THE PENNINE RAILWAY SOCIETY
MAGAZINE No.10 September 1976
President: Geoffrey Bambrough
Membership Sec: Terry Spriggs
Chairman & Fixtures Sec: Robin Skinner
Treasurer: John Sanderson
Bookings Secretary: Tom Helliwell
Magazine Editor: Jon Davis
SOCIETY – LONDON BRANCH
As our name suggests we are a subsidiary of the main Society. Ours
is the responsibility for organising trips and visits for our own
members and any other interested persons.
The main committee has overall responsibility, but we try to look
after the southern end of the
We have had our problems of course (any excuse you might say) but
mainly it revolves around communication – or lack of it.
We intend to take a more active part as far as trips and visits are
concerned, but for the time being we content ourselves with slide
shows and talks when they can be arranged.
You will be informed about our progress (or closure) at the AGM, of
that I've no doubt. Before I end this resume a plea to my fellow
London members. Some have never attended a meeting for reasons of
their own but I would like to hear from them, to hear their ideas
etc if nothing else.
STEVE BARNES, LONDON BRANCH SECRETARY
NOTES FROM THE COMMITTEE
You will no doubt have noticed the re-shuffle of our front page.
This is to give prime position to an important message from our
London branch secretary Steve Barnes. We hope to include a London
branch newsletter in future magazines to keep all members up to date
with their activities. Any enquiries concerning the branch should be
sent to Steve Barnes, Keepers Lodge, Brook Road, Buckhurst
Hill, Essex, tel. 01-505-2813.
We are sorry to inform you of the resignation of our membership
secretary Terry Spriggs for personal reasons. Terry did a great job
in his spell as membership secretary and we would like to thank him
for his invaluable help.
Terry's resignation creates a vacancy on our committee and anyone
who thinks they could do the job of membership secretary should
apply to Geoff Bambrough. Until a replacement is named all
correspondence should be sent to John Sanderson.
Please note Robin Skinner's new address. As he is now living in
Bromley this will not allow him to be in such close contact with the
rest of the committee. As a result the role of bookings for visits
has been passed to Tom Helliwell.
Finally we would like to wish our President Geoff Bambrough and
Lynne all the best for their wedding on 30th October and wish them
both a long and happy marriage.
Sat 16th October – NORTH PENNINE RAILTOUR- by special train from
Doncaster (approx 08.45), via Settle & Carlisle line to Carlisle
with 3 hour stop including visit to Kingmoor MPD, then to Newcastle
and Doncaster (arr. 19.00). Fare £3.20 (by connecting service train
from Sheffield to members of our party only £3.70). Bookings must be
placed by 11th October.
Sat 23rd October – London depots by tube and rail. Meet Kings Cross
Travel Centre 10.20, return by 19.00. Members £1.55, Non-members
£1.80. To include Stratford, Hither Green, Old Oak Common,
Wed 3rd November – Winter Triangular Quiz, 1st leg at Masons Arms,
Doncaster 19.30. Pennine vs Doncaster Railway Circle vs Sheffield
Sun 7th November – Doncaster MPD (13.30) and Works (14.30). Meet at
depot at 13.15. Members 40p, Non-members 60p.
Sat 20th November – Derby Locomotive Works 11.00. Meet entrance
10.45. Members 35p, Non-members 55p.
Wed 1st December – Social evening at Masons Arms 19.30 – Mr B W
Mennie “A Mixed Bag”.
