Issue 85 -
Members are reminded that the annual Pennine Slide Competition will
be held at "The Taps" on Tuesday 5 October 1993. This is always a
popular event so don't forget this date and bring along 4 of your
railway slides which you think will catch the judge's eye and maybe
win you a trophy and cash prize. Those entering slides are asked to
arrive slightly earlier than usual to ensure smooth running of the
The PENNINE Charter
TRANS PENNINE is produced by the Pennine Railway Society. The views
expressed are not necessarily those of the Society, the Editor, the
Church of England, or the Royal Family.
CHUNNEL'S MAY DATE
The Channel Tunnel will be officially opened on 6 May 1994 by The
Queen and France's President Mitterand. It was originally due to
open im May 1993 but was delayed by financial and other disputes.
It is understood that The Queen has given permission for a special
fund raising "Jeux Sans Frontieres", i.e. "It's A Knockout" to be
hosted by Stewart Hall on that day. Prince Edward will organise a
custard-pie throwing contest whilst the Duchess of York will take
part in a sponsored toe-sucking competition.
Funds raised will go jointly to the restoration of Windsor Castle
and of The Queen Mother.
DR SKINNER REPLIES
In a new and exciting column we invite readers to send their
problems to our Editor, GG, who will pass them on to Dr Marje
Skinner for a response. These problems can be of a personal nature.
Any question replied to in the magazine will not identify the source
of the question.
Our first problem to Dr Marge Skinner has been sent from Peter of
He asks "Why do males go trainspotting?".
Dr Skinner replies as follows : "Men who go train spotting may not
know it but they are acting out the last vestiges of the hunting
instinct which was so vital to survival in primitive times. Man the
hunter had to acquire a detailed understanding of his prey, its
movements, numbers, strengths and weaknesses, when it would be
around and when it would be difficult to track down.
Thus, knowing the timetables of trains, which locomotives are likely
to be pulling them and where they can be seen equates with knowing
how to bring home the nightly meal for the family.
If any other member has a problem for Dr Marje, please send it via
our Editor. We hope to make this column a regular feature in future
PEERS DERAIL THE BR SELL-OFF
The Government's rail privatisation plan was plunged into
uncertainty when the House of Lords decided that BR should be
allowed to bid against potential private operators when lines are
opened up to competition in April 1994.
This defies Transport Secretary John MacGregor's goal of ending BR's
monopoly completely by freezing it out of the bidding. Tory peers
backed an amendment to the Railways Bill which would let in BR. This
could mean BR taking most of the 25 routes Mr MacGregor wants
commercial operators to run under franchise since BR bosses, deep
knowledge of rail operation and costs could undercut rivals.
Government Ministers will be desperately courting potential Tory
rebels until the Autumn when the Bill will return to the Commons and
they hope to reverse the Lords' vote.
THE FRENCH CONNECTION
The Channel Tunnel is a planners dream - a fast link burrowing a
length of 50km, 30km from the sea's surface putting Britain just 35
minutes away from France.
Passengers will have to remain with their vehicles throughout the
journey though they will be allowed to buy drinks in enclosed
compartments ; lorry drivers will leave their vehicles in open air
compartments and travel in club cars where they will sit during the
With the service operating 365 days a year and shuttles due to leave
every 15 minutes during peak periods there should be no need to book
places. For the first time in history French customs control will be
on British soil, based at Folkestone. Maintenance will be carried
out on the French side because of the space for work sheds.
THE PASSION EXPRESS
Network SouthEast has claimed in a new advert that its commuters
might enjoy a better sex drive than those who motor to work because
train travel is less stressful. The advert, part of a summer
campaign to woo travellers off the roads, features a naked man
covering his modesty (part 8) with a newspaper.
The advert is headed "How many parts of your body would be better
off if you went to work by train?"
Body part 8 states "Your partner will appreciate you going to work
by train. It's a fact of life that stress and high blood pressure
can lead to a loss of libido. So just think. It might not be the
occasional headache that's ruining your love life. It's probably
Pennine's agony aunt Dr Marje Skinner advised that if commuters
suffered a stressful rail journey home, under Prime Minister
Major Ball's Passengers Charter, they could claim compensation from
BR for failing to meet performance targets.
Dr Skinner then rushed home by sexpress.
TRAIN TOLLS ON LINE TO HELP REPAIR THE TRACK
Rail passengers will pay a toll on fares to help cover the cost of
track improvements. The first line to feel the benefit will be the
WCML from Euston-Glasgow where a mix of public and private money
will meet a bill for upgrading of £400m.
