No.64 - Summer 1988
to the summer edition of "Trans" Pennine". Apologies are due for the
late release of the magazine due to late arrival of articles and
news, together with Editors holidays.
During the period since the release of the last "Trans Pennine" we
have seen the implementation of the Summer timetable with many new
'Sprinter' services taking over from loco hauled trains, resulting
in full trains if nothing else.
Also during this period there has been the announcement by Mr David
Mitchell that the Settle and Carlisle line will, after all, close if
there is no private consortium takeover bid, After all the tine
consuming efforts by various parties to keep the line open, it
seem it will all be in vain if )Mr Mitchell's recommendations are
followed. Still it can always be run like the Severn Valley Railway,
PENNI1FE QUIZ No.53
There were four entries to the last quiz and winners were:-
Joint 1st- M. Bell and I. Shenton with 28 and N. Bolland with 27
Answers were as follows -: Victoria, Abercrombie, Uganda, Vulture,
Magnificent, Sunbeam, Shap, Trinidad, Terrier, Middlesex, Diadem,
Dominion, Gibraltar, Comet, Greyhound, Windermere, Bee, Blackpool,
Loadstone, Adelaide, Emerald, India, Jubilee, Madras, Scott,
Lapwing, Onyx, Rhyl, Rodney and Malta.
MEMBERS SLIDE COMPETITION
The trial Members Slide Competition held on June 7th was a success -
well for Wattsy anyway. He came 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
NOTES FROM THE COMMITTEE
The slide competition held on 7 June 1988 at which all those present
judged the entries proved a success and the Committee have
decided to make this an annual event although it may be held earlier
in the year in 1989.
The annual Sandtoft Transport Gathering will be held on Sunday 31
July. This is always a popular event and although we shall not be
sales stand this year, many of our members are sure to attend.
Members are always welcome to forward ideas for future visits. Gerry
Collins of Lincoln has suggested an evening visit to the new
South Yorkshire Transport Garage at Rotherham. If this can be
arranged details will appear on the Fixtures list.
The annual Pennine Railway Society Slide Competition will be held on
Tuesday 4 October 1988. Make a note in your diary of this
prestigious event and get 'out and about' -to take. your prize
Now that Your Committee has returned from our Summer Solstice
celebrations at Stonehenge (did you see our vehicle on TV) we shall
soon have to turn our attention to organising the Winter Pennine
Shield Quiz competition and plan how to win the Shield from the
Sheffield Transport Group which will be far from easy.
REMAINS OF THE NORTH STAFFORDSHIRE RAILWAY
by Paul Slater
The North Staffordshire Railway remained independent up to the
grouping of 1923, when it became part of the LMS. It was based on
Stoke-on-Trent, and it's two principal routes ran from Stafford to
Stockport and Derby to Crewe. Both these lines remain open today;
the Derby to Crewe line is served by Sprinters and the
Stafford-Stockport line is electrified as part of the West Coast
Main Line. In pre-grouping days some Euston-Manchester expresses
were routed via Stoke, and this pattern has continued right up to
the present time; originally, North Staffordshire locomotives hauled
the expresses over the route.
Between Stoke and Kidsgrove the potteries loop line ran parallel to
the main line, serving Hanley, Burslem and Tunstall. This line has
since been closed, and much of it has now been made Into a footpath,
the Potteries Greenway. Items of Railwayana are dotted along the
route, and particularly interesting is a locomotive smokebox mounted
on a plinth alongside the main road at Scotia, between Burslem and
Tunstall. The locomotive's number is missing, but the smokebox and
chimney are of a type that belonged to the Great Western goods
engines such as the 2-8-0's.
At Cheddleton, near Leek, a museum of the North Staffordshire
Railway has been established. The disused station has been
re-opened, and is architecturally attractive. A number of steam and
diesel locomotives are at the site, a typical North Staffordshire
signalbox has been erected, and short train rides can be had in
summer. A goods-only BR line runs past the museum.