Sun 12th December – Crewe Works 14.30. Meet Goddard Street entrance
14.15. Members 25p, Non-members 45p.
LOCOMOTIVE STOCK ALTERATIONS (lists in date order)
London Midland Region
70143 75143 61143 70146 75146 61146
COACHING STOCK NEWS
3037 3038 4077 24359 24601 24635 24871 24904 24996 25043 31042 34147
34842 35084 35111 70661 87205 87223 87529 87838 88033 31009 31064
31070 31107 31135 31146 31147 31155 31933 34896 312 322 332 333 334
336 338 345 1048(RUO) 1831 2011 2024 94118 3966 35354 15733 24037
24038 25268 30978 31189 37915 15319 1846 15609 34899 15848 35090 331
15051 15188 15563 15809 21088 25212 80035 35135 26087 25045 25053
25056 25078 25082 25083 25088 25099 25103 25109 25112 25156 3800
31255 1041 1047 1051(RUO) 3039 3863 4116 4242 5320 5334 5469 9330
9345 13162 14006 24200 24318 24322 24483 24600 24947 24962 24979
24981 24987 25142 25207 25208 25316 34866 35099 35107 35139 35213
35258 15(BG) 162(BG) 70445 70481 70591 70762 15260 15266 15330 15451
15830 34148 15010 15803 15805 15807 4486 21223 25084 35205 35224
35235 21107 24914 25177 5443 660 683 705 754 765 941 948 1060 1143
1299 1754 1837 2093 2120 4587(GUV) 1248 1298(CCT) 1372(CCT) 70671
70679 70686 70699 4037 4039 4040 4047 4445 4560 4903 4906 4909 4912
4914 15580 15873 15904 16202 16221 34618 34626 34835 34934 34938
34939 35013 70707 70652 70365 611(SLSTP) 32976 32980 32985 33005
33017 37075 37918
To Eastern Region
5957 13457 13463 14053 15768 26037 25171 25697 26047 26050 9392 6109
To Western Region
5263 14067 31926 14048
To London Midland Region
13476 25853 86798 86805 86813 5131
To Scottish Region
14900/1 5145 13384 35246 5076/129/117 16095/267 21224 4103/82 15833
4052/171/2 4145 13272 9401/2/7 5097 5207 4140 4108 4133
Will any members who have rail information which may be of use for
further issues please contact Jon Davis (address on front page).
We also offer free advertising facilities to members wishing to sell
or exchange Railway relics/magazines etc provided the items have
been acquired legally.
NEW LOCOS ARRIVE
The first of the Romanian batch of class 56 diesel-electric
locos are arriving at Tinsley Depot weekly. The locos are dragged
Harwich, where they enter the country.
As the engines are not going straight into service, and storage
space at Tinsley is limited, some members of the class are being
kept at Barrow Hill.
The first three of the Doncaster batch are now taking shape but it
is unlikely that they will be ready in the near future.
OIL TRAINS STEPPED UP
More oil-carrying trains are running in West Wales following
Esso Petroleum's £500,000 investment at its Milford Haven refinery.
Since May there has been a regular programme of two to three trains
daily to destinations in South & North Wales and the Midlands.
Each train is made up of 11 eight-wheel tank cars, each carrying 70
tons of oil and weighing 100 tons fully loaded. Average capacity of
each train is up to 770 tons of oil, or 186,000 gallons, enough to
fill 37 road tankers.
LINE RE-OPENS FOR IRON ORE TRAFFIC
A line has been re-opened in Lincolnshire to carry iron ore, it is
the branch which runs southwards from Belvoir Jcn about 5 miles west
of Grantham, on the Nottingham line. The branch was closed in April
1974. Eastern region has re-opened the line as a private siding over
4 miles to Woolsthorpe Jcn.
The ore is carried in trains of up to 720 tonnes each. The first
trains are running to Shelton (Stoke on Trent) & Bilston
CIRCULAR SERVICES TO BE CUT
With the introduction of the October passenger timetable amendment a
number of trains on the London Bridge to London Bridge EMU
service are to be axed.
STEAMPORT TRANSPORT MUSEUM, SOUTHPORT
by David M Suffolk
The idea of a transport museum for Southport originated around 1970
when a group of railway enthusiasts thought of using the former L &
Y electric car works at Meols Cop. The cost of this site proved to
be prohibitive and so the alternative of the erstwhile L & Y
locomotive shed off Derby Road was considered. As a result the
Southport Locomotive & Transport Museum Society was formed in June
1972 and commenced work at Derby Road in October of the same year.
Around the same time the name Steamport was conceived.
In 1971 the whole site was in a sorry state; the shed had been
closed in 1966 and all track lifted. The building, whilst
structurally sound, needed extensive renovation; in particular much
roof glass was either missing or broken and part of the roof had
been damaged by fire. There was also no security as there were no
doors on the end of the shed and the „office block. entrances had
As is usual in preservation schemes the initial enthusiasm shown by
a large number of people faded until a hard core of active members
was left to get on with the real work. There is still much to do but
in just under five years extensive repairs have been made to the
roof, which lets in much less water than it used to; three railway
trucks have been laid, together with a connection to BR lines near
St Luke's, the doors formerly on Meols Cop car works (now
demolished) have been re-erected at Derby Road, unwanted pits have
been filled in and the office block has been repaired and made
suitable for a variety of museum purposes. All this work has been
done by Steamport members on a voluntary basis.
