THE MAGAZINE OF
THE PENNINE RAILWAY SOCIETY
No.43 - Spring 1983
NOTES FROM THE COMMITTEE
Well, here we are again entering another new year - 1983 - let's
hope it's a good one, both for yourselves and the Pennine Railway
The 1983 AGM. saw some changes to the committee, full details of
which are shown later in a separate item. We would ask that the
membership assist the new Magazine Editor, Membership Secretary and
Promotions Officer by rising to any appeals for help e.g.
information for the magazine, things for sale etc.
Don't forget that 1984 sees the 10th anniversary of the Society. If
you have any ideas as to how we can celebrate this, please forward
them to any committee member before 1st June 1983 in order that an
early decision can be made.
Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to
Tom Helliwell, our retiring membership secretary, for all his
efforts over the past years. Thanks Tom!
Welcome to the Spring edition of Trans Pennine and to all new
members, welcome to the Society.
So, this is what it feels like to be in the hot seat! As many of
you will be aware, Tony Caddick has moved on to pastures new and is
now Membership Secretary. Yours truly has taken over as Magazine
Editor and I would just like to thank Tony for all the hard work he
has put into editing Trans Pennine over the past two years. Both he
and John Sanderson have kindly offered to guide me through this
edition, providing I don't make any remarks about Sheffield United
and Sheffield Wednesday (I still think that's a public holiday!),
Geoff Boycott or Socialism. As if I would!
You the reader can also help. Remember, Trans Pennine
is your magazine. I need your news and reports, articles and
letters, to make this a success. So, If you have something, please -
SEND IT IN!!!
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The Pennine Railway Society Annual General Meeting for 1983 was held
on Sunday, January 16th, 1983 at the Corporation Brewery Taps,
Cleveland Street, Doncaster between the hours of 12 and 2pm.
The meeting, attended by approximately 45 members, was opened by
Robin Skinner, your friendly chairman (it says here!) and the agenda
for the meeting was agreed. Robin went on to review the activities
of Chairman and Fixtures Secretary during 1982 and to look forward
to 1983. He then turned to a sadder note, informing the meeting that
Mr Tom- Helliwell had asked to stand down from the position of
Membership Secretary. Robin said the committee had reluctantly
accepted Tom's resignation, and as a result put forward to the
membership the following alterations to the committee, in order to
allow Tom to step down:
1. Tony Caddick to move into the position of Membership Secretary.
2. Dave Bladen to take over the position of Magazine Editor.
3. Linda Bladen to be promoted onto the committee and take over
promotions from her husband Dave.
4. The rest of the committee to remain unchanged.
The changes were proposed by Ian Shenton and seconded by Alan Pett
and carried by a good vote.
The next item on the agenda allowed John Sanderson to explain his
finances (sorry, the clubs!). A balance sheet was handed round
showing a turnover of £3,436.14 during 1982, with just over one
hundred pounds in the bank, after a difficult year with trips being
cancelled as a result of the NUR. and ASLEF. disputes of the summer.
Both the committee and the membership in attendance were very happy
with the way the clubs finances were being run.
The meeting then went on to hear a short membership report from John
Sanderson in Tom Helliwell's absence. David Bladen presented his
promotions report thanking everyone who had contributed to the
various events staged during 1982 and hoped that the club would be
able to hold as many successful stalls, both on trains and at open
days during 1983.
Tony Caddick reported on the magazine 'Trans Pennine'
during 1982, thanking the membership for their response to requests
for rail news and articles. Contributions and entries to the quizzes
had also reached an all time high. Tony thanked Pete Wesley for
contributing a very Interesting quiz to the September edition which
attracted more entries than any other.
Still on the subject of the magazine, the committee went on to thank
Mike Bloomer who is responsible for printing the "magazine. Mike
does an excellent job and it should be said that he produced a
sterling effort to get the Christmas magazine out while still
recovering from a serious Illness. Thanks Mike.
Also, last but not least, Tony Booth also does an excellent job in
producing the cover for the magazine and the trips and meetings
There followed an hour of general discussion in which the committee,
through David Bladen, reminded the membership that 1984 sees the
tenth anniversary of the Society and to mark this the club should
arrange some sort of special occasion. It was decided that the
membership would make various suggestions to reach the committee by
1st June 1982, leaving plenty of time before 1984 should the club
decide to arrange a major event, e.g. a railway fair or a special
train chartered from B.R.
The meeting went on to discuss the annual slide competition after
which the committee promised to look at suggestions that the rules
be tightened up.
Finally, the meeting came to an end at approximately 2 o'clock with
the Presidents Address, presented annually by Geoff Bambrough.
THE PENNINE RAILWAY SOCIETY COMMITTEE 1983
After the alterations to the committee described in the AGM. report
this is how it now stands:
President: Geoff Bambrough
Chairman/Fixtures Sec.: Robin Skinner
Treasurer: John Sanderson
Membership Sec.: Tony Caddick
Magazine Editor: David Bladen
Promotions Officer: Linda Bladen
Committee Members: Peter Barsby and Sue Taylor
TRANS PENNINE NO.44
The next issue of Trans Pennine is booked to appear in June. All
contributions, which will be gratefully received, should reach the
Editor by 21st May 1983. Please note the slightly earlier date - I'm
off on my hols!
END OF AN ERA (1).
