THE MAGAZINE OF THE PENNINE RAILWAY
Unfriendly action by the GPO recently meant that some members received a postage surcharge on delivery of an
overweight March 1996 magazine. Apologies to those who were surcharged (You
have a miserable postman) or even
had to collect the "book" from a sorting office (you have a monster of a Postman - obviously not our own Graham,
Dawson of Sheffield).
Most of you have been very understanding, particularly Lee Barrass who said he would willingly pay such a surcharge
for every future edition if it was a similar quality and quantity. Thanks, Lee.
Your Treasurer was warned however that our very own
Dewing was travelling over from Humberside
to Sheffield to "have a word". JR duly arrived at Abbeydale Park where he knew our Treasurer was present. Our
Treasurer was accompanied by minder Uncle David Whitlam. The event was the Yorkshire v Derbyshire Sunday
League cricket fixture. Minder saw JR yomping around the ground. "Quick, Treasurer, get in the bar, you'll be safe
there. JR never mixes cricket and alcohol." Treasure readily heeded this advice and saw tile rest of the match from
the safety of the bar. Luckily
never entered as Uncle took his bat home and left early since Derbyshire were being
thrashed by Yorkshire.
In true English tradition a Committee member has admitted responsibility for
this unfortunate situation. Your Committee has collective
responsibility. Geoffrey Bambrough, Robin Skinner, Tony Caddick, David Bladen, David Whitlam
and Chris Tyas forward their apologies and each has been fined an
undisclosed number of second class
Excuse Number 84
On his way from Sheffield to Market Rasen recently, your Treasurer, on a
journey to invest in bloodstock, was delayed at Scunthorpe
minutes due to
"police chasing burglars down the track". at 11am. Needless to say on arrival
at Barnetby the Market Rasen railbus was departing.
There followed 2 hours in the Station Hotel at Barnetby (the pub Is
Midland Railway Diesel Weekend 20/21 July
On Sunday 21 July our friends from PAST Tours (Felix And Sheffield Transport)
will be running a preserved bus to this event. It will depart Sheffield at
10.00am. If there is demand (contact John Sanderson). It will call at
Doncaster Station at 9.00am.
Vehicle to be used is double-deck Fleetline
All Pennine members welcome.
Funerals For Spotters
Spotters will soon be able to be buried in Britain's first trackside
cemetery for rail buffs when they reach the end of the line. A Victorian tin
chapel is to be built by the Midland Railway Trust at Ripley on a
site. Approval is being sought from the Railway Inspectorate for a new
station, platform and waiting room to serve the cemetery. The coffin and
mourners would be able to travel on the funeral train.
Pay Your Bills
Passengers were stranded recently because Railtrack hadn't paid the
electricity bill. East Midlands Electricity Board broke in and cut the supply
for a workshop that supplies current to Banbury South signalbox. In true new
privatisation efficiency Railtrack said ',the bill is not really our
responsibility but should have been paid by our infrastructure maintenance
Cheapest Drink In Europe
The French are flocking to the Folkestone Eurotunnel terminal which sells the
cheapest drink in Europe. Alcohol in the duty-free shop is at least half the
price charged In French hypermarkets and up to
less than in British High
Street stores. The size of the store recently tripled in size. On taking the
Shuttle the French can buy their duty free twice, firs at the Eurotunnel
terminal in France, and again in Folkestone.
Examples are Folkestone Calais Hypermarket:
Beefeater Gin (1 litre)
Courvoisier VS (1 litre)
French Board the South Coast Line
CGEA, which runs trains, buses and coaches in France, has won a 7-year
franchise to run the southern England SouthCentral line which operates out of
London Victoria, London Bridge and Charing Cross to Kent, Sussex and Surrey. The company has already threatened job losses and has no plans to introduce
SALMON JUMPS TRACK
Franchise Director Roger Salmon has announced he is quitting in October, two years earlier than planned. He says
he has achieved the targets he set himself when appointed to the
year job, annual salary £131,000, in
But only 17% of the network has been franchised by 1 April against the target of 51%.
Labour Transport expert Clare Short eloquently snorted that "the rats
are leaving the sinking ship".
Within the Government's transport budget is nearly
billion for the Jubilee Line extension, a new rail tunnel
connecting the North London and North Kent Lines at Woolwich, and a multi-purpose toll bridge for road and light
rail traffic linking Beckton and Thamesmead.
MPs LOSE CAR PARKING PERKS
One benefit of rail privatisation is that a number of the new operators are withdrawing free station car parking passes
previously given as right to Members of Parliament.
Ironically it is mainly Tory MPs who are screaming, the very same MPs who destroyed British Rail.
It was well-known that a -number of MPs abused this privilege, often parking their cars for days on end in station
car parks close to the houses of their "second families".
