No.70 - Winter 1989
NOTES FROM THE COMMITTEE
The Committee of the PENNINE RAILWAY SOCIETY would like to wish all
our members and- their families a Merry Christmas and a prosperous
New Year, and to thank you all for your support in 1989.
The Society's Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday 14
January 1990 in the Corporation Brewery Taps, Doncaster,
commencing at 1215. This is the annual opportunity for you, the
members to have your say on the running of the Society. All the
Committee are expected to attend. although no one can guarantee the
time of arrival at the meeting of Geoffrey, our President. All
members of the Committee have, incidentally, expressed a willingness
to serve on the Committee, in their current positions, in 1990.
A visit to Doncaster Works will take place prior to the AGM. Full
details are given on the trips list at the rear of this magazine.
Places are limited however so early booking is advisable. Demand is
likely to exceed places available and we confidently expect a black
market (or whatever such a thing is now called) with ace-tout Stan
Flashman selling places at the Works entrance.
Attached to this magazine you will find a renewal of membership form
for 1990. Regretfully inflation has even caught up with this
Society, and we have been forced to Increase the fee by 50p to £3.
This is-the first Increase since 1985 and will ensure the financial
stability of the Society in 1990. Again., we would like to thank all
members for their support in 1989 and hope that you all rejoin us
for 1990, We like to think that our Society is value for money and
holds a good name in railway circles.
As these notes are penned, well, typed) we are halfway through the
PENNINE SHIELD quiz. Unfortunately things are not looking good with
the PENNINE team trailing in last position with only 3 Points from 2
matches. The leaders are our friends from the Sheffield. Transport
Group, Doncaster, the current holders, with 7 points followed by the
Dore Loco Group and the Grapes Hotel, Brown Cow, each with 5 points.
It will need a superhuman effort by the PENNINE lads over the last 2
rounds, both to be held at the Corporation Brewery Taps to achieve
success, The PENNINE team comprising Tony Caddick, Glyn Gossan and
Paul "Chief" Sutton. have asked me not to reveal the results or even
make it known they appeared in the team. However, the power of the
The matches have been played in a good spirit with hardly any cries
of ' NO NO - RULES; RULES ! .
In defence of the PENNINE team they did come up against a load of
Irish Railway, LT, and prehistoric questions at the Grapes Hotel,
Brown Cow's meeting. They will be ready next year.
PENNINE SLIDE COMPETITION
The popular PENNINE slide competition was judged this year by ex.
RAF veteran David. Bladen. Peering at the screen from long distance
he awarded the following prizes ; 1st - Mick Stewart (not the
England cricket team manager) with 37671/670 on 6B43 15.45 St.
Blazey-Gloucester Speedlink at Cockwood Harbour taken on 2 August
2nd - Glyn Gossan (yes, Glyn, with 34092 approaching Oxenhope on the
KWVR on a frosty morning in Autumn. 1988, just before he entered a
3rd - Chris Nicholson (Master Mariner) with 841 passing Water Ark on
the NYMR on 21 May 1989 with the 12.10 Grosmont-Pickering.
Thanks to all who entered and the standard of slides was of the
highest quality. To a man we were all delighted to see our magazine
editor finally, winning a prize after so many unsuccessful attempts.
After 10 years he now has something to put in his trophy cabinet.
The last quarter has seen excellent entertainment at the Taps
including Chris Tyas with his 'Railways Larger than Life' show. Dave
Cawley, who baffled us all with his script, Tony Smith (the Retford.
version, not Sheffield's "God') and Peter 'The Entertainer' Wesley.
Graham Lee (Sheffield) was unable to-fulfil his-booking due to work
commitments, but he will be offered a return in 1990.
Are you a shareholder in EUROTUNNEL? If so you should have sold at
1195P per share (they fetch less than half now). The project is in
rather more of a mess than the bare figures put out by the company
might suggest. The holes under the Channel are going according to
plan, although the opening date has already been put back a month,
but holes in. the accounts are beginning to gape. Eurotunnel claims
costs are up from an original £5bn to £7bn with infrastructure costs
soaring, particularly terminal buildings. In addition the high speed
link from the coast to somewhere will not be ready until at least
1998 and much of the money to pay for this will come from the
BR managers have been offered rises of up to 17% at a time when poor
services are attracting mounting criticism (West Yorkshire PTA have
recently threatened to withhold £9m of grants due to the poor
reliability of services). Up to 10,000 bosses will receive
*performance related' increases averaging 11.8%', In a secret deal.
Performance rises are almost entirely awarded for cost-saying
efficiency schemes, not actually Improving services. The rail unions
claim low pay is to blame for crew shortage - a record 60,000 trains
were cancelled in 1988.These rises were backdated to April 1989 but
details were not released at the time because of the Industrial
action taking place over the 7% offer to 85,000 blue collar railmen.
Will Jimmy Knapp remember this in 1990?
SELL OFF ?
The eccentric lodger of No.10's Transport Secretary, CEC 1L
Parkinson has plans to sell BR off into 5 separate companies if the
Tories survive in Government that long. The companies being
Inter-City; Network Southeast; Provincial; Freight; and Parcels.
Inter-City, Freight, and Parcels are already profitable but Network
Southeast and Provincial are subsidised to the tune Of£549m. per
annum, although Network Southeast may be subsidy free by 1993.The
Provincial sector's rural services may never pay and will always
need state support. .
. Plans to have 12 regional companies have been ditched.
Your magazine editor has been concerned. at comments levelled at him
recently that the magazine contains very little information
concerning the Class 50 locomotives. Have you any views on-this
subject? Do you think he is deliberately censoring information on
this class of
Diesel? Send your views to him at his home address,
Following a suggestion from. Gerry Collins (Lincoln) the Committee
is considering running some trips in the future using preserved
vehicles owned by the Felix Preservation Group and Sheffield
Transport Group (Doncaster) i.e. F.A.S.T. vehicles. Further
details will be issued in due course.
