THE MAGAZINE OF THE PENNINE RAILWAY
RENEWAL OF MEMBERSHIP FEES
We would like to thank all those members who have renewed their
subscription to the PENNINE
RAILWAY SOCIETY for 1996. For
those who have forgot to renew, or, more likely, been too busy, you
will be delighted to know It is not too late. Simply send your £4
fee to our Membership Secretary. Captain Caddick at the address
shown above. You will be instantly rejoined and be sent a free 1996 PRS
For those who do not rejoin, this will be the final magazine you
will receive. In these circumstances we thank you for your valuable
support and hope that
you decide to join again some time In the future.
CONFETTI ON THE LINE
Yes, a new excuse for a "late arrival" has been found. You can now
get married at Ashford International Station, in the first class
departure lounge, for the sum of £265.
Even if the bride is late, she will still get there before the
train. Purchase of a special "Have it away day" ticket is optional.
HEALTH WARNING - Dr
Dr Skinner warns that many trainspotters are off the rails. Many
suffer from Asperger's Syndrome which is at the heart of obsessive
Dr Skinner reports that while a spotter could not be called bonkers,
he can be very self-centred.
However, Murray Brown, chairman of the Deltic Preservation Society
says "There is nothing nutty about our hobby - MOO".
RAIL WINNERS - UPDATE
Successful bidders likely to be announced by the Office of Passenger
Rail Franchising Include Sea Containers for the East Coast Main
Line, National Express (coach company) for the Midland Main Line,
French conglomerate Generale des Eaux for Network South Central from
London Victoria to Kent, Sussex and the Hampshire Coast.
Richard Branson's Virgin Group is battling for the Gatwick Express.
If this bid wins, trains will no longer go all the way.
Empty taxis are being run to cover up for train cancellations to
massage timetable figures and avoid refunds for axed services* For
instance on 19 February
a cab was ordered for an £85 return
journey calling all stations between Norwich and Peterborough, hired
by Central Division in lieu of the cancelled 13.43
Norwich-Liverpool. There were no passengers as these had already
boarded a later train,
The taxi charter form declared "Taxi requested to run empty Norwich
to Peterborough and return to cover Up cancellation".
Under the Passengers' Charter train operators have to pay
compensation if large numbers of services do not run.
More than 100 new trains worth £'451m are
standing idle because of concerns over the safety of signalling,
damaging the planned flotation of Railtrack. It is feared that the
highly sophisticated and more powerful trains might not trigger
Trains affected are 7 Eurostars,
16 Class 325s - The Royal Mail's new "Ladies in Red", 41 Class 365 Networker
Expresses, and 39 Class
Some have been mothballed for up to two years.
CHUNNEL LINK DEAL
A consortium including Richard Branson
will build the high-speed rail link from London to the Channel
Tunnel. Work could start next year and is due to be completed by
2002, shaving 40 minutes from journey times.
The Government has done another U-turn allowing a public subsidy by
recategorising the -project as a "community benefit", with the
taxpayer contributing £1.4bn with the consortium being handed all
the UK-owned Eurostar trains, Waterloo International station and
other properties valued at more than £1.2bn.
The £3bn link to Folkestone will include a loop to the Eurostar
terminal at Waterloo, will run from St Pancras to a new
international and domestic rail station to be built at Stratford. It
will tunnel under the Thames between Thurrock and Swanscombe. A new
station will be built at Ebbsfleet, Kent.
BUY OUT INTO THE
On the eve of Enterprise Rail taking over the running of the London,
Tilbury and Southend line Commercial Director Colin Andrews resigned
over ticket Irregularities involving the rail company allegedly
taking revenue from Travelcard sales which should have been shared
LT receives just under a quarter of the price of tickets sold at
Fenchurch Street, but takes 48% cut
of those sold at Upminster. A BR audit revealed that Travelcards
marked Fenchurch Street were being sold at Upminster, depriving LT
of £30,000 a month.
Privatisation was postponed.
FULL STEAM AHEAD TO THE GRAVE
Rail buffs can now buy one-way tickets - for their funerals. The
Llangollen Railway is offering the end-of the line service, taking
the dear departed by steam train to the graveyard in the village of
Carrog. Those preferring cremation can have their ashes placed in
the firebox, for a fee.
The seven-mile journey for those who have hit life's buffers is £25
per coffin. Each train Can carry up to 200 mourners. They will have
to pay the full fare but will get a return ticket.
On 7 December
1995 history was made when the first train carrying goods from
Europe arrived at the Doncaster Railport. The 900ft long train
arrived from Harwich after being loaded with containers which
crossed from Belgium by ferry.
THE STRESS FACTOR
Guards and drivers of the South Eastern Train Operating Company are
being given stress counselling to help them cope with abuse and
complaints from passengers. Many are apparently going home sweating
and shaking. Poor souls. But It's good for time off and keeps the
army of stress counsellors in business.
FORGET THE PASSENGERS - AVOID
Thousands of passengers are missing "connections" so operators can
avoid heavy fines. Different train companies do not generally
operate a connections policy for passengers using other companies'
Railtrack, the track and signalling authority can face financial
penalties from a rail company if it held up one of their trains.
A vicar recently paid £2.40 for a cheap single fare from Manningtree
to Ipswich and was charged £3.70 for the 10 mile return trip.48
When he complained he was told that "BR doesn't exist any more" -
and the extra £1.30 was because he travelled out on a Great Eastern
train and would go back on an Anglian.
WRONG TYPE OF COLD
Yes, another new excuse. During last December's cold snap delays
were blamed on "fluctuating temperatures". Temperatures during the
night had hovered around freezing or just above, ruining the work of
the de-icer trains. Towards morning temperatures fell sharply
ensuring ice building up on the live rail before morning rush-hour.
Commuters on the South East were advised to catch a bus
Schoolteacher Frank Fearn has taken a school party to the Peak
District every year from. 1990 travelling
on the 07.09 from
Frome to Bristol, changing for Derby. Now run by Great Western
Trains rather than InterCity Mr Fearn was told his group could not
go on the 07.09, the only through train with the right connection,
because "It is a popular train and rather crowded".
Mr Fearn asked If they could stand up or even huddle together in a
corner. He was told yes - provided "they turn up one
at a time and pretend not to be a party".
GREAT NEW ERA
Great Western Train's first service, the 01.50 Fishguard Harbour
Cardiff was a replacement bus service, due to engineering work.
However some tradition remained - the bus departed almost 10 minutes
For the benefit of Gerry Collins (Lincoln) and other bus cranks, the
vehicle was supplied by Bebb.
GETTING OFF EARLY INCURS
A day return from Sevenoaks to Tonbridge costs £2.15. It is only £1.65 to
travel to High Brooms, the next stop after Tonbridge and four miles
If you buy
to High Broom and get off early at Tonbridge, a fine of £10 can be levied
by South Eastern, The cheaper fare is to encourage people to use a
quiet station, Another MOO,
WALKING IS FASTER
South Eastern International services manager Peter Saxton recently
wrote to staff describing services from Newhaven as a "nightmare".
On one weekend with extensive engineering work passengers off the
ferry from France were faced with having to change trains three
times and a half-hour bus ride# the 50 mile journey taking well over
In his memo Mr Saxton added "In the case of the 21.59 from Newhaven,
It may well be quicker and certainly less complex to walk to London"
U.S. TYCOON LINES UP A RAIL FREIGHT MONOPOLY
There is controversy with an American poised to secure a virtual
monopoly of freight services, Wisconsin Central boss
bid $225m for Loadhaul, based in Doncaster.
Transrail Freight operating from Crewe, and Mainline covering London
and the South East. Privatisation aimed that the companies would
compete with each other.
Welcome to the Spring
edition of Trans Pennine, a somewhat more modest tome than the
At the AGM a suggestion was made that future editions of the
magazine could include a guide to decent pubs near railway stations.
I think it is rather a good idea, however, these days yours truly
does not get about as much as he used to, so editorial input will be
somewhat limited! Shame! Still, if you do come across a decent pub
on your travels, (preferably serving real ale!) then drop me a line
and I'll include it - please don't forget directions on how to get
to it, you could even include a map.
I was also asked if I can accept articles on disk. Trans Pennine is
produced using Microsoft Works which will happily import WordPerfect
5.1, Microsoft Word and ASCII text files, but if you do decide to
send an article on disk, please make sure it is virus-free!
FROM THE COMMITTEE
The Annual General Meeting
was held at the Corporation Brewery Taps on Sunday 14 January and
was attended by 20 members. The main points arising out of the
meeting are as follows:
* The existing committee were re-elected and will continue in
their present roles.
* Chris Tyas has joined the committee and will act as
* The financial position of the society remains stable. All
outgoings have been covered and there is a small cash surplus at the
bank. The society account is no longer liable for bank charges,
following a change in the bank's policy towards such accounts.
