Meeting Reports

Meeting Reports



Tuesday 9 JULY 2019

STRATHCLYDE VISIT

The Branch generally has 15 outdoor fixtures each year and the summer fixture to Strathclyde is invariably the best supported. Thus we had nine members on board for the fixture which included the delightful boat trip from Ardrossan Harbour to Brodick.

Sadly the weather was poor with steady drizzle throughout the day and the Isle of Arran shrouded in mist. This did not detract from the enjoyment of the day which concluded with 90 minutes on Glasgow Queen St before our train home.

Locomotive seen

Warrington B Q

150211, 158758/824/29, 175113, 319370, 390020/112

390009 1S37 05.31 Euston – Glasgow Central

Wigan North Western

319386

Preston

142047

Lancaster

350410

Penrith

DR73936

Carlisle Upperby

DR73118

Carlisle

37800 + 317501 5Q08 23.57 [Mon] Ilford EMUD – Kilmarnock Bonnyton

57307 Stabled

150273, 158815

Km [DRS Kingmoor]

57311, 68002/03

Carlisle Yard

66018, 70803 6S36 08.32 Dalston – Grangemouth

Polmadie

70802 6D62 07.17 Oxwellmains – View Park, Uddingston

Glasgow Central

156431/35/505/08/11/12, 221134, 314203/10, 318252/59/70, 320420, 350401, 380002/05-07/17/19/22, 380102/06/07, 385008/23, 390001/134, 380112 1f61 11.18 to Ardrossan Habour

GW [Shields Road]

314202, 320309, 334012, 365523, 380014, 380101/05, 385011

Paisley Gilmour St

380011

Kilwinning

380113

Ardrossan Harbour

“Caledonian Princess” 12.30 Ardrossan Harbour – Brodick & 13.55 Return

Ardrossan South Beach

380008 -1T18 14.53 Largs – Glasgow Central

Glasgow Central

156437/504, 380004/10/16/18, 380109/16

Glasgow Central Low Level

318256, 320412, 318255 – 2S01 15.21 Motherwell – Dalmuir

Partick

318267, 334037, 320318/320414 2E66 15.37 Balloch – Airdrie

Glasgow Queen St

16.31 - 385039/109 1R90 16.30 to Edinburgh

16.31 - 385019/385009 2N54 15.44 ex Alloa

16.33 - 385124 2N93 16.33 to Stirling

16.36 - 156478 1Y29 16.36 to Oban

16.36 - 385032/115 1R83 15.45 ex Edinburgh

16.42 - 43139/42045/42562/42292/40602/43143 1A77 16.42 to Aberdeen

16.43 - 385031/122 1R85 16.00 ex Edinburgh

16.45 – 1R92 16.45 to Edinburgh

16.48 170396 1T88 15.13 ex Dundee

16.51 385009/019 – 2N54 15.44 ex Alloa

16.55 158727/712 – 5L21 16.48 ex Eastfield Cs

16.59 385040 – 2N42 16.24 ex Stirling

17.02 385027/108 0 1R87 16.15 ex Edinburgh

17.03 385040 – 2N95 17.03 to Stirling

17.06 385026/036 – 5N95 17.01 ex Eastfield Cs

17.09 158712/27 – 1L21 17.09 to Dundee

17.14 385005/117 – 1R89 16.30 ex Edinburgh

17.15 385108/027 – 1R96 17.15 to Edinburgh

17.19 43163/40604/42183/42559/42343/43036 – 1T32 14.42 ex Aberdeen

17.20 385036/026 – 2N67 17.20 to Dunblane

17.28 385014 – 2N56 16.44 ex Alloa

17.31 385117/005 – 1R02 17.30 to Edinburgh

17.32 385112/037 – 1R91 16.45 ex Edinburgh

17.33 170396 – 1N79 17.33 to Markinch

17.36 170432 – 5H53 17.30 ex Eastfield [1h53 18.06 to Inverness]

17.40 385022/010 – 5N63 17.00 ex Stirling Ecs

17.41 43036/43163 – 1A83 17.41 to Aberdeen

17.46 385021/113 – 1R93 17.01 ex Edinburgh

17.46 385112/037 – 1R04 17.45 to Edinburgh

17.51 156458 – 1Y26 14.41 ex Oban

Glasgow Central

156437/56/76/92/95/503, 220002, 314205, 318266, 380115, 385007/16/34, 390137 – 1M19 18.40 to Euston

Polmadie

08764/887/954, 90049, 92020

Rutherglen CCE

73914, 78217

Carlisle Yard

66733 4M01 13.57 Mossend Yard – Carlisle Yard

KM [Drs Kingmoor]

68017/33, 88001

Carlisle

37218/37059 T/T – 1Q47 10.55 Derby RTC – Carlisle, 156434/38/47/96, 158790/903

Oxenholme

195118

Lancaster

142029

Preston Cs

195116, 331009

Preston

390001, 88007/03 – 6K73 16.49 Sellafield – Crewe

Wigan North Western

319383

Springs Branch Jnc

66507 - 16.45 Basford Hall – Springs Branch Jnc

Warrington B Q

66769 – 6E27 19.29 Liverpool Biomass Terminal - Drax

Tuesday 11th June

DAY TRIP TO SITTINGBOURNE

Only three Members attended the fixture but despite the lack of numbers the fixture was a great success. The proposed trip to Sheerness was deleted from the schedule so that we could have a longer period enjoying the delights of East Croydon & London Bridge during “rush hour”.

Starting from St Pancras we travelled to Sittingbourne via London Bridge, Catford Bridge, Catford, & Bromley South returning via Victoria.

Freight was of course sparse however the number of units made up for the lack of freight on this occasion with 339 units being recorded south of the Thames.

455845 (+455840) , 2J85 16.14 London Bridge to Selhurst via East Croydon arriving at East Croydon for reversal ©Alan Turton.

Tuesday 7th May

DAY TRIP TO FELIXSTOWE

Members from four branches participated in the outdoor fixture to Harwich & Felixstowe.

Members from MCNW Branch travelled South aboard 390008 [1R28 07.55 Man Pic - Euston] we then travelled from Liverpool Street to Manningtree with 90010 [1P25 12.00 Liverpool St - Norwich] connecting into 321345 [2A18 13.00 to Harwich Town]. At Manningtree we were joined by John Day of the Ipswich Branch.

We were booked on the 13.50 Ferry. The boat travelled to Shotley, back to Harwich then over to Felixstowe. We had an excellent view of Felixstowe Container Port but disappointingly no massive container ships were visible.

Returning to Manningtree we spent an enjoyable hour before travelling to Stratford with 90008 [1P51 16.00 Norwich - Liverpool St], an hour was spent at Stratford before heading to Euston.

321345 , 2A22 15.00 Manningtree – Harwich Town arriving at Harwich Town ©Alan Turton.

Stock seen

Basford Hall Yard 66701

Wembley 66416 6T57 660186 Z35 Wembley – Dagenham Dock 66549 4L3706.24 Lawley St - Felixstowe 37611/90036 Stabled

Liverpool Street 90013/82105 1P22 11.00 Liverpool St - Norwich 90010/82143 1P25 09.30 Norwich – Liverpool St & 1P26 12.00 Liverpool St - Norwich

Witham 66565 4L89 07.18 Basford Hall - Felixstowe

Colchester 70006 4M87 11.13 Felixstowe – Trafford Park

Harwich International 66510 Stabled

Manningtree 66729 6A32 13.34 North Walsham - Harwich 90003/82133 1P47 15.00 Norwich – Liverpool St 90015/821?? 1P38 15.00 Liverpool St - Norwich 374050Z3714.00 Willesden - Norwich 90001/82152 1P40 15.30 Liverpool St - Norwich 90006/82127 5P49 Ipswich – Liverpool St [1P49 15.30 Norwich – Liverpool St terminated Ipswich] 90008/82107 1P51 16.00 Norwich – Liverpool St

Colchester 66953 4L75 08.08 Birch Coppice - Felixstowe

IL [Ilford] 08700/08871

Euston 90043 1S25 21.16 Euston – Inverness/Aberdeen/Fort William

Monday 15th April

STEAM ON THE NORTH WALES COAST RON WATSON-JONES - CHESTER

For the last meeting of the winter season Ron Watson Jones gave an excellent video presentation to 28 people at our Chester meeting. Entitled “Steam on the North Wales Coast” there was plentiful of steam variety taken mainly between Colwyn Bay and Bangor, although there were locations as far apart as Sandycroft and Holyhead included.