The 22nd of January saw the end of an era, when the last passenger
train ran along the 4 miles long branch from Shepley to Clayton
West. More than 1000 people turned up to pay their respects to one
of the oldest surviving lines in Yorkshire, which originally opened
to traffic on the 1st of September 1879, The units working on the
final services were 51840+59710+51822 and 51820+59703+52084. Sadly
however, the last journey was marred by some mindless moron throwing
a piece of ballast at the train, smashing a window and slightly
injuring a passenger. West Yorks. PTE. are to provide a replacement
END OF AN ERA (2)
As predicted in the last issue of Trans-Pennine, Wath MPD. finally
closed on January 24th 1983. One of our members, Mr. Peverly,
visited the depot on January 22nd and noted only one locomotive,
31221, which was due to work an excursion on the 23rd.
END OF AN ERA (3)
It has been announced that Reddish TMD. will close on March
28th 1983. All the movable Class 76's have been purchased by Booths
of Rotherham, except four which are going to Coopers of Attercliffe
Road and three to Berry's of Leicester.
The first of them are due to be moved via the Hope Valley route from
Reddish/Guide Bridge on 25th February. These are 76015/41/46/49/53.
ANYONE FOR A DELTIC?
What could be your last chance to buy a Deltic came with the
announcement that 55015 'Tulyar' has been placed back on the BR
tender-list. Tulyar was offered for sale at a London auction on
December 16th 1982, but was withdrawn from the sale when the bidding
failed to reach the reserve price. The highest bid was £5,000.
Should Tulyar not be purchased, it seems likely that this great loco
will follow it's stablemates to the cutter's torch.
NO LOOS IS GOOD NEWS?
Poor old British Rail - they can't win! During the recent dispute in
the water industry, BR rallied to the call to save water by locking
up station toilets in the London Midland region and Instructed
travellers to make other arrangements. However, within hours staff
were forced to open them again following complaints from angry
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway will be holding two diesel days
this year, on April 16th and October 1st. It is hoped that the
latest addition to the line, D8568, will be in use on these days.
The former Class 17 has been purchased from the Ribblesdale Cement
Company (in Lancashire Robin!) by The Diesel Traction Group.
DANES DARE - SO WHY DOESN'T THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT?
Before you start (and if you are going to read this article!!) first
have a look at the map above to realise that the shape of Denmark
isn't really the right geography for an integrated railway network.
There is one large piece joined to West Germany, and then two
islands and on the far side of the far one is the capital,
However, the Danes do have a good network of some 2000 route
km.(1243ml.), which is attracting increasing passenger business.
However, this upsurge could cause a hiccup as the rail equipment
In 1956 a committee voted on whether to electrify or replace steam
by diesel. Just one vote the wrong way brought in the diesels! (Yes,
you've heard it all before). By the late 19705 the need to electrify
was more apparent, and in 1979 approval was given for a £320m.
rolling programme to electrify 1065 route km.(662ml.) which, apart
from the Copenhagen suburban system, carry 90% of traffic.
Currently there is a rising operational deficit, and 1971 was the
last time a line was closed - but timetabled electrified main line
services will commence in 1986 (when it is hoped that export
opportunities will be realised).
This year, the first section of 50km. from Helsingor to Kokkedal
will be commissioned so that two "mixed traffic" prototype locos can
be tested. Ordered from BBC in Mannheim, these Bo-Bo locos weigh
80t., will have a tractive motor power of 400OW~4'. and be capable
of hauling 12 coaches at 100m.p.h.
Whilst Danische Staatabahnen - D5B, the state railway envisage an
eventual 120 locos, the last 30 diesel units are being delivered,
but as it is only the mainline passenger services that are being
electrified, the diesels still have a worthwhile job to do. It is
hoped that the higher availability and speed of the electric units
will mean that 3 can replace 4 diesel locos, and maintenance
costs/km. should fall by 7-5%
DSB engineers in search of a practical overhead system settled on
the B.R. suspended contact wire and catenary with pre-sag, after
visiting Finland, Sweden, France, USSR, GDR, and W. Germany. Detail
design is being carried out in co-operation with Balfour Beatty.
DSB. have opted for 25kV. at 50Hz.
These are the Danes' firm plans for the next 25 years. How about
having them over here to govern us!!!
MOTIVE POWER CHANGES
Eastern Region: 03086/180, 08868 - NR; 03162-LN; 08239-HS;
08262-FP; 08264/269, 40085/124, 56082-HM; 08705-CA; 20053-TI;
37127/134/138, 40084, 47156-GDO7023-TE; 47255-SF;
London Midland Region:08103-DY; 08474/613, 25115/154-CW;
08484/788-BY; 08633-AN; 08697, 25133/153, 31120/169/171/288/289-TO;
08784/825-WN; 08786-SY; 08939, 25086/090,31145/165/257-BS; 40121-LO;
08795/949, 56o34 , -GL; 08849-SW; 08954./636-BR; 08821.~~OC; 08839
Scottish Region: 08452, 20149/228, 26021-HA; 08753-DT;
08754-IS; 20007/028/040/085, 37146-ED; 20108/120, 37117-ML;
03021/022/060/1491370 . ,
31192, 40008/025/055/092/162/184/186/198, 46049/050/055/056;
08773(HM), 08775(NR) 94, 45037(TO), 20037/063/069/119/139(HA),
Locomotives Stored Serviceable
08620, 26027(IS), 20006/045/0633/117(ED),
129/130/211(TI), 20078, 26033(HA), 20121/126(ML), 20140/176(TO),
2720YED), 82005~008, 83007/012(LG);
5111/114(HM), 56112/113 (TI);
Locomotives Cut-up 25142/291, 40171, 46008/030/034/042(ZL),
Dual Braked: 08630/6W/r680/732/771/7!?'5/787/868,
Slow Speed Control Fitted: 20199;
Boiler Removed; 47131;
Boiler Isolated 31152/177/216/249/293/294/318/325,
37023/091/118, 45029, 46009, 47061/094/103/ 147/150/155/159/171/255;
Multiple Working Removed; 40012;
Boiler Re-instated: 37023/102, 40047, 47104/552;