The trips situation remains grim. Dave Whitlam reported that his
letters to railway installations often go unanswered and those that
do reply quote the requirements of Health and Safety legislation as
the reason for not allowing visits. Dave will, however, try to
arrange our bi-annual evening tour of the Keighley and Worth Valley
Railway. A provisional date
of Wednesday 26th June has been set ' but it must be stressed that
the trip win only
go ahead if it is financially viable - it has been reported that the
KWVR have increased their charter charges quite considerably.
Members are asked to contact Dave if they would be interested in
committee are grateful to all members for their continued support
over the last twelve months.
The Isle of Man International Railway Festival
Tony Caddick has moved. His new
address is 15 Carlyle Street, Mexborough, South Yorkshire, S64 9DE,
Tel: 01709 58597.
There is no truth in the rumour that now Tony has joined the
property-owning democracy, he will be voting Tory at the General
Election. Incidentally, Tony received a membership renewal from John
Thompson, who was holidaying in Spain at the time. One wonders what
the Spanish Post Office made of a letter addressed to Tony Caddick,
Baron of Bradwardine, People's Republic of South Yorkshire - a touch
too much Sangria, perhaps, John??!!
During August, Chris and I
visited the Isle of Man on a package holiday in connection with the
island's International Railway Festival, which was in progress for
much of 1995. We had only three full days in which to see something
of the festival, and we also wanted to visit some of the island's
historic sites. We got involved in a quiz, the 'Story of Mann
Heritage Hunt, which made it necessary to go to several museums and
similar places in order to find out answers to questions, so time
for looking at railways was limited.
On the first day we rode on a horse tram along Douglas promenade to
Derby Castle, terminus of the Manx Electric Railway. This is a
cross-country tramway, nearly twenty miles long, built at the end of
the nineteenth century - partly as a local railway, partly as a
tourist attraction, and partly as an exercise in the latest
technology. Now, ancient tramcars and trailers - many of them
open-sided take visitors on a slow, jolting, draughty but
fascinating ride up the eastern side of the island. As far as Laxey
we rode on trailer 37 behind power-car 33, and this part of the
journey was mostly alongside a main road, with sharp curves and
steep gradients. At Laxey we had to wait for the next service to
Ramsey, which consisted of power-car 4 and trailer 46. From Laxey to
Ramsey the Manx Electric Railway goes across country, up hill and
down dale, with many level crossings but not following a road except
for short stretches; there are magnificent views of the sea and the
mountains, the railway at one point running high along a cliff top.
We rode back from Ramsey to Douglas on trailer 47, behind power-car
5. At Laxey we saw a bright red mail van or Travelling Post Office
attached to the rear of a power-car and trailer bound for Ramsey;
the van was being worked the length of the island's railway system
as part of the International Railway Festival, and had started its
journey that day at Port Erin, the western terminus of the Isle of
Man Steam Railway.
Next day, having visited
the Cregneash folk museum,
we were at Port Erin to look at the railway museum and ride on the
steam railway. We rode on an afternoon train to Douglas, as far as
Ballasalla, hauled by "Loch", one of the Isle of Man Steam Railway's
fleet of 2-4-0 tank locomotives, gleaming with polished brass and
bright red paint. The engine for our return journey to Port Erin was
"G.H.Wood". The ancient carriages rocked and swayed. I remembered
once being told that the motto of the railway is the same as for the
island's three-legged emblem, and translates as "Whichever way you
throw me, I still stand"; it seemed a little too appropriate as we
bounced along in the Port Erin train.
The Groudle Glen Railway was holding a gala evening that day as part
of the Railway Festival, and we made sure that we returned from Port
Erin in good time. Although I had been to the Isle of Man before and
travelled on the trains and trams, the Groudle Glen line had been
closed at that time and I had not yet seen it working. The fine's
main station at Llen Coan is reached by a quite a long walk from the
Manx Electric Railway's station at Groudle, situated alongside the
coast road; the path leads through a narrow wooded gorge, which for
the occasion was decorated with coloured lights.
An intensive service was being worked that evening, on a
steeply-graded stretch through the woods and then gut along the
coast to Sea Lion Rocks halt, situated high above the sea. Two
engines from the Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway in
Bedfordshire, 0-4OT "Rishra" and the vertical-boilered 0-4-0
Chalener", were on loan to supplement the line's own 0-4-OWT
and 24-0 "Sea Lion", and the evening proved very popular. the trains
were crowded, and when we left Llen Coan for the walk back up to the
road, there was a long queue waiting. The train on which we rode to
Sea Lion Rocks was double headed by "Rishra" and "Sea Lion", and at
the halt above the sea, "Chalener" was waiting to haul it back to
Llen Coan; I just had time to photograph the engines in the
picturesque setting. I was doubtful whether "Chalener" on its own
had sufficient power to haul the train up the steep gradient through
the woods, but in the event it seemed to experience no difficulty.
An extra item of interest that evening was the operation of
a shuttle over the Manx Electric Railway between Derby Castle and
Groudle to connect with the steam trains at Lien Coan; an
illuminated tram was used, which made a most attractive picture as
the evening drew on and dusk came down.
On our third and final full day on the island, we drove to Laxey. We
wanted to visit the huge waterwheel situated in the village as well
as two prehistoric monuments nearby, and there were two Railway
Festival events taking place that day at Laxey; a steam locomotive
was working a special train over the Manx Electric Railway to Dhoon
Quarry, and the cars of the Snaefell Mountain Railway were making
extra photographic stops en-route.
Soon after we arrived at Laxey, "Caledonia" - an 0-6OT originally
owned by the Manx Northern Railway and now part of the Isle of Man
Steam Railways fleet of locomotives - whistled from under the trees
beyond the station, and then it drew a single Manx Electric Railway
car round a curve and into sight. It stood between Manx Electric
Railway power-car 19 and Snaefell Mountain Railway car 4, the three
side-by-side making a most attractive picture. After a few minutes,
"Caledonia", with much hissing of steam, moved its car forward and
out of the station, over the adjacent level crossing and into a loop
alongside the Manx Electric Railway line to Ramsey. We watched it
depart for Dhoon Quarry, then returned to the station and boarded
car 4 for the ride up Snaefell.
On my previous visit to Snaefell, the top of the mountain had been
hidden in thick cloud, but today was sunny, clear and very warm, and
there were splendid views all the way up to the summit. As well as
the regular stop at Bungalow station, where the railway crosses the
direct main road from Douglas to Ramsey, car 4 made two extra stops
for photographic purposes - one on the hillside halfway between
Laxey and Bungalow station, and the other not far short of the
summit. I enjoyed scrambling about on the track and up the nearby
grassy slopes to obtain unusual photographs of the car in its
Back in Laxey, we went to see the waterwheel. When we had finished,
"Caledonia" was getting ready to depart once more. We drove off to
Dhoon Quarry, where a side-turning of the coast road to Ramsey
crosses the Manx Electric Railway on the level next to a wide
grassed area. We saw "Caledonia" arrive from Laxey, running quietly
down a steep gradient with its single car; I photographed it at the
crossing, it uncoupled and took water, then ran round its train.
Power-car 21 passed with a trailer on a regular Douglas Ramsey
working. At last "Caledonia" set off back to Laxey, working slowly
bunker-first against the gradient.
There was time for a swim at Ramsey at the end of the afternoon - we
had been so busy riding on trains and trams and doing the Story of
Mann Heritage Hunt that, in spite of the beautiful weather, we
hadn't yet been to the beach - a chance to visit the two prehistoric
monuments near Laxey, and then our brief holiday on the Isle of Man
was almost over. Next morning, looking back at Douglas as the ferry
sailed for Heysham, I thought of the International Railway Festival,
and wondered if we'd visit the island again for another look at its
Pennine Quiz N0.85
There is no truth in the
rumour that the only way we can stop Ian winning the quiz is to make
him set it - mind you, if Ian hasn't got all the correct answers to
this one, your editor will be deeper in the clag than he usually is! Semper
in faecibus sumus, sole profundum variat!
Answers please, by May 22nd.
1 Which Class 33 was used as an experiment for push-pull operations?
2) Where are the Class 20s
bought by BNFL being overhauled?
4) What date was Brush Kestrel' officially handed over to BR?
date did Finsbury Park diesel
6) Where was Broomhill station?
7) What was the first name carried by LMS
8) Which seaside resort has its station on Lord Street
9) Wolverhampton High Level had two previous names - what were they?
10) On what date did Twenty station close?
11) Which two locos carried the name "Cranbrook Castle"
12) On which date was the blue Midland Pullman' introduced into
13) Where was Class 73, 73004 named?
14) Which three locos were used on "The Tour of Hope 2" 21-23 July
15) Who named D 1661?
16) What colour was D5578 when it entered service?
17) Which seaside resort has its station on Great Western Way?
18) Where did the Pennine Railway Society visit on 24 April 1982?
20) Which was the first Class 56 to be painted in LoadHaul livery?
21) What was unusual about D9021 when delivered new?
22) Which loco carried the unofficial name "Newmarketeer"?
23) On what date did Trowse Swing Bridge (Norwich) open?
24) What is the capacity of the new coal wagons for National Power?
25) What was Newcastle driver Wally Hobson's claim to fame?
