THE MAGAZINE OF THE PENNINE RAILWAY
No.69 - Autumn 1989
NOTES FROM THE COMMITTEE
As predicted in these, notes in the last magazine, the unfortunate
Paul Channon. has been shown the tall-lamp as Transport Secretary.
The eccentric lodger at No.10 has-surprisingly demoted former golden
boy Cecil. Parkinson to fill the vacancy. Sad to report that Mr.
Parkinson's department already has had a disaster to investigate
(the sinking of the 'Marchioness' on the Thames) following too
closely on the tragedies suffered during Mr. Channon's term of
office (Lockerbie, King's Cross, Clapham etc). It is hoped that the
seemingly endless list of disasters suffered In recent years is now
over. On a happier note, the appointment of Cecil Parkinson should,
at least, ensure the continuation of the benefits offered by the
We now predict the next head to role to be that of Bob Reid, the BR
Chairman. His inept handling of the recent damaging rail dispute was
the final nail. It Is likely he will be replaced by Lord King,
currently the highly-paid Chairman of British Airways who has a
completely different management style to the laid back Mr. Reid. If
his handling of the recent dispute involving stewards at British
Airways is anything to go by, we could have some lively exchanges
with the rail unions, prior to privatisation.
Shows at our social evenings at the Corporation Brewery Taps
continue to be of the highest order, as the list of recent
entertainers illustrates - Rhys Jones, John P. Sanderson, Tony
'Capstick' Caddick,and the Reverend Andrew J. Watts. Uncle David
Whitlam battled through unprecedented odds to present a show on the
day of a rail strike .Oh - and Robin Skinner also volunteered
himself to do a show - well, since he books the turns, we have to
put up with It.
Future events to whet the appetite include the annual Slide
Competition on 3rd October, to be judged this year by that respected
photographer David Bladen (no aircraft shots allowed), Peter 'The
Entertainer' Wesley's show on 21st November, and then, if the
ozone-layer survives that long, the hugely popular Pennine Shield.
The Pennine's team members will again have to pass- a 'dope test'
before selection, but we confidently expect them to pass that. There
is less confidence in them actually winning the trophy. Our friends
of the Sheffield Transport Group are again expected to present a
strong challenge arid are already on a mainly liquid--only diet to
ensure. peak fitness on the night. Full details of all the events.
are given at the rear of this magazine.
A successful evening tour took place on 4th. July with a visit to
the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, and a journey on the line in
a hired railbus. Transport from Doncaster was provided by the
Sheffield Transport Group with one of their vintage (well,1974
built) double-deck buses. Sad to report that Gerry Collins (Lincoln)
was unable to make the visit since his love of motor buses is now
legendry. The night ended- with a visit to an inn In Haworth,
followed by a delightful scenic journey back to Doncaster via
Sheffield. It Is reported that one unnamed Pennine member has now
turned into a pumpkin due to arriving home after midnight.
Neil Taylor (Doncaster), when asked recently why he suddenly
resembled a cucurbitaceous plant bearing a large egg shaped fruit,
replied 'Salmonella Off'.
'The Lord Moves in a Mysterious Way' - Yes, our Religious Adviser,
Reverend Andrew J. Watts recently returned from attending a Billy
Graham evangelism in Doncaster to find. his car had been stolen It
was found several days later dumped at the former Cortonwood pit, In
a severely damaged state and, requiring an extensive Works job.
However, the really bad news was that the Society's projector was in
the car at the time of the theft, but was not in the car at the time
of its recovery. We are however grateful to 'The Vic' for supplying
the Society with. a new, replacement projector, the cost of which
will be met from the insurance claim.
All leave is cancelled on Sunday 14 January 1990, Yes ,you've,
guessed., It's the Pennine's Annual General Meeting (AGM), to be
held at the Corporation Brewery Taps, Doncaster, starting at just
after 12 noon. when we have all been served. It is
hoped that a visit to Doncaster Works can be arranged for that
morning, before the AGM. Further details will be given. in our next
magazine; this is just to warn you to leave your diary free/cancel
anything which is already booked. This is a 'Three Line Whip' event.
On the health front, our best wishes are. sent to Tony Needham
(Mexbrough,) who has been signed off work for a considerable length
of time, and also to our Treasurer John Sanderson (Sheffield) who it
is believed. is suffering from equine flu, and also to the entire
population of Lincoln who have Robin Skinner.
Welcome to the Autumn edition of Trans Pennine. It is hard to
believe that while still having warm sunny weather (on the whole) we
are approaching the last quarter of the year, having had the hottest
and best summer for thirteen years at least, if not for one hundred
and thirteen years. It has been undoubtedly an unbelievable summer
marred by the rail strike ( as well as the dock strike, local
government workers strike, air traffic controllers strike, England
cricket team strike, etc, etc). The why's and the wherefore's of the
strike have been widely explained and discussed by the media on the
television, but at the end of the day, was there really any point in
the NUR hanging out after ASLEF had settled?.
What did they achieve? As usual the travelling public, or is it the
'customer'? suffered most. Let us hope that someone, somewhere has
learnt a lesson.
THE PASSING OF A FRIEND
It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of Ivo Peters,
who passed away on June 7th. Ivo, who was Mr Somerset and Dorset, is
best remembered to younger enthusiasts as the man who brought the S
& D back to life with his excellent cine film being transferred onto
video, as well as scenes from other parts of the country, and
numerous superb publications. He had suffered a long and painful
illness but had managed to stay cheerful to the very end. He will be
surely missed by all enthusiasts, for even those who never met him
knew him from possession of one of his books.
THE PENNINE SHIELD
The dates for the 1989 PENNINE SHIELD quiz have now been agreed and
are as follows ;
Thursday 16 November Hosted by the South York-shire Railway
Photographic Society at the Brown Cow, The Wicker, Sheffield.
Thursday 23 November Hosted by the Dore Loco Group, at the Brown
Cow, The Wicker, Sheffield
Tuesday 5 December Hosted by the Pennine Railway Society, at the
Corporation Brewery Taps, Doncaster
Thursday 14 December Hosted by the Sheffield Transport- Group/Felix
Preservation Group at the Corporation Brewery Taps, Doncaster.
First questions will be asked at 20,00 hrs.