Many of the shots portrayed were at less familiar spots, including some taken from part way up mountains and even a micro-light. Locomotives from all of the ‘big four’ were seen when they appeared on specials along the coast during 1989/90 and even the once familiar ‘ETHELS’ made an appearance.

The action seen was of a very high standard and two in particular, which we saw amongst the numerous presented, were of 46229 Duchess of Hamilton which made a tremendous start from Llandudno Jct. towards Conwy, with the roar from the locomotive being of such intensity that it could be well heard above the noise of traffic on the adjoining A55, whilst the other was of 4771 Green Arrow making an impressive start out of Holyhead, although one or two of Bulleid pacifics, LMS 5407 and 6201 Princess Elizabeth were almost just as impressive.

A thoroughly fascinating and enjoyable evening for the steam enthusiast.

Tuesday 9th April

WESTBURY

The trip to Westbury on 9th April was yet another fascinating day which involved a circuitous route from Crewe using ten different trains. Nine members, including, some from Cheltenham and West of England Branches who joined en-route, experienced a very enjoyable day.

The main party set off from Crewe on the 08.49 as far as Smethwick Galton Bridge, where we changed to a train for Worcester Foregate St. From there the party travelled to Oxford to catch a train to Didcot for a journey to Swindon and finally one to Westbury.

A period of just over two hours was spent here, although sadly the weather there was appalling, but this was compensated for by the many freight movements seen, so did not detract from the day’s enjoyment. The highlight was seeing three full HST formations before their removal from Paddington services.

The return journey was direct to Reading, then a train to Worcester Foregate St. and one to Birmingham New St. for Crewe and, at a cost of £23.75 return, with a Senior Railcard, for our tour of 446 miles, it was amazing value in 2019!

43004/43018 1A89 15.33 Taunton – Paddington arriving at a very wet Westbury ©Alan Turton

Stock seen

Crewe 350235 1L68 08.04 Liverpool – New St

LNWR 319214 345023 397004 710103

Basford Hall Jn 66421 6U76 08.59 Basford Hall - Mountsorrel

Stafford 221134 1M21 07.00 Bristol – Man Pic

Wolverhampton 221110 5W48 08.12 New St – Wolverhampton [to attach to 9M48 05.50 Glasgow Cent – Euston]

Wolves Steel Terminal 60062

Smethwick Galton Bridge 172344 2D16 09.27 Stourbridge Jn – Stratford upon Avon 172341 2S22 09.03 Worcester F St – Whitlocks End 170630 1G13 08.47 Shrewsbury – New St 172211/172222 2V14 09.19 Whitlocks End – Great Malvern

Stourbridge Junction 172???/172216 2C20 09.55 Kidderminster - Dorridge

Kidderminster 172342 2S28 10.25 Kidderminster - Dorridge

Severn Valley Railway, Kidderminster D2960 D3022 33108 40106 D821 D1015 50031

Worcester Foregate St 802112 1W00 08.21 Paddington – Hereford 158951 1O98 10.48 Great Malvern – Brighton 172220/172214 2V16 09.46 Dorridge – Worcester Foregate St 165109 1P27 10.59 Great Malvern –Paddington

Oxford C.S 800028

Oxford 168107 1Y41 12.41 Oxford – Marylebone 66165 4M71 Southampton – Birch Coppice 221141 1M42 Bournemouth – Man Pic 165128 2L93 12.37 Oxford – Didcot Parkway

Hinksey Yard 66140

Didcot Railway Centre 6023 King Edward II 18000

Didcot Parkway 66090/66149 Stabled 800014 1L52 10.29 Swansea – Paddington 802105 1A16 12.00 Bristol – Paddington 800029/800019 1B31 12.15 Paddington – Cardiff 387150/153

Swindon 166210 2G85 13.36 Swindon – Cheltenham 800313 1C14 12.30 Paddington – Bristo l800317 1C55 11.29 Swansea – Paddington166213 2M11 13.29 Swindon – Westbury

Westbury

14.12 158959 1F17 12.30 Cardiff Cent – Portsmouth Harbour

14.12 43018/43004 1C81 12.33 Paddington – Taunton

14.18 150219 2M12 14.10 Frome – Swindon

14.19 159009 1V33 12.20 Waterloo – Bristol

14.34 166217 2C18 12.42 Gloucester – Frome

14.50 166219 2E24 13.10 Weymouth – Gloucester

14.51 159107 1V35 12.50 Waterloo – Yeovil Pen Mill

14.59 158798 1F19 13.30 Cardiiff Cent – Portsmouth Harbour

15.04 43088/43161 1A87 12.55 Plymouth – Paddington

15.09 166217 2F95 15.00 Frome – Warminster

15.22 166205/165122 1F20 13.23 Portsmouth Harbour – Cardiff Cent

15.44 59201 6V18 11.25 Allington – Whatley Quarry

15.48 166216 2O90 12.51 Great Malvern – Weymouth

15.50 66031 7V07 12.41 Chichester – Merehead

15.56 59205 7C28 13.44 Exeter Riverside – Westbury Yard

16.00 150219 2M13 15.19 Swindon – Westbury

16.05 158952 1F23 14.30 Cardiff Cent – Portsmouth Harbour

16.07 158950 1F24 14.23 Portsmouth Harbour – Cardiff Cent

16.14 43004/43018 1A89 15.33 Taunton – Paddington

16.31 2C20 14.41 Gloucester – Westbury

16.36 165137 2E26 15.08 Weymouth – Gloucester [+165119 From Westbury]

16.37 43098/43172 1C86 15.03 Paddington – Penzance [18’ Late]

16.37 66776 0V41 14.45 Eastleigh Yd – Westbury Yd

16.37 159009 1O60 15.51 Bristol – Waterloo

16.44 800310 1A90 14.54 Paignton - Paddington

Westbury Yard 66091/112 [Shunt Locos] 66850/70803 Stabled

Theale [Foster Yeoman] 59102 7A77 11.49 Merehead – Theale Foster Yeoman

Reading CS 57602/03 387133/34/38/64/69

Reading 387141 458528

17.46 800014/800022 1A25 16.30 Bristol – Paddington

17.50 802017 1A91 15.00 Plymouth – Paddington

17.52 802111 1P39 15.14 Hereford – Paddington

17.52 800314 1W02 17.22 Paddington – Hereford

17.52 221130 1O22 14.27 Man Pic – Bournemouth

Didcot Parkway 66005 4E68 15.53 Southampton – Wakefield Europort

Hinksey Yard 70804 6X28 18.16 Hinksey Yd – Bescot Yd

Oxford 18.17 220003 1O24 15.27 Man Pic – Bournemouth 18.18 168003 1T50 17.18 Marylebone – Oxford 18.23 168217/168328 1Y70 18.23 Oxford – Marylebone

Worcester Foregate St 170516 172333 2C71 19.47 Worcester F St –Dorridge

Stourbridge Jn CS 168116

Birmingham Snow Hill 168113 172103

Birmingham New St 220023 1M70 17.45 Bournemouth – Man Pic 350119 1F61 21.36 New St – Liverpool 323212/17 350246/377 390155

Wolverhampton 221106/12

LNWR 158770

Crewe 66561 4L60 19.46 Garston – Felixstowe

TRAINS TRAVELLED ON IN ITALICS

Wednesday 3rd April 2019

MANCHESTER TO LIVERPOOL BY CLC – KEN GRAINGER -

LIVERPOOL

The final meeting of the season at Liverpool saw Ken from Sheffield give a presentation to an attendance of 32.

The CLC is a railway that is much neglected by the railway fraternity was shown to be the equal of, if not better than, its competitors between the two northern cities and we saw many shots of the motive power used from the end of steam on the line dating back to the days of the Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway.

Ken went along the route, almost station by station, showing the architecture and character of the line and included diversions off to Wigan Central, the original St. Helens Central and Southport Lord St., all now long disappeared. One of the unique characteristics of the lines were the installation of water fountains on stations, some of which remain to this day, where the new modern ‘bus shelters’ haven’t replaced the original buildings.

He also visited a number of the goods yards, especially in the Liverpool docks area, and depots along the routes and whilst it brought back memories to those present, probably also highlighted some items less familiar to most.

A thoroughly excellent presentation.

Tuesday 26th March 2019

WEST YORKSHIRE

Only five members joined our tour of West Yorkshire on 26th March. The trip started at Manchester to go to Huddersfield where a West Yorkshire Day Rover, one of the best value rovers available, was purchased.

