No.84 - Summer 1993
Our black and white cover photograph shows ex-works Brush/Sulzer
Type 4 No D1564 resplendent in two-tone green livery about to
negotiate the flat crossing with the East Coast Main Line at Retford
whilst heading a fish train from Grimsby bound for a destination on
the London Midland Region.
The 40B (Immingham) shed plate (below the headcode panel) is worthy
Photo courtesy of Jack Davis,
MAJOR-BALL'S VAT THREAT
It is rumoured that Prime Minister John Major-Ball has not vetoed a
suggestion that VAT be imposed on public transport charges in the
Autumn 1993 Budget.
If this suggestion is implemented fares will rise 17.5% at a stroke
and bring in much needed revenue to a bankrupt Government.
TRANS PENNINE is produced by the Pennine Railway Society. The views
expressed are not necessarily those of the Society or the Editor.
Station nameplates within the South Yorkshire PTE have recently been
renewed. However the spelling has been somewhat inaccurate with
signs fitted reading CONISBOROUGH and KIVERTON PARK.
However pride of place is given to Maidstone where the local artists
have repainted the Maidstone Barracks signs to read Maidstone
LOAD OF BAGGAGE
BR has started charging passengers extra to take more than 3 bags on
trains (Romeos beware). Even handbags and briefcases as well as
suitcases are included in the totting up.
Staff are supposed to use discretion before charging passengers half
the adult fare for their luggage, but one woman has complained that
she was forced to pay for a handbag and three carrier bags
containing her supermarket shopping.
The new rule was quietly introduced on May 17th 1993.
In speaking to the World's Press following an collision on a level
crossing in the Nottingham area, BR Regional Manager Robin Skinner
was quoted that "you can't stop a train like you can stop a car".
This never to be forgotten statement was widely reported in the
Members may have seen a familiar face during the last series of
Mastermind on BBC. It was Pennine member Paul Slater from
Gainsborough whose specialist subject was Railways of Yorkshire.
Unfortunately Paul did not progress to the next round but we
do congratulate him on the tremendous achievement of reaching the
televised stages of the competition.
Well done Paul (how about entering the Pennine Shield quiz?).
AIRPORT LINK LIFTS BR
A £300m rail link for Heathrow Airport is set to go ahead. New.
trains will use the 11mile main line from Paddington to Hayes, West
London. From there a special underground line will take some 10
million passengers a year into Heathrow. The British. Airports
Authority will pay £6m for use of the track.
POSSIBLE UPGRADING OF WEST COAST MAIN LINE
BR is talking with builders Balfour Beatty over a privately-funded
£900m upgrading of the west Coast Main Line between London and
Glasgow. The plan is that a consortium will carry out the work and
then lease the line back to BR.
Could these happen when BR is privatised?:-
* the owner of the franchise for Thameslink renaming it
Robinlink, or if he could raise the capital for InterCity Midland,
renaming it the Great Robin Railway.
* with the Government forcing owners to continue discount
fares, put up all the other fares to cover what is lost on the
* to fight stiff competition from road hauliers and coach
companies, toll level crossings. Get them to pay £10 every time they
go over one of your level crossings. Old age pensioners on pushbikes
half price on production of a Level Crossing Card, price £20.
-* wheel clamping unauthorised parked trains. A £500 spot cash
to get them de-clamped. If a Robinlink train is trying to get out of
St Pancras , say, but some other privatised train is blocking its
way because of a signal box cock-up, call out the clamping squad and
And you think it can't happen!
SETBACK FOR NEW TUBE LINE
The planned Jubilee Line extension into Docklands has suffered
another setback. Government approval of the £2bn project is not now
expected until Parliament returns after its summer recess in
The latest delay in building the extension from Westminster to
Canary Wharf and Stratford via south-east London centres on demands
by the banks providing £400m of private-sector cash.
THE REBEL WHO NEVER RAN OUT OF STEAM
We are sad to hear of the death of Mr Robert Adley, former
Conservative MP for Christchurch. At Westminster his reputation
rested upon him being a self-confessed "railway lunatic". He wrote
nine "coffee-table books" about railways at home and abroad. In fact
he sold more books than any other politician author save for the
ubiquitous Lord Archer.
Adley spent the early 60s, before winning his first seat at Bristol
North East in 1970 taking photos of BR's last steam locos with which
he was later to illustrate his books.
