No. 72 - Summer 1990
The Summer 1990 timetable is now well upon us and we are just
getting used to the new times. The timetable runs from 14 May until
30 September, a period of just over 4 months - it hardly seems worth,
buying, a copy for that short space of time. However, the lads have
already been on the Choppers to Skegness. New developments in South
Yorkshire have been the long-awaited reopening of Swinton Station
near Mexborough, and the re-instatement of Swinton Curve, and work
continuing apace with the building of a new station to serve the
massive Meadowhall shopping and leisure. complex between Sheffield
and Rotherham; the station to be built at Wincobank
Junction, allowing all services on. the Sheffield. Barnsley-Huddersfield/Leeds-Sheffield-Doncaster
and Sheffield-Dearne Valley-York lines to call from early
Who are. they? What are they up to? Are they on the run? To
find out see the exclusive story later in this Issue "PENNINE
RAILWAY SOCIETY - THE EARLY YEARS".
HEDGE END DELAY
Our beloved Transport Secretary Cecil Parkinson was 20 minutes late
for the opening, of the new Hedge End Station, near
Southampton because the train he was travelling on from Waterloo
with BR Chairman Bob Reid (BR Mk-II) had developed an electrical
fault, reducing Its speed. A BR spokesperson stated "These things
happen unfortunately. All mechanical things are bound to break down
sometimes". So now we know.
Congratulations are the order of the day to Sue and Chris
Nicholson on the birth of. their first child, Thomas Jeffrey, at an unconfirmed u w of 8lbs 4oz.
SMOKEIST ON THE RAMPAGE
A BR smokeist has announced a complete ban on smoking on some
commuter lines in the London area to help keep the trains
clean!. don't suppose this will affect the number of cleaners
employed (do you?) but if they are serious about cleaner trains why
not ban eating and drinking, the main. cause of filthy stock. This is
yet another example of a minority group being persecuted, if you
call the 37% of the adult population who smoke a minority group,
THANKS TO BR DONCASTER
Thanks to BR staff at Doncaster who provided an enjoyable
evening for Pennine members on their visit to the Power Box on 17th May. Robin Skinner (Station Manager, Lincoln Central - ask him for
his rep's card when. you next see him) was in a strutting mood
until the 19.40 Doncaster-Lincoln was announced as cancelled
(passengers for Gainsborough travel forward, by special road
services). Such little consideration for those living in the
This visit was arranged at very short notice: meaning we could
not advertise. its availability in our usual way. Sorry to those who
would have wanted to go but did not find out about It. There will be
a return visit in the future however.
IT'S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD
We have all had
it up to our mad brains with Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (Mad
Cow) where even looking at a beef sandwich will turn .you into
a Norma Tebbit, Mad Cats, Mad Shellfish and Mad Custodian
Disease, a Plague, suffered by Scottish goalkeepers. Rumour now
has it that there is Mad- Basher Encephalopathy (or Mad
Basher Loppy for short, or even MBE for those who have received an award for
it. Do you know a mad basher? What are the symptoms? What is the cure? Where do they come from?. Where do they go ? To
help scientific research write to the Magazine Editor giving full
details of all the circumstances. The writer of the best letter
will- receive a free single ticket to Broadmoor.
FAST TOURS APOLOGISE
The Felix and Sheffield Transport Group (PAST Tours) our regular
road transport contractors "apologise for the inconvenience caused.
by the, cancellation of the trip to the NYMR on 28 April 1990. The cancellation was caused by art air lock in the
on vehicle Felix 41.occuring east of Doncaster whilst running
light from depot".
VETERAN'S KNOWLEDGE SHINES OUT
Confirmation that not all your Committee are off. their
trolley came In the recent slide quiz held at the Brewery Taps when
a team comprising John Sanderson and Tony Caddick were equal 1st
and Glyn Gossan and Uncle David Whitlam came 3rd.The quiz was won
by the indefatigable Paul "Chief" Sutton on a lucky tie-break answer.
TRANS-PENNINE is produced by the PENNINE RAILWAY SOCIETY. The
views expressed are not necessarily those of the Society or the Editor.
BR FREIGHT PLAN PUTS CEC 1L ON THE GREEN SPOT
A "bitter" political row may erupt over a BR proposal to close
the bankrupt Speedlink service, but Cecil Parkinson will be
under strong pressure to block it since this would result In the
closure of dozens of depots, the loss of hundreds of jobs and the
forcing of thousands more lorries onto the congested roads. The
shutdown proposed as a means of eliminating a £30 million loss (on
a turnover of only £45million,which takes some doing) would put up
million tons more freight onto lorries. This news comes just days
after the eccentric lodger at No.10's appeal for a worldwide curb on
Speedlink Is the flexible network which allows firms to send small
loads, sometimes only one wagon across country, often using private
sidings. BR is helpfully telling customers (not to be confused with
customers 'passengers') they will have to transfer to the less
flexible Freightliner operation which normally carries big loads in
containers, and smaller firms should *save up' consignments
and send them less often or team
with others so the loads are economic. I bet they will..!!
Talking of Cecil being on the green spot, the Speedlink problem
pales Into Insignificance with the request by snooker wild man Alex
Higgins at the recent championships In Sheffield that the Department
of Trade and Industry, of which he is, supposedly in charge, should
Investigate the fraud apparently rampant throughout professional
Pennine veteran and ex-RAF wallah, Alison Wilson (nee Gravell) was
recently physically assaulted by a two-legged mad cow who objected
to her acquiring a certain additional vehicle for the FAST fleet
from High Melton, near Doncaster, and tried to daub the vehicle with
undesirable illegal lettering in lipstick. The pair were separated by
husband Ian Wilson who suffered dislodged spectacles for his
Lucky it wasn't a Russian Mad Cow, what with Alison's military
.Recent stars appearing at the Corporation Brewery Taps have
included Paul T Micklethwaite and Glyn Gossan. Paul gave us ample
time to savour each. and every slide shown, whilst Glyn attracted a
near capacity audience (the fact that ace Doncaster Plant guide Neil
Taylor was distributing Summer Saturday loco-hauled gen sheets plus
diagrams had nothing to do with it - or DID it? Ed).
The highlight of Glyn's show was his victorious salute to the
appreciative audience at the end of the evening whilst an entire
reel of slides slipped off his knee and scattered all over the room.