Passengers using the Channel Tunnel terminal in Ashford will be the
first to pay a toll as part of their ticket price.
RIDING THE RAILROAD
On July 13th 1993 Eurostar locomotive No.3102 travelled by lorry
from Dover to Birmingham for testing. The Channel Tunnel train,
capable of 185mph on rails in France, was seen creeping along the A3
GEOFF'S PINK TOOTHBRUSH
Club funds continue to be supported by raffles organised at many of
our social evenings at the Taps by our President, Geoff Bambrough.
However one recent raffle prize brought by Geoff did not meet with
universal approval - it was a battery operated pink toothbrush.
Several winners of the prize refused to accept it.
We now fear that Geoff will next bring the Max Bygraves record "I'm
a Pink Toothbrush" to raffle off. If he just dares!!
RAIL USERS IN PINTS DELAY
A recent Liverpool-Harwich train was delayed 45 minutes by a points
failure - right outside a village pub, the Fox, near Elmswell in
Suffolk. Everyone bar driver and guard piled off the train into the
pub. When the fault was rectified the driver sounded his horn to
tempt the passengers back, but it took a few minutes before all
Pennine's Top Real Ale Man, Neil Taylor would have been proud of
Committee men Robin Skinner and John Sanderson once "suffered" a
similar experience many years ago with an engine failure at Brora on
the "Far North" line and the nearest available engine was in
Inverness! The second man and steward joined us on that occasion.
"WAR" AS GERMANS ASKED TO BID FOR RAIL LINK
It has been revealed that the Government has approached a German
company to bid for the contract to build the 68 mile Channel Tunnel
rail link from the Channel to the terminal at Kings Cross, via
The Government is reported to have invited Essen-based contractor
Hochtief to form a consortium to compete for the contract for the
£23bn high speed link.
ALL ABOARD THE AD LINE
Underground trains could soon be plastered by a beer company or
transformed into a Tube of mints if London Transport goes ahead with
plans to put advertisements on the outside of its carriages.
Advertisers would in effect buy a whole train and paint the outside
in their chosen livery.
The most attractive targets for advertisers would be trains on the
Victoria and Piccadilly Lines which carry a large proportion of
tourists to Heathrow and the main line rail stations. It is unlikely
there would be many takers for trains on the Northern Line.
Apparently Australian brewery Castlemaine want a long line of XXXX's
on trains while the agency for Polo mints is already said to have
designed a "Tube of mints".
,SPOTTING GAINS NATIONAL RECOGNITION
Pennine's "soap,' expert, Uncle David Whitlam, tells us that in a
recent episode of "Coronation Street", Angie Freeman, commenting on
Curly Watts' lack of ambition tells him "At this rate you will be
train spotting when you are 40!!.
Red faces from some of your committee!
"FERGIE" COVERED UP
Pennine Royalist, Tony Caddick has told us of recent incidents
involving HST Power Car 43051 "The Duke and Duchess of York" which
has arrived on depot with reference to the Duchess on the nameplate
Transport Police are allegedly looking for a man with large ears,
sporting a naval hat and answering to the name of Andrew.
CRAZED FAN WRECKS EXPRESS
A train-mad student wrecked 7 coaches in a frenzied hammer attack
recently on board a Manchester - Southampton express. The student
shattered windows, smashed doors, ripped up seats, and hurled out a
In court it was told that he belonged to The Class 47 Bashers Group,
fans of the Class 47 locomotive. His lawyer told the court "The word
bashers is not another word for those who intend to damage trains".
He must not have required the engine!
Dr Marge Skinner says that anyone liking Class 47s must have a rare
psychological disorder. There speaks an expert!
Pennine's No. l postman and eagle-eyed steam buff Graham Dawson of
Sheffield has told us that on Sunday 2 May 1993, 6990 "Witherslack
Hall" did not work the Didcot-Oxford steam shuttles as reported in
our last edition.
The loco which worked was in fact 6998 "Burton Agnes Hall" which was
disguised as 6990.
6990 has never moved away from Loughborough, he assures us.
GOBOWEN ST TRINIAN'S
School girls from a private school at Oswestry have taken over the
running of Gobowen Station, near Wrexham, following BR's decision to
make it unstaffed. The girls are selling tickets and refreshments.
Other services provided have not been confirmed at the time of going
Allegedly, our Religious Adviser, Reverend Andrew J Watts has been
showing great interest in the scheme. We believe he will be offering
his services as Station Master!