The Committee extends its best wishes to our religious adviser the
Very Reverend Andrew J. Watts (parish of Bessacar) who has announced
his engagement in the "Church Times" to Helen ,a former nun. The
Reverend Watts has given notice to the Committee that he is seeking
to move to a monastery in Cannock., Staffs to avoid paying the
"Poll-Tax". We have already sounded out Peter Wesley (distantly
related to THAT Wesley, i.e. Wesleyism) to ask if he would take over
Andrew's role in the Society. Unfortunately I am not able to print
BR HORSE GOES MISSING
A £1m Tang dynasty porcelain horse owned by the BR Pension Fund has
been stolen in an armed raid on a Hong Kong warehouse just 4 weeks
before it was due to come up for auction at Sotheby's. It is
believed. that the 1200 year old horse which is (or was) recognised
as an important Chinese art treasure throughout the world was
snatched by 4 Chinese raiders brandishing 10X50 Prinz binoculars
fitted with a lethal laser beam which threw the guards across the
room. Our Treasurer denies knowledge of the theft but thinks he may
have backed a similar looking stiff' at some time in the past at
However, the funds central monitoring unit chairman, the remarkably
named Maurice Stonefrost retained some sense of proportion when he
stated that the market for antique Chinese artworks is
*peaking' at the moment and It was impossible to estimate the price
the horse would fetch at auction.
The eccentric lodger of No.10's ex-Foreign Secretary (briefly) and
now Chancellor, Major Major has boosted the Government spending
plans in 1990 as a first step to increasing the Party's popularity
in the run-up to the next election, which will be held in Autumn,
1991 or Spring 1992.The new (and yes, still) Transport Secretary CEC
1L Parkinson. has secured an extra £500m per year for BR and London
Regional Transport to ease congestion, Improve safety, and for
Channel Tunnel rail services (excluding any new high speed link from
London/Swanley/Anywhere to the coast). BR is expected to invest in
the introduction of automatic train protection, which would bring
trains to a halt if a red signal was missed in-cab "black box" data
recorders as recommended by the Clapham Junction crash inquiry
(although the Race Relations Board are likely to request a change of
name for the recorders) and re-designed rolling stock. Extra cash
may also be directed towards Channel Tunnel rail services which
should start operating when the tunnel opens, due to be in 1993.
It is reported that CEC 1L has ordered BR management not to involve
Itself in any share-dealing initiatives to raise funds.
S & C SUCCESS
The use of Class 56s and Class 20s on scheduled services over the
Settle & Carlisle route on Saturdays during November 1989 proved a
huge success and is due to be repeated next February. The only
problem to have occurred. appears to be that of overcrowding even of
through trains were load 12. On one occasion- a train left Carlisle
behind the 20s with over 900 passengers on board. Whatever must
civilians have thought?
NEEDHAM BASQUES IN GLORY
Tony Needham (Mexborough.) has become something of a cult
figure in recent weeks, being a key member of the Mexborough
Concertina Band Club general knowledge quiz team which ha .reached
the semi-final of a South Yorkshire competition. An added bonus is
that matches are recorded and broadcast on BBC local radio. A pity
he knows nothing about railways.
Following the appointment of CEC 1L Parkinson as Transport
Secretary, the Metropolitan Line station, formerly known as Surrey
Docks has been renamed SURREY QUAYS.
Now, what, or who does that name remind you of? By the way CEC 1L
was not at the renaming.
TEST TRAIN TOPS 162 mph
The InterCity 225 (this is the metric version of 140mph) has topped
162mph during a special run. BR's latest electric train clocked the
260km/hr on Stoke Bank between Grantham and Peterborough, scene of
Mallard's world steam record run of 126mph.
This was not a record breaking attempt since the locomotive was
governed to 162mph. The driving van trailer was propelled by 91010.
Later the test unit which included six Mark IV coaches and a DVT
made history when It became the first IC 225 unit into York for
The National Railway Museum closes next year for repairs which will
take 12 months to complete. Exhibitions will continue at another
site in York and in the former railway works at Swindon. The NRM
plans to close the main hall exhibition on 28 February 1990,opening
the Great Railway Show a day later in and around the former York
goods station acquired by the museum in 1976.
Welcome to the winter edition of "Trans Pennine". I would like to
take this opportunity of thanking all the members who have taken the
trouble of sending articles, sightings, competition entries and
other news. It is all your efforts that make the magazine. Another
good year has passed in terns of ever improving slide shows, even
Robin's are Setting better I overheard someone say, The long hot
summer seems but a memory now, still, always next year to look
forward to, Merry Christmas.
FOUR TRACKS TO CREWE by
After a leisurely drive across country from my Mother's house, I was
at Nuneaton in good time to catch the down "Welsh Dragon", the 11.50
Euston-Holyhead, on which I was to travel as far as Crewe. In the
Railway Tavern a few yards from the station I admired photographs of
the steam trains I could remember seeing on the quadruple track main
line when I travelled to Crewe with my school Railway Club over
thirty years ago. The Holyhead train was slightly delayed and while
I was waiting on the platform at Nuneaton 47347 on a goods train ran
through under clear signals on the down slow line, whilst scurrying
through on the down fast line with not unmusical blasts on their
chiming air horns came first 90012 on the 11.30 Euston-Blackpool
followed by 90032 an the 12.00 Euston-Manchester.
I obtained a seat right at the front of the Holyhead train, which
glided in behind 90026 and was soon accelerating away from Nuneaton.
The four tracks, with the slow lines on the outside, continued for
several miles. Beyond Polesworth the Holyhead train came to a stand
at signals alongside 47347 which had also been stopped. I was able
to get an unusual close-up view of the two locomotives side by side.
The delay was probably caused by 90032 crossing to the down slow
line for the Manchester train to make its booked stop at Tamworth as
It was still standing in the platform at Tamworth when the Holyhead
train passed through.
At the approach to Stafford, in the picturesque countryside on the
edge of Cannock chase and Shrugborough Park, the arrangement of
tracks changes, and from this point to Crewe the two slow lines are
on the left hand side of the fast lines. The sight of 58004 hurrying
around the curve on the Birmingham line with a northbound goods as
the Holyhead train slowed for its Stafford stop suggested the
possibility of a race, but well before 900026 caught up 58004 the
1303 Birmingham-Liverpool, headed by 87019 and not stopping at
Stafford, began to overhaul the Holyhead train. Before long,
however, 90026 was drawing ahead, and after a several more miles of
high speed running 58004 was at last overtaken.