The route then took us via Wakefield, Leeds, Knottingley and Garforth and was designed to ensure that Midland Road and Neville Hill depots were passed in order to sight the nine stored Cl.70s at the former depot and the three Cl.08s at NH. Sightings of the soon to be withdrawn Cls.142 and 144 units were noted as was the immaculate condition of Garforth station with its superb café.

The weather was generally sunny, but unfortunately with a strong and cold wind, which resulted in the party heading back to Manchester one hour earlier than originally intended.However, an interesting and enjoyable day was experienced by those who joined the trip.

170459 2K74 13.55 Leeds – Selby rolls into Garforth ©Alan Turton

Stock seen

Manchester Piccadilly 66125 4O21 09.12 Trafford Park - Southampton

Collyhurst 09009

Wakefield Westgate 82220/91111 1A25 10.45 Leeds – Kings Cross

LEEDS 800109 5Q31 11.45 Leeds – Kings Cross 91115/82202 1D08 09.33 Kings Cross – Leeds 43061

LD [Midland Rd] 66571 66761 70001/07/11/13/14/16-19

Leeds FLT 66545 4O95 12.12 Leeds – Southampton 66955 4E91 02.15 Southampton - Leeds

NL [Neville Hill] 08908/50 43378

Ashburys 66175 6H52 13.02 Dowlow - Ashburys

Trains travelled on

185113 1P19 09.19 Man Airport – Newcastle [between Man Piccadilly & Huddersfield]

153330 2O68 10.36 Huddersfield –Wakefield Kirkgate

153317 2A08 10.39 Knottingley – Leeds [between Wakefield Kirkgate & Leeds]

155345 2F13 11.58 Leeds – Knottingley

155345 2A12 12.39 Knottingley – Leeds

185136 1K1912.47 Man Picc – Hull [between Leeds & Garforth]

185114 1K22 13.40 Hull – Man Picc [between Garforth & Man Picc]

Also seen

142027/28/38/43/50/63/68/78/84/87/91

144003/21

150103/06/10/17/28/38/49/211

153301/04/17/31/63

155341/42

156464/65

158752/58/91/96/97/843/45/60/72/89/907

170456/58/59/61

185102/08/11/15/20-22/27/28/32/34/41-43/45/49

221121/34/41

319374

321901

322481

323231

333004/07/10/12/13/15

Monday 18th March 2019

55 YEARS OF RAILWAY PHOTOGRAPHY – PART 2 LES NIXON -

CHESTER

28 people attended to witness an excellent presentation by Dr Les Nixon entitled “55 Years of Railway Photography – Part 2”. His photographic content was of the usual professional and superb quality associated with him, combined with the whimsical commentary which one has come to expect.

Les’ presentation covered many areas of Britain and numerous locations around the globe from as far apart as Thailand and Costa Rica. The presentation was not in either a geographical or chronological order, with Les jumping backwards and forwards from Britain to various countries and also within different time frames, but this did not detract from the splendour of this presentation.

Les is one of those photographers who is able to produce something of an art form with his shots, even when there isn’t a train in sight, with his inclusion of people and other activities being seen in his photographs.



Tuesday 12th March 2019
DONCASTER

Another fascinating day at Doncaster with a total of 21 freights and light engine movements producing a total of 26 locomotives [excluding Class 143]

Seven IEP units were seen “on test”. They are something of a novelty at present but will cease to be so in the future. 7 Members attended including our good friend Gordon Stubbins from the Humberside Branch.

The weather was typical for March, windy and cold but at least it was dry.

Timekeeping throughout was generally good.

We look forward to our next visit in October.

09.41/09.44 91117/82219 1D05 TO LEEDS 09.48/09.50 82212/90037 1A19 EX LEEDS 09.54/09.56 82227/91119 1E04 EX EDINBURGH 10.07 66087/66174/66102 6X75 08.43 SCUNTHORPE TRENT YD - DECOY 10.08/10.10 800109 5Q12 09.41 YORK - PETERBOROUGH 10.10 800111 5Q95 09.05 HULL – KINGS CROSS 10.15/10.19 82202/91107 1A20 EX LEEDS 10.19/10.21 91108/82222 1D06 TO LEEDS 10.19 43309/43307 1E05 EX EDINBURGH 10.22/10.23 91101/82231 1N08 TO NEWCASTLE 10.29 66540/66419 4L87 08.51 LEEDS - FELIXSTOWE 10.29/10.32 82215/91131 1Y82 EX YORK 10.34 91120/82203 1S09 TO EDINBURGH 10.37 800107 5Q02 09.03 KINGS CROSS - LEEDS 1A22 EX LEEDS - CANCELLED 10.56 66709 4E00 04.45 LONDON GATEWAY - MASBOROUGH 10.56/10/58 82218/91106 1E06 EX GLASGOW CENTRAL 11.04 66207 4L45 09.39 WAKEFIELD EUROPORT - FELIXSTOWE 11.07/11.09 43300/43239 1N81 TO YORK 11.12/11.13 91105/82205 1S10 TO EDINBURGH 11.15/11.17 91112/82207 1D08 TO LEEDS 11.17/11.21 82219/91117 1A25 EX LEEDS 11.18 800106 5Q31 09.57 PETERBOROUGH - YORK 11.20 43295/43238 1E07 EX EDINBURGH 11.28 43277/43319 1S11 TO EDINBURGH 11.28 801102/801101 5Q71 11.11 YORK – KINGS CROSS STARTING AT DONCASTER CARR 11.39/11.42 43299/43318 1D09 TO LEEDS 11.43 66780 4N80 11.26 DECOY – NORTH BLYTH 11.43 66765 6M73 10.50 DECOY - TOTON 11.48/11.50 82222/91108 1A26 EX LEEDS 11.49 66186 6X01 10.48 BELMONT YD - EASTLEIGH 11.53/11.56 82216/91111 1E08 EX EDINBURGH 11.56 67015 0E23 09.30 TOTON T.M.D – BELMONT YD 11.57 66429 6S31 11.16 DECOY - MILLERHILL 12.11/12.13 91118/82217 1S12 TO EDINBURGH 12.13 800107 5Q03 11.45 LEEDS – KINGS CROSS 12.14/12.16 91125/82210 1D10 TO LEEDS 12.18 43312/43251 1E09 EX EDINBURGH 12.20 66108 0E20 11.26 MASBORO – BELMONT YD 12.24/12.26 43239/43300 1Y84 TO YORK 12.32 91127/82230 1S13 TO EDINBURGH 12.38/12.43 43075/43061 1D11 TO LEEDS 12.49 66957 4E23 05.50 FELIXSTOWE - LEEDS 12.51 66114 6D65 11.11 ROXBY - ROSSINGTON 12.54/12.58 82226/91121 1E10 EX EDINBURGH 13.02/13.05 91128/82229 1N83 TO YORK 13.05/13.08 82207/91112 1A29 EX LEEDS 13.08/13.12 91114/82223 1S15 TO EDINBURGH 13.09 66427/68027 0Z68 12.01 YORK PARCEL SDG – ROBERTS RD 13.12/13.37 91129/82214 1D12 TO LEEDS DELAYED – TRESPASSERS ON LINE 13.15 67006/66102/66174/66152 0M22 13.09 BELMONT YD – TOTON T.M.D 13.23 66755 4E70 10.38 RATCLIFFE P.S - DECOY 13.32 43367/43310 1S16 TO INVERNESS 13.32/13.35 43318/43299 1A30 EX LEEDS 13.32 66428 6Z20 12.02 TOTON YD - DECOY 13.43/13.46 43317/43320 1D13 TO LEEDS 13.49 43290/43272 1E11 EX EDINBURGH 30 MINS LATE 13.51/13.54 82210/91125 1A31 EX LEEDS 13.58/14.00 82231/91101 1Y32 EX NEWCASTLE 13.59 66598 6E50 09.14 IPSWICH - LINDSEY 14.12/14.14 43308/43296 1N17 TO NEWCASTLE 14.15/14.17 91119/82227 1D14 TO LEEDS 14.17 43315/43314 1E13 EX INVERNESS 14.20/14.23 43061/43075 1A33 EX LEEDS 14.23 800109 5Q15 13.09 PETERBOROUGH - YORK 14.23 67010 BOUNDS GREEN – WEST YARD LIGHT 14.26/14.28 82229/91128 1Y86 EX YORK 14.34 66782 4E34 05.29 SOUTHAMPTON – DONCASTER I PORT 14.34 91131/82215 1S18 TO EDINBURGH 14.39/14.45 91107/82202 1D15 TO LEEDS 14.43 66746 6E84 08.30 MIDDLETON TOWERS – MONK BRETTON 14.46 800108 5X83 10.58 ACTON MAIN LINE - DONCASTER 14.47/14.49 82214/91129 1A34 EX LEEDS 14.50 66724 0H66 14.49 DECOY – TYNE DOCK TERMINAL 14.53/14.56 82228/91132 1E14 EX EDINBURGH 15.03 66763 6E89 10.10 WELLINGBOROUGH - RYLSTONE 15.03/15.05 43307/43309 1N85 TO YORK 15.08/15.14 91117/82219 1S19 TO EDINBURGH 15.15/15.18 91106/82218 1D16 TO LEEDS 15.17 66116 4E26 08.09 DOLLANDS MOOR - SCUNTHORPE 15.19/15.21 43320/43317 1A36 EX LEEDS 15.31 43238/43295 1S20 TO ABERDEEN 15.31 43206/43274 1E15 EX ABERDEEN 15.41/15.43 91108/82222 1D17 TO LEEDS 15.43 800111 5Q96 12.48 KINGS CROSS – DONCASTER CARR