Pennine Quiz No.84 - The answers
1) William Henry Barlow
2) Earls Court
3) 28 December 1879
4) Michael Palin
5) Red Star IS09002
6) 4 September 1967
8) 1 mile 1609 yards
9) Sittingbourne - Sheerness branch
11) Finsbury Park and Newcastle
12) 14/15th June 1964
13) Slough to Oxford
15) Bury Bolton Street
17) Seaforth Highlander
18) 2 January 1981
19) 4725 gallons
20) Dominie Sampson
21) Thames -
22) 19 August 1870
23) Cyril Smith
25) Glasgow Central
26) Cemetery Gates
28) King's Courier
29) First 61420, last 45388
30) 4 December 1957
31) 77 yards
32) Between Lawrence Hill and Bristol Temple Meads
33) 10 May 1947
35) Pupils from Earlham School (Class 9EY)
36) 28 December 1964
37) 15 June 1955
38) 60007 Sir Nigel Gresley
39) 5 January 1960
The winner was Ken
closely followed by Ian
Shenton and M Bell, taking joint
runners up place. Well done gentlemen, and thank you again to John
Dewing for setting the Christmas Quiz.
(Please don't forget if " can come up with a quiz or puzzle for
Trans Pennine', it will be gratefully received!)
Letter to the Editor
Through the columns of
"Trans Pennine", I have been asked to thank Pennine Railway Society
members and associates for their help with the 1995 Sandtoft
Gathering, on behalf of the event's organising committee and those
involved with the Sandtoft Transport Centre itself.
The hard work of the
volunteers contributed a great deal to the success of the event and
wag very welcome, at a time when the museum's own workforce was at
Similarly, I should like to
thank those who assisted me in the running of the Yorkshire Day
event. This occasion relies heavily on local enthusiasts to act as
stewards and can only be run efficiently if enough help is
Thank you again to all who
got involved in the two events, I look forward to seeing you all
again at Sandtoft this year, where your assistance will be very much
In closing, may I remind
you that the 1996 Sandtoft Gathering will be held on Sunday July
28th, including the bus rally at Ealand Showground, whilst Yorkshire
Day will be held on Sunday October 20th.
Ian Jones Yorkshire Day
Thank you for your kind
words, Ian! If the special train service to Crowle operates again
this year, I will try to ensure that details appear in the June
edition of Trans Pennine' - watch this space
the Papers say!
There are no prizes for
guessing that the newspapers' main interest in railways lately has
been the privatisation of GWR and SWT, and the very conspicuous non-
privatisation of LTS. Two articles from the February 5th edition of "The
Independent" are reproduced below.
Lack of passengers blights launch of
Stagecoach fine. Christian
If the fate of the new
private operators hangs on their ability to forecast demand,
Stagecoach, the bus company which yesterday took over the running of
South West Trains, failed miserably. Anticipating huge interest from
anorak-wearing trainspotters - or gricers as they are known - the
company doubled the length of its 5.10 am service from Twickenham
yesterday because it was the first private service for 50 years.
But the gricers, who mostly
dislike privatisation, staged a boycott leaving most of the 550
seats empty. Discounting the hundred or so journalists, politicians
and public relations there were only nine genuine passengers on the
train during its 38 minute trundle to Waterloo. And one of those was
a fare-dodger who slunk on at Clapham Junction expecting the normal
lack of staff but found himself facing half a dozen "revenue
protection officers" in their best uniform. They promptly charged
him £10, but like most fare-dodgers, he did not have the money and
therefore they merely took down his name and address leaving
Stagecoach with its first debt collection problem.
There seemed to be no one
with a good word to say about privatisation among the fare-paying
passengers. One, Dave
West, warned darkly about
focus in train services
and higher fares".
Another, John Bird, a member of the Branch Line Society, said it
might work but then decided he had been too positive about
privatisation and added: "Who
One of the few passengers
who was actually using the train for a real journey became the first privatised
cycle passenger when he wheeled his much patched racer on to the
train. Phillip Redford, middle-aged and bearded, called himself
a "bus rover" and said he was on his way to play the cheap video
games at Clacton.
However, while the
trainspotters were absent, the government acolytes were out in
droves. Toby Jessel, the local NIP, just happened to be on the
train, as was Nick Montague, a senior Department of Transport
official who was the brains behind the privatisation scheme. Police
at Twickenham station, however, had kept out any lost drunk Welsh
rugby supporters and other undesirables, who presumably had to wait
for the next train.
The 5.10 train from
Twickenham was not the train that ministers would have chosen for
what they have been telling us all week was a "historic moment".
Even on a good day, Peter Field, managing director of South West
Trains confided, it would only have a dozen or so passengers.
But because of legal and
accounting complications, the transfer had to take place at two in
the morning. Apart from the now famous bus replacement service from
Fishguard on the Great Western Railway and another nondescript
service which left Waterloo at lam yesterday and transferred into a
bus service at Eastleigh at 2.52am, the Twickenham 5.10am was the
first fully private train and had the great advantage of not being a
Throughout the week the
Department of Transport spin doctors had refused to say whether a
minister would be on the train but they had quickly whistled up Sir
George Young, the Secretary of State for Transport, because of the
public relations disaster created by the postponement of the London,
Tilbury and Southend privatisation because of fraud investigations.
Whether the 5.10 am
thrives in the private sector remains to be seen since under the
terms of the contract with the rail franchising director, Stagecoach
is not obliged to provide the train. It merely has to bring the
first Sunday train into Waterloo by 8.00 and with
so few passengers ever using it its future must be in doubt.
First privatised train turns out to be a
late-running bus -
moment of rail privatisation was
to have taken place 10 minutes after the 1.50am Fishguard-Paddington
service had started off. But old habits die hard for British Rail.
The historic changeover happened just as the late incoming service
entered the harbour, where passengers from the Irish ferry were
The fact that the first
private train for almost 50 years was also a bus had already
embarrassed new owner, Great Western Trains. Engineering works meant
the first passengers travelled by bus as far as Cardiff.
Officials needed to find a
time to transfer the first three passenger rail franchises to the
private sector and decided on 2am on Sunday, when, they believed, no
trains were operating. But they overlooked the Fishguard service.
And so it was that waiting for the bus on a chill night was a small
The first to board was a
stag party from Whitland, Dyfed, who had taken the ferry to Rosslare
and back to celebrate.
daubed head to foot in black shoe polish, was beyond noticing the
epoch making significance of the journey.
One of his friends, a
farmer called Huw, who was a veteran of the day-long "booze-cruise"
crossings to Ireland, was used to the bus. He did not expect things
to change. "It's always a bus from here. They cant afford to run a
John Seymour, 81, from just outside Rosslare who was heading to
London for the launch of his latest novel, was not aware that his
train was going to be a bus, and was not happy. "We weren't given any information at the
station at all," he said. "Nobody seemed to know why there was no
train: everything from privatisation, work on the line and an
accident were put forward as excuses. Next time I come I'm going to
The bus driver had no
strong views about privatisation and the 2am changeover passed
unnoticed by the handful of passengers heading to Fishguard. 'All I
know is I'm driving the bus today and if I haven't won the lottery I
will still be driving it tomorrow." By the time the bus reached
Cardiff at 5.20am the press outnumbered passengers, the driver
having made an unscheduled stop at Whitland to allow the stag party
A guard awaited the trains
arrival still wearing his British Rail issue uniform. The new forest
green jacket and grey trousers that will identify him as a Great
Western Trains staff member had not yet been given out. He was
unenthusiastic about the change of owner. "It's a different zoo
keeper, that's all. We can't get any lower, and that's being honest
with you. This government has got a hell of a lot to answer for."
A dodgy drama in Slough of
(Daily Express, January 16: Peter Tory)
There only seems to be one
lavatory on the Thames Turbo out of Paddington and the train also
stops at Slough. You can see how intolerable my travels are. Still,
these two gruesome factors actually combined, the other evening, to
provide brief merriment. I had tried to have a pee and found the
lavatory engaged and the ticket collector sitting adjacent to the
door, staring ferociously at it as if trying to see through to the
"There's a fare-dodger in
there, I'm certain," he said, his eyes stoat-like and unblinking,
"I'll get 'im. I'll get 'im. I'll get 'em all one day. " Here was a
As drew into Slough, the
lavatory door opened and a man of great distinction appeared,
wearing pin-stripes and buttonhole. He emerged and made to sit down.
The ticket collector who had been snarling and ready to pounce was
taken aback. "Good evenin', sir," he said respectfully. The moment
the BR official turned his back the elegant man was up and away,
knocking aside elderly passengers and sprinting and bounding along
the platform like a figure demented. "Blast. Blast," said the
inspector, his face in a rage. "E's done a runner." It was pure
Ealing comedy and the first laugh I've ever had in Slough.