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STEAM RIDE TO TOLEDO
by P SLATER
During the second visit to Spain that I had made in my student years
I had a few days to spare In Madrid, and went on excursions to
historic cities nearby. The first trip was to Toledo which is
situated an the River Tagus about fifty miles south of Madrid. First
I checked at the Atoja station that I could get to Toledo and back
in day - a sensible precaution, as I had already found that Spanish
trains were mostly slow and infrequent, and on receiving an
affirmative answer, was pleased to find that I could purchase a
ticket on the spot; tickets for long distance Journeys could not be
purchased at the station, strangely, and it was necessary to go to
an office In a nearby street.
Spanish trains were classified an the departure boards in several
categories; in descending order of speed and comfort, they were;
Talgo (Pullman), TAF (fast diesel railcar), Rapido (express),
Expresso (semi-fast), Correo (Mail), and Tranvia (tram). The Toledo
train was a tram train, in other words a slow all stations stopper.
It was in the summer of 1963 when I made my excursion to Toledo. As
in Britain at that time, steam was giving way to diesel and electric
on the Spanish railways, but the Toledo train was steam hauled, by a
big 4-8-2 probably displaced from the long distance work by the
recent electrification of the main line southwards from Atoja.
The journey to Toledo was dilatory and tedious; the sun blazed with
a fierce heat, and through the open carriage windows soot form the
locomotive drifted in to soil the sweating passengers. At Toledo I
was spared a long hot walk around the city when a taxi-driver
recognising me as a visitor, offered to take me on a tour. His fee
was high but I accepted, as it would save me a lot of trouble. I
visited the cathedral, several museums, a view point and one of the
sword factories for which Toledo was once famous; it now produced
knives, and although the finished products, with their beautiful
damascene work were cheap and attractive, I regretfully had to
explain to my guide that I could not buy one, as they all had switch
blades and so would count as illegal offensive weapons in Britain.
As promised the taxi-driver delivered me back to the station in time
for the evening train to Madrid. I walked up to the front, and saw
that the engine was another of the big 4~8-2's. Th return was a
little less hot and crowded, but equally as slow. At one point I
leaned from a window in the evening sunshine and watched the
locomotive making heavy weather of its fairly light load an the
gradients through the high bare countryside north of the Tagus
valley. It was one of the last Journeys I ever did abroad behind
RELIEF FOR COMMUTERS
At last there is some light at the end of the tunnel, or should one
say the prospect of a seat on the currently overcrowded SouthEast
In one of the clearest announcements to have come out of the
Department of Transport's Tannoy system since the 1950's there is
the promise of massive. new investment. With luck it signals that
the Government is committed to providing better public transport,
especially around our congested. cities.
It may also signal the fact that the Government is trying to regain
lost support following many unpopular events (inflation, mortgage
rates, interest rates, water privatisation, poll-tax, Health Service
Wait for the headline, SEWAGE - THATCHER STEPS IN.
8-7-89 - A Typical Summer Saturday - in Portugal
Andrew & Helen
The temperature was well into the 90's as Helen and I caught the
11.00 free mini-bus from Hotel Altura to our sister Hotel in Tavira.
Nothing unusual about that you might think, except that we walked
straight out of the Hotel in order to catch the local public bus
(RN) to Tavira town. This cost 75 Escudos (30p) each. We then walked
up the hill to a large white building, the CP railway station. Two
cheap day returns for the 30 km journey to Faro were purchased for
340 Escudos (£1.35) each.
The purpose of the trip was to sample English Electric haulage in
Portugal. The main problem was we had no gen! Our train to Faro was
due at 12.58 leaving us time to photograph the 10.15 train from
Tunes at 12.39. A familiar horn was heard and the 'Beast' came round
the bend. It was 1806, which looked and sounded like a class 50 but
much taller and wa-9---still carrying it's polished 1968
Newton-le-Willows works plates. So far, so good. I took a few
photographs, much to the amusement of the driver, who had never seen
so much interest expressed in his loco. 1806 departed on time, and
we awaited our train. As it approached-t-he-- station we discovered
that it wasn't a class 18xx, it was 1208. We were bowled. We sampled
this machine for the 45 minute run to Faro. There were 2 second
class and 1 first class coach, and each one had it's own ticket
collector. On arrival at Faro at 13.45, 1810 was awaiting departure
on an inter-regional express (not valid) to Vila Real de Santo
Antonio, so we managed a quick photograph.
We returned to the station an hour later to view the 14.45 departure
but that was a class 12xx, so we decided to wait for the 17.25. At
17.09 1806 returned on it's way back to Tunes, but our train arrived
behind--M5 so again we were unlucky. On the way back to Tavira we
passed 1810 returning on the express. We had managed to photograph
two of the-class although not having sampled any for haulage. We
then got a fast Taxi back to Altura, which cost 1220 Escudos
(£4.82), the most expensive part of the day. A good day in all.
10.15 Tunes -
Vila Real de Santo Antonio 1806
Inter Regional Express -
Vila Real de Santo Antonio 1810
15.03 Lagos -
Vila Real de Santo Antonio 1205
12.10 Vila Real de Santo Antonio -
Vila Real de Santo Antonio15.40 -
Inter Regional Express 1810
We decided to have another attempt at sampling an English Electric
class 18xx. We waited for the bus at Altura only to find that they
had gone on strike, so it was a fast taxi to Tavira which cost 1600
Escudos (£6.50). As the 10.15 from Tunes had been 1806 on Saturday,
we decided to travel East to the Spanish Border town of Vila Real de
Santo Antonio on this train. We purchased two day return tickets for
the 20 Km journey for 270 Escudos (£1.10) each. At 12.39 1808 came
round the bend much to our relief, so at last we had managed to
achieve our aim. We returned to Tavira on the 13.45 from Vila Real
which was hauled by 1220. We then had a taxi back to Altura. How
many other Pennine members have had 51 Hoovers for haulage?.
ALL OUR YESTERDAYS
Looking back to notes and sightings of years gone by, firstly back
March 6th saw York MPD hosting four Class 55 Deltics in no's
55004/7/11/15 whilst 55018 worked the 05.50 KX-Aberdeen as far as
Edinburgh. 55019 headed the 08.05 York-KX. Noted at Darlington was
03072 while noted at Gateshead were 08148, 55012/13. 08254 was seen
shunting at Heaton. 55002/10 were stabled at Haymarket and 06005/6
and 08761 at Dundee. Ferryhill hosted three Class 40s, no's
40158/167/192 and 55002 headed the 16.30 Aberdeen-Leeds.