He was particularly sceptical about the Government's proposed
separation of the track, signalling and safety from the newly
franchised railway operators. He went as far as to describe
Transport Secretary John MacGregor's baby as a "poll-tax on wheels.
He strongly believed that BR had a major part to play in the
transport infrastructure and regretted the parsimony with which
successive Tory Government's had treated a great national asset.
The railways have lost an influential supporter.
PRIVATISATION SPECIAL - LATEST py Zdenek
The 18 latest BR franchises are:
NORTH WEST REGION
From Carlisle in the north to Stoke-on-Trent in the south and
Llandudno and Wrexham in Wales.
MERSEYRAIL ELECTRIC SERVICES
Divorced from North West Region.
Covers nearly 300 stations from Wales to Lowestoft in the east and
from Manchester in the north to Stansted Airport in the south.
CARDIFF VALLEY LINES
Cardiff to Barry Island, Penarth, Radyr, Merthyr Tydfil.
SOUTH WALES AND WEST REGION
Giant area covering 251 stations from Penzance to Brighton to
INTERCITY WEST COAST MAIN LINE
Euston to Inverness.
Marylebone and Paddington to Aylesbury and Birmingham Snow Hill.
INTERCITY CROSS COUNTRY
Far-flung service from Aberdeen to Penzance.
Paddington to Gatwick, Stratford, and Bedwyn. Including Windsor&Eton
SOUTH LONDON AND SUSSEX COAST
Victoria, Charing Cross and London Bridge to eastern Surrey and
Sussex, including Eastbourne, Brighton, Portsmouth and Southampton
Liverpool Street to Ipswich, Harwich and Clacton. Stations include
Chelmsford, Colchester and Southend Victoria.
NORTH EAST REGION
From Berwick to Sheffield and Manchester. Major stations Include
Liverpool, Leeds, Newcastle, Sunderland and Middlesbrough.
Liverpool Street to Norwich through Colchester and Ipswich.
INTERCITY MIDLAND MAIN LINE
St Pancras through Luton and Leicester to Sheffield.
NORTHAMPTON & N. LONDON LINES
Links SW/SE London with Northampton and Bedford.
Joins south of London destinations with Bedford.
Links London stations with Kent , including Dover and Ramsgate.
WEST ANGLIA AND GREAT NORTHERN
Links London with E. Anglia, including Peterborough, Cambridge and
Welcome - to the summer edition of ' Trans Pennine' . Well here we
are again in the season of sun, sea, sand and standing up on an
overcrowded sprinter. If you don' t fancy the idea of chasing the
few remaining Loco-hauled services then there is an impressive line
up of preserved railway Gala weekends with the East Lancs Railway,
Midland Railway Centre, Paignton and Dartmouth Railway, Mid Hants
and Nene Valley Railways all holding special event weekends during
the summer months.
If the Severn Valley Diesel Gala of a few weekends ago is anything
to go by, then any of the above events will be welt worth visiting.
Messrs Tyas and Bladen were seen on the said event winging their way
to the Lion Inn at Hampton Loade for liquid refreshments, probably
to get over the shock of the Class 31 reaching Hampton Loade.
RAIL WINS MAJOR WASTE CONTRACT
A major contract to transport Greater Manchester's refuse has been
secured by Trainload Freight, ensuring that 500,000 tonnes of waste
per year from Dean Lane, Brindle Heath, Northenden and Bredbury are
carried to a new site being built near Warrington. The deal will
keep an additional 10,000 Lorry journeys a year of Manchester's
STEAM TO THE ISLES
Steam hauled services will run on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays
from the end of May to the end of September from Fort William to
Mallaig, providing thousands of steam buffs and scenery lovers alike
with the perfect way to travel.
NEW LIMESTONE CONTRACT
Another major new contract has been won by BR's Trainload Freight
carrying Limestone from Swinden Quarry in North Yorkshire to Tilcon
Ltd at Hull and Leeds. More than 500,000 tonnes per year will be
carried. Two trains per day of up to 27 wagons and hauled by Class
60's will keep the equivalent of 100 Lorries off the road. Great
THE STREETS OF WEYMOUTH
Paradise Catering Ltd, are chartering a train from Regional Railways
to run to Weymouth Quay on Thursday 3rd June and Wednesdays from 12
Ju1y to 3rd September and will provide a cold buffet to each seat on
the train. The Class 37 service will provide a welcome return for
people used to seeing services the streets.