ROBERTS RD 37605/66747 WORKS SIDINGS 08669 STABLED SOUTH OF STATION 56113/88010 ALSO SEEN 142012/50/84 144006/09/10/13/18/19 150106/42 153313/21/80 158796/815/59/61/70/907 170474 180102/03/07/09/11-14 185102/03/07/11/13/17/18/25 220005/08-10/13/18/20/27 221126/44 322481/83

Tuesday 26th February 2019
EAST MIDLANDS DAY RANGER

The unseasonal sunny and warm weather was a bonus to the seven Members who attended the fixture.

Starting from Crewe we travelled to Derby and Nottingham before heading north to Worksop on the “Robin Hood line”. Reopened in stages before the final section was reopened on 25 May 1998 it was fascinating to study a 1976 OS Map and try and locate the site of the many closed Collieries. At Worksop we were delighted to discover a superb Station café where the group enjoyed coffee and cake in the warn sunshine.

We then headed to Lincoln Central witnessing the passage of 2 freights during our short stay. We then returned to Nottingham and Derby before traveling back to Crewe.

CREWE 57308 0Z57 09.11 CREWE – ASTON SOUTH JNC 92020 0Z90 08.35 CREWE TMD - WEMBLEY LONGPORT 08220 66727 DERBY 10.36 43303/43384 1V50 06.06 EDINBURGH - TAUNTON DERBY ETCHES PARK 08899 43480 DERBY R.T.C 08417 08588 20007 20142 20205 97301 BEESTON ENGINEERS YARD 67006 TO WORK 6X55 14.49 BEESTON – TOTON NORTH YARD NOTTINGHAM 11.18 43055/43082 1D18 09.34 ST PANCRAS - NOTTINGHAM LINCOLN CENTRAL 14.07 60062 6E54 10.34 KINGSBURY - HUMBER 14.10 66541 4L87 08.51 LEEDS - FELIXSTOWE HYKEHAM 14.47 70805 6E82 12.16 RECTORY JNC - LINDSEY NOTTINGHAM STAB POINT 37025 STABLED NOTTINGHAM 43048/43066 1B58 15.45 NOTTINGHAM – ST PANCRAS DERBY 16.19 66051 0E08 10.47 WOLVES STEEL TERM - IMMINGHAM 16.22 66702 + 20132/18 7X08 15.56 LITCHURCH LANE - BANBURY T/T 16.40 43384/43303 1S51 15.35 TAUNTON – GLASGOW CENTRAL

TRAINS ON WHICH WE RODE

CREWE – DERBY 153381 1K06 09.07 CREWE – DERBY

DERBY – NOTTINGHAM 170113 1M92 07.45 CARDIFF – NOTTINGHAM

NOTTINGHAM – WORKSOP 156408 2W10 11.26 NOTTINGHAM – WORKSOP

WORKSOP – LINCOLN CENTRAL 158843 1L53 11.38 LEEDS – LINCOLN

LINCOLN CENTRAL – NOTTINGHAM 156411 2L68 14.36 LINCOLN – LEICESTER

NOTTINGHAM – DERBY 170104 1G46 15.41 NOTTINGHAM – BIRMINGHAM

DERBY – CREWE 153381 1K21 16.42 DERBY - CREWE

ALSO SEEN

153303/04/07/10/11/18/26/55/57/68/72/76/84/85 156406/13 158783/852/54/55/64 170112/398/519/636 195110 220008/22 221105/35 222002/04/09-11/14/16/18/20/101 319383/84 323238 350108/11 350265 390010/44 390112/21 82124/82129 DR78231/34 DR80209

Monday 18th February 2019
A Taste of Japan
Gordon Davies

Our February meeting saw a superb presentation by Society Chairman and local Branch Member Gordon Davies entitled, “A taste of Japan”. Travelling in August 2016 from Heathrow to Tokyo via Shanghai, Gordon stayed in Tokyo and showed pictures from his room on the 36th floor of the Hotel. He covered the Tokyo, Osaka & Kiyoto areas visiting Railway Museums in all three cities. Pictures included several Steam locomotives built by Kitson, Manning Wardle & Vulcan Foundry in the late 19th century. We learnt that Japanese culture is such that litter & graffiti are non existent and that Health & Safety appears not to be a priority in Japan. Humidity in August was particularly bad. Many of the population wore masks to counteract the pollution & Gordon witnessed a man removing his mask to smoke a cigarette which he found quite strange! In addition to showing pictures of the Shinkansen [Bullet] trains, a large number of units were featured in a vast array of different liveries. Freights were also featured although Gordon suggested the areas he visited did not appear busy for freight. Gordon enjoyed travel on a Bullet train from Tokyo to Osaka reporting that the experience was superb. A fascinating talk delivered by Gordon in his usual inimitable and amusing fashion.

Tuesday 12th February 2019
NUNEATON

Five members set off from Crewe on the 08.04 Liverpool Lime St.-Birmingham New St. Cl.350 as far as Smethwick Galton Bridge, where the party joined a train for Worcester Foregate St. at which they were joined by two members from that and the Cheltenham area for a trip to Hereford. The party was delighted to find that their train was in the hands of 43191/158 and, following another member joining en route and with a short stay, we retraced our steps on the same HST, this time, to Worcester Shrub Hill, eventually to join a train to Birmingham New St. Here a Stanstead Airport bound CrossCountry unit was boarded to take us to Nuneaton for around two hours of afternoon station observation. Here a further member, from Birmingham, joined us, now bringing the total for the day to nine. The trip concluded with us going to Rugby to catch the Euston-Blackpool train, although arrival back at Crewe was around 20 minutes behind time. With the weather kind to us all had an enjoyable trip around the West Midlands.

TUESDAY 12/2/19 LNWR 37601 56090 BASFORD HALL JNC 66429 6U76 08.59 BASFORD HALL - MOUNTSORREL WOLVES STEEL TERMINAL 60040 SEVERN VALLEY RAILWAY, KIDDERMINSTER D3022 12099 40106 50026 50049 D2960 “SILVER SPOON” HEREFORD 66546 4V20 06.35 FIDDLERS FERRY P.S – EAST USK YARD LAWLEY ST 66592 4L73 18.58 LAWLEY ST - FELIXSTOWE SALTLEY 66020 6X01 10.17 SCUNTHORPE – EASTLEIGH YARD NUNEATON 15.02 66754 4L22 14.35 HAMS HALL - FELIXSTOWE 15.11 66551 4M94 07.50 FELIXSTOWE – LAWLEY ST 15.59 66727 4L07 14.14 BIRCH COPPICE - FELIXSTOWE 16.28 66763 4M29 10.29 FELIXSTOWE – BIRCH COPPICE 16.28 66557 4M61 13.00 SOUTHAMPTON – TRAFFORD PARK 16.34 66555 4O17 15.48 LAWLEY ST - SOUTHAMPTON RUGBY 57309/86259 STABLED 16.59 66728 4M46 11.55 LONDON GATEWAY – HAMS HALL 17.11 66759 4M23 10.46 FELIXSTOWE – HAMS HALL