Veteran cricket enthusiast and Pennine member from Humberside John.
R Dewing (JR to his friends) planning to see the three day match and
Sunday League game Worcestershire v Yorkshire commencing on 2
praying for continuous rain to save Yorkshire from yet another
defeat. He ought to follow the example of Uncle David Whitlam. and
follow the World XI playing under the name of Derbyshire.
Welcome to the Summer edition of ' Trans Pennine' . It is the time
of year when most of us will be venturing off on summer holidays.
Regular Spanish visitor Ron Atkinson is rumoured to be heading
nearer home this year to *suss out' some marvellous locations like Twerton Park and Portsmouth where he will be taking his unlucky team
to. To quote one of the tabloids the day after the final matches of
the season - 'to two Ran Ran'. He will be purchasing at least one of
the same prayer mats mentioned in the last edition's notes from the
committee, hoping for a quick return to the top flight. Also
mentioned In the last ' edition was the transfer of the Very
Reverend Andrew J Watts to
Cannock, we are awaiting information that the depot code to be attached to the
side of his vehicle will be 'COCK'.
PENNINE QUIZ No 62
In respond to the map quiz were two entries with 14 correct answers
so the treasurer can sort it out! Fourteen correct were obtained
P. Slater and J. Dewing and 12 by B .Marshall and P. Gardner. Correct
1) Cowley Bridge
Jcn, 2) Riverside Yard, 3) 83C, 4) Exeter St
Davids, 5) Exeter Central, 6) Blue Circle Cement, 7) Exmouth Jcn
72A, 8) Exeter St Thomas, 9) Queen Street, 10) 2hrs 57 mins, 11)
Class 201 Hastings DEMU on the Brighton-Exeter service, 12)
14/10163, 13) 1965,1 14) Exeter West Up Home Gantry, 15) 1985.
by Tony Caddick
Last May's initiative
in grouping all train services in the North
West of England under the banner of .'Network North West' was
scorned by many people as a cheap imitation of a more famous Network
in the south east but If nothing else it did introduce a new day
Ranger ticket priced at £7.60. However despite
the outskirts of Sheffield at Grindleford to the best of my
knowledge, no one has yet managed to obtain one from that well known
supplier of all known rail tickets - The Sheffield Travel Centre.
The ticket is centred on the Greater Manchester area, but also taken
in is an area bounded by Crewe in the south, Chester in the west and
Barrow in Furness to the north. My own favourite area is the West
Coast Main Line section from Wigan to Lancaster, centred around
Preston. This particular station has long held a
me during many trips to family relations at nearby Blackpool. Never
having been a fan of modern stations like Euston and Birmingham New
Street, Preston station has not changed all that much since steam
days, although in the last few years the station has been tastefully
refurbished. Also the station buffet gives a prime viewing location
for all movements in the station area and also has a bar area now
open all hours and with a tasteful pint of draught Bass on hand
pumps available. The station itself is something of rarity at the
moment in that the 'Inter City' platforms are worked on the open
station principal but the local platform 1 and 2 still retain
Inter City workings from Euston to Blackpool/Carlisle/Glasgow are
now fixed formations with the DVT's at the London end of the train.
These trains are mainly
worked by Class 87s or 90s (Skoda's to the locals). The inter
regional workings from - Scotland to the South Coast or the West of
England are more likely to be the hands of the more sturdy Class
86s. The veteran Class 81s are now very rare whilst the Class 85s
are more usually found an freights or van trains. The Blackpool
expresses still have to endure the time consuming ritual of a change
from Electric traction to Class 47 power, but surely this route must
now be a prime candidate for electrification in the near future?
Local services still see the occasional spluttering conventional DMU
with the new order being represented by Class 142s on the
Colne-Ormskirk-Liverpool-Blackpoo1 South services and 150/152 or
Class 156s on Nottingham-Stockport-Manchester-Blackpool North
services. The red West. Yorks Metro liveried Class 155s work through
on the York-Leeds 'Roses' link to Blackpool North but the most
interesting local services in the area are the Manchester
Victoria-Barrow trains. At the moment these are a mixture of Pacers
and Sprinters and to the unbounded delight of the local enthusiasts,
Class 31 hauled rakes. A fast electric hauled thrash up the WCML
brings you to the City of Lancaster - well worth a visit. Lancaster
has now dwindled in importance as a regional centre over the last
few years as Preston has become the administrative HQ of
the county of Lancashire.
The city centre is only a short distance from the station with many
good hostelries for the thirsty traveller. One in particular is
named after 87013 I think ( The John O' Gaunt) and is well worth
missing an 86 for. The majority of WCML expresses stop at Lancaster
and the station is also visited by the West Yorks liveried Class
144s on their uncomfortable Journey from Leeds to Morecombe. Both
myself and that other well known member of the Mexborough Mafia - Mr
Pete Wesley are regular visitors to the area and can thoroughly
recommend the ranger ticket. Our most recent visit was an Good
Friday this year and listed below are some of the sightings-:
47520 0600 Paddington-Edinburgh (Engine change)
86405 0600 Paddington-Edinburgh (Forward)
86261 0750 Glasgow-Poole
87016 1054 Lancaster-Euston
90031 0944 Birmingham Int-Glasgow
47845 0850 Glasgow-Penzance (running 45 late, Electric loco
87035 0910 Glasgow-Manchester (Engine change)
47520 0910 Glasgow-Manchester (Forward)
87033 0920 Glasgow-Euston Rlf
90007 0940 Glasgow-Euston 'Royal Scot'
86260 0945 Euston-Carlisle
87012 1030 Euston-Glasgow 'Royal Scot'
87020 0950 Glasgow-Birmingham
86234 1100 Glasgow-Brighton
85030 0707 Plymouth-Glasgow
86102 1130 Euston-Blackpool (Engine change)
47849 1130 Euston-Blackpool (Forward)
86425 0845 Brighton-Glasgow
86401 1210 Glasgow-Plymouth
86250 1233 Euston-Edinburgh Rlf
86424 0720 Penzance-Glasgow
87027 1345 Glasgow-Euston Rlf
87025 1400 Glasgow-Euston
86258 1425 Euston-Glasgow (F0)
86256 1025 Inverness-Euston 'Clansman'
90029 1505 Euston-Blackpool (Engine change)
87013 1515 Edinburgh-Paddington (Engine change)
47439 1515 Edinburgh-Paddington (Engine change)
87017 1530 Euston-Blackpool (Forward)
THE PENNINE RAILWAY SOCIETY
- THE EARLY YEARS
Imagine the scene in 1974 - a full set of healthy young lads
drinking regularly in the 'Prince of Wales", Masbrough, Rotherham
who decide to form a railway society of their own, dedicated to the
use of rail travel as opposed to shed bashing by bus, so popular
at that time. Daydream? Nightmare ? Whatever your answer it
became fact. The Pennine Railway Society was formed from that modest
beginning and still survives to this date in healthy fashion.
outlasting most of the other rail enthusiast societies of that era.