PENNINE OU1Z No.73
Winners: 1st P.Gardner, Joint 2nd M. Bell and K. King
Answers were as follows-: 1) 70013 Oliver Cromwell 2) BR's
first female driver, 3) Our Eli, 4) Ixion, 5) Last of the Class to
be withdrawn from capital stock, 6) Yorkgate, 7) Hither Green, 8)
62277, 9) Victory, 10) Manchester Vic, 11) 92079, 12) Between Melton
Mowbray and Oakham, 13) On the old Covent Garden Flower market site,
14) Peak, Rail, 15) 84B and 2B, 16) 46521, 17) Night Malt, 18)
09202, 19) Little Eaton Jctn Denby, 20) Princes Margaret Rose.
PENNINE QUIZ No.74
by Ian Shenton
Answers to Ed by 15th August please.
1) When was the 'Railway Magazine' first published?
2) Which two services were the first to use the Selby diversion?
3) Name LNER. Loco 60153.
4) What was the weight of Crosti boilered 9F Locomotives?
5) When was Gas Turbine Loco 18100 withdrawn?
6) What was the original hp rating of Class 47 locomotives?
7) Where was D0260 'Lion' cut up?
8) Where did the stone come from for the old Doric Arch columns at
the old Euston Station?
9) Between which stations is Gauxholme viaduct?
10) What did Potts & Sons, Leeds make?
11) Who named Class 47 no. 47479 'Track 29'?
12) Which Loco carried the name 'Ashey'?
13) Which Loco worked the 14.43 Leeds-Plymouth service on January
14) Which Loco was used on high speed runs between Manchester and
London on April 30th 1992?
15) Name Class 73 no.73136
16) On what date was John McGregor appointed Secretary of State for
17) Which locos worked the 'Eden Serpent' railtour on November 8th
18) In which year did mail ceased to be dropped and picked up by a
19) Where is Shenton station?
20) Which company is building the new Class 323 units?
21) What are the platform numbers used by the Waterloo and City Line
at Waterloo station?
22) On what date did the fire take place at Vic Berry's Scrap yard
23) What was the last Locomotive allocated to Holbeck?
24) For what purpose is Totnes signal box now used?
25) Which locos were used on the 'Minster Marauder' railtour on
November 7th 1992?
CLASS 31 PASSENGER DIAGRAMS SUMMER 1993
MONDAYS - FRIDAYS Crewe 31/4 RCKC
Diagram 0 (off D4, on D1)
5J45 03.42 Edge Hill-Man Vic ecs
2C45 06.01 Man Vic-Barrow
2N44 09.30 Barrow-Preston
2C39 11.38 Preston-Barrow
2J90 13.35 Barrow-Man Vic
5J90 15.51 Man Vic-NH ecs
Diagram 1 (Off DO, on D2)
SC43 16.24 NH-Man Vic ecs
2C43 16.48 Man Vic-Barrow
2N46 19.45 Barrow-Blackpool North
Diagram 2 (off D1, on D3)
IF99 06.40 Blackpool-Liverpool Lime St.,
Diagram 3 (off D2, on D4)
2NSO 10.37 Liverpool L.St-Blackpool
2F51 13.20 Blackpool-Liverpool L.St
2NSO 15.37 Liverpool L.St-Preston
2F53 17.18 Preston-Liverpool L.St
Diagram 4 (off D3, on DO)
1N02 17.12 Liverpool L.St-Blackpoo1
5F02 20.35 Blackpool-Edge Hill ecs
SATURDAYS Crewe 31/4 RCKC
Diagram 5 (off D4, on D1)
5J45 03.42 Edge Hill-Man Vic ecs
2C45 06.01 Man Vic-Barrow
2N44 09.30 Barrow-Preston
2C39 11.38 Preston-Barrow
2J90 13.35 Barrow-Man Vic
5J90 15.51 Man Vic-NH ecs
Diagram 6 Off DO, on D2)
SC43 16.24 NH-Man Vic ecs
2C43 16.48 Man Vic-Barrow
2N46 19.45 Barrow-Blackpool North
Diagram 7-(off D1, on D3)
1F99 06.40 Blackpool-Liverpool Lime St
Diagram 8 (off D2, on DO)
2N50 10.37 Liverpool L.St-Blackpool
2F51 13.20 Blackpool-Liverpool L.St
1N02 17.12 Liverpool L.St-Blackpool
L.E. Blackpool North-Man Vic
Diagram 9 (off D3, on D4)
5D34 07.00 Edge Hill-Warrington B.Q.
