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Timeline - Motive Power Changes and Notes


Motive Power Changes and Notes for June 1963


This list is correct to the following dates: E.R., 1 June 15, 1963; N.E.R., June 15, 1963; Sc.R., June 8, 1963; S.R., June 24, 1963; W.R., June 1, 1963.

Shed Closures, Openings and Code Changes

Kings Cross shed was closed at the start of the summer timetable. Carlisle Canal, Crewe Gresty Laneand Hellifield sheds were closed on June 17th. Sheffield Darnall shed was closed to steam on June 17th. Darnall steam locos have been transferred to Mexborough.

New Locomotives

D1020 Western Hero, D1063 Western Monitor to 81A
D1064 Western Regent to 88A
D1520/21/22/23/24/25 to 34G
D6824/25/26/27/32/38/39/40/41/42/43 to 88A
D7082/83 to 88A
D8520/29 to 66A

Southern Electric and Diesel Electric Units
New: B.R. Standard 2-HAP: 6147/8/9/50/1/2/3/4/5/6/7/ 8/9/60/1/2/3/4.
B.R. Standard 4-CEP: 7205/6/7/8/9/10/1.

Locomotives Reallocated

Eastern Region: W/E May 25: 48391/48396. 48772-41E; 48515, 48618-L.M.R.; 90203/90211/90220-41D.
W/E June 1: 63611-41H; D155-41A.
W/E June 8: Nil.
W/E June IS: 63589/63592, 63652/63663, 63768, 63863-41H; 92040/92041/92042, 92183/92184/92185/92186/92187/92188-40E; D155-L.M.R.
North Eastern Region: W/E May 25: D256-5IL.
W/E June 1: 42138-55F; 90479-51C; D2098-50B; D3230/D3235-56G.
W/E June 8: 60045/60052-52B; 60051/60075-51A; D2044/D2045/D2047/D2048/D2049/D2050/D2055, D2092/D2093, D2104/D2105/D2106/D2163/D2165/D2166, D2248/D2249, D2310/D2311/D2312/D2313/D2314/D2315/D2321/D2322/D2326/D2327/D2328/D2329/D2332/D2333/D2334/D2335/D2339, D3078, D3242/D3243/D3244, D3322/D3324, D3673/D3674/D3678/D3679 D3938/D3939/d3942-52E; D2081-50B; D2164, D2247-52A; D2316/D2331-51L; D3072, D3241, D3316/D3317/D3321, D3943-52A;D3231-56G.
W/E June 15: D250/D251/D256, D392/D393/D394/D395/D396/D397/D398.D399, D5177/D5178-52A; D6780/D6781/D6782/D6783-51L.
Scottish Region: 4 weeks ending June 8: 42736-67B; 45443-65F; 45490-67B; 60053-N.E.R.; 78010-66B; 90386-61B, then to 62C; D3280-66A.
Southern Region: 4 weeks ending May 27: 32636/32662/32670-71A; 32640/32678-75A; 34043/34055-W.R.; 34063-75A; 34084-71B.
4 weeks ending June 24: 4610-71G; 30064/30067/30068/30069/30071/30073-71A; 30835/30836/30847-70B: 34088-75A; 34101-70A; 80012, 80148, 92205/92206/92211/92231/92239-70B; D2256, D3465/D3471-73E.
Western Region: 4 weeks ending June I: 1151-87D; 1608-85B; 1623-87F; 1666-87H; 2885-86E; 4110-87A; 4591-72C;4699-82E; 5615/5651-88D; 6346-82D; 6651-89B; 34063/34084-S.R.; 41302/41315/41316/41317-83D; D1039/D1057-83D; D1060/D1061-88A; D2087-87A; D3516/D3522-83D; D3517/D3519-83C; D3520-88M; D3524-83E; D3809-88M; D4005-83D; D6821/D6822/D6823/D6833/D6837-87E.

