No.71 - Spring 1990
NOTES FROM THE COMMITTEE
The Society's Annual General Meeting was held in the Corporation
Brewery Taps, Doncaster on 14 January 1990.The meeting was orderly
well attended and followed a visit around the Plant Works, which was
supervised. by ace guide, Neil Taylor, who, true to form, ensured
members were clear of the Works and. at the Taps 'before time'.
All the Committee stood for re-election and all were successful (or
unsuccessful, whichever way you look at it).
There were no Committee members who asked to step down in order to
spend more time with their young families, and therefore the
Committee positions will be unchanged. Rumours of a stalking horse
to challenge the President proved unfounded, and so Geoff will
remain In post as the Pennine's answer to Yorkshire's Sir Len
Ever the salesman, Geoff Bambrough has for sale 100 inflatable
prayer mats. These were purchased for use by Sheffield Utd football
supporters following the apparent buy out by the Arabs. Subsequent
events have left Geoff with these on his knees. If you would
like such an item, please ring Geoff at his mosque in Balby,
RENEWAL OF MEMBERSHIP FEES
We would like to thank all those members who have renewed their
subscription to the PENNINE RAILWAY SOCIETY for 1990. For those who
have forgotten to renew, or not got round to it yet, you will be
pleased to note that it is not too late, simply send your remittance
to Tony, our membership secretary. The fee is £3 and not only will
you make his day, you will. also receive by return of carrier
pigeon. a much sought after
If there is still anyone unable to resist the offer then thanks for
your time with the PENNINE, good. luck, and we hope to see you again
in the near future.
. As expected the PENNINE's team did not, yet again, prove
successful in the annual quiz,-but did as well. as was hoped by
finishing 4th out of four. Surprise winners were South Yorkshire
Railway Photographic (Grapes Hotel, Brown Cow, Sheffield) who won
the trophy for the very first, time having competed in the quiz
Well done. The PENNINE's team is already in training for next year's
event by swotting up on LT and Irish Railways.
REVEREND WATTS TRANSFERRED
The PENNINE's Religious Adviser, the Very Reverend Andrew J Watts is
shortly to move from the Parish of Bessacar in Doncaster to the
Diocese of Cannock. in the West Midlands. He goes with our blessing
and the news is hat his vicarage is in sight of a main line and he
is considering doing B&B with the help of Helen. Friends arriving
supplied with their own prayer mat will receive a 10% discount and
free sermon. He may also join. in prayer for the survival of the
MEMBERS SLIDE COMPETITION
This annual event was held. recently whereby the audience at the
Taps judge, the slides entered. on the night. Again the event
proved. a success and- the result was:-
1st.-Paul Wesley, with 37414 on. Golant Harbour with a
Lostwithiel-Fowey Docks China Clay.
2nd.-Gary Stewart, with 37106/351 on an Immingham-Scunthorpe Iron.
Ore near Melton. Ross.
3rd. Mick Stewart, with 50023 on the 10.00 Oxford-Paddington at
Thanks to all-those who entered (and someone said thanks to Robin
Skinner who did not).
ALAN PETT - QUALITY ASSURED
Veterans of the Society cannot fail to remember Alan Pett of
Sheffield. Alan is now beavering away on domestic duties at Tinsley
and appears in the March edition of Rail news as an essential part
of the team which has gained Tinsley the prestigious British
Standard 5750 Part Two certificate which confirms they operate
quality control procedures...
PENNINE NAME GUARANTEED
With the increase in interest in other forms of transport by members
over the years a suggestion was put to the Committee by Tony Caddick
that the PENNINE RAILWAY SOCIETY be renamed "PENNINE RAILWAY AND
TRANSPORT SOCIETY" (PRATS). After much debate the Committee agreed.
to retain our original name, although it accepted and welcomed the
interest of members in other forms of transport.
Which reminds. us -
MODEL RAILWAY VISIT
With Robin Skinner now transferred to the backwoods of Lincoln it
has given him the opportunity to visit the model railway layout
belonging to Lincoln member Gerry Collins. He tells us it is a
marvellous layout and is considering running a visit for members to
view the layout using a Lincoln ATC minibus. We hope the visit takes
place before Gerry tarmacs over the lines and creates a scale model
of the M25.
