No. 53 - Autumn 1985


Editor's Notes

Welcome to the Autumn edition of Trans Pennine. The Pennine stall has been in action at two venues lately - the Sandtoft Transport Gathering on July 29th and the Coalville Depot Open Day on September 1st. Both events were badly affected by the weather (just for a change!). The stall at Sandtoft was thankfully inside, but at Coalville your Editorial team had to brave Leicestershire's equivalent of Hurricane Elena with just several square yards of polythene and a packet of drawing pins standing between them and drowning. Thank you to everyone who helped with the stalls including Tony Caddick who braved two hours on Leicester station (even worse the pubs were shut!), only to arrive at Coalville in time for the last train back.

Great Pennine Slide Contest

Can it really be a year since the last one? Yes folks the time has come for our annual photographic extravaganza. This year's battle of "les Diapositifs" (that's French folks!) will be held at the Corporation Brewery Taps, Cleveland Street, Doncaster on October 1st commencing at 8pm. Jack Davis has once again agreed to take on the difficult task of judging.
For the benefit of the uninitiated a few notes may be of help. The subject title is quite simply "Railways'; up to 4 slides may be entered, black/ white or colour and these should be mounted In 2"x2" plastic, card or glass mounts. If there is anyone who wishes to enter but who cannot attend on the night then they are very welcome to send their slides to reach me by first post on October 1st and I will enter them on their behalf. There will be (Treasurer permitting!) the usual cash prizes and trophies for the winners. Two final points! 1. The Pennine Railway Society will take the greatest care possible with slides entered, but cannot be held responsible for any damage which may occur to slides during the contest. 2. THE JUDGES DECISION IS FINAL.

David Bladen

by 50018

Whether it is the thought of a double-headed holiday train pounding up a 1 In 50 gradient on a single line, or a tank engine gently sauntering through glorious countryside making a complete branch line scene, I don't know, but the Somerset and Dorset line holds a remarkable Interest to someone who never had the chance to travel the line.
Although never able to compete in terms of spectacular scenery with Settle and Carlisle line, it certainly was a line of true character, crossing in it's path the Bristol-Paddington main line, the Bristol-Frome line, the Paddington-Plymouth main line, the Waterloo-Exeter main line and the Waterloo-Weymouth main line. The line meandered across country for 71.1/2 miles linking the cities of the North and Midlands with the South Coast resorts of Poole and Bournemouth.
The Somerset and Dorset Railway came into existence on 1st September 1862 as a result of the amalgamation of the Somerset Central and the Dorset Central Railways, thus linking Bath and Highbridge in the northern regions with Holesbay Junction, Poole and Bournemouth West in the south. Sections of the line taken over by the S & D opened between June 1847 and December 1885.
It is remarkable that out of the 71.1/2 miles the line covered from Bath to Bournemouth West, almost half was single track only, with gradients of 1 In 50 commonplace over the Mendips, and all holiday trains and some locals were diagrammed for double-headed operation between Bath and Evercreech Jcn In both directions.
Leaving Bath Green Park, formerly Queen's Square, the S & D left the Midland line at Bath Jcn where trains then faced a 1 In 50 climb for 2.1/2 miles through Devonshire Tunnel to Combe Down Tunnel, where the respite was short-lived before a 5 mile climb of 1 in 60 to 1 in 330 from Midford to Radstock before the long, mainly 1 in 50 slog of 8 miles through Midsomer Norton, Chilcompton and Binegar, to Masbury summit.
At Masbury, the fight over the Mendips was over for southbound trains, although between Evercreech Jen and Wincanton, gradients reached 1 in 100, albeit only for short stretches.
Heading north, there was a steady 13 mile climb from Shillingstone to Wincanton, with gradients of between 1 in 80 and 1 in 550, again for short stretches, before the real test of mostly 1 in 50 on the 8.1/2 mile stretch from Evercreech Jcn to Masbury summit.
At the southern end of the line, the S & D joined the Southern railway at Broadstone for the run Into Bournemouth.
The line's motive power depots, Bath 22C, Templecombe 22D and Highbridge 22E were transferred from LMR to SR responsibility in 1950, becoming Bath 71G, Templecombe 71H and Highbridge 71J. Bath and Templecombe sheds were always hard pressed to provide enough locos and pilots for the long string of expresses using the S & D on summer Saturdays during the 1950s and 1960s. Such days would see five or six pilot engines lined up at Evercreech Jcn by 10.30 in the morning, ready to assist northbound expresses.
The line's 'crack' express was without question the 'Pines Express' from Manchester to Bournemouth and footplate men took great pride in ensuring the prompt running of the train. It was tradition with S & D enginemen that a late arrival at Bath of the down *Pines' was accepted as a challenge. If it was humanly possible the endeavour would be 'right time Bournemouth'. On one such occasion, 16th April 1955, waiting to take over the down 'Pines' at Bath were BR Class 5 73050 with 2P 4,0564 as pilot to Evercreech Jcn. Word had got to the drivers of a 25 minute late departure from Gloucester and they had decided to do their utmost to regain time. The eventual departure from Bath was 31 minutes late and remarkably, taking into account the lines gradients, all 31 minutes were regained and only the frustration of a final signal check at Branksome cheated the crew of an arrival at Bournemouth West on time.
Holiday traffic reached It's zenith in the summer months of the early 1950s. In 1954 there were ten down and twelve up regular trains on summer Saturdays, as well as down Friday night trains and two or three Bristol-Bournemouth services. On certain Saturdays, such as those preceding August Bank Holidays, 6 or 7 relief trains were needed.
During the period 1955-59, the timetable for up trains on the S & D included the following services:

08.00 SO Bournemouth West-Sheffield
08.40 SO Bournemouth West-Bradford
09.25 SO Bournemouth West-Manchester/Liverpool
09.45 Bournemouth West-Manchester ("Pines")
09.55 SO Bournemouth West-Leeds
10.05 SO Bournemouth West-Cleethorpes
10.35 Bournemouth West-Manchester
11.40 SO Bournemouth West-Sheffield
11.40 SX Bournemouth West-Bath
12.55 Bournemouth West-Bath
13.08 SO Bournemouth West-Bristol
13.10 SX Bournemouth West-Bath
14.45 SO Bournemouth West-Bristol
15.05 SO Templecombe-Evercreech Jcn.
15.35 Bournemouth West-Bath
16.15 Templecombe-Bath
16.45 Evercreech Jcn.-Bath freight
16.48 Evercreech Jcn.-Highbridge
17.40 SO Evercreech Jcn.-Bath
18.00 SX Evercreech Jcn.-Bath
19.10 SX Binegar-Bath

Down services included the following trains:
06.57 SO Cleethorpes-Bournemouth West
07.35 SO Nottingham-Bournemouth West
07.43 SO Birmingham-Bournemouth West
07.50 SO Bradford-Bournemouth West
08.55 Bath-Evercreech Jcn. freight
09.05 Bristol-Bournemouth West
09.45 Highbridge-Templecombe
09.15 SO Birmingham-Bournemouth West
10.45 Midsomer Norton-Evercreech Jcn. freight
10.30 SO Liverpool-Bournemouth West
10.38 Manchester-Bournemouth West ('Pines')
12.35 Bath-Evercreech Jcn. freight
13.10 Bath-Templecombe
14.20 Highbridge-Templecombe
15.15 Bath-Templecombe
16.05 Midsomer Norton-Evercreech Jcn. freight
16.37 Bath-Templecombe
18.05 SX Bath-Binegar
18.02 Bristol-Bournemouth West
19.05 Bath-Bournemouth West.