1D34 08,14 Warrington B.Q.-Bangor
1J39 10.30 Bangor-Man Vic:
1D43 13.51 Man Vic-Llandudno
2F77 16.35 Llandudno Liverpool L.St
SATURDAYS Bescot 2 x 31/1 RDDJ
1J02 09.57 Birmingham New St-Pwllheli
1G06 17.49 Pwllheli-Birmingham New St
SUNDAYS Crewe 31/4 RCKC
Diagram 11 * (off D5, on D1)
SM45 06,13 Crewe-Man Pic ecs
1M45 08.35 Man Pic-Carlisle
1M75 18.10 Carlisle-Man Pic
5M75 21.57 Man Pic-Crewe ecs
Diagram 12 + (Off D6, on D2)
2H90 08.24 Blackpool North-Manchester Oxford Rd.
1D33 09.55 Manchester Oxford Rd-Llandudno
1H56 17,27 Llandudno-Manchester Oxford Rd
2N97 20.29 Manchester Oxford Rd-Blackpool North
* runs May 30th, June 27th, Juty 18th, Aug 8th/15th/29th and Sep
+ runs from July 18th
by P. SLATER
Having used a Boots free rail ticket to travel to London the
previous winter, my wife and I decided that we would use the first
of the several tickets we'd acquired this season to ride as far as
we could in a day down the main line northwards. Having consulted
the timetables I booked our seats, and on the fourth Saturday in
October, on a bright, cold morning, we boarded the packed 09.00
Kings Cross-Glasgow at Doncaster, departing at half past ten behind
91029 "Queen Elizabeth II".
My wife had never travelled on the main Line beyond Darlington, but
as far as Newcastle it was a familiar ride to me, and the journey
along the Northumberland coast and on into Scotland held memories of
when I used to take the train to Edinburgh to stay with friends or
to board a ship for a 'National Trust for Scotland' cruising
Beyond Edinburgh the train was half empty. We glimpsed Princes
Street, the Scott monument and the North British Hotel, then we were
passing through the western suburbs out into a rather bleak,
nondescript countryside. In the middle distance slag heaps of
strange shapes and colours dotted the landscape, and away to the
north rose the Ochil hills. I had only travelled this stretch of
line once before, early in the morning when the overnight train I
had caught at Retford was diverted via Carlisle and Carstairs. The
Line climbed to a summit among moors and windswept up-lands, the
Pentland Hills were prominent to the south and snow could be seen on
the mountains ahead.
At Carstairs we joined the main Line from London via Crewe and
Carlisle. From here into Glasgow I had not travelled by train since
an outing with my School railway club thirty five years ago, and the
ride was totally unfamiliar. The closed steelworks at Ravenscraig
were a landmark on the right just before the Motherwell stop, and
soon the tower blocks of Glasgow were visibly ahead, making quite an
impressive sight against the backdrop of the hills to the north of
the city. Polmadie depot was passed and before Long we were slowly
crossing the big bridge over the Clyde into Glasgow Central station.
I had a sudden sense of familiarity as I remembered my arrival in
Glasgow on that boyhood trip, the engine of the train in which the
school party had travelled from Birmingham was 'Princess Royal'
Pacific 46206 "Princes Marie Louise", and a British Railways
standard Class 6 'Clan' Pacific was just departing with a southbound
express and the station pilot was an old Caledonian 0-4-4T, 55220,
which my brother photographed.
We scarcely had time to do any sightseeing in Glasgow, but we were
content to stay on the station, looking at the expresses going in
and out, and survey the comings and goings of the local trains from
the veranda of Ghillie Browns Bar, ideally placed for thirsty Rail
enthusiasts. Our train back was at half past four: 91029 which had
hauled us to Glasgow had remained in the station and now propelled
us back to Doncaster. In 1957, a 'Black 5' 4-6-0 had pulled us as
far as Carstairs on our return journey after our school visit to
Glasgow, at Carstairs our train had been joined to one from Perth,
and the combined express was headed by a 'Britannia' Pacific,
changed at Carlisle for a 'Princes Coronation'.
The Kings Cross express did not fill up until Edinburgh, and from
Glasgow my wife and I had a carriage almost to ourselves. On a
siding outside the station were five electric locomotives - 86249
"County of Merseyside", 86426, 87006 "City of Glasgow", 87017 "Iron
Duke" and 90025 and at Polmadie were 08568, 8,423? "L. S.
