talk recently of a cheap(?) and simple form of
barrier crossing to eliminate the many manned gated crossings on
roads which cross over the majority of rural railways that struggle
for survival, mainly due to the costs.
As an example, the Boston to Skegness line has some 15 level
crossings and the rail service has already been curtailed to reduce
labour costs of manning crossings.
So, the rail minded individual welcomes the new crossings as a means
of saving costs and prolonging the life of a railway line.
Our rubber tyred friends look at the problem rather differently, as
reported recently in "Motor Transport", and repeated below.
"TIME SAVING CROSSINGS" Road traffic will be delayed much less
at level crossings when gates are replaced by flashing lights and
barriers lifted automatically by approaching trains. 'Transport
Minister, Norman Fowler has accepted the main conclusions of the
joint DoT and DRB working party on level crossing protection
published in July 1978.
Replacing l,000 gated crossings will cost £50 million.
Announcing his support for the programme, Mr. Fowler said it would
£64 million in wages by taking away the need for between 2 and 3
gatekeepers at each crossing.
The automatic system allows barriers to be lifted, between trains
whereas gates would have remained closed.
Mr. Fowler told the Commons last Thursday "Some of the reports
recommendations will interest local highways authorities. It is for
individual local authorities in planning their transport expenditure
to determine the priority they attach to reducing, road delays
at levelcrossings, but I hope they will be ready to discuss such
proposals with the (Railways) Board.
So, the question remains - do the BRB expect the ratepayer er to pay
for the crossings, and when could we see the first one in operation,
considering the Government's prime objective of not spending
TADPOLES TO GO?
British Railways Southern region Ashford built diesel electric
multiple units, with 8' 2.1/2" wide bodies (instead of the
conventional 9' 3" will be withdrawn from service if British
Railways get Parliamentary approval for the proposed electrification
of the former South Eastern and Chatham. Railway's line between
Tonbridge and West St. Leonards.
Five tunnels on the line are too narrow to take trains of
conventional loading gauge, with double track working. Southern
Region have already reduced one of the tunnels to single track and
this can be done with three others, but, with Grove Hill tunnel,
Tunbridge Wells this is not possible and BR would have to build
another single track bore, adjacent to the existing tunnel if
electrification was to go-ahead. The construction of this new tunnel
would require approval from Parliament.
BR hope to have conventional third rail multiple units running on
the line by 1984.
EXPLOS1ON STOPS TRAiNS
An explosion in a gas-fired boiler blew out the two other
operational boilers in London Transport's Lots Road Power Station on
16th.October.At the time (14.30) LT's other Power Station, at
Greenwich, was not in operation. The result was a complete shut-down
of central section of the underground system.
Greenwich is normally only used for rush-hour periods, was brought
"on load" within two to three minutes, but, because of operational
difficulties', it was an hour or more, before many tube trains were
BRITISH RAIL INTEND TO MARRY TWO RAILWAYS AT LINCOLN
Lincoln City boasts two Stations serving lines that are almost
British Rail have announced their intention of closing St. Mark's
Station in two years time, perhaps not an ideal solution, but
considering all the problems, it is a way out.
St. Mark's Station is the oldest and was the terminus of the Midland
Railway. Later, the Manchester Sheffield & Lincolnshire brought the
line down from Barnetby and Market Rasen to join up with MR.
St. Mark's now minus its overall roof and with crumbling pseudo
Gothic portico is but a shadow of its former self, but it was
painted two years ago - which seems to set the pattern...'
Central Station (ex Great Northern Railway) is on the Peterborough,
Spalding, Doncaster line and the architecture is "pure" railway and
something we can be proud of.
The MS&LR crosses the GNR at Pelham Street Junction via a diamond
crossing, with a loop connecting into Central from Market Rasen
only. An avoiding line from Greetwell Junction to Pyewipe Junction
bypasses Central Station but is little used as this adds five
minutes journey time.
The sketch shows the layout and the writer's impression of the
deviation line necessary to allow St. Mark's Station to be closed.
When the news of the marriage published the citizens of Lincoln
thought it a wonderful ideal. but soon had second thoughts when they
realised how often the Central crossing gates would operate.
Lincoln has a network of waterways, and the river can only be
crossed by road in the city centre by road in the city centre so
some sympathy must be felt for the motorist, especially as the rail
service barely serves local travel.
Taking the busy part of the day (07.00 - 17.45), both Central and
St. Mark's crossings operate on the average every 24 minutes.
With only the Central crossing in use, and with all Newark rail
traffic having to cross the High Street, the crossing will open to
rail traffic on average every 9.1/2 minutes.
