No.79 - Spring 1992
Members Intelligence Warning
TRANS PENNINE is produced by the Pennine Railway Society. The
views expressed are not necessarily those of the Society or the
Annual General Meeting
The Society's AGM was held at the Corporation Brewery Taps on 12
January 1992. At the meeting the Committee were re-elected en-block.
There was considerable discussion on trips that might be organised
during 1992 and David Whitlam, your Fixtures Secretary, will take
these "on-board" wherever possible. one event we look likely to run
will be an evening visit to the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
which will include a ride on the line "behind', the railbus. This is
an event which we have organised before and which has proved
Full details of fixtures are always shown at the rear of the
Renewal of Membership Fees
We would like to thank all those members who have renewed their
subscription to the PENNINE RAILWAY SOCIETY for 1992. For those who
have forgotten to renew, or, more likely, been too busy, it is not
too late. Simply send your £3.50 fee to Tony Caddick, your
Membership Secretary, and you will instantly be rejoined and be sent
a free PRS 1992 diary.
Our front image shows preserved BR class 52 diesel hydraulic
locomotive D1048 "Western Lady" at Levisham on the North Yorkshire
Moors Railway on 18 March 1979 with the RPPR "Western Recall" tour.
The old fella legging it through the snow to get a prime spot is not
our President/Quality Assurance Officer, Geoff Bambrough.
BR Manager of the Year?
"Standards agreed with the Government are that one quarter of
our commuters should stand, and have no seat, provided their journey
is 20 minutes or less. On this basis too many seats are being
provided and withdrawals must be made."
So said Bob Breakwell, director of the West Anglia and Great
Northern Division of Network SouthEast, writing in the division's
staff magazine in November 1991.
Gong for BR Safety Chief
In the New Year's Honours List, David Rayner, for four years in
charge of BR safety, was awarded the CBE. In that time 48 passengers
have died and 896 injured in crashes, and an average of 19 killed
each year falling from trains. Major accidents during this period
have occurred at Clapham, Purley, Glasgow, Cannon Street, and in the
Private Fare's Not Fair
When city bus services were deregulated (i.e. privatised) in 1985-86
outside of London it was claimed that fares would go down and
passengers would go up. In fact, allowing for inflation fares are up
31.8% and passengers down 26.1%.
In London where the buses are still public fares are up only 12% and
passengers are up 3.9%.
The Government is pressing full steam ahead with privatising buses
BR to Beat Weather by Cancelling Trains
BR has revealed its latest solution to bad weather - a threat to
halve services. BR have said that by reducing services from
half-hourly to hourly, or from every 15 minutes to every 30 minutes,
this thinning out would enable trains to keep running. be more
reliable, and trains could be kept in reserve for when the weather
BR to Introduce Longer Hours
BR is to enter the realms of science fiction by inventing the 66
minute hour, since 60 minutes is too short to fit in the advertised
number of services.
From May the hours will go more slowly during peak periods at
Charing Cross and Cannon Street. At present 30 trains an hour go
into or out of each station during the three-hour evening rush. The
signalling can handle no more so any delays can accumulate.
Rail chiefs believe that by adding 6 minutes to the train operating
hour, delays can be absorbed. The number of services will remain the
A Breifish History of Time
Did you know that if the 66 minute hour had been invented earlier,
you'd celebrate your 18th birthday when you were 19.75 and the book
"Around the World in 80 Days" would be 88 days.
There is, however, a precedent on the railway. Until the
introduction of Bradshaw's Railway Guide in 1832 there had been
"local" time in such places as Bristol and Cirencester which were
six minutes later than London because of the Earth's rotation.
BR boss Sir Bob Reid has recently announced that the set timetable
on the notoriously unreliable Fenchurch Street/Southend commuter
line would be abandoned, and, as an experiment trains would run as
and when they can. Sir Bob believes this could improve the frequency
Great Central to Re-open?
Britain's first privately-owned railway line since nationalisation
in 1948 may be operating before the end of the century if Parliament
gives the go-ahead.
The £2.1bn 180 mile route would carry freight trains from a special
terminal at Leicester to the Channel Tunnel. The Route would use the
disused track bed of the old Great Central line from Leicester to
Banbury, run beside existing BR tracks through London, and to the
Tunnel via Redhill, Tonbridge, and Ashford.
It is expected a Private Member's Bill will be put before Parliament
Rifkind Going Off the Rails
Do not be surprised. if current Transport Secretary Malcolm Rifkind
is left out of the Government if the Tories win the impending
General Election, and so, like Cecil "Daughtergate" Parkinson, and
Paul Channon before him, become the victim of the curse of
Party organisers are furious that he has so far failed to produce
the White Paper on the future of BR, an embarrassing failure which
could cost much-needed votes. Many also believe that he has allowed
himself to be influenced by Sir Bob Reid and is now but a creature
of the industry.
