No.78 - Winter 1991
Government Health Warning
TRANS PENNINE is produced by the Pennine Railway Society. The
views expressed are not necessarily and hopefully not the views of
the Society or its "Illustrious" Editor.
All the Committee of the PENNINE RAILWAY SOCIETY join together (a
rarity) to wish all our members and their families a very happy
Christmas and a prosperous New Year and we thank you all for your
support and friendship during 1991.
Annual General Meeting
The Society's AGM will be held on Sunday 12 January 1992 in the
Corporation Brewery Taps, Doncaster. The AGM will start at 12 noon
(or as soon as everybody has been served at the bar - we will start
when Paul "Chief" Sutton has bought his drink). This is the annual
opportunity for you, the members, to have your say in the running of
the Society. All the Committee have had their leave cancelled and
will be in attendance.
Unfortunately the previously hoped for visit to Doncaster Works
cannot take place. Their are currently no visits allowed around
Doncaster Works at present, allegedly due to a shortage of yellow
"Protective" vests. This will however give an earlier start to the
AGM and allow Chairman Skinner even more time to speak to the
members. We all look forward to seeing you on the 12th.
Attached to this magazine you will find a renewal of membership
form. Unfortunately rising costs have even hit our cost conscious
Treasurer who has recommended a slight increase in the fee to £3.50
for the year. This increase will mean that the Society will be able
to carry out its ambitious social programme in 1992 and to continue
with the current high quality of its magazines. David Whitlam will
also be listening to members for ideas for visits in 1992. The
Committee would like to thank you all for your support in 1991 and
hope that you will rejoin with us for 1992.
Shock as Gossan is axed by Caddick
Readers will be horrified to learn that Magazine Editor Glyn Gossan
was dropped from the Society's Pennine Shield Team by skipper
Caddick. GG was replaced by fellow Class 50 aficionado Robin
"Brezhnev" Havenhand. On receiving news of the axe, Glyn announced
that he would have been unable to attend two rounds of the quiz
anyway due to him attending adult education classes. It is rumoured
that he is attending welding classes so that he will be able to get
a job at Boothies scrapyard at Rotherham to cut up withdrawn 50s.
Send for Pickles
The inclusion of Robin Havenhand in the Society's quiz team for the
Pennine Shield did nothing to change the depressing run of results.
The team, also including Paul Sutton came a soundly beaten last of
4, beaten a distance.
The winners, again were the Sheffield Transport Group, Doncaster.
Congratulations to them. Mystery, however surrounds the whereabouts
of the Shield. As previous year's winners they were expected to
return the trophy for the 1991 awards. They didn't.
The official explanation from Group Chairman Ian Jones was that the
Shield was in an engraving shop at Crich (Maxwell's) which had gone
into receivership. Suspicions of this explanation became apparent -
when their team members suddenly said "Send for Pickles". (Veteran
members will remember Pickles as the dog who found the football
World Cup in 1966 when it went missing).
Suspicions also surround Sheffield Transport Group's scrap officer
Barry "Harold" Marshall. See next issue for further developments.
Saved by Ming Ming
A BR parcel depot has been saved from closure by regular deliveries
of bamboo for London Zoo's newest giant panda, Ming Ming. The panda
eats sixty 6ft long shoots a day, so the zoo had to step up bamboo
deliveries. This was good news for three Red Star staff at Par
station where the bamboo is grown. They had been told that a drop in
trade could threaten their jobs.
A Hooker Retires
BR's oldest employee, 80 year-old Arthur Hooker has just retired
from his part-time job at Staines, Surrey.
The top ten countries with the most length or railway track are:
USA (273,303 miles), USSR (153,106), Canada (43,090), India
(37,847), China (31000), Germany (26,511), Australia (24,474),
Argentina (23,188), France (21,351), Poland (14,822).
BR Public Relations Exercise Derailed
An astonishing 87% of trains into Charing Cross are running late.
This was spotlighted by BR itself in a PR exercise which backfired.
It came on a day when Chairman Sir Bob Reid (BR Mk II) was given a
dressing down in front of commuters. Officials at Charing Cross had
been monitoring evening arrivals in an attempt to convince
travellers on the notorious Kent lines that things are improving.
The results were displayed on posters the following morning showing
the number of services which failed to arrive within 5 minutes of
their scheduled time.
Initially the target of 10-15% late was met, but delayed trains
increased horrifically as the seasonal ,leaves on the line" chaos
grew. This became 87% late.