On March 10th 08809 was stabled at Oxford and sister loco 08850 at
Didcot. Ex Scottish shunter 06003 was on Reading MPD nearing its
long Journey to Reading signal works. Class 50 no 50048 unusually
paired with an unidentified Class 47 worked the 08.50
Paddington-Birmingham whilst 47083 worked the following 11.50 Paddington-Birmingham. The 07.57 Paington-Paddington was worked by 50027 and 50029
headed the 09.50 Paignton. 50047 worked the 12.25 Paddington-Plymouth and
47324/540 the Manchester-Poole. 50026 worked the 13.55
Paddington-Liverpool, 50019 Carflats and 50039 the 14.25 Paddington-Plymouth.
April the 4th saw Doncaster MPD holding 03066, 40022 and 56077,
08116/562 were at Tyne Yard and 08671 at Newcastle in place of the
Class 03. Heaton Pilots were 08254/512/888. 03059 and 40195 were at
Peterborough on the 11th of April found 55019 at the head of the
08.05 York-KX and 47497 on the 08.05 KX-Hull. The Harwich-Manchester
boat train was worked by 37266. A West Ham to Grimsby Football
Special was unusually worked by 55014.
Noted on Gateshead an April 25th were 31230/37078/96/171/212,
45076/145, 47040/314/412, 55016. 08373 was stabled at Sunderland and
08085/608, 47303/368 at Hartlepool.
May 2nd saw
hosting the following locos-: 20156, 25072, 26013, 40002161/2,
46027, 47177/470/541/5721564/7021707/711 with 08881/893 at
Craigentinny. 46031 headed the 22.10 Edinburgh-KX.
The following day found 08957, 31114, 37054/88 and 47581 at
Liverpool Street, 03180, 08708/261/526, 37109 at Cambridge and
031791196/399, 08661, 37090/107/172 at Ipswich.
Return Rugby specials to Hull were worked by 47340, 47163, 47078 and
55009. 47521 worked the 14.05 KX-York.
FIVE YEARS AGO
August the 25th 1984 found Sheffield a mecca for the modern image
enthusiast with 37246 working the 07.49 to Blackpool, 31115 the
Chesterfield-Scarborough and 47199 the Manchester-Skegness usually
a Class 40 working. However 40012 worked the Manchester-Skegness.
20084/188 worked the 11.59 Skegness-Leicester and 'sisters'
20141/169 the following 12.38 Skegness-Derby. 25034, 31102, 37256
were an the curve at Derby. 47098 was power for a Poole-York relief
and unusually 37123 was at the head of the 09.10 Paignton-Newcastle,
usually a type 4 working. 45147 worked the 08.53 Penzance-Newcastle.
The 16.40 Nottingham-Barrow was worked by 47222 and the 10.04
Newquay-Newcastle by 46035.
Three days later found 47511 an the 09.20 Leeds-Penzance whilst
45128 worked the first leg of the Newcastle-Poole. 47564 was at the
head of the Paddington-Hull. Several additionals ran or. the date
with 45005 working the 10.30 York-Plymouth. 47291 the 11.00
Cardiff-York and 47249 the 09.30 Poole-York. Class 31 power in the
shape of 31440 worked the 14.10 Leeds-Brighton to Whan where 47565
took over. The 10,24 Penzance-Liverpool worked in behind 50037 and
further additionals in the shape of the 14.20 York-Plymouth with
45068 and 14.14 Exeter-York with 47324 where necessary.
September the 8th found the usual procession of holiday trains with
no less than eighteen Class 50s in evidence, among other classes of
course. 45033 worked the 23.25 Glasgow-Paignton and 45055 the 09.10
Paignton-Newcastle. Other 'Peak' workings were the 07.17
Derby-Penzance with 45130 and 45110 an the 08.53 Penzance-Newcastle
whilst the 09.14 Brighton-Penzance was headed by 45015. The usual
crop of no heat 47s worked, heat of course not being necessary, in
the shape of 47068 on a westbound Motorail, 47199 on the 10.00
Paignton-Liverpool, 47157 on the 09.15 Paddington-Paignton, 47156 on the
10.04 Newquay-Newcastle, 47246 the 10.18 Paddington -Paignton, 47309 the
08.30 Liverpool-Paignton and 47350 the 10.35 Penzance-Leeds. The
07.00 Oxford-Paignton and 11.45 Paignton-Paddington was worked by
50047, the 08.00 Paddington-Paignton and 12.56 Paignton-Paddington by 50027, the
09.40 Paddington-Penzance by 50028, the 09.45 Paddington-Newquay by 50014, the
11.15 Paddington-Paignton by 50010, the 12.18 Paddington-Paignton by 50043 and
13.18 Paddington-Paignton by 50003. Those heading north or east from the
West Country were 50009 on the 08.55 Paignton-Paddington, 50008 the
09.28 Paington-Birmingham, 50019 the 09.45 Paignton-Paddington, 50035 the
07.40 Penzance-Aberdeen, 50021 the 10.45 Paignton-Paddington, 50025 the
10.00 Penzance-Liverpool and 50017 the 11.05 Penzance-Paddington.
The following day saw the 09.20 Exeter-Penzance headed by 47597,
Penzance played host to six Class 50s , no's 50009/16/17/27/36/49 and
later in the day the tea time line up at Plymouth was 50044 on the
16. 20 to Waterloo, 50014 an the 16.30 to Paddington, 50035 on the 16.50
to Paddington. The 17.20 Paignton-Paddington was most unusually headed by 47343.
The 09. 35 Exeter-Paignton sees regular Class 33 power at the head
and September the 10th saw 33024 work the train with 33030 the
Finally from this period September 11th found 50050 on the 07.50
Exeter-Paignton, 50018 an the 06. 35 Bristol-Plymouth and the 11. 05
Paignton-Paddington double headed by 50040/48.
PENNINE QUIZ No 59
Well I had the questions and the answers and I couldn't make head nor
tail of the whole thing, a bit like a cryptic crossword in fact!
However some for you who are somewhat brighter than myself fathomed
it all out and we have a joint winner-:
Joint 1st - N. Bell and P. Gardner all five correct.
Joint 2nd - P. Slater and N. Bolland three correct.