TRAINS ON WHICH WE RODE

CREWE – SMETHWICK GALTON BRIDGE 350250 1L68 08.04 LIVERPOOL – B’HAM NEW ST

SMETHWICK GALTON BRIDGE – WORCESTER FOREGATE ST 172217 + 172220 2V14 09.19 WHITLOCKS END – GREAT MALVERN

WORCESTER FOREGATE ST – HEREFORD 43191/41059/40727/42175 [RIDE]/42563/42176/42105/42294/44081/43158 1W00 08.21 PADDINGTON – HEREFORD

HEREFORD – WORCESTER SHRUB HILL 43158/43191 [44081 RIDE] 1P31 12.09 HEREFORD – PADDINGTON

WORCESTER SHRUB HILL – DROITWICH SPA 172343 2C42 13.17 WORCESTER SHRUB HILL – DORRIDGE

DROITWICH SPA – NEW ST 170517 1M66 12.39 HEREFORD – NEW ST

NEW ST – NUNEATON 170522 1L44 14.22 NEW ST – STANSTEAD AIRPORT

NUNEATON – RUGBY 350123 1U36 15.02 CREWE - NUNEATON

RUGBY – CREWE 221104 1P22 16.33 EUSTON – BLACKPOOL NORTH

ALSO SEEN

150261 153303/65 158955 170104/07/09/17 170502/05/06/13/21 170631/32/36/39 172213/21 172331-33/40/42 175009/107 220011 221106/07/10/11/18/42 319363 323206/08/13/14/19/23 345054 350104/08/21/25/28 350231/50/57/59 350376 390006/13/20/39/40/43/46/49/50 390103/17/21/34/37/38/48/52/53/57

Wednesday 6th February 2019
North West & North Wales Reminiscences of the 1960s
John Cashen

John Cashen’s presentation, “North West & North Wales reminiscences of the 1960’s” was an afternoon of pure nostalgia which was thoroughly enjoyed by an audience of 38. John began taking pictures in the 1950’s using a box brownie and his first ever picture was of Patriot 45537, one of many taken on Shap. Many locations in the Merseyside area were featured including Riverside Station, Edge Hill Gridiron, Gateacre & Aintree. The Wirral also featured with pictures at long closed West Kirby Joint Station & Seacombe. Many enthusiasts would ignore diesels, not so John who showed many pictures of diesels including one of a new Trans Pennine unit [Class 124] at Huyton Quarry. John was a fan of the Stanier Pacifics but not so the Britannia Pacifics. Reference was made to a bad experience with 70018 “Flying Dutchman” on a return Liverpool footex from Leeds which resulted in John renaming the loco “Dying Dutchman”. He did however grudgingly admit to a brilliant run with 70029 Shooting Star from Oxenholme to Carlisle, 50 miles in 58 minutes. John was heavily involved in the cleaning of 45156 “Ayrshire Yeomanry” prior to the loco working part of the RCTS “Lancastrian Railtour” on 20/4/1968. After the efforts of John and others the loco’s condition was on a par with a Crewe Works overhaul! A superb show greatly appreciated by those attending.

Tuesday 29th January 2019
CHESHIRE DAY RANGER

7 Members attended travelling from Crewe to Chester, Shotton Low Level transferring to High Level & onto Bidston & West Kirby. The party then travelled to Lime St & then Manchester Piccadilly via the CLC. We managed a return trip over the Ordsall chord before enjoying a return trip to Glossop and Hadfield in the snow. The party then travelled back to Crewe & Chester.

The weather conditions were particularly bad however as the majority of the time was spent travelling on trains it did not affect the day. CREWE I.E.M.D 67017 90017/23/27/30/32/38/39 92016 CHESTER DR73804/73921/73922/79262 EDGE HILL DR73922/25 DOWNHILL SIDINGS 331001/102/105 AN 08834 195105/10 TRAFFORD PARK 66701 4L18 14.12 TRAFFORD PARK - FELIXSTOWE MAN VIC 66017 6M16 07.25 WILTON - KNOWSLEY ASHBURYS 66020 6H52 13.02 DOWLOW – ASHBURYS HEATON NORRIS JNC 66762 6H60 15.29 HOPE ST – PEAK FOREST UNITS ON WHICH WE RODE 221114 1D81 07.10 EUSTON – CHESTER [CREWE – CHESTER] 175112 1D11 07.09 BIRMINGHAM – INT’L – LLANDUDNO [CHESTER – SHOTTON LOW LEVEL] 150259 2F56 09.32 WREXHAM CENTRAL – BIDSTON [SHOTTON HIGH LEVEL – BIDSTON] 507033 2W14 09.51 WEST KIRBY – WEST KIRBY [BIDSTON – WEST KIRBY] 507033 2W19 11.06 WEST KIRBY – WEST KIRBY [WEST KIRBY – LIME ST LOW LEVEL] 158866 [+158857] 1L10 11.52 LIVERPOOL – NORWICH [LIME ST – MAN PIC] 185119 1P75 12.47 MAN AIRPORT – MIDDLESBROUGH [MAN PIC – MAN VIC] 185130 1P24 11.18 NEWCASTLE – MAN AIRPORT [MAN VIC – MAN PIC] 323228 2G17 13.59 MAN PIC – HADFIELD 323228 2G58 14.40 HADFIELD – MAN PIC 390136 1A51 15.55 MAN PIC - EUSTON

Monday 21st January 2019
AGM, followed by Jon Penn – “A Photographic Tribute to Edgar Richards”

26 members, including the Committee, attended the 66th Branch AGM at Chester on 21st January. Apologies were received by two members, one a member of the Committee who was recovering following an operation. As the existing Committee was prepared to seek re-election and there were no other proposals, it was re-elected en bloc by those present. The main item was finance it being announced that the Branch had suffered a loss in 2018 and it was illustrated that this could not be sustained, otherwise the branch would not exist beyond two/three years. The Committee proposed that donations of £2.00 (members) and £3.00 (non-members) be requested at future meetings and this motion was carried by the members. Following the AGM Jon Penn gave a presentation which was a tribute to ex-member Edgar Richards which covered all parts of Merseyside and the north west, including some views of local buses; Edgar being a person who photographed almost anything which moved and had a portfolio of nearly 80,00 images. Some of the more interesting subjects which Jon chose to show were those taken on the Cromford & High Peak line.

Tuesday 15th January 2019
Stafford

There comes a time in everyone’s life when common sense has to prevail. Following another cold 6 hours on Stafford in December it was decided we just could not face another long period on a Station in winter therefore the fixture was changed to a West Midlands Day Ranger.

9 Members attended travelling from Crewe on the 09.01 ex Glasgow and traveling back to Crewe via Wolverhampton, New St, Northampton, Coventry, Leamington Spa, Bromsgrove and Redditch.

A great time was had by all. The banter was such that a Lady on our return train from New St who had been listening to the banter asked if she could join us on our next day out!

TRAINS ON WHICH WE TRAVELLED

221114 9M48 05.50 GLASGOW CENT – EUSTON [CREWE – WOLVERHAMPTON] 221138 1O10 08.27 MAN PIC – BOURNEMOUTH [WOLVERHAMPTON – NEW ST] 350264 1Y28 10.14 NEW ST – EUSTON [NEW ST – NORTHAMPTON] 350250 2Y13 11.25 NORTHAMPTON – NEW ST [NORTHAMPTON – COVENTRY] 221130 1O14 10.27 MAN PIC – BOURNEMOUTH [COVENTRY – LEAMINGTON SPA] 220022 1E40 11.45 READING – NEWCASTLE [LEAMINGTON SPA – NEW ST] 323202 2B46 12.50 LICHFIELD T.V – BROMSGROVE [NEW ST – BROMSGROVE] 323202 2U52 14.12 BROMSGROVE – FOUR OAKS [BROMSGROVE – LONGBRIDGE] 323216 2R49 13.20 LICHFIELD T.V – REDDTITCH [LONGBRIDGE – REDDITCH] 323216 2L57 14.55 REDDITCH – LICHFIELD CITY [REDDITCH – NEW ST] 350239 1F50 16.01 NEW ST – LIVERPOOL [NEW ST – CREWE]