The Holyhead train arrived at Crewe just as 90012 was departing to
Blackpool. I alighted from the Holyhead train and in a few minutes
87019 had arrived and 90032 was passing on the down through line
with the Manchester train non-stop between Tamworth and Winslow.
I returned from Crewe as far as Stafford an the up "Sussex Scot",
the 11,00 Glasgow-Brighton, hauled by 90005. 47347 was just arriving
in Crewe Basford Hall yard, and on the way to Stafford 85028 on a
southbound goods was overtaken. I alighted at Stafford just as 87031
sped past on the down through line with the 13.30 Euston-Lancaster.
In a few minutes 85028 was running through an the up slow line
closely followed by 87016 with the 14.18 Manchester-Birmingham.
90017 hurried through with the 13.05 Holyhead-Euston, and just
before I had to go to catch an all stations DMU to Coventry via
Nuneaton, two Northbound expresses arrived and departed almost
simultaneously, with the possibility of another race on the four
tracks to Crewe. The contestants this time were 86231 on the 13.50
Euston-Liverpool and 90008 on the 14.44 Birmingham-Liverpool.
At the end of the section where the two slow lines run parallel on
the down side of the fast lines, among the autumn colours on the
fringes of Cannock chase, the Coventry DMU had to wait for 90010 to
dash past with the 15.00 Manchester-Euston, then the unit made its
leisurely progress along the double track, switching to the up slow
line for the Rugeley stop. Leaving Rugeley, we crossed on to the up
fast line, but had to wait at the end of that stretch for 86239 to
come up from behind on the slow line with the 11.50 Glasgow-Euston
and overtake us. The Coventry DMU seemed very dilatory in contrast
compared to the fast runs I'd had behind the 90s, and it stayed on
the up slow line but was only overtaken once more before Nuneaton,
by 85038 on an up mall train at Litchfield.
by Paul Slater
Although I was tempted by the Derby Works Open Day and the
Gloucester Rail Day, I in fact headed for North Wales on the weekend
of September 16/17th, as I wished to see the 'Transport
Extravaganza' advertised as taking place at Llangollen. Of
particular Interest to me were the two "Manor" class Western Region
4-6-0s due to be operating an these two days.
The weekend proved to be very enjoyable. I saw something of the
Welsh countryside by car, and had a ride on the narrow-gauge Bala
Lake Railway, but it was the Llangollen Railway that was the main
attraction. A frequent service of passenger trains operated over two
miles between Llangollen and Berwyn, using the passing loop at
Llangollen Goods Junction. What the Llangollen Railway lacks in
length it makes up for by the beautiful scenery in which It passes;
Llangollen and Berwyn are both situated close to the River Dee in a
deep wooded valley through the mountains and must be two of the most
attractively placed stations on any preserved Railway. A Class 25
diesel worked a demonstration goods train, but the passenger trains
were worked alternatively by the two 4-6-0s, 7822 "Foxcote Manor"
and 7828 "Odney Manor", with an 0-6-0 pannier tank, 7760 piloting a
"Manor" on some workings. The "Manors", resplendent in green and
with plenty of shining brass and copper, looked magnificent in the
mountain setting, the Saturday was wet whilst the Sunday was
brilliantly sunny, but the engines, working hard on the gradient to
Berwyn and producing plenty of Steam, made a fine sight whatever the
A display in Llangollen engine-shed gave a lot of information about
the "Manors". They were elusive engines in my train-spotting days,
as there were only thirty of then, and their principal sphere of
operation was Wales, examples of the Class were shedded at Oswestry,
Aberystwyth and Carmarthen. I was always very pleased on the few
occasions when I managed to identify one. They were the smallest and
lightest of the Western Region 4-6-0s, and were allowed over lines
which because of weight restrictions an bridges etc were barred to
the larger Western Region 4-6-0s such as "Halls" "Granges" and
"Castles".. The former Cambrian main line to Aberystwyth was perhaps
their best known route, and the "Cambrian Coast Express,' west of
Shrewsbury was perhaps their most famous working.
It was on the "Cambrian Coast Express" that I made my only journey
behind a "Manor" in BR days, this was from Shrewsbury to Welshpool
in February 1965, when a ride on a steam-hauled express was already
becoming an experience to be savoured.
Back to the present now and a photograph in Llangollen shed showed a
line-up of five or six "Manors" outside Oswestry shed, Oswestry,
which I visited during my weekend in North Wales, was once the
Headquarters of the Cambrian Railways, although it lies just inside
England; works and shed have now gone, so has the passenger service,
and only a mineral branch and the efforts of the Cambrian Railway
Society keep it from being defunct as a Railway town. Curiously all
the "Manors" shown in the photograph have been preserved as they
have proved to be a popular Class on private Railways.
The Llangollen Railway was once part of the former Great Western
line from Ruabon to Barmouth, and this line was also frequented by
"Manors". Photographs at Llangollen show engines of this Class
working over the line, and during a family holiday at Barmouth in
1960 I noted 7817 "Garsington Manor" and 7824 "Iford Manor" on this
It was good to see two "Manors" at work so splendidly on the sane
line in 1989.
LOOKING BACK ON 1989
by "Mister Spoons" Gossan
A brief but affectionate look back at my photographic highlights of
1989 must start with my expressing my admiration of steam
photographers, and one or two in our own Pennine Railway Society
spring to mind, who go to take one or two shots, more if they are
prepared to chase the train. I suppose there is no comparison
between photographing steam and diesel, but because I cannot get up
the enthusiasm to drive one or two hundred miles to get one or two
shots, and because I am dedicated to capturing Class 50s, on film,
most of the year has been spent chasing Class 50s.
January 2nd found me at Sonning amidst damp gloomy weather, but
because I had hired a video camera, at least some result was
guaranteed. Ten different Class 50s produced, a feat difficult to
achieve even now, the highlight this particular day being 50030 +
50050 paired on the 08.15 Padd-Ox and 10.00 return.
Another lousy day around Winchfield and Potbridge followed at the
end of January, but it was all worthwhile just to see and bear
'nnnineteen' which absolutely storms anyway and certainly didn't
During March the S&C diversions took pride of place and I managed
three visits up to the line and got hailed on, sleeted on, rained on
and about 3 hours sun. Everything was Class 47 hauled but at least I
hadn't left it too late to Set some shots an this magnificent line,
without waiting hours between trains or chasing a kettle!
