No.77 - Autumn 1991
TRANS PENNINE is produced by the Pennine Railway Society. The
views expressed are not necessarily, and. probably wont be, those of
the Society or Editor.
Pennine Slide Competition
This popular event
held this year
on Tuesday 1 October at the Taps. Bring along 4 of your railway
slides which you think
have the best
chance of success. For those of you who in previous years have
tried. to read the judges mind, sensing what his favourite type of
shot might be, then this year you
be in for a
surprise. The judge
be an unknown
quantity, all the Committee know is that he is a friend of Gerry
he prefer to
a 50 in action
or in a scrapyard, Glyn?
This is always a popular event, well attended, and often frequented
by some members we don't see regularly. Please support it again this
year and if you are entering slides, please come a little earlier to
give us time to place them in the reels etc.
Prizes and trophies galore.
Yet another year passes and we are already making arrangements for
the Pennine Shield 1991. Details of the dates of the rounds as known
at the time of going to press are shown in the meetings list at the
end of the magazine.
In the 1990 competition PENNINE came with a storming late run to
finish last of the 4 teams. However there were signs of a return to
form and there is confidence this year that the PENNINE can give a
credible challenge to the form horse. FAST (Felix and Sheffield
Transport) Tours, and to the other challengers Dore Loco Group, and
the SYRPC (Grapes Hotel, Brown Cow, Sheffield).
In reply to several queries following an item in the notes from the
Committee in the last edition, we can confirm that the Clerk of the
Course at Doncaster Racecourse is John Sanderson.
We were delighted to see so many colleagues at the Sandtoft
Transport Gathering on 28 July. Although PENNINE Real Ale Expert
Neil Taylor (Doncaster) was not sighted, (although that does not
mean to say he wasn't there, other PENNINE lads, and our friends
from the Sheffield Transport Group ensured that the beer tent ran
dry at 16.00, 2 hours before booked closure.
Earlier in the day our Treasurer, founder of OLDA (Overpriced Lager
Drinkers' Association) was seen heading for the "Reindeer" public
house to fill up with some of his favourite "reassuringly expensive"
Lincoln was represented by Robin Skinner, recently returned from his
continental jaunt. Unfortunately PENNINE'S No 1 bus man, Gerry
Collins (Lincoln) was unable to attend. We hope to see him there
Crack Halts £1m Trains
Britain's first aluminium trains, built at a cost of £1m each are
being recalled after cracks were discovered. Safety checks revealed
splits around the doors and cracks in aluminium rafts underneath
Class 158 units. The entire fleet will be recalled to replace the
parts with steel.
The units have been dogged by problems, and repairs so far are said
to have cost £20m, to be paid by builders BREL Derby. BREL chief
executive Peter Holdstock resigned after failing to meet delivery
dates (what an unfortunate name).
It is rumoured that scrap merchant (and PENNINE member) Barry
"Harold" Marshall has tendered to recover the aluminium to weigh in
to raise funds for preserved buses owned by FAST Tours.
This situation follows on the announcement that after agreement that
the future Channel Trains can serve the "Great British
Breakfast", the trains will not be built with catering facilities to
enable eggs to be fried.
ODE TO IAN WILSON (Doncaster)
I can't read, I can't write, but that don't really matter Cause I've
a Royal Tiger Cub and want to buy a tractor
(From the Boys at the Back)
HONEST JOHN GETS THE TORCH
After the amazing success of the World Dossers' Games at Sheffield
recently, paid for by the poor old tax payers of the said city, it
can now be revealed that your illustrious Treasurer "Honest" John
Sanderson was on standby to carry the torch on the final leg of the
journey. It can be assured that there was no danger of Hi dropping
the torch as he was told to just imagine it was a pint of lager.
Maybe that's why he got scorched lips on the practice run.
HAND HELD SHOTS PROVE SOLE ATTRACTION
The most entertaining slide show for many a month was held at the
Taps on July 2nd courtesy of Messrs Collins and Payne (Lincoln). A
mix up in arrangements led to a failure in the arrival of the slide
drums (probably due to operating difficulties) which led to the
slides being hand held and loaded into manual containers.
Reference was made to 5 inch something or other at Ecclefechan about
which we drew our own conclusions, but the highlight of the evening
was a shot of Steve Payne's training shoe. The next shot being of a
Class 31 led to members debating which was which. Also shown was a
GC trolleybus but Gerry had problems getting it all in.
WISH YOU WERE HERE
The meeting of August 6th led to Mr Skinner showing his holiday
snaps of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Swaziland, Shanghai and all
points east, sounding just like Judith Chalmers. . We now all know
where to go when the 50s have all gone.
Annual General Meeting
In order to arrange a coup, the Committee have instructed Chairman
Skinner to make known the date of our next AGM as early as possible.
This he has done so mark down in you diary Sunday 12 January 1992.
The AGM will start at 12.30pm and we hope to arrange a visit round
Doncaster Works prior to the meeting. More details will appear in
the next Issue of TRANS PENNINE.
ACE TIPSTER STILL ON COURSE
Ace Tipster John Sanderson's prediction of November 7th 1991 as the
date of the next General Election is still on course. Readers of
this organ will remember that the prediction appeared in the June
Interesting to note that only Neil Kinnock uses his proper name. His
opponents John Major-Ball and Jeremy John Durham "Paddy" Ashdown for
some reason choose not to.
For racing fans John predicts BALLA JIDAAL to win the 1992 2000
Guineas classic at Newmarket and he also says John Major-Ball will
be returned an PM.
Welcome to the Autumn edition of "TRANS PENNINE". It is with great
pleasure that we can announce the forthcoming wedding of our
Religious Adviser, Reverend Andrew J Watts (I'm too sexy for my
cassock) and the delightful Lady Helen (former nun). (I'm too sexy
for my habit). The wedding is booked for May 9th 1992.