LOCOMOTIVES SEEN

BASFORD HALL YARD

56090

MADELEY

66302 6U76 08.59 BASFORD HALL – MOUNTSORREL

WOLVES STEEL TERMINAL

60015 6E08 10.04 WOLVES S.T – IMMINGHAM

SOHO C.S

08805

RUGBY

57307 STABLED

DAVENTRY INTERMODAL TERMINAL

08571 66572 90046/47 4S44 12.13 DAVENTRY – COATBRIDGE

COVENTRY

66127 4O21 09.12 TRAFFORD PARK – SOUTHAMPTON

BARNT GREEN

66167 6V92 10.22 CORBY – MARGAM 66116 6V50 14.00 BURTON – CARDIFF TIDAL

UNITS

150107 150260 153354/56 158819 168112 170105/14 170510/12/21/23 170631/33-35 172337 220020 221110/11/13/16/19/20/39/43 319219/372/457 323204/09/10/12/13/19/22/41-43 345054 350101/09/18/22/24 350235/43/44/55/57 350375 390047 390117/27/34/36/52/55 397003

Monday 17th December 2018
'The Fate of The Irish Mail'
Tony Griffiths

28 attendees at Chester on 17th December were given a fascinating and very unusual presentation by Tony Griffiths entitled “The Fate of The Irish Mail”. Tony, from Prestatyn, started with two small video presentations – one on the signal boxes along the North Wales coast, which closed in March 2018, including the passage of the last train at Prestatyn controlled by semaphores. The other was a re-enactment of passengers arriving at Prestatyn in Victorian days using Carrog station with also footage from the Llangollen Railway. The main film was a documentary including re-enactments of the Abergele crash of 1868 when wagons, left on the main line during shunting at Llandulas, ran back and collided with the down “Irish Mail”, resulting in 33 deaths mainly from fire. It followed events from immediately after the accident through the inquest to the funeral of the deceased. The film, which used local people dressed in Victorian attire, was extremely well made and showed just how prevalent the class system was in those days, as 1st Class passengers refused advice from local working-class people to escape the coaches on fire and gentleman’s evidence being more relied upon. Ironically because almost all of the bodies could not be identified, they were buried in a communal grave, from Lords to servants. An excellent and different evening.

Wednesday 12th December 2018
West Coast Railways trip to Canterbury

5 Members supported the fixture with 2 of the “regulars” missing due to a case of [1] double booking and [2] problems with the timing of the train on the return journey.

The weather was sunny throughout thus showing the beautiful countryside at its best.

The train [1Z37] formed of 12 coaches with 47826 leading and 47851 on the rear, departed Crewe 6 minutes late and lost time in the London area resulting in a 41’ late arrival at Canterbury West.

The train [1Z40] departed Canterbury West 7 minutes late however we were only 3 minutes late arriving at Crewe. Unfortunately 47851 failed on arrival and 47826 took over resulting in a 48 minute late departure from Crewe.

As most of our party alighted at Crewe that did not detract from what was a most enjoyable day. CREWE 07.37 68005 + 68002 6D43 07.31 CREWE COAL SDGS - VALLEY 07.52/07.56 47826/47851 [T/T] 1Z37 05.41 CARNFORTH – CANTERBURY WEST LNWR 67020 LICHFIELD T.V AREA 08.51 70008 4M95 03.18 SOTON – TRAFFORD PARK 08.56 66548 4M45 02.50 FELIXSTOWE - GARSTON NUNEATON 09.04 70010 + 66555 4O14 06.55 BASFORD HALL - SOUTHAMPTON HIGH OAKS JNC 09.13 66518 4M86 00.36 FELIXSTOWE – LAWLEY ST RUGBY 37025 STABLED 57308 STABLED 86259 STABLED DAVENTRY 08571 66301 4l48 13.49 DAVENTRY - PURFLEET 66302 NORTHAMPTON 68032 09.31 BLETCHLEY - LONGSIGHT WEMBLEY YARD 59004 7V53 10.34 WATFORD YD – ACTON YD 90018 6L18 17.35 MOSSEND - DAGENHAM 66030 6Z60 07.17 GRAIN – WEMBLEY YD 66194 STABLED 67024 STABLED 90036 STABLED WILLESDEN JNC 11.09 66542 4M94 07.50 FELIXSTOWE – LAWLEY ST WEST BROMPTON 11.19 70807 6L37 09.54 HOO JNC - WHITEMOOR DENMARK HILL 11,34 66715 6V30 09.49 GRAIN - MARGAM BECKENHAM HILL 11.50 66150 6M45 09.27 DOLLANDS MOOR - DAVENTRY ASHFORD INTERNATIONAL 13.10 67004/67021 [T/T] 1Y40 11.07 VICTORIA – GILLINGHAM [VSOE] CANTERBURY WEST 47851/47826 [T/T] 1Z40 15.52 CANTERBURY WEST - CARNFORTH WEMBLEY YARD 18.32 66150 6O71 15.06 DAVENTRY – DOLLANDS MOOR 18.51 66709 4L18 14.12 TRAFFORD PARK - FELIXSTOWE NORTHAMPTON 19.59 92043 6L48 15.49 GARSTON - DAGENHAM

ALSO SEEN [EXCLUDING 350/390’s]

171202 319457 345002 375303/07/10/607/15/707/08/821/25/30/913/14/20/22 377210/505/09/19/23 378203/07/09/18/20/23 395008/09/14/23/28 397003 465033/158/70 466029 700007/08/17/56 710266/67

STOCK OF 1Z37/1Z40 [in order]

3143“Patricia”/99125/“Jessica”/1961/”Topaz”/99347/”Amethyst”/”Emerald”/1860/99328/99722/21266.

Wednesday 5th December 2018
'BR in the North West'
Tom Heavyside

Tom Heavyside did a presentation entitled “BR in the North West” at Liverpool on 5th December to an audience of 37. With photographs from the 1970s up to privatisation he covered virtually all routes and many branches in the north west, although occasionally just going over the border into Yorkshire and visiting the S&C route. Some of the memorable photographs, which, as usual, were excellent included Cl.76s on the Woodhead route and It was extremely nostalgic to see not only all the different liveries which had appeared during that period, but how power on the various trains, especially passenger, had changed, especially in an area which is to see another considerable change on many lines in the near future.

Tuesday 4th December 2018
Stafford Observation

The day began bright and sunny but soon the cloud arrived and with it a drop in temperature.

Freight levels were down on previous visits with several of the regular freights not running. Fortunately there were several unusual workings, the highlight being new TPE unit 397003 being dragged to Crewe.

Seven Members attended including ex Branch Chairman, Richard Neale. Food is always provided on the pre-Christmas fixture and that in addition to the usual banter made for another enjoyable day. 09.26 66709 4M21 03.10 FELIXSTOWE – TRAFFORD PARK 09.37 66089 0M13 08.22 DAVENTRY – ARPLEY 09.41 66528 4M45 02.50 FELIXSSTOWE - DITTON 09.43 66559 4L97 05.00 TRAFFORD PARK - FELIXSTOWE 09.59 70006 4O49 09.22 BASFORD HALL - SOUTHAMPTON 11.06 66167 4O21 09.15 TRAFFORD PARK – SOUTHAMPTON 11.16 DR73111 6U17 10.30 CREWE - NUNEATON 11.47 90041/90047 4M27 05.32 COATBRIDGE – DAVENTRY 12.48 66425 6G94 12.22 BASFORD HALL – BESCOT YD 13.01 66117/66005 [T/T] 3J01 10.50 BESCOT – EUSTON VIA MACCLESFIELD 13.11 66533 4L90 12.32 BASFORD HALL - FELIXSTOWE 13.16 DR73111 6U17 12.30 NUNEATON – CREWE P.A.D 13.19 90040/90028 4M25 06.06 MOSSEND - DAVENTRY 13.20 90046/90043 4S44 12.13 DAVENTRY - COATBRIDGE 14.09 66519 4M81 08.01 FELIXSTOWE – BASFORD HALL 14.09 90036 0A06 13.35 CREWE T.M.D - WEMBLEY 14.48 70814 + DR73910 6J73 09.23 LANCASTER - RUGBY 15.20 70010 4M63 09.12 FELIXSTOWE -DITTON 15.23 66005/66117 [T/T] 3J01 10.50 BESCOT – EUSTON VIA MACCLESFIELD 15.24 47815/47812 + 397003 5Q32 10.24 PORTBURY AUTOMOTIVE TERMINAL – CREWE C.S

ALSO SEEN

220002/04/09/18/27/28/31 221101-05/07/9-12/15/18/21/25/28/30/34/36/38/41-44 350101/03/05/10/17/21/22 350239/44/48/52/55/57/59 350368/70/72/77 390001/08/10/11/13/20/42/43/45/46 390103/04/12/14/15/17-19/21/23/25-27/30-32/36/38/41/48/51-53/55/57

Monday 19th November 2018
'Through Kirton Tunnel'
Stephen Gay

On 19th November Stephen Gay revisited the Branch and gave a presentation entitled “Through Kirton Tunnel” to an audience of 27. Stephen covered the ex-Great Central line from Sheffield Victoria to Cleethorpes photographically as far as Kirton tunnel, which is approximately halfway along the route, presenting the topic with his usual thoroughness. As usual his photographs, which were taken thirty years or so ago, were excellent and Stephen’s thorough commentary was accompanied by his usual humour, such as highlighting situations where closed signal boxes had been demolished apart from the outside toilet. As he went mile by mile along the route, he also explained in detail how the scene at each photographic location had changed nowadays. We look forward to him returning soon to continue his journey.