Thanks to Geoff Bambrough,
we can bring you a few extracts from the "Trans Pennine" of March
1981. - your illustrious
editor at that time was Tony Caddick (Who
No Smoking Please
Fylde Football Specials
The FA Cup 1st-round tie
between Fleetwood FC and Blackpool FC played at the away club's
Bloomfield Road ground produced an unusual line in football specials
on November 22nd 1980. The rail vehicles involved were Blackpool
Borough Council trams on a return Footex from Fleetwood Ferry to St
Chads Road, on the promenade adjacent to the ground. The cars used
were double-deckers 701, 702, 712 and 713, the first time trams have
been used on such duties since October 1961, when the Squires Gate
via Lytham Road route was closed.
Sadly, an event which
occurs all too often on BR specials took place near the Central
Pier, when a group of opposing supporters hurled a bottle through an
upper deck window of one of the cars on the return journey.
Revenge of the Whistlers
In a much publicised
incident on the Settle and Carlisle line on August 21st 1980, a
failed 40179 and its goods train had to be shunted into a siding at
Garsdale by LMS 'Jubilee' 5690 "Leander" on the following southbound
'Cumbrian Mountain Express'.
However, the roles were
almost reversed on Saturday November 1st, when 46229 "Duchess of
Hamilton" skidded to a halt just north of Settle station while
working the northbound 'Cumbrian Mountain Express'. As if to prove
that these solid and dependable engines bear no grudges, 40134 was
called upon to assist, and banked the train to Garsdale where the Duchess
regained her composure and carried on unassisted.
The good residents of the
Dringhouses area of York are again furious over alleged violations
of the Clean Air Act and again most of the blame is being heaped on
the twin exhausts of the class 55 Deltics. This is a continuation of
a saga last summer when drivers were instructed to crawl towards
Challoners Whin Junction before applying full power. The results of
this dubious experiment are unclear as the "clouds" of black (?)
exhaust would surely be transferred to another area, probably the
more select area around Naburn.
In a piece of fine
investigative journalism, the Yorkshire Evening Post covered this
story, quoting a York councillor who also works as a driver for BR.
He said, "Having driven these engines for about 30 years
(??), I do not think the problem will be solved while Deltics
continue running." Fortunately the paper received some letters
pointing out a number of inaccuracies, including the fact that the
accompanying photograph depicted a class 40.
In defence of the class it
must be said that anyone who regularly travels behind these fine
machines will know just how invigorating the air is inside Gasworks
Tunnel, on a northbound departure from Kings Cross.
Cravens under fire
In a recent debate in the
House of Commons, the Labour MP for Blackburn asked how long it
would be before the 25-year old DMU's in North Manchester and
Lancashire will be replaced. The "Junior" Transport Minister's reply
was to the effect that BR is refurbishing some 300 DMU's
a year. Considering that the majority of the services in the area
are worked by two-car Cravens-built units, usually both are
power cars, and to date none of this type have been refurbished, it
will be interesting to see if any improvements are forthcoming.
THE WEST RIDING TRIO and
CLASS 31/4 PASSENGER WORKINGS IN THE 1970s
Between 1972 and 1975 twenty four Class 3 1 s were fitted with
electric train heat provision. These locomotives were predominantly
intended to be used as empty coaching stock pilots between London
termini and associated carriage sidings. At the time electrically
heated air conditioned stock was being introduced and as the existing
locomotives used as pilots were only fitted with steam heating
equipment they were no longer suitable for this work. The earliest
conversions were locomotives for Kings Cross duties allocated to
Finsbury Park, followed by conversions for Paddington duties
allocated to Old Oak Common and the final ones for St. Pancras duties
allocated to Cricklewood. There were however five of the earlier
conversions which went to the provincial depots of Holbeck and
Gateshead. Although the Gateshead duo were initially predominantly
used for empty stock workings the Holbeck trio were given regular
passenger turns, their activities being covered in greater detail
later. Subsequently, over the following decade, the locomotives use
as empty coaching stock pilots reduced, principally due to the
introduction of HST's on to the majority of diesel express workings
to/from London. Other work was therefore found for the locomotives
on the increasing number of cross country trains where locomotive
haulage was replacing DMU operation.
FINSBURY PARK. 31401,31402,31403,31404,31405,31407,31408.
Below the locomotives activities are summarised by initial
allocations following on to details of subsequent fleets and their
activities. It should be noted that all were dual-braked and with
the exception of 31424 all retained Steam Heat Generators. This
versatility made them extremely useful for substitutions on almost
any passenger turns.
These seven locomotives were fitted with electric train heat in
1972-73 principally for use on empty stock workings to and from the
various carriage sidings between Kings Cross and Wood Green. They
did however occasionally get requisitioned for Cambridge trains and
East Coast Mainline duties on which they often worked in pairs. They
were also used on commuter trains from Moorgate, Broad Street and
Kings Cross many of which were still formed of non-corridor stock
until replaced by EMU's in 1976. They did however regularly appear on
outer suburban commuter trains to Peterborough throughout their stay
at Finsbury Park. The fleet was augmented in October 1975 with 31418
from Cricklewood, this was quickly exchanged for Gateshead allocated
31411. 31422, 31423 and 31424 followed from Cricklewood in May 1976,
however these three were soon transferred on to Bristol Bath Road in
September 1977 for Bristol-Portsmouth/Weymouth passenger duties.
31401 was transferred to the Bristol Bath Road fleet in February
1978 whilst 31409 was added in May 1980 from March, otherwise the
fleet remained intact until transferred on mass to York in May 1981.
surprisingly these locomotives did on occasions stray well away from
their expected areas of operation and invariably, following
its transfer from Gateshead it was
31411 which was involved. Saturday 3rd June 1978 found it working
Scarborough-Sheffield via Bridlington whilst the
following year it headed the 1110 Scarborough-Sheffield 'The Cloth
Cap' on 14th July, the exotic routing
of these trains being described later. Saturday
24th May 1980 found it working the 1028 Hull-Scarborough and 1405
return followed by the 2039 Hull-Leeds. Particularly notable was its
activities on 30th August 1980 when it headed the Summer Saturday
0830 Leeds-Blackpool North and 1240 return which were routed via
Diggle, at the time Class 3 1 s were a rarity at Blackpool. Other
notable workings included 31407 which worked the 0855 Filey-Newcastle
forward from Scarborough on 12th August 1978 returning on the 1219
Newcastle-Scarborough and also heading the 0730 Birmingham New
Street-Newcastle as far as Sheffield on 23rd June 1979. This same
locomotive also being recorded on the 1128 Poole-York relief on 29th
December 1979 and again the following day on the 1655 Bradford
Interchange-Birmingham New Street 'The Two Bongos'. Particularly
notable was 31404 on the 0928 Leeds-Morecambe and 1145 return on
28th June 1980 whilst 26th January 1981 saw 31408 heading the 1903
OLD OAK COMMON. 31412,31413,31414,31415,31416.
CRICKLEWOOD. 31418, 31419, 31420, 31421, 31422, 31423, 31424.
These five locomotives were fitted with electric train heat in
1973-1974 and were principally for use on empty stock workings
between Paddington and Old Oak Common. They did however frequently
appear on commuter services out of Paddington to such places as
Oxford and Newbury. In addition they were frequently used, often in
pairs, on express trains to Oxford, Birmingham, Worcester and
Hereford. They were also occasionally used on mainline substitutions
to Bristol etc. In October 1975 they were joined by 31419 from
Cricklewood followed by 31420 and 31421 in February 1976. These
three however moved on to Bristol Bath Road in the winter of 1977/78
along with 31414 and 31416 although this later pair of locomotives
returned to Old Oak Common in May 1980. In October 1980 the fleet
was augmented with 31423 and 31424 from Bristol Bath Road, otherwise
no changes were made until October 1982 when the fleet moved on mass
to March. As with other classes of locomotive familiar to many crews
they did occasionally stray away from their normal area of
operation. Examples of this being the use of 31413 on the 1639
Leeds-Bristol Temple Meads on 26th October 1979. Friday 23rd May
1980 saw 31412 heading the 0815 Plymouth-Leeds, the following day it
was used on the 0836 Leeds-Sheffield portion for the 09 5 1
Sheffield-Paignton. Later that summer it again appeared on a 'Table
5 1' train when on 28th July it was recorded on the 1735
Leeds-Bristol Temple Meads. Similarly 31423 was utilised for the
0700 Bristol Temple Meads-Leeds on 6th February 1981. 31413 made a
notable return journey over the southern Pennines on 23rd December
1981 when it took over the 0717 Harwich Parkeston Quay-Manchester
Piccadilly at Sheffield, returning on the 1515 Manchester
Piccadilly-Harwich Parkeston Quay as far as Sheffield. Both trains
being routed via the Hope Valley. 31413 is also believed to have
been active in the Sheffield area over the following few days, being
recorded leaving the area at the head of the 1745
a portion detached at Sheffield from the 1135 Poole-Leeds, on 28th
December. Finally, just prior to transfer, 31412 headed the 1606
Newcastle-Bristol Temple Meads on 11th September 1982 and a week
later on 18th September 31415 paired with 31115 had a round trip to
the East Coast at the head of the 0922 Derby-Skegness and 1258
return.. Mention should also be made of their appearances on the
Summer Saturday Paddington-Barnstaple train. This train was during
the early 1970s a regular Old Oak Common Class 31/1 out and back
working, however Class 31/4s are recorded as substituting on several
occasions. 31412 was utilised on the 0815 Paddington-Barnstaple and
1440 return on 6th July and 28th September 1974 whilst in 1976 the
0810 Paddington-Barnstaple and 1440 return
were headed by 31416 on
31st July and by 31414 on 21st August. From 1977 this train
was generally type-four powered between Paddington and Exeter with
various locomotives of
Classes 25, 31 and 33
being used to and from Barnstaple. However
28th June 1980 saw 31415 heading the 0948 Paddington-Barnstaple
forward from Exeter, returning with the 1445 Barnstaple-Paddington
as far as Exeter. Interestingly this day saw Old Oak Common Class
31/4 domination of the Barnstaple branch with all workings in the
hands of either 31412 or 31415.