So while we are away from 50s for a while I must point out that my
favourite spot within 30 miles from Sheffield must be Staden. Where
the hell is Staden I hear you yell. Well its on the climb out of
Buxton on the freight only Hindlow branch. Not a particularly good
spot for a still photograph but its something else for sound effects
or video) film. There can be nowhere better to hear the slog of a
pair of Class 37s (my second love to 50s) than this fine spot, found
off the Ashbourne road out of Buxton. 37687/682 were duly covered an
the 0915 Tunstead-Hindlow on January 14th and the location has been
At Easter a family visit to Dawlish ensued, during which a visit to
the Paignton to Kingswear line was made. A footbridge just west of
Goodrington Sands station was chosen to photograph the departure,
with 4588 the loco, and 1 can't ever remember so much noise from a
small steam loco.
Another place I remember with pleasure, not so much for its
photographic splendour, but for its name is Wyre Piddle, which
sounds like somewhere the Titfield Thunderbolt should have passed
More locally Great Rocks Junction is a fine spot with semaphores to
add to the scene. The 15.40 Tunstead-Oakleigh has been covered once
or twice, but the first time the disappointment of train loco 47605
was made up for by 37425 banking, you can decide which was making
Spot of the year was first visited in April when my two
photographing colleagues ('Nick and Keith') introduced me to
Colhayne Farm, just west of Seaton Junction station on the climb
from Axminster to Honiton. A beautiful area, totally unspoilt and
you can pick your spot in the farmers field and hear the train two
or three minutes before it comes into view - a great spot. 50041 was
captured on film on this day and a return visit made during the
glorious summer, July 22nd to be exact, found 50009 an top form.
Buckhorn Weston is another fine spot, approaching from the eastern
end and climbing towards the tunnel. The Stapleton Arms in the
village affords an excellent place to stay. Sit in the bar and hear
the trains storming past. Baverstock Bridge, just west of Wilton off
the A30 is an especially nice spot for trains leaving Salisbury on
full power, 50049 not required at this spot.
For an overall panoramic shot, Watchcombe, on the opposite side of
the line from Colhayne Farm, is the most dramatic spot, possibly an
the whole line from Waterloo to Exeter. The train comes into view at
Seaton Junction and climbs X mile round and past where you are
standing, a superb video spot and a beautiful backcloth.
I was fortunate enough to set 50005 here an July 23rd after a
weekend photting at Cornwood viaduct, Dinnaton and Ivybridge,
starting off at Colhayne Farm and Seaton Junction!
Tisbury Gates just west of the station is my second favourite spot
of the year where most unusually the view in both directions is
magnificent. On the down direction the locos are working hard after
their stop at the station, whilst on the up the whole valley
provides a splendid view.
I have also spent some time photographing Pennines, in particular
between Scar Lane, Paddock and Marsden, where some excellent
panoramic shots can be taken.
Langstone Rock is somewhere we've all probably been to but there are
few better places to be in the summer and another short visit was
made at the end of my holidays in June to capture 50018 on the
Sundays only 08.25 Basingstoke-Paignton and 50048 on the 11.25
Paignton-Waterloo, Sea, Sand and 50s, there's nothing better. There
are one or two very nice spots on the Southern Region around Old
Basing, Just east of Basingstoke and Hook. One of the finest sights
of the year was on July 15th when 50007, freshly outshopped and
repainted at Laira only two or three days earlier, worked the 0645
Exeter-Waterloo. Consultation of the diagrams revealed that it would
then work the 1215 'Waterloo-Salisbury and 15.18 Salisbury-Waterloo,
so it was duly covered three times with pleasing results.
Sonning Cutting is always worth a visit particularly to photo' on the
up. The slow line provides the best angle and 50031 duly did its
stuff on the 10.00 Oxford-Paddington an July 29th, no fewer than six
Class 56 hauled freight trains, two Class 37 freight trains, and one
Class 59 were evident so plenty of freights to photo in the
A line not often seen covered in publications is the Bristol
-Weymouth line. On the 23rd September a visit was made to try and
get one or two shots of the Class 33 hauled service. 33106 duly
worked out and back from Weymouth and another romantic sounding
location, Queen Camel, was chosen to photo the northbound run whilst
the southbound was photographed at Wyke Champflower.
Sundays in South Devon turned out more Class 50 hauled trains than
Summer Saturdays this year, something quite unbelievable if
suggested a few years ago. Aller Junction, although sadly missing
its box and superb gantry, is still a pleasant enough spot and was
visited again in late September for the 09,50 Plymouth to Paignton
and 11.25 Paignton-Waterloo Class 50 hauled trains followed by the
10.35 Penzance-Paddington Class 50 diagrammed but in fact producing
47526. The Burngullow-Irvine train followed and then it was on to
Cockwood Harbour which provides a superb end to any days
photographing and this day proved no different with 50041 on the
A couple of days off in October provided me with the opportunity of
a rest from driving and a 'Coasts and Peaks' was invested in to
enable me to get out for a few shots of the finest semaphore gantry
left anywhere, that at Rhyl. One or two welcome freights
supplemented the Holyhead-Euston trains.
Late October provided a return to Tisbury Two Gates and the weather
could not have been better, superb Autumnal light. A Waterloo-Exeter
in each direction did not disappoint and provided most pleasure of
any shots taken all year.
Now that late Autumn is now here, almost gone in fact, one more
jaunt on the Waterloo-Exeter's will be made, before probably seeing
sense and having a lie in or two at weekends. But Tisbury, Colhayne
Farm and Bruton will be long remembered as the best of 89 and
hopefully will provide equally pleasing results for 1990. Not to be
overshadowed, and to be revisited when a local trip out is the order
of the day, is Great Rocks Junction and Ashwood Dale, after all to
us diesel photographers two Class 37s are almost as good as one
The Department of Trade and Industry has announced the approval of a
grant from the European Regional Development Fund for a new
passenger transport interchange at Meadowhall. The grant is for 50%
of the £7.5m project for the rail station to provide access to the
new Meadowhall Shopping and Leisure centre, and is due to open in
July 1990. It will consist of a low platform station with a 200
space Park and Ride Car Park, a new 16 stand bus station and
provision for a Supertram Interchange. Planned rail services include
5 trains per hour off peak to Sheffield with a journey time of 7
minutes and 3 to Rotherham(5 minutes). Trains will also run to and
from Barnsley, Swinton, Doncaster, Thorne, Huddersfield and Leeds.