Rail Sale Bribe
Ministers have got their rail sell-off shambles back on track by
offering a £70m bribe to investors. They will use taxpayers' money as
a huge sweetener to attract buyers of shares in Railtrack,
Shareholders will get a windfall in October from profits made when Railtrack was publicly owned. Normally the cash
would go into Treasury coffers. This means that investors who buy £400 of shares will pick up a bonus of £80 each
whether or not they rise in price.
The Government has also made it extremely difficult for the network
to be taken back into public ownership by announcing that
"substantially all" of Railtrack would be in the stock market flotation with the Government not
retaining 49% of shares as in previous state sell-offs such as
electricity. That means that a Labour Government would not have a
so-called "golden share" giving effective control.
However, Labour's efforts in opposing rail privatisation has been
appalling. The Government has had a very easy ride. Some believe
that Tony Blur has no intention of taking any positive action to
part of the network back into public control. His appointment of Clare Short as
Labour transport spokes 'person' was an absolute disaster.
What about PRESCOTT - that. would have worried the Tories. Labour's appeasement to the rail sell-off may have
lost them valuable support.
As this organ goes to print, Lancashire have beaten Yorkshire in cricket's B&H
Cup semi-final. This will demoralise John Dewing. Our
Treasurer is seeking asylum in a monastery in Cornwall.
EDITOR'S NOTES & NOTES FROM THE COMMITTEE
Welcome to the Summer edition of Trans Pennine.
You will find that this issue is somewhat thinner than previous offerings. I've had to
spend rather a lot of time in Blackpool lately and spare time to produce the magazine
has been at a premium. I felt it would be better to produce a smaller Trans Pennine
'on-time' rather than keep members waiting for a 'full-size' version. Hopefully, things
will be back to normal for the next issue.
A thinner magazine may come as a relief to some members who were charged excess
postage by the Royal Mail, when the Spring issue was delivered. These charges would
seem to have been arbitrarily applied as most magazines were delivered without
difficulty. Our treasurer, John Sanderson, is sure that the postage used was correct,
however, he will confirm this with the GPO (Can we still call them that?!!).
I've been taken to task about the location of one of the pubs mentioned in our new
column, 'Rail Ale'. A CAMRA anorak (sorry, I meant to say member) informed me
that the Manchester Arms is not directly opposite the station approach road in
Stockport but is, in fact, 50 yards further north!. My defence was that Pennine
members can read and can see more than 50 yards, so there is not much danger of
them mistaking the shop on the corner for the pub! I promise, however, to try harder
this time. (The other moral is never trust directions given by someone who spent two
thirds of his RAF career at the station where navigators are trained!)
Finally, a big thank-you to Pete "Pitsmoor" Gardner for the mileage
tables which he produced for the March edition. These were a last minute addition, which
members will find useful
On April 24 a meeting was held at the Commercial Hotel, Carbrook, to discuss
arrangements and clarify the rules for this year's Pennine Shield. The main points
arising out of the meeting are as follows:
1 -The Great Central Railway Society has accepted an invitation to enter a team in the
quiz. Stephen Gay is the nominated quizmaster for the GCRS.
Each leg of the quiz will continue to consist of four individual and two team rounds, and
previous scoring arrangements will remain.
The individual rounds are to cover the following subjects - Modern Image, Steam,
Historical, Pot Luck.
Questions are to be confined to UK-mainland standard-gauge railways, except in Pot
Luck, where questions on narrow-gauge railways, light-rail and tramway systems can
The provisional dates for the quiz legs are as follows:
Wednesday 6 November
Club 197, Sheffield University - SYPRC
Wednesday 20 November
Corporation Brewery Taps, Doncaster - Pennine
Wednesday 27 November
Commercial Hotel, Carbrook - GCRS
Thursday 5 December
Commercial Hotel, Carbrook - Dore Loco
All dates should be confirmed in the next issue of Trans Pennine.
The Cobh Branch
On one of my many tapes of Irish folk music there is a
light-hearted ditty, sung to a catchy tune, which I first
heard at a local folk club. A countryman sings of how he
is leaving his life of toil on the fields of Ireland to seek
fame and fortune in America. With nostalgia, he tells of
his amorous adventures; he has courted girls in various
towns in south-west Ireland, and he mentions
Queenstown, that is the Cove of Cork.
Cove on the shores of Cork Harbour was renamed
Queenstown in 1849 in honour of a visit by Queen
Victoria, but has since reverted to its old name, now
spelt in the Gaelic manner, Cobh. Chris and I broke our
journey there for a night while on our way from Dun
Laoghaire to Bantry during our latest Irish holiday. Cobh
proved to be a very attractive little town, with fine views
out over the wide expanse of Cork Harbour, and a great
variety of shipping, large and small, to be seen. The town
seemed crowded with young women, and when I went
for an evening walk alone as far as the railway station,
Chris urged me not to run off with any colleens; perhaps
she thought I would want to be like the man in the song,
with his courting in Queenstown!