Tuesday 13th November 2018
Leamington Spa

Seven Members attended on a sunny, mild but windy day.

We travelled South from Crewe aboard 221142 [9M48 05.49 Glasgow – Euston]. At Wolverhampton we changed into 221130 [1O10 08.27 Man Pic – Bournemouth] to New St and then walked to Moor St to catch the 10.55 to Marylebone with 68013.

The highlight at Leamington was the magnificent sight of an exworks 66100 which had appropriately been named “Armistice 100” three days previously.

The Party then sampled the recently introduced Leamington – Coventry local with 153354 before travelling on 153371 from Coventry. Nuneaton was its usual busy self with the condition of RHTT locos 66051/66085 contrasting with the condition of 66100. We concluded with a short visit to Rugby before travelling back to Crewe aboard 221108 on the Euston – Blackpool service.

LEAMINGTON SPA 11.23/11.25 82309/68013 1H33 10.55 MOOR ST – MARYLEBONE 11.25/11.26 68008/82302 1R21 10.10 MARYLEBONE – MOOR ST 11.30 DR98006/13/02 11.52 70010 4O49 09.22 BASFORD HALL - SOUTHAMPTON 11.56 66772 6M26 08.50 EASTLEIGH VQ - MOUNTSORREL 12.24/12.25 68015/82303 1G23 11.10 MARYLEBONE – MOOR ST 12.29 66554 4M55 09.02 SOUTHAMPTON – LAWLEY ST 12.51 66100 4O21 09.12 TRAFFORD PARK - SOUTHAMPTON 13.33 66097 4M71 09.45 SOUTHAMPTON – BIRCH COPPICE 13.41 70816 6M50 07.55 WESTBURY VQ- BESCOT VQ

NUNEATON 15.03 66719 4L22 14.35 HAMS HALL - FELIXSTOWE 15.04 66569 4M63 09.12 FELIXSTOWE - DITTON 15.42 66085/66051 3J01 10.50 BESCOT T.M.D – EUSTON [T/T] 15.43 66502 4M58 09.25 SOUTHAMPTON - GARSTON 15.51 66757 4M23 10.46 FELIXSTOWE – HAMS HALL 16.28 70008 4M61 13.00 SOUTHAMPTON – TRAFFORD PARK 16.35 66769 4M29 10.29 FELIXSTOWE – BIRCH COPPICE 16.39 37423/259/602 0Z90 10.. NORWICH CROWN POINT – CREWE IEMD

RUGBY 57304/86259 STABLED 16.54 66705 4M46 11.55 LONDON GATEWAY – HAMS HALL 16.59 66539 4L92 14.03 DITTON - FELIXSTOWE 17.05 66742 4L18 14.12 TRAFFORD PARK - FELIXSTOWE

ALSO SEEN

LEAMINGTON SPA

153354 165018/20 168 168107-09/12/14/17/18 168 172 220001/03/09/11/15/18/22/28/29 221132/40/44

NUNEATON

153371 170105/07/09/398 325009 350104/13/248 390006/20/44/47 390104/15/22/24/28/29/41

Monday 15th October 2018
'Rails to Bala'
Dave Southern

The Chester meeting on 15th October 33 attendees were given a presentation by Dave Southern entitled “Rails to Bala”. Dave commenced at Ruabon and followed the route via Llangollen, Corwen, Bala, with a diversion to Trawsfynydd, and Dolgellau to Barmouth in the years before the line closed in 1965. With photographs of virtually every single station and halt, his presentation captured the general atmosphere of the line and showed just why it, and almost all other lines in the area, closed as it appeared that some of the halts served little else but local farms. It was a fascinating nostalgic look at one of the lines in that part of Wales that once was a part of a network of routes.

Tuesday 9th October 2018
Doncaster observation

Unbroken warm sunshine greeted our arrival at Doncaster for our second visit of 2018.

It was a difficult day for the Railways with a fatality near South Kirby in addition to the derailment of Pacers 142086 & 142088 at the entrance to the stabling sidings at the South end of Sheffield Station. The former resulted in diversions and both incidents in cancellations and considerable delays.

Freight levels were increased compared with our March visit with 19 freights and 5 light engine movements as compared to 11 & 7 respectively.

6 Members attended. 09.39/09.44 91104/82227 1D05 TO LEEDS 09.39 66782 6M3109.29 DECOY – ARCOW QUARRY 09.49/09.51 82223/90029 1A19 EX LEEDS 09.51 66765 6D88 07.30 HUNSLET TILCON - DECOY 10.02 66207 08.43 SCUNTHORPE - DECOY 10.07/10.10 82226/91130 1E04 EX EDINBURGH 10.14/10.17 91126/82215 1N08 TO NEWCASTLE 10.16 66506 4L87 08.47 LEEDS - FELIXSTOWE 10.18/10.20 91102/82218 1D06 TO LEEDS 10.23/10.25 82212/91129 1A20 EX LEEDS 10.21 43257/43251 1E05 EX EDINBURGH 10.26/10.28 82204/91109 1Y82 EX YORK 10.33 91118/82231 1S09 TO EDINBURGH 10.38 66719 4R15 07.04 DRAX - IMMINGHAM 10.40 66133 4L45 09.36 WAKEFIELD EUROPORT - FELIXSTOWE 10.46 66787 4R79 10.09 DECOY - IMMINGHAM 10.47/10.50 82220/91124 1A22 EX LEEDS 11.04/11.07 43318/43302 1N81 TO YORK 11.07/11.09 82216/91107 1E06 EX GLASGOW CENTRAL 11.09/11.11 91121/82222 1S10 TO EDINBURGH 11.10 66610 0E02 11.03 BELMONT YARD – MIDLAND RD 11.15/11.17 91131/82208 1D08 TO LEEDS 11.15/11.20 82227/91104 1A25 EX LEEDS 11.29 43299/43319 1S11 TO EDINBURGH 11.31 43309/43313 1E07 EX EDINBURGH 11.31 66709 4N80 11.26 DECOY – NORTH BLYTH 11.32 37884 0E10 05.41 KILMARNOCK – DONCASTER WEST YARD 11.41/11.45 43310/43300 1D09 TO LEEDS 11.47 66780 6M73 10.50 DECOY - TOTON 11.51 66785 4R70 09.00 COTTAM P.S - IMMINGHAM 11.58/12.00 82207/91103 1E08 EX EDINBURGH 12.15/12.19 91127/82205 1S12 TO EDINBURGH 12.21/12.25 91108/82200 1D10 TO LEEDS 12.25/12.28 43302/43318 1Y84 TO YORK 12.29 91132/82229 1S13 TO EDINBURGH 12.38 66529 6D14 08.25 THRISLINGTON - DECOY 12.40 43317/43316 1E09 EX EDINBURGH 12.45/12.50 43075/43045 1D11 TO LEEDS 12.49 66089 0L08 12.33 BELMONT YD – WAKEFIELD EUROPORT 12.53/12.57 82201/91106 1E10 EX EDINBURGH 13.00 66533 4E23 05.50 FELIXSTOWE - LEEDS 13.03/13.05 82218/91102 1A26 EX LEEDS [78’ LATE] 13.05/13.08 91114/82203 1N83 TO YORK 13.11/13.14 91101/82211 1S15 TO EDINBURGH 13.14/13.16 91120/82225 1D12 TO LEEDS 13.25/13.28 43310/43300 1A30 EX LEEDS 13.27 43307/43312 1S16 TO INVERNESS 13.35 66014 0D08 12.37 WAKEFIELD EUROPORT – BELMONT YD 13.41/13.44 43295/43305 1D13 TO LEEDS 13.42 43272/43274 1E11 EX EDINBURGH 13.43 68005 6S31 13.40 DECOY - MILLERHILL 13.47 60095 0N01 14.36 DECOY – TYNE YD 13.51 82200/91108 1A31 13.15 LEEDS – KINGS CROSS [STARTED DONCASTER] 13.59/14.02 82215/91126 1Y32 EX NEWCASTLE 14.12/14.15 43238/43320 1N17 TO NEWCASTLE 14.14 66147 6Z69 13.50 HECK - DOWLOW 14.19/14.22 43075/43045 1A33 EX LEEDS 1D14 TO LEEDS CANCELLED 14.23/14.26 82203/91114 1Y86 EX YORK 14.31 43208/43306 1E13 EX INVERNESS 14.35 91109/82204 1S18 TO EDINBURGH 14.38 DR75402 6J32 11.00 FERRYHILL - SANDY 14.39/14.43 91130/82226 1D15 TO LEEDS 14.41 66712 6E84 08.20 MIDDLETON TOWERS – MONK BRETTON 14.49 66714 6E89 10.16 WELLINGBOROUGH - RYLSTONE 14.47/14.49 82225/91120 1A34 EX LEEDS 14.54 DR77906/73116 6U43 10.25 MORPETH BARNMORE SDGS – DONCASTER MARSHGATE 14.59/15.03 82209/91113 1E14 EX EDINBURGH 15.05/15.07 43251/43257 1N85 TO YORK 15.07 66758 6E51 12.17 PEAK FOREST - SELBY 15.12/15.14 91107/82216 1S19 TO EDINBURGH 15.16/15.19 91129/82212 1D16 TO LEEDS 15.24/15.26 43305/43295 1A36 EX LEEDS 15.28 43313/43309 1S20 TO ABERDEEN 15.34 43315/43311 1E15 EX ABERDEEN [16’ LATE] 15.38/15.43 91104/82227 1D17 TO LEEDS