Lowry" and 87004. "Britannia". Back in 1957, Polmadie - the third
largest of the sheds which we toured in Glasgow - the others being
Eastfield and St. Rollox had held no fewer than 83 locomotives.
Polmadie shed, then coded 66A, had been the main shed for Glasgow
Central, and pride of place amongst its allocation was held by
Pacific's which were used on Anglo-Scottish expresses. On that day
in 1957 we saw three 'Princes Coronations' - 46220 "Coronation",
46221 "Queen Elizabeth" and 46231 "Duchess Of Athol' - as well as a
'Britannia' and two 'Clans' - 70053 "Moray Firth", 72001 "Clan
Cameron" and 72002 "Clan Campbell". From south of the border came a
'Royal Scot' - 46164 "The Artists Rifleman" - and a 'Patriot' 45541
"Duke of Sutherland".
The suburban service from Glasgow Central, which In 1992 - as my
wife and I had observed from Ghillie Brown's Bar was operated by
Sprinter and EMUs in orange Strathclyde Livery - had in 1957 been
steam worked and at Polmadie shed I had noted twenty 2-6-4 tanks of
both London Midland and BR Standard designs, including the now
preserved 80003. A curios feature of these suburban tank engines was
the coloured smokebox number plate which many of them carried, the
number would be on a blue, red or yellow background instead of the
Of particular interest to me In 1957 was the large number of old
pre-grouping Scottish Locomotives to be seen at Polmadie shed. Most
were from the former Caledonian Railway, but there were some
ex-North British engines too: 0-6-0s, 4~ 4-0s, 0-6-0 tanks, 0-4-4
tanks and - a real rarity - a "Pug" 0-4-OST, 56035.
In 1957 we had travelled most of the way back from Glasgow in
daylight, changing trains at Crewe and again at the now vanished
junction of Blisworth for the branch train to Northampton, a service
Long since withdrawn. In 1992 my wife and I rode as far as Edinburgh
In daylight, but then a fiery orange sunset blazed behind us as the
train headed for Berwick-On-Tweed, and we did most of the journey
back to Doncaster - with no changes - in darkness. When we finally
reached our home in Gainsborough, we drank wine and nostalgically
played records of Scottish folk-songs by Robin Halt and Jimmy
McGregor and thought back over our day trip to Glasgow, whilst I
remembered Polmadie Shed.
PENNINE OBSERVERS NOTES
Sightings of locos in the south west are becoming rarer and rarer
but noted at Penzance on March 22nd were 47471/6/605 with 47312 seen
on a freight at Truro). Seen at Laira on the same date were
08645/821/839/819, 37625, 47569, 50007/33, D400. 47850 worked the
12.08 Plymouth-Manchester and 37520/668 were noted working a freight
through Newton Abbot.
3310318, 08953, 37098/146 were at Exeter and 47701/2/5/7/8/9/10/11
were all seen on Exeter-Waterloo services between March 21st and
Noted at Didcot on May 1st were 37019/218 towing Class 50's
50007/33/31, 47019/188/285/292 were stabled there with 'Castle'
class no. 5029 "Nunney Castle" seen working Light engine to
Worcester to work a steam special.
The following day found 08905 as yard pi lot, 37073 on a train
o Underground stock and 47520 on p.way duties. 47832 worked through
on passenger, and 6990 "Witherslack Halt" worked a steam shuttle
service to and from May 3rd saw 08024, 37035/109,
47309/313/326/8/972 and 60096 stabled there.
The 13.25 Bristol-York service saw 47482 visa the usual HST on April
25th, whilst on May 1 4t h t he 17. 13 Bristol-Newcastle was
cancelled with a 19. 00 Birmingham-York replacement service seeing
478'26 in unscheduled action.
Class 33's can still be seen at Salisbury with 33019/109 noted there
on March 25th. Sister loco 33202, together with 73006 and 08847 were
at Woking on the same date.
Sad news for locomotive enthusiasts occurred on March 22nd when
159004 worked for the first time on the 14.22 Exeter-Waterloo with
159005 forward from Salisbury. Good news however also occurred when
37146 working the 16.22 Exeter-Waterloo as far as Salisbury,
returning piloting 47714 on the 19.53 Salisbury-Exeter. The 15,15
Waterloo-Exeter had 'double-trouble' with 47710/716 at the head.