These seven locomotives were fitted with electric train heat in
1973-75 for use on empty stock workings between Cricklewood and
St. Pancras. They did however appear fairly regularly, normally in
pairs, on services from St. Pancras to the East Midlands deputising
for the non availability of 'Peaks'. On occasions they did reach as
far north as Sheffield where they were recorded, both singularly and
paired, on Midland Main Line trains. A notable example of this being
on 13th December 1975 when 31420+31421 headed the 0852 St. Pancras-Sheffield
throughout and 1300 return at least as far as Nottingham. Of
particular interest to the author was the appearance of 31420 at the
head of an unidentified evening St. Pancras- Sheffield train on 9th
October 1974. At the time it was believed only nineteen Class 31/4
conversions were to take place, thus the appearance of a twentieth
locomotive fresh from works was something of a mystery. Subsequently
of course it became known that a further five conversions had been
authorised and the mystery locomotive identified. Of all the
locomotives allocated for empty coaching stock duties these were the
most short lived at their originally intended depot. Indeed many
were only allocated here for just over one year. The first to leave
in October 1975 were 31418 and 31419 which went to strengthen the
Finsbury Park and Old Oak Common fleets respectively. February 1976
saw 31420 and 31421 leaving for Old Oak Common followed by 31422,
31423 and 31424 to Finsbury Park in May.
These two locomotives were fitted with electric train heat in 1973
principally for empty stock workings between Newcastle and Heaton.
In April 1976 31411 was exchanged with Finsbury Park for 31418.
Presumably the 90 mph capabilities of 31411 were more suited to the
work undertaken by Finsbury Park locomotives than Gateshead
locomotives. The Gateshead locomotives did have a few regular
passenger turns. Of particular note was that from May 1977 until
October 1980 they worked the 2145 Newcastle-Darlington
sleeper/seating train via Sunderland & Stockton and return 0720
Darlington-Newcastle via the same route. These trains being through
portions to/from Kings Cross attached/detached at Darlington. They
were also reported to have worked the overnight Newcastle-Carlisle
train although it is not known if this was a regular turn. DMU
substitutions and occasional main line sorties are also known to
have occurred. One working of particular note in 1976 was the use of
31406 on the 0755 Newcastle-Liverpool Lime Street which it worked at
least as far as Manchester Victoria. At that time Class 31s working
over the Diggle route on passenger trains was extremely unusual.
This locomotive was also recorded crossing the southern Pennines on
8th December 1979 when it took over the 0717 Harwich Parkeston
Quay-Manchester Piccadilly at Sheffield. This train was routed by way
of the Hope Valley,
however on this date the return working, 1515 Manchester
Piccadilly-Harwich Parkeston Quay was diverted via the Woodhead
route with the locomotive running round at Woodburn Junction, this
probably being one of a very few occasions when a Class 31/4 has
worked a passenger train over this route. The locomotive is then
believed to have returned to home territory on the 1741
Sheffield-Newcastle, a portion
detached at Sheffield
from the 1140 Poole-Leeds. Its
stable mate also made an appearance at Sheffield around this time
when 31418 headed the 1639 Leeds-Bristol Temple Meads on 2nd January
Gateshead lost its duo in 1980 when 31406 left for York in May,
moving on to March in October, 31418 went direct to March in
Unlike the other locomotives the WEST
RIDING TRIO were
predominantly intended for use on portions in the West Riding and
late 1960s and early 1970s saw the continuance of the practise of
portion working of trains in the West Riding at a time when such
practises were becoming increasingly rare. In particular trains to
Bradford Exchange via Leeds would be taken forward from Leeds, often
minus catering and other carriages, by type-two motive power. By the
time air-conditioned stock was introduced on to the West
Riding-Kings Cross trains in 1972 such portions were in the hands of
Class 31s which had then only recently ousted Class 24s and Class
25s from such workings.
Thus it was in 1972/73 that the trio of Class 31/4s found their way
on to some of these workings, although Class 31 1 s continued on
many of the non-air conditioned portions until the 1980s. The most
notable regular workings involved one diagram and are best
considered by following the diagram. The first working was an empty
stock from Neville Hill to Halifax, this was routed by way of Leeds,
Morley, Mirfield and Elland. On arrival the locomotive ran round its
stock which then formed the 0841 Halifax-Wakefield Westgate which
was in fact a portion destined for Kings Cross. From Halifax the
train was routed via Elland to Huddersfield were a run round took
place before continuing via Mirfield and Healey Mills to Wakefield
Kirkgate were a further run round took place before continuing to
Wakefield Westgate. At Wakefield Westgate the carriages were
attached to the 0930 Leeds-Kings Cross, this train starting back from
Bradford Interchange from the commencement of the summer 1975
timetable. The Class 31/4 then ran light locomotive to Doncaster
from were it headed the 1138 Doncaster-Hull, this being a portion
detached at Doncaster from the 0910 Kings Cross-Leeds. The return
working from Hull was the 1316 Hull-Doncaster, this being a portion
which was attached at Doncaster to the 1335 Leeds-Kings Cross. The
next leg of the diagram involved the 2025 Doncaster-Bradford
Interchange, this being a portion detached at Doncaster from the
1804 Kings Cross-Bradford Interchange via Leeds. From Doncaster the
train was routed via South Elmsall before leaving the main line at
Hare Park Junction then running via Wakefield Kirkgate, Healey Mills
and Mirfield to Huddersfield. At Huddersfield the locomotive ran
round before proceeding via Elland to Halifax and Bradford
Interchange. The final leg of the diagram involved working empty
stock back to Neville Hill. This diagram operated Monday-Saturday
with the exception that on Saturdays in July & August the portion
from Halifax did not run, on these days the locomotive ran light
locomotive direct to Doncaster from where it picked up the diagram.
Other than minor timing changes the turn remained unaltered until
the introduction of the summer 1978
timetable when the portions were all withdrawn. 31409 had the honour
of working the final Doncaster-Bradford
Interchange portion on 6th May 1978. Other
portion workings found the locomotives
working from Leeds to Bradford Interchange via New Pudsey and from Leeds
with other East Coast Class 31/4s it was not unknown for these
locomotives to make main line sorties substituting for larger
locomotives. Other workings have been recorded however, particularly
on summer Saturdays when they appeared on trains more normally
associated with Class 3 1 /1 s. Saturday 26th June 1976 saw 3 1417
heading the 0652 Halifax-Sheffield, this being a portion attached to
the 0727 Bradford Interchange-Weymouth via Leeds at Sheffield. The
locomotive off this working usually returned on the balancing 1608
Sheffield-Bradford Interchange, this being a portion off the 0900
Weymouth-Leeds. It is not known whether 31417 returned as booked on
this day, however on 10th July it was noted on the return working
having presumably worked from Halifax in the morning. These portions
were routed via Barnsley, Crigglestone Junction-Horbury Station
Junction, Healey Mills, Mirfield, Huddersfield were the locomotive
ran round and Elland. The following year it was the turn of 31410 to
make this run, it being recorded on both legs of the turn on 25th
June 1977. The summer of 1978 saw 31410 making a trip to Cleethorpes
on the 0742 Leeds-Cleethorpes and 1100 return of 24th June. This
train being routed via the Adwick Junction-Stainforth Junction line.
The following Saturday saw 31409 in charge of the 0834
Leeds-Sheffield this being a portion attached to the 0953
Sheffield-Paignton at Sheffield, the locomotive off this portion
normally returned light loco to Holbeck and almost certainly did so
on this date.
What may have been a regular occurrence on summer bank holidays was
recorded on 31st May 1976, this being Spring Bank Holiday Monday.