Connecting with the former North Staffordshire lines are two old
colliery railways where steam can be seen in action. The Foxfield
Light Railway connects with the Derby-Crewe line at Blythe Bridge,
although steam trains no longer run through to the junction; the
line's main station and museum are at 'Caverswall Road. There is a
large collection of industrial steam and diesel locomotives, and
trains run for some three miles through the Staffordshire
countryside. At the Chatterley Whitfield Mining Museum, near
Tunstall, are two National Coal Board saddle tanks and two diesels.
A number of former North Staffordshire signal boxes remain in use
around Stoke. Examples of two designs can be seen. Mow Cop, between
Kidsgrove and Congleton, and Cresswell and Leigh, both between
Blythe Bridge and Uttoxeter, are of wooden construction and have
steeply pitched roofs; Cheddleton is of similar pattern. Stallington
near Blythe Bridge, and Sudbury, between Uttoxeter and Derby, are
mainly of brick and have flatter roofs with ornamental bargeboards.
A North Staffordshire Locomotive has been preserved at Shrugborough
Hall museum near Stafford.
by Chris Tyas
At the turn of the century the major brewing centre of
Burton-on-Trent had twenty brewery's which were served by rail.
Although only a handful of the brewery's still survive today none
have retained their railway connections. At one time the day it must
have been like a spiders web of railway lines spread across the
town. There were 32 level crossings in the town centre alone.
ALLSOPS is one of the breweries which still survive although it is
under the banner of Ind Coope who they amalgamated with in 1934..
Allsops were the first brewery to brew the famous Burton India Pale
Ale. The first experimental brew was brewed in a teapot in the year
MARSTONS formerly the Mann Crossman & Paulin Brewery, Marstons
railway was first opened in 1876 on completion of a cast iron
bridge over the Trent and Mersey Canal and was operated by four
Hawthorne & Leslie saddle tank loco's.
IND COOPE brewery was built in 1858. The first recording of ale
being despatched by rail was on 13 March 1865. The company's first
locomotive was a R & W Hawthorne of 1885, Ind Coope Number One. It
is also interesting to note that Ind Coope's other brewery at
Romford had it's own Railway network.
BASS, the first consignment of beer from this Brewery by rail was
despatched on the 7 November 1862. The company's first locomotive
was delivered from the local firm of Thornewill & Warham. It was an
0-4-0 well tank engine which did most of the heavy work until 1891
when a further 12 engines were delivered. Locomotive number 9 can
now be seen on display at the Bass Museum in Burton. Bass were the
last of the Burton brewery's railways to close down it's rail
network at the end of 1967.
The only surviving brewery railway in England is the A. Guinness &
Sons at Park Royal, West London. The Dublin brewery had been
supplying its famous Irish stout to England since the 1850's through
the port of London, and also through the port of Liverpool from
1872. As demand increased it was decided to set up a new brewery in
London. The Park Royal brewery was built in 1936. The brewery was
built complete with workers houses & grazing pastures where cows
could be seen until as recently as 1980. The whole area surrounding
the brewery was also planted with trees. At the side of the
Cumberland gate entrance a single track railway connection joined up
to the Great Western Railway. Motive power and rolling stock was at
first provided by the GWR. In 1947 the company Investigated into the
possibility of a tanker of 40 barrel capacity. The first one being
delivered in 1949. It's first journey being to the Thatcher's
Bristol Brewery, Newport.
On the 22nd of February 1949 the company's first two locomotives
Walrus & Carpenter began work at Park Royal. The two Planet diesels
were built by F. C. Hibberd. By 1952 over half the stout being
brewed at Park Royal was being despatched in the new 80 barrel
capacity stainless steel road/rail tankers. The two 1949 loco's
remained in service at Park Royal until June 1985 when they were
replaced by two ex-BR class 08 shunters, 08022 which is now named
Lion , and 08060. which is named Unicorn. Both of these locals are
now painted in the company's livery and adorned with the Guinness
harp logo on the radiator grill. Anyone who is interested in further
reading of brewery railways may like to read 'Brewery Railways' by
Ian P. Peaty.
Bournemouth depot's first ever open day was voted a huge success as
it attracted 4,500 visitors who raised £7000 for Railway Charities.