Well, that's the motorist taken care of (!), How will the rail
traveller fare? The journey time from Newark must be extended to
allow for the slow approach up about a 1 in 1830 gradient, and then
crawl round the Boultham Curve, thread cautiously through the
goods yard, and chug slowly into Central Station.
The line between Spalding and Lincoln may be further speed
restricted, but the Lincoln to Doncaster section would have speed
eased, therefore ECML trains if only to be diverted between
Newark and Doncaster, would not have the journey time extended too
By the time the marriage has been consummated, the coal depot
between St. Mark's Station and Pelham Street Junction may not be
rail, so there would be no need for the retention of the diamond
Finally, had the railways been nationalised from the outset we could
have had either no railway through Lincoln at all(!) or just
onestation, and a more convenient rail layout.
100 YEARS AGO - 1879
The date Sunday,28th.December,1879,is probably the most notorious
date in railway history. The Tay Bridge, which had opened on 1st
June,1878 and Queen Victoria had travelled across on 20th.June,1879
(when she knighted it's engineer Thomas Bouch), collapsed in a
terrible storm, which had left a trail of devastation from the hills
above Perth, down the Tay valley to Dundee and out into the open
sea, un-roofing houses, demolishing hay-stacks and chimneys and
injuring humans and animals alike.
Having met the Forth ferry at Burntisland, the return working of the
Sunday Mail arrived at St. Fort station (at the approach to the Tay
Bridge) at 19.00, behind Wheatley 4-4-0 No.224 of 1871 vintage
standing in for the more usual 0-4-2 Drummond tank "Ladybank", which
had failed earlier in the day.
Tickets were collected from the Dundee passengers at St. Fort as was
the custom and after handing the train-staff for the single line
section over the bridge to the driver, the St. Fort signalman had to
crawl back to his box on all-fours, because of the fury of the
The signalman had noticed sparks flying from the wheels of the
previous train, when it had crossed the bridge at 18.05,so he and a
surfaceman watched the progress of the tail light as the 19.00 train
crossed the bridge. Again sparks were seen when a violent gust of
wind shook the signalbox and both men saw a brilliant flash of
light, followed by total darkness. Tail light, sparks and flash had
It soon became obvious on both sides of the Tay that the bridge was
down, those on the south side hoped the train had crossed the
bridge, whilst those to the north hoped it hadn't reached the
bridge. Nothing could be confirmed, because all communication had
been severed by the collapse. Finally at 22.00 the ferry steamer
managed to struggle across the estuary to confirm the disaster. The
"High Girders" section of the bridge from pier 28 to pier 41 having
The loco was recovered from the river at the third attempt the
following April and was run on it's own wheels to Glasgow for
For many years drivers refused to work over the new Tay Bridge with
No.224, but by a strange twist of fate the locomotive next worked
over the Firth of Tay with the very same return Sunday Mail, on
SOUTHERN GRIPPERS MEET THEIR WATERLOO
A number of Southern Region ticket collectors based at Waterloo and
Victoria stations, London were recently charged in connection with
alleged illegalities, concerning excess fare payments.
WHAT IS A TRAINSPOTTER? by Roger Richards
There are. of course, many answers to this question but in general
they are considered harmless lunatics who are alright in general but
"I wouldn't like my daughter to marry one".
To British Rail he is a source of revenue and as such receives
the same consideration and courtesy as any other customer which is,
of course, not much. On the other hand there are some parts of
British Rail to whom the spotter is a pain in the neck (or maybe
lower). The confrontations between spotter and foreman have the same
kind of standing as other great rivalries such as Wellington and
Napoleon, Gladstone and Disraeli and of course Tom and Jerry. To be
fair to the foreman he must have the only job in the country where
he is likely to be confronted by some. soaking wet clown at 2.30 in
the morning in the middle of nowhere.
It is well known that some spotters tend to collect strange things
such as coaches and milk tankers but there has appeared another
strange phenomenon. The general public has become used to seeing
weirdo's writing down engine numbers on stations but is still
completely baffled not the sight of some idiot fishing a roll of
wallpaper out of his duffle bag and slamming it up against a Deltic
nameplate to make a rubbing. There are many people who would be
interested in a rubbing from the tomb of Sir Ethelred Farquaharson.
died 1321 but who the devil wants "Gordon Highlander. Doncester
Due to a tendency to go on long journeys. overnight trips and
"carbashes", trainspotters are known to be slightly smelly at
certain tines. Although this is easily remedied there are some
spotters who take the hobby so seriously that they only take a bath
when their favourite 47 is in Crewe paintshop.