31409 and 31417 were both observed on Leeds-Scarborough additionals
formed of air-conditioned carriages, presumably rakes normally
utilised on East Coast Main Line workings.
trio were transferred to York in October 1978 were they continued on
similar duties as before until being transferred to March in 1980. A
most notable working shortly after transfer was the use of 31417 on
the 1410 Sheffield-St. Pancras on 5th January 1979. By this time
however the introduction of HST's to many East Coast Main Line
workings was reducing the traditional workings, this being reflected
by their increased use on Summer Saturday trains in 1979 by which
time they had no dedicated regular booked turns, being used turn and
turn about with Class 31/1s. Outings recorded in the summer of 1979
were quite varied. 31409 headed the 0835 Newcastle-Yarmouth as far
as Grassmoor Junction on 19th May. Similarly 31410 headed the 0910
Leeds-Yarmouth as far as Grassmoor Junction on 11th August from were
it returned to Leeds on the 1345 Yarmouth-Leeds, 31409 followed suit
two weeks later. 31409 made two round trips to Skegness on the 0800
Leeds Skegness and 1220 return on 2nd June and 23rd June. In addition
31410 worked out of Skegness on 28th July at the head of the 1115
Skegness-Nottingham which on this day was extended to Derby.
Scarborough however saw frequent visits. A particularly popular turn
involved the 0843 Scarborough Sheffield which was routed via
Bridlington, Hessle, Selby, Gascoigne Wood Junction-Milford
Junction, Pontefract Baghill and Rotherham. This train saw all of
the trio with 31409 on 9th June, 31410 on 26th May and 16th June and
31417 on 2nd June and 21st July. Another turn involved the 1110
Scarborough-Sheffield which was referred to by many bashers as 'The
Cloth Cap' due to its exotic routing through the Yorkshire Coalfield
towns. From Scarborough it was routed via York, Church Fenton,
Burton Salmon Junction,
Castleford, Normanton, Wakefield Kirkgate and Barnsley to
Sheffield. This train was headed by 31410 on 9th June and by 31417
on 30th June. A corresponding outward working, the 0830 Wakefield
Westgate-Scarborough, gave Normanton and Castleford the opportunity
to sample the third locomotive of the trio when it was headed by
31409 on 16th June. Most notable
however was the visit of 31410 to Morecambe on the 0928
Leeds-Morecambe and 1145 return
on 30th June, these trains being routed via Skipton and Hellifield.
A couple of appearances were also made on the 0837 Leeds-Sheffield
portion for the 0953 Sheffield-Paignton, 31409 appearing on 4th
August and 31410 on 18th August.
Sheffield division made good use of 31410 when it arrived from
Scarborough on 26th May 1979. The following day it was used for the
0856 Chesterfield- Scarborough and 1925 return whilst on Monday 28th
May it was used for the 0832 Sheffield-Skegness and 1717 return.
During 1980 the trio were transferred to March, 31409 and 31417
moving in February and 31410 following in December. 31406 arrived at
York from Gateshead in May and similarly moved to March in October.
Notable use during the final summer of 31406 and 31410 at York
included appearances on the 0836 Leeds-Sheffield portion for the
0951 Sheffield-Paignton. 31406 was used on 14th June, 12th July and
30th August whilst 31410 was used on 23rd August. 31410 was also
recorded out of area on 23rd October when it headed the 0700 Bristol
BRISTOL BATH ROAD. 31401, 31414, 31416, 31419,31420,31421, 31422,
Regular locomotive haulage returned to the Bristol-Portsmouth route
in May 1977 after a gap of several years. Class 31s predominated,
initially steam heat generator fitted examples from Bristol Bath
Road were utilised, however by the autumn of 1977 electric heat
fitted examples had begun to arrive and by May 1978 a fleet of nine
had been established which covered the majority of workings. The
dominance of Class 31/4s was short-lived as by May 1980, following
the introduction of Class 50s on the Waterloo-Exeter line, Class 33s
were increasingly being used. Other than for the transfer of 31414,
314,16, 31423 and 31424 to Old Oak Common in 1980 the fleet remained
intact until transferred to March in October 1982. A particularly
interesting turn from this era involved the 0514 Bristol Temple
Meads Weymouth and 0911 return followed by the 1610 Bristol Temple
Meads-Weymouth and 1940 return. With the extension of many of the
Portsmouth trains to and from Cardiff the Bristol Temple
Meads-Cardiff section became regular territory for these
Locomotives did on occasions stray on to the erstwhile North
East-South West route substituting for type four motive power.
Examples of this being 31420 on the 0800 Newcastle-Newquay on 23rd
June 1979, 31401 on the 0730 Worcester Shrub Hill-Leeds and 31422 on
the 1745 Cardiff-Sheffield both on 27th October 1979 and 31421 on
the 0602 Sheffield-Cardiff on 20th September 1981.
is hoped that the above has included all the regular activities of
the Class 31/4s during the first era of their activities. However as
the momentum of enthusiasm had not built up to the
early 1980s euphoria it is possible that some regular workings have
been overlooked particularly in the earlier years. The author would therefore be
interested in any comments regarding this summary.
Peter Hall February 1996
PRESERVED RAILWAY MILEAGES
Mileages have been ascertained from various sources including
Books*. Magazines# Observations and Enquiries at Preservation
Centres. Mileages are given in Miles and Chains. where known,
figures in brackets are approximate mileages. being compiled from
timetables and other literature.
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Class 40s - a blow by blow account
think that most Pennine members who know me are
well aware of my opinion of the Class 40s! My acquaintance with
these locos, work-wise, did not come until their latter days on BR.
It was my job to prepare the locos ready for the cutter's torch, by
draining the locos of all fuel, oil and water before they went to
the scrap fine for cutting. This is how it's done!
first task is to arrange for the loco to be put onto the defuel pit,
a special apron designed to stop any waste fuel or chemicals from
getting into the normal drainage systems. Next we have to attach the
defuel hosepipe to the loco's main fuel tank drain-cock, open the
cock then start the electric pump which will pump the fuel into a
large settling tank, for re-use. We then have to go on board the
loco, leaving the pump running.
Once inside we have to open the reserve fuel tank, which is situated
behind the bulkhead at number one end. (Number-one end on a loco is
always the end where the radiators are situated) There used to be a
trap-door in the bulkhead wall behind the driver's seat, to get to
the fuel tank drain, but these had all been sealed-up years ago. The
only way to get to the drain now is through the engine room. We have
to squeeze down between the radiators and the grills - a tight
squeeze at the best of times, but in the winter, wearing a thick
donkey-jacket, it is even worse.
Once in the engine room, we have a bit more room to manoeuvre, that
is until we come round the generator end of the power unit. This is
where the fun begins, bearing in mind that it is usually pitch black
inside as the locos batteries will have been removed, hence no
fights! To get down this side of the unit we have to clamber over a
large electrical control box which is sticking out from the side of
the generator. In the roof directly above the box, however, is a
steel bracket that can leave a nasty impression on your forehead.
That's the easy bit over with!
now have to squeeze down the other side of the radiator compartment
and into the cubicle
where the reserve fuel tank is located. To
get to the drain-cock to
open it, we have to lay on
top of a very uncomfortable compressor. This is not too bad
providing there is still a handle on the drain cock. More often than
not, it is missing so the only way to open the cock
is to get a Stilson
wrench on the spindle and heave - all this while balancing on top of
the compressor! I have
often stopped to wonder
what drivers did if they ran low on fuel probably shut the engine
down and call for another loco!
Once the reserve tank is empty, we can re-trace our path back
through the loco engine room, remembering of course to head-butt the
bracket back into place on the way. The next job is to go through
into the boiler compartment to check if there is still a boiler - if
there is, we have to check that it is drained of all fuel and water.
Onward into number-two cab and back outside to check on the defuel
pump. We now have to connect the waste oil bowser in order to drain
the power-unit sump, then wait for the fuel and oil to finish
draining. Clean the tools, lock them away ready for the next job and
that's it - another class 40 ready for the cutter's torch!
There was one 40 I remember giving the treatment to on a Friday
afternoon, so it would be ready for the torch first thing on Monday
morning. At 7.30 on the Monday morning, the shop foreman was seen
dashing out to the scrap road shouting: "Don't scrap that loco, they
want it back in traffic! " I came across that same loco not long
ago, at an East Lancs diesel gala. I wonder if the owners of 40135
realise how close it came to being scrapped!!
mentioned in Editor's Notes', the suggestion was made at the AGM that
we include a guide to good pubs which are near railway stations, so
you can have a beer if you find yourself with half an hour to spare
whilst waiting for a train. I would
like to kick-off this section by suggesting three hostelries within
easy walking distance of Stockport
station, in which I've
had some good beer.
Leave the station by the main exit and
walk down the station approach
road until you reach Wellington Road, which is the main A6 road
through the town. Directly opposite is the Manchester
Arms. Believe me, this
pub is basic! Don't let that put you off, however. The Robinsons'
ales are always in tip-top condition, there is always a friendly
welcome and it's been in the Good Beer Guide for years! If you still
don't fancy the Manchester, turn left and walk along Wellington Road,
in the direction of Manchester. About 150 yards on the left is
Heaton Lane and nestling under the viaduct you will find the Crown
Inn. This is a small but
very popular pub which usually has seven beers, including a mild.
reach the Armoury, leave the station by the Edgeley exit, walk up the
approach road then bear left until you come to a roundabout - the
pub is directly opposite. There is a comfortable lounge and a lively
vault and the beers are Robinsons. (That's the one problem with
Stockport. Robinsons' brewery is located in the town, as are most of
There are many good pubs in Stockport, but they are quite a way from
the station. The three I've chosen are all listed in the current
'CAMRA Good Beer Guide', which is highly recommended - but then, I'm
also a CAMRA member and very biased!