Locomotives Withdrawn

1001, 1648, 2245, 2871, 2874, 2892, 3710, 3795, 4090, 4134, 4248, 5051, 5217,5229,5255, 5548, 5622, 5938, 5993, 6353, 6835, 7449, 8783, 30496, 30498, 30501, 31612, 31636, 31815, 31861, 31872, 32104, 32109, 32474, 32479, 32661, 33005, 34035, 34043, 34055, 34074, 41531, 44097, 44209, 45659, 47465, 60050, 60053, 60110, 60136, 60533, 60889, 60897, 60906, 60921, 60935, 60966, 60968, 63365, 63897, 63899, 63986, 64589, 65224, 65253, 65277, 90027, 90090, 90177

Locomotives Withdrawn, Returned to Traffic and Finally Withdrawn

44198, 44331, 45125, 45169, 45174, 45179, 45452

Locomotives Reclassified

D6123 uprated from 1,000hp to 1,350hp

Locomotives Renumbered

11228 to D2258, 11229 to D2259

Motive Power Miscellany

London Midland Region

At the end of June, tests of diesels on the I.C.I. Tunstead-Northwich limestone hopper trains were continuing. Metrovick Type 2 Co-Bo No. D5700 was despatched from Barrow to Trafford Park on June 10 and for the next four days handled a 19-hopper train unaided. With the inception of the summer service a Type 4 diesel working was instituted between Manchester Central and Liverpool Central, covering the 7.35 a.m. semi-fast from Manchester and the 9.30 a.m. Liverpool-Sheffield Victoria back. A correspondent contradicts a report in the July issue that "Royal Scot" No. 46115 worked the 4.40 p.m. Manchester Central-Northwich and 7.25 a.m. back in May, asserting that it was in charge of a special routed this way to Chester, out on May 21 and back on May 22; another special was noted with No. 46129 on June 7. Incidentally, with the commencement of the summer timetable the 4.40 ex-Manchester Central and 7.25 ex-Northwich have reverted to diesel multiple-unit coverage, leaving only one steam-hauled train in each direction daily on this service. On the Manchester Central-Liverpool Central service, two-car Derby lightweight diesel multiple-units are now commonly used on express workings, separately or in conjunction with the four-car diesel multiple-units specially built for the job. On June 2 a rake of two-car units was employed for an excursion from Manchester Central to Barmouth and back, travelling to and from Chester via Altrincham, Northwich, Moulds-worth, Helsby West Cheshire Junction (reverse) and Helsby. The previous day, Whit-Saturday, Bl 4-6-0 No. 61094 (41A), headed a Sheffield Midland-North Wales excursion via the Hope Valley, Chinley, Cheadle Heath, Cheadle and Skelton Junctions, Warrington Arpley and Walton Old Junction to Chester, but on June 9 an excursion from Chesterfield to Llandudno was hauled throughout by Brush Type 2 diesel No. D5824 (41A).
Since the beginning of the summer timetable Crewe North "Britannia" Pacifies have been frequently travelling to Barrow with the 4.3 p.m. from Manchester, returning on the 6.28 p.m. Workington-St. Pancras, which were previously covered by a Crewe North Class 5 or "Jubilee". On June 2 a "Trans-Pennine" diesel multiple-unit appears to have been loaned to the Furness area for an excursion to North Wales. Barrow's three B.R. standard Class 2 2-6-0s, Nos. 78022/78023/78027, have been moved away and replaced by Ivatt Class 2 No. 46504, ex-W.R., in green livery.
Two more Stanier 4-6-2s, Nos. 46247/46252, have been withdrawn. The "Royal Scot" 4-6-0 No. 46100 has been bought by Butlins for exhibition at their Skegness holiday camp, where it was installed early in July. Carlisle Canal, Crewe Gresty Lane and Hellifield sheds were closed on June 17.
The most interesting item of the Whitsun holiday traffic in East Lancashire was the employment of "Royal Scot" No. 46115 (9A) on a Manchester-Bridlington party special on the Saturday and on a Heckmondwike-Morecambe day excursion on the Monday; on its return from the latter outing the "Royal Scot" had "Crab" 2-6-0 No. 42719 as pilot, although its 10-coach load was no heavier than that which a Bl brought from Bolton to Rochdale single-handed. On June 21 Class B16 4-6-0 No. 61434 passed through Rochdale as pilot to a Class 5 4-6-0 on the York-Manchester Red Bank empty stock; the B16 took the Normanton parcels train back from Rochdale the same evening. At the end of May the ex-L.Y.R. "Pug" at Salford Low Level goods yard, No. 51232, fractured its rear axle. It was replaced by Kitson-built 0-4-OST No. 47001, which was soon discarded as unsuitable for the severe curves in the yard; diesel shunter No. D2866 then took over. The only other L.Y.R. "Pugs" still intact are Nos. 51237, removed recently from store at Agecroft to Horwich works and reportedly acquired for private preservation, 51253, stored at Speke Junction as a standby shunter for the Ford plant at Halewood, and 51218, recently given a light overhaul at Horwich for service in South Wales.