Two days later the Orient Express run from Waterloo-Exeter behind
On the 29th, Waterloo had nothing more than 207001/205032 to work
the 11.15 Waterloo-Exeter with 47709 heading the 15.15 and 47716 the
17.05 Yeovil departures. The preceding 16.35 Waterloo-Yeovil . Jcn
was powered by 33109 and the 15,15 Salisbury-Waterloo had the rare
treat of 33101/108. On the same date Class 73s no.s
73201/3/4/8/9/10/12 worked Victoria-Gatwick services with 33103 seen
on a freight at Gatwick together with 73104/119. 59001 was on a
stone train and 47845 on the Manchester-Brighton working.
March 27th found a welcome(?) respite from the monotony of 47/7s on
the Wat-Ex services when 47521 headed the 11.15. Green liveried
205029 was at Salisbury.
An interesting working, and a cast off from the much Lamented
'Merrymaker' trains occurred on May 15th when a 05.00
Carnforth-Windsor and Eton Riverside charter ran providing 31302/4
with employment as far as Willesden where 33023 was used to
Addiscombe, where 56031 hauled the train to its Royal destination.
The Class 31's headed the return service giving a very Late arrival
back in Carnforth (allegedly).
March 13th found the following locos at Carlisle-: 31159/201/163,
37144/211/359 47332/478/584, 60049, 86207/87020,
Buxton stilt sees Class 37 activity, although all long haul workings
are in the hands of Class 60s. Seen on April 3rd were 317358/688,
May 9th found 7P 71000 "Duke Of Gloucester'' in trouble at Tyseley
whilst working a Stratford On Avon-London steam special and had to
be rescued by 47539, which powered the train forward.
Settle and Carlisle -saw regular loco hauled services over the
weekend of 24/25th April with the following Locomotives being
spotted at Preston-:
06.00 Paddington-Edinburgh - 47825 in, 47524 out,
07.05 Glasgow-Euston - 47973 in, 57010 out
07.10 Edinburgh-Birm-Intnt - 60094 in, 86251 out
10,09 Birm Intnt-Glasgow - 86405 in, 47809 out
10.15 Euston-Glasgow - 87031 in, 60094/47973 out
09.40 Edinburgh-Brighton - 47707 in, 86259 out
12.15 Euston-Glasgow - 87016 in, 47551 out
Also noted at Preston were 86428 on the 05.40 Poole-Lancaster, 31438
on the 10.37 Liverpool-Btackpool, 31421 on the 12. 18 Man
Vic-Blackpool, 31418 on the 13.25 Blackpool-Liverpool.
Seen on May 1st were 31427 on the 10. 37 Liverpool-Blackpool, 31455
on the 13. 25 return, 31418 on the 12.18 Man Vic-Blackpool and 31432
on the 14.57 Liverpool-Man Vic. The 15th saw the 12. 30 Man
Vic-Liverpool powered(?) by 31410 with the 12. 18 Man Vic-Blackpool
entrusted to 31421, the 10.37 Liverpool-Blackpool 31455 and the
13.25 Blackpool-Liverpool with 31429.
March 12th saw the 10.55 Kirby Stephen-Carlisle additional in the
hands of 80080 with stock 21241/4984/4960/99040.
A Bolton-Carlisle charter on April 3rd saw 47503 in charge with
return 'Footex, trains Wembley-Sheffield seeing 47851/830/809 and
803 in charge. April 28th saw 31408 work the 07.48
Liverpool-Stansted vice a 'Sprinter' unit.
Another charter service on May 8th saw 37408 in charge of a
The Royal Train arrived at Sheffield on May 18th with 47835 in
charge of stock 2921/2903/2904/2918/2914/291712915 and 2920. 47834
was reserve engine. Two days later saw Sheffield Wednesday's ill
fated return to Wembley, together with 47525, 47820 and 47819 on
Heritage diesel multiple units still see regular use on various
services with 51855/51662 on the rarely reported Barking-Gospel Oak
service with 51851/51878 and 51350151391 on similar duties on March
The 08.41 Sheffield-Peterborough saw 53216/53193 on March 16th and
51411/59521/51369 on April 21st. The 18th found 51185/51511 working
the 07.45 Sheffield-Retford. April 7th saw 51435/53177 head the
17.49 Sheffield-Lincoln and the 09.31 Derby-Skegness additional saw
51368/59520151410. April 19th had 51435/53177 working the 08.03
Cleethorpes-Sheffield via Retford service.