But his real problems lie in Downing Street. Prime Minister John
Major-Ball is determined the denationalised railways should follow
the pattern of the rail system of the 1930's. Rifkind thinks this is
barmy and is apparently letting his views known. His supporters are
openly mocking the PM's vision.
Apparently Major-Ball won't be happy until the cream and chocolate
coaches of the Great Western Railway are trundling to the West
Country and Jack Hobbs is back opening the batting for England.
The First Train Through The Channel Tunnel: "We Regret to
The opening of the Channel Tunnel, planned for 15 June 1993 has been
put back and will not now be operating until the end of the Summer
1993. Delayed delivery of rolling stock is blamed, as has
construction delays (which has been denied). In fact a full fleet of
trains will not be operational until mid-1994.
Will Reid Stay?
Speculation mounts whether BR Chairman, Sir Bob Reid (BR MkII) will
continue if the Conservatives win the next Election. Current
Transport Secretary Rifkind is intent on privatising BR quickly and,
against Sir Bob's wishes, section by section.
It seems likely that profit-making InterCity and freight network are
schemed to go first, but Sir Bob wants the entire network sold off
as a single unit and only at the end of his ten-year £10bn "Future
Rail" programme aimed at achieving super-efficient services
comparable to those in Japan.
This disagreement follows the Government's decision to ignore Sir
Bob's advice over the route of the new Channel Tunnel high speed
Ride the "Rollercoaster"
Rail bosses have launched a belated propaganda blitz on the line
dubbed the "Rollercoaster Railway".
Stung by the revelations that 50 new Class 465 Networker trains were
the wrong size to fit tunnels and bridges, they said they knew all
along. It was just that they forgot to warn passengers of the
disruption that would be caused.
Miles of the Ashford to Folkestone line in Kent will be lowered and
scores of bridges raised to make for the trains. The work will cause
massive extra delays and rail staff have already dubbed it the
Network SouthEast managers have apologised for the disruption and
described as "inaccurate" reports that executives were embarrassed
about the new trains. The said that "When the design for the trains
was drawn up we were fully aware of the need for infrastructure
improvements including modification of tunnels to accommodate them".
The trains are slightly wider to incorporate new customer comfort
and safety aspects.
Olympics at Manchester Victoria?
As part of the Government's gift of £55m to Manchester to support
its bid to host the Olympic Games in the year 2000 is a scheme to
build a sporting arena within the site of Manchester Victoria
station. What with trams soon to run through the station and boxing
matches being held on the site of Manchester Central (now G-Mex),
The fact that there are a score of marginal constituencies in the
North-West which would benefit from this gift is pure coincidence
with the General Election only weeks away.
Staff to be Identified
As part of the Rail Passengers' Charter staff will have to wear name
tags to identify anyone who is impolite or unhelpful. The scheme,
described as a "pantomime" by BR chairman Bob Reid was also strongly
resisted by rail unions, fearing it could lead to reprisals against
individuals by angry "customers".
to the Spring edition of "Trans Pennine". At the time of writing we
have had a relatively mild winter, but even so we are all no doubt
looking forward to the spring. It has been mooted that the most
important date this spring will be April the 9th and thereafter we
must wait and see what will happen to our beloved transport system.
With more changes to the BR timetable due in May that rapidly
declining species, the loco-hauled service, will become even rarer.
There is however, some good news of someone seeing sense with
services in Scotland set to revert to Loco haulage on certain lines.
Let us hope that this latest trend spreads back to other parts of
You may recall in the last editions 'Notes from the committee'
section that it was announced that your Editor had been dropped from
the Pennine Quiz team, due to un-availability caused by attending an
adult "sex!" education class for several weeks. You will therefore no
doubt be pleased to learn that although some time away, the Editor
now announces his availability for selection for this years events.
Your Honourable Treasurer has also now decided to attend night
classes to study juggling, so that he can 'balance' the books, both
at work and at the 'Pennine' Railway Society.
1. Man, when asked directions in the city centre promptly answered
that if it were him, he would not start from here.
On hearing that trains were halted by a bomb warning, man shouted "I
hope this isn't another hoax1".
3. On hearing that a TV set had been stolen from Lincoln BRSA, man
said "They shouldn't have put it in a place where everyone
could see it!".
PENNINE NEWS ITEMS
LIMBERING UP BEFORE THE PERMANENT WAY
Pre-work exercises for P.Way gangs have been brought in with the
news that a rather pleasant looking Physiotherapist (beast) has been
showing track-men how to limber up in Scotland, in an effort to make
BR's workforce more fit for its Job. Let us hope that it spreads to
Lincolnshire so that all of BR's employees can benefit.
A recent announcement has been made detailing a £40 million pound
investment programme totally replacing signalling and the current
track layout at Paddington station. The bulk of the work will take
place between May and September with only eight of the fourteen
platforms being use, others becoming available during the works
In 1996, the Heathrow Express services will start, taking on an
estimated six million passengers per year from the capital to the
airport in just 16 minutes.