TRAFFIC SURVEY by Roderick SmiFF
Listed below is a survey of the 07.12 Newton Abbot to Exeter St
Davids service throughout September and October. It should be noted
that this service does not run as a passenger train on Saturdays but
runs empty stock from Laira instead. The service also does not run
N/A = Not Applicable, N/K = Loco Not known an this day.
Friday 1st 50049
Saturday 2nd 50021 + 50005
50030 + 50043
Sunday 3rd N/A
50041 + 50050
Monday 4th 50044 Wednesday 4th 50002
Tuesday 5th 50048 Thursday 5th 50028
Wednesday 6th 50029 + 50009 Friday 6th 50043 + 50027
Thursday 7th 50045 + 50050 Saturday 7th
Saturday 9th 50016 Monday 9th 50005
Sunday 10th N/A Tuesday 10th 50028+ 50003
Monday 11th 50018 + 50043 Wednesday 11th 50003 + 50045
Tuesday 12th 50016 Thursday 12th 50017
Wednesday 13th 50018 + 50043 Friday 13th 50002
Thursday 14th 50003 + 50027
Saturday 14th 50017
Friday 15th 50018 + 50027 Sunday 15th N/A
Saturday 16th 50049 + 50027 Monday 16th 50003 + 50050
Sunday 17th N/A Tuesday 17th 50041
Monday 18th 50045 Wednesday 18th 50044 + 50043
Tuesday 19th 50001 Thursday
25th 50029 + 50041
Wednesday 20th 50050 Friday 20th 50028 + 50044
Thursday 21st 50044 Saturday 21st 50030
Friday 22nd 50018 Sunday 22nd
Saturday 23rd 50044 Monday 23rd 50044
Sunday 24th N/A Tuesday 24th 50027 + 50045
Monday 25th 50007 + 50028 Wednesday 25th 50016
Tuesday 26th 50041 Thursday 26th 50001
Wednesday 27th 50018 + 50029 Friday 27th 50043 + 50045
Thursday 28th 50041 Saturday 28th 50016
Friday 29th 50018 + 50050 Sunday 29th N/A
Saturday 30th. 50005 + 50043 Monday 30th 50016
Tuesday 31st 50050
There were a possible 52 (excluding Sundays) sightings of this
service and on all but one day in two months was the train observed.
A total of 21 different locos worked the train with 50043 being
noted on the service on seven different occasions. On a staggering
24 different occasions the service was double-headed. The only non
ISSA sector loco to work the train was 50021 'Rodders' when it was
paired with 'dead' 50005 on the 2/9/89.
We would like to thank the Class 50 Society for allowing us to
reprint the above article.
NEW IMPROVEMENTS PLANNED F02 S& C
In addition to the well documented waterproofing of Ribblehead
viaduct further improvements including strengthening of two bridges
at Garsdale and Kirby Stephen and the replacement of a bridge at
Langwathby will take place.
From next May the 06.00 Skipton-Carlisle service will start from
Leeds and existing Sunday services will be increased by one train in
CHRISTMAS LIST FOR MEMORABLE MEMBERS
Robin Skinner - A one way ticket to Wick from everybody in Lincoln.
John Sanderson - A pair of Binoculars - those special ones as
advertised on TV.
Tony Caddick - A membership card for the Tony Agana supporters club.
Abdul Watts - Free visit to a psychiatrist, after his recent
Helen - All the luck in the world for putting up with Abdul.
Pete Wesley - A packet of chewing gum - Its supposed to help you
PENNINE OBSERVERS NOTES
Now that the long dark nights have descended on us, a last look at
the end of Summer sightings allows a final fond reminder.
Friday August 18th saw 31124 on the DMU diagrammed 06.44
Doncaster-Leeds. The 19.14 Kings Cross-Newcastle was powered by
91003 to Doncaster with 47622 forward. The Bradford-Kings Cross vans
headed south behind 47625, whilst the Newcastle-Kings Cross vans had
47538 at the head. 'The Orcadion' left Sheffield for Kyle of
behind 47805 whilst 47406 and stock worked the 20.02
Sheffield-Leeds. The 16.44 Fridays Only Reading-York was worked by
The following day saw the holiday service trains powered as
follows-: 06.23 Leeds-Skegness - 31463, 08.34 Leeds-Skegness - 31441,
07.39 Newcastle-Weymouth - 47814, 08.37 Yarmouth-Liverpool - 47535,
10.42 Skegness-Sheffield - 47622, 09.20 Yarmouth-Leeds - 47538, 08.20
Tenby-York - 47577, 08.15 Weymouth-Newcastle - 47582 and 16.00
Liverpool-Yarmouth - 31427 + 428. Also on the same day at Dore 56019
worked light engine, 37683/680 headed a Roadstone and 37682 worked
light with 37038 on cements. The 20.02 Sheffield-Leeds was headed by
47289 hauling a DMU. August 22nd found 20186/103 heading the 17.57
August 29th saw the 06.50 Kings Cross-Leeds powered by 91005/43084
with 43123/91003 on the 11.10 Leeds-Kings Cross. The 10.45
Leeds-Carlisle headed northwards behind 47443, with 47417 working
the 10.25 Leeds-Scarboro.
On September 9th 31439 and 31438 worked the 08.37 Yarmouth-Liverpool
and the 09.20 Yarmouth-Leeds by 47625. On both 12th and 13th the
08.45 Sheffield-Leeds was worked by 31456 and DMU. The 14.42
York-Bristol failed near Wakefield when 47833 developed problems, to
be assisted to Sheffield by 56037.
More variation on the EM could be seen an September 15th when the
19. 14 Kings Cross-Newcastle was powered by 89001 to Doncaster with
47503 taking over. The next day found 91004 and 43068 on the 18.30
Kings Cross-Leeds and 91002 and 43013 on the 19.20 Kings Cross-Leeds.
The 18th September saw 31465 an the 08.45 Sheffield-Leeds with 47536
on the Newcastle-Kings Gross and 47539 the Bradford-Kings Cross
vans. Four days later 47417 and stock found itself employed on the
08.52 Sheffield-Lincoln. September 26th saw the sane service with
47413 at the head and 31444 an the 27th.