It is quite remarkable that after such an intensive summer timetable, no trains ran between Bath and Evercreech Jcn. on Sundays, with the rare exception of Whit Sunday excursions from the Midlands to Bournemouth during the 1950s.
The mainstay on the S & D were the Midland 2P 4-4-0 class, the 4F class, the Stanier Black 5 class and of course the S & D 7F class. 1950 saw the first SR Pacific used on the line whilst 1960 saw the first Standard 9F used.
The diagram for the loco coveting the 'Pines Express' in both directions was a taxing 24 hour stint, as follows:-
Depart Bath MPD. 02.15, dep. Bath goods 02.40 with mail to Bournemouth West, arr. 07.20. Loco to Branksome MPD. dep. 09.15 for Bournemouth West, arr. 09.25, dep. 09.45 *Pines' for Bath arr.11.56.  To Bath MPD. dep. 14.50 to Bath station for 'Down Pines' dep. 15.06 arr Bournemouth West 17.32. Stock to carriage sidings. Loco to Branksome MPD. dep. 19.10 for Branksome Goods yard dep. 19,25 for Poole yard arr. 19.45 dep. 20.10 freight for Bath arr. 03.15 next day.
As previously mentioned summer Saturday traffic stretched the motive power availability to the limits often resulting In expresses booked for a pilot engine continuing unassisted and visiting locos to Bath from the north being sent forward over the S & D. For example, In June 1953, Carlisle King moor Black 5 44883 was borrowed after arrival at Bath and was seen running over the S & D with snowploughs. On June 13th 1953 Class 4F 44839 worked the 09.55 SO Bournemouth-Leeds with load 9 unassisted as there was no pilot engine available. On 24th December 1959, SR Pacific 34028 'Eddystone' arrived at Evercreech Jcn. The booked pilot engine had been attached to a relief to Sheffield and the only available engine was a 'Jinty' 0-6-0 no. 47496 at Radstock, so it was quickly summoned to act as a pilot. On July 16th 1960, class 4F 44422 worked the 08.20 SO Bristol-Bournemouth with load 8 unassisted.
The run down of the S & D started in 1950 and were possibly economies which were made due to the war.
Templecombe Lower yard was closed on 5th May 1950 with the Wells branch soon following on 29th October 1951. In 1962, the news was received by the footplate men and staff on the S & D with great shock, of the end of through services to and from the north, from the end of the summer timetable. This meant of course the last run of the 'Pines Express'. On the 8th August 1962 9F 92220 'Evening Star' was allocated to Bath especially so it would be available to work the last 'Pines' and on the 8th September 1962, 92220 hauled the train unassisted, both ways, with 12 bogies; 426 tons which was the heaviest load over the line.
For the 1963 summer timetable, 92220 was, surprisingly, once again transferred to Bath and as there were no through services for her to work, she was used on 3 coach local services.
The next year saw Bournemouth West closed from 2nd August to 4th September whilst engineering works took place, but in the event, the station was never to re-open and was officially closed on 4th October 1965, with services transferred to Bournemouth Central.
During the winter of 1966 the few remaining local services were well populated with enthusiasts wishing to pay their last respects, and inevitably the end finally came on 7th March 1966.
A visit in 1984 to certain parts of the line revealed that Evercreech Jcn. can still be found and the station buildings are still intact. The trackbed is filled in up to the level of the platform. Evercreech New has been totally obliterated by a housing estate whilst Binegar station platforms can be found. Midsomer Norton is remarkably intact, allowing for nature and vandals, with the platforms, station buildings and goods shed almost in original condition. Midford Viaduct is as Impressive as photographs suggest it was, but the attractive single platform station is completely overgrown and It is only a vivid imagination that suggests a station ever existed.
The Somerset and Dorset must have been a truly remarkable line with it's steep gradients, attractive stations and glorious scenery. The sight of a double headed northbound express storming the 1 in 50 from a standstill out of Evercreech Jcn. must have been a sight never to be forgotten.
Long may the memories live on. 


Locomotive Re-allocations

To Western Region
CF 08487, 37176/187/189, 47011/014/019/060/093/097/099/111/112/279.
OOC 3140l-404
LE 37149
BR 37182/185/206, 56001/043/061/065/068
GL 97651    Radyr  97654

To London Midland Region
SP 08293/395
KD 08402/786, 31101/118
BY 08422/807/909
LO 08598 619/624/626/790
CH 08927 TO20131, 31123/234
CD 25057/316/321/324, 47191/610
 BS 31298, 47002/440/478/486/553/571

To Eastern Region
NC 08257
MR 08258/658. 31425-428, 371Q8/144/148
TI  08434 47101/103/105/106/213, 56086/087
GD 08588: 47003/07/010/462/472/482/551, 56078/079
CA 08594 YC 08595
HM 08701
SB 08729
BG 08745
IM 08721, 37132/134/155, 47096/220/336
TE 31327, 47346
SF 31173/201/230/233/235, 37018/125, 47054/061/104/121/123/124/130/146/295

To Scottish Region
TJ 08564 AB 08581
ED 08720. 20201/202, 27008, 37020/088/099/263/266/414, 47102/152/157/211
ML 08733, 37265/267/279/281 IS 26024/025/036, 37021
HA 20009/029/042/054/093/148/149/226/227, 26043, 47053

To Southern Region
EH 08847


40012 to 97407 
40118 to 97408
40060 to 97405
40135 to 97406

Stored Serviceable
08452 (TJ);

Stored Unserviceable
08424 (TJ); 08616/631 (SP); 08675 (L0); 08677 (TO); 08722 (TJ); 25287/297/300 (CD);

08102/386 (LN); 08495 (CA); 08665 (LO); 08667 (NL);  08721 (ED); 08790/807 (TS);

New Locos
58027-030 (TO);

08203 to 08991 08259 to 08992  08592 to 08993  37302 to 37416  37269 to 37417  37271 to 37418  37291 to 37419
86318 to 86418  86321 to 86421  86036 to  86436

Dual Braked
08495/567/575/588/594/595/631/658/662/665/667/685/701/721/790/807, 26034/035/041. 31120/200/261/312,

Boiler Reinstated

Boiler Removed
26034/041, 27038, 31110/125/128/154/156/158/159/200/209/226/243/252/261/312/4,06/ 31417, 47002/033/050/051/085/143/270.