Paddington's famous roof will be refurbished at a cost of £4 million
including replacement of the remaining sections of Brunel's original
IVANHOE _LINE GETS THE GREEN LIGHT
The Government has given the green light to a £16 million plan
leading to passenger services once again using the currently freight
only Leicester-Burton line by 1995. The line lost its services in
1964 but local councils have sponsored plans to re-open it. No less
than 16 stations will be opened or reopened.
"At one time, Nunnery Jct at the stations north end, was under about
twelve feet of water. In all some 13 signalling location boxes and
63 points were virtually wrecked", a quote from relief station
manager Mr Robin Skinner during the clean up operation after
Sheffield station was recently flooded. The much publicised incident
led to widespread chaos, with local services in particular being
affected and disruption continuing long after the Initial damage
which took place on the Saturday before Christmas.
BR employees must be congratulated on their actions and endeavours
during and after the chaos and all services are due to get back to
normal during February.
Saturday the 21st of December 1991, the last Saturday before Xmas,
started out as just another rainy day, although on arrival at
Doncaster station I noticed that the TV. monitors were showing that
due to a landslide and derailment the Hope Valley line was blocked.
After noting various Class 91s on ECM1. expresses, ex-works 31407 on
the Doncaster breakdown train (en-route to the derailment at Edale)
and also 47818 on the 09.20 York-Poole I did a spot of Xmas shopping
(for 10 minutes). Then I made my way to Sheffield on an extremely
"wedged" 08.05 Edinburgh-Penzance HST (power cars 43120143078). The
first sign of problems ahead occurred when we ground to a halt at
Holmes. After a few minutes we were told that this train was being
diverted due to "severe flooding in the Sheffield area", passengers
for Sheffield were advise to change at Meadowhall interchange for a
special bus connection to Sheffield station.
After much confusion (the platforms at Meadowhall Interchange are
only long enough for 2 Sprinter units! ) I waved goodbye to the HST
(or so I thought) and made my way to the Bus station, where courtesy
of a very raucous "Sheffline" Leyland National I completed the
Journey to Sheffield station to view the chaos.
The scene outside Midland station was amazing with "welly fitted
Police" and BR staff much in evidence. The whole station frontage &
car park area was flooded to well over 2 feet in places. Stranded
passengers were escaping on a hastily assembled line of Post Office
trolleys as the station was hastily being evacuated. One of the last
evacuees being our very own Pennine member, Mr "So-Bo" Barclay, who
could hardly contain his excitement after having made part of his
escape on a specially commandeered Bus!
As it became patently obvious that there would be no trains from
Sheffield station for the rest of the day, I made my way back to
Doncaster via a 'SYT Fastline X78' service.
By the time I got back to Doncaster the rain had stopped and many
indignant passengers were demanding to know why there would be "no
further trains to Sheffield today". Although if these same people
watched the national news bulletins later in the day then perhaps
they may have changed their minds.
As these notes were being written (early February) the situation at
Sheffield has just returned to normal. BR are claiming damages from
the National Rivers Authority (the bill for lost passenger revenue
alone over the Xmas/New year period must be staggering). A special
display of dramatic pictures taken during the flood are on display
in the station concourse and the ordinary passenger is already
beginning to forget that the Midland Station sits on the confluence
A further visit to the station on Monday 23rd December saw what a
fantastic Job the BR staff had done to clean up the appalling mess
and at least try to run a skeleton train service. However with every
piece of signalling equipment out of action they were fighting a
losing battle. I was also surprised to see an HST standing on
platform 8 and with further Inspection I discovered the power cars
to be 4.3120 and 43078. It seems I could have stayed on my train on
Saturday and gone into Sheffield station on Saturday after all, and
made my escape on a GPO trolley - typical, anyone want to buy a pair
RAILS TO BLYTH
by Paul Slater
The engine shed and power station at Blyth are served by an
interesting network of lines in the Northumberland coalfield, some
of these are modern, whilst others go back to the days of the North
The line which diverges from the East Coast Main Line at Backworth
originally ran via Newsham, Bedlington and Ashington to the seaside
town of Newbiggin, with branches from Newsham to Blyth and from
Bedlington to Morpeth. There was also a goods only branch to North
Blyth from a triangular junction south of Ashington.
Passenger services between Bedlington and Morpeth were withdrawn in
April 1950, although excursion trains continued to run until August
1963. The lines to Blyth, Ashington and Newbiggin were closed to
passengers in November 1964.
The old goods branch to the coal staithes at North Blyth is the
basis for the present line to Blyth depot and the Power Station. The
depot is actually situated in the village of Cambois, close by the
sea-shore and beyond it a siding continues to an aluminium terminal
on the north side of Blyth Harbour. A modern signal box with colour
lights controls the junction with the Blyth power station branch and
adjacent level crossing, but the triangular junction with the
Ashington line is controlled by old North Eastern signal boxes with
brackets of semaphores. Winning Signal Box at the eastern apex of
the triangle and Marchey's House Signal Box at the northern apex
stand against level crossings on the road from Cambois to Ashington.