The answers were-:
12.30 Retford 55002 Bertie Bawler On time.
12.45 York 55009 Willy Coppit On time.
13.00 Newcastle 55015 Fred Pennine Late.
13.15 Edinburgh 55021 Ray Spotter Early.
13.30 London 55016 Steve Snappit Early.
PENNINE QUIZ NO 60
Try your hand at this one. Entries to Ed by November 15th please.
1) It took four years to build, reaching completion in 1874, it is
1/4 mile long, 105 feet high, what is it?
2) Which structure was opened on the 2nd
3) Which was the last Class 50 to carry its 400 series number?
4) Class 40 D255 was different from the rest of its order batch No's
D237 to D255. How?
5) West Country 34023 Blackmore Vale made history on the 03/05/64.
6) Where was Class 40 D210 'Empress of Britain' named?
7) When did the line from Barnstaple to Ilfracombe close?
8) In August 1973, which Western left Swindon Works, being the last
Hydraulic to receive a general overhaul.
9) Hymek D7054 made history when withdrawn in December 1972. How?
10) Which Cornish branch opened on 1st June 1877?
11) Passenger services began to which London terminus an 18th march
12) What was the original name of Bath Green Park Station?
13) Which famous train ran for the last time on 8th September 1962
via a specific route?
14) The first railway line on the Isle of Wight opened on 16th June
1862 joining which two Stations?
15) Which train left Bradford Exchange at 10.00 for Marylebone and
returned at 16.50?
16) On which date did electric services commence between Ryde and
17) On which date did through services from Marylebone to Sheffield
and Manchester cease, to be replaced by the Marylebone-Nottingham
18) Which tunnel was 3000 yards long on a gradient of 1 In 176
towards the north end and was near to a house of the same name,
which was the meeting place of Guy Fawkes and his companions when
planning to destroy the Houses of Parliament?
19) Warships D830 and D831 had a livery variation different from all
other members of the Class. What was it?
20) Which famous named train first ran on 1st July 1904 but without
its title at that time?
DONCASTER-GAINSBOROUGH PROPOSED CLOSURE
A press release dated 11th July detailed the proposed closure by
B.R. of the Doncaster-Gainsborough Lea Road section of track. The 18
mile section between Black Carr Junction and Trent Junction
Gainsborough was the section in question with no intermediate
stations. However since this proposal was made, we have heard that a
decision on closure has been delayed while further enquiries are
NAMINGS TO NOTE
43169 National Trust at Paddington on July 11th.
56012 Maltby Colliery at Maltby Colliery on June 22nd.
56091 Castle Donnington Power Station at Castle Donnington PS on
56099 Fiddlers Ferry Power Station at Fiddlers Ferry P.S. on July
PENNINE OBSERVERS NOTES
Class 85s are still seeing active service on passenger trains with
85015 employed on the 15.18 Manchester-Birmingham and 85007 on the
07.57 Liverpool-Birmingham on May 29th. 50026 worked the 13.41
Birmingham-Paddington on the same date.
Problems on the Pennine route on June 3rd occurred when 47597 failed
at Leeds on the 08.52 Liverpool-Newcastle, 47418 took over 35 mins
Coalville Open day on June 11th proved a huge success with steam and
diesel both sharing the honours. 'Jubilee' 45596 'Bahamas' and
standard tank 80080 were both in steam whilst on display were 08788,
201081215. 31456, 3706512351504/511, 40012, 47380, 47522, 55015,
56019162, 58050, 9720415,61, D100, D7671 and D9000. The 'Coalville
Cobbler' special was powered by 33058 with 20103/186 handling the
stock after arrival.
July 25th found 85026 working ecs duties at Euston whilst Willesden
hosted 81013/17, 85034/101, 86103. Noted at Euston were Class 90s
no's 90007/12/20124/25/27 and 86414. Noted at Birmingham on July 15th
were 85026/37 with 85034 at Wolverhampton. 81013 was also at New
Street. Seen passing through Stafford on the same day were
2006511201173/190 and 31437. 37071/3 hauled a failed HST into New
Street but the arrival and destination were unknown. July 29tb found
85004 employed on the 11.50 Glasgow-Euston and 81017 on the 12.10
Glasgow-Plymouth. Noted at Preston on August 4th was 85004 on the
07.02 Plymouth-Glasgow and 81013 on the 08.20 Paignton-Edinburgh.
On August 9th your membership secretary was kept amused for a good
20 minutes by the antics of Class 31s no's 312991319 on an oil train
from Preston Docks. In pouring rain the two locos slipped
continuously and finally ground to a halt near the top of the
incline opposite the south end of the station. Sister loco 31464
was commandered from an engineers train to help but the
three locos still struggled to restart the train. Finally after much
struggling and slipping the convoy managed to Set to the top of the
incline to ironic cheers from the assembled group of watching
enthusiasts and GPO staff. The two original locos continued the
journey alone. According to a local source even Class 56s struggle
up the Incline in wet weather.
Vintage Class 31 no 31101 has seen active passenger service
deputising for DMU's the North Vest and worked the 13.02 Manchester
Victoria-Barrow on July 8th and August the 12th.
Network Day on June 10th saw not surprisingly huge crowds enjoying
Class 50 haulage In the shape of 50049 on the 06.45 Exeter-Waterloo,
50018 the 11.15 Wat-Ex, 50028 the 09.50 Sal-Wat, 50005 the 10.20
Ex-Wat, 50008 the 13.18 Sal-Wat and 50007 the 11.50 Ex-Wat. 331161102
the 11.18 Sal-Wat. 50009 sees regular use and Is clocking up the
miles on Waterloo-Exeter services. On July 29th it worked the 14.22
Exeter-Waterloo, the 30th the 10.20 Exeter-Waterloo and August the
5th it was seen on the 12.29 Exeter-Waterloo. Likewise 50045 is also
clocking up the miles seen on the 13. 15 Waterloo-Exeter on the
29/7189 and the 06.52 Waterloo-Exeter the next day.
50007 has had a repaint at Laira and is in pristine condition and it
is a true credit to Laira and the Class. Congratulations must surely
go to the powers that be for keeping this loco in its current
August 19th saw the now usual Class 50 monopoly on the
Waterloo-Salisbury-Exeter line but with two exceptions. The 10.15
Waterloo-Salisbury and return 13.18 service was in the hands of
33118, good old days all over again, whilst the 09.50
Salisbury-Waterloo and 15.15 Waterloo-Exeter was powered by 47401,
well off its beaten track. 73110 headed an up Poole-Waterloo boat
train and 73109 the return working later in the day.