CEC 1L TURNS GREEN
The Transport Secretary CEC 1L Parkinson has recently jubilantly
announced a £12 billion road- improvement scheme, which involves
massive tree-lining schemes for motorways and major trunk routes.
When asked he said more investment in rail would have no beneficial
on traffic jams.
Welcome to the spring edition of "Trans Pennine", Spring? It seems
for the last three weeks it has not stopped raining, (or worse)
which gives no encouragement to would be photographers. Talking of
which those who attended the social evening of February 6th could
not fail to enjoy and enthuse over the superb quality of Dave
Stacey's slides, everyone a winner as they say. I did try and
persuade him to part with one or two of his iffy shots but after
being declined, I realised that they would not have stood an earthly
in this years slide competition against an illustrious Chairman's
efforts. Seriously though, that sort of standard gives us all
something to aim for.
PENNINE QUIZ No.61.
Seven entries for the Christmas quiz resulted in a three way tie for
first place. All with 39 correct entries were J. Dewing, P. Gardner,
1) Mike Smith, 2) NSSA, Network Solent and Sarum Sector, 3) Royal
Show, 4) The Lord Of the Isles, 5) 1963, 6) Geoffrey Gibbs, 7) 86432
Brookside, 8) Women's Guild, 9) Moncreif Tunnel, 10) Oxenholme Lake
District /Windermere, 11) 1964, 12) Blandford/Blandford Forum, 13)
1968, 14) Muir of Ord, 15) Waterloo-Bank, 16) 55003 Meld, 17) 1966.
18) West Somerset Railway, 19) Zest, 20) Wellingborough, 21) Woodham
Bros, Barry Island, 22) 1968, 23) Nestor, 24) Gilberdyke, 25)
Paddington/ Swansea, 26) 3 mile 64 yards, 27) KX-Perth, 28) 1961,
29) Arsenal, 30) H. M. The Queen Mother, 31) D400/50050 - 14110/72,
32) 1965, 33) 14, 34) Waterloo/Weymouth, 35) 1967, 36) 31202/31226,
37) 37401, 38) D60/45022/97409, 39) Great Central Railway
Loughborough, 40) 47707 Holyrood.
PENNINE QUIZ No.62
For a change, this editions quiz is a map, figure out the location
of the map on the next page and answer the questions below-:
1) Name former Signal Box No. l.
2) Name yard No.2, still in use.
3) Give the shed code of former shed No.3.
4) Name station No.4.
5) Name station No.5.
6) Name the company using private siding No6. formerly a goods yard.
7) Name former shed No.7 and give its shed code, prior to its last
8) Name station No.8.
9) Give station No.5s original name.
10) In 1904, a named train began running from the capital to a
destination beyond station No.4. How long did this train-take to
reach station No.4. from the capital, in the winter 1906/7?
11) Which form of motive power made its last appearance at stations
4 and 5 on 30/5/1977?
12) Give the date shed No.3. closed to steam.
13) Give the year shed No.7. closed to steam.
14) What was replaced just to the west of station No.4. on
15) In which year did this disappear completely?
UP THE LINE TO WATFORD JUNCTION
by Paul Slater.
The fine new station at Milton Keynes Central was the starting point
of my, ride up the West Coast Main Line after a weekend visit to my
mother. With four through platforms and a bay, it is much more
substantial than the majority of the new stations which are being
opened nowadays, and I find it an attractive place, with plenty of
bright new paint and reflective glass. It stands midway between the
older stations of Wolverton and Bletchley, and is situated next to
some tall buildings of shining glass at what is the nearest thing
Milton Keynes has to a city centre.
The station is served by some expresses as well as by the
Euston-Birmingham multiple-units and the new Northampton trains,
non-stop south of Leighton Buzzard; It is also the northern terminus
of the Euston outer suburban service, and it was an electric
multiple-unit waiting in the bay platform which I caught for an
all-stations ride to Watford Junction.
As far as "Bletchley the lineside view was dominated by the
unfinished landscape of Milton Keynes. My boyhood home was not far
away, and I knew this area when it was quiet Buckinghamshire
countryside: I still find the housing estates and factories of
Milton Keynes intrusive, along with the maze of identical dual
carriageways and roundabouts, the half-grown trees and the
churned-un earth, and I often wonder what it must he like to live in
this strange new fragmented city.