The railway which terminates at Cobh was originally a
branch off the Cork and Youghal railway, and was later
merged into the Great Southern and Western system;
the line to Youghal has now been closed and dismantled,
but the branch to Cobh remains open. The hourly
passenger service between Cork and Cobh is operated
by new two-car "Arrow" diesel trains, rather similar to
our Regional Railways "Sprinter" units; these trains are
rather dwarfed by the long platform at Cobh, originally
built for boat-trains when Queenstown was a port of call
for transatlantic liners and the main emigration port for
Ireland. At Cork station the Cobh "Arrow" trains use a
bay platform alongside the through platforms for Dublin
and almost opposite the engine-shed. For much of the
journey the line runs close beside the shore, with some
beautiful views, and it crosses two arms of Cork
Harbour on long bridges. There are intermediate stations
at Rushbrooke, Carrigalee, Fota, Glounthaune and Little
Island. The trackbed of the Youghal line can be seen
coming in at Cobh Junction, near
Glounthaune station, and the splitting signals are still in
place, the arm for the Cobh branch permanently
On the day of our ride on the "Arrow" from Cobh,
several examples of the new General Motors '201 "
class of Irish Rail were to be seen at Cork; 218 was
shunting a goods train in the yards alongside the station
and 210, 213, 216, and 233 were on shed, along with
three of the smaller and older "18V class, 184, 187 and
188. 175 of the "14V class was getting ready to take out
a passenger train to Tralee, and 162 headed a ballast
train on the Cobh branch. By contrast, an old Great
Southern and Western 2-2-2 steam locomotive stands
preserved in the concourse at Cork station.
Part of the station at Cobh has been converted into the
Cobh Heritage Centre, a largely American funded
museum which is devoted to the story of Queenstown.
Outside is a modern statue, representing a typical
emigrant family of last century, and the main theme of
the museum is the massive emigration from Ireland
through this port. The railways played a part in this, and
the main room of the Heritage Centre has been restored
to look like the concourse of Queenstown in its heyday.
The displays tell the story of the people who left
Queenstown for America, Canada and Australia; some
no doubt left cheerfully, like the man in the song, but
many were fleeing hunger and poverty, or being
transported as convicts. Emigration continued into this
century, and one of the most famous ships which picked
up passengers for America at Queenstown was the
"Titanic".. when it went down it took many Irish
emigrants with it.
The museum is an interesting place, but rather sad if the
many human tragedies involved in the emigration are
considered. A touch of light relief was provided by
photographs of an Irish Rail class " 141 " diesel, 165,
which on 5 May 1995 ran away when its brakes failed
on a passenger train from Cork, and crashed through the
wall of the museum. No-one was hurt, but the engine
may well be scrapped, as with the introduction of the
new "201 " class, there is a surplus of older traction.
Chris and I remarked that the engine looked as if it
wanted to see the photographs and relics of earlier
locomotives that used the station, and - like me - learn
something of the history of Queenstown, that is the Cove
The Pennine Quiz No.86
by Paul Slater
This is a nice, easy quiz (or so Paul assures me) on the
theme of junctions. Answers please, by August 17th.
1) For which branch would you have changed
at Coaley Junction?
2) Near which town was Oakley Junction?
3) On which joint line was Evercreech
4) What is the present-day name for Sawley
5) Which was the junction station for
6) What was the shed code for Langwith
7) Near which Lincolnshire station was Sykes
8) Of which system was Ravenstone Wood
Junction the eastern extremity?
9) At which famous junction do the Waterloo
Exeter and Victoria - Brighton main lines
10) For which branch would you have changed
at Halwill Junction?
11) Near which town was Hardingstone
12) What is the present-day name for Sidmouth
13) Which was the junction station for Abingdon?
14) What was the shed code for Exmouth
15) Near which Humberside station is Wrawby
16) Of which system was Verney Junction the
At which junction did the Brecon branch join the
Cambrian main fine?
Near which town was Irchester junction?
19) What is the present-day name for Hawes
20) Which was the junction station for
21) What was the shed code for Yeovil
22) What is the present-day name for
Barmouth Junction station?
Which was the junction station for Bridport?
24) Which was the junction station for
25) What was the shed code for Stourbridge
26) Which was the junction station for
27) Which was the junction station for Lyme
28) What was the shed code for Severn Tunnel
29) What was the shed code for Norwood Junction?