April 9th saw the 12.20 Bristol-York HST service with 47853 in
charge instead. On March 17th 47628 and 91015 headed the 16.00 Kings
Cross-Leeds forward from Doncaster. The following day saw 47839 head
the 07.14 York-Bristol additional.
Two old workings close to several members hearts are the 1A40
Newcastle-Kings Cross vans and the 1A41 Bradford-Kings Cross vans,
sadly rarely reported on these days. April 26th saw 47574 and 47543
respectively on these workings.
Four days Later saw blue Liveried 56004 head light engine northwards
through Doncaster and on May 1st a charter from Doncaster-Carlisle
saw 47587 in charge. The 17.10 Sunderland-Newcastle saw 47634 and a
seven coach rake in operation because of the local football match.
The 12. 35 charter departure out of York for Scarborough which
originated at Edinburgh saw 60532 "Blue Peter" make. a welcome sight
along the scenic branch. 90022 had worked the train from Edinburgh.
An ECS working of charter stock saw 47488 in charge.
May 21 st saw two HST substitutes with 47847 work; ng the 08. 34
Leeds-St Pancras and the 07. 48 Swansea-York being 43103/43054
instead of the booked Class 47. The following day saw a
Cleethorpes-Llandudno charter powered by 47237 and the 06. 20
Leeds-Kings Cross with 47673 hauling dead 91029 after it had failed
at South Elmsall. The train was terminated at Doncaster.
'Get your 37's here' seems to be the message from of all places -
Lincoln. Several members of the class were seen between January and
March including 37104/1881431/502/503/685/707/714/715 and 891. Class
60's seen during the same period have been 60005/13/14/27/53/54/64.
47277 together with 'D1979' on the bodyside and 56004 were seen on
light engine movements, the 37's and 60's were on oil trains.
The two preserved locos D3167 and 97650 are reported to be going to
the Grimsby and Louth Railway.
Making a colourful spectacle was ex-Reading Class 119 51060/51088 in
NSE Livery but with the red band painted blue and Tyseley
'bear' motif applied, and two sets of a Strathclyde Class 101 nos
51431/51501 and 51435/53177.
Noted at Immingham on February 25th were
08445/31556/37083/431/502/3, 47054/276/281/324/374 and 671.
Iron ore trains are now solid Class 60 hauled with no. s 8 and 28
seen at Melton Ross with 37713 on a steel train. 37202, 47371 and
56005 worked light engine.
Seen at Lincoln on February 23rd were 60002/3/13 on oils and 60026/7
the following day and 47276 and 60054 on March 3rd. Also on March
3rd 31541 worked a ballast train.
Frodingham depot is now closed but still hosts several withdrawn
locomotives including 08508, 20025/42161/176 and 47233. Among the
last locos serviced at the depot were 08665, 37241/512/685, 47331,
February 27th found 6008618 and 90140 on freight trains through
Newcastle with 37100/225, 47377, 47537/572/642 light engines. March
13th saw 37083 and 56009 in Tyne Yard and 37420 at Ferryhill.
Locomotives are still to be seen at Peterborough with 08528, 31547,
472017/328, 56105/110 noted there on March 17th. On the same day
08750/958, 47194, 56065, 90016/212, 91004/29/30 were seen at Kings
Three days later Tinsley played host to -: 05879/880/919,
Hull Paragon found various Locomotives on ballast duties in March,
April and May, when on March 4th 37501 found such employment,
followed by 31552 on the 11th, 47321 on April 29th, 31556 on May 5th
and 31271 on the 15th. On March 11th the 09.04 Hull-York was delayed
by 2.1/4 hours at Melton due to a failed freight train. Also on this
date 47848 headed the 12.05 York-Poole and sister 47847 the 17.05
York-Bristol. The 16.50 York-Derby was cancelled due to a shortage
The 13t h March saw the "Cumbrian Tynesider" ex. Manchester
Victoria worked 3.7680 and 37684 for part of the journey and
March 20th saw the 'Farewell to Eastgate Branch' Black Cat Tours
Railtour worked by 37708/7 and 37509.
April 17th saw the Felixstowe Phoenix Railtour run by the Class 37
group from Derby and worked by 37414/370/154/271.