Bletchley was once the terminus of the Euston outer suburban service
as well as the junction for Bedford, Cambridge, Oxford and
Buckingham, with a steam shed (1E) situated just at the north end of
the station. I changed trains at Bletchley a number of times in the
early 1960s, travelling to or from either Oxford or Cambridge, and I
can remember on one occasion seeing no fewer than four "Princess
Coronation" 'pacifics in the space of half an hour.
Bletchley is still the junction for Bedford, and the flyover on
built thirty rears ago in anticipation of the cross-country,.,
freight traffic which never materialised, still stands. The
present-day diesel depot is out of sight of' the main line, but in
the station sidings on my journey to Watford Junction I saw 08704,
31290 and 47537, and 87023 sped past with a down express.
Between Bletchley and Leighton Buzzard the West Coast Main Line
crosses an attractive stretch of country, but on my journey from
Milton Keynes fog began to thicken, and the pale winter sun shone on
a landscape largely obscured. The northern portal of Linslade tunnel
is one of my favourite photographic locations on this main line.
Leighton Buzzard was once the junction for Dunstable and Luton. The
branch reached the main line by a curving gradient, and at the gates
o Wing Road Crossing on this stretch I was once treated to the sight
of an 8F 2-8-0 slipping, violently to a stand with a massive train
of cement from the works at Houghton Regis.
South of Leighton Buzzard the fog closed in
and I saw little beyond the four tracks of the main line. Near here
was the site of the Great Train Robbery in 1963, and Pitstone Wharf,
where the railway crosses over the Grand Union Canal, is another of
my favourite photographic locations. Electric multiple-units and
diesel-hauled freights passed on the down slow line, and expresses
hurried northwards on the down fast; I kept an eye out for
southbound expresses overtaking on the up fast, and just as my train
was accelerating away from Cheddington, 86103 sped by bound for
The fog had cleared, and the sun was shining once more, by the time
my train called at Tring. I had never previously travelled the
stretch of line between Leighton Buzzard and Tring, but in 1966 1
travelled out from Euston as far as Tring with a friend from London
with whom, on a beautiful autumn afternoon, I walked in the Chiltern
Hills. For several miles now the train ran through a picturesque
valley lit by a low sun. Stops were made at Berkhampsted, Hemel Hempstead (formerly Boxmoor), Apsley
and Kings Langley. I identified
87025 and 90028 on two of the expresses speeding by on the fast
I alighted at Watford Junction, terminus of the Euston inner
suburban third rail electrics and- a stopping point for many West
Coast Main Line expresses. The down fast platform was the best place
for photography, and with the bright sun well down in the sky
behind me I snapped 86228 on an up Manchester train, 86257 on a
Wolverhampton express, 31119 shunting, 87010 on a Euston-Liverpool,
86422 on a freightliner and 86423 on a Euston-Glasgow. Then it was
time to return to Milton Keynes on a Euston-Birmingham multiple unit.
ACROSS FRANCE BY STEAM AND ELECTRIC, 1962
by Paul Slater
In the summer of 1962 I made two long rail journeys across France.
Well before this date, the French railways had become a byword for
fast long distance running on electrified main lines, and on my two
journeys I enjoyed some extremely fast electric haulage on the trunk
routes from Paris; but steam was still active in many parts of
France in the early 1960s, and my journeys involved some main-line
steam passenger haulage as well as a chance to observe steam on
My first journey across Prance took me right to the Spanish
frontier at Hendaye, as I was travelling to a students' work camp in
the south of Spain: I have already described other parts of this
trip in my articles "Steam on the Castilian Plateau" and "Changing
trains at Bobadillas". On this side of the Channel I had diesel
haulage to London and third-rail electric to Dover, but the Paris
express departed from Calais behind a steam
4-6-2 for a fast
run to Amiens. Here, an electric locomotive took over, but there was
more steam to be seen before arrival at Paris, as services from the
Nord station were worked partly by overhead electrics, partly by
third-rail electrics and partly by steam Push-Pull trains, motive power being big 2-8-2 tanks of class 141T. The steam suburban
service at Paris Nord lasted in fact until the beginning of the
1970s. From the Austerlitz station at in Paris I had electric
haulage all the way to Hendaye. most of this journey was done at
night, but in the return direction three weeks later I travelled by
day, and could really appreciate the sustained high speed.