Boiler Isolated
25048 26032/040, 31102/117/135/142/160/161/173/183/187/188/190/195/205/208 225/230/255/264/273/286/404/405/407/409/410/411/413/415/417/418, 37054/,087/102/109  37247, 45063, 47102/115/211/402/408/409/419/420/425/426/458.

Cut-down cab fitted

Slow Speed Control Fitted

Modified for Gatwick workings

Not fitted for Gatwick workings

RT Removed Headlight Removed Headlight fitted
26034/035/041 26035/041 37021

Radio Electronic Token Equipment fitted

High Phosphorus brake blocks removed

ZL - 08059/130/301, 13001, 25036/050/129/146/218/220/233/274/294,46007/013/018/021
ZF -  08061/06~/096/269/332/339/369/371/372, 40002/025/033/056/099/152/187.
ZC-  40035, ADB968016.

08022/060/345 to A. Guinness, Park Royal.
08123 to Cholsey and Walling-ford Railway

37111 'Loch Eil Outward Bound'
37188 'Jimmy Shand'
37261 'Caithness'
37262 'Dounreay'
47120 'R.A.F. Kinloss'
47491 'Horwich Enterprise'
47546 'Aviemore Centre'
47575 'City of Hereford'
47615 'Castell Caerfilli/Caerphilly Castle'
47621 'Royal County of Berkshire'
47713 'Tayside Region'
47714 Grampian Region'
56034 'Ogmore Castle/Castell Ogwr'
73102 'Airtour Suisse'
73118 'Mary Rose'
86246 'Royal Anglian Regiment'
86413 'County of Lancashire'
86429 'The Times'
86433 'Wulfruna'
43026 'City of Westminster'
43027 'Westminster Abbey'
43060 'City of Leicester'
43088 'XIII Commonwealth Games Scotland 1986'
43096 'The Queens Own Hussars'
 43104 'County of Cleveland'
43125 'Merchant Venturer'
43126 'City of Bristol'
43155 'BBC Look North'



To Midland Region
NH 51567, 51787/89, 51919/20/30, 52045. 53457, 53508/09/94. 53626/29/36, 53926/41/42/45/47/48/49/70/75/77/78/81/85/86, 
54221/25/28/30/31/32/53/58/59/60/61/64/67/68, 55005/06, 55995, 59685, 7860l, 78851.
CH 51902-07/12-14/16/22, 53303/07/18/23/28/36, 54052, 544,03/84-90/93/97/99, 54500, 59120, 59535.
KD 51942, 53971/74, 54491, 54503/04
BX 51947/50, 52062/65
BY 53311/22, 5~, 53500, 59117/63, 59206
DY 5364.8/49/60/98, 53706/29, 59070. 59535/69, 59685

To Scottish Region
AY 51224, 53158/60, 53241, 59074/90, 59558
HA 51234, 53163, 59053, 59302,

To Western Region 
RG 51363, 514,05. 59515
CF 53309/38

To Eastern Region
CA 51208/18/21, 51427/29/39, 53204, 54087, 54363/18/88/93/96/99,
LN 51298
NC 51506/08, 53149/50/70/80/93, 53267, 53305/15/21/30/65-69, 54133/43, 54387, 54416/20/21, 59055/77/84/85, 59118, 59536
HT 53142/51/67/79/83/99, 53210/14/35/40/61, 53750. 54067/72/87/93, 54374, 59076/78/83/97,
NL 55502/22
BG 59113

To Southern Region
SE 1106/12

51277/79, 51918, 53467, 53519, 53830, 54139, 54333, 54426, 59031, 59293, 59340/59, 59547/49

53424/34(ED); 53448(NH); 54415(SF); 55970-72/74/77/80-82/84/87(LO); 59228(BX); 59293(DY);

Stored Serviceable
53510/65(ED); 54285/86(-); 59210(ED); 59546(RG);

Gangways Fitted
53054/56/60/71, 53101/06, 53818/38/49/78/93

51548 to 78973 51550 to 78974 51556 to 78723
51558 to 78724 51635 to 55970 51597 to 55971
51642 to 55974 51625 to 55975 51633 to 55980
51612 to 55981 51615 to 55982 51639 to 55984
51619 to 55986

55202/302/402 (RTC)