Departmental Locomotives: ADB 968008/013/015 now at
47471 Norman Tunna G.C.,
47537 Sir Gwynedd/County of Gwynedd,
47539 Rochdale Pioneers,
47541 The Queen Mother,
87026 Sir Richard Arkwright.
DIESEL MULTIPLE UNITS
To Eastern Region; 56136,56417/26/41-NR; 56424-BG;
To Western Region;50083, 50820, 59031-LA; 51352/62/94, 51404,
59514/39/46/51-RG., 55026-BR; 55032/33-CF;
To London Midland Region; 50422/25/33/39/54/80/82/90/92,
50506/62/71/90, 5063/4 64, 50702, 565ol, 59219/25/27/28/30,
59794-NH; 50496/97, 50502/51/61/62/71/72 89/ 90, 59212/18/26/27~BX;
51573/82, 59062/65/87/89,59102/05, 59285, 59306, 59524/29/ 31/34-DY;
51907, 56151. 56261 56490-LO; 59054, 59530-CH; 59365, 59535,
To Scottish Region; 50163, 50376/84/86, 51234, 51301, 51493,
51806, 56437/64/69, 59215, 59302-AY; 50269, 51245, 55011/15,
59525-HA; 50748, 51468,51537,59692-ED;
50346/72/74/85/89/98. 50400/02/03, 50609,
50756/64A5/69/72/76/87/90/93/98, 50810, 51117 0 51257/75/86/96,
51560, 55989, 56103/16/18/20/50/51/55/58/64 56295/96,
56432/44/45,Y5~/65/75, 59000, 5914,0/47/56/60/64/65/74/79/80/81/98,
~9203/66/78/88/ 91/96, 59695, 59702/08;
Stored Serviceable: 59340(SW), 59539, 59547/49(RG),
59550(LE), 59553(HA). 50877.
50446 to 78851, 50521 to 78601, 50271 to 78708,
50281 to 78958, 51546 to 78966, 51554 to
Departmentals: M56129 to ADB 977114 (Cricklewood, Sandite
unit), E59458 to DB 975993, E51286 to TDB 977123,
E51296 to TDB 977124, E56444 to TDB 977125,.
E56445 to TDB 977146.
ELECTRIC MULTIPLE UNITS
Condemned: 5611/12/13/19/21/28/29/32, 29702, (485)19,
Reformed and Renumbered/Reclassified
Class Existing Unit No.
New No. Allocated
CRUSADING TO CORNWALL
by David Bladen
For those of you who are like me and believe that 6.15am is the
product of an alarm clock maker's imagination, I have some news - It
really does exist! It was at this unearthly hour that Linda, myself
and a few other Pennine masochists (sorry members) stood on
Sheffield's bleak platform on Saturday, February 5th, to await the
arrival of B.C. Railtours' "The Cornish Crusader". This would, If
all went well, take us to Newquay and be double-headed all the way,
firstly to Bristol TM. by 2x31's, then to Plymouth Friary by 2x37's
and finally to Newquay by another pair of 37's. As we waited the
familiar sound of a 31 was heard and sure enough 31235 and 31327
rattled into the platform with a rake of 11 Mk.1 coaches. The usual
scramble for photos ensued, followed by the usual scramble for the
correct seats! However, everyone was soon settled and we departed on
time at 6.30am.
Our two locos soon proved that they were in fine form. In no time at
all we were through Bradway Tunnel and heading for our first stop at
Chesterfield. The boilers too, worked well. John Sanderson soon had
his anorak off, closely followed by his scarf. We waited in
trepidation to see what he would take off next. Thankfully it was
only the lid from his butty-box! A brief stop was also made at
Derby, Loughborough, Leicester, Nuneaton and Birmingham. One loco of
note at Leicester was D7076, the ex-Old Dalby "Hymek"', which was in
the sidings to the north of the station and looking in a very poor
state. This loco has been bought by the E Lancs RPS. and should
shortly be moving to Bury.
At Birmingham, the arrival of double-headed 31's certainly caused a
stir of excitement amongst the enthusiasts on the platforms, however
they had only a few minutes in which to admire the beasts, before we
had received a green and were threading our way through the suburbs
and on towards the Lickey incline. Now, going down Lickey is good at
the best of times, but with two fine locos such as those at our
head, It was positively marvellous! Many of those timing the run
down the Incline claimed that the magic "ton" was reached and I for
one would agree, but the thrash took it's toll and we arrived in
Bristol with only one loco working fully.
Bristol was the scene of chaos and confusion. In their efforts to
secure good photos, many people spilled onto the track, not only in
front of the train, but onto the through lines as well. It was only
the prompt action of the BR staff and the train stewards that
prevented, in my view, a nasty accident. The 31's were uncoupled and
37176 and 37189 were attached. More confusion reigned when it was
found that the lamp bracket on the lead loco was in the wrong place
and that the headboard would completely block the driver's view!
Thus, "Boris the Caveman~ was consigned to the brake.
One thing I have never realised before, is just how many people try
to board railtours without paying. After we left Bristol, the train
stewards carried out a full ticket check and discovered 60 people
without tickets. They were given the option of "pay-up or else". As
far as I know, all paid! The 37's showed too, that they were no
slouches and made short work of the run to Plymouth, finding the
summits en route, no problem. I don't think the branch to Plymouth
Friary is meant for long trains and judging by the noise coming from
the wheel flanges as they took the sharp curves, the train didn't
think so either! Nearing the end of the branch we passed the two
37's which would take us on to Newquay, 37182 and 37207 'William
Cookworthy'. We also passed several policemen and later learned that
they had arrested a few would-be "Crusaders".