Exhibits included a new 442 Wessex Electric: and a Class 155
Sprinter for the modern image enthusiast, and a Black 5 and Deltic
for the 'slightly 'older enthusiast'.
POP GOES THE DIESEL
According to a report in a famous daily 'newspaper', pop mastermind
Pete Waterman, apparently responsible for the arrival of a certain
Mr Rick Astley onto the pop scene, has bought a Class 25 locomotive.
The report says train mad Mr. Waterman has spent £20,000
purchasing the loco and £5,000 having asbestos removed, and it is
not known what 'colour' the loco is yet to wear. As yet there is no
confirmation that the loco will be named 'RAT ASTLEY'..
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Transport Sinister David Mitchell enjoyed a footplate ride on Deltic
55009 'Alycidon' on 23rd April saying it was "Jolly good fun". He
was travelling on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway as part of
celebrations for 21 years of private ownership. Murray Brown, Press
Officer of the Deltic Preservation Society explained
the workings and eccentricities of the Class to Mr Mitchell before
he clambered eagerly Into the cab for the run along the line.
PENNINE OBSERVERS NOTES
The last week of Class 33 hauled Portsmouth-Bristol/Cardiff workings
in early May saw the following 'Cromptons' at work-:
Class 155 Sprinters nos. 313 + 330 were noted an the 1010 Cardiff
-Portsmouth on May 11th with some diagrams in the hands of Class
Noted on the region were 33058 on the 16.18 Exeter-Waterloo an May
9th, 33111 taking over from 33117 at Salisbury on the 18.10
Waterloo-Yeovil Jct on the same day, together with 47647 working
the, 17.33 Exeter-Waterloo. The, following day saw. 33208 work the
09.10 Waterloo-Exeter, 47647 the 12.03 Portsmouth-Paignton and
47575on the 11.33 Exeter-Waterloo.
Class 50's spotted at Salisbury on May 12th were 50018 on the 07.00
Waterloo-Exeter, 50007 on the 06.42 Exeter-Waterloo, 50045 on the
08.11 Exeter-Waterloo, 50005 on the 09.10 Waterloo-Exeter, 50028 on
the 09.38 Exeter-Waterloo, 50034 an the 11.05 Exeter-Portsmouth and
50046 on the 12.03 Portsmouth-Paignton.
On May 28th 50008 worked the 13.10 Waterloo-Exeter, 50044 the 12.20
Exeter-Waterloo, 33116 the 14.35 Gillingham-Waterloo, 33109 the
14.10 Waterloo-Salisbury, 50017 the 15.10 Waterloo-Exeter, 50028 the
1417 Exeter-Waterloo and 50007 the 1710 Waterloo-Exeter.
The last Class 31 hauled trains Into Cleethorpes ex Liverpool were
31452 an the last 15.45 Liverpool-Cleethorpes on May 13th and 31439
on the Saturday(14th) with 31452 working the last 06.10
Noted at Worksop on April 9th were 20013/20/85/130/151/210,
56005/007/013 and 56075. A Sheffield the same day were Black 5 no.
5305 'Alderman E. Draper' on a Marylebone-Sheffield and 97413 on a
Double headed Class 37's still provide a memorable spectacle on the
Iron Ore trains to Scunthorpe. May 16th saw 37083/106 and 37002/225
on such trains with 20066/88 on containers and 20030/102 on a repair
train. 56008/69/109 worked MGR trains. 47217 was seen at Doncaster
on the sane day on the Breakdown train.
The start of the summer timetable has seen many Sprinter services
come into operation and most remaining loco hauled services
monopolised by Class 47's. However temporary relief from the
ubiquitous 'duffs' can be found on the Derby-Skegness and
Skegness-Sheffield Saturday service with Class 20's making a more
than welcome return to passenger workings. the 10.15
Skegness-Sheffield saw 20040/143 an May 21st, 20194/170 on May 28th,
20108/215 on June 4th and 20209/190 on June 11th. The same day saw
the 12.54 Skegness-Derby headed by 20195/124.