On June 7 Stanier Pacific No. 46250 was noted on Stafford Road shed, Wolverhampton, after heading in a pigeon special from the North-West; it later set out light towards Wellington, having presumably been unable to use the Stafford Road turntable. By contrast, the last down "Pines Express" via Market Drayton, on June 15, had nothing larger than Class 4 4-6-0 No. 75004 (89C). Stafford Road seemed to have been unaware that the 9.28 a.m. relief ex-Bournemouth was that day extended to Manchester and had to use the "Pines Express" Type 4 diesel for this, appropriating No. 75004 off the 7.35 a.m. Pwllheli-Paddington relief for the "Pines"; the unfortunate Class 4 made five halts for steam before Wellington and needed 145 instead of 65min for the first 51.7 miles of its journey. In the summer schedules the "Pines Express" is booked to be hauled throughout from Crewe via Shrewsbury to Oxford and back by a "Western" class diesel, but the first southbound train had "Castle" No. 5026 (84A) and on June 22 "Jubilee" No. 45644 (5B) was noted; on the latter date Class 7P 4-6-0 No. 45529 (1A) headed the 10.25 a.m. Manchester-Bournemouth West and 9.28 a.m. return to and from Wolverhampton Low-Level. On June 2 "Western" class diesel No. D1008 penetrated to Crewe with an excursion from Old Hill to Blackpool and repeated the trip two days later with an excursion from Smethwick West to New Brighton. Summer Saturday operations to and from the Welsh coast bring some steam working of Class 1 trains back to the Wolverhampton Low Level-Shrewsbury main line, which on Mondays to Fridays has only two services—the 5.12 p.m. from Shrewsbury and 4.55 p.m. from Wolverhampton—that are regularly steam-powered, normally by "County" or "Hall" 4-6-0s, although on Whit-Monday the 4.55 had "Crab" 2-6-0 No. 42924. On Saturdays, Shrewsbury "Manors" cover the down and up "Cambrian Coast Express", and a Croes Newydd Class 4 4-6-0 and a Machynlleth "Manor" respectively the 7.20 and 10.10 a.m. Pwllheli-Paddington; the 8.20 a.m. Paddington-Pwllheli is also steam-hauled from Wolverhampton, but the 10.10 a.m. has a "Western" class diesel to Ruabon. whence it returns with the 11.10 a.m. ex-Pwllheli. Saltley has acquired some "Jubilee" 4-6-0s which are being employed on Banbury line freights. W.R. mixed traffic 4-6-0s are increasingly used on S.M.J, line freight haulage.
An item in the N.E.R. column of last month's issue concerning new construction of B.R./Sulzer Type 2 diesels was evidently erroneous; the batch commencing with No. D7568 is in fact being erected at Derby works, while Darlington is building Nos. D5233-99 and D7500-67. An ex-L.M.S. main-line diesel, No. 10001, has re-entered traffic after a long period of inactivity at Derby, where Nos. 10000 and 10201-3 were still idle in early June. B.R./Sulzer Type 4 diesel No. D57 has been de-rated from 2,750 to 2,500 h.p. On the morning of June 13 "Hall" No. 6969 passed through Tamworth High Level with an unidentified northbound special working, with which it returned the same evening.
On June 15 the preserved Gresley Pacific, No. 4472, headed a special from Sheffield to Marylebone and back. The 8.38 a.m. Marylebone-Nottingham and 12.15 p.m. back are now rostered for diesel multiple-units. Woodford depot is now acquiring Stanier 2-8-0s, presumably to replace the WD type, and these are working to Aylesbury on freights previously handled by Class 5 4-6-0s. In the summer working the Crewe-Marylebone parcels is powered by an English Electric Type 4 diesel, instead of the previous Crewe North "Jubilee" or "Britannia", but of the latter type Aston's No. 70022 headed the 8.40 p.m. Marylebone-Preston parcels on June 14. On June 8 green-liveried Class 5 4-6-0 No. 73096 (85C) had charge of the 2.38 p.m. Marylebone-Nottingham.