Class 37 enthusiasts can do worse than cover the
Immingham-Scunthorpe iron ore trains which run approximately every
two hours. On September 20th 37377 and 37106 headed west past Melton
Ross at the same tine as 37355/381 headed east, both pairs sounding
Locomotives and DMU pairings continued into October when on the 2nd
the 08.52 Sheffield-Lincoln had 31444, the following day the same
loco worked the 08.38 Sheffield-Leeds, the same on the 4th and on
the 6th 08.39 Sheffield-Nottingham was powered by 31412. Also an the
2nd the 17.10 Kings Cross-Leeds was 55 minutes late, behind
91008/43084 due to loco failure. The two following Kings Cross-Leeds
services had 91003/43123 and 91005/43067.. The 07.15 Leeds-Kings
Cross Yorkshire Pullman was worked by 91001. October 6th saw the
18.30 Kings Cross-Newcastle HST working electrically hauled by 91004
but the whole ensemble was terminated at York. The 19.25 Kings
Cross-Newcastle had 47508 to Doncaster, and 47413 forward, the good
old days? The 05.40 Wolverhampton-York service has proved a solid
Class 47 hauled train over recent months. Seen on the train have
been-.. 47471 13/9, 47500 14/9, 47613 2/10, 47647 3/10, 47471 4110,
47647 5/10, 47833 6/10, 47537 9/10, 47483 11/10, 47443 24/10, 47436
25/10 and 47471 31/10. Similarly the 19.17 York-Wolverhampton has
produced 47509, 47500, 47508, 47803, 47623, 47471, 47519 and 47622
over the same period.
Worksop played host to 20084/196, 56015, 58027/36/43 on October 10th
while 56020 and 58035 were seen on MGR's between Kiveton Park and
Darnall. 37422 was at Sheffield on an Earles Cement train.
On September 26th 56091 visited Hull King George Dock with a test
train of 35 HAA's from Doncaster, prior to arrival of a shipment of
imported coal during the second week of October. The coal,
transported to Ferrybridge, in two trains most days and one on other
days, as follows-: 5/10 56069, 6/10 47211, 9/10 56092, 10/10
56047/81, 11/10 56067, 12/10 56073, 13/10 56047/80, 16/10 56089/84,
17/10 56091/101. A second shipment arrived on October 23rd and was
transported to Drax and West Burton Power stations.
The ill fated Goole swing bridge re-opened an October 2nd, only to
be disrupted during the day due to a fire in the wiring, resulting
in services again being diverted via Selby. Normal working was
evident again by late evening.
Due to a shortage of DMUs and Sprinters, loco haulage has been
introduced from October 31st until further notice on the
Sheffield-Leeds via Dearne Valley services. The diagrams, Class 31/4
hauled, are as follows-: 05.25 Leeds-Chesterfield, terminating at
Sheffield, 07.10 Chesterfield-Leeds starting at Sheffield at 07.27,
09.20 Leeds-Sheffield, 10.46 Sheffield-Leeds, 12.22 Leeds-Sheffield,
13.51 Sheffield-Leeds, 15.22 Leeds-Sheffield, 16.37 Sheffield-Leeds,
18.20 Leeds-Sheffield, 20.02 Sheffield-Leeds, 21.20 Leeds-Sheffield
and 23.00 Leeds-Sheffield. Quite remarkably, however, on October
28th the 20.02 Sheffield-Leeds was powered by no less than -
The 08.15 Nottingham-Blackpool and 18.28 return has been well
covered in recent months, especially since the start of the winter
timetable when a Class 37/4 has been diagrammed. Workings as
follows-: 47476 28/8, 31420 15/9, 47418 11/9, 37426 4/10, 37431
5/10, 37431 9/10, 37431 11/10, 37431 12/10, 37408 20/10 (extended to
Peterborough), 37408 23/10 and 25/10.
September 2nd saw the 09,01 Liverpool-Scarborough. hauled by 31465.
Class 47S on these services have been extremely numerous, including
August 23rd found 31123 an the 06.30 Man Vic-Barrow and return
09.27. September 2nd saw the Class 37/4 Cambrian Coast services like
this, 05.05 Shrewsbury-Pwllheli 37431, 06.02
Birmingham-Aberystwyth 37429 with 3740-fromShrewsbury, 07.40
Euston-Pwllheli 37427, 09.40 Euston-Aberystwyth 374291408, 07.13
Aberystwyth-Euston 37426, 09.40
Pwllheli-Euston 37431, 10.13 Aberystwyth-Euston 374291408, 15.05
Pwllheli-Euston 37427, 15.06 Aberystwyth-Euston 374081425.
Sunday the 8th October saw the 14.50 Wolverhampton-York behind
31407. The following Saturday found a charter 07.15 Euston-Aberystwyth
HST powered by 43193/6. Steam locos nos 7 and 8 worked services to
Devils Bridge and back. Stafford sees a variety of electric classes
during anyone time and October 23rd was of no exception. 85028
worked an up freight, 85038 a down mail, 86231 the 13.50
Euston-Liverpool, 86239 the 11.50 Glasgow-Euston, 86261 the 13.00
Blackpool-Euston, 87016 the 14.18 Manchester-Birmingham, 87019 the
13.03 Birmingham-Liverpool, 90005 the 11.00 Glasgow-Brighton, 90008
the 14.44 Birmingham-Liverpool, 90010 the 15.00 Manchester-Euston,
90012 the 11.30 Euston-Blackpool, 90017 the 13.05 Holyhead-Euston,
90023 the 12.00 Euston-Manchester. In addition, 47096 and 47347
worked freights and 58004 an MGR. - quite a selection.
On October 4th the 10.28 Birmingham International-Liverpool was
powered by 85004 whilst the following day it worked the 09.33
Birmingham-Manchester. There can be few places these days that sees
diesel loco-hauled trains, albeit freight, under semaphore signals.
However this is still the case at Rhyl where on October the 4th,
during a three quarters of an hour spell, 47659 worked through on
the 13.05 Holyhead-Euston, 31272 light, 47102 on ballast, 202271188
on freight, 47615 on the 11.50 Euston-Holyhead and 47329 an freight.