30) At which junction does the Pwllheli line
join the Cambrian main line?
(If anyone can come up with quiz 87, it will be gratefully
Pennine Quiz No.85 the answers!l
Whoops! Apology time again. All of the entrants pointed
out that 1 missed question 19 out of lain's quiz. Sorree!
The missing question was:- On what date did class 47/7s
start on Glasgow - Edinburgh push-pull services?
Brush Traction, Loughborough
29 January 1968
24 April 1960
It has been pointed out there were, in fact, two stations
called Broomhill. One was between Boat of Garten and
the other between Amble and
Chevington on the Amble branch.
General, Queen Street
10) 28 February 1959
11) 'Names and Nameplates' lists three: - GWR
5048, 5073, BR7030
12) 4 July 1960
13) East Grinstead
15) Ray Gunter, Minister of Labour
16) Chromatic Blue
18) South Wales
19) 22 October 1979
21) Its headcode panels were plated over.
15 December 1845
24) 72 Tonnes
25) He was the driver of 91031 during its
The winner was Malcolm Bell, with John Dewing in
second place and Ken King in third. Congratulations
gentlemen, and thanks again to Ian Shenton for setting
What the Papers say!
The sale of Railtrack has dominated newspaper
coverage of the railway scene, with a particular
emphasis on the 'sweeteners' with which the
government is bribing investors. Happily, this has meant
rich pickings for your editor as he trawls through the
papers looking for items for this column. One such is the
cartoon by Jak, reproduced on the front cover of Trans Pennine, and taken from
the London Evening Standard. Other newsworthy stories have been the
departure of Roger Salmon and the French take-over of Network
SouthCentral. Cartoon reproduced below are by
Colin Wheeler and are taken from 'The Independent'
The train driver now striking....
(Christian Wolmar, Independent, 22 May 1996)
In the long litany of excuses for delayed trains, Great
Western Trains yesterday created a new category - the
wrong sort of argument. The result was a one-man strike
by a driver peeved at having been told off by a Railtrack
The altercation, which the hapless conductor on the
7.04am. Hereford to Paddington described as 0a farce
and a fiasco", followed an incident down the fine when a
signal worker reported the driver for not following safety
Passengers had to wait for more than three quarters of an
hour at Moreton-in-Marsh because the driver, known
only as shift number B Rd62, refused to continue with the
journey until he was exonerated.
The conductor told passengers on the almost-full service
that there had been a dispute and, according to a
passenger, said: "there are allegations against the driver
and the driver is refusing to take the train further until the
dispute has been resolved".
One passenger on the
train, Brian Ritchie, said:
"Fortunately, it was a very sunny morning and
Moreton-in-Marsh is a pleasant little station, so
people were more
amused than angry".
He added that after
the delay, the
that they had held a
kangaroo court at the
side of the track and
"we have decided that
the driver can take the
train to Reading [an
where he will be
relieved of his duties."
Mr Ritchie blamed privatisation: in the old days
he would have just been told to drive on, but now
it took two managers to sort out the problem, one
from Railtrack and one from Great Western."
The problem began at Evesham, the start of a single-line
part of the track where the driver must collect a token to
proceed, ensuring that no
oncoming train is on the line. However, the signal worker,
who due to a technical problem had to give the token
personally to the driver rather than let him collect it from
a box, thought that the train had started off before he had
given it clearance. In fact, the driver had been through
the signal before collecting the token.
The signal worker alerted his manager and the argument
at Moreton-in-Marsh ensued.
A spokesman for Great Western Trains said last night
that the incident had to be investigated before the driver
could proceed and that no action would be taken against
Great Western Railways have made certain carriages
on their daytime services mobile-phone free zones.
They have also barred personal stereos from end
carriages 1his poem, in the style of Edward Thomas'
'Adlestrop" appeared in the Sunday Review.
Incidentally, could any member let me have a copy of
the original poem please?
by Martin Newell
Bombastic brash and over-prone
To shouting on his
He's cancelling his three-o-clock
booking tickets for Bangkok
So fellow travellers have no
But hear his self-important voice;
'I've godda window, Tuesday. Noon.
No sooner has he closed the thing,
his briefcase then
begins to ring.
And down it comes from off the rack.
breaking up. I'll call you back"
As fellow travellers wish he'd stow
But something just as vexing is
His mobile phone
where phones don't go.
And so the pompous prat
From Paddington to Temple Meads.