My second journey across France that summer was to a Christian youth
camp in the beautiful mountainous Vercors district, south of
Grenoble. The Channel crossing this time was done from Newhaven to
Dieppe and from Newhaven all the way to Paris the express was
hauled by a steam 4-6-2. I was travelling to the camp with a group
of friends, and I can remember us admiring two splendid 4-6-2s
standing with steam up outside Dieppe engine-shed, no doubt waiting
to back down on to following boat trains. We had a, further chance
to see 4-6-2s at Paris, as several engines of this type were visible
at Batignolles shed just outside St. Lazare station.
From the Lyons station in Paris we travelled overnight on an
electrically hauled express. but early next morning we had steam
haulage once more, as the section between Lyons, and Grenoble
was not electrified, and power was provided by a 2-8-2 tender
locomotive of class 141B,built in North America and of post war
Road transport was laid on for us beyond Grenoble, but a
single-track line continued southwards, and passed within a few
hundred yards of the chateau where the youth camp was based. The
infrequent service on this line was mainly worked by diesel railcars, but I noticed that
a southbound train in mid-afternoon was
always steam hauled, and one day I took my camera and waited by
the line for a photograph. The train duly came, its approach heralded by
black smoke in the sky as the 2-8-2 the climbed to the summit a mile or two
north of the chateau at Monestier de Clermont.
The camp was very enjoyable, our excursions taking us on foot and coach through woods
and mountains. All too soon we were
catching a steam train at Grenoble, then an electric locomotive was
hurrying us northwards, then another steam train was taking us
to Dieppe. I still remember that camp and the friends I made
there: that snap of a 141R.on a Lyons-Veynes train remains the only
railway photograph I ever took in France.
ALL OUR YESTERDAY'S
A nostalgic look back at events and sightings of yesteryear.
It is said by some folk that when years pass by like weeks then your
getting old. Well, 1985 doesn't seem that long ago, but it is five
years ago, incredibly since 40118 left Sheffield on December 15th
1984 on the so called "Christmas Cracker" to Avonmouth, which it
worked as far as Bristol. Certain of you will remember this trip and
may, I'm sure agree that it doesn't seem 5 years ago (near as damn
So whilst at Sheffield, 45133 was seen on the Leicester-Leeds and
fellow Peak 45144 on the Leeds-Cardiff. Trans Pennine services were
in the hands of Class 31s with 31455 on an eastbound service and
31448 also heading over the hills. Noted at Derby were
20154/31174/31238 and 45052. Travelling via freight lines and
passenger routes, we passed through Bescot yards which hosted 20184,
25076/229/300, 40079, 47148/507/536 and 58010. Stourbridge saw 45062
amid semaphores whilst we passed through Worcester, still semaphore
fitted, with 31289, 31270 and 40063 present. As we eventually passed
the scrap lines at Swindon dozens of locos were In view awaiting
disposal, about eight years since I last visited when withdrawn
'Westerns' sadly awaited their fete. This time there were 08s and
25s with the odd 'Peak' lined up. 25115, 25139,08352, 08478, 08322,
08915, 25101, 25187, 25157, 25056, 25090, 46011, 03152, 25123,
08187, 08188, 08425, 46007, 46039, 27028 were all In evidence in the
works vicinity. 47103 was in the station an a parcels.
Seen at Bristol were 33003/24 and 47459, 37177 was attached in place
of 40118 for a run around the branches to Avonmouth. Back at Bristol
40118 took its place for the run home.
January 23rd 1985 found 20045/085/151 at Buxton whilst on February
6th 20094/185, 37081/215 and 47289 were there.