The wedding has the approval of the Archbishop of Canterbury and we
extend best wishes, albeit a little early from all of us to Helen
and to all of him.
Remember, Helen, it's not too late to alter the diagram.
PENNINE SLIDE COMPETITION No.67
Answers to Lord Mexborough's quiz in the last magazine were as
1) 1984 2) Keppel 3) 1893 4) ALISON 5) Britannia
6) 55003 Meld 7) 1979 8) The Liverpool Phil 9) 1966
10) Park Royal Vehicles Ltd 11) Vulcan Foundry 12) 1915
13) 3m 64yds 14) Kings Cross-Newcastle Tyne Commission Quay
15) Viscount Montgomery 16) Table 228 17) 1980 18)
Enginemen's Fund 20) D1013/D1023 21) 1957
22) 50035 Ark Royal 23) 1956 24) Sir Brian Robertson
25) Ivernia 26) Feb 28th 1975 27) Robert Stephenson & Hawthorn
28) 1951 29) Sidmouth Junction 30) 1859 31) Sheaf House
32) Bachelor Button 33) 5th October 1981 34) Blackwell
35) Carlisle Upperby 36) 1925 37) Wolverton Works 38) IVGA
39) 1965 40) Sir Geoffrey Howe's favourite - MARGARET H THATCHER
correct answers, but the lucky first three out of the Editor's can
of worms were Barry Harold Marshall, M Bell, and John Ross Dewing
The Football Disease
The start of the new football season was only a few hours old when a
group of Tottenham Hotspur "supporters"" decided to introduce an
face to a
bottle on Wessex Electric EMU 2401 on the 20.00 Weymouth-Waterloo.
Police assistance was called for at Basingstoke but thankfully the
train was only delayed 10 minutes much to the relief of the other
Readers should ignore the blatant propaganda by both the football
authorities (who are making a pretty good job of killing the game)
and the relevant Government Ministers who insist that the problem of
hooliganism is under control. It may be inside the grounds but what
The result Southampton 2 Tottenham 3, but who cares?
RED STAR FACES CLOSURE
A number of Red Star parcels points throughout the railway network
are to be closed as part of a major drive to cut costs by the
express parcels set-up. Red Star lost £9.2m in 1990/91 and has been
seriously hit by the recession. It is expected that the number of
parcel points will be slimmed down to 430.
COLCHESTER TOWN IS ON THE MAP
The restored St Botolphs station has been officially opened and
re-named Colchester Town. The station is served by an hourly service
to Clacton/Walton and half-hourly to Chelmsford for most of the day.
Regular Freightliner services have started running from Hull again
for the first time in four years. The service is being run for
International Ferry Freight which operates six sailings a week
between Hull and Rotterdam. The Company has returned to Hull after
using Immingham for several years. Trains carrying 30ft containers
from ICI's Wilton Plant on Teesside will fun right into the King
CREWE OPEN DAY
Crewe diesel depot is having an Open Day on Saturday October 12th.
CLASS 321s IN WEST YORKSHIRE
The first of three new Class 321 electric trains built for the West
Yorkshire PTE has been in Leeds for familiarisation by train crews
and maintenance staff. Unit 321901 was handed over at BREL York
Works. Based at Neville Hill. the 10Omph units will replace elderly
former Network SouthEast Class 307s on the Leeds-Doncaster line this
by Paul Slater
A trip to
Glasgow with my school Railway Club in
only occasion on which I got more than a fleeting glimpse of steam
on the former North British lines in Scotland. Eastfield, then coded
was the first
of three sheds we visited In Glasgow. Like the present Eastfield
was situated at
the top of Cowlairs bank., it was the main depot for Queen Street
(High, Level) station and the ex-North British lines In the Glasgow
By the entrance to the shed stood three derelict engines, and my
brother took a photograph of them. All were of types which seemed
very exotic to Northamptonshire "spotters". D11 4-4-0 no. 62688 "The
Fiery Cross" and two ex-North British locos, D34 4-4-0 no.
In the shed, and a number of them were pre-Grouping North British
types; there were two
J37 0-6-0's, also
ten of the
N15 0-6-2T's which
were used as
station pilots and shunters at Queen Street, three J83 0-6-0T's and
three of the smaller shunting tanks. The D11's were an LNER
development of a Great Central design, but with their
strange-sounding Walter Scott names they belonged very much to
former North British territory we saw two others at Eastfield that
"Wizard of the
Moor". There were four more
Carlisle (Canal) and one un-named one apiece from Eastfield, Balloch
and Fort William.
I was particularly interested la the West Highland line and its
locomotives. Of the classes typical of the West Highland, there were
at Eastfield, four K4 2-6-0s, nos. 61993 "Loch Long", the now
"Lord of the
61998 '"MacLoud of MacLoud"
four K2s. no.
William and from Eastfield itself nos.
Also from Fort
William shed were two Black
on the shed:
Kittybrewster and 61064 from Carlisle (Canal). London Midland and BR
Standard types worked out of Eastfield as well as ex-LNER engines,
and I noted two of
65A's Black 5's,
three of the
73000 class and one
76000 class, as
well as nos.
from Perth and
no. A5119 from Stirling. Two ex-LNER Pacifics had worked. In from
Beauty" and A3 no.
Kop", both from
Miscellaneous engines at Eastfield that day comprised three WD
2-8-0's, a J39 0-6-0, two V1 2-6-2's and one of the very similar V3
no. 40649 from Corkerhill (67A), four J50 0-6-0Ts, and a diesel
shunter from Parkhead (65C).