PRIVATISATION SPECIAL (cont)
The Government continues to retreat on its plans to privatise the
railway faced with continued opposition. It is now apparently
prepared to accept that BR could be a minor shareholder in any
franchise bid, a significant climb down by Transport Secretary, John
MINISTERS SMELL BR "FARE SCARE" TO HIT BIG SELL OFF
Ministers suspect some top BR men of mounting a scare campaign aimed
at scuppering rail privatisation plans. Their tears increased after
Transport Secretary John MacGregor denied seeing a leaked internal
BR document warning of 10% fare rises in 1994.
It said soaring ticket costs would follow rail privatisation next
April and claimed they would have to be imposed at the end of May if
the private sector was to show any interest in taking over routes
The Minister has previously been adamant that privatisation would
bring lower prices. He already faces the daunting task of reversing
a Lords amendment which would allow BR to bid for some of the
franchised routes against private sector contenders, spelling the
end of the selloff plan.
BR STAFF WHO MOCK GAYS MAY FACE SACK
Railmen who ridicule homosexual workmates could face the sack under
tough anti-harassment rules. Many firms now actively ban sexual
harassment in the workplace but BR is the first major employer to
specifically include homosexuals. Penalties for offending workers
would range from an informal warning to dismissal. However the
partners of homosexual work staff will not receive the travel
concessions enjoyed by other workers and their spouses. BR say this
would be "just too complicated to operate".
ANGER AT END OF LINE FOR SERVICE
BR's plan to axe a commuter service between Sheffield and York via
Rotherham and Pontefract has been slammed by passenger watchdogs.
From October 1993 the 07.09 from Sheffield will be withdrawn,
leaving the 08.53 service as the earliest train via Pontefract. An
early evening return train is also being axed. This means no-one
will be able to travel to work on that route.
In addition the Monday-Friday services along the Gainsborough
Barnetby line will be withdrawn.
BR is effectively closing both lines without the need for public
A BR spokesman's bland comment was "Some passengers may be
inconvenienced but there are alternatives".
GIRL'S GOBOWEN SUCCESS FOLLOWED BY GREEN LIGHT FOR WHITTINGTON,
As reported elsewhere in this organ the girls of Moreton Hall School
have taken over the running of Gobowen station. Takings from all
operations are averaging £3000 per week!
The girls are now interested in reopening Whittington (not our own
Mr Robert Whittington from Sheffield). Shropshire County Council is
willing to offer the girls a £148,000 loan to construct the station
buildings to be repaid in two years time from the proceeds of their
Gobowen booking office, and possibly "in kind".
We understand Reverend Andrew J Watts, our Religious Adviser, is
planning to organise a visit to the station and to the girls, school
for members. The wearing of appropriate school uniform will be
SEVERN VALLEY RAILWAY
One of the railway's "Western" days on 10 July saw D1062 work the
09.55 Bridgnorth-Kidderminster at the start of a three out and back
working diagram. Steam locos also working were 2857, 3442 "Great
Marquess", 2968 and 7714.
EAST LANCS RAILWAY
During the railway's "Grand Extravaganza" on 8 August saw 3822, 6998
"Burton Agnes Hall", 7298, 35005 "Canadian Pacific", and 53809 all
working service. 70000 "Britannia" and 6998 will be remaining on the
railway until October.
ALCOHOL-FREE TYPING POOLS ON BR
BR Management latest brainwave is to subject their clerks and
typists to breath tests in order to turn their offices into
alcohol-free zones. This move should convince the ordinary investor
that a privatised BR as an arm of the booming service industry is a
viable proposition. These will be the first alcohol free typing pools
in Britain - free from the smell of stale Dubonnet and lemonade,
free from the sound of audio typists singing Roll Me Over In The
Clover as they lurch back to work, free from the deadly vodka and
orange fumes that induce passive drunkenness in lifelong
teetotallers, free from the typing pool supervisor's endless bouts
Alcohol-free zones are the coming thing, like no-smoking areas, they
will catch on fast. BR could be in the vanguard.
This will lead to profitability. A typing pool that doesn't fall
asleep in the afternoons is a more efficient typing pool. A typing
pool that hasn't caned half a bottle of gin at lunchtime doesn't
make spelling mistakes. Think of the saving on the Tipp-Ex alone!