The first exhibits arrived at Steamport at the beginning of 1972;
these were "Persil", a Fowler diesel shunter donated by Crosfields
of Warrington, the body of Birkdale & Southport horse tram no.7 and
the body of Liverpool Overhead Railway coach no.7, both of which
were urgent rescue jobs – they were about to be destroyed when
member's efforts managed to save them. The first steam locomotives
arrived in August 1973,when the Liverpool Locomotive Preservation
Group's two saddle-tanks" Efficient" and" Lucy" were forced to find
a new home, their old one at Birkenhead having ceased to be
The public were first admitted to the Museum on an informal basis in
the summer of 1973, when a display of small exhibits and several
buses, together with the above mentioned items were on show.
Meanwhile a company limited by guarantee, Steamport Southport
Limited, was formed to negotiate a lease of the site with British
Rail and enable the museum to be opened officially. This took place
in 1974, by which time much more progress had been made on the
railway side of the shed and new exhibits could reach the museum by
rail. New arrivals included Black Five 44806, late of Lakeside &
Haverthwaite, Standard 4MT 2-6-0 76079 from Barry, Jinty 47298 from
Barry, Peckett 0-4-0 saddle tank 1999, originally used at Southport
Gas Works and now on loan to Steamport from the Keighley & Worth
Valley line, a larger Peckett saddle tank and a couple of other
industrials. Most of the locomotives are privately owned but the
has a share in the company formed to acquire 76079.
The present rolling stock of the museum includes nine steam
locomotives, „Persil. a diesel rail-crane, two brake vans, a steam
road-roller, eight motor buses, two trolley buses and a fire engine
and in a non-rolling condition there are two tram bodies, the L.O.R.
coach body and the body of half a Cheshire Lines Committee coach.
The museum is open to the public on Saturday and Sunday afternoons
from 14.00 to 17.00 (opening
times are more limited in winter but bona-fide visitors will be
welcome whenever members are on site). Admission is 25p for adults
and 10p for
children at the time of writing. There is an engine in steam each
Sunday during the summer and on certain Sundays during the winter,
when brake van rides are available. (None of the ex-BR engines are
steam able at present but good progress is being made with the
restoration of the Jinty).
An illustrated guide to Steamport is available from the museum,
price 30p, including postage; the address of the museum is Steamport
Transport Museum, Derby Road, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 0TY.
NOTES AND NEWS
Brush Class 47, no 47083 „Orion., was noted working the 11.38
Penzance-Leeds on 25th July whilst 47086 „Colossus. produced a most
unusual sight on the ECML on 28th August working the 10.45 Kings
A visit to Doncaster Works on 26th September revealed the following
Deltic's: 55006/008/002/013/010/017/020/021, along with 13001 and
the following withdrawn locomotives:
03058,31011,24015,24016,5901,2173, 03091,25015,31016(cut up),
24086,24071,24117, whilst on the depot were
31010,31009,31001,24010,24017,24097,24127,24099,24125 and 24126.
Super power appeared on the ECML on 31st August when 31109 was in
charge of the 05.55 Kings Cross-York.
Class 56, 56001 has commenced crew training excursions from Tinsley
Depot. The machine was noted at West Burton power station on 23rd
September and was seen passing Rotherham the following day. The
second of the class 56002 was seen passing Wath Road Jcn with a
train of MGR's on 4th October.
Noted on Healey Mills on 18th September were the following members
of Class 40, the latest breed to be persecuted by the accountant,
40038/100/56/83/95/99, whilst on the same day 40138 was noted on
The following shunters were seen in the Newcastle area on 18th
September: 08054(Tyne),08562(Low Fell),03061/6/78/170(Newcastle
Central) and 03079(Berwick). Noted at Worksop on 2nd October were
20079/119. 47601 was noted hauling an oil train at Brightside on 6th
London Midland Region
The 09.20 Derby-Skegness has again been the centre of attraction
this summer providing a variety of motive power. On 14th August
motive power was 20141/167, whilst 20162/196 took charge on 28th
Two withdrawn SK coaches, 25225/31 have been purchased by the
Foxfield Light Railway Co. Of Stoke-on-Trent and are at present
stored at Etches Park, Derby.