April 5th found Sheffield hosting 31443 on the 05.42 Hull-Manchester
whilst 45048 worked the 06.45 York-Portsmouth, 47522 the 07.28
Nottingham-Glasgow and 45015 the 08.29 Leeds-Cardiff. 45150 headed
the 07.57 Leicester-Leeds. 25209 was noted at Chesterfield on an
The 10.35 Wolverhampton-Penzance additional was headed by 47627 and
the down 'Clansman' by 87006. The 09.331 Liverpool-Penzance arrived in Birmingham with 85028 which was replaced by 45138. A
09.22 Leeds-Penzance additional was powered by 47616 and the 07.44
Poole-Glasgow arrived at Birmingham behind 47609 and left behind
85028. The 11.37 Shrewsbury-Euston worked beyond Wolverhampton
behind 81005 whilst the 08.50 Brighton-Manchester had 47572 to
Birmingham and 86230 beyond. The 09.40 Poole-Newcastle had 47594 at
Its head and 86315 headed the 10. 10 Holyhead-Euston. The
Aberdeen/Glasgow/Penzance headed for the west behind 50050. The
12.46 Portsmouth-Leeds had, perhaps unusually 47051 at its head,
whilst 50034 worked the 10.24 Penzance-Liverpool.
PENNINE OBSERVERS NOTES.
The second shipment of imported coal arrived at King George Dock,
Hull for use at West Burton and Eggborough Power Stations on 31st
October last year, a detailed list of workings is given on the next
page, no further shipments to date 10/2/90.
Hull Paragon station was used for filming during November and
December when SR 777 'Sir Lamiel' with name and number blocked out,
was filmed at "Charing Cross" for services to Dover during the
1914~1918 war. The series Portrait of War is to be shown in May
1990. Remember you read it first in your super Soaraway Pennine
mag. See Radio Times for further details!
Noted on Hull stabling point on January 6th were 37097 and 47100.
January 27th found 47478 on the 07.49 Newcastle-Poole and 47418
still going strong on the 10.45 Leeds-Carlisle. The weekend 3rd and
4th February saw engineering work between Beverley and Bridlington
with 37184 and 47377 seen heading through Cottingham on ballast
The Christmas period brought its usual share of interesting
workings. The 05.40 Wolverhampton-Leeds was worked by 47556. The
06.52 Liverpool-Newcastle by 47424, the 10.23 Newcastle-Liverpool by
47597, the 12.22 Leeds-Sheffield by 31447, the 10.52
Liverpool-Newcastle by 47481, the 13.02 Leeds-Carlisle by 31458 and
the 16.15 Carlisle-Leeds by 47453. All these workings were sighted
on December 27th. Also on this date the good old days returned to
the ECML when 47406 worked out of Bradford with the 19.33 to KX.,
as far as Leeds with 91006/43067 forward.
The following day saw Gateshead playing host to 08515/577,31223,
December 29th saw the Wolverhampton-Leeds powered by 47520. The
18.22 Leeds-Sheffield had 31447 at the head. A return charter to
St. Pancras was worked by 31430. The FO 16.44 Reading-Leeds was
powered by 31416/437. The following day the pair worked back on the
New Years day saw 31144 hauling a DMU on the 09.44 Doncaster-Leeds.
The,13.30 KX-Leeds had 91003/43068 in charge. On the 2nd the good old
days were back again with 47413 working up the ECM1. with the 14.45
Edinburgh-KX additional. Class 31s were much In evidence on this
date with 31415 on the 10.52 Liverpool-Newcastle, 31441 on the 15.30
Newcastle-Middlesborough, and 31419 on the 16.20
Newcastle-Liverpool. The 18.20 Newcastle-Liverpool started at York
behind 47605, whilst 91005 complete with Mk4 coaches worked the
18.10 Leeds-Kings X.
Generators ruled O.K. on January the 5th when 47407 headed the 13.51
Sheffield-Leeds, 47417 the 19.17 FO KX-Newcastle and 47406 the 10.46
Sheffield-Leeds via Dearne Valley.
Three days later saw 47821 on the 09.27 Sheffield-St. Pancras and
31458 on the 20.02 Sheffield-Leeds. The 10th saw the 05.22
Bristol-Newcastle HST working powered by 47834. The 09.27
Sheffield-St Pancras was hauled by 47848 with 47840 working the same
service the following day.
The Fridays only 19.15 KX-Newcastle had nothing more than 31452
forward from Doncaster after it had replaced 89001. The 1A40
Newcastle-KX Mails and Vans had 47538 at the helm.