At Bedlington there are two more signal boxes of North Eastern
pattern. South Box controls the level crossing over the main street,
whilst North Box controls the junction with the Morpeth branch as
well as another level crossing. Yet another North Eastern signal box
can be seen at North Seaton. Also there is a fine lattice viaduct
that takes the line over the River Blyth near Bedlington, and just
to the north of Marchey's House Signal Box an even more impressive
structure carries the line over the estuary of the River Wansbeck.
The section of line between Ashington and Newbiggin has been
abandoned, but a new extension northwards from Ashington has been
built to serve Ellington Colliery and Coal Preparation Plant as well
as the Power Station and the Lynemouth aluminium smelter at .
Another extension north from Ashington serves Butterwell Colliery
before joining the East Coast main line at Butterwell Junction,
between Morpeth and Widdrington.
SOUTHERN STEAM AT PLYMOUTH
by Paul Slater
Of the three overnight excursions I made with my School Railway
Club, the third one was in some ways the most enjoyable. The first
two trips had taken us from our homes in Northamptonshire to Glasgow
and South Wales. The third trip was to be to Devon, visiting engine
sheds at Plymouth and Exeter as well as travelling between London
and the West Country via both the Western Region and Southern Region
It was July 1960 that we went to Plymouth and Exeter, at which time
the Western Region main line from Paddington to Cornwall was in the
middle of change-over from steam to diesel. The overnight train on
which we travelled from Paddington
was hauled by a "Warship" diesel-hydraulic and later I noted two of
these engines on Laira shed, D801 "Vanguard" and D816 "Eclipse".
There was still a great deal of steam on the Western Region main
line however, and in the foreground of the photograph I took at
Laira was one of the depots own "Castles" 4-6-Os no. 7022 "Hereford
A pilot engine was provided for our train between Newton Abbot and
Plymouth and this was 4-6-0 no. 5934 "Kneller Hall". I understand
that at that time mixed steam & diesel double heading was
commonplace but it was a great novelty to me. I remember leaning
from a carriage window in the grey early morning light, fascinated
by the sight and sound of "Kneller Hall" and the "Warship" going at
full blast on the climb to Dainton summit.
The excursion to Devon in 1960 is particularly interesting to
remember that the Southern Region main line to Plymouth was then
still in operation and unlike the Western Region, was entirely steam
worked. One of the Bullied "Battle of Britain" light Pacific's, in
original air smoothed form, 34079 "141 Squadron" of Exmouth Junction
shed, stood among the Western Regions engines at Laira Depot, and
there were two more - 34061 "73 Squadron" and 34080 "Squadron" - at
the Southern Region depot in Plymouth.
The Southern shed was named Friary and it was coded 72D. It was much
smaller than Laira and at the time of our visit there were only
eight engines there. Besides the two "Battle of Britain" Pacific's
there were two Class 'N' 2-6-Os from Exmouth Junction - 31837 and
31841 - and two ex London & South Western Railway 044 tanks - 1M71
no. 30036 and '02' 30183 - from Friary's own allocation as well as
2-6-2T no. 41316 and diesel shunter no.11228.
From Plymouth our party returned to Exeter and Waterloo via the
Southern Region main line, which is no longer open as a through
route west of Exeter. As far as Okehampton we travelled on a
Plymouth-Brighton express, first stop Tavistock, hauled by a "Battle
of Britain" Pacific. I can remember the fine views of the Tavy
estuary and the great bridges of Saltash as we left Plymouth, then
the long bridge across the Tavy followed by the climb to Bere
Alston. The air-smoothed Pacific in front twisting and turning on
the sharp curves and obviously working very hard. This section of
the former Southern Region main line as far as Bere Alston is still
used by trains to Gunnislake, but from Bere Alston to Meldon it has
been closed completely whilst from Meldon to Yeoford is now only
used by goods trains.
After a quite scenic run around the western and northern fringes of
Dartmoor, our train halted at Okehampton and here we alighted for a
picnic lunch. At Okehampton was a small engine shed - a sub depot of
Exmouth Junction - and we saw two "T9" 44~Os there, 30717 and 30719,
as well as another Class "N", 31845. At Okehampton I got my first
photograph of an air smoothed Bullied, "West Country" no. 34106
"Lydford" which was heading a Plymouth bound train. Shortly after
which another "Battle of Britain" arrived with a Plymouth-Exeter
train which we all boarded for an all stations ride to Exeter and
the next stage of our excursion.
February 1st proved to be quite a memorable day In our quest to
remain loyal to the end and see out our beloved Fifties. On this day
I accompanied Messrs Stewart, Stewart & Stewart (that well known
firm of Solicitors from Sheffield) in an effort to photograph the
Class 50 hauled railtour which ran from Waterloo to Meldon Quarry
via all points south and west. We headed down the M1 motorway at
06.30 hours with plans of hopefully getting two or three shots of
the railtour. It had been decided to head for somewhere in the Bath
area for the first photograph and then to chase the railtour
westwards. After the worst of the dense fog had been passed through
by Nottingham, hopes were beginning to rise of a good day ahead, but
unfortunately not the temperature.