To publicise the existence of that new society to the masses of
South Yorkshire, original committee members Robin Skinner and John Sanderson decided to undertake a 'non-stop' journey between
Penzance and Thurso, the nearest stations to Lands End and John O' Groats, attempt to claim an entry in the
Guinness Book of Records, and
alert the World's Press to the feat.
A modest beginning ~ a photograph in the local press of the intrepid
travellers - see cover photo (Robin is moustached), taken on Platform
3 at Sheffield on a DMU going nowhere. The World's Press reported
"Record Track - Train spotters Robin Skinner and John Sanderson set
off tomorrow to set a rail record by travelling, from one end of
Britain to the other. They aim to log up over 1000 miles between
Penzance and Thurso In 24 hours 4 minutes. That's the
'fastest time in which they calculate It can be done. Their hopes are
at the mercy of trains running on time, but Robin ,a railway clerk
Doncaster Is not worried. He says "As a BR employee I can, say trains
do run on. schedule 95% of the time!!. Robin and John, both
members of the Pennine Railway Society will claim a place in the
Guinness Book of Records if they keep to schedule".
The Sheffield Star was less formal, describing, Robin as a railway
clerk just plain loco over trains and quoting him as saying "I don't
think it's ever- been done before It's something we've wanted- to do
for a long time ".
What a send, off (or up) how could they fall? On the morning of
22 September 1975, after an overnight stay In Penzance, they took a
leisurely walk to the station to board the "Cornish Riviera" to
Paddington they were. in luck- as they had 'Western' D1023 'Western
Fusilier' at the head of the train. As they left Penzance on the
of their-epic journey they noted- D1036,D1048 and eeevil
en-route D1010 was spotted at Redruth and D1030 on 'milks' at Lostwithiel.
Plymouth arrived. bringing the customary engine change. It was
unusual to have solid 52 haulage throughout but the lads were lucky
with D1016 'Western Gladiator' taking over The usual variety of WR
talent was on. show, 33021 at Exeter 25168/063 on freight at Cowley
Bridge Junction, 31261 at Taunton along with D7017 and D821
at Reading. 'Keg' 50039 was also noted there. but was overshadowed
by real WR motive power.
In planning the journey it had been decided to go electric out of
London on the WCML rather than the more familiar ECML route from
'The Cross' Euston was left 'on-time' behind 87008 'City of
Liverpool' on the down Glasgow and noted amongst other locos
were 85025 at Kings Langley,81016 at Hemel, Hempstead and 83010 on
6E38 at Rugby. However as they pressed Northwards ,the rain pressed heavier. In those, days the
electrics had difficulty
in keeping time with heavy loads over the summits at Shap and
Beattock on wet rails and so It proved with 87008. Arrival at
Glasgow Central was 45 down and the planned connection onto the
overnight sleeper from Glasgow Queen Street to Inverness, was not
made. Apparently this was a regular occurrence since they were
immediately advised to return to Motherwell and await a
Euston-Inverness direct. Power to Motherwell was provided. by
86030 and the kettle was already boiling there awaiting the
arrival of the customary frustrated travellers.
Although they were able to 'Pick up the following service
from Euston at Motherwell and transfer sleeping car
reservations to this service, the delay meant they would miss the
early morning North Highland line train from Inverness, thus missing
out on the record attempt. This was one of the few occasions that
John wished he had travelled over the summit free, boring ECML.
Locomotive power between Motherwell and Perth is not recorded as
some 'zedding' obviously took place, but 40162 was noted on the
train- (1S05) leaving Perth. Inverness contained its usual array of
Type 2s,including 24103/125/128/120/117/130/132 26038/45/30/31/23
25035 but alas no engine for the first Wick/Thurso service - it had
long since gone. They made do with the mid-morning departure from
Inverness behind 26017 which took them to a sort of no-man's land
station called Georgemas Junction where 26017 went on to Wick and
the duo were transported on the Thurso portion behind 26032. The end
of an exciting journey, but alas they had been one
of Robin's 5% of trains which ran late (I wonder if he has revised his estimate of the 51 of trains which run on time now he has grown
It was good publicity for the Society and the World's Press even
reported on their homecoming. 'Duo put a strain on the trains ---
Record riders Robin Skinner and John Sanderson have been making
tracks--logging up more than 1000 miles but their non-stop train
trip between the two stations. farthest apart
Britain was not easy riding all the way. "We took 28hours
34minutes 10seconds (approximately-Ed) altogether to complete the
trip" said Robin, a railway clerk. "We had hoped to do it in less but
the Euston-Glasgow train was running half an hour late so we missed
the connection to Inverness. Luckily another train stopped specially
to let us on. So I think our record will take some beating.
A place was claimed in the Guinness Book of Records but was not
accepted since in their view as all services were available to all
civilians anyone could undertake the journey if they tried (as if
anyone would want to).
As a postscript, as the dynamic duo returned south, from Wick, having
travelled by bus from Thurso to get both lines in the book, behind
26017, it failed at Brora,90 miles north of Inverness where the nearest rescue locomotive was available. The two hour wait was spent
in a local inn sampling the ale and playing darts against the
train's second man and buffet steward. Rescue eventually arrived. in
the form of 25035 which took them to Inverness but arrived so late
In the night (or rather early morning,) that booked. hotel accommodation in Inverness was cancelled, and the overnight
service to Glasgow Queen Street (yes, this one, had been. held to
connect) was taken behind 26036/40.
The Treasurer made no comment when asked how much. had been removed
from club funds to pay for this valuable PR exercise.
hasn't woken up yet.