On Saturday the 13th January 47830 worked a KX-Harrogate charter and
the 13.51 Sheffield-Leeds was worked by 131458. Two days later 31447
worked the 20.02 Sheffield-Leeds. The following Fridays 1915
KX-Newcastle was this time taken over at Doncaster by 47407, 89001
again having arrived from the south. The 20th saw 47444 on the
16.31-Leeds-Carlisle and 47424 on the 16.15 Carlisle-Leeds. The
following 17.57 Carlisle-Leeds had 31452 at the head.
The next day the 16.05 Leeds-KX started at Doncaster powered by
91010 and Mk4. coaches. on the 22nd the 16.55 Leeds-KX, however, had
91003 and MkII coaches as loco and stock. The 16.10 KX-Leeds saw
47574 and MkII coaches. The 19.10 KX-Leeds was cancelled due to
shortage of stock and engine whilst 47574 headed back south with the
20.40 Leeds-KX. Another Sheffield-St. Pancras 4ST substitute occurred
on January 23rd when the 14.24 had 47407 in charge. The following
day the 05.22 Bristol-Newcastle was again loco-hauled instead of HST
powered, this time by 47829. 47804 worked the 09.27 Sheffield-St.
Pancras. The next day saw 47811 work the same train.
FA Cup day on January 27th saw 47519, another old ECML favourite,
on the 08.25 Leeds-KX, whilst more unusually 47312 worked a Footex
from Watford to Sheffield for the cup tie, which returned behind
On both January 29th and 30th the 09.27 Sheffield-St. Pancras was
worked by 47527. On the latter date 31452 headed up the Dearne
valley on the 16.45 Sheffield-Leeds. The same loco worked the
20.02 Sheffield-Leeds via Dearne Valley the following day.
Class 91s were in evidence on February the 6th with 91007 on the 16.
25 Kings X~ Leeds, 91010 the 17.15 KX-Leeds and 91006 the 17.50
On the Pennine trip around Doncaster works on January 13th the
following locos were seen-:
Yard - 08463/783, 37062/109/096/906/163/508, 43069,
47302/342/427/544. 47033 was at the far end of the works by the
4 bay - 31468/465, 37251, 47190/524/451/701, 56051/37, 58027.
3 bay -
08877/514/878/667/510/562 08647, 31273/225/259/284/443/238/205,
Noted at Worksop on January 22nd were 58028/4117 on MGR trains.
37411 was at Sheffield on cements.
Great Rocks Junction and Peak Forest proved to be very busy
locations on January the 18th with the following workings in
37676/688 light engine 09.05 and shunting at Peak Forest at 09.25.
47449 on a Doveholes quarry loaded train at 09.25, 37683/678 on the
08.50 Dean Lane-Tunstead empties at 09.50. 37684/681 worked the
09.20 Colyhurst St-Tunstead empties past at 10. 10, followed by
31232/242 working from Buxton Light engine before shunting empties
into Doveholes Quarry. 47532 then worked the 08.18 Widnes-Peak
Forest empties arriving at 10.25. At one point, there were no fewer
than seven locos at Peak Forest. 47599 worked an empties through at 11.15 and at 11.18 47449 worked the Peak Forest-Hindlow trip
Noted at Buxworth were 47485 on the 08. 30 Washwood Heath-Peak
Forest empties, and after 47532 had worked light engine westwards,
returned light engine to Buxton. 47599 then worked light towards
Manchester and 37232 light engine towards Buxton. Light engine
movements were concluded when 31232 headed west before 47449 headed
the 14.28 Peak Forest-Warrington Speedlink.
Stockport, on January 22nd saw 86425 on the 12. 08 Birmingham-Manchester, 87005 on the 14. 00 Manchester-Euston, 87007 on
the 12. 00 Euston-Manchester and 87034 worked the 14. 18
On January 29h, Willesden played host to 086701696/825,
31112/144/147/162/235, 37892, 47019/249, 81002/4, 85003, 86217,
87024. 90023/33. Noted at Milton Keynes were 31419/448, 86247/418,
87027 and 90004, while at Bletchley there was 31423 and 47587. Noted
at Euston were 08451, 47442, 81009, 86209/239/422, 87004/5/7/35,
90001/11/27 and 33.