And so out of Plymouth, across Brunel's bridge and Into Cornwall we
rolled. The Cornish weather decided it didn't like "Emmits" (Cornish
slang for tourists) and promptly threw everything it had at us. A
rainstorm is no place to discover that your window won't shut
properly! We left the main line at Par, turned onto the Newquay line
and entered the lunar landscape of china-clay pits. At 14.15 GMT
(Goonbarrow Mean Time), we entered the Goonbarrow loop to allow the
Par-bound unit to cross and then finally it was on to Newquay, where
just outside the station, 37207 detached, so that it could shunt the
stock and release 37182 to run round.
Newquay, on a winter Saturday afternoon, is one of the sleepier
places on earth, however, it had a rude awakening as close on 400
people braved the
gale-force winds and left the station in search of supermarkets,
bakeries, and shops in general. The beer counter at Lipton's did a
roaring trade - there was no alcohol on the train buffet due to
licensing problems. However, the town wasn't awake for long, as 35
minutes after arrival, it was time to depart on the long journey
The trip homeward proved fairly uneventful, most of the passengers
seeming glad of the chance to catch up on their sleep. But confusion
reigned again at Bristol, because of a mix-up over which locos were
to haul us back to Sheffield. Then an hour was lost at Leicester
after one of the coaches developed a "hot-box". The station pilot
08471 was summoned to remove the offending vehicle and the station
supervisor was summoned to remove several dozen offending
enthusiasts who had stayed in the coach in the hope of getting some
unusual haulage. Eventual arrival back at Sheffield was 50 minutes
late, but this did little to mar what had been a highly enjoyable
day. This was B.C.'s first railtour and they are to be congratulated
~ let's hope it won't be their last!
Locos noted during the day:
Lickey 371810 'County of Dyfed',37270
St. Blazey 08113,37142/181/274
Goonbarrow 51310 and 51325 (unit no.P468)
TOTON & DERBY 12th February
by Mike Bloomer
'Twas a cold February morning, the snow lay o'er the ground as we
journeyed through falling snowflakes to a place well known to us
since childhood but before we reached our destination, there
suddenly came a strange noise from without, bump; bump; bump; it
went, rumble; rumble; rumble;. Our thoughts were of fear, horror and
great puzzlement, a sickening feeling came over us, could it be the
dreaded ET. trying to get a lift home? Alas, no, it was the
perilous, haunting sound of a deflated wheel, yes folks - you've
guessed it, we had a puncture and only nine minutes to get to Toton.
All hands to the 'wheel, or was it the 'pumps' - probably both!
Within four minutes, after taking suitable 'inflationary' measures (
not a word to Maggie about that ) we were on our way and there
cars loaded with appropriately clad members with cameras,
binoculars, books and pens - no clothes, just cameras, binoculars,
etc ,etc,., (sorry that should be etc, etc, - that Alien gets
Toton was littered with rather more than it's usual number of locos
- 56 in all and the Class 31 contingency was represented from six
different depots i.e. BR, GD, IM, TE, TI, TO, 25151 stood all alone
in the south yard looking rather the worse for wear, with extensive
collision damage, whilst 968002 stood proudly at the entrance to the
depot, as if on guard, or is it waiting for a buyer? Toton list as
152. 31127/145/ 154/162/163/209/216/237/271/282/296. 4,0133.
Y063/064. 975465/ 481. 977052 (M56145) Sandite, 977122 and 968002.
We arrived at Derby almost an hour ahead of schedule and so
various pastimes were followed - ranging from snowballing and
cricket, to the more sensible members sitting inside a warm car
eating varying breeds of 'sarnies', washed down with all manner of
'slush'. A couple of those "Journey Shrinkers' passed through the
43187, 41167, 40032, L'2313, 42310, 42311, 42312, 44089. 43188
on a Newcastle - Plymouth and
43082, 41048, 41047, 40334, 42069, 42070, 42071, 44023, 43196
on a Leeds - St. Pancras. In the works, HST. power cars under repair
Stripped of almost everything was
40018 "Carmania". An unusual sight was a Class
with two different numbers on (perhaps not so unusual at Derby as
we've seen two
one in the workshops and one in the yard both carrying the same
number on a previous visit). The explanation for this latest oddity,
which carries a number on it's side panel, had suffered cab damage
and a cab had been 'borrowed' from sister engine
complete with number. The cab carried
and the loco still had
on the side there are no prizes for guessing the number it carries
when it returns to duty.
Other visitors in the workshops were:
25049/305, 27014/104, 45115.
Two APT. power cars
were evident, the former in the test area along with HST. power car
which, together with
had their respective numbers painted on the front panels instead of
the usual set number - what a good idea, could we have shed plates
on the front too please?
The yard was well stocked with a goodly number of 'well worn' locos,
being a more recent arrival, with It's 'Droop style cab' - it stops
the wind you know - and so do Polo Mints. Another loco with a
similar designed cab, was
but why is this style cab fitted to one end only?
A sorry sight of
three 'Rats' being cut-up
the third wished to remain anonymous.
were being de-asbestosized - (that's a good word!) and power cars
were undergoing dehydration process (the removal of fuel and water)
before entering the works.
Our guide, who was extremely helpful, continued a very informative
through the Fabrication Shop, explaining as we went, the various
functions of the
numerous machines and offered our party a sneak viewing of the
Spraying Plant, which proved to be of great Interest. We also saw
the first batch
of Bogies for the new breed of London Underground Trains - unlike
square type, these new ones are circular. All in all, a very
which I'm sure was enjoyed by everyone, in spite of the bad weather.