At the same time Sir Bob met veteran Tory MP Sir Bernard Braine and
other Essex MPs on the much-criticised Shoeburyness-Fenchurch Street
service. Sir Bernard's train from Benfleet to Basildon where he had
arranged to meet the BR boss was cancelled, and he only just made
the rendezvous. Then the Reid train was 8 minutes late into London.
Sir Bob explained that the line needed an injection of £240m!
BR Left with 1000 Homes
BR stands to lose up to £32m after buying homes along the Channel
Tunnel route to London rejected by the Government. Since 1988 BR
bought more than 1000 properties, paying an estimated £160m. Prices
have now slumped and rail chiefs face the daunting task of disposal.
It is estimated they will now fetch only £128m on the market. Some
properties have been rented out. It is rumoured that the Maxwell
family might be interested in some lodgings going cheap.
Chunnel Rail Link Route Chosen
A bitter row has broken out over the Government's choice of route
for the Channel Tunnel rail link which will run east instead of
south out of London. This has cheered many a Tory MP in this part of
the country, but BR Chairman Sir Bob Reid has said this will take
commuters where they don't want to go and add up to 20 minutes to
their journey to work. The chosen route diverts from BR's near
Boxley, heading up through the Medway, across the river at Dartford
into east London at Stratford before continuing to Kings Cross.
The cost is £4.5billion, £750m more than the BR scheme but it will
delight thousands of residents in South London and Kent, many in
marginal Tory constituencies. Sir Bob made no attempt to disguise
his disgust but when TRANS PENNINE asked whether he would resign he
said "No, for heaven's sake. If you are in the middle of a pantomime
you stay with it".
Privatisation Within 5 Years
Rival rail companies (e.g. Virgin Rail) could be competing for track
time to run their services within 5 years. They would be allocated
slots similar to the way airlines have to share landing and take-off
time at airports with signalmen in the role of air traffic
controllers. The idea is set to form part of Transport Secretary
Malcolm Rifkin's blueprint for BR's privatisation and is virtually
certain to see BR split up instead of being privatised as a whole.
Labour sees this plan as "tragic".
Welcome to this Christmas Edition of "Trans-Pennine" magazine. One
minute it seems as though we are in the middle of a heat wave and
the next its the middle of winter and Christmas is upon us. But has
that not been the case over the last ten years since the last Deltic
ran on BR metals, and the Woodhead route closed. How the system has
changed in the last ten years is incredible. The Wessex electrics
have arrived on the scene in place of the older EMUs (and Class
33s), the electrification of the East Coast Main Line and the
resignalling of the West of England Main Line. Let us hope that the
next ten years, with the channel tunnel leading to new gateways
prove as prosperous to BR. Anyway Merry Christmas and Best Wishes
for the New Year go to all of you.
STACEY STEALS THE SHOW
Thanks and congratulations to Dave Stacey from York who put on the
show of the year on November 19th with an audio/visual show of a
variety of slides and then his famous Deltic tribute. His choice of
music to each section of slides suggests he missed his forte and
should of been in show business choosing music to clips of film.
Anyway the quality of slides was nothing short of magnificent and
music very apt.
* The North Yorkshire Moors Railway boasts the only
passenger timetable with a "Y" symbol above its train times. The
explanation means that Yorkshire Puddings are served on board.
* BR and BBC recently linked up ',to name a new InterCity 125
locomotive after the East Midlands Today programme,,. Nottingham
Evening Post 7 January 1991. (Actually it was another 15 year-old
* "A BR spokesman said there was no conclusive proof that crowded
carriages were dangerous. If a train were to crash, there would be a
lot of injuries, but that would be an arithmetic result of there
being too many people on the train". Northern Echo 9 January 1991.
* "In the days of steam, it took around one hour 30 minutes to get
from Liverpool Street to the village of Stansted. That has now been
cut to 93 minutes". Saffron Walden Weekly News
* "Network SouthEast's new line to Stansted has gone live. The
25,00OkV electricity supply has been switched on by BR engineers".
Rail News. (Note: 25,00OkV = 25 million volts)
DUBLIN AREA RAPID TRANSPORT
by Paul Slater
When I last rode an the Dublin suburban trains, in 1984, the wires
for the 1,500 volts d.c. electrification were already In place.
between Bray and Howth and some of the new lime green electric
multiple units were making trail runs but all passenger trains were
still worked by diesel locomotives.