FEAR OF COMMONS DEFEAT FORCES BR SALE
Ministers are ready to put the brakes on rail privatisation rather
than risk a disastrous Commons defeat. The Government may accept a
Lords amendment to the Railways Bill giving BR the right to bid
against private operators to run trains under franchise. This will
almost certainly lead to BR controlling the bulk of services for at
least 10 years.
This will bring a dramatic slowdown in the timetable for turning the
46year state monopoly into numerous independent companies by the end
of 1995. 25 routes were to have gone private by then, but now only
ScotRail which runs all services north of the border, and Airport
express trains seem likely to become private railways by the target
date. The outright sale of freight services and the leasing or sale
of stations to private firms is expected to go ahead as planned.
Railtrack which is to take charge of track and signalling will still
operate from next April, along with a franchising director to award
licences to train operators.
The Inverness based Stagecoach has ended a limited privatisation
experiment after losing £500,000 on the leasing of carriages from BR
and tacking them on to trains between Scotland and London, setting
its own fares and providing its own catering.
Welcome to the Autumn edition of "TRANS PENNINE". The question on
everybody's lips at the moment is "What happened to the summer?"
Well, with what happened to our glorious cricket team the weather
over the last couple of months just about sums it up! Did we hear
our illustrious Treasurer say that if Boycott was in the team held
still be batting in the First Test?
With the spotlight this year being on the 25th Anniversary of the
end of steam on BR, congratulations surely must go to the East Lancs
Railway's initiative in organising their extravaganza and their
success in encapturing the host of visiting locos on offer during
August. Well done to them.
It was whispered into my ear that at the Pennine's slide show on 3
August 1993 the highlight of the evening was during Mr Chairman's
stint when he said "What's wrong with this projector? I can't get
this shot into focus". Funny that the clever projector develops a
mind of its own when Robin's shots are shown!
PENNINE QUIZ No.74
Thanks to Ian Shenton for setting this one. Answers required were as
13) D1013 11/4/92;
1) July 1897.
2) 13.00 Kings Cross-Aberdeen, 14.10 Newcastle-Kings Cross 2/10/83
4) 90 tons 4 cwt;
6) 2750hp @ 80Orpm;
7) Thomas Ward's, Sheffield;
8) Bramley, West Yorkshire;
9) Todmorden - Littleborough;
10) Station clocks;
11) Lord Mayor of York, K. Wood;
12) 02 Class No.28 (IOW);
15) Kent Youth Music;
19) Market Bosworth Light Railway
21) 25 + 26
23) D7672 "Tamworth Castle" training loco
Winners are lst prize John Dewing (21), 2nd prize Ken King (20), 3rd
prize Martin Bell (19).
PENNINE QUIZ No. 75
.by M. Bell
1) London's Motorail terminus at Kensington Olympia. What was its
2) In 1929 the S.R. built a steamer for the cross-Channel "Golden
Arrow/Fleche D'or,' service. Name the boat.
3) What was the name given to the Kings Cross-Newcastle overnight
sleeper in 1950?
4) In pounds force, what is the maximum tractive effort of the
5) Peat Lane is north of which WCML, station?
6) What was the name given to coach No. 5132?
7) During its lifetime the GC had only two named trains. One was
the "South Yorkshireman". Name the other.
8) Which service was DP2 hauling when it was involved in the
collision resulting in its withdrawal?
9) Which SR "Schools" Class was fitted with wooden streamlining in
10) What was the number of the loco which hauled Winston
Churchill's funeral train?
11) Which loco hauled the return Pullman ECS from question 10?
12) The film "Night Mail" was made to celebrate what?
13) On what date did 56001 enter BR stock?
14) Through which port did Rumanian Class 56s enter Britain?
15) Which depot has the code SH?
16) Where is the only point on the WCML, where the sea can be seen?
17) The "Belfast Boat Express" left which London terminus at
18) Who was the sculptor of the statue of Robert Stephenson outside
19) On which date was Denham Golf Club Halt opened?
20) What was the name of Black 5 No. 45158?
21) The North British Hotel in Edinburgh has been renamed what?
22) What was the name of SR H2 Class No. 32423?
23) When the LMS introduced the "Coronation Scot" a special
"Is Line Clear" bell code was introduced. What was the code?
24) From which date were Britain's railways nationalised?
25) As at 20 March 1993 what is the cost of a Super Apex ticket
Wakefield-Kings Cross return?
26) In which year was the title "Motorail" first used?
27) Exeter's stations are St David's, Central, and which other?
28) Who was called the "Railway King"?
29) In which month and year was "King Arthur" Class No. 30754
30) Which railway enthusiast and photographer is best associated
with the Somerset & Dorset Railway?