Electric Multiple Units


To Eastern Region
EM 302201/242/278
IL 302249/257/269/278/294/302

To Midland Region
CE 304031-035

To Scottish Region
GW 303003/04/13/24/34/38/54
HY 303076/081/083/086

To Southern Region
SU 5002/03/11/19/41, 5118, 5258/60, 6253-55/58-65/67-79,
SG 530/11/13-16/18/25/26/28/30/33/37./39/40/41/45/46/47/51
RE 7783
FR 7813/14

(491)405 305440-442 305542/544 308313
5050 5303/04/06/10/17/22/24/7-7/32/35/44/4-8/50/52-56/58-60/65
6022/23/61/87 6281-87/89-94 501179 28371/72/73/92/94 28680/90
29131/32/40/41/43 29279/89 29710/20 29834/36/38/41/43

New Units

60130WD); 311093(GW)

5258 to 5460 5679 to 6326 7032 to 2101 7049 to 2201
5260 to 5461 5666 to 6327 7042 to 2102 7050 to 2202
5011 to 5462 5676 to 6328 7043 to 2103 7051 to 2203
5019 to 5463 5682 to 6329 7036 to 2104 7052 to 2204
5041 to 5464 5664 to 6330 704,0 to 2105 7053 to 2205
5118 to 5465 5677 to 6331 7037 to 2106 7054 to 2206
5002 to 5466 5663 to 6332 7041 to 2107 7055 to 2207
5003 to 5467 5651 to 6333 7046 to 2108 7056 to 2208
5657 to 6334 7048 to 2109 7057 to 2209
7034 to 2110 7058 to 2210