The 'Peaks' have had yet another stay of execution although the
elimination of newspaper trains in July will see remaining members
withdrawn. They do, however, still see some passenger service and an
May 21st 45141 headed the 09.19 Bristol-York with 45110 working the
same train the following week. June the 7th saw 45037 replace a
failed class 47 on the 16.11 York-Birmingham and June 11th found
45141 again on the Bristol-York. May 21st saw 47203 on the 0917
Pd-York and 47270 on June 11th.
Loco's used on Settle and Carlisle line diversions on Saturday April
30th were 47431/439/474/491/519/522/524/527/564/596 and 47623. 47079
headed the Glasgow-Red Bank vans and 31324/275 the Mossend-Dee Marsh
steel coil train.
One class 20 disgraced itself on 18th June when 20029 failed at
Skegness an the 10.15 to Sheffield. 20042 worked on it's own to
Nottingham. Both were replaced by 20182/157, 45037 worked the 20.25
York-Birmingham hauling the Western Region Generator set.
History was made at Doncaster on June 16th when 91001 arrived at
13.00 under it's own power at the head of a test train
comprising Laboratory coach 6(Prometheus), RDB 975422, test car ADB
975814, Inter City sleepers 10618/10512, laboratory coach 15(Argus)
975984, HST power car 43014. This is believed to be the first
electric hauled train ever into Doncaster.
May 13th saw 33027 arrive at Bristol on the 08.30 Brighton-Cardiff
unusually taken forward by 37158.
Class 47's and 50's shared the loco hauled services in Cornwall
during the last few weeks prior to services being taken over by
Sprinters. May 1st saw 50016 head the 08.36 Plymouth-Penzance, 47513
the 09.11 Penzance-Plymouth, 47565 the 06.45 Swindon-Penzance, 50028
the 10.27 Penzance-Glasgow. 50001 the 12.13 Penzance-Plymouth and
15.20 return and 50035 the 13.30 Penzance-Paddington relief.
50048/38 worked the ecs for the 16.00 Penzance-Paddington relief
from Laira. 'Bubble' 55009 was at work an the Liskeard-Looe branch.
The first summer Saturday of the summer timetable in Devon saw a
notable absence of Class 50's on passenger trains at any rate.
50020 worked the 07.07 Plymouth-Glasgow and 08.44 Glasgow-Plymouth
to and from Birmingham, 50035 headed the 07.25 Plymouth-Paddington
Vans, 50030 worked the 09.05 Paignton-Paddington and 08.35
Liverpool-Penzance (don't ask how) and 50032 on the 13.05
Paddington-Paignton and 17.50 Paignton-Paddington return. All other
services were in the hands of 47's except the 05.55 Derby-Paignton
and 12.10 Paignton-Rose Grove which was headed by 31411 and
31405/283 on the 10.10 Manchester-Paignton. Sight of the year must
be 47063 hauling no less than four class 50's to Laira, Nos
9/17/42/8 were the loco's in tow, apparently unbalanced workings due
to the new timetable. All have been seen since so there were no
mechanical problems. Also on this date 50003/50 worked light engine
towards Exeter and 47205/453 also worked in that direction. Quite a
day for light engine movements.
May 28th- saw 50045 head the 08.17 Paddington-Paignton, 47624 the
07.25 Plymouth-Paddington vans, 47652 the 09.02 Paddington-Penzance,
47482 the 09.05 Paignton-Paddington, 47549 the 10.25
Paignton-Paddington and 50005 the 12.05 Paddington-Penzance, 50042
headed the 13.05 Paddington-Paignton and 47428 the 13.21
Class .50 workings in Cornwall are very hit and miss with members of
the class regularly working the 08.17 Penzance-Dundee as far as
Plymouth, the 11.17 Penzance-Newcastle as far as Plymouth, the 12.30
Penzance-Paddington throughout, the 14.03 Penzance-Old Oak-. Common
Vans, the 09.02 Paddington-Penzance and the 12.05
Paddington-Penzance and 08.35 Liverpoo1-Penzance (10.30 ex
Birmingham) although 50's are by no means guaranteed.