Answers to the Editor please by 15 November 1993. Don't forget,
you can still win a prize even if you do not have all the
ALL OUR YESTERDAYS
Sightings from yesteryear. This time we go back to 1968.
At the end of June, with only five weeks to go before the end of
steam power on BR's main line, one regular passenger duty remained
steam worked, the 20.50 SO Preston-Blackpool South. Two more duties
were still officially diagrammed for steam haulage, the 09.18 SO
from 15 June Morecambe-Lancaster Castle and 21.15 SO
Preston-Liverpool Exchange, but in practice both have been turned
over to Sulzer Type 2 haulage.
On 7 June the 15.35 Carnforth-Windermere DMU failed prior to
departure and was replaced by Black 5 No. 44894 and three coaches.
The Spring Bank Holiday of 3 June saw Blackpool host to 20 special
services and for the first time ever none was steam hauled. All were
in the hands of EE Type 4s, Brush Type 4s and Sulzer Type 2s, with
the exception of EE Class 3 No.D6733 with the 10.32
The last sheds in the Manchester area with steam power,
Newton Heath, Bolton and Patricroft ceased to operate from 1 July.
This left only Lostock Hall and Rose Grove with active steam and
these were due to close on 5 August, bringing to an end steam
traction on standard gauge.
July 19 saw steam power in the north-west with the 22.20
Preston-Manchester Victoria and 23.35 Accrington-Stockport powered by
44781 and 45156 respectively. On the following day Ivatt Class 4
No.43106 ran light from Lostock Hall to Bescot en-route to the
Severn Valley Railway.
By 29 July the end of steam was close but still retained dignity
when the 09.15 Preston-Windermere with Brush 4 No.D1855 at its head
failed and was replaced by Black 5 No.45110 which took the return
working 11.00 Windermere-Euston as far as Preston. The following day
saw the 09.00 Windermere-Morecambe DMU fail, to be replaced by Black
After the much reported last day specials of 4 August, several light
engine manoeuvres were reported in connection with the preservation
scheme. On 24 August Black 5 No.45428 was seen at Belper en-route to
Tyseley. September 13 found 8F No.48773 being towed from Rose Grove
The Tyseley Open Day of 29 September saw no fewer than seven steam
locos on view, of which four were in steam. Collett No.3205, 8F
No.48773, 7029 "Clun Castle" and "Jubilee" No.5593 "Kolaphur",
together with Black 5 No.45428 were all in evidence. Meanwhile A3
Pacific 4472 "Flying Scotsman" arrived with an excursion from the
Class A2 No.60532 "Blue Peter" made its way southwards from Scotland
during August and by the end of the month was stabled at York.
The end of September saw Standard 5 No.73050 running light from
Patricroft to Peterborough where it is believed the engine has been
bought for preservation.
by PAUL SLATER
During one of our excursions using Boots free rail vouchers, Chris
and I travelled on a "Gatwick Express", the name given to the
shuttle trains which run every fifteen minutes non-stop between
Victoria. and Gatwick Airport. During previous rail trips to
London, weld seen the Gatwick trains, their black and white
locomotives and carriages contrasting with the red, white
and blue multiple-units on the Network South East. services, and for
some time it had been an ambition of ours actually to ride on one.
After the crowded Inter-City in which we'd travelled up to London
from Retford, and the even more packed tube train which had taken
us from Kings Cross to Victoria., the "Gatwick Express" was almost
and we had a carriage to ourselves: the solitude, and the spacious
seats, and the refreshment trolley which was brought to our carriage
just for us, made us feel very pampered. The journey lasted
half an hour, and took us over the Thames outside Victoria, with
glimpses up and down the busy river, past Battersea Power station,
through the maze of lines around Clapham Junction, then southwards
through East Croydon and. the outer suburbs, where women
sunbathed in lineside gardens in spite of the fact that there were not yet
on the trees, under the North Downs in a long tunnel, and so to
fringes of the London conurbation, the Weald of Sussex and the
buildings of Gatwick Airport.
We stayed. on the platform at the airport station for quite
come time, watching the comings and goings of the trains in
the warm spring sunshine. Aeroplanes coming in low over the
railway as they prepared to land were an extra source of interest,
and I pointed out to Chris the different route badges on the Network
South East trains: the Sussex Coast services had a picture of
the Brighton Pavilion, the Thameslink cross-London trains
showed Tower Bridge, the Kent Link commuter services we'd seen at
Victoria sported an illustration of the Greenwich Observatory and the South London Lines local
trains which the "Gatwick Express" had overtaken between
Clapham Junction and. East Croydon
were decorated with a representation of the Crystal Palace.