STEAM TRAIN AT KINGS SUTTON
by Paul Slater
My parents and I had already seen the steam special once that
afternoon when we drove into the station yard at Kings Sutton to
join the other people who were waiting there. The train stopped for
half-an-hour at Banbury, and, knowing the times, I had reckoned
that we would be able to see it in the vicinity of Fenny Compton or
Claydon, and then drive south beyond Banbury and see it again.
It was a still, overcast October afternoon, neither warm nor cold,
very calm; sounds carried with exceptional clarity. While waiting
the train earlier, I had been unusually conscious of the various
noises around me: the voices of other railway enthusiasts,'
and footsteps on tarmac as they took up position on the bridge; the
soft burr of boat engines on the Oxford Canal: the cry of seagulls and
caw of rooks; the continuous traffic on the A423 main road. The
steam special had been audible many miles away as a faint murmur of sound,
growing very gradually louder: in fact what I heard was the
engine of the special accelerating on full power up the long gradient
south of Leamington, but the individual exhaust beats were
indistinguishable, merging into one another with the speed which the
train had already attained, and so muted and softened by the
intervening miles that the sound was not at first recognisable as a
steam locomotive. As the minutes passed,. the noise of the
train became a steadily increasing clamour, and by the time I saw
smoke above the trees to the north, the thunder of the hard-working
locomotive filled the afternoon; the noise was suddenly out off
as the train reached the summit south of Fenny Compton, and then the
special was in sight, the engine rushing past, coasting fast on the
downgrade to Banbury.
By the time we arrived at Kings Sutton, the grey afternoon was
declining into an even greyer evening, and I set my camera to its
lowest aperture; soon it would be dusk. An interesting relic of the
past at Kings Sutton station is the old black Great Western nameboard.
It often seems strange to me that the Great Western Railway ever got
Northamptonshire, a county which I regard as being definitely on
eastern side of England; but, just a few hundred yards east of the
Oxfordshire border, the old main line from Paddington to Birmingham
cuts through the south-western end of my home county. The two
at Aynho have closed, but the one at Kings Sutton is still served by
local trains. The beautiful tall spire of Kings Sutton church is
of Northamptonshire, but the village itself, with its mellow brown
cottages, looks to me as if it could equally well be in Oxfordshire
The train re-started from Banbury, the first vigorous exhaust beats
faintly audible five miles away. Then there was silence for a minute
or two as the train began to accelerate, but soon the roaring of the
locomotive could be heard as it got its train moving faster and
faster on the slight falling gradient. There was no main road near
here, nor any other source of extraneous sound: my attention, and
the attention of everyone else on Kings Sutton station, was claimed
by the noise of the approaching train.
Over the last few years I have seen preserved steam locomotives
working in many Darts of the country, and I have found them to be
especially impressive when seen in the upland setting of the Settle
and Carlisle main line in North Yorkshire and Cumbria: but until I
saw the special at Kings Sutton, I had seen no steam locomotives at
work in Northamptonshire for at least fifteen years. I found it a
strange experience, even a little moving, to hear the oncoming train
thundering through my home county in the still autumn twilight. The
engine - a Great Western "Castle" - was again obviously being driven
very hard., it must have been heard for miles around, and I imagined
people in the various stone villages of that Dart of the country, on
both sides of the county boundary, listening to the sound from a
bygone age of transport swelling through the grey October evening.
There could be no mistaking the fact that a powerful steam
locomotive was at work in the vicinity.
The sound had become very loud when the locomotive at last
came into sight; it was travelling very fast, much
faster than any steam engine I had seen on the Settle and Carlisle,
smoke and steam erupting from its chimney and leaving a white
in the evening air. Cameras were raised: and when the driver saw the
spectators and photographers waiting on the Platforms, he put
on yet more steam to his locomotive. I had thought that the engine
was already on full power; but now the blast redoubled to a
deafening crescendo, and the train tore through the little station
like a tornado, smoke and steam and sparks flying
and hot cinders raining down behind it. In a moment it
was past, the thrilling sight and sound diminishing away
southwards, the noise gradually fading as the train shed on towards
Full of nostalgia for the days of steam, we drove home, past more
mellow stone villages, through the dying day.
A nostalgic look back at notes and sightings of years gone by.
1985 somehow doesn't seem five years, but an April 13th the
following notes were recorded on a visit to Lancashire.
Class 31s ruled the roost on the Cleethorpes-Manchester
services, no Sprinters in
those days - oh to be able to turn the clock back. 31428 worked the
0841 Manchester-Cleethorpes, whilst 31460 headed the 0737 in the reverse direction.
45145 headed the
0829 Leeds-Cardiff. Football specials were in abundance on this date
leaving Sheffield carrying both Wednesdayites to see their team play
at Ipswich where
they could meet their opponents supporters whereby the six of the
them could kick hell out of each other. At Manchester Victoria 47539 headed the
first train out of
Edge Hill for Liverpool's visit to Manchester United, Subsequent
workings were 47624
on 1L06 1140 Edge Hill-Manchester, t5109 on 1L07 1205 Edge
Hill-Manchester, 47107 on
1L08 1220 Edge Hill-Manchester and 47594 on 11,09 from Edge Hill.
Two further workings
were in the hands of DMU's. More normal workings were 47419 on the
0815 Newcastle-Bangor and 45108 an the 0847 Holyhead-Newcastle.
45117 developed problems whilst
powering the 0750 Scarboro-Liverpool and arrived at Manchester 66
assisted by 47343, the pair working back on the 1405
25297 headed a van train and 47587 worked the 1009
Barrow-Nottingham. Peaks and 47s shared the Pennine workings as
47423 headed the 1205 Liverpool-Scarboro, 45140 the 1100 Scarborough-Bangor, 45127 the 1115 Bangor-Newcastle and 47431 the 1125
Five days later saw Buxton hosting 20163/170, 47130/335.
Some of you will remember the memorable Anston Travel Kyle Weekend
trip of April 19th/20th 1985. I certainly recall an enjoyable trip
with than one or two Pennine celebrities enjoying (?) 47477 for just
a few miles from Chesterfield to Mossend where 47425 took over to
Inverness. Here 37414 was provided but 26041 provided the train
heat, and a memorable trip to Kyle and back. 47049 provided the
power back from Inverness to Mossend where 47213 took over for the
rest of, the Journey. An excellent trip highlighted by the sight of
27050/55 on the 2048 Inverness-Aberdeen which we swear we could hear
leaving Forres whilst we were heading south!