The tiska-tiska-tiska fizz
Of Walkman-wearing younger chap
In baggy trews and
Whose headphone volume range can spill
From Very Loud to Louder Still
It's bad enough from town to town
But torture if the train breaks down
Had Edward Thomas known this lout
His poem would have not come out
And all we'd know of Adlestrop
Was that the train had had to stop
For if that bird had deigned to sing
This would have been the only thing
The poet heard close by and brisker;
BR meets its Waterloo as French take over
(Bunhill, Independent on Sunday)
An official was wandering through a soon-to-be
SouthCentral train the other day, displaying a
badge declaring he was
part of the Customer
Action Team. Is this
supposed to comfort? -
"Ah, good to see those
chaps are so dynamic."
Or terrify? - "Help, I'd
better pay up or he'll karate chop me! " I
asked the man what he
thought of his new
team. "I dunno mate,
we're just ticket inspectors," he said.
Simon Calder, the travel editor of the
'Independent' offers this advice on how to upgrade
to first class. A word of caution though - if you try it and it all ends in tears, blame Simon Calder,
not yours truly!!
At last; a benefit from rail privatisation - free upgrades to
first class. The Government is spending a fortune on
promoting the virtues of selling off the railways and, at
the same time, stretching the public's credulity to the
limit. The latest issue of Rail Privatisation Update trills
about the benefits of competition. It fails to mention that
if you wish to use public transport between, say, Derby
and London, you can choose between a bus operated by
National Express and a train operated by.. er.. National
The rule book that seeks to govern this desperate muddle
is the National Conditions of Carriage. In case all the
Railtrack sell-off advertisements (what? no trains?) have
set you off what at train actually looks like, you will find
the useful tip that "the term Vain! includes any road
vehicle owned or operated by a train company".
Buried amongst all the befuddlement, however, is the
promise for rail travellers of free upgrades to first class.
Next time you find yourself on a train where there is
standing room only in second (sorry, standard) class, try
quoting this at the guard (sorry, senior conductor): 1f you
have a standard class ticket and no standard class
accommodation is available, with the prior permission of
the ticket staff you may travel in first class
accommodation without extra charge."
In other words, when second class is full but first class
isn't, you should demand an upgrade. Drop section 1, part
1, condition 36(b) into your conversation with the ticket
inspector. And good luck.
As mentioned in 'Editor's Notes' yours truly has had to
spend quite a bit of time in Blackpool lately so it seemed
the obvious place to feature in this edition's 'Rail Ale'.
I've highlighted three pubs within easy reach of
Blackpool North station. All serve decent beer, a rarity in
the town centre where 'fun pubs' and 'theme bars'
The Ramsden Arms Hotel is a large comfortable pub,
with a wood-panelled lounge and an impressive collection
of bric-a-brac. Four real ales are usually available, two
from Tetley-Walker and two 'guests'. This pub has won
many awards, from both CA~ and other organisations
and accommodation is also available.
Practically next door to the Ramsden is the Wheatsheaf
More basic than its neighbour, but friendly and
welcoming and serving beers from the
Scottish and Newcastle range. A touch of sophistication
was added a couple of years ago when a chandelier was
hung in the lounge!
Take a walk down Talbot Road towards the Promenade,
and opposite North Pier you will find the Counting
House. This pub is one of Blackpool's newest and was
converted from a Midland Bank - more than one million
pounds was spent in providing a rather impressive
interior of polished wood, marble and leaded glass. The
House' is also unusual in that children are welcome in the
upstairs restaurant until 8pm. With Boddingtons' and
Cains' bitters usually available, along with a guest beer,
the pub can get very busy at weekends, with bouncers
on the door, but the service is generally very good.
| Ramsden Arms
| Bus Station
Doncaster's Fastest Train
by Tony Caddick
As a regular observer of East Coast Main Line motive
power over the last few years, and one who witnessed
the transition from steam Gust!) to Deltics, to HST's and
now to electric traction, I have been fascinated to see
how journey times have shrunk for the non-stop journey
between Kings Cross and Doncaster, seemingly with
every timetable change.
As an ardent admirer of the class 55s, I always thought
that two hours was a magnificent achievement and
sneered when the shiny- new HST's brought this down to
1 hour 40 minutes in the early eighties. With the new
breed of electric traction now in command there is
further scope for improvement, but with the present
stopping pattern on table 26, non-stop runs between the
two stations are almost non-existent, with one
outstanding example - IS34, the 18.00 Kings Cross to
Glasgow (M-FO), which is booked to arrive in Doncaster
On Monday the 13th of May 1996, 1 decided to sample
this train, so with apologies to the late 0. S. Nock, Peter
Manning and Steve Philpott (top Deltic men!), here are
my amateur details of the run:
Loco: 91019 "Scottish Enterprise" plus standard Mk IV
Kings Cross: 18.00:10
Pass Finsbury Park: 18.04:15
Hadley Wood: 18.09:10
Welwyn G. C.: 18.14:35
St Neots: 18.30:35
Stoke Summit: 18.54:20
Total journey time 1 hour, 23 minutes, 12 seconds nonstop.