There were a
few former North British engines at the other two Glasgow sheds we
visited: an N15 0-6-2T from Eastfield at St. Rollox (65B), also one
from Parkhead, and four J35 0-6-0's plus a J36 at Polmadie (66A). At
some lineside point on the way home - probably Carstairs - I noted
my one and only D30 4-4-0, no. 62426 "Cuddie Headrigg".
PHOTTING WITH TWO FFS
The weekend of July 20/21 was truly historic in the life of yours
truly as, by the time these notes reach you, it is likely the last
Class 50 has run between Waterloo and Exeter, and with it the end of
an era covering the last six or seven years during which time I have
bordered on being either dedicated to the cause of travelling
thousands of miles photographing Class 50s, or plain daft and should
have had better things to do. I like to think that during those
years, those miles and miles through of driving through rain, mist,
fog, snow, and sleet, I've had my share of rewards. I've lost count
of the four o' clock starts, the scraping of frost covered
windscreens and the first twenty minutes of the journey before the
car has warmed up. And on many, many times during these senseless
jaunts collecting a certain Mr Smith from Derby station, he too
totally dedicated in getting as many 50s at as many locations on
film as possible, first on the Padd-Ox's then the Wat-Ex's, taking
in Devon and Cornwall in the process. We are well qualified to take
over from Judith Chalmers, recommending B&Bs in England, especially
in the South and South West.
We've stopped at the flats at Dawlish, Mrs B's at East Taphouse and
The Stapleton Arms at Buckhorn Weston to name a few, the last visit
to the Blenheim Flats at Dawlish being made all the more enjoyable
by visiting Gays creamery which must be the best bakery in the West
Country, and taking in Apple Pie and Clotted Cream, which after
bacon and sausage butties, but before the lager and scrumpy, after
which we were just about in a fit state to slag off the Eurovision
Song Contest, although we both thought the winner, a Swedish girl,
was definitely fit, the song, alas, bilge.
For those of you who spend your Saturdays rising in the middle of
the day, at about 08.30, or at a civilised time as some would prefer
to point out, and have a nice leisurely cooked breakfast, spare a
thought for a new pastime taken in during our photographic exploits,
more of a necessity than a preference. I talk of Sizzling. That
practice, unknown to most of you, I fear, of getting the portable
stove out and getting the bacon on the go to ease the hunger pains.
Most bridges west of Salisbury have been scored.
But back to the B&Bs. Mrs Ferris at Blenheim Flats, Dawlish, made
sure sizzling was never necessary because of her enormous
breakfasts. The ECS and 22.10 were often viewed during stays there.
Mrs B's at East Taphouse (near Doublebois) also held a warm welcome,
which was just as well as the first time we stayed there, a few
years ago in the middle of winter, we had been out all day and got
soaked, and both parties had forgotten to take spare footwear. After
booking in during the evening and a hot bath, some zzzing took place
in front of the coal fire before on the following morning a typical
farmhouse breakfast made even better by the provision of a toaster
and loaf of bread - help yourself!
The slightly more expensive, but most enjoyable, Stapleton Arms at
Buckhorn Weston made for a good night with an excellent bar meal
followed by bevvies before viewing the last down storming from the
car park. being partaken once or twice.
As well as B&Bs, some fine locations have been found, both for their
quality on being excellent spots, but also having excellent names.
Frampton Mansell, Tisbury Two Gates, Queen Camel, Skew Bridge, East
Coker, Coleman's Farm, Colheyne Farm, and Harmony Hill are all Class
50 locations which have been visited, but for me the one that takes
the biscuit is Wyre Piddle. I can still see 50046 on the 13.45
Padd-Hereford absolutely storming.
Over the years my favourite scenic locations have become Tisbury
allotments, Colheyne Farm (nr Seaton Jcn). Crewkerne Gates, and of
course the infamous Langstone Rock, but in this list of favourites I
have to add a non-Class 50 location in Claverton.
Great lengths have often had to be taken to get the required shot.
I've scrambled up lamp posts, sat on walls. balanced on fences,
climbed mountains, stumbled up embankments, and paddled in streams,
all to get that important shot. I've cut fingers, sprained ankles,
torn jeans, and lost lens caps all in the same vain.
And so to what looks like the last weekend trip of all, the 20/21
July where B&B was provided by The Gables at Hook. Company was
provided by Mr Crocker of Paignton, and the afore-mentioned Mr Smith
of Derby (still reeling from the shock departure of Deano), and
bevvies by The White Hart at Hook. Entertainment between trains
provided by Mr Crocker's football before lack of skill on his part
(well what do you expect from a Plymouth Argyle supporter) brought
about its premature loss down an embankment at Pirbright.
Replacement provided by Shell/BP garage, Fleet Road, Farnborough.
I'd hate to have to try and tot up all the miles, the shots taken,
the amount of ale supped, the cream teas eaten, and the derogatory
adjectives hurled at a certain Mr Ketley, particularly this year,
during my exploits. Messrs Stewart and Stewart will no doubt concur
on the last comment. But during that time, some excellent days out,
and weekends have been enjoyed, with the aid of my wife's
understanding and lack of threats of divorce courts, and some
marvellous performances by Class 50s.
The last few years, all things considered have been most enjoyable.
I'm certainly pleased to have been photting with two FFs.
by Two FFS
As a change
from the usual version of All Our Yesterdays, the clock has been
turned back to the halcyon days of 1984 when a Summer Saturday meant
sun, sand, and Mk 1 stock. Listed below are observations made on the
sea wall at Dawlish between 05.48 and 18.30 on 18/9/84 during which
time 105 trains were noted.