June the 8th of that year saw my first visit of the year to the
south west, with many long lamented trains in evidence. There were
some great trains in those days - Padd~ Paignton loco hauled every
hour, the 0836 Cardiff-Paignton, the 0910 Paignton-Newcastle, the
0945 Padd-Newquay and my two favourites, the 0700 Oxford-Paignton
which returned on the 1145 Paignton-Paddington and the 0924
Paignton-Birmingham which returned at 1344, this trains was
sometimes a Class 50 and sometimes a peak. On this particular day
only two steam heat locos were noted. These were 45013 on the 0820
Liverpool-Paignton and 45058 on the Paignton-Manchester,
A truly 'historic
shot' was obtained when 50039 headed the 0700 Oxford-Paignton. 47524
headed the 0655 Plymouth-Old Oak Vans and 50035 crept up on us on an
up Truro-Wembley Hockey Special and we missed a shot of it. 45139
headed that fine train, the 0910 Paignton-Newcastle and 50037 the
Paignton-Birmingham and return, large logo liveried in those days of
course. I quite vividly remember 50022 storming past Wellington on
the 0730 Penzance-Aberdeen/Glasgow, quickly followed by 50012 on an
up relief and 50013 on the 1045 Paignton-Padd, little were we to
The 0932 Penzance-Paddington 'Jumbo' train had 50043 in charge
whilst 'Rodders' put in an appearance on the 0936
Another most memorable day In the south west was experienced when on
June 30th, I spent the day around the Taunton area. Semaphores and
loco hauled trains everywhere! Memorable locos sighted on passenger
workings included 47205, 47194, 45001, 47237, 47258 and 50014 (sorry
And so by now we were well into the summer and spoilt for choice
where to go for the best. The south west for the hourly
Padd-Paignton plus the many other excellent trains, a little further
north for the Bristol-Portsmouth's and Class 33s or Just stay close
to home for the 0645 York-Portsmouth, the 0805
Chesterfield-Scarborough and the 0744 Leicester-Scarborough. Oh
the good old days, the good old days. Could British Rail ever
develop a Tardis, Of dreams life is made.
PENNINE QUIZ No 63
After the last editions map quiz , this editions is a simple answer
the question variant. Entries should reach Ed by August 15th.
1) Which was the home depot of 'Jubilee' class which worked the
Euston bound services from Birmingham and Wolverhampton?
2) In which town was Cross Newydd shed?
3) In which town was East Sutton Jcn?
4) Name the tunnel north of Charwelton on the GC.
5) Which was the first preserved steam loco to break the BR ban on
steam operations over BR tracks in 1971?
6) Where on the S&D were assisting engines attached for the
northbound climbs to Masbury summit?
7) What other name apart from Penyghent, has been carried by Class
8) In which town was Duffryn Yard shed?
9) Where was Class 40 no 40106 first allocated?
10) To which railway did the Liverpool and Manchester Railway sell
the heavily rebuilt *Rocket' In 1836?
11) When did the first Great Western Railway coal train pass through
the Severn Tunnel?
12) What was the first ex BR Main line diesel to be sold for
13) How was the 6M88 Harwich-Willesden Speedlink significant on July
14) The overall roof of which London terminus collapsed in 1905?
15) What was the number of the Electric loco damaged beyond repair
in the Hixon rail ,accident?
16) How many Stirling 8ft singles
were built for the Great Northern Railway between
17) What was the first depot D9000 was allocated to?
18) When was Class 71 re-numbered from E5001?
19) Which was the 7000 loco to be built at Crewe?
20) How many depots was the prototype Deltic allocated during its
stay on the eastern region?
21) Where was Deltic 55019 named?
22) When was Kilsby Tunnel, on the London & Brighton Railway, opened
23) Which works built all 8 of standard Class 4MT 4-6-Os between
24) On what date was now preserved Hymek D7076 withdrawn?
25) In which year was warship D821 painted maroon?
26) Which was the last 'Western' to be used on China Clay traffic
out of St Blazey on 15th Feb 1977?
27) Where the last three ex BR 57xx pannier tanks on London Transport
28) Where was the locomotive works of the West Cornwall Railway
prior to 1865?
29) Which preserved loco, other than Deltic 550t6 carries the name
30) What was the first depot D8000 was allocated to?
PENNINE OBSERVERS NOTES
Pennine members visits north of the border are not common place
these days, but on April the 7th, the membership secretary ventured
farther than Goldthorpe for once, and sighted the following-:
0657 Coventry-Edinburgh 47595, 1240 Edinburgh-Aberdeen 47641, 1333
Glasgow-Inverness 47461, 1715 Edinburgh-Birmingham 47578 and 26015
was on Glasgow Queen Street pilot. Several Push-pull Class 47s were
in evidence, . before their transfer away from these services and
47708 worked the 1230 Edinburgh-Glasgow, 47716 worked the 1325
Glasgow-Dyce, 47717 the 1525 Glasgow-Dyce, 47703 the 1530
Glasgow-Edinburgh and 47707 the 1705 Edinburgh-Cardenden.
Also on the same date 37413 headed the 0650 Glasgow-Central-Fort
William and 37417 the 0933 Glasgow Queen Street-Inverness, 47701
failed on the 0725 Glasgow-Aberdeen and 47715 replaced it leaving 35
minutes late, The 0925 Glasgow-Aberdeen had 47710 at its head whilst
47460 worked the 1125 service. The 1142 Edinburgh-Inverness was
powered by 47539 and the 1636 service by 47470.
Noted on Eastfield Depot were 26004/8110/11/14/15125/35, 47703/9,
47636, 08622, 37188/403.
Essential repairs to Selby swing bridge resulted In delays on the
Hull-Leeds service during the period March 2nd~5th. Services were
terminated at Howden with delays of approximately 45 minutes.
The 1700 Hull-Sheffield and 1905 return was powered by 47417 on
March 2nd. The same loco headed the same workings two days later.
The same day saw 31456 head the 2002 Sheffield-Leeds via Dearne
Valley and the usually HST powered 1830 FO Kings X-Newcastle had
47406 Inn charge. The 1915 Kings X-Newcastle had 91002 to Doncaster
and 47586 forward.