Although spotting used to be a fulltime job, as a result of the
massive cut down in locomotives the spotter has had to introduce his
own entertainment which is why some people collect several sets at
once. These sets include "my second set", "my 1976 set", locos that
Fido has seen and locos seen from the saloon bar of the Rat and
Goldfish. It is extremely disappointing when Fido, misses his last
47 because of next door's poodle.
There is a slight tendency for spotters to exaggerate. It is a
well-known fact that a spotter makes all his fascinating sightings
when he is by himself. It is also strange when you realise that
traffic through Chesterfield on Wednesday nights is double when 1 am
A trainspotter is also someone who has loads of jealous workmates.
They decry the hobby as childish but remain slightly green about the
travelling involved. Of course some of then have never heard of some
of the places we go, lot alone been themselves, I am thinking
particularly of Inverness and Dewsnap. So-called friends make
superior snide remarks like "were we chasing choo-choos this
weekend., then?". The way to stop this is to look casual and say
"not really we went to Cardiff on Saturday but stayed at home on
Sunday". When they grin knowingly, hit them between the eyes with
"mind you, we're going all round Scotland next weekend," and then
sit back and watch them seeth.
On holiday last year I cashed two cheques., on my return I went to
my bank to check if they had been cleared. The cashier told me they
had cleared but added., "where the hell's Dingwall?'". I explained
to her its whereabouts and her eyes glazed over as she said "but the
other one came from Plymouth".
*This article was first published in the Journal of the Little
FIND THE WORKS - SOLUTION
The "fool" who set this puzzle (Walt Dawson) put a Y instead of a B
in Newton Abbot, therefore only ten works were to be found. They
were as follows....... Derby; Darlington; Gorton; Cowlairs; York;
Swindon; Wolverton; St.Rollox; Crewe; Oswestry;
Mr. Dawson is to be offered a Bramall Lane season ticket as
"To The Last Drop Productions"
Originally produced as two separate books, (S.O.and Pier Power) the
main aim of these publications is to record locomotive workings on
summer seasonal trains, many of which are worked by locos normally
confined to freight duties'.' S.O? dealing with Saturdays Only
trains and "Pler Power" covering weekday and Sunday trains to costal
resorts. Many gaps are apparent in the rather slim 1977 combined
volume, but the majority of these have been filled in the more
comprehensive 1978 edition, which is twice the thickness of it's
predecessor. The information contained in these books is a
collection of sightings made by an army of observers and compiled by
Ed Lund, a man well known and respected in railway circles. Judging
by the vast numbers of observers at large this summer, the 1979
edition is sure to be a fantastic volume, with omissions at an
absolute minimum. Well produced and reasonably priced, the 1977
Edition at 35p(inc.P&P) and the 1978 Edition (at 50p inc. P&P) are
available from: E. Lund Esq.33,Hipley Close, Chesterfield.S40 4LH.
*The 1979 Edition will be advertised in "Trans-Pennine" as soon as
it becomes available.
PENNINE MEMBER SURVIVES DISASTER
On the second day of a week-long Railrover holiday, Pennine Railway
Society members John Glossop, Barry Marshall, Roger Richards and Jon
Davis, along with Mr. MFI. of Doncaster boarded the the 08.44
Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee Tay Bridge train, hauled by Sulzer 25
083 at Larbert on Monday, 22nd,October.
After alighting from the slow train at Stirling, the party then
travelled forward on the 09.35 Glasgow Queen Street - Aberdeen
express, hauled by "4.1/2" No.47 208.Although the rest of the party
left the train, to breakfast in Perth, John Glossop stayed on,
intending to travel to Dundee. John was in the third coach-'(buffet)
when it ploughed into the rear of the failed slow train at approx
50m.p.h.,!,,mile east of Invergowrie station.
John, who was fortunately uninjured, managed to get a lift into
Dundee, from where he caught a bus to Stirling, to meet-up with his
mates and resume the Railrover (after a stiff drink!).
The initial cause of the disaster, in which five people, including
the driver and second man of 47 208 were killed, appears to have
been a faulty semaphore stop signal.
Reporting on his findings of the High Speed Train derailment at
Northallerton on 28th. August,1979,the Inspecting Officer revealed
that the accident was caused by an axle on the leading power-car
failing to turn. This was probably the result of a broken cog tooth.
The two Gateshead . drivers working the train (the 13.00 King's
Cross - Edinburgh Waverley) were praised for the actions they had
taken, which almost certainly saved the train from a serious
accident when a flange on the inside of the locked wheels
(caused by the centre of the tyres being worn away by friction)
forced open points and caused the train to become derailed.