Times shown are booked passing times; trains stopped at Dawlish
Motive Power H/code Train
1V47 2320 Manchester-Paignton
5F01 0450 Laira-Exeter ecs
0602 * 50019 1V56
IM49 0525 Plymouth-Liverpool
2C31 0605 Paignton-Exeter
0639 * 45013 +
1V57 2235 Newcastle-Paignton
1A17 0600 Plymouth-Paddington
2C32 0646 Newton Abbot-Exeter
2C05 0545 Barnstaple-Plymouth
3A27 0615 Plymouth-Paddington Pcls
0728 * 47152
1V58 2220 Glasgow-Paignton
0751 * HST
1E30 0700 Plymouth-Newcastle
1A29 0725 Plymouth-Paddington
3C18 0635 Bristol-Plymouth Pcls
0849 * DMU
2C37 0816 Paignton-Exeter
1V60 2325 Glasgow-Paignton
1A33 0628 Penzance-Paddington
1C11 0630 Worcester SH.-Penzance
1E23 0842 Paignton-York
0932 * 50043
1A37 0855 Paignton-Paddington
0937 * DMU
2C11 0915 Exeter-Newton Abbot
1V61 0650 Birmingham-Paignton
1E33 0910 Paignton-Newcastle
IM08 0924 Paignton-Birmingham
1C12 0700 Oxford-Paignton
1A39 0725 Penzance-Paddington
1C14 0730 Paddington-St Austell Motorail
1025 * 50040
1A42 0945 Paignton-Paddington
1C16 0745 Paddington-Penzance
1035 * 45012
IM86 1000 Paignton-Liverpool
IS71 0740 Penzance-Glasgow
1059 * 47152
IS84 1020 Paignton-Glasgow
1C18 0836 Cardiff-Paignton
1A43 0835 Penzance-Paddington
1C22 0845 Paddington-Penzance
1117 * 47448
1C17 0800 Paddington-Paignton
1A46 1045 Paignton-Paddington
1C19 0750 Swansea-Penzance
IM85 1110 Paignton-Newcastle
1V64 0717 Derby-Penzance
IM76 0855 Newquay-Manchester
1E91 0853 Penzance-Newcastle
1152 * HST
1V66 0628 Bradford-Paignton
IM22 1128 Paignton-Manchester
1E25 0910 Penzance-Leeds
1216 * 47508
1C24 0915 Paddington-Paignton
1224 * 50026
1A52 1145 Paignton-Paddington
1C27 0940 Paddington-Penzance
1C28 0945 Paddington-Newquay
1A53 0932 Penzance-Paddington
1253 * 45130
1V67 0759 Nottingham-Paignton
1E22 1004 Newquay-Newcastle
1301 * HST
1V70 0655 Newcastle-Plymouth
1A54 1020 Penzance-Paddington
1C33 1045 Paddington-Penzance
IM83 1000 Penzance-Liverpool
1C31 1018 Paddington-Paignton
1A59 1256 Paignton-Paddington
1334 * 45077
1V71 0820 Liverpool-Paignton
1E64 1035 Penzance-Leeds
1342 * 50001
1V10 0914 Brighton-Penzance
1086 1050 Penzance-Brighton
1A61 1105 Penzance-Paddington
1410 * HST
1E37 1336 Paignton-Newcastle
1A63 1135 Newquay-Paddington
1418 * 50046
1C35 1115 Paddington-Paignton
1M44 1125 Penzance-Manchester
1V73 0911 Manchester-Newquay
1V76 0936 Liverpool-Penzance
1437 * 47497
1A65 1355 Paignton-Paddington
1449 * 47362
1V80 0821 Bradford-Paignton
1449 * 47448
1B36 1410 Paignton-Swansea
1V81 0921 Leeds-Penzance
1E18 1220 Newquay-Leeds
1C41 1245 Paddington-Penzance
1519 * HST
1529 * 50037
1A70 1450 Paignton-Paddington
1532 * 50009
1C39 1218 Paddington-Paignton
1539 * 45127
IM28 1504 Paignton-Nottingham
1E21 1445 Plymouth-Leeds Pcls
1E70 1525 Paignton-Newcastle
1307 Padding tort-Paignton Relief
1A78 1535 Paignton-Oxford
1C43 1318 Paddington-Paignton
1A73 1340 Penzance-Paddington
1V85 0922 Newcastle-Penzance
1M65 1608 Paignton-Liverpool
1V87 1210 Liverpool-Penzance
1A77 1455 St Austell-Paddington Motorail
1C44 1345 Paddington-Penzance
1V86 1344 Birmingham-Paignton
2B81 1630 Paignton-Axminster
1724 * 45013
1C47 1415 Paddington-Paignton
1A79 1448 Penzance-Paddington
3A25 1350 Penzance-Old Oak Pcls
1C49 1445 Paddington-Penzance,
5C43 1712 Paignton-Exeter ecs
1800 * HST
1E40 1730 Paignton-York
1C53 1545 Paddington-Penzance
1821 * 50009
1A82 1745 Paignton-Paddington
1827 * 50017
1V88 1311 Manchester-Paignton
PENNINE QUIZ NO 68
This quiz, being of a topical nature, should sort the boys out from
the men, and the neds from the enthusiasts.
Answers to the Editor by November 15th please.
Class 50 Quiz
1) On which date was D439 released into traffic?
2) Which Class 50 hauled the Wessexman Railtour to Weymouth on
3) For what reason was 50007 renamed as "Sir Edward Elgar" on
4) Which Class 50 carried a blue roof after a repaint at Landore?
5) On what date was 50022 named "Anson"?
6) Which was the first Class 50 to carry "Large Logo," livery?
7) Due to a shortage of DMUs at Cardiff Canton depot on 9/1/87 which
Class 50 was employed on DMU turns on the Merthyr Tydfil line?
8) Which was the first Class 50 ever to work a train to Penzance?
9) At which depot was 50030 twinned with HMS Repulse during 1985?