Since I caught a plane from Gatwick in 1977 at the start of a
holiday with my brother in Canada., the airport has expanded
considerably, and a new North Terminal has been built. It is linked
to the station by a monorail, variously described as a transit
or a people mover, and Chris and I enjoyed a ride on this novel
transport out to the shops, restaurants and bars of the North
Terminal. To find a. viewing area where we could watch the planes
we had to return on the people mover to the South Terminal. For half
an hour until the spectators' gallery closed, we admired the view
out over the airport in the golden late afternoon sunlight. There
was a lot of activity: aircraft, tanker lorries and other service
vehicles, buses, the three-car trains of the North Terminal
people mover on its high concrete viaduct, and a shorter monorail
with a single car shuttling between the South Terminal and the
departure point. In the distance, towards London, were the North
Downs. I told Chris about the excitement of my flight to Canada
sixteen years earlier, but now I was content to stay earthbound with
her and simply watch the aeroplanes taking off and landing.
We returned to London as evening approached. Our "Gatwick
Express," was halted at signals in the rush hour traffic at Clapham
Junction; a few passengers got on, but they hurriedly alighted
again after an announcement over the train's public address system
to the effect that they would be charged the full fare from
Gatwick Airport. We moved off once more, and were overtaken by a
South London Tines commuter train; as the locomotive at the rear of
the "Gatwick Express" was over.
It is with sadness we report on the recent death of Geoff Newall.
Although never a member of the Society, Geoff has been guest at a
number of our social evenings, in fact he did a slide show at our
former venue at The Masons Arms in the Market Place, Doncaster many
Geoff was also the star performer at the Pennine Shield quiz
competitions as a valuable member of the Dore Loco Group. In fact
despite his serious illness he bravely attended the 1992 quiz.
Those who knew him will remember Geoff as a gentleman. We send our
condolence to his family.
INCIDENT AT CHIPPING SODBURY
by Paul SLATER
Thirty years ago, I was returning with some other university
students from a working holiday in Cardiff. The train was full, so
some of us had to stand in the corridor. In the nearest compartment
were some people who were alighting at Swindon, and one of the
student group, Helen, lived at Didcot, and knew that her stop was
the one after Swindon.
"Does this train go through Bristol?" Helen asked me. "No," I
replied, "It goes just to the north of Bristol, through Chipping
Sodbury". Helen and some of the others laughed at this, Chipping
Sodbury being generally regarded as a name fit only for comedy.
The train stopped at Newport, passed through the Severn Tunnel, and
was heading for the outskirts of Bristol when it was checked by a
signal and came to an unscheduled halt. It stopped, curiously
enough, actually in the disused station at Chipping Sodbury. The
Swindon party, knowing that their station was the first one after
Newport, left their compartment and walked down the corridor to the
exit door. Helen, standing near the door, and knowing that if this
was Swindon, then she would soon have to prepare to alight, although
it was nowhere near the time the train was due at Didcot, called
down the corridor to me "is this Swindon?'
"No", I of course replied,
"it's Chipping Sodbury".
Helen, hearing the comic name again, grimaced, and did not take me
seriously. The Swindon people opened the door and began to get down
on to the derelict platform. I, seeing what was happening,
shouted urgently "no, don't get off, this isn't Swindon, it's Chipping Sodbury!'
The tone of my voice was understood, the people got back into the
carriage and closed the door, and the train re-started. The station,
being closed, had no name boards, but there was a signalbox still in
use, and as the train accelerated past it Helen and I both looked at
its nameplate, which said, plainly CHIPPING SODBURY SIGNAL BOX.
Helen was very contrite. I'm sorry," she said, "I thought
you were only joking,!"
Among the many humorous episodes I have known in my many miles of
train travel, the incident at Chipping Sodbury in the early sixties
still makes me smile!
PENNINE OBSERVERS' NOTES
Not often mentioned in these columns are the Irish Railways so a
welcome change are notes from mid-June.
Seen in the Dublin area on 15 June were 129/133 on the 07.45 from
Sligo with 127/188 noted on the 18.30 return. 186 worked the 18.30
to Rosslare and 171 the local service to Maynooth. 124 & 150 were on
local trains to Drogheda and Dundalk. Seen at Pearse station were
123 and 160 with 122/126/143/176 at Connelly. 145 was stabled in
sidings at Drogheda.