MORE COAL ON THE MOVE
UP to 3,000 wagons are to be saved and refurbished to help move coal
from colliery to power station this winter.
The CEGB is switching away from oil and by next March British
Railways should have carried 2.12million tonnes more coal than last
winter and in the following twelve months a further 5 million tonnes
should be available for rail haulage.
Sealink's old paddle steamer "Lincoln Castle" (she was built-in
1940 ) which used to work between Hull Corporation Pier and New
Holland is to become a floating restaurant in Kingston upon Hull.
Sister ship "Tattershall Castle", withdrawn several years ago is
being used on the River Thames as a floating art gallery and
SOUTH YORKSHIRE CORNER
We are beginning to get our attendances back to something like the
best of last years, with two twenty plus audiences, in October and
November, although we will still welcome any more new faces to our
Our first two meetings in 1980 will be;
Tuesday,8th.January Paul Bates.
Tuesday,12th.February Charlie Poster.
Wishing everyone the Seasons Greetings,
COMPETITION NUMBER 18
The only entrant and therefore winner was G. E. Collins of North
Answers were as follows
1. Great Central
3. London, Brighton & South Coast
4. Lancashire & Yorkshire
5. Great Western
7. Rhondda & Swansea Bay
8. Halifax High Level
9. Somerset & Dorset
11. Lancashire, Derbyshire & East Coast
12. Great Northern
13. Caledonian (Scottish Central)
14. North Eastern (Newcastle & Carlisle)
15. Great Central & Midland Joint
16. Glasgow & South Western
COMPETITION NUMBER 19 BUMPER CHRISTMAS QUIZ 1979
First prize will be £10,with a second prize of £5 and a third prize
Please enter - even if you don't get all your answers correct, you
could still win a prize.
Committee Members are not eligible to enter this special
Entries should reach Jon Davis, 81,Bowden Wood Cres. ,Sheffield 9,
1. Which was the first narrow gauge public railway in the world?
2. Which company inaugurated Crewe works?
3. Who invented the compounding of locomotive cylinders?
4. Which major construction was completed on 11th.April,1858?
5. Who were the first railway to abolish 2nd.class travel?
6. On what date did the Liverpool Overhead Railway close?
7. Until October 1941,it was possible to travel first class on
London area suburban services. True or False?
8. Between which two points was the first ".Freightliner" service
introduced, on 28th.Feb.1966?
9. Who unveiled the nameplate of L.N.E.R.No.4490"EMPIRE OF INDIA'
A. Sir Froiz Khan Noon; B. Princess Elizabeth; C. Sir Nigel
Gresley; D. Robin Skinner;
10. Which railway company served Wetwang?
11. Name the world's fastest diesel locomotive hauled rail service.
12. Who provided the diesel engine for single-cabbed Bo-Bo No.10800?
13. In what year was the Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers
& Firemen formed?
14. A BR depot hit the headlines twice within six months during
1978/9,when run-away locos. strayed onto a nearby road. Name the
15. Who was credited with "A Railway A to Z" which appeared in
16. What make of diesel engine was fitted in BR Class 30 diesel
17. Name Talyllyn Railway loco.No.7.
18. What were known as "Scotch Arthurs"?
19. An unusually name public house overlooks the railway at
Starcross, in Devon. What is it's name?
20. The crest of which railway company bore the following
legend-"Wrth Ddwr A Than"?
21. Between which two points did the inaugural section of the
Caledonian Railway run?
22. Which was the first Darlington built class 24?
23. Where was D1 "Scafell Pike" named?
24. "Stone-Vapor" is a type of- A. Firebox; B. Turbo-charger; C.
Train Heating Boiler;
25. What do the initials AWS stand for?
26. Employees of which railway have a "Temple Bar Griffin" embossed
on their uniform buttons?
27. The livery of Londonderry, Seaham & Sunderland locos was - A.
Green; B. Lake; C. Black;
28. Which BR shed provides the class 08 locos which shunt at BSC
29. Bugle station is situated on which BR line?
J0. Where 'were the works of the Yorkshire Engine Company?
31. What do the initials MAS stand for?
32. What is the English title of Ceardydd Canolog station?
33. Which railway works was visited on the Pennine trip of
34. Name the building in which the Nottingham Divisional Manager's
office is situated.
35. What was the name of the first station west of Saltash on the
GWR main line?