The following day found 47471 on the 0625 Newcastle-Liverpool and
47569, in the place of the usual pacer, worked the 1245
Carlisle-Newcastle. 58036 and 47*56 powered the full 0825
Leeds-Carlisle and 1242 return. 47406 worked the 1351
Sheffield-Leeds whilst other S&C workings were in the hands of 47418
on the 1615 Carlisle-Leeds and 31447 the 1757 Carlisle-Leeds.
Monday 5th March found 31452 working the 0514 Hull-Sheffield In
place of a sprinter, and on the 10th the 1245 Carlisle-Newcastle
failed again to produce the usual pacer with 47523 taking its place.
The 0825 Leeds-Carlisle and 1242 return had 37104 and 47456 as train
engines. The following 1045 Leeds-Carlisle had 209051906147422 at
the front, the 1757 Carlisle-Leeds had 47477.
Monday 12th saw the opening of the Swinton curve with the 0514
Hull-Sheffield with 150102 and 47483 the 0540 Wolverhampton-York
being the first service to use the new section.
The Newcastle-Weston Super Mare started at Doncaster with power cars
43185/43151, due to operating problems on March 12th.
Two days later saw steam return to Sheffield with a vengeance when 71000 Duke of
Gloucester worked a Derby-Sheffield-Derby test train with 14
coaches. According to
reports the loco made a storming climb up Heeley bank which will
remembered for quite
The 2002 Sheffield-Leeds still sees loco haulage with 31458 on the
train on March 14th and 16th.
March 17th found the 0825 Leeds-Carlisle with 56075/47453 at the
head. The 1135 Carlisle-Newcastle saw 31200 and failed DMU
54242153953 in tow.
Old ECML favourite 47520 still lives and was seen on March 22nd on
the 0540 Wolverhampton-York and on the following day 47838 worked
the train. The 1915 FO Kings X-Newcastle was powered by 91006 to
Doncaster with 47407 taking over from there. Saturday 24th saw a
Doncaster-Kings X charter worked by 47853. Various Class 47s can now
be seen on the Trans Pennine Newcastle-Liverpool services with
474241418/631 seen on this date. The 1615 Carlisle-Leeds had 47503
and the 1757 47406 at their respective heads. On March 28th and 29th
47413 worked the 2002 Sheffield-Leeds but In early April the usual
Class 31 worked the train with 31447 on the 2nd and 31458 on the
Class 91s are now in everyday use of the ECML service with 91011 on
the 1610 Kings X-Leeds an the 5th, with 91004 working the 1810
Leeds-Kings X. On the following day 91007 worked the 1915 Kings
X-Newcastle as far as Doncaster whilst on the 11th 91005 worked the
1715 Kings X-Leeds and 91010 the 1750 Kings X-Harrogate. 91002
1930 Kings X-Leeds. On the 12th 91006 on Mark I stock worked a 1203
King X-Leeds Additional and 47413 turning back the clock twenty
years ago worked a 1300 Kings X-Edinburgh additional, again using
Mark I stock. April 15th saw 37042/110 double head ballast wagons
through Cottingham for work between Beverley-and Bridlington.
Probably the first Class 3~14 to visit Hull stabling point occurred
from April 19th-21st when 37407 'Loch Long' was noted there. 47592
worked a Hull-Kings X 'Rugex' for the Rugby League Cup Final.
April 12th found no fewer than eight Class 91s in evidence on the
ECM1. with no's 91002/4/5/6117/10/11112 to be seen. 47418 worked a
1405 Kings X-Edinburgh additional with green and cream coaches
included in the rakes. The 0645 Kings X-Edinburgh additional had
47406 at the head.
Several additional services over the Easter period saw some
Interesting workings with loco hauled trains making an early return
to Skegness. Saturday 14th April saw the 0730 from Sheffield In the
hands of 47406 while 20110/031 headed 0920 ex Derby.
The 0837 Leeds-Skegness was worked by 47459 and the 0944 ex
Sheffield by 4740~. Easter Monday saw an 0835 ex Leicester worked by
201761145 with 20102/092 working the 0920 ex Derby. The 0944 ex
Sheffield was this time headed by 47524.
The following day saw the 1135 Edinburgh-Kings X additional
prematurely terminated at Doncaster when 47852 expired. 31447 worked
the train forward as an ecs working.
Occasional HST replacements on the Sheffield-St Pancras services
continue to appear in the shape of loco-hauled trains and such was
the case on April 25th when 47836 worked the 1855 to the capital. On
Sunday 29th a 1530 Kings X-Hull 'Rugex' was powered by 47407 still
notching up the miles on the ECML.
Noted during a two and a half hour period at Barnetby were nine loco
hauled or light engine manoeuvres. 47374, 47380, 47115 and 47294 all
worked tank trains returning to Immingham, as did 31185/257, 31210
worked a freight to Scunthorpe, and 31210 arid 37004 worked steel
trains to Immingham. 31210 returned to Immingham on a steel train
from Scunthorpe and 31221 worked light engine.
An area not usually reported In this section Is East Anglia but
obviously Is still an area with plenty to see. The following Class
86s were all seen on the Norwich-Liverpool St services over the
period April 27th-29th:-
Noted on Ipswich depot were 37013/32/57/1401216/219/2441358,
311871196, 47003/292/599, 86419/425/8/6021635/636, and at Cambridge
were 08612/3/711, 31209/234/400, 475651603. On the 27th the
following Class 47s could be seen on Liverpool St-Kings Lynn
services -: 47579 1632 ex Liverpool St, 47596 1728 kings
Lynn-Cambridge and 1820 return, 47576 on the 1950 Cambridge-Kings
The following day saw 47576 on the 1728 Kings Lynn-Cambridge and
47596 on the 1632 Liverpool St-Kings Lynn and 1920 return with 47579
on the 1832 ex London and 2100 r return.
May 7th saw more loco haulage to Skegness with 201391160 working
from Derby and 201051177 from Nottingham. Easter Monday, April 16th also saw loco haulage on the
Sheffield-Cleethorpes line with 47557 making a welcome change from
the usual Sprinters, while on May Day Monday 7th May 91006 worked
'Blunt End' first with the 1703 Leeds-Kings X Additional with the
following 1710 service being an HST. 31443 worked
The Class 20 loco society "Vladivostok Avoider' of May 12th saw
200101132 in grey
livery perform faultlessly for almost 12 hours on a meandering, but
enjoyable trip around various parts of South and West Yorkshire,
Humberside and Scarboro.