Three Gloucestershire Steam Centres
by Paul Slater

On Easter Monday 1985 I took my parents out from their home in Northamptonshire for a day in Gloucestershire. We visited two steam centres and passed the site of a third.
Toddington, headquarters of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, was a new site for me. Situated under the high ridge of the Cotswolds on a restored fragment of the former Great Western line from Cheltenham to Stratford-on-Avon, with isolated hills to the west, it would be an attractive spot on a fine day; but the day of our visit was wet, and the site was very muddy. Nevertheless, it was an Interesting place. Two chocolate-and-cream coaches stood at the station platform, ready to form the 12.00 departure and steam billowed from outside the engine-shed, where 0-4-0T "Cadbury No. 1 was being got ready for the day's work. I had seen it's sister engines nos.9 and 10 beside the Bristol-Birmingham line at Bourneville back In 1960 while making my first trip to watch steam on the Lickey Incline and had seen No.1 itself at the Dowty site at Ashchurch, only a few miles from Toddington, just ten years before my visit to the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, on Easter Saturday 1975. when I did a daytrip to Gloucestershire alone from my parent's home. A diesel shunter from the Dowty site was inside the engine-shed at Toddington, and four ex-BR diesels stood amid the mud In the yard: 1506 (formerly 08114, formerly D1380), D9539 and two other "14's". A small steam locomotive was being restored under cover; one of the site members said that before long it would join "Cadbury No.1' as a working engine. For someone like me who had a special fondness for Western Region 4-6-0s, Toddington was a rewarding place to visit, as there were four engines of this type undergoing restoration: 4936 "Kinlet Hall', 5952 "Cogan Hall", 7821 "Ditcheat Manor" and 7828 "Odney Manor". There was also Great Western 2-8-0 no.2807 and Southern Region 4-6-2 no.35006 "Peninsular & Oriental S.N.Co.". According to my records, 7828 was the twenty-first preserved Great Western 4-6-o that I had photographed, and 35006 was the seventeenth preserved example I had snapped of Southern express steam power.
"Cadbury No.1 backed on to it's train, a striking locomotive with It's maroon livery, copper-capped chimney and "Cadbury Bourneville" in large letters on it's side tanks; as the rain streamed down harder than ever, it took us on a short journey half-a-mile down the line towards Cheltenham. The track was already in place a little further, to Hailes Abbey, and I was told that before long it was hoped to run trains through to Winchcombe, the next station south. I never knew the Cheltenham-Stratford line much in steam days, but I remember a "Castle" class 4-6-0 arriving at Stratford with the northbound "Cornishman", which would have travelled via Toddington.
Across the quagmire of the car-park, narrow-gauge 0-4-0ST "Peter Pad' was about to set off, but I did not fancy a ride in the rain In the open sided carriages, and simply walked to the far end of the site to see "Peter Pad' run round its train near the hulks of 4936 and 35006.
We went for our lunch to Ashchurch, passing the Midland Birmingham-Bristol main line which was duplicated by the route through Toddington. At Ashchurch we passed the former site of the Dowty Railway Centre. As well as "Cadbury N0.1 there were at the Dowty site in 1975 LMS 4-6-2 no.6201 "Princess Elizabeth", since moved to Hereford, Great Western 4-6-0 no.7812 "Erlestoke Manor" now on the Severn Valley Railway, and a Southern class "Q' 0-6-0. In 1975 I photographed not only the locomotives but also some station signs at the Dowty site: the brown Western Region nameboard from Ashchurch itself, with the added words "for Tewkesbury", a yellow LMS sign from Tewkesbury, and black Great Western name boards, from Lechlade and Brize Norton & Bampton on the Fairford branch.
After lunch we drove through Tewkesbury, down the A38 to Gloucester and westwards along the north bank of the Severn on the Chepstow road. At Lydney we turned right, following signs for the Dean Forest Railway. This was the other steam centre which we intended to visit during our day In Gloucestershire. We found the site at Norchard, a mile or two up the valley from Lydney, bustling and crowded; unlike Toddington, Norchard is confined between the sides of a narrow wooded valley, and there was not much space for the many visitors.
This was my third visit to the Dean Forest Railway. My first, on the same day on which I visited the Dowty site at Ashchurch, was not to Norchard but to Parkend, a village a few miles further north, in the heart of the Forest of Dean. Then, Great Western 2-6-2T no.5541 and an 0-6-0ST had been in process of restoration, another 2-6-2T, no. 4150, stood on the village green at the end of what was called the Marsh siding, and I had put a coin in a collecting box, my mite towards the restoration of no.9681, one of the Western Region's huge fleet of 06-0 pannier tanks. Three years later, I had taken my parents to Parkend during a trip to South Wales, and we had found the railway site moved to Norchard. 5541 had by then been restored, and work was visibly progressing on 9681. Now, another seven years on, 5541 stood with 0-6-0ST 'G.B.Keeling' on a siding by the station, and 9681 was working a two-coach auto-train up and down the line, a similar distance to that traversed by 'Cadbury No.1 at Toddington. Two other steam locomotives were visible from the train, a Giesl fitted 0-6-OST named 'Fred' and 5541's extremely rusty sister 5532, parked among the trees at the end of a siding. There was also a small museum at Norchard. Having written an article on the Severn railway bridge for another magazine, I was interested to see photos of the bridge and relics such as the ground frame signs from the swing span at one end of the bridge where the line crossed the Sharpness & Gloucester Canal. There were numerous photos of trains at work in the Forest of Dean, plus one of the former engine-shed at Lydney. I realised that 9681 and it's train made a fair re-creation of a typical scene on the Forest of Dean lines. Some lines in the Forest of Dean were Great Western in origin, others were built by the Severn & Wye Railway, which later became a Great Western/Midland joint line. The line past Norchard and Parkend, and the Severn Bridge, were once part of the Severn & Wye system.
The rain, which had held off since Tewkesbury, now began to fall again. I took a last look at Norchard and went back to the car. In a few minutes we were driving past Parkend; there were no longer any locomotives there, but the track was in place up to the station and out to the Marsh siding, and the Dean Forest Railway hope that one day they will extend train workings from Lydney to Parkend.
We drove on, away from the railway, through the gloomy, rain swept forest, towards Newent and the motorway, and the long journey home through Worcestershire and Warwickshire.


Western Region
Noted through Taunton on Saturday 8th June were:
50039 0700 Oxford-Paignton  1145 Paignton-Paddington
47254 Plymouth-Paddington vans
50035 up relief
45123 2020 Aberdeen-Penzance
47527 0836 Cardiff-Paignton
50009 08.50 Paignton-Paddington
47627 0750 Swansea-Paignton
45139 0910 Paignton-Newcastle
50037 0924 Paignton-Birmingham 1344 B'ham-Paignton
45135 Q740 Derby-Penzance
50022 0730 Penzance-Aberdeen
47557 1020 Paignton-Edinburgh
50012 up relief
50029 0907 Paddington-Paignton 1355 Paignton-Paddington
50013 1045 Paignton-Paddington
45138 0759 Nottingham-Paignton
47567 0850 Newquay-Manchester
47625 1018 Paddington-Paignton
45013 0820 Liverpool-Paignton
45058 Paignton-Manchester
50043 0852 Penzance-Paddington
50021 0936 Liverpool-Penzance
45056 0820 Bradford-Paignton
45146 0917 Leeds-Penzance
47534 1005 Newquay-Newcastle
50047 1317 Paddington-Paignton
50003 ECS westbound
47594 0923 Newcastle-Penzance.