January 27th saw 47466/4881503/5491597 on Pennine services.
On February 3rd 37677/687 worked the 09. 15 Tunstead-Hindlow and
return empties whilst 47473 headed the 11.47 Oakleigh-Tunstead
empties and 15.40 Tunstead-Oakleigh. 37677/687/678/680 worked light
engine from Buxton-Tinsley for Sunday engineering work. Buxton shed
saw 20025/96, 31232/242, 37411/422/678/680/711. 37425 headed a
Topley Pike-Tunstead empties. The following day found 37680/678 on
the 09. 15 Tunstead-Hindlow whilst 47441/473/532/258 were on Buxton
shed. On the same day 87019 worked the 10.00 Manchester-Euston,
90013 the 08.00 Euston-Manchester, 47468 the 06.00
Paddington-Glasgow, 47417 the 06,.40 Glasgow-Birmingham. 90026
worked the 10. 16 Birmingham:-Edinburgh and 87028 the 07.50
Glasgow-Poole. 85101 worked a freight through Crewe on the same
Warrington sees' much freight traffic even on Saturday and on
February 10th 20045/59/70/72, 47125 and 47589 were all seen on such
workings, while 86248 powered the 08. 50 Glasgow-Penzance, 90031 the
13. 00 Blackpool-Euston, 90017 the 11.00 Glasgow-Brighton and 86234
the 08.45 Bright on-Glasgow, 90027 worked the 07.07
Plymouth-Glasgow and 90004 was on the 11.30 Euston-Blackpool all of
which were seen at Crewe.
Seen at Stoke were 08472/784, 20045/59/80/128/135/168, 31112 on the
stabling point and 86428 working the 14.13 London-Manchester, 90001
the 16.18 Manchester-Euston, 90022 the 15.00 Euston-Manchester and
90006 the 18.00 Manchester-Euston.
WR and SR are usually monopolised by Class 50 news, and this edition
is of no exception, which should please our Honourable Treasurer,
whose favourite Class the 50s are.
January 21st, like most days over recent weeks saw its fair share of
Class 47s and Class 50s, on Paddington-Oxford services, a sight to
become more and more common as time goes on. 50034 worked the 11. 15
Padd-Ox and 12. 50 return whilst 47587 hauled the 12.45 from the
Capital and 14.30 return. 50032 worked the 11.30 Oxford~ Paddington,
50033 the 16. 30 Oxford-Paddington and 47468 the 18.15 Padd-Ox. Old
Oak turntable played host to 47226/468/476/573 and 50032.
Saturday 27th found the majority of Padd-Oxford services in the
hands of Class 47s. 47583 powered the 10.00 Oxford-Paddington, 47573
the 10,00 Newbury-Paddington and 17.02 Padd-Hereford, whilst 47820
hauled the 12.40 Padd-Newbury and 14.14 Newbury-Padd. 47832 headed
the 15.15 Padd-Ox and return and 47598 the 16.15 Padd-Oxford.
Relief from the Class 47 monopoly came in the shape of 50031 on the
12. 15 Padd-Oxford and return, 50033 on the 09. 15 Padd-Birmingham
and return 11. 18 York-Paddington and 50034 on the 11.00
Oxford-Paddington. Frustrating perhaps for enthusiasts with return
Oxford tickets was the use of 50034 on the 17. 05 Padd-Plymouth HST
Substitute. Green liveried 47500 hauled the 12. 30 Plymouth-Padd. A
possible explanation for the lack of Class 50s on Oxford services
could have been perceived from the arrival at Old Oak of
50026/32/36, coupled together and arriving at 14.00 hours from
Old Oak itself hosted 08361/454/634/612/804/887/929/905/944,
47116/472/534/543/568/582/705/714, 50023/24/35/39, D9000, 60005.