Other locos on site were as follows:-08199/456/536/598/605/681/696/783, 25036/062/ 088/093/105/114/129/142/150/220 /24,8/274/ 304/312, 27203,
43050, 40516, 40519, 40520,
(In store - alongside shed)
still keeps a lookout over the works from
the side of Etches Park.
Thanks to everyone for making the trip one to remember.
The following Item recently appeared on the letters page of the
Daily Express: "Last week I travelled on an Inter City train to
Bristol. As it approached it's destination, the public address
speaker clicked into life and a voice apologised for the lateness of
the train. The reason apparently was headwinds." I wonder what would
happen if airliners ever encountered defective points?'
QUIZ COMPETITION No.43
Compiled by Mrs L. Bladen
First Prize of
second prize of
third prize of £2. Entries should reach David Bladen, Magazine
Editor by 15th May 1983. Don't worry if you can't get all the
answers - you may still win a prize!
After the mammoth, brain teasing Christmas Quiz, the competition
this time is designed to ease you gently through the cold weather!
In the square below are 25 names of diesel and electric locomotives,
past and present. The names can be backwards, forwards, up, down,
diagonal. Good Luck.
A A N I L O C H E I L Z D I X H C R
H L O E K F S B S N V I P G A U O B
R Z R Q X M D C E W A O A A L Y S A
A L T B E N N E V I S R A M A T J C
I L H M N U A C N O L C O ~ T M Q C
L O B R O 1 L A G T O C S L A Y O R
R G R I B D D H S U O 1 R O L G F A
I K I C O N A O P C G Y D I H T E C
D P T V Y N O S L N Z A P A P A C F
E H O A S F R A A M A Z O N U X U R
R F N I T I B L H P W E B B R R G O
S R N T E A S T R A T H C L Y D E R
C N B Y R M A O N R O O G P A A B E
X A K C M D T S F T J W I X H K C U
B T X S O R O E H I P E N T C Z U Q
M L W L U N Y G R A L O C H A W E N
O U P E T E R P A N R A B Q E P A O
K S E H H C T O R U R T F O Y T I C
This column grows increasingly shorter as the cutter's torch takes
it's toll of this magnificent class.
'The Black Watch' was cut up during December,
'The Durham Light Infantry' during January and
'The Prince of Wales own Regiment of Yorkshire' during late January
and early February, after being in the works since February 1981.
This now leaves a sad line-up of
However, there is a glimmer of hope, the 'Deltic D9000 Fund' have
been actively raising money with the aim of saving enough to
(55022 -'Royal Scots Grey') and, as reported elsewhere in the magazine,
'Tulyar' is now back on BR's tender list.
Saturday the 22nd January saw the end of most loco hauled trains on
the NE/SW route. HST's now cover all workings except the
Leeds/Birmingham and Newcastle - Leeds/Poole services. On that day
Bristol TM./Leeds carried a headboard 'The Severn Tyne'.
Many thanks to the 14 members who entered the Christmas quiz. The 50
questions foxed everybody except the winner, who by some miracle,
managed to complete an 'all correct' entry. He receives our
heartiest congratulations and also £10! The result was:1st.
S.R.Smith of Royal Hackenthorpe, Sheffield. (£10) 2nd. Jon Davis of
3rd. M.D.Turner of Harrogate, North Yorks. (£3)
Answers to the Christmas Quiz:1 - 46137 about March 1955. 2 - 46115
on 1st January 1966. 3 - 9th July 1938. 4 - Wolf of Badenoch. 5 -
North British o.6.o. 'Maude' No.673. 6 - 31st July '67. 7 - 1887. 8
- Crewe 1966-7. 9 - E6o48. 10 - One. No.1200 formerly Brush 'Falcon'
No.0280. 11 - Princess Anne. 12 - Daniel Gooch 1841-43. 13 -
Leicester Square, 80' 9"
rise. 14 - St. Pancras, 240' across, 100' high. 15 - Vulcan Foundry,
Newton-le-Willows and Robert Stephenson and Hawthorns, Darlington.
16 - Broad St. Station, London. 9th June '65. 17 - 8 cubic feet. 18
19 - 193747, Southern Railway and 1948-49, BR Southern. 20 -
Sheffield Grimesthorpe. 21 - Waggon und Maschinenbau. 22 -
'Ivernia'. 23 - D7000 D7100 Hymeks. 24 - 34064 Fighter Command. 25 -
Pluto. 26 - Perth, 27 Barrow. 28 - 1 mile, 1,452 yards. 29 -
Achnasheen. 30 - D830 'Majestic'. 31 November 1869. 32 - 3. 33 - 8
hours 32 minutes (512 mins.) by West Coast Companies. 34 - January
1933. 35 - Fleche D'or. 36 - Driver J.Doddington and Fireman
T.H,Bray. 37 - 462450 'City of London'.
- Paddington Station. 39 - Kellingley Colliery. 40 - April 25th
1982. 41 Dr. Keith Bright. 42 - 25th October 1960. 43 - 1st January
1906 by GWR. 44 L.J.Sloane. 45 - 06.15 (Euston - Glasgow). 46 - GWR
Kings. 47 - Isle of Man and Isle of Arran. 48 - 10. 49 - D1733. 50 -
Dunbar, Galashiels, Longniddry and North Berwick.