Don't forget to let me have your suggestions! DB
Shap performance trials were originally to have been held over the
August Bank Holiday weekend, but were postponed because of the hot,
dry weather and consequent fire risk, and in fact took place at the
beginning of October. Three preserved steam locomotives of different
types, but all of power class 8 and 'Pacific' wheel
arrangement, were to haul a virtually identical train on three
different days on the West Coast Main Line from Crewe to Carlisle,
including the formidable Shap bank, returning over the Settle and
Carlisle line. The three contestants were 4498 'Sir Nigel Gresley'
from the LNER, 46229 Duchess of ~ton' from the LMS, and 71000 Duke
of Gloucester' from the early days of nationalised British Railways.
'Sir Nigel Gresley' did the run on Saturday. Chris and I were booked
on the train hauled on the Monday by Duke of Gloucester'; we drove
to Crewe on the Sunday, and that evening saw Duke of Gloucester'
shunting its support carriage in the Heritage Centre. The engine
looked big and powerful and very impressive, and we hoped for a good
run next day.
After breakfast next morning, we heard 'Duke of Gloucester' sounding
its chime whistle, and at the station there was time to admire our
handsome engine before departure. The point of the trials was to see
which locomotive performed best, particularly on Shap bank. Unlike
some railway enthusiasts, I do not have clear preferences as to
which engines I like and which I do not, but I have also had a
special fondness for 'Duke of Gloucester', and I rather hoped it
would beat the other two contestants. A one-off locomotive, it
probably never realised its full potential and was withdrawn after
only a short working fife. It became derelict, and had to completely
and painstakingly rebuilt. If history had been different, and the
changeover to diesel and electric traction less hurried, then 'Duke
of Gloucester' could well have been the prototype for a new
generation of superb express steam locomotives.
Promptly at 9.26 we were away. I soon realised that this was
different to any previous steam trip I had done. The acceleration
along the almost straight and level main line north of Crewe seemed
to me to be phenomenal, and I quickly understood that we had an
extremely capable engine in charge, and one which was to show us
what it could do. 'Duke of Gloucester` sounded its chime whistle
again and again, a defiant and melodious blast from the past, while
I thought wistfully of what might have been.
From other passengers we learned that 'Sir Nigel Gresley' had not
done too well on the Saturday, and
had not been in very good shape when
it arrived at Carlisle.
We hoped our engine would
do better, and Duke of Gloucester was certainly hurrying its
eleven-coach train along in fine style on the easy grades through
Lancashire. Beyond Preston we were diverted into a loop for the engine
to be watered. We noticed the high police
presence, no doubt intended to deter overenthusiastic spectators
from trespassing on the busy main line, and watched the passing
trains. Well before our scheduled departure time, steam was roaring
from Duke of Gloucester's safety valves, as if the engine could
hardly wait to get its chance at the gradients ahead. 47703 'Lewis
Carroll' drew up alongside us; Chris and I had seen this engine
outside Crewe depot the previous evening, and we understood that it
was following trials special to rescue it in case the steam
locomotive broke down.
the move once more, we were soon through Lancaster and running
briefly by the sea before heading into the hills. The weather
worsened, and heavy rain began to fall as the train tackled the long
climb through Oxenholme and up to Grayrigg summit. Speed remained
impressively high during the ascent, the engine audibly working
hard. drenched spectators with raincoats and umbrellas stood in the
fields to watch us pass; I reflected that, even if the rain was
spoiling the event for onlookers, at least there was no fire danger,
however many hot cinders the engine threw out.
were informed that our speed at Grayrigg summit was a very
respectable 60mph. There followed a level but very scenic run
through the Lune gorge to Tebay, and then we were at the foot of
Shap bank. The four miles of 1-in-75 up to Shap summit present the
modem diesel and electric expresses with no difficulty, but Shap
bank was a serious obstacle to steam locomotives; many trains needed
a second engine pushing at the rear, and one overnight express in
which I was travelling with my school Railway Club back in 1957,
suffered the ignominy of slipping to a standstill on the incline and
having a long wait before assistance came. Duke of Gloucester' did
not seem to be taking a run at the bank, and I stood by an open
window, a little apprehensive in case this trial should also end in
humiliation. I need not have worried; whistling triumphantly, a
staccato thunder erupting from its chimney, the engine surmounted
the climb easily. The rain had
lessened; I looked out at rolling fells, saw the many
cars parked in the
official viewing area, thrilled to the noise from the locomotive,
and then we were at the summit.
a more leisurely pace, we ran downhill to Penrith
and Carlisle, and into autumn sunshine.
We were told that our speed at the summit had been 5Imph, and that
we had achieved the fastest ever climb of Shap with steam traction;
it had been a run to be proud of, and Chris and I were very proud to
have been there to experience it. 'Duchess of Hamilton' was a
redoubtable challenger, but we felt sure that 'Duke of Gloucester'
was the champion.
There was time for beer and sandwiches at Carlisle. 'Duke of
Gloucester' was uncoupled and run off to be turned for the climb to
Ais Gill summit. 'Lewis Carroll' arrived, and shunted the stock of
the special. At last all was ready, we went to our allotted seats
once more, and at twelve minutes we were away.
climb up the Eden valley to Ais Gill summit on the Settle and
Carlisle is less steep than Shap bank, but much longer, and over the
years there have been accidents and mishaps on this stretch. 'Duke
of Gloucester' kept up a fast and furious pace on the climb, and the
stop at Appleby, usual for steam specials on this line, was omitted.
There were two alarming moments., when the fights in our carriage
failed in a tunnel, and when the train surged and jerked violently,
caused - we were later told ~ by the engine going too hard at the
gradient and slipping. Higher and higher we climbed, the locomotive
roaring loudly, and then Ais Gill summit with its crowd of
spectators was visible ahead. Once over the top, we ran downhill to
the lonely station at Garsdale, high up among the fells, where the
engine was to be watered. There was time to alight and admire the
locomotive in its upland setting, a chilly wind blowing a over the
moors, then it was back on board. Because of the slipping, we had
just failed to break the record for the fastest climb to Ais Gill
remainder of the trip was something of an anticlimax. We lost time,
and got delayed by a local train at Clitheroe. It was almost dark
when we arrived at Blackburn, and there was a long wait while 'Duke
of Gloucester` was taken off and replaced by 'Lewis Carroll' for the
run back to
Crewe. There was a
lengthy signal check at Farringdon Junction, where we re-joined the
West Coast Main Line, and another one outside Crewe station. At last
we were back, and a most memorable journey was over.
Next morning, we were at Crewe station to see Duchess of Hamilton` set
off, carrying a "Caledonian" headboard and serenaded by a piper. It
gleamed in the sunshine, big and handsome in LMS red livery, hissing
steam and oozing power, and we wondered if it could beat the more
modern Duke of Gloucester` on the fine for which - unlike 'Sir
Nigel. Gresley - it had been designed. Sounding its deep-toned
whistle, it departed with the trials special, and had soon gone from
sight. 47773 Reservist! followed it out if the station, and would
travel behind it to Carlisle. We went to the Heritage Centre, and
then headed for home.
had to wait a week to read the results of the trials in Railway
Magazine'. 'Sir Nigel Gresley's problems were due to poor steaming,
the result of inferior coal, but the engine had reached the highest
speed of the three at the foot of both Grayrigg and Shap banks.
Duchess of Hamilton' had suffered from problems with its injectors
and safety valves, but had come second. 'Duke of Gloucester was the
undisputed winner, coming top in speed at the summits, average speed
climbing the banks, indicated horse-power and equivalent drawbar
T-shirts which we had ordered on the train arrived, the wrapping
covered in hand-written slogans proclaiming 'Duke of Gloucester" s
prowess. My shirt had a simple outline drawing of 'Duke of
Gloucester', the one Chris having chosen had a slogan to say that
she had been there on the Shap trials.
next months issue of Railway Magazine' carded a detailed technical
report on the trials. Originally, a dynamometer car was intended
to be used on the specials, but in the event this did not prove
possible; nevertheless, the experts on the trains managed to record
a great deal of information. Duke of Gloucester' did not quite break
the all-time record for power output by steam on the West Coast Main
Line, but certainly came very close. It was a tremendous
achievement, and an experience to remember.
Pennine Observers Notes
start with news from the Hull area. On November 14, 37686 was
sighted at Paragon station whilst 37716 was noted on December 9. On
December 16, morning services out of Hull were disrupted when a
woman was killed after being struck by the 06.02 Hull - Manchester
train, 50 yards from the Hawthorn Avenue level crossing. The woman
is believed to have been walking with her back towards the oncoming
train and her death, which is being treated as suicide, brings the
number of people killed on railway lines in East Yorkshire over the
past two years, to six.