Mist and then clear patches were driven through repeatedly before we
passed Cirencester on the A429 in bright , glorious sunshine, clear
blue skies and thick frost. We thought that for once we had cracked
it with the weather and were all looking forward to finding a
location somewhere around Bathampton to enjoy the conditions and of
course to sizzle for breakfast.
Unfortunately "Him" upstairs had other ideas and was determined to
spoil our plans. Passing through Bathampton and then Claverton the
mist returned and although not as bed as earlier it was enough to
bring Mr Stewart 'Senior' to chomp on his pipe and yell something
about our old pal Mr Kettley, and further question the accuracy of
the fine chap's high pressure forecast. Well we set up camp at
Freshford and duly sizzled, flagging the 'things' that now operated
Cardiff-Portsmouth services and remembered when the trains along this
route were always titiddlying.
We were, as you can guess, most impressed when at the sound of a
horn, which was recognised as that not belonging to a 156, 158 or
the like, we were all holding a sausage cob in one hand and a cup of
coffee in the other as a Class 37 rolled by on an engineers train.
One of the Stewart clan did manage to drop both cob and cup, grab
his camera and leg it up to the steps of the station bridge in time
to photo the Class 37, only to find that he had no film in his
camera. The rest of us had to be content with finishing the sausage
cobs and letting the Class 37 finish us.
Never the less, some time later another more recognisable noise
descended upon us and, right on time "Glorious" rounded the curve
from Bradford-On-Avon and was duly photted heading for Bath.
We promptly piled everything into the boot of the car and set off to
try and get another shot of the train at Cogload Jct. Unfortunately,
due to poor weather conditions, naff roads and Sunday drivers, this
proved fruitless end so It was decided to head the train off at
By Taunton the weather had cleared again , and bright sunshine
raised our hopes once more. We travelled up the A30 for the thirty
odd miles from Exeter to Okehampton In absolutely superb weather and
felt that this time we couldn't fail.
We dropped down into Okehampton and found the station, and so did
the thickest mist we had seen all day. On arrival at 'the spot', the
line which was only 20 feet below the parapet of the bridge, could
not be seen through the murk!
Imagine having travelled about 250 miles, the last 40 in superb
weather only to arrive at one's destination, firstly to see Dr Death
and then not being able to see the track, let alone jostle for
position on the bridge in order to get a
shot. However Dr Death and three other complete barmpots were
unbelievably standing on the road-bridge, lining up the shot of a
train that was not even visible!.
Now it Is at times like this that you wonder about the comments made
by the average Joe Public doubting the sanity of Rail Enthusiasts.
It is the first time that I can remember travelling 250 miles for a
shot and not even getting the camera out. It was a hard choice
between laughing and crying - the former won, just.
Still, the sound of "Glorious" storming out of
Okehampton seemed to make It all worthwhile. As we dropped back down
to Crediton the weather cleared slightly, although by now the threat
of dusk rather than mist descended upon us. A shot of 'Thirty-three'
storming Crediton was had and that together with the magnificent
result coming from the City Ground, Nottingham was raising our
spirits at last. Even a chorus of "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" was
heard sung when all the afternoons sporting events* results were
heard, followed by Jammy Sods Wednesday (3-2 winners at Luton).
The short Journey to Exeter St Davids for a pit stop was taken and
then we continued to the footbridge at Exeter Central to see the
unusual, but splendid sight of "Glorious" storming the bank, and
storming non-stop through Exeter Central, a first and last perhaps?
The Journey home was then embarked upon, involving an un-scheduled
diversion thanks to those nice men with shovels who were digging up
the M5 and, finishing again somewhere near Worcester - damned cones!.
Well, the end of an eventful day was near as we listened to the car
stereo on the
way home. I kept expecting to hear It but it never came Play Misty
My thanks to the Stewarts, in particular Gary, for the rarity of a
chauffeur driven day out!
PENNINE QUIZ No. 69
Well done to 1st prize winner K Bell (37), 2nd: J Dewing (35), 3rd:
I. Shenton (34). The Required answers were-:
1) East Ville and Sibsey, 2) Bridgend and Llandow Halt, 3) Sibleys
and Thaxted, 4) Blandford and Bailey Gate, 5) Marsh Mills and
Bickleigh, 6) Lowesby and East Norton, 7) Galashiels or Clovenfords,
8) Ipswich, 9) Troon, 10) Langport West, 11) Alton, 12) Didcot, 13)
Truro/Probus, 14) Bodorgan/Gaerwen, 15) Ormside/Crosby Garrett, 16)
Matlock Bath/Cromford, 17) Shepley + Shelley/Skelmanthorpe, 18)
Garsdale/Hawes, 19) Kingsbridge, 20) Swanage, 21) Calne, 22) Knott
End, 23) Dartmouth, 24) Abingdon, 25) Trevoise Head, 26) Queen
Charlotte, 27) Sir Balin, ** 28) Hereford Castle *1, 29) Ryde, 30)
Curlew, 31) Market Harborough, 32) Barnstaple Jct, 33) Brunswick -
Liverpool, 34) Manningham, 35) Immingham, 36) 40145/40445. 37)
53964/54247, 38) Hull-Leeds freightliner, 39) 283, 40) Royal
Seaforth Container depot, 41) 50046 Ajax (RIP.).