CLASS 506's TO GO
That last bastion of 150OV DC traction on BR, the
Manchester-Hadfield/ Glossop line, is soon to fall victim to an
attack of the dreaded "Wiggley Amps". BR's Manchester Division have
confirmed that the line is to be converted to 25kV AC by October
1985 and that the class 506 electric units are to be withdrawn. The
changeover, which mainly involves replacing the insulators, is
expected to cost around £690,000 and is to run concurrently (no pun
intended) with a £3 million resignalling scheme which will bring the
line under the control of the Piccadilly power box.After the closure of Reddish Depot, the class 506's have been
transferred to Longsight Depot, from where they are dragged each
morning, by an 08 shunter, to compatible wires at Piccadilly
Station. The services presently undertaken by the 506's will, in the
future, be covered by more intensive utilisation of the 25kY trains
employed in the area, on other lines.
For sale, the following items of 00 gauge equipment:
APT, D2785 shunter, 1 tunnel, R918 transformer, Rocket transformer,
battery transformer, 2 stoppers, 1 bridge, 1 signal box, 7 various
wagons, 38 ft. of track, 4 various points. Interested? Then contact
Mr. A. ..K. Peverley, 33, Darrington Drive, Warmsworth, Doncaster
THE GLASGOW UNDERGROUND RAILWAY
WAS THIS THE ORIGINAL M.G.R?
The Glasgow Subway (as it was originally called) was opened on 14
December 1896, and the route formed a rough circle some 6.1/2 miles
Instead of being steam hauled as most underground railways were at
the Scots had to be different. The gauge was 4
feet, and traction was by
cable. Each cable was hauled by a stationary 1500h.p. steam engine
at a speed of
Individual rail cars were connected to the cable by a "gripper"
underneath the front of the train. The gripper was operated by the
driver or "grip man" who had to release the gripper on entering a
station, and stop by using his brake gear.
On starting, the gripper was gradually applied to the cable and a
smooth start required considerable experience.(1 don't know if the
passengers shared the gaining of this experience!). Humping the
track at each station helped stopping and starting.
At the point where the cable was taken in and out of the engine
house, the grip man had to release in good time and coast until the
cable re-emerged, and then reengage the gripper. However, there was
an automatic dis-engaging device for forgetful drivers!
The cable was 1.1/2
inches in diameter and the
mile length weighed
tons. Two new cables were always available in case of breakage, as
their life was variable - between less than 7 weeks to over two
Fifteen stations were built, but over the years some became
incorporated into other buildings, making the station insignificant
and hard to find, especially if you'd had more than a wee dram!
The track had no points or sidings, but did have "proper signals" -
lower quad - rant and interlocked with the next signal ahead, thus
allowing a simple form of block working.
After a number of financially poor years, the line closed in 1922,
but was later reopened by the Glasgow Corporation who took over
the system had been converted to electric traction at
You might think that this would have speeded the trains, and it did!
the 13.5 m.p.h. cable speed gave an average train speed of 10m.p.h.
With electrification, this average speed was raised to 14m.p.h. The
present Clockwork Orange trains average 18m.p.h.
By 1960, the whole system was life expired and breakdowns became
more and more frequent, until in 1977, the railway closed so as to
completely modernise the system.
In 1974, 800,000 passengers per month were carried, and this number
fell to 100,000 just before closure. Now that the new railway is
open, 1,000,000 passengers a month are carried.
May the Centenary in 1996 see this figure still holding.