In June 1991 I took my fiancé to Ireland for a holiday and by then
the electrification was complete and we spent a day riding on the
DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) before we set off by car to the
West of Ireland,
We began our day on the DART at Dun Laoghaire station, close to the
ferry terminal and not far from the guest house where we were
staying. Our landlady thought the DART a mixed blessing for Dun
Leoghaire, as it had made the town even more of a suburb of Dublin
and weakened its separate identity.
The DART is certainly fast and frequent, operating a 15 minute
Interval service. We boarded a train for Howth and the Journey took
us along the seashore north of Dun Laoghaire, with views of the Hill
of Howth across the bay, before running Into Dublin itself. Between
Pears station(formerly Westland Row) and Connolly station (formerly
Amiens Street), the railway runs on an embankment and viaduct across
the city centre and midway along this section is Tara Street
station, where we alighted for a visit to O'Connell street and the
Later back on the DART, we continued to Connolly station, where we
saw Northern Ireland Railways no. 113 'Belfast and County Down, as
well as several CIE diesels. Then we went down the main line towards
Howth Junction and finally down the Howth branch. The terminus at
Howth stands close to the beach and fishing harbour and the Tramway
Cafe across the road from the station is a reminder of the long
defunct Hill of Howth tramway.
From Howth we rode the full length of the DART to Bray in County
Wicklow. Beyond Dun Laoghaire the line climbs to a summit tunnel at
Dalkey and from the south portal of the tunnel there was a fine view
across Killeny Bay to Bray Head and the Sugar Loaf Peaks of the
Wicklow Mountains. Nearer at hand though I enjoyed a different view
of two women who were sunbathing naked on the secluded rocks at the
base of the cliff, out of sight of everyone except quick eyed
passengers on the railway!
Bray station is decorated with an interesting mural depicting the
history of the railway from the early steam locomotives up to the
diesel suburban trains and finally the DART. The lower quadrant
semaphores which were still a feature of Bray in 1984 have gone, but
the handsome signalbox still controls the busy level-cro6sing on the
Dublin side of the station. As we walked down to the see front, a
diesel train came through with a train of tankers for the chemical
works at Arklow, a contrast to the intensive DART service.
Our last alighting point before returning to Dun Laoghaire was
Killiney and Dally Island. Finally a green multiple unit took us
smoothly and quietly up the steep gradient to Dalkey tunnel, where
the diesel locomotive had laboured noisily in 1984, and our day an
the DART was nearly over.
STEAM AT SWANSEA by Paul Slater
A ride to Swansea behind preserved Great Western 4-6-0 6960
'Raveningham Hall' in 1985 reminded me of the time I travelled to
Swansea by train when the South Wales railways were still fully
operated by steam.
The year was 1958, and the occasion was a shed visiting excursion
organised by my school Railway Club. We rode to Swansea on an
overnight train from Paddington hauled by 5005 'Manorbier Castle'.
We visited eight engine sheds that day and the first four were in
Swansea itself, Landore (87E) was the first on our itinerary, The
name Landore Is now days synonymous with Swansea's diesel depot but
in steam days Landore was the depot serving the main station In the
town, and was in fact the largest of the four depots in Swansea.
When we visited Landore we saw 31 engines there.
As Landore was the home of the express passenger engines working out
of Swansea, I noted five 'Castles' and two 'Halls' from its own
allocation and also a few Interlopers from foreign sheds, which
included a 'Castle' and two 'Halls' from Old Oak Common in London, a
'Hell' from Reading and a 'County' from Swindon, two 'Castles' from
Bristol Bath Road and a 'Hell' from Bristol St Phillips Marsh. Also
an shed were a 'Castle' and a 'Hall' from Carmarthen shed In West
Smaller tender engines were a '43xx' 2-6-0 from Newport and two
12251' 0-6-05, one from Landore Itself and the other from Neyland in
west Wales. The remainder of the locos we saw at Landore on that day
were all tank engines: two '72xx' 2-8-2Ts, a '52xx' 2-8-OT, a 151xx'
2-6-2T, two '56xx' 0-6-2Ts and five '57xx' 0-6-OPTs.
From Landore we went to Swansea Victoria shed.. 87K. This shed
served the Central Wales line from Craven Arms and had a largely
ex-LMS allocation. Present on the shed during our visit was two
Stanier 2-3-0s, two Fowler 2-6-4Ts and two 'linty' 0-6-OTs from 87K
itself, and from Shrewsbury a 2-8-0 and a 'Black 5' 4-6-0. Ex Great
Western motive power was represented by five of the ubiquitous
157xx' pannier tanks, all based at 87K. There was also a BR standard
Class 5 4-6-0 from Cardiff Canton. Swansea Victoria was the smallest
of all of the Swansea sheds and we saw 14 engines there.