Also on December 16, problems between Leeds and Wakefield meant that
the 12.05 Leeds - KX, powered by 91019, started at Wakefield and the
11. 10 KX - Leeds, powered by 90018, terminated at Wakefield.
Noted in the Scunthorpe area on December 23 were, 60013 on an
iron-ore train at Santon Ore Terminal, 47115/233/406/407/413/418
being broken up at Frodingham, and 20107 at Flixborough Wharf
December 27, the 12.03 Newcastle - Plymouth HST with power-cars
43184+43196, failed south of Darlington station. 56039 was summoned
to tow the train back to Darlington, where the service was
Services around Hull were again disrupted on December 28, when 37334
ran out of fuel at Cottingham. The loco was en -route to Hull,
having been employed on snow-clearing duties on the Hull -
Scarborough line, and was stuck for two hours before being rescued
by 37516, which came from Goole. Services on the Hull - Scarborough
line suffered delays of up to three hours, with buses operating to
Bridlington and Hull.
Locomotives noted on Peterborough depot on
December 28 were, 08495/528/5291580,
3116514071459/549/558, 37219/677, 56074, 5 8018/040/047. Additional
locos noted on
the 31st were
31553/563, 37114, 47677, 56039.
Into the New Year now. 47829 was noted working
the 09.05 Poole - York on
January 1st. (Our
reporter obviously didn't have a hangover!) January 3 saw 37677 on an
oil train at Gainsborough Lea Road, whilst noted at Knottingley that
day were, 56011/027/045/077/ 083/095/111/120/131 on full or empty
MGR workings, 59201 on an empty limestone working, 59203/205 on
National Power trains, 58014 on an MGR working to Worksop, 58017 on
a sand train to Monk Bretton, 60050 working light-engine to
Wakefield, 47707 working fight-engine to Doncaster and 09014 working
cripple-wagons from Milford.
Scunthorpe on January 6, 37350 and 56052 were noted at the Load Haul
depot and 37381 and 47352 were noted stored at Frodingham. The 09.05
Poole - York that day was headed by 4783 1. On the 7th, 47851 was in
charge of the 14.18 York - Poole, 47826 operated the 13.01 Poole
York and 47853 headed the 15.14 York - Bristol TM additional.
the 10th, 37718 was noted passing through Lincoln on a Cargowagon
train. Two days later, 4M87, a Felixstowe - Trafford Park
Freightliner, was diverted through Doncaster with 37038 +37046 at
Class 86s are now regular performers on ECML postal trains, and the
16.33 KX - Edinburgh is usually a good bet for one of these locos.
86261 was noted on the 16th, 86424 on the 17th, 86254 appeared on
the 18th and 86208 on the 29th. The 16.05 Edinburgh - KX is also a
frequent turn for the class, with 86424 on the 16th, 86208 on the
18th, 86239on the 29th, and 86401 on the 30th.
Noted at Immingham on the 20th of January were, 60054 on an oil
train and 08466/632, 47676, 56051/100 in the depot, whilst at
Scunthorpe, 56097 was noted on an MGR, 60015 was at the Load Haul
depot and British Steel diesels 72+74 were noted in the steelworks
propelling a train of hot ingots. At York stabling point that day
the 21st, the 11. 00 Edinburgh - KX powered by 91007, failed and
had to be rescued by 47789. The train arrived at Newcastle some 85
minutes late and was then terminated owing to the failure of the 47!
Also on the 21st, 37043 was noted at the head of a Craigentinny -
Neville Hill ECS working and 47828 worked the 20.20 York Bristol M.
Back to Knottingley, where on January 22 60013 headed a gypsum
train to Appleby, 59203/205/206 were on various National Power
workings, 47677 was working fight-engine on route-learning duties
and 56011/067/077/0801083/10711091110, 58021 were on various MGR
0830 KX - Leeds was powered by 90021 on the 28th of January, in
place of the booked 91. This loco also featured the following day
when it replaced the usual HST on the 18.05 KX Bradford.
Into February, and back to Humberside - while we can still call it
that! Track relaying work in the Cottingham area was taking place on
three weekends in the month. 37677/688/884 were noted on various
ballast/engineering trains on the 11th, and the following weekend,
on the 18th, 37694/697 and 47677 were fulfilling similar duties. At
Barnby Lane crossing, Claypole on February 10, 37684 headed a
Cargowagon train and 37719 was noted on an oil train.
"Friar Tuck" railtour, run by Hertfordshire Railtours, visited the
Doncaster area on February 17. Hauled by 47540, the train visited
Drax and Eggborough power stations, Rossington Colliery branch, the
South Yorkshire Joint Line and the Doncaster avoiding line, along
with other non passenger lines in the area. 37718 assisted the train
on the reverse working.
Crewe on December 9, 47530 was observed hauling the 13.40 Glasgow -
Euston, along with failed 90003. Another failure occurred the
following day when 86258 expired on the 16.50 Preston - Euston. The
train was taken forward from Crewe by 90011. On the 16th, the
following locomotives were noted at Saltley, 47079/229/237
Unusual transport (or so Im told!) was to be found on the Bedford -
Bletchley line on the 27th of December, when "bubble car" L131/55031
operated the 10.40 service from Bedford. Later that day,
60048/071/074/075/077 were noted at Leicester depot and 92013/041
were noted at RTC Derby.
visit to Toton depot on February 4 produced the following, 08773,
09201, 31116/184, 56122, 58026/047, 60011/017/073/094, while
60072/083/ 088 were noted at Leicester. Morning Midland Main Line
services to and from St Pancras on the 4th were diverted between
Leicester and Kettering, going via Manton Junction and Corby. The
08.56 Sheffield - St Pancras had a particularly tortured journey as
it was also diverted between Chesterfield and Derby as well, having
to go through the Erewash Valley and Toton Yard!
Noted at Swindon on the 16th of December were 37046/162/203, 58028,
and at Newport, 09001, 37412/895/901/902, 60089 were sighted. 37427
was also observed operating the 13.33 Bristol Weymouth.
'Kentish Spinner" railtour ran from Bristol TM to Canterbury West on
the 17th of December, and used a wide variety of motive power. 47701
took the train from Bristol to Swindon, where 58028 took over for
the run to Clapham Junction. 73133+73103 then took the. train to
Canterbury via Brixton and Ashford. The return journey began with
33046+37055 taking the train to Grove Park Down Sidings, via Herne
Bay, Faversham, Gillingham, Gravesend and Dartford. 60043 then took
over for the journey to Reading, via Clapham, Richmond and Staines,
before 58022 completed the trip by taking the train from Reading to
Bristol. Phew! Locos noted during the trip were, 08947, 09012 at
Swindon, 08614, 37012/185/371, 47079/276, 600101099 at Didcot and
47474/522/539/566/634/716 at Barton Hill Parcel Depot.
following day, 37140/254/412/902, 56010 were at Newport, 56032/033,
60092 were at Cardiff and 37798, 47971 and 58028 were noted at
Bristol. 3 7411 was also noted on a Weymouth Bristol service.
Many thanks to Andy Barclay, John Dewing, Ian Shenton and Paul
Slater for their
have details of the day-trip charter programme organised by
Railtourer of Hull.
Forthcoming meetings at the Taps are as follows:
Wednesday, 3 April
'A history of the Plant"
Wednesday, 17 April
The South Yorkshire Railway Photographic Circle
"The Jack, John and Keith Roadshow "
Wednesday, 1 May
"Torquemada comes to town - The Annual
Pennine Slide Quiz" (To
Wednesday, 15 May
"Travels with my Good Beer Guide
Wednesday, 5 June
"A journey from Sheffield to York"
Wednesday, 19 June
"Capstick's Camera Capers"
All meetings are scheduled to start at 20.00. (Chairman's
RAILTOURER of Hull
Trips are as follows:
Capital Express to Edinburgh
Saturday 27 April 1996
From Peterborough, Grantham, Retford, Newark, Doncaster
Standard Class: Adults £22.50, Children £16.00 First Class: Adults
£36.00 Children £29.50
Full Dining: £62.50
Approximate times are around 07.30 from Peterborough, 08.40 from
Doncaster arriving in Edinburgh before 12.00. Depart Edinburgh
around 17.30, arriving Doncaster before 21.00 and Peterborough
Berwick-on-Tweed, Holy Island, Bamburgh Castle
further details of these day trips and short breaks organised by the
Travelling aboard the same train as above
Standard Class: Adults £29.50 Children £23.00 First Class: Adults
£43.00 Children £34.95
Full Dining £69.00
Spring on the Settle and Carlisle
Saturday 1 June 1996
From Peterborough, Grantham, Newark, Retford, Doncaster
Depart Peterborough 07.00-07.30, Doncaster 08.0008.30. Approx 3
hours in Carlisle, then return via Tyne Valley Line, arriving
Doncaster around 21.00, Peterborough 22.00.
Standard Class: Adult £24.50 Children £19.50 First Class: Adults
£34.50 Children £29.50
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