June 4th saw 50020 on the 11.17 Penzance-Newcastle and 50031 on the
09.02 Paddington-Penzance, 50010 on, the 12.03 Penzance-Paddington
and 50039 on the 08.35 Liverpool-Penzance. June 11th saw 50012 on
the 11.17 Penzance-Newcastle, 50002 on the 09.02 ex Paddington,
50016 on the 12.30 ex Penzance and 50015 on the 08.35 ex Liverpool,
50021 worked the 14.03 vans. However on this date 50031 headed the
12.02 Penzance-Liverpool, 50016 headed back on the 20.45
June 17th saw 50020 on the 08.17 ex Penzance, 50007 on the 11.17 ex
Penzance, 47660 an the 12.02 Penzance-Liverpool, 50040 the 12.30
Penzance-Paddington, 50025 the 09.02 Paddington-Penzance, 50042 the
14.03 Penzance-O1d-Oak Common vans and 50021 on the 08.35
Liverpool-Penzance and the 20.45 Penzance-Paddington Sleeper. The
13.58 Penzance-Old Oak Vans and 19.22 Penzance-Paddington TPO remain
regularly Class 50 hauled, with 50002/4/35 and 43 seen over the
period June 6th to 16th.
Plenty of activity could be found at Lostwithiel on June 15th with
china clay workings in particular. 37673/675/669 and 50149 all
worked such trains, 50046 was on a ballast and 47544 was seen on the
12.26 Penzance-Glasgow Vans. The afore mentioned 13.58 Penzance-Old
Oak Common Vans was in the hands of 47438. 08844 and 47625 could be
seen at St Blazey.
PENNINE QUIZ No. 54
Try your luck at this cryptic quiz. Answers are names of stations,
locomotives or engine sheds. Answers and notes to Ed. by end of
1) Cathedra1 city with a ton to remember, steam wise.
2) Jubilee with comic or literate connections.
3) Fungus splits at this point.
4) In the marsh an the southern region.
5) North West beauty spot on the line out of Birmingham
6) The heat is on for a certain power car.
7) A roman 'hoover' standing good.
8) Scottish badges collected for electrics here.
9) Xmas lunch served at this London outskirts station.
10) Golfers dream to be under this station.
11) This Yorkshire family surely didn't write about class 47's
12) Did this 87 ever run between Coventry and Banbury?
13) North West shed was a real grand national place.
14) A Holmes Locomotive from across the channel?
15) You can lean on a lamp post at this scouse station.
116) A 47 on a South West holiday.
17) This A4 was not a regular visitor to it's namesake station.
18) Twin football connections on a Southern shed.
195 This Warship was regularly an the move.
20) Table 116 has a school after all.
MEETINGS LIST No.3 JULY-SEPTEMBER 1988 - Robin Skinner
All meetings are held at the Corporation Brewery Taps, Cleveland
Street, Doncaster, and commence at 20.00.
Tuesday 19 - July Tony Smith Slide Show
Tuesday 2 August - Glyn Gossan Slide Show
Tuesday 16 August - Chris Palmer Slide Show
Tuesday 6 September - Terry Spriggs Slide Show
Tuesday 20 September - A Slide Show by members of the Eastern
Region Staff Railway Society
Tuesday 4 October - The Annual Pennine Railway Society Slide
ALL ARE WELCOME - BRING A FRIEND
FIXTURES LIST No.3 - Dave Whitlam
Sunday 31 July Sandtoft Gathering - Join us at one of the
North of England's transport rally. Beer Tent available
Sunday 2 October - Severn Valley Railway. Travel by preserved
bus from Doncaster and Sheffield.
Sunday 23 October - Doncaster Works 11.00. PR4-88/2 (Re-run) Meet
Plant Hotel entrance 10.50. Members f2.75; Non-members £3.00
Would the members who were booked oil the original visit on 21
February please let me know if they want to go on the rearranged
visit, or want a refund of their money if they had paid in advance.
All bookings to Dave Whitlam enclosing SAE.