10) Which Class 50 worked the Vulcan Van train railtour along the
electrified Hastings line?
11) What happened on 23rd November 1983?
12) On 1815/69 the 21.00 Euston-Inverness service being hauled by
D400 was involved in a collision during part of its journey. Where
did this collision take place?
13) 50008 and 50020 "Revenge" made history on 19/5/79 by becoming
the first two Class 50s to do what?
14) After a long absence 50031 "Hood", became the first member of
the class to work into Liverpool Lime Street on 7 December 1985 with
the 06.03 service from Paddington. Six days later on 13112/85
another Class 50 worked into Liverpool with the same train. Which
15) What was the penultimate Class 50 to be released from Doncaster
Works on 20/10183 during the refurbishment programme undertaken at
16) When was 50044 "Exeter" first re-painted into Network SouthEast
17) on which date did 50046 0AjaxO arrive at Doncaster Works for
18) During the Winter timetable of 1985/86 the 1M82 20.00
Cardiff-Crewe and 1V01 02.00 Crewe-Cardiff were diagrammed for Class
50 haulage. What was the first Class 50 to work this train on 4th
19) Which two DCWA Sector Class 50s were repainted into a unique
20) On 10/6186 Network SouthEast was launched at Waterloo station.
Which Class 50 was at the launch?
21) The 23rd February 1987 was a black day for the class. Why?
22) Which Class 50 worked the last weekday 18.07 Paddington Hereford
Cathedrals express on 8/5/87?
23) The beginning of the Summer timetable on 1115/87 saw the start
of Class 50s working into Portsmouth Harbour on a daily basis. Which
was the first loco to arrive on the 09.22 from Waterloo?
24) On what date was 50047 named "Swiftsure"?
25) What was the last timetabled working of 50006 "Neptune" before
it was withdrawn?
26) Which two Class 50s worked the "Last Loco Hauled Train to
27) 50149 "Defiance" entered service on 2219/87. However "Defiance"
was soon In trouble when on 24/9/87 It worked the 14.25
Blazey-Severn Tunnel Jct freight double headed with 47019. What
happened to "Defiance,, when it worked this train?
28) During which month of 1976 was 50001 re-allocated from Old oak
29) The RPPR Derbyshire Double railtour of 18 March 1978 employed
which two Class 50s?
30) On which date was 50004 named "St. Vincent"?
31) Which Class 50 is currently (as of 116/91) the only member of
the class to be fitted with Snowploughs?
32) In what year was D409 re-numbered to 500097
33) For what technical reason was 50013 withdrawn from service?
34) What was the first Class 50 to operate on the Southern on
5/11/84 when it arrived at Clapham Jcn with a milk train from St
35) On which date was 50040 renamed from Leviathan to Centurion?
36) On 3/3/90 a 3000
stone train ran from Merehead Quarry to Acton Yard. Which two Class
50s were in charge of the train?
37) Which Class 50 became the first member of the class to carry
38) After release from Laira this year, what was D400's first
39) On what date was 50026 released from Doncaster Works after
40) The Talbot Motors Railway Society ran a railtour from Coventry
to Scarboro on 12/5184. Which Class 50 worked the train?
41) Due to the much publicised derailment of 50041 "Bulwark" at
Paddington, 50029 "Renown" hauled the first of many diverted
services when it arrived at another London terminus with a service
from Wolverhampton. Which London terminus station?
42) To which depot was 50036 re-allocated to during May 1976?
43) An Open Day was held at Wolverton Works on 22/8/81. Which Class
50 was present?
44) What date was 50042 named "Triumph"?
45) Whilst under construction what was the works number of D405?
46) 50014's engine was "transplanted" to 50149 and consequently
"Warspite" was withdrawn. On which date was "Warspite" officially
47) Which Class 50 worked the "Derbyshire Dingle" Railtour to
48) Where was prototype Class 50, DP2, involved in its fatal
49) How heavy is a Class 50?
50) Where is Langstone Rock?
THE NIGHT MAIL
At the special request of PENNINE's No.1 postman. Graham
Dawson of Sheffield, an avid reader of this organ, we are delighted
to print the following piece on the Night Mail.
If any other member has a similar piece of prose they think would
interest readers, please send it to the Editor.
'Where's that - Holyhead' shouts the GPO inspector. The cameraman
pans slowly down to the gentle "clonk" meeting buffers as a "Baby
Scot" drops onto the down Postal, the TPO crew sink their last cups
of tea in the refreshment room and bid a cheery farewell to the
girls behind the bar, black dressed for respectability behind their
glass cases of buns and sandwiches. An unusually clean Horwich
clanks into the adjoining platform - the late running Holyhead
Postal has arrived. Amid hustle and bustle the mails are
transferred, doors lam shut and the guard in his LMS soft cap holds
up the green light. Gently the "Baby Scot" moves off six beats to
revolution and on into the night. This
Crewe one summer evening in
and they are making the Crown Film Unit's epic documentary
Night Mail. Although the film was GPO sponsored it is
also a classic record of the LMS in the
just on Stanier's coming. A Royal Scot on the down Postal out
of Euston, a Webb 5ft 6in 2-42 tank on the auto train shunted
at 'the junction' to clear the road, the thrill of picking up
and putting down mails, W. H. Auden's poetry and above all the
wonderful atmosphere of Crewe near mid night. Only Brief
Encounter could come within a sight of this and that as
The West Coast Postal or, to give it its official title, the Down
Special Travelling Post Office and the up equivalent, has been one
of the principal express trains on the main line between Euston and
Glasgow with a history going back for 140 years. It is one of the
numerous services operated for the Post Office and does not carry
passengers although Post Office staff travel on the train sorting
mail during the
journey. A feature of many
the travelling Post Office trains was the
mail bags between lineside apparatus and the trains
passing at speed. As the trains
progressed fresh mailbags were
picked up to be dealt with by the
sorters. At intermediate towns mail
sorted earlier on the journey was
placed in special pouches and set
down on the ends
the traductor arms on the coach side to be caught
in the lineside net where the local postmen were waiting to take the
mail pouches to the nearby sorting office.