"Old Favourite" 47520 worked the 09.50 Euston-Holyhead and 16.18
return to and from Crewe.
The following day saw 90008 in difficulty whilst working the 17.06
Birmingham International-Glasgow. It was replaced at Crewe by 87017.
On October 14th 37431 found new work an Crewe-Derby services
deputising for a sprinter unit.
Problems on October 26th when 86222 failed at Preston on the 09.45
Euston-Carlisle. It was dragged off its train by 47500 and the train
was taken over by 90017.
November 4th saw 56104 piloting train loco 47503 on the 08.25
Leeds-Carlisle and 12.42 return. The 11th saw 56030 the pilot loco
to Provincial liveried 47475.
Haulage bashers should have been aboard the 21.35
Edinburgh-Poole/Plymouth, diverted via Stockport on August 27th. The
train had 47526 to Carstairs, 87013 Carstairs to Preston. 47624
Preston-Stockport, 87002 Stockport-Birmingham and 47807 from
August 29 saw the 21.35 Aberdeen-Euston hauled by 47562, the 20.30
Aberdeen-Edinburgh by 47709 and the 23.25 Edinburgh- Inverness by
47467. The following day had 47640 at the head of the 07.00
37416 on the 10.46 Dingwall-Kyle, 37417 on the 15.28 Kyle-Dingwall,
47463 on the 18.20 Inverness-Edinburgh, whilst the 23.55
Inverness-Edinburgh had 4752f) as far as Perth and then 47461 to
August 31st saw the 07.12 Edinburgh- Inverness in the hands of
47467, the 07.05 Aberdeen-Glasgow 47717, the 07.00 Inverness-Glasgow
47617, the 09.33 Glasgow-Inverness 47526, the 10.15 Inverness-Glasgow
47593, the 10.03 Edinburgh-Inverness 47470 and the 14.42
Edinburgh-Inverness by 47562.
The overnight 23.55 Paddington-Penzance and return 22.45 is now
solid Class 47 hauled. The up train an August the 26th had 47816 at
The Fridays only 16.44 Reading-Leeds also raises much interest. On
September 15th 31405 worked the train, a week later it was 47621.
October 6th found 47431 on the train and October 20th 47483.
September 23rd saw 47828 head the 08,28 Bristol-Weymouth and 13.00
return. 47432 worked the 08.17 Paddington-Paignton and 47573 the
08.45 Paddington-Penzance. 47472 powered the 09.05
Paignton-Paddington and 50034 the 06.25 Paddington-Paignton and
10.20 return. 33106 did the 10.30 Weymouth-Bristol and 13.30 return.
'Green' 47500 headed the 12.25 Penzance-Paddington whilst 50031
worked the 13.02 Paddington-Paignton and 17.45 return. Exeter Depot
played host to 50005/15/17/21, 470161369/705. The following day saw
50048 work the 09.50 Plymouth-Paignton and 11.25 Paignton-Waterloo,
47598 the 08.45 Paddington-Paignton and 47603 the 09.35
Paddington-Plymouth, 37672/414 worked the Burngullow-Irvine China
Clay train, and 50041 the 17.35 Paignton-Waterloo, showing signs of
the water shortage in the southwest, with the numbers barely
October 26th must have been a particularly bad day for Class 50s on
the Paddington-Oxford services with "Duffs" 47462/481/512/528/583 and
598 all seen on services. Due to a derailment at Maidenhead, there
were severe delays to services in and out of Paddington. 47427
worked into the terminus an empty stock train. 47345 and 37430
were on ballast and breakdown duties at Maidenhead. 47801 worked the
"Night Riviera", leaving 70 minutes late from Paddington due to
delays at Maidenhead. Noted at Bristol were 47489/834/528/813 and
The following day saw the 07.12 Newton Abbot-Exeter 'paired' by
50043 and 50045. 50043 worked the 08.11 Exeter-Waterloo whilst
'No.45' worked back light. to Laira. Class 50s nos 15120/27 were on
Laira, 50024 unusually worked the 04.15 departure from
On Exeter shed that evening were 50008/21/44145/46. Saturday 28th
saw the 09.05 Brighton-Plymouth unusually worked by 47188. Sunday
29th saw 50046 on ballast duties at Taunton and 50015 between Exeter
and Dawlish. Trains were subject to delays due to single line
working near Dawlish.
August 28th saw 33106 work the 07.55 Eastleigh-Lymington Pier, 08.53
Lymington Pier-Southampton, 09,21 Southampton-Portsmouth Hbr and
10.30 Portsmouth Hbr-Southampton. Weed killing locos 20901/4 have
deposited the train in Horsham Yard and have gone off to shelter for
the winter as their is no covered accommodation at Horsham. Rail
cleaning units nos 00819 have been working into Horsham since
October 2nd an Sandite duties. The Dorking-Horsham line is
particularly wooded and so causes obvious problems during Autumn.
Instead of the usual Class 73's the Cory Oil train was worked on
October by 47473 (is there no escaping this loco?), Departmental
trains into Horsham recently have been double-headed and 73109/129
have been paired for two weeks. Our Horsham correspondent asks, Are
they in Love (!). The Foster Yeoman stone train was noted at Crawley
on November 11th with 33023164 instead of the usual Class 59. Also
on this date 50003/7/28 were stabled at Clapham Jct.
Class 50 hauled Waterloo-Exeter services attract possibly more
Interest than any other services these days. October 24th saw 50045
head the 08.11 Exeter-Waterloo, 50043 the 09.15 Waterloo-Exeter,
50027 the 10.20 Exeter-Waterloo, 50050 worked the 15.15
Waterloo-Exeter and 50007 the 16.18 Exeter-Waterloo. The following
day saw 50009 work the 06.45 Exeter-Waterloo, 50016 the 08.11
Exeter-Waterloo, 50045 the 09.15 Waterloo-Exeter, 50003 the 13.18
Salisbury-Waterloo, and 50044 the 12.15 Waterloo-Salisbury.
November 10th had 50003/7/9/16/18/28/30/48 on Waterloo-Exeter
services while 7320213/6/7/9111 worked Gatwick-Victoria services.
73114/129 were noted at Three Bridges on freight.