Class 419 DMU's from RE are unusually appearing at Horsham as single
cars from the Three Bridges direction at 1700 hours. No's 9001/8/9/10
have been seen during August.
June 9th saw Royalty visiting Lostwithiel with the Royal train being
hauled from Plymouth by an immaculate 47818 which was noted
stabled at St Blazey together with 3725214141670/11314. 47606 worked
the 11.18 FO Penz-Padd. Class 37s nos 37,67011 worked the 15.45
Blazey-Gloucester Speedlink. June 14th saw 47569 head the 19.22
Penzance-Derby TPO with 47500 powering the train two days later.
Saturday June 4th saw the now depressingly Inevitable procession of
Class 47s on the loco-hauled services in Cornwall. 47478 worked the
08. 17 Pz-Glas/Ed, 47459 the 10. 17 Pz-Manchester, 47822 the 10.50
Pz-York, 47639 the 06.38 Milton Keynes-Pz and 47587 the 08.45
Pad-Pz. The monopoly was refreshingly broken by 50040 heading the
14.10 Pz-Bristol Vans and 50035 on the 12.10 Padd-Pz, 50035 is a
favourite on the 12.10 Padd-Pz (returning the next day with the 10.35
Pz-Pd) and also worked these services on June 17th, July 8th/22nd
and August 12th.
Network day on June 10th found 47435 on the 12.30 Plymouth-Padd,
47524 on the 13.41 B'ham-Pd, 47582 the 14.40 Pd-Newbury, 50024 the
15.15 Paddington-Oxford, 50033 the 16.15 Paddington-Oxford, 47556
the 17.02 Paddington-Hereford and 47?14 the 17.00 Oxford-Paddington.
An intrepid member has detailed services seen passing Dawlish an
July 8th, in great depth, observations as follows-SATURDAY,
JULY 8th. 1989:
TRAIN TIME JOURNEY LOCOS DEPART LATE
1V34 06.04 DERBY/PAIGNTON 47 653 09.18
1C14 07.35 PADDINGTON/PENZANCE 43130/125 10.11 30
1C15 07.52 CARDIFF/PAIGNTON 43010/036 09.55 4
6V24 01.50 DOVER/BURNGULLOW 47 249 09.48
? WATERLOO/EXETER 50 009 A10.34
1V36 06.38 MILTON KEYNES/PENZANCE 47 611 10.55
1C17 08.17 PADDINGTON/PAIGNTON 47 665 11.03
1V37 07.00 MANCHESTER PICC./NEWQUAY 43138/180 11.11
1C19 08.45 PADDINGTON/PENZANCE 47 587 11.41 8
1C24 09.35 PADDINGTON/PAIGNTON 43088/122 11.58 18
1V38 06.25 BRADFORD/PAIGNTON 43024/008 11.48
1V39 06.56 ROSE GROVE/PAIGNTON 47 618 12.08 7
1V40 07.30 LEEDS/PENZANCE 43140/030 12.07
1C28 10.25 PADDINGTON/PENZANCE 43145/150 12.31 5
WATERLOO/EXETER 50 048 A12.34
1V41 08.22 NOTTINGHAM/PAIGNTON 43042/197 12.35
1C32 10.45 PADDINGTON/PENZANCE 43191/027 12.46
1C33 10.48 PADDINGTON/PAIGNTON 43133/188 12.53
1V43 08.35 LIVERPOOL/PENZANCE ~.47 523 13.02
1V44 07.20 NEWCASTLE/PAIGNTON 43192/178 13.13 5
1C35 11.05 PADDINGTON/PENZANCE 47 573 13.34
1V45 09.18 MANCHESTER PICC./PAIGNTON 31 460/416 13.56 12
1V46 09.33 STOCKPORT/PAIGNTON 31 405/411 13.50
1C38 12-05 PADDINGTON/NEWQUAY 43178/192 14.07
1V47 08.10 NEWCASTLE/PENZANCE 43164/019 14.28 12
1V10 09.01 BRIGHTON/PLYMOUTH 50 007 14.18
? WATERLOO/EXETER 50 033 A14.36
1C39 12.10 PADDINGTON/PENZANCE 50 035 14.41
1V48 10.25 LIVERPOOL/PAIGNTON 47 831/82101 15.08
1V49 06.55 GLASGOW QUEEN ST./NEWQUAY 43032/135 15.34 12
1C45 13.02 PADDINGTON/PAIGNTON 50 025 15.37
1C48 13.50 PADDINGTON/PENZANCE 43181/161 15.54
1V50 07.50 GLASGOW CENTRAL/PENZANCE 47 825 16.03
1C60 15.45 PADDINGTON/PENZANCE 43147/165 17.56
1V53 13.05 YORK/PLYMOUTH 47 657 18.20
1V55 13.09 NEWCASTLE/PAIGNTON 43146/151 19.00
1C62 16.50 PADDINGTON/PLYMOUTH 43182/009 19.14
1V62 16.18 MANCHESTER PICC./PLYMOUTH 43011/173 20.45
1A35 06.15 PENZANCE/PADDINGTON 43181/161 09.20
1M37 08.40 PAIGNTON/MANCHESTER PICC. 31 4551415 09.28
1M09 08.37 PLYMOUTH/LIVERPOOL 47 447 09.41
1A42 09.05 PAIGNTON/PADDINGTON 47 484 09.58
10.20 EXETER/WATERLOO 50 017 10.20
1A44 07.35 PENZANCE/PADDINGTON 43128/033 10.24
1E32 09.50 PAIGNTON/NEWCASTLE 43103/158 10.39
1086 09.33 PLYMOUTH/BRIGHTON- 47 432 10.51 5
1E31 08.10 PENZANCE/NEWCASTLE 43037/003 10.46
1M62 08.20 NEWQUAY/MANCHESTER PICC. 43011/173 10.58
1A50 10.20 PAIGNTON/PADDINGTON 50 023 11.17
1S71 08.17 PENZANCE/GLASGOW CENTRAL 47 473 11.23
1E42 10.50 PAIGNTON/YORK 43023/175 11.42
11.48 EXETER/WATERLOO 50 009 11.48
1A51 08.58 PENZANCE/PADDINGTON 43165/147 11.49
1M41 11.20 PAIGNTON/LIVERPOOL 47 653 1206
1S42 09.50 NEWQUAY/GLASGOW CENTRAL 43012/186 12t19
12.28 EXETER/WATERLOO 50 002 12.28
1A54 11.50 PAIGNTON/PADDINGTON 43036/010 12.37
1A56 09.58 PENZANCE/PADDINGTON 43009/182-12.48