Our next port of call was Danygraig (87C) in the Swansea dockland
area. Apart from a 'Castle' and a '56xx', both from Landore, and a
'45xx' 2-6-2T from Neyland, all the engines we saw here were small
tank locos. These were ten 157xx', three of the Lightweight '16xx'
0~6OPT class, two '11xx' 0-4-OTs and one ex Swansea Harbour Trust
0-4-OST, no 1143. This latter was a great rarity for us spotters
from Northamptonshire, but I remember our shed guide cursing It
roundly as a useless engine. There were 19 engines at Danygraig at
the time of our visit.
Curiously, there were two engine sheds within a short distance of
each other in the Swansea docks area, and the second one, Swansea
East Dock (87D), was next on our list. There were 18 engines here,
all but one of which were on their home shed, the interloper came
from Cardiff Canton. Large tank locos predominated at 87D, there
were three '72xx', four 152xxl, two '56xx' and six of the heavy
'94xx' 0-6-OPTs. There was also two '57xx' and another ex Swansea
Harbour Trust 0-4-OST no. 1144,
From Swansea our trip took us eastwards to Neath and Abercynon
sheds, a lunch stop at Pontypridd, and finally to Radyr and Cardiff
Canton sheds before the ride back t Paddington behind another 4-6-0
Castle. From a number collecting point of view, that trip was the
most successful and interesting I ever did, and I am very glad to of
had the chance to see the busy Railway network that existed In South
Wales in the days of steam.
ALL OUR YESTERDAYS
It is almost impossible to believe that It is ten years since the
Deltics finished on BR and the Woodhead line closed. Since then we
have also seen the end of ' Peaks', 125s' & 140s'. All our
yesterdays in this issue turns the clock back to 1981.
On November 28th several Pennine members boarded the 'Deltic
Venturer' which ran from York-Paddington and back hauled by 55022. A
cold winters morning greeted us at York, as well as 47401 on the 08.
05 York-Kings X, what a - relief therefore that we were on another
train. During the Journey we noted 31111/175, 45050 and 47276 at
Holbeck with 252491278 at Derby. Saltley always had a few locos
viewable and 252511303 and 56055 were among those In evidence. At
New St we saw 45148, 47486, 50005 and 862421256.
Passing Swindon works was always a sad sight and with the Westerns
now long gone the queue for the cutters torch included 40010,
46010/22141154 with 45103 and 47509 In the station area. Class 50s
were in abundance at Paddington which is ironic now when one thinks
back to all the attention that was lavished on 55022 at Paddington
whilst 500241005, and 50050 on the 15.00 to Hereford completely
ignored, how times change.
50036 was in evidence on a Birmingham train whilst at Oxford on the
return Journey 50049 was seen with a Worcester-Paddington working
and 50011 and 47129 were on Oxford depot. 08778 and 31241 were see
at Worcester before every window on the train was taken up by
someone's head for the storm up the Lickey. Not much more was seen
on the return Journey but it certainly was c day to remember.
December 12th saw we intrepid 'Deltic' bashers en route from
Doncaster to Kings X behind 47431. Before you all fall about
laughing It has to be added that this fine engine expired at
Huntingdon and had to be rescued by 40068. Sister member 40033 was
stabled at Peterborough, together with 47219/233 and 40068, so
really there was only ever one candidate for a replacement to our
train. 40084, 50013/19 were on 'the Park' and we had 55016 on the
14.03 Kings X-York for our return Journey.
By now the 08.05 York-Kings X and the 14.03 Kings X-York/16.03 Kings
X-York was the regular 'move', chasing the Deltics to the full in
their final days. The following week (19th) saw us again on the 08.
05 0A08) behind 'No. 16' this time. Peterborough held 31295, 37089,
46052 with 'No.13' and 'No.1.9', 47418 at Kings X. This time we had
a trip out from Waterloo behind 33104 to Woking where 09003,
33005/17/59 and 73114 were stabled, with 33035/73125 at Clapham.
55016 again was had for haulage home.