PENNINE OBSERVERS NOTES
For the following list of workings we are indebted to Messrs Peach
January 1983 4th 7th 8th 10th 11th 12th
13th 14th 15th
03.00 Leeds-Hull 31142 31142 31142
31142 31142 31142
05.00 Leeds-Cardiff 45118 45108
06.49 Scarboro'-Bradford 31403 31403 31403 31403 31403 31403 31418
07.05 Liverpool-Scarboro' 47565 47447 47425 47556 45106
07.10 York-Liverpool 45132 47415
07.14 Bristol-Leeds 45125 47561 47513
07.16 Man. Vic.-York 47539 45105 47148
07.30 Huddersfield-Scarboro' 31418 31418 31418 31411 31418 31418 31418
07.45 Scarboro'-Liverpool 45105 47421
07.54 York-Liverpool 45132 47423 45042 47438
08.05 Liverpool-Newcastle 45017 45142
08.20 Leeds-Birmingham 46016 46044 46023 40047 46025
08.50 Scarboro'-Liverpool 47503 47401
47476 47417 45121
08.57 Leeds-Carlisle 31270 31411 31410 31410 31410
09.05 Liverpool-Scarboro' 47479 47488
45116 45042 45042
09.22 Newcastle-Liverpool 47417 47552
45132 47476 45130
09.25 Bradford-Scarboro' 31403 31403 31403 31403 31403 31403 31403
09.42 Poole-Leeds 47487 47520 45131 47428
10.00 Carlisle-Leeds 47473 47053 47402
10.05 Liverpool-Newcastle 47523 47507 47425
10.15 Scarboro'-Leeds 31418 31418 31411 31418 31418 31418
11.00 Scarboro'-Liverpool 47564 47447
47521 47425 47407 47556 45106
11.05 Liverpool-Scarboro' 45132
11.10 Leeds-Sheffield-Poole) 47407
11 16 Newcastle-Liverpool 47535 47423 45124 47424
12:05 Liverpool-Scarboro' 45132 47423
Leeds-Cardiff 45125 47491 45142 47513
13.00 Scarboro'-Liverpool 47479 47488 45116
13.05 Liverpool-Scarboro 47489 47489
47434 45142 47444 47479 47444
13.22 Newcastle-Liverpool 45017 47556 47478
14.05 Liverpool-Newcastle 47503 47401
14.50 Birmingham-Leeds 46032 45132 45054
14.52 Birmingham-Leeds 45006 45130
15.00 Scarboro'-Liverpool 45132
15.05 Liverpool-Scarboro' 47417 47564 45105 46025
15.37 Carlisle-Leeds 31270 31411 31410 31410 31410
16.00 Scarboro-Liverpool 45132 47423
16.02 Leeds-Carlisle 47473 47053 47521 47508
16.05 Liverpool-Newcastle 47564 47552
16.35 Leeds-Scarboro' 31418 31418 31418 31418 31418 31418 31410
17.00 Scarboro'-Liverpool 47489 47489 47444 46049 45121 47444
17.05 Liverpool-Scarboro 47535 47423 45124
**31126 45007 45106 47424
17.10 York-Man. Vic.
47539 31179 47148
17.18 Newcastle-Liverpool 47523 47451
47425 45042 45131
17.35 Leeds-Sheffield-(Bristol) 46018 45069
45074 31200 45055 31126
17.54 Cardiff-Leeds, 45118
18.05 Liverpool-Newcastle 47479 47488
18.40 Scarboro'-Leeds 31418 31418 31418 31411 31418 31418 31418
19.05 Liverpool-York 47476 45105 45106
19.25 Scarboro'-Liverpool 47417 47564 45105 46025 40033
20.39 Hull-Leeds 31272 31272 31142 31142 31142 31142 31142
20.40 Liverpool-York 45017 47182 47556 47444 47444
22.06 York-Shrewsbury (to Stockport) 46047
22.50 Shrewsbury-York (from Stockport) 46047
** 31126 to Leeds, 45069 from Leeds
The 31/4 series locos which usually haul the Cleethorpes-Newark
Northgate 4-coach "expresses", are not always available, as was
noted at Lincoln on January 17th when 31147 deputised. 31111 was the
loco which hauled the train on January 24th. On February 4th, the
ex-London newspaper loco failed and eventual arrival in Lincoln
was 08.25. Also that morning, the 4-coach "express" was seen heading
towards Newark with a class 47, thought to be 47206, in charge.
Late in January, out-of-gauge loads were hauled from Newcastle to
Cambridge via Lincoln. One such load was a 200 tons bridge section
which paused in Holmes Yard with 37109 at the head. The down line
was closed while the load, which was mounted on two special six-axle
bogies, was moving.
One of our members was around and about in East Anglia on January
29th and provided the following list of sightings: Bury St.Edmunds,
08258, 31401;Ipswich, 03179/399, 08407/661, 31236,
56419/439/471. Also noted at Manningtree that day was 56015,which
was piloting failed 47056 on a Harwich P.Q.- Bathgate freightliner.
The 17.42 KX-Peterborough is booked for 2x31s and on January 13th
provided the motive power. On January 20th however,46023 deputised,
while the 17.55
KX-Peterborough, which is booked for a 47/0, produced 31218.
56115 was released to traffic from Doncaster Works on January 20th
and was later noted passing through Doncaster on a Belmont
Yard-Bentley Colliery M.G.R. On January 21st it was noted heading
south through Thirsk.
Western Region locos have recently been a regular feature on the
20.39 Hull-Leeds. On February 12th and 15th,312JO(BR) hauled the
train, and on the 17th, 47171(CF) replaced the booked 31. This
working is the only loco-hauled passenger train from Hull during the
winter. Noted at Botanic Gardens of late have been:15/1,47077 North
4707001/1, 37150,47032;15/2,40124,47124/159;16/2,47171;17/2 47078
Sir Daniel Gooch,47094.
February 12th saw 58001 being dragged by a class 31 from Doncaster
Works to Derby RTC. On February 18th, it was seen near Derby being
dragged by a class 45.
Flying Scotsman,4472, arrived at Doncaster for wheel-turning, on
February 26th,having travelled from York. Later in the day, it left
for March where it stabled overnight prior to hauling a SLOA.
excursion from Peterborough to York on the 27th. 47158,Henry Ford,
preceded the excursion, hauling a short rake of 3 coaches. Class N15
777 Sir Lamiel travelled from Hull to Doncaster on February 28th,
again for wheel turning.
Commuters, homeward bound from London, have had the chance of some
haulage behind SR's class 33s, in recent weeks. On January 21st,the
17.20 London Bridge-Uckfield, 33212
17.34 London Bridge-East Grinstead,
19.00 Uckfield-East Croydon. 33212 '
17.50 London Bridge -East Grinstead, 33206
On February 10th, 33038, 33048 and 33202 were noted at the head of
Bridge-Uckfield-East Grinstead workings.
Hither Green allocated "Crompton's" were out in force on February
12th. The 06.00 Derby-Poole was worked forward from Reading by 33061
and Portsmouth-Bristol/ Cardiff trains in the afternoon were in the
care of 33044, 33058, 33059, 33060 and Eastleigh's 33008 and 33014.
33107 was at Salisbury on February 19th, sporting it's "Finsbury
Park" style white windows.
Scotland seems to have been like a magnet to some of our members
lately I can't think
it certainly can't be the beer up there! On Friday 10th December,
Euston-Inverness ('Clansman') was headed by 87001 as far as Mossend Yard
and then on too Inverness by 47472. Noted at Inverness station on
December 12th were 08568/754, 20179/20j, 47546 and at the MPD.,
26030/34/35/43, 27002/021/o66/108 /109, 37035/262, 40028/085,
47206/210/274/467/550. Also on the 12th, the Inverness Kyle trains
were worked by the following locos:- 26044 (06.55 Inv. - Kyle, 11.10
Kyle - Inv.) 26041 (07.~~10'Kyle - 'Inv.) 26035 (10.55 Inv. - Kyle,
17.10 Kyle - Inv.) 26024/039 (17.55 Inv. - Kyle).
On December 18th, the Class 40 Preservation Society's 'Christmas
Cracker' railtour saw 40M work the train via the E.C.M.L. to Dundee
and Perth (reverse),
where unfortunately the boiler failed. Thankfully, Motherwell MPD.
was able to provide a fire breathing monster (it says here!) in the
shape of 40015 for the return journey via Beattock, Carlisle and
Newcastle to Leeds.