*** Apologies to you all as for some reason Question 28 was not
printed. Sack the WP typist - ED!. (You can always type It yourself -
Try you hand at Quiz no.70, thanks to Ian Shenton for compiling it.
PENNINE QUIZ No. 70
1) What was
the closure date of Otley station?
2) What Is the name of the Public
House on Moorthorpe station?
3) What year did the East & West
Yorkshire Railway Union close?
4) What year was the overall roof
removed from Wakefield Kirkgate station?
5) What year did the
Barnsley Court House station close?
6) What was the date of closure
of Canklow depot?
7) What was the name of the first station In
8) Who designed Leicester London Rd station?
9) What was
the former name of Gatwick Airport station?
10) What year did Burlescombe station close?
11) Between which two stations is Buckshead tunnel situated?
12) What are the buildings on the up
platform of Starcross station used for?
13) Which was the first
tunnel through which passengers were hauled by a steam train?
What was the name of the first station In Bradford?
15) Name 62738?
16) What date did Hunslet station close?
17) What stands on the site
of Leeds Central station?
18) Which shed had the code G.O.?
Which was the first Class 26 to be withdrawn?
20) Which was the
first Deltic to have a TOP'S. number?
21) Where was D6502 cut up?
22) What was the second loco to leave Woodham Bros. at Barry?
Which Class 40 was ETH fitted?
24) Which loco was involved in the
accident at Morpeth on 24-6-1984?
25) Which was the last Standard
Clan class loco to be withdrawn?
26) Where was the turntable, now at
Scarborough, previously used?
27) Who named Class 47 no.47715
28) Where was the Yorkshire Television programme "Fred
the Fugitive" filmed?
29) Which was the first Class 86 to arrive at
Ipswich on test?
30) What was the date of the accident that closed
31) What was the date of closure of the Woodhead
32) What date did Rawtenstall station close?
33) Which loco
hauled the Honeymoon train of Queen Elizabeth II?
34) Where was
Merchant Navy class no.35002 cut up?
35) Name 61243?
36) What date
did Manchester Victoria station open?
37) Name the stations that
have been in Oldham?
38) On What date did Pontefract Tanshelf
39) Who named Castle class loco no.7037 "Swindon"?
40) Which was the last Class 40 to be named?
PENNINE OBSERVERS N M S
Three Bridges has become a stabling point for the rapidly spreading
Class 60s. with one to be found there most afternoons. 60042 has
been the most frequent member of the Class to visit.
On February 7th 56053 stormed through Three Bridges on hoppers
leaving a smoke trail any steam buff would have been proud of!
Horsham sees the two Southern oddities 45518 unit no. 5800, and
421/4 unit no.1800. Quite often at the moment unit no. 5800 works in
on a Friday evening and stables in the up siding until Monday
morning, whilst 1800 is often on the 12 coach Portsmouth Harbour
The Cory oil trains have only produced 47223 and 47369 so far this
year on the Tuesday only working. A recent Selhurst signing from
Ashford 08649 arrived at Horsham on Jan 27th instead of the usual
Class 09. Unfortunately it has proved unreliable and a Class 33 or
73 has had to come down from Three bridges to help out.
February 9th saw some of the BR's enthusiast charters running
between Waterloo and Weymouth, motive power was as follows:
47297 + 47704 Waterloo-Eastleigh,
08831 Eastleigh Depot Loop,
47600 + 47221 Eastleigh-Yeovil Jct-Salisbury
47600 + 47227 Salisbury-Waterloo.
Also on this day 56116 and 56008 worked another enthusiasts charter
from Waterloo-Weybridge-Chertsey-Clapham Jct.
A survey of Waterloo-Exeter services on the 15th/16th/17th February
revealed the following engines working -
33102/47579/4770117021703170817091712/801. Highlight of the
three day spell occurred on the 17th with the use of 33063 on the
08. 40 Waterloo-Exeter, the less said about the absence of the 50' s
during this period the better.
On the 16th February the charters were out again. The Solent and
Wessex Wanderer ran from London-Weymouth and back with the following
motive power in charge.
37350 + 33109 Waterloo-Southampton, 60079 + 33109
Southampton-Weymouth-Southampton, 37667 + 33109 Southampton-Waterloo.
Noted at Frodingham on December 21st were 08632,
371001109/512/719, 47233/346 and 60037.