On the same date 072, 112 "Northern Counties" and 113 '"Belfast and
County Down" worked Belfast-Dublin services, with 101/164 in
Adelaide yards. 108 hauled a works train with 055 on freight at
The following day saw the 13.00 Dublin-Westport powered by 076 and
the 13.30 return in the hands of 081. The 13.00 ex-Dublin had 082 as
train loco on 17 June. Noted at Castlebar on 18 June was 076 on the
The 13.00 Dublin-Westport was again seen on 21 June when 071 was at
Seen at Carlisle on 22 May were 08910, 26003/5, 37501/904 and 56097.
Lickey Incline is another location rarely reported these days, but
on 29 May 47807/843/850 were seen on passenger workings.
Seen at Warrington Bank Quay on 30 July were 31199, 37707, and
August lst saw Toton play host to the following line-up;
20186/19517, 37512, 45015, 56008/12/13/6/7/22/4/6/7/9/42/112,
Loco hauled services on the North Wales coast have provided much
interest and on 13 June 37408 powered the 11.33 Crewe-Holyhead with
37407 on the 13.36 Llandudno Jcn-Holyhead. 37414 hauled the 13.30
Holyhead-Manchester Victoria, 37504 and 31242 were noted at
Llandudno Junction on ballast workings.
The 17th had 37425 haul the 13.36 Llandudno Jcn-Holyhead with 37422
on the 13.30 Holyhead-Manchester Victoria. 37408 had power of the
June 19th saw a Hertfordshire Railtours Derby-Paignton with 58020/30
at its head. At Birmingham, however, 58030 was replaced by 58002.
Class 20 haulage has, for the summer anyway, provided a most welcome
respite from the monotony of Class 47/8s. 29 June saw 20032/128
power the Leicester-Skegness. 20169 was attached for the return
journey but was not under power. 14 July saw 20187/128 on the
Leicester-Skegness and 20087/132 likewise on the 20th. During a
spell at Birmingham New Street on 28 July, 86102/236/253/260/259
86210/248/222/255, 47326/813/853 were all noted.
A visit to the Liskeard-Looe branch on 23 August produced a Met-Camm
3 car unit working the service. Also on this date all Class 50s
currently at Laira were seen, these being D400/50033, 50029/30/149.
50149 started its journey to Worksop the following day and was noted
at Exeter Riverside on 25 August.
30 June had 47818 work the 09.45 York-Exeter with 47845 following
westwards on the 11.06 York-Swansea. 47807 arrived at York with the
The preceding day found 90017 at the head of the 07.00 Kings Cross
-Leeds and the 10.05 return.
The Tilcon aggregate service from Skipton to Hull still provides
relatively rare loco haulage along the "sea wall" under the Humber
Bridge and was seen on 9 July with 60085.
July 15th saw several Class 4Ms sighted with 839 on the 09.05
Poole-York, 845 on the 14.45 York-Plymouth, 853 on the 12.06
York-Poole, 817 on the 11.06 York-Swansea and 815 on the 09.45
York-Exeter. 90023 worked the 12.30 Kings Cross-Newcastle on the same
July 24th found a "Rail UK" excursion from Bridlington-Appleby,
Ribblehead and Carlisle in the hands of 47823.
More Class 47 sightings on 28 July saw 47145 at Hull Paragon and
47828 on the 09.24 Bristol-York, with 47853 on the 11.06
37144 was seen on ballast working at Hull Paragon.
Seen at Worksop on 31 July were 08607, 56018/95, 58013/15/18/25/
Earlier in the month on the 3rd a visit to BSC's Scunthorpe
steelworks found Polish 0-6-OT "Hutnick" on the Appleby Frodingham
Tour train, assisted by 0-6-0 diesel "Arnold Machin". Yorkshire
Janus diesels 5 and 44 and Hunslet diesels 75/80 were outside the
works engine shed. Yorkshire Janus diesel 54 was outside the Society
Seen at Thornaby on 10 July were 37501/2/16/19/687/716, 47360/9,
56110/20, 60007/38/52. 08204 shunted Tees Yard and 08295/797,
20008/9/94/144, 31264, 47110/159 were stored.
47847 was seen working the 09.05 Poole-York and 17.30 York-Derby
passing Swinton on 7 August, with sister loco 47850 on the 14.45
York-Plymouth. 58043+60071, and 56130+60070 worked light engines.