36. In which county is Worting Junction situated?
37. Long Witton station in Northumberland was serviced by which
38. Gretna Junction is in England. True or False?
39. American WD .loco. "Big Jim" now preserved on the Keighley &
Worth Valley tight Railway, spent most of it's working iife in which
40. Which class of steam locomotives were nicknamed "Windcutters"?
41. What was the BR number of "Harlaxton Manor"?
42. The name "Fair Rosamun" has been carried by
A. A GWR ank engine; B. A Brush/Sulzer
Class 47; C. Both;
43. What brake horse-power were the five members of Class 48?
44. Who were the first Association Football Club to use the
45. Which Rugby League Football Club successfully fought-off an
attempt to build a railway line through their ground?
46.What is the multiple working code of Class 56 diesels?
47. Solve the following anagram to find a famous locomotive engineer
Choose Rail Ding.
48. Of what class of steam loco was "Cudworth" a member?
49. Where did a serious railway accident occur on
50. Which society lay claim to the title of "World's Largest Model
A PEEP INTO THE FUTURE
An artist's impression of a remote-controlled, energy-saving train
of the 1980s
Locomotive No.125, of the famous Ivan Canklow single design, is seen
here climbing Stoke Bank with an ECML express.
Information for this section can be sent to the Magazine Editor or
passed on via any Committee Member.
LONDON MIDLAND REGION
Some twenty months after the scheduled withdrawal date of British
Railways/Sulzer Class 24,type 2,the final example of this class is
still soldiering on.5A Crewe allocated 24 081 was noted working
through Guide Bridge, on 17th.September.
Outshopped from Crewe Works in March,1960, as D.5081 among the fifth
batch of this class to be built, she was first allocated to 31B
March, but has spent most of her life on the London Midland Region,
being one of many engines allocated generally to D05 Stoke Division
in the late 60s/early 70s.
9A Longsight Class 08 No.08 687 was noted on pilot duties in Dewsnap
Sidings on 18th., September, resplendent in ex.works condition blue
livery, with black roof, red buffer beams, works plates and
connecting rods. Other Longsight 350s have been similarly treated.
Crompton No.45 025 (41A Tinsley) worked the 15.15 Manchester
Piccadilly-Harwich Parkestone Quay past Dewsnap Sidings on
18th.September.As reported in the last issue of this journal, all
loco hauled trains between Manchester and Romiley are being diverted
via Guide Bridge because of collision damage to a bridge some 100
yards to the west of Bredbury station. DMU's are traversing the
structure at a maximum of 20mph.
08 877 was shunting Earles Sidings, Hope on 18th.September.
Also on 18th.September,the following observations were made on the
western end of the MSW electrified lines:47 339,76
009/15/28/38/39/49 at Broadbottom;76 011/12 at Godley Jcn.; 40 170
at Dewsnap Sidings;08 891,40 069/118/146,76 006/13 at Guide Bridge
and 47 182 at Gorton, whilst 85 022 and 86 210 "City of Edinburgh"
were in attendance at Manchester Piccadilly during the afternoon of
the same date.
Peak Class 44 l-co-co-1 No.D.8 "PENYGHENT" was noted in the Toton,
Erewash and Treeton areas, several times during October
re-renumbered as 44 008.
Ex-works class 56,No.56 064 was delivered to 16A Toton during the
evening of 19th.October.
The following DMU's were observed at Birmingham New Street on
and EMU'S: 312 202/3/4;
On 21st.October,47 233 hauled a Manchester Piccadilly-London
Paddington train through Stafford.
BR/Brush/Sulzer,No.46 021 with a late running train from Manchester
to the West Country, was subject to the usual dilatory station work
at Birmingham New Street on 21st.October.One wonders how New St. are
so good at being docile - The answer is easy practice makes perfect!
"Roarers" noted in the small hours of 22nd.October included,85 003
(at Stafford),82 002 (at Crewe) and 83 011 (at Motherwell), all
these examples being employed on passenger work.
86 257,took over the up "Clansman" from 47 469,at Mossend Yard on
22nd.October and was later noted arriving at Euston on the same
Waterloo & City line ex. Southern Railway units in operation~ the
evening of 25th.October
Locomotive hauled Sothern Region passenger trains during the early
hours of 26th.October were noted behind:73 001M 112M 108;73 12103
027M 017M 1OW3 118;73 11M3 019;
4 EPB unit No.5118 was noted at Berrylands,4 CIG at Byfleet & New
Haw,4 VEP 7839 at Walton on Thames, Class 419 motor luggage van
No.68008 at Dover Marine and 2HAP 6071 at Sittingbourne, on
Also on 26th.October,the following Crompton Parkinson machines were
in evidence on East Grinstead commuter trains, during an evening
rush-hour which was reduced to chaos by a power failure in the
vicinity of Victoria:
33 043 (at Sanderstead);33 206 (thrashing up the bank through Oxted
Tunnel) and 33 003, which was observed at the friendly staffed Hurst
On the same evening the following D/9.M.U.s worked through
Class 73/1 electro-diesel,No.73 111 (75D Stewart's Lane) stood at
the head of an express boat train in Waterloo station on
27th.October.This fine locomotive under went rather lengthy repairs
in Slade Green Works during 1978 and is now in f rst class
mechanical and visual order!