Further Scottish sightings by our members during the last few weeks
Saturday 22nd January:-
0840 Inverness/Aberdeen - 26035/27036
10.55 Inverness/Kyle - 26046
07.10 Kyle/Inverness - 26044
17.13 Kyle/Inverness - 26046
10.30 Inverness/Euston - 47415
17.55 Inverness/Kyle - 26032
07.55 Aberdeen/Inverness - 47268
11.10 Kyle/Inverness - 26038
20.40 Inverness/Aberdeen - 47274
Sunday 23rd January:-
08.05 Inverness/Lairg 37260
09.05 Inverness/Aberdeen - 27002
Saturday 29th January:-
13.17 Edinburgh/Dundee 27108
14.17 Edinburgh/Dundee - 47002
11.21 Dundee/Edinburgh 27010
13.22 Dundee/Edinburgh - 26043/2?012
12.21 Dundee/Edinburgh 27042
11.50 Aberdeen/Carstairs - 47428 to Edinburgh.
47711 to Carstairs,
joined with 15.23
Glasgow/Notts. 86231 to Preston,' 47443 forward.
Saturday 15th February:-
13.17 Edinburgh/Dundee - 27042
14.17 Edinburgh/Dundee - 40084
12.21 Dundee/Edinburgh - 27002
13.22 Dundee/Edinburgh - 27040
11.50 Aberdeen/Carstairs - 47503 to Edinburgh, 47541 'The Queen
Mother' to Carstairs
joined with 15.23 Glasgow/Notts. 87019 to Preston, 47530 forward.
On February 19th, 50009 'Conqueror' was noted at Stapleton Road
(Bristol) disgorging Newport County football fans for their teams
promotion match at nearby
Further sightings are as follows:
Saturday 19th February
09.20 Liverpool/Penzance - 50012 from New St.
12.15 Cardiff/Portsmouth - 33042 from Bristol
14.10 Portsmouth/Cardiff - 33065 13.10 Waterloo/Exeter - 50020
14.14 Bristol/Portsmouth - 33027 17.10 Waterloo/Exeter - 5004,8
13.35 Exeter/Waterloo - 50037
Saturday 25th February:-
11.50 Paddington/Oxford - 50034 11.20 Liverpool/Paddington - 50028
12.08 Oxford/Paddington - 50026 15.50 Paddington/Oxford - 50002
13.50 Paddington/Oxford - 50032
50002 'Superb' is one of only 3 Class 50's in original condition,
the others being
50014 1Warspite' and 50030 'Repulse'. nos. 50027/43/49/50 all having
Doncaster Works in the last few months. The remainder have all been
and are all in the new livery except nos. 1/6/13/17/19/47. Noted in
Works on 27th February were 50027 (newly arrived outside Dismantling
(4 bay), 50011 (4 bay), 50044 ( 4 bay - severe collision damage
yard ready for Paint Shop), 50049 (4 bay), 50050 (Paint Shop
being removed prior to general overhaul), 50007 (Paint Shop almost
LONDON MIDLAND REGION
A member who braved 6 hours on Chinley Station on February 9th noted
the following freight workings: ICI Stone - 25050, 45042, 47112,
47226. Peakstone - 37024 + 37030 Cement - 40143 Mineral - 37174 +
37245, 56007. Longsight vans 40106. BOC - 25286 + 40181 (other BOC
workings have been 15/1/83 40050 + 25095, 8/2/83 40181 + 25286 '
12/2/83 4,0013). The 'Manthorpes' trains in recent weeks have
produced 15/1/83 40094, 29/1/83 40o68, 5/2,8/2,9/2,12/2/83 40106,
PENNINE TRIPS REPORTS
No.1 Doncaster Works 23rd January 1983
Paint shop 37106,58002,31101(outside),
03073,08554/655,31193/194/196/211/24,0/265/274 313/420, 37052/132/133/194, 56005/032/111/115,
08751,31421, 500 X11/43/44/46,56004, 08776(outside),
312641278/309, 37051/178/242, 56026,
Dismantling shop 03094, 31283,
Scrap lines:- 08058/116/215/217/232/313, 40128/199, 55004/5/15/16/22,
No.2 Cornish Crusader 5th February 1983 - See separate articles.
No.3 Toton/Derby Works 12th February 1983 - See separate
No.4 Doncaster Works 27th February 1983
Reception line 58001,
Paint shop 37106, 50007/50, Yard
03060, 08540/ 655P76/875/889, 31193/196/264/265/269/274/313,
37055/133/194, 50027/46, 56052/111,
4-Bay 03094, 08751/877, 31240,
37132/188, 50011/43/44/49, 56004,
2-Bay 31124/168/ 222, 37113/238,
Dismantling shop:- 56031
Scrap lines:- 08058/116/215/217/232/
313/554, 31194/211, 40055/128/186/199, 55004/15/16~22, SC75850,
Erecting shop 58003 (nearly complete),58004(frame),
DMU Yard shunter
DMU's 50040/142/266/359/ 538/602/622/844/897,
51~208/230/263/293/425/439/812/820/831/833,' 52072/104, 53436/ 942,
The Editor would like to say a big thank you to the following people
for their contributions: Messrs. Holt, Dewing, Barsby, Peach,
Garnett, Micklethwaite, Peverley, Brackenbury, Watts, Collins,