Seen at Doncaster on
December 28th were
47973 and 58041 in the depot, 86607 outside the works, 47221, 56069
and 47835 on E. C. S. The usual crop of Class 91s were in evidence,
Also seen on February 1st at Doncaster were 37244 and 47340 in the
depot and 47852 outside the works.
The well documented arrival of condemned Class 50s to Booth Roe
Metals, Rotherham recently, did not go without notice amongst
Pennine Members. Nos 1120/40 arrived behind 47705, Nos 26/36/45
behind 706 and 4116/23 behind 31462.
Northbound services from Kings Cross were delayed from 18.00 to
20.00 hours on the 2nd December due to the late arrival of a service
from Glasgow, worked in by 91008. The 18.30 Kings X-Edinburgh left
at 19.02 stopping at Peterborough to collect passengers from the
failed 18.40 Kings X-Bradford (91003). This 18.30 departure also
called at Grantham, Newark, Retford arriving at Doncaster 75 minutes
December 28th saw a power failure at Neville Hill resulting In
severe delays especially to Settle and Carlisle line services.
special 12.40 Leeds-Carlisle charter departed behind 31418 + 60022,
it should of left Leeds at 09.47! Furthermore the train was
terminated at Appleby with both locos hauling the return service.
Settle and Carlisle Charter trains over the festive season resulted
in 47479/37071183 northbound and 37049195 southbound on December the
27th. 31418, 60021 northbound and 60022 southbound on the 28th. On
the 3oth 31418156134 northbound and 56117 southbound whilst finally
on New Years Eve 47475156108 northbound and 26040 + 26011
A most interesting working over the New Year Holiday was the 09.15
Dundee-Kings X which was routed via Perth and consisted of
refurbished Mk I coaches and diesel haulage throughout, bringing a
touch of nostalgic back to Pennine Deltic buffs. January 2nd found
47835 on this service and 47813 the following day.
January the 4th saw HST power cars 43085195 at Hull Paragon having
worked in on a 'Footex' carrying Chelsea supporters for their FA Cup
tie with Hull City. December and January also saw regular visits of
Class 37's to Hull Paragon, with 37015165173 and 37285 seen over the
Seen at Immingham on January 4th were 08445, 31210/221/249/319,
37686. 47319/373/413. On the 18th January York MPD hosted
08605/706/806/31552, 37221 and
47280. Whatever happened to the lines of locos always to be seen
December 3rd saw 47841 on a charter from Manchester-Leeds
consisting of former Manchester Pullman stock, which has been
re-liveried to crimson and white and renumbered & re-named as
Former 504 now Manchester 99678 named 'White Rose'.
Former 506 now Manchester 99679 named 'Red Rose'.
Former 546 now Manchester 99670 named 'City of Manchester'
Former 548 now Manchester 99671 named 'Elizabethan'
Former 549 now Manchester 99672 named 'Prince Rupert'
Former 550 now Manchester 99673 named 'Golden Arrow'
Former 551 now Manchester 99674 named 'Caledonian'
Former 552 now Manchester 99675 named 'Southern Belle'
Former 553 now Manchester 99676 named 'King Arthur'
Former 556 now Manchester 99677 named 'Talisman'
Former 14102117102 now Manchester 99680 To Be Named
The Charter consisted of Numbers 586,546,504,506,549,550,17102.
Over the December/January period several HST services were either
substituted by loco-hauled or vice versa. On December 11th the 09.28
Sheffield-St Pancras was hauled by 47841 instead of the booked HST.
The 27th of December saw the 20. 12
York-Derby as a HST service with power cars 43187/165 In charge,
this being instead of the booked loco and stock.
January 17th saw 47819 work the 17.13 FO Bristol-Newcastle vice HST.
The following Friday the 07. 14 Bristol-Newcastle had 47847 as
power(?) instead of a HST. February the 1st saw the 08.56
Derby-Cardiff worked by 47975 Instead of the usual sprinter. The 8th
of February saw the 06.25 Plymouth-York HST service terminate at
Bristol due to failure of the set.
December the 22nd found the 14.20 York-Swansea suffer an enforced
engine change when 47842 was taken off at Doncaster in favour of
47483. On the same day the 11.50 Glasgow-Kings X with 91007 on,
failed at York, to be assisted to Its destination by 47500 which had
to be diverted via Leeds due to flooding north of Doncaster, the
train eventually arrived at Kings X 85 minutes late.
On the 27th the 17.35 Newcastle-Bristol was cancelled so the stock
of the 11.40 Poole-York returned west as the 18.47 York-Bristol
January the 2nd saw the unusual sight of the 08.40 Poole-Edinburgh
with only one power car - 43092. The rear coach was MkII 5708,
resulting In a 98 minute late arrival.