The funeral train of Lord Mountbatten on 5th.September,was worked by
33 027 and 33 056. 73 142 worked the empty stock of the train into
Waterloo. 33 010 and 33 013 were observed at Willesden on
English Electric engined Class 08,350 bhp shunting locomotive,No.08
313 was standing in the shed yard at 66B Motherwell on 22nd.October.
Also on 22nd.October,the following "Blue Train!' Emu's were noted:
Motherwell:314 209014 215;082;Newton:094;109;Polmadie:095;Glasgow
H111a029;053;O31;Charing Cross:008;010;O59; Glasgow Queen Street Low
47 706 "Strathclyde" (64B Haymarket) paid a brief visit to Glasgow
Queen Street on 22nd. October with a trail run of one of the new
push-pull train sets the following Sulzer push-pull machines also
being in evidence:27 210;21 109;27 208;27 105;27 209;27 112;
GREATER GLASGOW PTE
Although formally opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second
on 5th.November,the new transport system with it's ugly "Clockwork
Orange" EMU's and stations which look something like sci-fi alien
space craft will not come into operation for several months due to a
number of unforeseen circumstances.
The Bristol Temple Meads - Edinburgh Waverley/Glasgow Central
sleeper was seen leaving Cheltenham Spa Lansdowne on
21st.October,with Class 46 "Peak" No.46 046 hauling somewhere in the
region of twenty vehicles!
Railcars at Oxford General on 21st.October were as follows:
Brush "4.1/2" number 47 511 "Thames" called at Oxford with a down
express from Paddington bound for Worcester Shrub Hill on the same
Class 50 "Hoovers" in passenger action during week-ending
27th.October included: 50 03,3 "Glorious";5O 046 "Ajax";50 014
'*Warspite";5O 032 "Courageous";50 015 "Valiant" and 50 005
"Collingwood" not to mention ,0 035 "Ark Royal". 50 011 *Centurion"
probably the last member of the class to be so treated is now named.
Sulzer No.25 042 of Derby Works pedigree worked through Lincoln with
a track recording coach on 16th.October.
King's Cross-Cleethorpes trains of late have seen more Deltic and
Class .31/4 haulage, the Class 31 expresses not being double headed.
Ex. Eastfield "1,000", No.20 105 was noted in ex-works (St.Rollox)
condition and large cabside numbers pulling one tank wagon
containing heating oil in Tinsley Secondary Yard on
"Toffee Apple" No.31 015 passed through Stratford station with the
local packing vans on 25th.October.
The ex. Great Central line in Rotherham, has seen a varied
assortment of motive power in recent weeks 50001 was dragged through
Iccles on 28th.November,behind a single Class 20 en-route for
Doncaster Plant,47 521 (York) was noted passing Rotherham Central
light engine on 3rd.December and Diesel Hydraulic traction made a
brief return to British Railways on 7th. November when a British
Steel Corporation, Hunslet 0-6-0 was moved from Aldwarke to
Templeborough under it's own power.
BRITISH RAIL ENGINEERING
The following locomotives were on view in Crewe Works on
20 016/81/9707 034/41/112/222/267;
001/3/5/7/8;83 002/9;84 008;85 020/2/5; 86 00 6/9/10/26/213/6;
For the above inform tion we are indebted to the following;
Messrs Reader; Collins; Dean; Sanderson; Davis; Glossop; M.F.I.;
CHRONOLOGICAL DATA OF THE GREAT NORTHERN RAILWAY
Sent in by Peter Barsby, the following is part of official British
Railways publicity. Whilst for the most part this data is accurate,
there appears to be some glaring mistakes! For instance, the New
Holland line was certainly NOT Great Northern!
1845 Bill (London & York) presented to Parliament.
1846 - 8th.June Bill passed by the House of Lords.
1846 - 26th.June Bill received Royal assent.
1846 - 25th.July First General Meeting of the railway held in
1847 - January Contract let for completion of line from Peterborough
to Gainsborough, via. Boston & Lincoln.
1847 - April The Chairman, Mr. W. Astell MP died.