LATEST CLASS 91 NAMING
Class 91 no 91004 was named "The Red Arrows" at Kings Cross by Her
Majesty the Queen Mother on November 7th.
ANOTHER CLASS 50 GOES?
15.00 hours November the 8th saw the withdrawal from Service of Class
50 no 50040. 'Centurion' had suffered no major defect but had been
severely stripped for spares and the decision was taken to withdraw
the engine from service. However by 10.00 hours the following day it
had been re-instated to a stored un-serviceable status.
REID TO REPLACE REID?
The Government has found great difficulty in finding a successor to
Bob Reid as Chairman of British Rail with a number of contenders
turning down the job. In an amazing move it was reported that to
provide continuity the Government had asked for anyone called Bob
Reid to apply for the post. Having sifted through over 100
applications from Bob Reid's it looks as though Bob Reid the Shell UK
Chairman has been chosen to replace Bob Reid and the announcement is
PENNINE QU12 No.60
Congratulations for 1st prize go to B. Marshall, 2nd prize to P, Gardner and J R Dewing jointly, Answers as follows-:
1) Ribblehead, 2) Royal Albert Bridge, 3) 50005, 4) Only one of the
batch to be allocated to the LMR, 5) Hauled last steam hauled train
out of Penzance, 6) Euston, 7) October 1970, 8) 1023, 9) Last Hymek
to remain in green, 10) St Erth-St Ives, 11) Marylebone, 12) Queen
Square, 13) Pines Express, 14) Cowes and Newport, 15) South
Yorkshireman, 16) 2013167, 17) 211160, 18) Catesby, 19) Only these
two received blue livery with small yellow warning panels, 20)
Cornish Riviera Express,
PENNINE QUIZ No.61
The grand Christmas quiz of 1999 comes courtesy of Tony Caddick,
Answers to the Editor by February
the 15th please,
1) Who was the presenter of the week long BBC TV programme Railwatch
screened earlier this
2) To which sector do the Class 50s locos on the Waterloo-Exeter
3) Name of Class 90009 is?
4) What name is carried by the 06.53 Sprinter service from Edinburgh
to Fort William?
5) In which year was Dr, Beeching's report into the reshaping of
British Railways released?
6) Name 81 Class engine no, 61248?
7) Which Class 86 loco is named after a Channel 4 soap opera,
8) Name Class 47 no, 47803,
9) Which tunnel is situated between Perth and Hilton Junction?
10) On which line is Burnside station situated on?
11) In which year did direct services from Preston to Southport via
Crossens cease to operate?
12) West Country Class no, 34107 carried two names during its
lifetime what are they?
13) In which year was the Hixon level crossing accident?
14) Class 37 no, 37415 is at present allocated depot code MO, where
15) Table 150 in the current BR timetable covers which service?
16) Which Deltic is named after the racehorse which won the 1,000
guineas, the Oaks and the
St. Leger races in 1955?
17) In which year did Fleetwood station close?
18) On which preserved line is Dunster situated?
19) Name Warship Class 0869,
20) At which station was Class 47 'Northamptonshire' named?
21) Where was Warship 0601 scrapped?
22) Parkgate and Rawmarsh station closed on January 1st in which
23) Name Class 76 no, 76052,
24) Which BR station was formally known as Staddlethorpe?
25) Between which two stations does the St Davids Pullman run?
26) How long, in miles and yards, is Standedge tunnel?
27) In 1957, a train called the 'Fair Maid' was advertised, between
which stations did it run?
28) In which year did the Grimsby and Immingham tramway close?
29) Name B17 no, 61648,
30) Who performed the naming ceremony of Class 86 no, 86426 'Royal
31) Which was the first Class 50 allocated to the Western Region?
32) In which year was the Scarboro-Whitby via Robins Hood bay
33) How many platforms did the now closed Blackpool Central station
34) Between which two stations does the 'Royal Wessex' run?
35) In which year did Leeds Central close?
36) Which two Class 31s were involved in the Cricklewood/North
Circular Road runaway on October
37) Which was the first Class 37 to be painted in Inter-City livery?
38) Class 45 'Peak' class 'Lytham St Annes' carried three numbers
during its life, what were
39) At which preserved railway is Class 55 Deltic 09019 now
40) Which Class 47/7 loco was involved in the Polmont disaster in
PENNINE RAILWAY SOCIETY - MEETINGS TRIPS/LIST - DEC 1989 TO MATCH 1990
Meetings List No.1 December 1989-March 1990
All meetings are held at the Corporation Brewery Taps, Cleveland
Street Doncaster at 1945 for a 2000 prompt start, All are
welcome members and non members, and why not introduce a friend to
us. The entertainment is usually first class,
Tuesday 5 December - PENNINE SHIELD quiz
Tuesday 19 December - 'Eevilities' Night. Bring your slides along any
subject any standard; a real fun night
Tuesday 2 January - Members slide night - bring your own slides
Tuesday 16 January - Mike and Gary Stewart. Slide Show
Tuesday 6 February - Dave Stacey, Slide Show
Tuesday 20 February - Ned Scunthorpe (alias Ian McCracken). Slide
Tuesday 6 March - Members slide competition. Re-run of the last
2 years successful event. Bring 4 railway (BR)
slides. To be judged by the audience. PRIZES
Tuesday 20 March - Members slide night. Bring your own slides. The
subject is the East Coast Main Line (ECML)
In addition the final round of the PENNINE SHIELD quiz will be held
at the Corporation Brewery Taps, Doncaster on Thursday 14 December.
All are welcome to attend this round hasted by the Sheffield
Transport Group, Doncaster. Start time 2000 and refreshments will be
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The Pennine's AGM will be held on Sunday 14 January 1990 at the
Corporation Brewery Taps from 1215 to 1400.All are invited to attend
to discuss the Society 1990.
Fixtures List No.1 1990 PR4
Sunday 14 January - Doncaster Works 1100. Meet Plant Hotel entrance
PR4 - 90/1. Members £3 ; Non-members £3.25 his visit will be followed by the AGM (see above)
Saturday 31st March - London Depots
PR4 - 90/2 We meet at Kings Cross and travel by tube and train
If you are interested please let me know as soon
as possible so that final details can be made.
Times and prices will be issued when available.
ALL BOOKINGS TO ME ENCLOSING SAE PLEASE