Stoke-on-Trent Is another location not often reported on but on
March 19th 08635120057/149, 31112/412 were in the sidings, 20029148
and 20021/75 worked light engine, 20010/132 worked a coal train.
37501 worked a steel train. Class 87s were much In evidence with
87001 on the 1418 Manchester-Birmingham, 87015 on the 1429
Birmingham-Manchester and 87026 on the 1208 Birmingham-Manchester.
90005 headed the 1400 Manchester-Euston.
On April 28th 08842/899 were Derby station pilots where 37682/3
passed through on a stone train. Black Five 44932 arrived on the
'Risborough Venturer' from Sheffield, which was taken forward by
Pacific 35028 'Clan Line'.
Stoke-on-Trent again on April 17th played heat to while noted at
Crewe were 20055180/2/135, 31320,47144/343/450/479/848, 90017.
With the Class 90s and 91s now grabbing the headlines the 'older'
Class 87s are taking a back seat from the sightings point of view
but there are , nevertheless, still much in evidence. 87024 worked
the 1630 Euston-Blackpool on April 20th whilst 87032 worked the up
Clansman. The following day saw the up 'Irish Mall' worked by 87004
with 87005 on the 0720 Euston-Glasgow and 87003 on the 2330
Euston-Manchester/Liverpool. 85011 worked the 2320 Edinburgh-Euston.
Due to engineering work the 2359 Euston-Manchester had 31101/465
from Euston-Bletchley, 90027 forward to Crewe and 47592 for the
remainder to Manchester.
Class 37s are still seen working Cardiff-Manchester/Liverpool
services, at least at the time of writing and on April 14th 37427
headed the 1315 Cardiff -Liverpool and 37426 the 1610 Cardiff
-Manchester. On May 5th 37428 and 37431 both worked Cardiff-Liverpool
workings. However on April 6th 47605 arrived at Manchester on the
1610 ex Cardiff, some 35 minutes late. It then worked the following
days 0830 return service.
On Sunday April 22nd the 0655 Manchester-Euston had 47441 as far as
Crewe where 87027 took over to the Capital. The 0905
Birmingham-Manchester was powered by 47812 and the 0910
Birmingham-Llandudno Jcn by 47456. WCML services from
Euston-Manchester /Liverpool see a variety of electric traction.
The 0945 from Liverpool-Euston had 90011 whilst the 0810
Euston-Liverpool had 86212 at its head. The 1330 Euston-Manchester
was In the hands of 87027 and the 1700 Manchester-Euston by 90003
and the following 1750 ex Manchester by 90019.
The 1345 Birmingham-Paddington (return of the 0915
Paddington-Birmingham) was a still 50150 (pardon the pun) chance of
a Class 50 or 47 (Setting confused?) On May 5th the 1345 had 47705
in charge whilst two days later 50026 only worked as far as Coventry
where veteran 85030 took over to Manchester. Also on this date
Railfreight liveried 90040 worked a Birmingham-Liverpool service and
90037 propelled the 1800 Manchester-Euston out of Piccadilly, proving
contrary to rumours that the new batch of Railfreight liveried
members of the class are to work passenger services.
With a certain amount of doubt being cast onto whether the Class 50
locomotives will be working the Paddington-Oxford services from the
start of the new timetable, this popular class are still providing
the most Intense interest and reports of workings. Everyone of the
following sightings was reported by our illustrious treasurer who is
renown (pardon the pun) to be the Class 50s number one fan.
March 16th found 50023 on the 1015 Padd-Ox and 50035 on the 1047
Padd-Newbury, whilst 50036 worked the 1100 Oxford-Paddington. On
March 23rd 50035 worked the 2110 Padd-Ox but 47598 worked the 2135
Ox-Padd. Noted at Laira on this date were 50003171110/17/40,
0879218401941, whilst Exeter stabled 37412/50027 and 56037. 47821
worked an additional 0750 Exeter-Plymouth relief due to the late
runt-ling of the overnight service from Scotland.
The departmental sectors Class 50s get very little coverage mainly
due to their very limited use In a rather confined area. However
some reports have been rather forthcoming In the last few weeks. On
March 23rd both 50020 and 50037 worked freights from Exeter-Tavistock. 50004/46 worked ballast trains on the Exeter-Honiton on the
evening of March 23rd.
The following day 50034 powered the 1910 Paddington-Plymouth and the
next days 1150 Plymouth-Paddington.
With regard to the departmental sector members March 28th found
50004 on Bristol trip workings, 50008 on a Bristol-Merehead, 50015
at Exeter, 50019 at Bristol Bath Road, 50020 at Bristol East Depot,
50021/37 out of service Laira and 50042 at Oxford and 50046 at
The following 'day saw No.4 on Bristol trips, 15 Laira, 19 Bristol
trips, 20 Exeter, 21/37 Out of Service at Laira, 42 at Oxford, 46 en
route Exeter-Bristol on the 1852 Tavistock-Gloucester Freight.
May the 10th saw 50008 on the previous nights 1852
Tavistock-Gloucester whilst 50046 worked the 1142 Exeter-Meldon and
1335 return. It then ran round In riverside yard and worked to
Bristol. 50015 worked light engine from Bristol to Exeter arriving
at Exeter at 1810 hours.
The following day saw 50019 arrive at Exeter from Westbury
whilst 50015 worked to Meldon and back during the afternoon.
Supplementing the interest on the Meldon workings, but largely
overlooked, are the Class 33 workings to and from the Southern
region. On the 10th 331131008 worked the 1120 Meldon-Tonbridge and
33101 the 0840 Eastleigh-Meldon. 330021117 worked the Exeter
Riverside-Bristol East late afternoon service. On the following day
332011211 worked a Meldon-Riverside stone and 33117/002 the 0840
Eastleigh-Meldon. Late that afternoon 33113/008 worked
Riverside-Meldon. Other Interesting workings were the 1732
Sellafield-Bridgewater nuclear flask with 31275. 47270 worked the
1500 Coatbridge-Tavistock F1t and 47277 the 1056 Fawley-Tavistock
oil train whilst 47538 was employed on the 1415 Tavistock-Riverside
departmental freight. These workings all occurred on May 10th. On
the 11th 37294/220 powered the Waterston-Heathfield tanks whilst
47277 again worked the 1056 Fawley-Tavistock.