(Your editor has worked this out to be an
average speed of 114.9 mph, mind you, see Editor's
Notes about navigators!)
I think that this is a good performance but I wonder if
anyone else has travelled quicker on this train or seen it
arrive at Doncaster even earlier?
With the recent passing of the ECM1 into the private
sector, it will be interesting to observe whether 'Great
Northern Railways' can deliver an even faster time in the
future. For the present. 1 now think that 91019 is an
PS If 1 hour 23 minutes from Kings Cross to Doncaster
does not impress, then how about Kings Cross to
Mexborough in 1 hour 42 minutes? (a plus 4 connection
onto the 18.15 Cleethorpes to Manchester Airport
Pennine Observers Notes
ECM1 workings noted passing Eaton Lane crossing near
Retford, on March 9 were:
We start at Melton Ross, where the following
locomotives were observed on February
24:60026/028/038 on oil trains, 37707 on a Cargowagon
train, 60025 on a steel train, 56090 on a coal train and
60004 on an iron-ore train. A member travelling on the
ECM1, on February 27 sighted 31551, 37010/106/344)
56049, 58011 at Peterborough. 47705 at Hornsey, 58031
at Finsbury Park and 09010, 90021, 91025 at Kings
91002 12.00 Glasgow - KX
91003 13.30 KX - Leeds
91004 16.05 Leeds - KX
91006 14.05 Leeds - KX
91009 14.30 KX - Leeds
91022 15. 00 KX - Glasgow
91024 12. 00 Edinburgh - KX
91029 15.05 Leeds - KX
91031 15.30 KX - Leeds
Noted at Barnby Lane-crossing Claypole, on March 16
91001 15.30 KX - Leeds
91004 16.05 Leeds - KX
91011 15.05 Leeds - KX
91013 16.00 KX - Edinburgh
91017 14.00 Edinburgh - KX
91025 12.00 Glasgow - KX
91028 15.00 KX - Glasgow
91030 12.00 Edinburgh - KX
91031 14.30 KX - Leeds
A visit to Immingham depot on March 23 produced:08388/466, 37298/331/332/333/340/ 688/711, 47676,
56090/110, 60064, whilst on the 31st, 37330 headed a
ballast/engineers train at Burton Agnes.
Into April, now. On the 2nd 47814 was noted at the head of a Birmingham - York working. The 4th saw
47777 at Kings Cross, having arrived with a Cambridge -
Kings Cross parcels and on the 5th, 90021 was in
charge of a Leeds - Edinburgh charter. On April 10
47738 passed through Rotherham with the York -
Cranmore 'Royal Scotsman~ train, while 47714 was
sighted heading a Derby - Leeds parcels working.
47814 again made an appearance on Birmingham-York
trains, this time on the 23rd. Class 90s out and about that
day were 90021, which headed the 07.00 KX - Leeds
and 90023, which powered the 13.05 Leeds - KX and
At Knottingley on the 25th the following locomotives
were noted:- 56034/045/051/083 on coal trains with
56043/075/077/088/116/131 in the depot. Also in the
area were 56021 heading a freight through Ferrybridge,
59201 in the National Power depot, and at Whitley
Bridge 56078/084/087, 59204/206, 60007 on coal trains
and 37684 on an oil train.
47805 was at the head of Birmingham - York trains on
both the 26th and 27th , with 47769 sighted hauling a
Bradford - KX Rugby League charter on the 27th.
Saturday April 27 also saw the Tinsley Open Day.
Locomotives viewed were: - Depot: 08879, 20042/ 188,
37605, 45060, 47019/049/053/145/194/205/
50007/031/044, 55015, 56004/100, 86604, 87101, 89001,
90133, 92041, D172, D1842, E27000, Scrap Lines:
47096/102/190/ 214/249/288/321/325, Yard:
As a result of the Open Day, Sheffield station was a
hive of activity, with National Power's 59203/205
working charter trains. Fun and games ensued when
37010+37272 arrived over 90 minutes late on a circular
tour via Stanedge and the Hope Valley. Unfortunately,
37010 was deemed to be a failure, so both 37s were
replaced by ex-Scottish "Shover" 47704 which
completed the tour before handing over to 31462+31468,
for the return leg to Kings Cross.
And so to May. The 6th saw 47818 working
Birmingham - York services and 47829 in charge
of the 16.45 York - Bristol. Two days later, on the 5th,
National Power's diesel-shunter 'Padiham' was noted at
the Ferrybridge depot. Other sightings that day included
37886 on an oil train, 47376 on a freight and 56063 on a
coal train all at Hillam Gates. At Milford South Junction
locos noted were 47337 and 56034 on freights, 37107 on
a chemicals train, 56081 on an oil train,
56011/083/087/111/116, 58043, 59203 and 60094 on coal
trains and 37516/688 operating light engine.