Varying the move slightly led to the 05.50 Kings X-Aberdeen being
covered from Retford-Doncaster on 29/12/81. This was not a sound
idea as It produced 47491, but at Doncester 'No. 17' headed the
08.05 York-Kings X which was taken to Peterborough. 50041 and 55010
sat outside 'the Plant' with 56096/102 and 47134 on Doncester Depot.
25268, 37090, 46023 and 47162 were at Peterborough, where we had
47140 on the 09,40 Kings X-York to York. 47517 headed the 10.20
Kings X-Edinburgh ADEX. Activity at Doncaster came In the shape of
40126 running light engine and 47430 on an HST working. At York we
waited for the 09. 10 Dundee-Kings X additional, blessed with 55021,
back to Retford. One or two of you will remember New Years Eve and
55017 on the 16.03 Kings X-Grantham, no further comment will be made
in this article.
And so to the New Year. The last year of the Deltics had ended. The
last farewell occurred on January 2nd as we know too well and new
Ideas and manoeuvres had to be worked out. Was there life after
Deltics we were asking ourselves. We were soon to find ourselves
covering such workings as the 07.55 Newcastle-Poole, the 10.23
Liverpool-Newcastle, the 11.20 Liverpool-Paddington and the 11,34
Poole-Newcastle with Pecks and Fifties on, but then that was a
different story. Ten Years on .......
PENNINE QUIZ No.69
Grand Xmas quiz time with 40 questions, answers to Ed by the 15th of
Section One - Between Stations
Between which two stations were, or are, the following stations-:
1) Old Leake
2) Southerndown Road
3) Cutlers Green Halt
5) Plym Bridge Platform
Section Two - functions
Name the nearest station to the following junctions
8) East Sutton
Section Three - Tunnels
Between which two stations, open or closed are/were the following
13) Buckshead Tunnel
17) Shelley Woodhouse
18) Mossdale Head
Section Four - All Change
For which destination can/could you change at the following-:
22) Garstang and Caterall
Section Five - Steam Loco Names
Give the name to the following locos
27) King Arthur 30768
Section Six - Sub Sheds
Give the parent shed to the following sub-shed
31) Seaton (MR)
33) Warrington Central
35) New Holland
Section Seven - Modern Image General
36) Which Class 40 was recently painted In large logo livery?
37) What are the numbers of the Green Liveried Class 108 DMU?
38) Which train carries the headcode 4D80?
39) How many Mk4 coaches were authorised when the ECM1,
electrification scheme was given the go ahead in 1984?
40) What Is the full title of the Rail terminal chosen in Merseyside
to handle the Channel Tunnel traffic?
Section Eight - And lust for fun
41) Which remaining Class 50 seems as if it has three power units
under its roof?
PENNINE QUIZ No.68 - Answers
This one sorted the men from the boys. Not many entries but the
lucky three winners were 1st - Mick Stewart (43), 2nd
I. Shenton (41), 3rd - M, Bell (39).
3) 50th anniversary of Elgar's Death,
11) 50041 derailed at Paddington,
12) Beattock Bank,
13) Work a stone train out of Merehead,
16) Dec 1986,
19) 50019 + 50037,
20) 50017 or 50023,
21) 50011 1st to be withdrawn,
25) 0700 Wat-Ex,
26) 50034 + 50035,
27) Derailed entering Exeter Riverside Yard,
29) 50010 + 50048,
33) Fire Damage and Main Generator Flashover,
35) 4/7187 - 5/7/87 the night of,
36) 50021 + 50024,
38) 0712 Newton Abbot-Exeter,
39) 6/12/82 reference life & times Class 505 book,
49) 117 tonnes,
50) Dawlish-Dawlish Warren/On the Sea Wall.
PENNINE OBSERVERS NOTES
Diesel Loco-hauled trains are not yet extinct in Scotland with
Edinburgh-Inverness services still providing Class 47 haulage. Noted
at Perth on September 28th were 47532 on the 10. 10
Edinburgh-Inverness, 47671 on the 10. 15 Inverness-Edinburgh
'Clansman' and ~7528 on the 14. 10 Edinburgh-Inverness (ex London
'Clansman' ). 26001 and 37428 added to the variety seen stabled at
37409 headed the 'Royal Scotsman' Charter Into Inverness where
sister loco 37171 worked the train out. 37407/416 were on Kyle
services and 37232 headed the 17,14 Aberdeen-Inverness. 47674 worked
the 19.05 Inverness-Euston and 47532 was seen again but this time at
the head of the 20.30 Inverness-Aberdeen.