The following were spotted in Wiltshire and Gloucestershire on September lst 31287 towing 75069 and 6000 'King George V' from Gloucester to Swindon. 75069 and 6000 'King George V' working steam specials between Swindon and Gloucester with 08849 shunting the stock. Also noted on Swindon shed - 08410/411/487/795, 31203, 47033/142 and in the works - 08023/187/188/219/304/306/327/425/599/601 25019/027/067/075/079/105, 122/140/161/180/193/207/219/251/310/326/327. On Gloucester shed - 08781/799/836, 20162/167, 31240/404, 3712k/239, 45150. 47588 was noted on the 1315 Weston-Super-Mare-York at Gloucester.

London Midland Region
33054/106 passed Chesterfield at 19.11 on 6th June on a Southampton-Leeds freightliner, returning light southbound through Chesterfield at 22.15. On 12th June train 9X34 Didcot-Dinting was hauled by 33016 to Saltley and 20177/101 from Saltley. The train comprised 8F no. 8431 and A2 no. 532 'Blue Peter'.
Noted at Crewe works on 24th August were -
08703/823 (pilots) 20061/168, 37005(501)/014/082(502)/098/109/203/246(698)/253 (699)/266/279/292(439)/296/405/406/411-21. 
4004/008/020/024/028/044/057/082/088/091/104/115/139/143/150/155/160 168/177/181/183/195, 45053, 47008/016/017/041/059/095/l02/222/234/237/266 (629) /,282/324/330/363/377/402/406/407/4097417/422/438/450/452/455/461 9/491/503/540 5695Y5 618/705, 81001/013/015,  84008, 85007/021/030/038/039, 86003/007/204/208/209/312/318.
Noted in Derbyshire on August 25th Buxton 20051+20069, 20172+20173, 31127, 37122+37209, 45068, 47075 and 47308. Great Rocks Jcn. 20178+20195 Peak Rail's 'Peak Rail Rambler' charter DMU was working between Buxton and New Mills Central via Ashwood Dale and Great Rocks Dale.

Scottish Region
One of our members, on a trip to Scotland in June, noted the following June 25th - 37012 'Loch Rannoch' on 14.15 Fort William-Glasgow, 20097 shunting at Fort William, 37175+97250 'Ethel 1' on 17.40 Fort William-Euston and 37033 on the 18.50 Mallaig-Fort William, then shunting at Fort William. June 26th - 37175+97250 'Ethel 1' on 05.50 Glasgow-Fort William, 37049 on 10.05 Fort William-Mallaig the 12.20 Mallaig-Fort William and the return at 14.05. 44767 1George Stephenson' was on the 'West Highlander' steam special, 37299 on a freight at Fort William, 37012 'Loch Rannoch' on the 16.05 Fort William-Mallaig and 37033 on the 16.50 Glasgow-Fort William. June 27th - 44767 'George Stephenson' again worked the steam special. June 28th - 47541 'The Queen Mother' worked the 10.30 Inverness-Euston's 47578 'The Royal Society of Edinburgh' worked the 13.03 Edinburgh-Inverness, 4746o the 13.35 Glasgow-Inverness and 27005 was seen on an up freight south of Inverness. June 29th - 08196 and 08347 were noted in store at Grangemouth. Si 4-6-0 no.1313 and Caledonian 0-4-4T no.419 were working trains on the Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway (Scottish Railway Preservation Society).
Another member noted the following 1st August - 27207 on the 06.25 Perth-Dyce (push-pull stock) removed at Aberdeen. 2nd August - 27042 on the 07.34 Inverurie-Aberdeen, 47083 at Elgin on freight, 37264 on the 08.32 Inverness-Aberdeen. 37025+37261 on the 11.10 Kyle of Lochalsh (load 9) due to the previous failure of 37261. 27050 on the 18.05 Glasgow Queen Street-Perth expired on Cowlairs Bank so everything waiting to leave Queen Street was stuck. 3rd August - 27023 on the 01.30 (SO) Stranraer Harbour-Blackpool removed at Carlisle and 81003 forward. 37090 on the 06.05 Carlisle-Glasgow Central. 26011 on the 08.40 Carlisle-Glasgow Central. 4th August - 4,7317 on the 15.350 SUO) Aberdeen-Edinburgh. 5th August - 27042 (again) on the 07.34 Inverurie-Aberdeen. 47517+47215 (removed at Perth) on the 14.30 Inverness-Edinburgh. 37403 on the 18.05 Glasgow Queen St. Perth.
Noted at Stranraer on the 9th August was 47470'University of Edinburgh' on the 18.30 to Glasgow and on the 10th August 47593 'Galloway Princess' on the 11.00 to Euston. 08727 was noted in the depot.