A visit to East Anglia on April 17th found 86237/8/246/9 on
Norwich-Liverpool St services with .08928, 31135 and 47481 at
Norwich. 08767/775, 86620/1/2, 47193/250, 9014112/5/8,
371311219/29811541271/216 were at Ipswich.
April 20th saw 37104 used on a ballast at Hexham, whilst elsewhere
in the North East 90023 headed the 13.00 Kings Cross-Edinburgh
running 25 mins Late at Dartington after the scheduled Class 91
failed. Also 90024 powered the 16.00 Edinburgh-Kings Cross. Seen at
Thornaby were 37511, 56081 and 60038. The 15.30 Kings
Cross-Newcastle was terminated at St. Neots after the failure of the
Class 91 train loco.
Also reported at Lincoln on April 20th were 37504 and 60002/24 on
oils with 60025/8 on similar workings on the 23rd.
Swinton was a hive of activity on April 24th with 37055/378 on
freightliner, 37688 on stone, 37890 on oils, 47344 on chemicals and
56050 an steel services. 47823, 56078 and 60084 worked light engine.
On 11th May 158758 was taken out of service at Leeds whilst working
a Manchester-Hull service due to a damaged Drivers window after a
stone was thrown through the window at Mirfield. 159909 replaced the
defunct. unit and left Leeds 25 mins late.
Noted at Cottingham an ballast duties on May 16th was 37285 whilst
on the next day 56094 passed through light engine.
Keighley and Worth ValleyApril
17th found 'Black 5' 5305, K1 2005 and Class 25 D5209 working
services whilst on April 24th the railway held their steam gala
weekend with 2005, 5775, 45596, 47279, 78022 and 1054 all in steam.
North Yorkshire Moors Railway
The NYMR held a diesel day on April 24th where D2207, D5032, 45133,
D7628 and 55015 were used.
Severn Valley Railway
The SVR's annual diesel gala of May 7th/8th/9th was attended by
several Pennine members who were rewarded with D3022, D1062, D7633,
D1842, 50031, D821, D120. BR provided 37031 and 37878 along with
Thanks go to Messrs. Dewing, Slater, Payne, Barclay, Caddick.
MEETINGS LIST JULY - OCTOBER 1993 R
Social evenings are held at the Corporation Brewery Taps, Cleveland
Street, Doncaster, on the first and third Tuesdays of every month.
Come along and join the excitement. Meetings start at 20.00hrs-ish
TUESDAYS AT EIGHT - DON'T BE LATE - BRING MATES ALONG!
The programme for the Summer is being finalised as we go to print.
However, dates for meetings are as follows:
Tuesday 6 July - Illustrated - Chris Nicholson
Tuesday 20 July - John Sanderson - Illustrated. Is it the
Clerk of the Course at Doncaster Racecourse, the sponsor of
Sheffield Wednesday, or if we are very lucky the Treasurer of the
Pennine Railway Society. All will be revealed on the night. Cover
the budgie's cage. Lock up your Granny!
Tuesday 3 August - Illustrated - TBA
Tuesday 17 August - Reverend Andrew J Watts
Tuesday 7 September - Illustrated - Geoff Warnes
Tuesday 21 September- Illustrated -Neil Taylor (T.R.A.M)
Tuesday'5 October - Pennine Slide Competition. A highlight of the
year and not to be missed. Bring along 4 of your railway slides
which you think will catch the judge's eye. Cash prizes and trophies
to be won. There is always an "upsrt" in the result. Ask Tony
Caddick or "GG".
Tuesday 19 October - Illustrated - TBA
SANDTOFT TRANSPORT CENTRE - GATHERING
Your Committee will again be in attendance at the transport rally at
Sandtoft, which will be held on Sunday 25 July 1993.
This is an event not to be missed and we hope to see as many of you
there as possible. Come and ride on one of Tony Caddick's buses FREE
OF CHARGE. (We won't let him drive of course).
Our friends from FAST Tours (Felix & Sheffield Transport Groups) are
running a trip to Blackpool on Sunday 15 August 1993 to coincide
with the annual Southport-Blackpool transport rally. Vehicle Felix
41, a 1960 AEC Reliance (a reasonably fast and reasonably
comfortable vehicle) will be providing the transport.
if any member fancies a day at the seaside, contact John Sanderson
for further details. Pick-ups will be in Doncaster and Sheffield.
The vehicle is a no-smoking bus (apart from the exhaust).