This is the Night Mail crossing the border,
Bringing the cheque and the postal order,
Letters for the rich, letters for the poor,
The shop at the corner and the girl next door.
Pulling up Beattock, a steady climb:
The gradient's against her, but she's on time.
Past cotton-grass and moorland boulder
Shovelling white steam over her shoulder,
Snorting noisily as she passes
Silent miles of wind-bent grasses.
Birds turn their heads as she approaches,
Stare from the bushes at her blank-faced coaches.
Sheep-dogs cannot turn her course;
They slumber on with paws across.
In the farm she passes no one wakes,
But a jug in the bedroom gently shakes.
Dawn freshens, the climb is done.
Down towards Glasgow she descends
Towards the steam tugs yelping down the glade of cranes,
Towards the fields of apparatus, the furnaces
Set on the dark plain like gigantic chessmen.
All Scotland waits for her:
In the dark glens, beside the pale-green sea lochs
Men long for news.
Letters of thanks, letters from banks,
Letters of joy from the girl and the boy,
Receipted bills and invitations
To inspect new stock or visit relations,
And applications for situations
And timid lovers' declarations
And gossip, gossip from all the nations,
News circumstantial, news financial,
Letters with holiday snaps to enlarge in,
Letters with faces scrawled in the margin,
Letters from uncles, cousins, and aunts,
Letters to Scotland from the South of France,
Letters of condolence to Highlands and Lowlands
Notes from overseas to Hebrides
Written on paper of every hue,
The pink, the violet, the white and the blue,
The chatty, the catty, the boring, adoring,
The cold and official and the heart's outpouring,
Clever, stupid, short and long,
The typed and the printed and the spelt all wrong.
Thousands are still asleep
Dreaming of terrifying monsters,
Or of friendly tea beside the band at Cranston's or Crawford's:
Asleep in working Glasgow, asleep in well-set Edinburgh,
Asleep in granite Aberdeen,
They continue their dreams,
And shall wake soon and long for letters,
And none will hear the postman's knock
Without a quickening of the heart,
For who can bear to feel himself forgotten?
(W H Auden)
Very rarely mentioned in these columns are events taking place on
Irish railways but most welcome are these observations made during
June. On 3rd No 129 worked the 18.00 Rosslare-Dublin, noted at Dun
Laoghaire, whilst on the following day Dublin Connolly hosted 030 in
sidings, 056 on chemicals and 082 was on shed. 124/131 were station
pilots. At Tralee on the 11th, 167 worked the 09.55 to Dublin.
Seen at Greystones two days later were 005 on a Dublin-Rosslare
passenger, 011 on freight, 039 on an Arklow chemical train and 144
on a Dublin-Arklow passenger. Northern Ireland Railways 113 "Belfast
and County Down" was at Dublin Connolly on the 4th with a Belfast
The cult following of Class 50s continues with no sign of waning as
the ever decreasing number of remaining examples still ply their
trade between Waterloo and Exeter. Since the last edition of TRANS
PENNINE, and rather surprisingly, celebrity member 50007 "Ted" has
joined the ranks of withdrawn, amongst others. Although originally
thought to be guaranteed to run until the end of the class it was
not to be and it is hard to believe that the "Green Machine" will
not storm Tisbury or Seaton Jcn again.
However recent observations have found four or five of the class out
most days with 47s and 33s still sharing the balance of workings.
Fortunes of the photographer however can change. For example on June
16th (Sunday) 50033 worked the 09.28 Ex-Wat, 50031 the 08.15 Bas-Ex,
50027 the 08.55 Wat-Ex. 50031 the 11.05 Ply-Wat, 50002 the 10.55
Wat-Ex, and 50027 the 14.22 Ex-Wat. Not so fortunate on July 21st
when only the 08.28 Sal-Wat and 12.55 Wat-Ex provided Class 50 power
for bashers and photters alike east of Salisbury. Nos 47705/9/10/17
proved unpopular power on services with 33002/114 working the 10.28
Sal-Wat and 14.55 Wat-Ex. Interesting was'33'002,s change of
partner, as on the previous day it was paired with 33019 on the
07.46 Sal-Wat and 11.15 Wat-Ex, returning on the 16.22 Ex-Wat, while
50046 worked the 06.10 Yeovil-Waterloo, 10.15 Wat-Sal and 17.24
return. 50033 powered the 09.15 Wat-Ex and 14.22 Ex-Wat whilst 50002
headed the 08.10 Ex-Wat and 15.15 Wat-Ex. D400 worked the 10.20
Ex-Wat and interestingly its diagram is now ECS EH more or less
immediately after arrival at Waterloo. 37705 headed through
Basingstoke on southbound oils and 60051 in the opposite direction,
also on July 20th.
The most remarkable working, possibly, of the period was after 33114
worked west on the 07.52 Wat-Ex, and 33026 on the 11.15 Wat-Ex with
33030 on an earlier working, all three were returned (although 33026
was not working) on the 16.22 Ex-Wat as far as Salisbury, where much
shunting was necessary to get 33114 as train loco for the remainder
of the journey, as it was in the centre of the formation on arrival.