1M56 10.17 PENZANCE/MANCHESTER PICC. 47 481 13.10
1A60 12.30 PLYMOUTH/PADDINGTON 47 819 13.34
1E36 10.50 PENZANCE/YORK 47 426/803 13.49
1A61 11.25 NEWQUAY/PADDINGTON 43018/007 14.01
14.22 EXETER/WATERLOO 50 048 14.22
1A68 13.50 PAIGNTON/PADDINGTON 43008/024 14.42
1E43 14.05 PAIGNTON/BRADFORD 43122/088 14.57
1M45 12.05 PENZANCE/LIVERPOOL 47 567 15.03
1M83 14.25 PAIGNTON/ROSE GROVE 47 618 15.15
1A73 12.25 PENZANCE/PADDINGTON 47583
1M61 14.40 PAIGNTON/NOTTINGHAM 43197/042 15.31
1E06 14.10 PLYMOUTH/NEWCASTLE (PARCELS) 47 626 15.35
1B39 14.55 PAIGNTON/SWANSEA 47 665 15.48
1E37 15.10 PAIGNTON/NEWCASTLE 43006/005 15.57
1A79 15.23 PAIGNTON/PADDINGTON 43188/133 16.13
1M65 15.37 PAIGNTON/LIVERPOOL 31 411/405 16.24
1M82 15.48 PENZANCE/MILTON KEYNES 47 522 17.54
1M10 17.15 PAIGNTON/MANCHESTER PICC. 47 831/82101 18.06
1E45 15.45 PENZANCE/NEWCASTLE 43030/140 18.21
1A94 17.45 PAIGNTON/PADDINGTON 50 025 18.39
1A92 16.20 PENZANCE/PADDINGTON 43150/145 19.08
1M63 18.25 PAIGNTON/WOLVERHAMPTON 31 460/416 19.21
ALSO NOTED ON EXETER STATION WAS EDDIE PLENTY, WELL KNOWN TO OLDER
PENNINE MEMBERS AS A MEMBER OF OUR NOW LONG DEFUNCT LONDON BRANCH.
EDDIE IS NOW DRIVING 90's OUT OF EUSTON AND SENDS HIS BEST REGARDS
TO ALL THOSE WHO REMEMBER HIM.
July 15th saw 'log' Class 50s no's 50036 on he 17.42 Padd-Ox,
19.00 Ox-Pd and 50033 hauling dead 50031 on the 20.00 Ox-Pd. 50033
worked light from Reading to Oxford. July 23rd found 50050 on the
09.50 Plymouth-Paignton and 1.1.25 Paignton-Waterloo, 47808 on the
11.50 Plymouth-York, 37669/673 the Burngullow-Irvine China Clay,
47537 the 09.35 Padd-Plym and 47582 the 12.50 Pz-Pd.
During the holiday period of July 29th to August 12th thirty six
different Class 50s were viewed along the sea wall at Dawlish on
different services. Also of interest the 6B43 15.45
Blazey-Gloucester Speedlink saw different pairs of Class 37s power
the train. 3767012 worked on 118189, 37671/0 an the 2nd and 3rd,
376731188 the 4th, 37674/2 the 7th, 376691188 the 8th and 10th,
376721669 the 11th.
July 30th found 47808 in trouble at Dawlish heading the 11.50
Plymouth-York, assisted by 47536 running 2 hours late. 37671/670
worked the 11.48 Burngullow-Irvine China Clay Slurry train. 50008
worked an up ballast empties and unusually 47417 worked the 17.50
Plymouth-Paddington. The next day saw 50021 work the 14.15
Tavistock-Exeter Riverside and return freight. August 1st found
50015 an up ballast empties whilst 37098 headed the 15.00
Coatbridge- Tavistock Jcn Speedlink and 12.10 Tavistock-Gloucester
Speedlink. After E exam and repaint 50028 paired with 50004 headed
an up test train and 50049/18 followed up light engines. The next
day 50042 headed 14.15 Tavistock-Exeter Riverside returning light
On August 3rd 50020 was noted assisting 47618 on the 09.50
Glasgow-Plymouth. 50021 headed the 13.32 Pz-Leeds Vans on August
4th. Noted on the 5th were 50032 on the 06.25 Pad-Pgtn and 10.20
Pgtn-Pd, 31458 an the 06.04 Derby-Pgtn and 11.20 Pgtn-Liverpool,
47338 an the 01.50 Dover-Burngullow Polybulk empties, 31403/455 the
09.18 Manchester-Paignton and 15.37 Paignton-Liverpool, 314261425 an
the 09.33 Stockport-Paignton and 18.25 Paignton-Wolverhampton. 50024
worked the 12.10 Padd-Pz and 50025 the 13.02 Pd-Pgtn and 17.45
The following day 50007 headed the 08.15 Basingstoke-Paignton and
17.35 Paignton-Waterloo, 50031 the 08.45 Pd-Pgtn and 18.15
Pgtn-Waterloo, 50030 the 09.50 Plymouth-Paignton and 11.25
Paignton-Waterloo, 50009 the 14.42 Plymouth-Waterloo and 37673/670
the 11.48 Burngullow-Irvine China Clay train.
The 07.12 Newton Abbot-Exeter train was paired two days running with
50001 + 50050 on the 7th and 50029/3 on the 8th.
The Meldon Quarry branch still sees regular freight traffic in the
hands of Class 50s and Class 33s. 50015 headed the 05.15
Exeter-Meldon and 07.49 return while 50008 worked the 07.15
Exeter-Meldon and 09.05 return, 11.42 Exeter-Meldon and 13.35
return. 33101/065 worked the 08.40 Eastleigh-Meldon.
The following day on the branch saw 330081207 head the Woking-Meldon
and 11.20 Meldon-Tonbridge with 331011065 on the 16.30
Meldon-Eastleigh. 33117/211 headed the 09.50 Tonbridge-Meldon.