On the 15th of May, single-unit 155307 failed at
Cottingharn while operating the 13.18 Bridlington - Hull.
The train finally left at 16.45 after the passengers had
been transferred to a class 142 unit. As can be imagined,
there were long delays and cancellations to services on
the Hull Scarborough line.
In the Scunthorpe area on Saturday May 18, 60049/053
were noted on steel trains, 60050 headed an iron-ore
train, 56078 headed a coal train and 08824 and 56073
were in the LoadHaul depot. Over at British Steel, 0-4OST no. 1438 and British Steel diesel 47 "topped and
tailed a steelworks tour train - 143 8 failed during the
tour, which was completed by 47 alone, with British Steel
diesel 73 giving assistance at one point.. Other BS locos
noted were 01/16/25/29/46/50/54/55/72/74/75/76/79 and
80 at work in the steelworks, 34/44/51/77/78 and "High
2 at the steelworks engine shed, and
Appleby-Frodingharn RPS diesels "Arnold Machin" and
"Grant Lyon Eagre " awaiting repair.
After being unveiled in its garish "Porterbrook Leasing"
livery at Tinsley Open Day, 47817 was observed on the
09.00 Poole - York on the 18th, with a Sunday outing the
next day on the 10.23 Derby - York.
Locomotives sighted at Leicester on the 30th of March
were 37013, 58002/007/038, 60044. A member out and
about in the East Midlands on April 2 noted :Nottingham 37047/109/708/717, 60003, all on freight
workings; Leicester 56027/038/056, 58014/023/027,
60009/012/017/ 073/078/098; Nuneaton 87017/033,
90013; Rugby 08734, 31273/405/462; Bedford - Bletchley
"Bubble Cars" 55031/029, DW 51332+51374;
Bletchley-MIton Keynes 08746, 37108, 47536/ 799,
60097, 86209/240/256, 87007/011/012//022/ 025/029/030,
90002/003/004/007/126/134, D3681. 47806 was also
noted at the head of a Reading Edinburgh working.
Back to Leicester, where on the 5th of April 37376,
47703, 58017/027/050, 60009/021/044/ 049/083/093 were
To Crewe! On May Day Bank Holiday (6 May), North
Wales services were in the capable hands of
37402/405/408/413/414. On May 31, 86206/227/ 251,
87007, 90003/004/015 were noted operating expresses,
37402/408/420/422 were operating Regional Railways
passenger trains, 47492, 86210/401 headed parcels trains,
86623+86638 hauled a Freightliner, 90024 hauled
92015+92031 +92033+92035 through the station, 47707
was stabled on a siding behind the station , and 20301/
302, 37414/429, 47157/187/204/305/488/519/520/
547/572/701/703/709/750/763/767/785/786/829/830, 86430, 90017/018 were in the depot.
On the 16th of March, 73201/202/203/205/206/ 212 were
noted operating Gatwick Express trains, while at
Kensington Olympia on the 23rd, 37211+37426 operated
'The Exhibitionist' railtour to Alton for the Mid Hants
Wandsworth Road is not a place that has featured in
these columns before, I think. An intrepid member who
spent 21/4 hours there on April 4 (11.00 to 13.15) noted
the following workings:33003 ballast train; 58038
Angerstein - Bardon Hill. 33207+33109 Three Bridges -
Hoo Junction; 60040 Battersea - Angerstein; 60019
Acton Angerstein; 73138 hauling former DEMU,
green liveried 1013, 47345 Crewe train Freightliner;
73101 Orient Express train from Victoria; 37010/167,
47721, 60074 light-engines; Eurostars
3019/020/021/022/201/ 202/211/212/231/232. Later in the
day, 47721 and 73 101 were seen at Victoria, "top and
tailing" empty stock from the Orient Express.
Noted passing light-engine through Ashurst, in the New
Forest, on the 8th of April was 58040.
Sightings at Didcot have been: -
March 1st: 47348 on a Freightliner, 60029 on an oil train,
60017 on a coal train, 60082 on a steel train, 08904
shunting, 37222/244, 47016 stabled., 51h, 47843 14.18
Paddington - Edinburgh, 47822 09.10 Edinburgh -
Reading, 60096 steel train, 47535 light-engine, 47146/276
stabled.; 21th47825 09. 10 Edinburgh - Reading,
47218/981 on Freightliners, 37072/264/274, 47219, 60083
stabled; 29-tli- 47829 on Paddington - Edinburgh extra,
47287/476 on Freightliners, 37264, 47051/355, 60064/094
stabled; April 5th 47826/853 on passenger trains,
47576.757 on parcels trains, 47228 on a freight train,
09101, 37038/703, 47144, 58041, 60094 stabled: 911L
47825 09.10 Edinburgh - Reading, 47744 on a parcels
train, 58025 on a gas train, 47492 light engine, 37048,
Swindon on the 12th of March saw 37042/114, 47016/144,
58022/041, while at Exeter later that day, 08756,
37158/229/800 were sighted.