Seen on March depot on 5 June were 08518/540/580/631/859/868/
08899/936, 31219/224, 37023/376, 47186, 56056/7 with 08427,
45013/58/62/76/114/9/122/7/137/8/9/142/3 stored in the overgrown
A visit to Inverness during early July saw various locos used on
Edinburgh-Inverness and Inverness-Kyle/Aberdeen services. on the 5th
37402 worked the 11.25 Edinburgh-Inverness and 18.38 Inverness-Kyle.
37427 powered the 15.35 Edinburgh-Inverness with 37106 seen on the
15.16 Aberdeen-Inverness. 37232 was employed on the 10.25
Inverness-Kyle, as it was on the following day.
37113/214 worked the 21.20 Aberdeen-Euston sleeper with 37066/071 on
the 20.20 Inverness-Euston sleeper. The 10.15 Inverness-Edinburgh on
the 6th saw 37427 at its head with 37402 returning from Kyle on the
07.00 to Inverness, then working the 12.35 back to Kyle. 37427 found
employment on the 10.15 Inverness-Edinburgh and likewise on the
7th.. The 18.38 Inverness-Kyle had 37404 as power. The overnight
sleeper from Inverness had 37152/510 at the helm.
The 7th saw 37404/26007 work the 12.35 Inverness-Kyle and 37431
putting in an appearance on the 11.25 Edinburgh-Inverness. The 10.25
Inverness-Kyle saw 37156 with 37402 on the 09.16 Aberdeen-Inverness
and 37069 on the 15.16 Aberdeen-Inverness. 37051/510 were the
combination for the Aberdeen-Euston sleeper and 37066/71 that for
the Inverness-Euston sleeper.
37510/051 were used on the Inverness-Euston sleeper the following
night with 37156/402 on Inverness-Kyle services. 37430 hauled the
19.55 Fort William-Euston sleeper.
July 9th saw 37424 work the 08.55 Fort William-Glasgow and 37430 the
19.55 sleeper to Euston.
For the above information we are indebted to Messrs Slater, Dewing
Gloucester & Warwicks Railway
The railway's Class 50, 50021 "Rodney" has emerged repainted in
large logo livery. Close inspection, however, reveals unauthentic
shades and an indifferent finish.
Paignton & Dartmouth
The much publicised visit of reliveried (and therefore renumbered)
"Flying Scotsman,' in BR 60103 guise. It was noted looking
resplendent on 24/25 August working the line's services with 4920
"Dumbleton Hall", no ugly duckling itself. On 24th there were no
fewer than 31 people photographing or viewing 60103 from the narrow
footpath adjacent to Goodrington Bank when it worked the 15.30
departure from Paignton (yes, the sun was out). Every train,
needless to say, was full.
The railway's Class 50, 50002 "Superb" was seen
basking in the sun on 24/25 August at Kingswear.
Social evenings are held at the Corporation Brewery Taps, Cleveland
Street, Doncaster on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month.
Meetings start at 20.00hrs promptish and all are welcome, members
and non-members. Entry into our private suite is absolutely free
(although our Treasurer takes a silver collection towards Society
funds). An excellent evening's entertainment is assured.
Our Autumn Fayre is shown below.
TUESDAYS AT EIGHT - DON'T
BE LATE - BRING A MATE
Tuesday 21 September -
Pennine's Top Real Ale Man (TRAM), Neil Taylor presents an
illustrated talk. A must for CAMRA buffs.
Tuesday 5 October -
Pennine Slide Competition. Our extremely popular annual event. Bring
along 4 of your railway slides which you think will catch the
judge's eye. To be "judged" by a "photographic expert". Trophies and
cash prizes for lst, 2nd and 3rd places.
Tuesday 19 October -
Illustrated show. Guest speaker to be confirmed.
Tuesday 2 November -
Tony Smith (Retford). An eagerly awaited return and an evening of
quality slides guaranteed (he says).
Tuesday 16 November -
"The Wesleys". Our answer to The Nolans. Pete and Paul will provide
an evening of colourful entertainment. Mexborough humour requested.
Tuesday 7 December -
Pennine Shield Quiz Competition. Come along and support our boys in
a test of knowledge against Dore Loco; Sheffield Transport Group
(Doncaster), and South Yorkshire Railway P.S. (Jack Davis) Our boys
won the trophy in 1992 - can they fluke it again?
Tuesday 21 December -
Celebrate Christmas early at our annual Eeevility night. A fun night
for all. Bring along your slides to entertain us. Any subject - no
restrictions - embarrass anyone you want!