500171003 headed the 20.50 Exeter-Laira ecs with 50044/40 heading
another down ecs. 50001 worked into Exeter an the 18.15 from
Waterloo and then the 22.15 Exeter-Laira ecs, 50050 arrived with the
19.15 from Waterloo and then paired with 50049 on the 22.50 Exeter-Laira
ecs. The following day saw the 20.50 Exeter-Laira paired again this
tine with 50003/5.
The elusive 50019 worked the 08.27 Bristol-Tavistock Jet Freight on
August 11th whilst 50040 paired with 47816 headed the 13.32 Pz-Leeds
Vans. Summer Saturday variety like the good old days on August the
12th with 47316 headed the 08.40 Pgtn-Liverpool, 50034 the 06.25
Pd-Pgtn and 10,20 Pgtn-Pd, 31434141.56 the 09.18 Man-Pgtn and 15.37
Pgtn-Liverpool, 50013.9 the 11.05 Pd-Pz, 50035 the 12.10 Pd-Pz,
47079 the 13.02 Pd-Pgtn from Exeter and 37672 the 14.06 Pz-Bristol
vans as far as Exeter
Friday August the 4th saw perhaps a sign of things to come if
rumours are true of all Pd-Ox services being Class 47 hauled after
September. Departures during the evening rush hours read as
follows-; 47714 on the 17.30 Pd-Ox, 47705 the 17.45 Pd-Wby, 47582
the 17.48 Pd-Ox, 47598 the 17.51 Pd-Y'hd, 47547 the 18.04 Pd-2x and
47573 the 18.26 Pd-Newbury. Class 50s were in evidence however with
50024/5/3112/5 on Padd-Oxford-Newbury services.
After the derailment at West EaIng on Sunday August 6th when the
2115 Oxford-Paddington was derailed by mindless morons and 50025 and
several coaches derailed disruption of services ensued. A special
service from Padd-Ox the following day at 10.45 hours was worked by
47829 with 47483 working a similar 10.45 service from Oxford both
running via South Greenford.
Doncaster station still provides a variety of motive power and
June 29th found 91007 head the 13.10 KX-Leeds whilst 56109 worked an
MGR train. 37029/244 worked light engine, 08397, 33115, 47332/370
sat outside the works and 08418, 311131144/304, 47121/342/377 on
Barnetby is as good a place as any for freight especially double
headed trains. July 4th saw 311851255, 3041210, 31106/456, 47221 and
47319 all working freight and oil services. 37351/377 and 37255/381
worked Iron ore trains and 47223 headed a fertiliser train. 47402
also worked a freight and 31178 ran light engine.
July 1st saw probably the highlight of the season so far when the
0820 Tenby-York was powered by 37203/111.
Dedicated Bo Bo Barclay gives unparalleled details of services an the
eastern during July. The Skegness loco-hauled trains were amongst
those mentioned and on the 1st 31448 worked the 06.23 Leeds-Skeg and
10.20 Skeg-Newcastle, 47417 the 06.32 Sheff-Skeg and 10.42
Skeg-Sheff, 31431 the 08.34 Leeds-Skeg & 12.52 Skeg-Leeds and 47603
the 09,19 Sheff-Skeg and 13.13 Skeg-Sheff. The 09.20 Yarmouth-Leeds
was powered by 31420 whilst 47611 hauled failed HST 43107 and 43078
on the 09.50 Pgtn-Newcastle. The 1140 Poole-York was worked by
47525. 31410/436 headed the 16.00 Liverpool-Norwich.
Class 91s are now a common sight on the EM and an July 1st 91008 and
43067 worked the 14.10 KX-Leeds, 43013 and 91005 the 16.10 Leeds-KX,
and 91001 and 43084 the 19.20 KX-Leeds. The following day 43065 and
91003 worked the 10.30 Leeds-KX, 91005 and 43013 the 11.15 KX-Leeds.
July 3rd saw 47407 head the 09.15 Nottingham-Blackpool and 47621 the
07.31 Wolverhampton-York. A return charter from the West Highland
line to St Pancras worked through Sheffield behind 47616. The
following day 47344 hauled failed 91007 and 43065 on the 16.25
RX-Leeds running 58 mins late. July 6th saw 89001 work the Thursdays
only 19.14 KX-Doncaster. Saturday July 8th found 47831 work the
07.48 York-Poole and 47534 the 08.28 Leeds-Yarmouth. The 16.00
Liverpool-Norwich was powered by 31400/418.
The following Fridays only 16.41 Reading-York was worked by 31405
whilst the 19.14 FO M-Newcastle had 91006 at Its head to Doncaster
with 47406 forward.
July 16th had the 14.40 Leeds-Cardiff powered by 47520 47613 on the 13.45
Birmingham-Leeds. The 15.23 Sheffield-Leeds via Dearne Valley DMU
service had 31205
at the head. The 15.30 Hull-KX had 47405 as far as Doncaster and
91006 to the
capital. July 20th saw the 12.38 Sheffield-Leeds via Dearne Valley
again loco hauled with 47406. Generator sister 47407 worked the 18.28
next day, whilst on July 22nd 47417 headed the 13.05 York-Penzance
and 47407 again in
action the 10.50 Pz-York.
The next day found 47306 head the 15.30 Hull-KX into Doncaster with
91005 working forward. The 16.00 Leeds-KX had 43065 and 91007 at
either end. The 14.40 Leeds-Cardiff had 47321 In charge.
July 24th saw another DMU failure on the Dearne Valley and 47577
working the 08.38 Sheffield-Leeds. Only the very next day 31132
worked the 17.54 Sheffield-Leeds and 47577, again, on the 20.02
Maroon liveried 47973 (ex 97561) worked the 18.28
Blackpool-Nottingham on July 27th while another DMU turn the 20.02
Sheffield-Leeds was worked by 31126 the following day. 47406 was
again In action an the ECML working the 19.14 KX-Newcastle forward
from Doncaster taking over from 47817.
Saturday July 29th 47229 work the 10.42 Skegness-Sheffield, 47439
the 08.20 Liverpool-Yarmouth and 31410 the 08.37 Yarmouth-Liverpool.
The 13.13 Skegness-Sheffield headed by 47631 was terminated at Boston
working ecs to Sheffield, reason unknown.