Seen on Inverness Depot on the 29th September were 08754/762,
47436/643, Ethels 2 and 3 and 37025. 37232 was at Nairn on ballast
workings and 37407 and 37416 again worked Kyle services.
47532 again saw action on the 10,00 Aberdeen-Inverness and 15.26
return, with 47673 on the 13. 14 to Aberdeen and 47593 on the
earlier 10. 00 service. The following day 47532 headed the 09. 16
Aberdeen-Inverness and 47528 worked a 10. 15 Inverness -Edinburgh
Relief due to severe overcrowding on the 10.05 Inv-Edin two car
Old ECML. stalwart 47519 'blazed the trail' once more on September
16th when it headed a Rail UK charter from Hull to Edinburgh,'
returning the following evening. The ECML around Newark surprisingly
still provides a variety of motive power and on September 18th 37888
hauled an oil train, 47421 a parcels, 47574 light engine,
60002/56045 freight and 91003/4/8/9122126 passenger trains. The 26th
found 37888 again on oils, 37031/79 on a freightliner and
91012/14/21 on passenger services.
Worksop open day on September 1st proved a very successful event
with 20142/215, 37896/9, 56007, 58040 and 60069 on special trains.
7F 53809 and 7P 71000 were in steam and 08824, 20169/210, 26003,
31233/276, 33027, 370311235/2751688/708, 45133, 47145/375, 50008115,
55015, 56003/82, 58013/34, 60021/55/70, 90137, D8, D5583 and D9000
providing a spectacular variety of Modern image power.
Melton Ross is another place where variety is still the spice of
life and on September 4th 31255, 37707/890, 47212/380, 56091 and
60053 worked oils, 60067/8 iron ores, 37507 steel and 37048,
47094/276 light engine.
Somewhere not often mentioned In these columns is Ipswich but on
September 15th 3118517/263, 37031/56/216/252, 56078, 47818,
08689/767, 90021/4/127/34143 were all seen there. 08685 and 31190
were at Norwich while 37065/131262 were at Stowmarket with 37144 on
ballast and 08539, 37029/79 at Bury St Edmunds. 86208/217/223/232
were on Norwich-Liverpool St workings.
Coal shipments have returned to Hull Docks with Class 37s and 56s
working to West Burton Power Station, via Doncaster. On most week
days 3 trains work with 5 at weekends. 37244/376, 56081/113,
37229/244 have been seen working these services.
Noted at Worksop on October the 12th were 56018/22/24/15/19,
58019123124149. Also on this date 47635 worked the 10.21
Skegness-Newcastle, 47615 the 10.28 Skegness-Sheffield and 31461 the
09.57 Sheffield-Skegness. 47628 headed the Newcastle-Skegness and
47500 worked the Rail UK Charter from Hull-Edinburgh on October
On November 2nd unsuspecting Charter passengers on a similar trip
from Hull-Kings X had an eventful return Journey when the train was
delayed at Peterborough due to engineering works, arriving 30 mins
late at Doncaster, where the train was terminated after the midnight
signal crews had signed off for the night on the Goole-Hull line.
Four hundred Irate people arrived home 90 mins late in Hull - by
bus! They, were, however, refunded £5 each and the event was duly
noted in the Hull Daily Mail. Class 158s have been causing problems
on the Hull-Scarborough line and some services have been taken over
What may have been the last 'Pennine' trip around Doncaster Works
took place on October 6th. 31201/56076 were in the yard together
with 47342 (damaged), 31512, 47196/489, 56100, 37688, 08514, 47286,
56065, 08885/601, 3146416, 37422, 56002 (damaged), 58011, 08857,
47427, 08842, 47189, 08466/416/741/638/721/700/747/805' 20080,
47801, 31408, 37677, 31406, 20137, 47645, 25206. In the dismantling
shop were 37013, 58047 whilst the Crimpsall held 86637, 56021,
37892, 37235, 47033/363, 37696/074, 47852, 56067, 43033, 47803 and
90020 which was In new Parcels livery photos banned!
The last summer dated 10. 21 Skegness-Newcastle on the 26th October
was headed by 'Red' 47479 'Track 29'. Additional services on the
ECML for Scotland v England Rugby Match were formed of HST sets
43013183 on a Haymarket-Hull service and 43113/051 an
November 2nd also saw 91004 arrive at Doncaster on a 10.00 Kings
X-Edinburgh with collision damage after hitting a horse en-route,
the train was terminated and passengers transferred to the following
Melton Ross, mentioned earlier, was the place to see Class 37s on
November 20th when no less than six were seen in half an hour.