All this happened on July 6th, and with 33102 working the 20.40
Wat-Yeovil it meant that no less than four Class 33s had worked that
Noted at Eastleigh on July 6/7 were 33009/30135/65, 47145/196/327/
361/392/459/567/569/258, 73108/114/130/132. 60051/62 were also in
Almost the end - Class 50s
Friday 16 August 1991
13.15 Waterloo/Exeter 50046 09.45 Exeter-Waterloo 50017
12.13 Salisbury/Waterloo 50033 11.55 Exeter/Waterloo 47709
15.13 Salisbury/Waterloo 47702 15.15 Waterloo/Exeter 47715
13.55 Plymouth/Waterloo 50002 (33201 from Plymouth-Exeter)
16.22 Exeter/Waterloo 50030 18.15 Waterloo/Exeter 47702
20.40 Waterloo/Yeovil 50029 19.40 Exeter-Basingstoke 50046
Saturday 17 August 1991
07.52 Waterloo/Exeter 47712 09.15 Waterloo/Exeter 50017
08.11 Exeter/Waterloo 47702 10.15 Waterloo-Salisbury 50033
11.15 Waterloo/Exeter 50046 11.14 Soton/Plymouth 50030
11.00 Exeter/Waterloo 47715
11.50 Exeter/Waterloo 33201/208 (splendid sight in Dutch livery)
15.15 Waterloo/Exeter 47702 14.22 Exeter/Waterloo 50017
17.15 Waterloo/Exeter 47711 16.22 Exeter/Waterloo 50046
20.40 Waterloo/Yeovil 50033
August 8th found 37413 on the Euston-Fort William overnight and
47328 on the 06.05 Edinburgh circular. 47672/3/5 were all at
Edinburgh while at Aberdeen were 08882 and 37232. 37240 worked the
09.10 Aberdeen-Inverness, 47677 the 10.50 Inverness-Aberdeen and
37156 the following 12.12 service. 47673 was at Elgin on freight and
37407/8 worked Inverness-Kyle services. 087171754/762,
37170/668/409. 47643 and 97251 were all on Inverness shed. 47677
headed the ~0.10 Inverness-Euston and 47672 the 14.10 service.
August 9th saw 37240 on the 06.17 Aberdeen-Inverness, 47672 on the
09.16 Inverness-Aberdeen, 37431 on the 10.48 Inverness-Aberdeen and
15.24 Aberdeen-Inverness, 37156 on the 18.00 Inverness-Aberdeen and
372.40.on the 17.14 Aberdeen-Inverness. 37423 was seen at
Strathcarron on the "Royal Highlander" to Kyle, and 47672 worked the
On 10th August 37156 was again seen on Inverness-Aberdeen services.
Seen at Retford on June 22nd were 91031 and 91014 on KX-Leeds
services while on the 29th nos 12/13/17/26 of the class were noted.
37888/705 passed on an oil train.
On July 13th no fewer than 10 Class 91s were noted at Retford on
various services from KX, Nos 1/10/11/14/15/17/24/27/28/31. A
fortnight later Nos 2/7/10/11/15/16/19/21/22/30 were seen.
A variety of motive power can still be seen on the
Doncaster-Scunthorpe line with one or two pleasant vantage points to
view them from. Noted at Keadby Canal Jcn between 16.10 and 16.40 on
July 11th were 47305 WE westbound, 31233/205 on eastbound oil
empties, 37516 eastbound steel flats, 56094 westbound light, and
37682 westbound light.
Another busy place for loco sighting (very rare these days) is
England Lane, Knottingley, with a procession of MGR and light engine
manoeuvres all day long. Noted inside 10 minutes on 24 July were
56095 light, 56073 light, 56096 full MGR, 56083 empties. On July
30th Class 37 hauled Scunthorpe - Immingham Dock Iron Ore services
were still in evidence with 37275/377 heading west at 13.00 and
373811351 eastbound on empties on empties at 13.24 passing Melton
On August 8th gleaming green Class 47 D1500 headed towards Immingham
on empty oil tanks, sporting its "Star of the East" nameplates. A
variety of Class 20s have seen service on Skegness-Sheffield
services with 20058/87 on June 8th, 20142/215 on 15th and 20071/135
on the 29th. On June 22nd 47973 headed the 10.37 Leeds-Skegness.
Monday July 9th found 20903 at Hull Paragon on the weedkilling
train, which also visited the dock area.
Numerous delays and cancellations have taken place on the
Hull/Bridlington/Scarborough line recently because of the poor
performance of Pacers and poor condition of the trads. The latest
problem occurred when a hand grenade (1) was found on the line
resulting in the last train of the day being cancelled on Aug 14
The last 10.21 Skegness-Leeds on Saturday 6 July was hauled by
31301/149 with the last 10.37 Leeds-Skegness entrusted to 31235.
From the commencement of the summer timetable these trains were
amended to leave Newcastle and booked for Parcels 47s.
The first 09.57 Sheffield-Skegness of this new timetable on Sat 13
July was hauled by 20135/071 which also did the honours on the
following Saturday. 3 August saw 20032/007 and 10th August 20016/81.
On 20 July a Peterborough-Hull Docks Branch Line Society Charter was
noted at Doncaster formed of a Class 101 NPE liveried set,
53207/59115/53296; also observed a couple of moments later was new
EMU 312901 on test resplendent in West Yorkshire red livery.
Coalville hosted its last Open Day on May 26th where A3 "Flying
Scotsman" and 7P 46203 "Princess Margaret Rose" were star
attractions. 60032/57 (not the A4 and A3 variants) arrived on a
charter train whilst other exhibits included 09008, 26025, 33051,
37350, 37904, 45133/5, 47634, 50008/15, 55015t 60035, 73104, D4, D8,
D1013, D5410, D5583, D5705, D9000, D9016, 600060 20087, 31174,
37019, 47401, 56035, and 58048.
The previous day Warrington Arpley saw 08402/686, 47341/440/630,
whilst noted at Runcorn Docks was 08532.