In the Newport and Cardiff areas over the next couple of
days, the following locomotives were seen:-13A. 09107,
31112, 37141/905/906, 47142/ 213/306,
56038/053/066/070, 60029/080/082; 1411L
Passenger workings noted during March were:
47829 12.17 Manchester - Plymouth
37412 16.33 Bristol - Weymouth
47843 12.17 Manchester - Plymouth
14th 47828 12.17 Manchester - Plymouth (75mins late)
47806 10.44 Plymouth - Manchester
47791 11.44 Plymouth - Liverpool (replacing the booked
47/8 which had failed on the inbound Derby - Plymouth
47839 12.17 Manchester - Plymouth 47811 Penzance -
47853 Bournemouth - Manchester service
47501 was sighted at Paddington on April 4 at the head of
a parcels train.
On the weekend of the 12th- 14th of April, 'The
Statesman' railtour ran from Derby to Fort William. and
Mallaig. 47721 "Saint Bede" worked the train from Derby
to Mossend yard, via the Settle and Carlisle, where it was
replaced by ex-works 37429 "David Lloyd George" for
the run to Fort William. The 37 then took the train to
Mallaig and return, on the 13th, before hauling the train to
Edinburgh on the 14th. 47721 then took over for the
journey back to Derby via the ECML. Locos noted at
Fort William. over the weekend were 12k, 37401 "Mary,
Queen of Scots" on the 19.45 Fort William. - Euston
sleepers; 13dL 37152/401/406 stabled at the depot.
D5353 was noted operating on the Mid Hants Railway on
the 29th of March. The following day at the Great Central
Railway, diesels 31418, D4, D832, D7076, D7659, D8098
working, along with "kettle" 6990.
The Great Western Steam Day, held at the Severn Valley Railway on
April 5, produced 4277, 5764, 6960, 7714, 7802, 7822, 46421 and
80079. The following day, at the West Somerset Railway, 7820 "Dinmore Manor" and
34039 "Boscastle" were working trains between
Minehead and Bishops Lydeard.
Many thanks to Tony Caddick, John Dewing, John
Reader and Paul and Chris Slater for their
Forthcoming meetings at the Taps are as follows:
Wednesday. 3 July
Midsummer Eeevility Night "Bring some of your favourite slides - Embarrass your
Wednesday, 17 July
Morris Ockleford "Travels with Morris"
Wednesday, 7 August
Dave Cawley "The Retford Roadshow - Part 1"
Wednesday, 21 August
Robin Skinner "Robin goes Rambling"
Wednesday. 4 September
Tony Smith "The Retford
Roadshow Part 2"
Wednesday, 18 September
Stephen Gay "A Great Central Selection"
Wednesday, 2 October
The Annual Pennine Slide Contest '"Enter four of your best slides for judging by Paul
Slater. Cash prizes and trophies for the winners"
Wednesday. 16 October
Ken Grainger "A
journey from Marylebone to Sheffield Victoria"
All meetings are scheduled to start at 20.00, however, on
the evening of the Slide Contest, it would be appreciated
if members wishing to enter slides would arrive early.
Any member who wishes to enter but can't get to the
Taps, can send their slides to David Bladen, who will
enter them on their behalf.
The following is taken _from the June 1996 edition of
the CAMRA newspaper What's Brewing" and may be
of interest to Pennine members:
All aboard ....
Rail ale enthusiasts from the North-west and Midlands
can arrive at the Great British Beer Festival in style
thanks to a group of train lovers called the Class 33/1
The group was formed to buy and preserve a class 33/1
diesel-electric locomotive and in 1992 bought number 33111. A chartered train from Preston to Kensington
Olympia on 10 August is aimed at raising money for the
It leaves Preston at 7am, stopping at Stockport at 7.58,
Crewe at 8.41, Stafford at 9.09, and Nuneaton at 9.52,
arriving Olympia at 11.15. A real ale bar will be available
from Crewe. It leaves for the return journey at 5.45pm.
Tickets are £28 from 33111 Charters, 158 Wistaston
Road, Crewe, CW2 7RJ. Cheques payable to 33111
Charters and include a stamped addressed envelope.
The next edition of Trans Pennine will be
produced in September. Please have all
contributions to the editor by August 17th.