1847 - April Mr. Edmond Dennison MP. Father of GNR .appointed
1848 - 1st.March First section of line opened (Louth/New Holland)
Length of this section being 30 miles.
1848 - 5th.June line completed between Arksey/Askern.
1848 - 3rd.September Line completed between Doncaster/Arksey.
1848 - 17th.October Line opened between Peterborough/Lincoln.
1849 - 9th.April Line opened between Lincoln/Gainsborough.
1849 - 4th.September Line opened between Retford/Doncaster.
1850 - Summer Access obtained to York via newly complete4 Burton
Salmon and Knottingley line (York & North Midland) using powers
between Askern and Knottingley (Yorkshire Rly.) and between Burton
Salmon and York (Y&NMR).
1850 - 7th.August Line opened between Peterborough (Werrington Jnc.)
and London (78 miles) First public train left 06.00 Maiden Lane,
temporary London terminal. Same day - MS&L line opened between
Clarborough & Sykes Jct.
1850 - Autumn Through connection established London Maiden Lane -
Edinburgh via East Coast . Route (journey time about 12 hrs.).
1852 1st.August "Towns" line opened for passenger traffic.
1852 - 14th.October King's Cross station opened... £65,000 had been
spent on purchase and demolition of smallpox and fever hospitals on
site Station cost £123,000 to construct.
1864 - December Mr. Edmund Dennison resigned through ill-health.
1867 - First locomotive built at Doncaster - Stirling 0-4-2 No.18.
1870 - Stirling No.1 4-2-2,with 8' driving wheels built at
1871 - Line opened between York & Doncaster (North Eastern Railway)
completing East Coast Route as today, (journey time to Edinburgh
reduced to 10.1/2 hours by day and 9.1/2 hours by night
1872 - 10.00am train from King's Cross (fore-runner of the "Flying
Scotsman") scheduled 9.1/2 hours to Edinburgh, with 25 minutes stop
at York for luncheon.
1902 - Ivatt Atlantic No.251 4-4-2 with 6'W driving wheels built at
1922 - Gresley "Pacific" No.4470 built at Doncaster.
1923 - 1st.January Great Northern Railway became constituent of
1928 - 1st.May First non-stop run of the "Flying Scotsman" between
London & Edinburgh-393 miles.
1935 - 30th.September The "Silver Jubilee", Britain's first
streamlined train introduced between London and Newcastle.
1937 - July The "Coronation" streamlined train between London and
1937 - 27th.September The "West Riding Limited" streamlined train
introduced between London & Bradford.
1938 - 3rd.July Gresley A4 Pacific "Mallard" established world speed
record for steam traction 126 miles per hour.
1948 - 1st.January Former Great Northern Railway became constituent
of British Railways.
1949 - The "Capitals Limited" Introduced on non-stop run between
London and Edinburgh.
SPOT THE SIGN
Below are shown three examples of signs to be found by the line-side,on
British Railways. Can you identify them? Solution will appear in the
next issue of "Trans-Pennine".
by Jack Davis
I think that this article could be sub-titled "THE TRAIL OF THREE
CITIES", seeing that it is concerned with a round trip from
Sheffield to Exeter and London, on one of the Sheffield Division's
new "Trailblazer?' tours.
On Saturday 27th.October,a small party of Pennine members presented
ourselves at Sheffield Midland station at a most ungodly hour on a
cold and frosty morning to catch the 06.38 Leeds City-Paignton, due
in Sheffield at 07.33. In the event it was 07.41 before we were
underway with for the time of the yea ,a surprisingly well-filled
train in the charge of 45 052. A brief stop at Chesterfield saw any
vacant seats filled and the places which were vacated at Derby
quickly occupied, either there, or at Burton on Trent or Tamworth.
Birmingham being reached seven minutes late, running into New Street
att 09.18.A few of the locos sighted in and around the the station
were 40 067;47 500 "Great Western" ;08 908;86 013;86 230;85 007;81
019;81 014;this last loco hauling a southbound special and carrying
a headboard "Trans-Pennine Freighter".
We gained none of our lost time and left New St. still seven minutes
down but the Brummie crew set about their task with a will and made
a get-away and a really flying descent of Lickey. As we sailed
through Bromsgrove,37 064 and 37 234 were note banking duty. Shrub
Hill was reached at 09.55,having gained one minute from
Birmingham.37 274 was standing by Worcester Tunnel Junction Box and
31 179 was in the station. We were soon away, only to run Into P.W.
works at Norton South Jcn where we overtook a freight headed by
45 039 "THE MANCHESTER REGIMENT". Here we were switched to the wrong
line for a distance to get clear of the work and arrived at
Cheltenham Spa at 10.16,still six minutes late, which was also the
case a short while later on arrival at Gloucester. Sightings in this
area included 08 364;25 287;37 307;47 152 & 47 507 and for our
departure we were provided with 46 009 as our motive power. About
this time a visit was made to the buffet car where it was found that
trade was very brisk with the cheerful attendant looking smart in
his Centenary uniform. We arrived at Temple Meads at 11.22 still
with a six minute deficit, In and around the station aura were locos
Nos.08 90001 41400 04401 310;31 213 and H.S.T.253 629.