37202/128 headed east on oils, shortly followed by an unidentified
member on another oils, followed by 37707, again on oils. 372551351
then headed west on an Iron ore train,
Noted at Shrewsbury on September 22nd were 37430 on empty stock and
47555 on the 'Cambrian Limited' special from Euston, taken forward
to Aberystwyth by 4-6-0 75069 and hauled back to Shrewsbury by 7819
'Hinton Manor'. 31146 was seen In the loop at Westbury, between
Shrewsbury and Welshpool, with a P.Way train.
Carlisle on October 14th saw 08534/910 as station pilots, 37505/518
light engine, 37278 on oils, 26041 stabled and 86102/3/204,
87007/31, 90001/11 on expresses.
On November 23rd Manchester City supporters enjoyed (?) 47840 for
haulage at the head of the special service for the match at Luton.
Warrington is obviously still a place to be reckoned with for
freight and a variety of power, even on Saturdays. On Saturday
November 23rd 60055 headed a MGR, 20072/197 on a similar working,
47236 light engine, 37504/040 also light engine, and 90130 on
tanks. Seen at Springs Branch were 08498/694, 20055/106/154/213,
3i045, 47016 and 60026/68. 37244 + 077 + another identified member
of the Class triple headed a steel train through Preston and 47520
was on Blackpool duties. Seen at Carlisle were 26041, 37235, 60008
all stabled. 31514, 56004/7113 were also stabled at Stoke-On-Trent.
A trip to the East Lancs Railway for their Diesel Gala Weekend on
October 5th found 1 War ' ship* D832 performing admirably, albeit
with rather silly 'Co-Bo' nameplates attached, on the 11.45 Bury-Rawtenstall
and 12.40 return. Class 24 D5054 headed the 12.35 Bury-Rawtenstall
and return with Class 40 D335 on the 14.20 ex Bury. The Railway took
a rather unusual step in running Class 25 25262 sandwiched between
two ex Bury EMUs, operating as a push pull set. Western D1041 was
also in evidence.
A fortnight later the Severn Valley Railway held its diesel gala
weekend where Warship D821, Western D1062, Deltics D9000/16, Duff
D1842, Peak D120 and Class 25s D7623/33 all worked trains, together
with K2 Great Marquis and 8F 8233. Memories were brought back as
Maybach music was played into the night as the Warship worked an
20.20 Bridgnorth-Kidderminster and 22.00 return on the Saturday
The locos may be from the same Class but the liveries vary and on
September 5th the following Class 47s were on Paddington-Oxford---
47449/4571488/522/465/716. 47834 headed the 23.55 Paddington-Penzance
Noted at Exeter depot between September 6th and 9th were
A Westbury on the 6th were 56001/33/41/52/54, 59103, 6001317 with
47197 working the 16.58 Weymouth-Cardiff. Also on this date
37092/101 headed through Dawlish with a sleeping car and a HST Power
Car, heading for Laira.
Class 37 and 33 infiltrations onto the Exeter-Waterloo services
continue with on September 6th, 37419 on the 17.38 Exeter-Yeovil Jct
and on the following day, 33050/51 on the 17.15 Waterloo-Exeter. The
same pair worked the 12.20 Exeter-Paignton and return on the 8th and
33114 headed the 15.15 Waterloo-Exeter on the 9th. 33065 headed the
19.40 Exeter-Basingstoke, also on the 9th.
On the 10th 37191 worked from Exeter-Plymouth dragging the failed
HST on the 07.45 Paddington-Penzance, the train being terminated at
Plymouth, with the Class 37 working back light engine to Exeter.
During the same period the following Class 47s worked
Waterloo-Exeter services -: 47701/2/3/5/7/9/10/12/15/16, but 701/710
also managed to fail during this period.
The precession of 15s' and Big '8s' along the see wall on holiday
trains on September 7th Included 47806 on the Plymouth-Liverpool,
47846 on the Derby-Paignton, 47521 on the 08.02 Paddington-Paignton,
47482 on a Paignton-Glasgow, 47847 on the Rose Grove-Paignton, 47849
on a Liverpool-Paignton, 47517 on a Penzance-Manchester. 47581
headed the Paddington-Penzance, 47438 a Penzance-Paddington and
47837 a York-Plymouth working.