Eastern Region
Noted on August 27th were the following 47223 on 08.05 Liverpool-Newcastle 47592 'County of Avon' On 09.23 Newcastle-Penzance 47105 on 16.05 Liverpool-Newcastle 45132 on 09.55 Scarborough-Liverpool 31454 on the 09.34 Bradford-Scarborough 31433 on 15.30 York-Scarborough and 16.49 Scarborough-York 31LP55 on 18.20 Leeds-Cambridge 102220 'Evening Star' on 'Scarborough Spa Express' York-Leeds-York 777 'Sir Lamiel' on 'Scarborough Spa Express' York-Scarborough 08137, 50009'Conqueror'and 56042 outside Doncaster works 08459/682 Doncaster station pilots 03607/72-3/866 Doncaster yard pilots 56087 and 56095 on coal trains at Doncaster, 31326 on parcels 03089 and 08691 York station pilots 08540 and 08707 Dringhouses pilots 08583 Scarborough station pilot.
47343 was seen at Sheffield with the 06.45 York-Portsmouth Harbour.

On August 7th a member visited Shane's Castle Railway 3ft gauge) in Antrim and noted the following - 0-4014T no.3 'Shane' in steam. 0-4-0T no.1 'Tyrone' in store with Simplex diesel no.2 1Rory', 4 wheel diesel 'Nippy', 4 wheel diesel no.4 'Blue Circle Cement', Charleroi (Belgium) tramway cars nos. 14, 15 and 16, and a County Donegal railbus. 0-6-OT no.5 'Nancy' was waiting for restoration.

Stop Press

Our Zimbabwean member, Mr Nkomolson, spotted Dave Whitlam at Sheffield on a train headed by 47130 (boiler working). He wonders if Mr Whitlam has a few dark secrets as the train in question was a Newcastle-Eastbourne SAGA charter!

Thanks to Messrs Shenton, Dewing, Wesley, Slater, Corroy, Caddick, Sanderson, Gossan, Nkomolson. 


From Paul Slater we have a quiz based on steam loco sheds. The prizes as usual are 1st 5, 2nd 3 and 3rd 2. Entries should reach the Ed, by the
30th November 1985. Good Luck!!

1. Which North Eastern Region shed had an allocation of A4 4-6-2s ?
 2. Which was the home shed of the 'Jubilee' 4-6-0s which worked the Euston expresses out of Birmingham and Wolverhampton?
3. Which shed provided the banking engines for Shap ?
4. In which city was Monument lane shed?
5. Which Nottinghamshire shed had an allocation of 02 2-8-0s?
6. Which Eastern Region shed had six sub-sheds?
7. In which town was Croes Newydd shed?
8. Which London shed had the same name as the terminus it served?
9. Which shed provided the banking engines for the Lickey incline?
10. Which new shed replaced Middlesborough and Newport?
11. Which shed served Glasgow Buchanan Street station?
12. In which city was Low Moor shed?
13. Which Midlands shed had an allocation of 'King' 4-6-0s ?
14. Which shed served Charing Cross and Cannon Street stations In London?
15. In which town was Hurlford shed?
16. Name a Southern Region shed which had a large allocation of ex-LMS engines?
17. Which shed served Waterloo station?
18. In which city was Fratton shed?
19. What was the name of the former Midland shed which stood until recently (derelict) on the western outskirts of Rotherham?
20. Which was the home shed of the 'Jubilee' 4-6-0s which worked the St. Pancras expresses out of Sheffield?
21. Cardiff Cathays had a very large sub-shed - what was it's name?
22. Where was Ardsley shed?
23. In which town was Duffryn Yard shed?
24. Which was the home shed of the A1 and A3 4-6-2s which worked the Kings Cross expresses out of Leeds?
25. Apart from Swansea East Dock, which shed stood In the Swansea docklands?

Trans Pennine Quiz No. 42
The Christmas Quiz gremlin paid us an early visit! 20 names were Included in the word square but by a quirk of letter placement there were 21! The extra name was PET. Full marks were given for any 20 names and the results (after drawing names from a hat for the tie-break are as follows:
1st M J Tindall
2nd Paul Slater
3rd Ian Shenton

The answers are as follows- Stowe, Wren, Camelot, Morayshire, Green Arrow, Mayflower, Mallard, Bittern, Sidmouth, Bulliver, Aerolite, Bodain, Sir Haydn, Lion, Royal Scot, Magpie, Clan Line, Goliath, Boxhill, Greene King.