On 5th August an unusual visitor to Blackpool was 47003 which worked
a special train from Lincoln. On 10th August an unusual
visitor to the Derby area was 47273(HA). Noted at the Research
Centre recently have been 313008, and Trans Pennine units 51960/74
have been in the carriage works.
On 14th August a visit to Derby Works revealed that 44003 had been
cut up. On the same day the carriage works resembled a battleground
with the DMU's recently involved in the Luton crash in view.
These seriously damaged included M51602/29/32,M59618/24/30. In
addition M55999 and Sc79166 were in view.
Unusual motive power noted passing Chesterfield on 4th September
included 31234/306(10.45 Weymouth-Sheffield), 25184(12.08)
Sheffield-Cardiff), 46022(16.00 Sheffield-Cardiff).
Noted working an engineer's train in Crewe station on 19th September
was 24080, whilst 87101 was stabled in the station. Noted in the
Works were 47077 „North Star., 40039(cut-up),76037,253015,76036 and
50027/18/41/22/27. Noted at Derby on the afternoon
19th September was 47083 "Orion".
Once again this section is dominated by Class 52 sightings.
On 27th August the following were seen: 1014(Penzance),1048(OOC),
1053(Plymouth),1065(Paignton),1071(Paddington). On 28th:
1028(Redruth), 1041(Paddington),1051(on Cornish
Riviera),1058(Plymouth),1072(Par). On 29th: 1033(Newton
Riviera). On 30th: 1001(Laira),1015(Gloucester),
1072(Exeter St Davids).
On 19th August 40051 worked the 23.45
Inverness-Edinburgh-Glasgow and on the following day 37152 was noted
hauling 47469 dead and 13
coaches on the up Clansman running 105 minutes late. 37153 was noted
hauling MK1 stock on the Edinburgh-Glasgow line on 22nd August
replacing a failed push-pull set. The Class 27s are shortly to be
replaced on this service by single 47's.
For the above information we are indebted to Messrs Hill, Pett,
Skinner, Barnes, Plenty, Sanderson, Davis, Glossop, Monks, Mellors,
PENNINE QUIZ – NUMBER ONE
To add interest to the magazine we are introducing a quiz with the
added incentive of: 1st correct entry drawn £2 and a second and
third prize of £1 each. Entries must be sent to J Davis, 81 Bowden
Wood Crescent, Sheffield to arrive before 25th October. Don't forget
– if there
are no all correct answers the entry with the most correct answers
will win – so enter even of you don't know every one.
Solve the following anagrams of former motive power depots:
1. RODHAILISAW ACES
2. LOCH LERRIK
5. REEL THINLAT
6. GRANDMA HOBFIMRAND
7. FRED TOR
9. NO SALT
10. HOW SMUTT RAN YOU HOT
12. TIGOR FLED HERMESE SHIP
13. FLAT HEM
Lines recently lifted by TW Wards Ltd have included Bridport-Maiden
Newton, Haltwhistle-Lambley, whilst on the Main Line Steam
Trusts line, the Loughborough-Quorn section has been singled and the
Rothley-Belgrave section has been lifted.
From October 4th the Matlock-Derby service was extended to Sinfin
Central, 2½ miles from Derby with intermediate stations at Peartree
and Sinfin North. Sinfin is adjacent to the large Rolls-Royce works.
SERVICE TO CLOSE
The "Orient Express" probably the most famous train in the world and
which runs from Paris-Istanbul is to be withdrawn from May 1977.
Muir of Ord station situated 14 miles north of Inverness on the
main line to Dingwall and the north reopened on 4th October after
closed for 16 years. All trains on the Inverness-Kyle of Lochalsh
and Wick/Thurso services will call.
DIVERSIONS OVER WOODHEAD
On Sundays from 31st October trains on the Sheffield-Manchester
service will be diverted over the Woodhead route owing to
engineering work on the Hope Valley line. The Hope Valley line will
be closed until 16.00 each Sunday.