47481 on the Manchester-Paignton expired at Taunton and was rescued
by sister engine 47338, where on arrival at Exeter 47481 was
deposited and the train went forward with 47338 in charge. The stock
was taken back to Exeter by 47338 where a by now repaired 47481
worked the train back northwards.
The following day saw 47640 on the 09. 20 Paddington-Plymouth and
47543 on the 14. 15 Plymouth-Liverpool, 47636 worked the
Penzance-Paddington. On the 10th 47976 hauling an observation car,
eased the monopoly slightly, heading along the sea wall to Plymouth.
Some Class 50s were seen working during this period with 33/46 on
the 07, 12 Newton Abbot-Exeter on the 6th, ' 46 going forward on the
08. 11 Exeter-Waterloo with 33 working the later 13. 55
Plymouth-Southampton train. 50030 did the 18, 15 Waterloo-Exeter and
50029 the 17. 38 Exeter-Waterloo. 50046 returned on the 19, 15
The following day saw 50030 head the first Exeter-Waterloo service
and 50033 the Southampton-Plymouth. On Sunday the 8th 50030 did the
Basingstoke-Exeter, 50030 and 50033 then paired the 16. 22
Exeter-Waterloo and 50029 did the 14. 55 Waterloo-Exeter. On the 9th
50008 left Exeter for Swindon to haul preserved locos Hymek and
Western to Laira for the open day.
Certain Pennine members embarked on their annual ' Christmas
Cracker, day out on November 9th, Heading for the capital were the
intrepid five, eager to find 47710 on the 09. 15 Waterloo-Exeter
and 47701 on the 07. 46 Salisbury-Waterloo and being completely
bowled out by D400 working the 07.52 Waterloo-Salisbury.
73131 war. at Clapham Jct on engineers and 33114 In smart condition
pushed two repainted TC sets to Waterloo where after they went to
Clapham ECS, 50029 worked the 06. 45 Exeter-Waterloo and 13, 15
return, 50030 the 08, 10 Exeter-Waterloo and 15. 15 return and 50046
the 11,05 Exeter-Waterloo, just like the good old days!
Many congratulations are In order to Mr P. Slater who has recently
got married, and moreover to a fellow enthusiast! Mr and Mrs Slater
embarked on their honeymoon to Northumberland and the two lovebirds
went bashing to Blyth (08442, 56121/7/131/4), Winning Junction
(56118), Bedlington (56135), Haltwhistle (56135) and Gilsland
(47321), and who said romance was dead??
Thanks go to Messrs Slater, Dewing, Gossan, Caddick.
And Finally the annual Pennine Slide Competition was won by Eric
Wright with a beautifully lit shot of a HST crossing the Tay Bridge,
2nd Prize went to someone or other with an average shot of some
Class 50 at Somewhere or other, and 3rd to Rhys Jones with 'Clan
Line' storming Heeley Bank
MEETINGS LIST JANUARY-APRIL 1992
Social evenings are held on the first and third Tuesdays of each
month at the Corporation Brewery Taps, Cleveland Street, Doncaster.
Meetings start at 20.00hrsish prompt and all are welcome to attend.
The exciting programme of events for early 1992 is given below. If
any member or friend wishes to volunteer to "do a show" for later in
the year, please get in touch with me. I buy all guest speakers at
least one drink.
Tuesday 7 January - Members slides. Bring along a selection of
slides - any subject (preferably railway or other transport)
12 January - Annual General Meeting. This year the AGM will start at
12 noon as there will be no visit to Doncaster Works earlier.
Tuesday 21 January - Rhys Jones "The decline of Welsh Rugby Union by
Tuesday 4 February - Glyn Gossan. A look at his prize winning shots,
followed for the next 2 hours by a selection of other railway slides
taken over many years.
Tuesday 18 February The Davis and Brown Brothers. Yes, stars of
stage, screen, and quizzes Jack Davis and Keith Brown (only half a
pint each from Robin)
Tuesday 3 March, Members slide competition. Bring 4 railway slides
to be judged by all the audience.
A slide show with a difference-not to be missed. Prizes galore.
Tuesday 17 March - Geoff Newall - star of the Dore Loco Group quiz
team. A debut at the Taps (I think).
Tuesday 7 April - Gary Stewart - illustrated show. Many a
competition winner will be shown here
That's it folks a star studded line up. See you at the Taps, and
bring a friend, or even the wife.
No fixtures have been arranged for early 1992 due mainly to the
withdrawal of visits to Doncaster Works. Members will however have
the opportunity to discuss 1992 visits, and raise suggestions at the