Seen at Crewe on August 2nd were 31285 on a parcels and 86233/ 82166
on 14.55 Euston-Preston. 86240 hauled the 15.25
Birmingham-Manchester whilst 87005182106 worked the 13.22
Glasgow-Euston. 86609/634t 9003411391150 were in the station
The following day 86401 arrived on the "Welsh Marches Express" from
Euston, taken forward by "Duchess" 46229 to Hereford, with "Jubilee"
45596 "Bahamas" returning to Crewe. Noted on Crewe Diesel Depot on
this date were 087561841, 31120/144/970, 37073,
47053/279/333/350/421/2/4/541/581, 60003, 86241/426. 08702 and 31308
were at Chester with 37904 and 47288 at Hereford. 47403 was at the
exquisitely named Moreton on Lugg.
Stoke-on-Trent still sees visits from Class20s with 20078/163 held
In the station sidings on July 18th.
Leicester appears to be the place to get your Class 60s. On July
20th 6000112/5/6/40/1/8/9/60 were to be seen.
Noted in the West Midlands on July 27th were 47335 on the
Birmingham-Yarmouth and 47187 on the return.
47211 worked the 13.54 Holyhead-Manchester Victoria on July 27th.
During the Gloucester Rail Day event on August 4th 60063, 20169/210
worked to Kemble, 33064/102, 200751170 to Sharpness, and 56038,
37891/520/040 to Westerleigh Yard on specials, then all four Class
20s worked the Pathfinder Tour back to Nuneaton where 47508 took
over to Manchester. On view at Gloucester were 50008/15 (what a
surprise), D120, D7523, D7017/18, D1035, D1842, D5410, D821,
D9000/16, 55015, 87101, 56051, 37350, 60032, D8568, D1500, "Manor"
37902, 31275 (super power), 47218. 580021 47569r 47186, 371981
37141, 087951781/836, and 09001.
August 10th had 37430 at work on the 17.14 Manchester
Victoria-Blackpool with 474,56/483 on Preston-Blackpool services.
60001 headed a MGR service on August 7th. It is good news to see the
re-introduction of loco-hauled "club trains" on the Manchester
Victoria-Blackpool/Southport service. This Regional Railways service
is likely to be the last fully timetabled loco-hauled service that
On 10 August 1991 the 08.10 Glasgow Central-Euston was declared a
failure at Warrington Bank Quay due to problems with 87023 which was
propelling the train. After a short delay Railfreight liveried 90145
took the train forward first stop Euston (much to the annoyance of
the assembled Gricers on North West Day Rovers. On this day the
13.36 Man Vic-Llandudno was work d by veteran 31101 with the 13.54
Holyhead-Man Vic in the hands of 47237, the latter's Regional
Railways liveried stock then taken forward on the 17.15 Man
Vic-Blackpool North by 37430.
Finally, it is only proper to say farewell to the Bury electrics,
which have done excellent service through the years. The service,
currently operated by motor buses will be replaced by trams before
Christmas. Farewell to a unique service.
For the above Information we are indebted to Messrs Sanderson,
Springett, Smith, Megson. Young, Ellis, Eustace, Pugh, Fantham,
Ford, McCalliog, Quinn, Caddick, Boycott. and Gossan. and any other
we have omitted in error (because Ed did not give typist a list).
MEETINGS LIST Autumn 1991
Social evenings are held on the let and 3rd Tuesday of each month at
the Corporation Brewery Taps. Cleveland Street. Doncaster. Meetings
start at 20.00pm prompt and our Autumn "Harvest Festival" programme
is given below. All members and friends are welcome entertainment is
provided free of charge (other than a silver collection for the
Tuesday 1 October - Pennine Slide Competition. Bring along 4 railway
slides for judging by Peter Adams (a friend of Gerry
Prizes and trophies galore for winners.
Tuesday 15 October -Illustrated Show - "Rancid" John Law-Stevenage
Tuesday 5 November- Illustrated Show - Reverend Andrew J Watts "50
Cathedrals of England & their Railways"
Tuesday 19 November - Illustrated Show - Dave Stacey (York)
Tuesday 3 December -Pennine Shield Quiz + free buffet for all
Tuesday 17 December-Eeevility Night - bring along any slides you
wish to show to entertain the crowd, from the
sublime (slides of Robin Skinner) to the ridiculous (slides of Class
50s at speed).
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
This will be held on Sunday 12 January 1992 at 12.30pm at the Taps,
hopefully to be preceded by a Works visit. For further information
contact Uncle David Whitlam.,
Dates for the 1991 rounds of the quiz are given below. Meetings will
start at 20.00, all are welcome to attend any meeting, and free
supper will be provided.
Thursday 21 November - Brown Cow, Wicker, Sheffield (host South
Yorkshire Railway Photographic Society)
Tuesday 26 November - The Railway, Doncaster (next to Station) Host
Thursday 28 November - Brown Cow, Wicker, Sheffield (Dore Loco)
Tuesday 3 December - Corporation Brewery Taps, Doncaster (host
PENNINE RAILWAY SOCIETY)
Our friends from FAST Tours will be
from Sheffield and Doncaster to the East Lancs Railway Diesel Day at
Bury on Sunday 6 October 1991, and to the Severn Valley Diesel Day
on Sunday 20 October 1991.
All PENNINE members are welcome to travel. Those wishing to do so
should contact our Treasurer "Honest" John Sanderson on 0742 372809
for further details.
FIXTURES LIST No 4
Sunday 6 October Doncaster Works. Meet Plant Hotel entrance at
11.00am. Members £3. Non-members £3.25.
IF YOU HAVE A YELLOW
VEST, PLEASE BRING IT WITH YOU.
Thursday 14 November (Provisional) Sheffield Power Box. Contact
David Whitlam if you wish to go. Number of places limited.