Stabled at Woking on January 6th were green liveried 33008 together
with classmates 33040/110, 73108/138. All Waterloo-Exeter services
on this date where Class 50 hauled with no Class 33 or Class 47
On January 21st 73001 was seen stabled at Clapham Junction. 50017
hauled the 10.24 Salisbury-Waterloo, but there must have been,
presumably a shortage of motive power at the capital, as 50030 was
seen working up light engine at Clapham Junction at 12.50 hours,
working back on the 12.55 Waterloo-Exeter, not passing Clapham until
13.30 hours. 50044 worked the 10.40 Yeovil-Waterloo, and 50017 the
Thanks go to Messrs Dewing, Slater, Gossan, Barclay.
SALE OF THE CENTURY
The Great Train Robbers of the 1960s got away with £2.5m. and got
over 100 years inside. There are however Great Train
Robbers of the 1980's who have been. rewarded by vast fortunes. With
BR bullied to sell Its assets by the Government fortunes have been
made. In 1983 Hoverspeed, the company which ran Hovercraft across the
Channel was sold to its directors for £7.Two years later the same Directors
sold the firm. on. for £3.5m.
Between 1983 and 1986 BR sold.30 hotels for a total price of £50m.
Before all the sales had been completed 2 were sold for £37m.
In 1984 BR sold Sealink its ferries and harbours subsidiary to
James Sherwood for £60m. Recently part was sold for ;£400m.and what
is left is valued at £200m..
In1989 BR sold BREL to a consortium for £14m.In the first 6 months
the consortium made a profit from BREL of £7m, and BREL reveals
land assets of £50m,
BR has also sold an advertising company (BTA) a wagon works, a
travel company, a foundry and a railway line.
The blame for this lies at the Department of Transport where they
hate the public railway and love the private companies-which feed
SLEEPER SERVICE TO END
InterCity has confirmed a decision to withdraw the Stranraer-London
sleeper service from 14 May since there was no
possibility of ending the service's Increasing financial loss.
Stranraer service is used on average by 36 passengers per night each
way and less than 10 are in sleepers.The Super Sprinter service from
Stranraer will provide good connections at Glasgow for the "Night
Caledonian" sleeper to London.
PENNINE RAILWAY SOCIETY - MEETINGS TRIPS LIST - April-June 1990
Meetings List No.2 April-June 10.0.0
All meetings are held at the Corporation Brewery Taps, Cleveland
Street, Doncaster at 1945 for a 2000 prompt start on EVERY first
Tuesday and EVERY third Tuesday of EVERY month. All are
welcome, members and non-members and admission is absolutely free
(although. an ash-tray is always taken around by our Treasurer for a
silver (or bronze) collection for club funds). Entertainment is of the
highest order, even better than watching Doncaster Rovers FC slide
Tuesday 3 April - Rhys Jones. Slide show in Welsh. Interpreter will
be on hand throughout
Tuesday 17 April - Paul T. Micklethwaite (my God). What can be done
with a camera and a beaker of tea. Illustrated
Tuesday 1 May - Labour Day slide quiz organised by disillusioned
blue David Bladen. Questions will be asked on
slides shown to the audience. Prizes galore.
Audience can participate either individually or
in a team.
Tuesday 15 May - Glyn Gossan. Fresh from his success in the recent
PENNINE slide competition (one of his slides was
awarded 2nd places
Glyn will give an Illustrated
show. He has reluctantly agreed to include some
Class 50s in action.
Tuesday 5 June Jim Hall - Illustrated show. This will be Jim's eagerly
awaited debut at the Taps
Tuesday 19 June - Mexborough's very own favourite son TONY CADDICK,
Illustrated show "MIDSUMMER NIGHTMARE" ,
Details of the availability of tickets available from
Tony himself on 0709 585925.
Fixtures List No.2 1990 PR4
With an Open Day being held at Doncaster Works on 20th May, we will,
not be arranging a trip around the Works until later in the year.
We are arranging two visits around Doncaster Power Box and two
visits around Sheffield Power Box, but the dates have not been
finalised as we go to print.
Date for your diary
April 28th-NYMR Diesel Gala;
May 6th-Bescot Open Day
19/20th-Severn Valley Railway Spring Diesel Gala
Railway Centre Diesel Spectacular
May 20th Doncaster Works Open Day;
Jun 3rd Coalville Open Day
June 16th/17th-East Lancs Railway Diesel
July lst-Gloucester Rail Day
July 21st-Crewe Works Open Day