The 16.00 Liverpool -Norwich had the usual pair of Class 31s this
tine 31428/404 at the head. The 06.23 Leeds-Skegness was powered by
31282, the 08.34 Leeds-Skegness by 31163, the 06.00 Leeds-Carlisle by
31171, the 16.00 Huddersfield-Leeds by 31230 and DMU, the 18.57
Peterborough-Sheffield by 47348 and DMU, then the 20.00
Class 31s have worked DMU turns on the Manchester-Rochdale/Southport
services in recent weeks, with 31132 working the 09.14 Man
Vic-Southport, 11.23 Southport-Rochdale, 13.01 Rochdale-Man Vic.
Similarly 31417 worked the 06.30 Man Vic-Barrow, 09.27 Barrow-Man
Vic, 13.02 Man Vic-Barrow and 15.35 Barrow-Man Vic.
47406 again worked a DMU turn an August 1st when It powered the
08.45 Sheffield-Leeds via Dearne Valley service whilst on the
following day 47413 worked the same train. On the 3rd the same train
had 47413 again, with the 20.02 service hauled by 31171 and the
20.48 47413 yet again! Friday the 4th and 31170 on the 08.45 and
17.50 Sheff-Leeds and 31305 on the 16.41 Reading-Leeds.
Noted an Frodingham depot on July 9th were 20025/30146161/93/98,
37042/61202/240/2581503, whilst on July 15th Doncaster depot
held 312301285, 37411, 47342/417 and 56108. On the same day 91008 worked
the12.10 KX-Leeds, 91002 the 13.10 and 91004 the 14.10 service.
The next day saw 08583/773 and 37240 stabled at Goole.
Sunday July 2nd saw a pair of Class 31s an a service to XX,
unfortunately (?) they only worked as far as Doncaster on the 15.23
Hull-Kings Cross where 91007 took over. More loco hauled DMU turns took place on August 5th when 31463
worked the 11.48 Sheffield-Leeds Via Dearne Valley and 31170 with a
2 car DMU in tow on the 13.51 Sheffield-Leeds.
The good old days returned on the ECML on July 30th when the 15.23
Hull-KX was worked throughout by 47406. The normal engine change at
Doncaster did not take place.
The shortage of DMU's at Neville Hill was highlighted once again
when Sheffield-Leeds services were powered by 31223 and 47313 on July
15th, 31205 on the 16th, 47306 and 31178 on 22nd and 31171 on August
Derby station on July 31st found 47826 on the 09.00 Poole-Newcastle,
47448 on the 15.04 Wolverhampton-York, 20210/151 on the 14.22 to
Crewe and 31124 on the 16.11 to Crewe. 56010/13/16118 all worked
through on MGR's whilst 20034/42 and 37241 worked freight.
084281788 were station pilots. 08899, 20092/102, 31400, 37271,
45121, 47567 were in Etches park depot.
A visit to Thornaby on August 4th yielded 08506, 20009/1371171/8,
37378/514/9, 45041, 47301/41363 and 56119. 56132 was seen working at
Seaham. 47466 worked through Durham on ecs whilst 37109 worked light
31260/4/320 and 47665 were on Gateshead and 08771 was Newcastle
station pilot. August 7th saw 08421/521, 56118/130/315 at Blyth.
Thanks for notes and sightings go to Messrs Booth, Caddick, Slater,
Wesley Jnr, Gossan, Barclay, Whitlam, Bolland and Dewing.
CL&SS 47 CONVERSIONS
A full list of Class 47/8 locos converted from 47/4s has been made
available. Those marked were still to be re-numbered by August 8th,
47801 (47551) * 47819 - (47664)
47802 (47552) 47820 - (47665)
47803 (47553) 47821 - (47607)
47804 (47591) * 47822 - (47571)
47805 (47650) * 47823 - (47610)
47806 (47651) 47824 - (47602)
47807 (47652) 47825 - (47590)
47808 (47653) * 47826 - (47637)
47809 (47654) 47827 - (47589)
47810 - (47655) 47828 - (47629)
47811 - (47656) * 47829 ~ (47619)
47812 - (47657) * 47830 - (47649)
47813 - (47658) * 47831 - (47563)
47814 - (47659) 47832 - (47560)
47815 - (47660) * 47833 (47C08)
47816 - (47661) 47834 (47609)
47817 ~ (476C2) 47835 (47620)
ON TEST AUGUST 8th.
Class 321s nos 321411/12 were an test August 8th and 10th
respectively and 37029 was an test in grey livery also on August
PENNINE RAILWAY SOCIETY - MEETINGS/TRIPS
LIST - SEPT- DEC 1989
Meetings List No .5 September-December 1989 -
1 Rosemary Lane
Tel 0522 20478
All meetings are held at the Corporation Brewery Taps, Cleveland St.
Doncaster at 1945 for a 2000 prompt start.
Tuesday 19 September - Illus Dave Cawley, Slide Show
Tuesday 3 October - Pennine Slide Competition. Bring along your
4 best railway slides, to be judged by
Mr. David Bladen.
FREE ENTRY PRIZES GALORE
Tuesday 17 October - Illus Tony Smith. (Retford), Slide Show
Tuesday 7 November - Guest Entertainer - Graham Lee (Sheffield)
Tuesday 21 November - Illus Peter 'The Entertainer' Wesley, Slide
Tuesday 5 December - PENNINE SHIELD quiz
Tuesday 19 December - Members 'Eevilities' night. Bring your slides
along - any subject-- any standard.
Xmas fun night.
Other dates for the PENNINE SHIELD quiz are :
Thursday 16 November - Brown Cow, The Wicker, Sheffield
Thursday 23 November - Brown Cow, The Wicker Sheffield
Thursday 14 December - Corporation Brewery Taps, Doncaster-r
Fixtures List No.4 1989 PR4
128 Cantley Manor
Tel 0302 537289
Sunday 22 October - Doncaster Works 11.00. Meet Plant Hotel entrance
PR4-89/4 10.50.Members £3 ; Non-members £3.25
All bookings to Dave Whitlam. enclosing SAE.
If there is sufficient demand we will run a trip to TINSLEY and
TOTON on a Saturday in November. Approximate cost will be £4 and
make your own way between depots.. Those interested should contact
David by16 October to enable arrangements to be made.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Saturday 16 September - Derby Works Open- Day
Sunday 17 September - Gloucester Rail Day
Sat/Sun 30 Sept/l Oct, - East Lanes Railway Diesel Weekend
Sat/Sun 14/15 Oct - Severn Valley Railway Diesel Weekend
Sat/Sun 4/5 11/12 Nov - Keighley & Worth Valley Railway Modern