Resuming our journey at 11.28,with a train that was now literally
bursting at the seams with passengers and luggage in all the
gangways, although brief stops at Weston Super Mare and Bridgewater
eased the situation slightly and with some smart running we gained a
couple of minutes and were only four minutes down on reaching
Taunton. As we arrived here,45 106 was just leaving with the reverse
working of our train. Also noted here were:31 25701 135;08 800;47
249 & 08 185 near Silk Mill Crossing. We topped Whiteball Summit at
12.35 and ran into Exeter St. David's at 12.52 - just five minutes
adrift. Not bad considering the distance covered and the number of
stops to be made.
We had just about time for cod & chips and a quick visit to the
"Great Western Hotel", to wash them down with their excellent
Draught Bass before reporting back to St. David's for the 14.28 to
Waterloo. The stock was being shunted into the platform as we
arrived and we had just boarded when an announcement informed us
that our train would be delayed owing to the failure of the 11.00
ex. Waterloo, on the single line section between Honiton and
Axminster. 31 119 was despatched to the rescue and after it had
rounded the 13,58 to Brighton(presumably at Whimple) we were allowed
to make our way with caution at 14,57,in the capable hands of 33 009
and made steady progress as far as milepost 155,where we were
brought to a stand within sight of Honiton station.
The Brighton was standing in the Up platform and 31 119 was just
drawing into the down loop with the crippled 33 019 and it's train.
No sooner had this been completed than the Brighton was despatched
and we were drawn into the up platform and the situation had been
restored. After waiting for the Brighton to reach Axminster and
clear the section we were given the road at 16.01 just 64 late. The
West Countrymen at the helm were determined to prove the worth of
their lusty little steed and thrashed it between the numerous stops
and over the wicked Devonian banks to arrive in Salisbury at
17.37,having gained four minutes.
About this time, some of our trailblazer party were beginning to
show some concern for it was now clear that we weren't likely to
make our booked connection with the 19.01 from St. Pancras and this
would make it difficult for the Barnsley and Mexborough people. The
guard was informed of this and he promised that he would see what
could be done about an alternative connection with the 19.50 from
King's Cross to Doncaster when he was relieved at Salisbury.
We were just 60 minutes late at Basingstoke and our guard friend had
been as good as his word, for there was a message waiting confirming
permission to travel on the 19.50 from King's Cross, although the
guard who had taken over at Salisbury thought that at our present
rate of progress he reckoned we would had about thirty-five minutes
to cross London. Our head-long flight continued and we had improved
another minute by Woking and we looked likely to pick up more time
but a signal check at Clapham Junction brought us to a dead stand
and we finally reached Waterloo at 19.12 - 59 minutes late.
Meanwhile some discussion had been taking place in our little party
as to whether we should make the dash or not and the fact that
the 19.50 was a HST. carried the day and we decided to try for it.
The die was cast and we launched out on the Underground, a delay
making it necessary to go via Leicester Square and to negotiate two
or three quite long distances of the lavatorial subways between
stations, arriving at King's Cross with about eight minutes to spare
and finding just about the last seats aboard the flying banana,
which left at 20.01 - eleven minutes late!
My first HST. trip was something of anti-climax for the train was
crowded and not in my opinion over comfortable, the buffet was
closed and to make things worse it was dark outside the impression
of high speed was non existent!
We slid into Doncaster (after standing for some time at Bridge Jcn
in full view of our empty platform) just in time to have missed a
connection home and so we were doomed to spending almost an hour and
a half in the madly exiting atmosphere of the upside buffet. The
Saturday night fever was relieved by bouts of BR tea and sausage
rolls and a South Yorkshire bobby doing a creditable Fancy Smith act
on a crowd of Middlesbrough soccer yobs, who had descended on us on
their way home from Norwich.
The station clock's leaden fingers slowly moved round towards eleven
o'clock and we were finally able to climb into our DMU along with
half the drunks and dolly-birds of the Don Valley. But,no matter, it
was almost luxurious after that cramped up "Flying Fishtank"!
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