Undoubtedly the highlight of these West
Country workings was the failure of 47809 on the 1618
Manchester-Plymouth in Dawlish station, which resulted in the
following 2048 Exeter-Laira ecs forming a 2149 Dawlish-Plymouth
relief working wrong line to Teignmouth. 50044/43 made a storming
departure from Dawlish on the relief and were followed by 50042
which had been sent light engine from Exeter to tow the defective
'duff' and stock to Laira. 47809 was however back in service the
Occasional double heading of the Padd-Ox services by Class 50s
occurred during the spring end on April 1st 50033/24 paired on the
0930 Ox-Padd and 50026/32 on the 1115 Padd-Ox, 26 then worked back
light engine whilst 32 returned on the 1250 Oxford-Paddington and
50031 did the 12465 Padd-Oxford and 1445 return. 50036 powered the 1513
Paddington-Wolverhampton. Due to there being no loco at Oxford 50034
worked empty stock to
form the 1630 Oxford-Paddington.
April the 29th saw the magnificent line up of 50026 on the 0930 to
Padd, 50031 for the 1130 to Padd and 50036 the 1630 to Paddington all
stabled at Oxford sidings. 50033 did the 1115 Padd-Ox and 1250
return. 50026 did the 1445 Padd-Ox and 50024 the 1513
Paddington-Wolverhampton. Nigger in the woodpile was 47530 on the 1245
Padd-Ox and 1430 return.
Most unusually on May 5th 33027 and 73004 headed light engine
through Cholsey presumably en-route to Bescot Open day.
April 16th found 50033 working 5A77 1130 Old Oak-Plymouth ecs to
work the 1707 Plymouth-Paddington. 50030 unusually headed the 1550
Plymouth-Paddington. The following day saw 50033 work the 1550 ex
Plymouth and 50019 run light engine from Laira to Exeter. Also Class
37s no's 37412.14, 37669/671/3 worked china clay trains In Cornwall
with no's 412/4 on the 1545 Blazey-Gloucester Speedlink. 50004
worked the 3C25 Plymouth-Penzance vans providing Cornwall with a
very rare sighting of a Class 50. 47533 powered an engineers train
from St. Blazey-Tavistock Jct.
The 0712 Newton Abbot-Exeter still sees the occasional double
heading of a Class 50 and on April 18th 50028/009 provided a fine
spectacle. May 11th however found 50044 clone working the train.
On April 18th the 2330 Waterston-Heathfield was most unusually
powered by 50003. 3767014 worked the Burngullow-Irvine China Clay
service and 47003 the 1210 Tavistock-Gloucester. 50028 worked the
0845 Aberdeen-Plymouth leaving Exeter 60 minutes late, presumably
due to an engine failure, 50008 worked to Meldon, as did 331141109
on the 0840 ex Eastleigh and 50042 headed the 1437 Bristol East
Depot-Exeter Riverside Yard Departmental Freight.
Pairing of Class 50s on ECS workings from Exeter-Laira continue
regularly particularly the 2050 working. April 15th saw 50043129,
17th 50002/3 and on the 18th 50029148.
During the period April 13th-20th eleven different Class 50s were
noted on Waterloo-Exeter services. Those seen were numbers
2/3/16117/18/28129143/48/49150. However the very occasional Class 47
Interloper does still appear. April 14th saw 47828 on the 1622
Exeter-Waterloo, working the 0815 Bas-Ex and 1228 return the
50016 failed at Salisbury on the 14th whilst working the 1715
Waterloo-Exeter and was piloted by 50049. '49 then took the ecs to
Laira and 16 was towed onto Exeter depot
by 08945. On the 16th 50048127 headed the 0915 Waterloo-Exeter running 45
minutes late at
Talaton due to the failure of '27 at Salisbury. 50019 later towed
'27 to Laira
April 20th found 50018 working the 0811 Exeter-Waterloo and 50009
the 1115 Waterloo-Exeter. 73005 worked through Hersham on stock
although It Is not known what the working wit. 50045 did the 1215
Waterloo-Salisbury, 50028 the 1020 Exeter-Waterloo and 50001 the
Despite rumours of possible withdrawals or Sector Transfer for the
start of the summer timetable, a TOPS report of May 15th showed no
change to the Class 50 sector allocations.
Any further development on this subject remains he seen,
Out thanks go to Messrs Dewing, Slater, Caddick, Barclay, Gossan,
Stewart and Wesley Jnr.
PENNINE RAILWAY SOCIETY
- MEETINGS/TRIPS LIST - JUNE-SEPTEMBER 1990
Meetings List No.3 June-September
1 Rosemary Lane
Tel 0522 520478
All meetings are held at the Corporation Brewery Taps, Cleveland
Street, Doncaster at 19.45 for a 20.00 prompt start on EVERY first
Tuesday and EVERY third Tuesday of EVERY month. Everyone
welcome, members and non-members. If anyone would like to do a
slide/film show please contact Robin-we have dates available.
Tuesday 19 June - Mexborough's own favourite son, Tony Caddick.
Illustrated show 'MIDSUMMER NIGHTMARE'
Tuesday 3 July - Illustrated Show-Robin Skinner. One evening Not to
be missed. Be there or be square. See his award
Tuesday 17 July - Illustrated show-Geoff Bambrough and Tony Booth -
an evening of nostalgia with the veterans
Tuesday 7 August - Illustrated show-Paul Wesley. Those not there
good reason will have P. Wesley Senior to answer to.
Tuesday 21 August ~ Illustrated show - celebrity to be announced
Tuesday 4 September - Illustrated show - turn to be announced later
Tuesday 18 September - Illustrated show - volunteer to be
Fixtures List No,3 1990 David Whitlam
128 Cantley Manor Ave
Sunday 22 July Doncaster Works.12.00
PR4-9o/3 Meet Plant Hotel entrance 11.50
Members £3 Non-m-embers £3.25
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
July 1 Gloucester 150 Rail Day
July 21 BREL Crewe Open Day
July 29 Sandtoft Transport Centre Vintage Vehicle Gathering
Come along and view the fleet of PAST Tours
September 15/16 Midland Railway Centre English Electric Weekend
September 23 Middleton Railway Gala Day
September 29 Tinsley TMD Open Day