January the 5th saw the following Class 91s at Doncaster
On January 25th a visit to Booth Roe Metals Yard at Rotherham found
the following coaching stock waiting to be scrapped:-
84029, 9386, 5477, 5540, 5295. 5489. 26109, 5508, 7553, 5496, 5321,
17114, 17103, 1956, 5440, 5539, 5332, 6526, 5466, 13565, 7558,
13566, 5269, TDB977498,
RD977530, with DMU's 54278, 52049, 54245, 54269, 54243, 59249 also
On February 8th the 09.20 York-Poole had 31563147849 as far as Derby
where the pair were taken off in favour of 47829. The 10.27
Derby-York had 47972 as power and ran to HST timings.
February the 8th saw the unfortunate followers of Manchester City
have 47558 as power for their 'Footex' to Sheffield where they were
well beaten by the home team.
Warrington is still the place to be for freight trains and during a
two hour spell on November 29th the following locos were observed on
31174/242/306/524, 37077199/2511418, 4735318/206, 60032/45157169.
37710, 60046 and 90130 all passed light engine. Also on the 29th of
November 37430 headed the 17,14 Manchester Victoria-Blackpool and
37426 the 17.21 to Southport.
November the 30th found 20013157 heed the "Two Counties Crusader"
Pathfinder Railtour from Swindon to Manchester Piccadilly, and then
on to Buxton, Burn Naze and Rose Grove. Noted at Buxton were 31511,
37578, 47318, 60058/80.
Saturday February 1st found 90014 on the 11.25
Wolverhampton-Euston, 86226 the 10,30 Euston-Shrewsbury, 86101 the
12.35 Birmingham New Street-Manchester Piccadilly, 87007 on the 12.28
Wolverhampton-Euston, 87005 the 13.00 Euston-Wolverhampton, 90003 the
14. 48 Birmingham-Euston, 86260 the 17. 22 Birmingham-Glasgow, 90008
the 16.00 Euston-Wolverhampton and 87021 the 14.40 Edinburgh-Euston.
The 17. 26 Edinburgh-Brighton service had 86205 in charge on New
Years Eve and possibly a first In these columns is news of the North
Berwick branch, EMU 305519 worked the 17.05 Haymarket-North Berwick
service also on New Years Eve.
A Survey of Paddington-Oxford & Newbury services on February the
15th revealed the following locos in working-:
47423/425/441/446/449/581/587/636, how Interesting!.
It Is reported that LMS Crab 42765 has moved from the Keighley
and Worth Valley to the East Lancs Railway and that Class 20 no.
20107 has been purchased by the East Lancs Railway.
The coaches listed below have been leased to the private sector, but
are still owned by BR until finally sold. However they have been
re-numbered and repainted into maroon livery, numbers are as
Old Number 3131 new number 99190
Old Number 3132 new number 99191
Old Number 3133 new number 99192
Old Number 4860 new number 99193
Old Number 5032 new number 99194
Old Number 5035 new number 99195
Old Number 35469 new number 99196
*** still carrying old numbers as of 1st Feb 1992.
Thanks go to Messrs Bolland, Slater, Caddick, Dewing and Barclay
for their contributions to the magazine.
MEETINGS LIST MARCH - JUNE 1992
Social evenings are held at the Corporation Brewery Taps, Cleveland
Street, Doncaster on the lst and 3rd Tuesdays of every month.
Meetings start at 20.00hrs and a varied programme is always offered.
Our Spring Fayre is shown below.
Everyone welcome to attend. All events are open to non-members, so
bring a friend. Introduce him, or her, to the Pennine.
Tuesday 17 March - Geoff Newall ; Star of the Dore Loco Group a
first visit to the Taps.
Tuesday 7 April - Gary Stewart ; Many a Slide Competition winner
will be shown tonight.
Tuesday 21 April - Chris Tyas ; A brief history of the success of
Doncaster's football and rugby league clubs, lasting approx 1 min,
followed by an evenings entertainment of excellent railway slides.
Tuesday 5 May - David Bladen's slide quiz - he shows the slides and
then asks eevil questions. Take part individually or as a team.
Tuesday 19 May - Ian Shenton ; a popular return visit of our friend
from West Yorkshire.
Tuesday 2 June - Dave Cawley ; another show by our
Tuesday 16 June - To be announced (conscript not yet notified)
SEE YOU AT EIGHT - DON'T BE LATE
Fixtures List No 2
Wednesday 1 July Keighley & Worth Valley Railway.
PR4 - 92/1 Evening tour of the line and installations
on our specially hired railbus.
Meet Haworth Station at 19.15.
Cost approx £3 (to be confirmed)
It is hoped that a preserved bus will be
available from Doncaster, departing 17.00.
All bookings to David Whitlam, enclosing SAE. Please indicate
whether you wish to travel on the bus.
A letter has been received from Doncaster Depot stating that due to
Increased security and safety considerations visits are prohibited
for the foreseeable future.
Robin is hoping to arrange a visit to York Power Box. Details
will be announced in due course.
Dates for your diary
April 25/26 Longsight Open Weekend
May 3 Bescot Open Day