ALSO SEEN;

ROBERTS RD

60002/26 66703

HEXTHORPE YARD 66735

WEST YARD/WORKS SIDINGS

08669 08853 66434 67028

STATION

142018/43/44/90/91 144006/10/13/12/21 150142 153311 158784/96/815/903/06/09 180103/05-07/10/12/14 185108/20/24/26/28/32/33/39 220003/08/11-13/15/27 221126/30/41 321902 800201/802201

Wednesday 3rd October 2018
'Liverpool Exchange'
Paul Wright

The first Liverpool meeting of the new season on 3rd October saw the return of Paul Wright of the ‘8D Associaton’ and compiler of the ‘Disused Stations’ website who gave an illustrated talk entitled “Liverpool Exchange – A History”. This fascinating insight into the plans, history, re-siting and enlarging of the station was presented with Paul’s usual thoroughness and professionalism and, he had obviously spent much time in research and the obtaining of prints and photographs to illustrate the station’s existence upto its demise in 1977 when Merseyrail services moved to their new station at the present-day Moorfields, although the Exchange frontispiece still exists today. This was a thoroughly enjoyable experience for the 37 attendees, many of whom were fascinated by some of the facts which Paul revealed.

Monday 17th September 2018
'Railways of London & the South East'
James Sutcliffe

The first meeting of the season at Chester on 17th September attracted an attendance of 29 for the presentation by James Sutcliffe, Lancashire & North West Branch member, entitled “London & the South East”. At first glance one would assume that we were going to see a collection of units around the area at many of the usual photographic locations. However, this was not the case as James’ programme covered the last ten years of not only changes around the area, but a multitude of shots taken at various locations previously unknown to most of the attendees. James had obviously over the years searched out these locations thoroughly, a lot of which could have been taken at locations outside of the capital had one not been told otherwise, as sometimes there was a complete absence of the site of any buildings. He not only showed us various units, but numerous freights in the area, plus HSTs at locations not usually associated with such motive power, in addition to many photographs of London Underground stock, old and new, at a variety of stations, including many underground. It was an excellent presentation with superb photography and one full of many surprises.

Tuesday 11th September 2018
West Midlands Day Ranger

Eight members attended the West Midlands trip on 11th September with the majority of the party having travelled from Crewe to Birmingham, where we were joined by three Cheltenham Branch Members. The tour proper started at Moor St. with a journey to Leamington Spa, a Cl.68 being the power, and progressed to Stratford-upon-Avon before returning to Moor St. Following a walk across to New St. the party continued to Rugeley Trent Valley and Nuneaton, at which point seven freights were seen within one hour, before ultimately reaching Rugby, where another four freights were observed during our 30 minutes stay. The return to Crewe was by Voyager on the 16.33 Euston–Blackpool, whilst other unit used during the day were of Cls.153, 165, 170, 172 and 350. Having covered a total of 255 miles utilising a Senior West Midlands Day Ranger at a cost of £17.50 each (equating to 0.07 per mile) – ‘superb value’, another thoroughly enjoyable day, which was enriched by the usual banter accompaniment, was experienced.

Seen;

LNWR 57305 STABLED 57312 STABLED 68027 STABLED 345045/345048 BASFORD HALL YARD 66567 BASFORD HALL JNC 09.08 66433 6U76 08.59 BASFORD HALL - MOUNTSORREL NORTON BRIDGE 09.18 66548 4M49 00.19 COATBRIDGE – DAVENTRY 249 MINS LATE BIRMINGHAM MOOR ST 82301/68014 1H33 10.55 MOOR ST - MARYLEBONE SMALLHEATH 66606 6M67 05.00 TUNSTEAD - SMALLHEATH TS [TYSELEY] 3783 LEAMINGTON SPA 11.24 68015/82309 1R21 10.10 MARYLEBONE – MOOR ST BIRMINGHAM MOOR ST 82304/68008 1H48 13.55 MOOR ST - MARYLEBONE SOHO CS 08805 BESCOT YARD 60010 66055/194 67006 66751 6G16 11.23 STUD FARM – BESCOT V.Q WALSALL 14.06 66539 6G65 09.19 EARLES SIDINGS - WALSALL RUGELEY TRENT VALLEY 15.10 66541 4M63 09.12 FELIXSTOWE - DITTON NUNEATON DR73929 STABLED 15.45 66540 4M58 09.25 SOUTHAMPTON - GARSTON 15.48 66703 4M23 10.46 FELIXSTOWE – HAMS HALL 16.03 66588 4L57 14.06 BIRCH COPPICE - FELIXSTOWE 16.08 66172 4L56 13.12.TRAFFORD PARK - GATEWAY 16.19 66767 4M29 10.29 FELIXSTOWE – HAMS HALL 16.36 66955 4O17 15.48 LAWLEY ST - SOUTHAMPTON 16.39 66566 4M61 13.05 SOUTHAMPTON – TRAFFORD PARK 16.52 86610/86638 4M87 11.13 FELIXSTOWE – TRAFFORD PARK RUGBY 16.57 66762 4M46 11.55 GATEWAY – HAMS HALL 17.07 66559 4L92 14.03 DITTON - FELIXSTOWE 17.13 66418 4L90 12.32 BASFORD HALL - FELIXSTOWE 17.14 66733 4L18 14.12 TRAFFORD PARK - FELIXSTOWE 57304 STABLED 86259 STABLED BASFORD HALL YARD 66537 STABLED

TRAINS TRAVELLED ON

CREWE – WOLVERHAMPTON 221104 9M48 05.49 GLASGOW CENTRAL – EUSTON

WOLVERHAMPTON – SMETHWICK GALTON BRIDGE 323204 2A15 09.50 WOLVERHAMPTON – WALSALL

SMETHWICK GALTON BRIDGE – MOOR ST 172342 2S24 09.57 STOURBRIDGE JNC – STRATFORD UPON AVON

MOOR ST – LEAMINGTON SPA 82301/68014 1H33 10.50 MOOR ST – MARYLEBONE

LEAMINGTON SPA – STRATFORD UPON AVON 165012 2D21 11.32 LEAMINGTON SPA - STRATFORD UPON AVON

STRATFORD UPON AVON – MOOR ST 172337 2J43 12.26 STRATFORD UPON AVON – STOURBRIDGE JNC

NEW ST – RUGELEY TRENT VALLEY 170514 2K65 13.42 NEW ST – RUGELEY TRENT VALLEY

RUGELEY TRENT VALLEY – NUNEATON 350111 1U34 14.02 CREWE – EUSTON

NUNEATON – RUGBY 350375 1U36 15.02 CREWE – EUSTON

RUGBY – CREWE 221108 1P21 16.33 EUSTON – BLACKPOOL NORTH

Last updated: 11th July 2019