Eastern Region

The predicted elimination of steam from rostered main-line workings into and out of the Kings Cross area was ordered with the commencement of the summer service and Kings Cross motive power depot was closed. The forecast closure of Grantham shed, however seems to have been deferred until the end of the summer service. The surviving Kings Cross A4 Pacifies have been transferred to New England and the A3s to Grantham depot.
However, two or three steam locomotives still reach the Kings Cross area daily, mostly on freights to Ferme Park and usually Class 9F 2-10-Os. Among changes in the pattern of diesel working, English Electric Type 3s have replaced Brush Type 2s on the Kings Cross-Cleethorpes express diagrams. Some Kings Cross-Cambridge workings have been woven into the Brush 2,750 h.p. Type 4 diesel rosters, Mondays to Fridays. More N.E.R. B.R./Sulzer Type 4s are working through to London under the new schedules; for example, the up "White Rose", previously covered by a Brush Type 4, is now usually in the charge of a B.R./Sulzer Type 4 from Gateshead.
On June 9 Stanier Pacific No. 46245 was turned out to head a special excursion from Kings Cross to Doncaster and back (see page 136). The previous day a "Jubilee" 4-6-0, No. 45597 (55A), had materialised at Kings Cross on a special excursion from Bradford Forster Square.
Nine Class 9F 2-10-0s have been transferred from New England to Colwick. An unusual arrival at Lincoln with the 7.30 a.m. from Nottingham on May 30 was "Jubilee" 4-6-0 No. 45633 (17A); later in the day the 4-6-0 was noted on the 4.10 p.m. school train from Newark Castle. On the evening of June 6 Class Al Pacific No. 60157(36A) was noted outside Sheffield Millhouses shed. Sheffield Darnall depot was closed to steam from June 17 and the steam shed now stables diesels; Darnall steam locomotives have been transferred to Mexborough.
In the summer service a diesel of Stratford depot has a through working to York on the 7.50 a.m. Colchester-Newcastle, returning on the 11.50 a.m. Newcastle-Colchester; Mondays to Fridays, an English Electric Type 4 is normally turned out, but on Saturdays an English Electric Type 3 covers the duty. During the last week of May English Electric Type 4s were seen heading the Fison's fertiliser block train from Thames Haven to Immingham, previously a Class 9F 2-10-0 job; one correspondent saw the train so hauled on the Forest Gate-Tottenham line, where a traction unit of this size is an unusual sight. In the summer service N.B. Loco. Co. Type 1 diesels are covering the Stratford Low Level-North Woolwich service. It is reported that a second English Electric Type 3 diesel, No. D6704, is to be named. On May 29 N.B. Loco. Co. Type 2 diesel No. D6123 was observed running trials on the Clacton line after rebuilding with a 1,350 h.p. Paxman engine. At the end of May all Brush 1,365 and 1,600 h.p. diesels on the G.E. Line were temporarily de-rated to 1,250 h.p., reportedly following several cases of cracked cylinder heads on these units; it was expected that the original ratings would be restored after the locomotives' next major overhaul.

North Eastern Region

Because of a shortage of Class Bl 4-6-0s, Brush 2,750 h.p. Type 4 diesel No. D1515, which had been crew-training at Neville Hill, was loaned to Copley Hill depot, Leeds, for normal service in the first week of June and was joined for the first four days of the month by No. D1502. The pair were employed on Leeds-Doncaster locals and also on the 1.40 a.m. Leeds Central-Sheffield Victoria, 5.56 p.m. Grimsby-Leeds fish and 4.10 p.m. Leeds-Cleethorpes (English Electric and B.R./Sulzer Type 4s were also recorded on Leeds-Cleethorpes workings at this time). On June 1 No. D1502 made the debut of its class in Bradford Exchange with the 4.5 p.m. from Kings Cross and on June 6 No. D1515, after bringing in the same train, was seen piloting 2-6-4T No. 42650 out of this station on the 9.33 p.m. to Kings Cross. With the banishment of steam from the Kings Cross district, Copley Hill has lost its steam duties south of Doncaster and its Pacifies have been placed in store, but five Ardsley A3s have reappeared, Nos. 60036/60092 going to Gateshead, Nos. 60070/60080 to Neville Hill and No. 60077 to St. Margarets, in the Scottish Region.
A Crewe North Type 4 diesel has a new summer service diagram in the West Riding. It hauls the 9.25 p.m. Blackpool-Huddersfield-Leeds parcels, then runs light from Leeds City to Leeds Central to take on the 3.32 a.m. Leeds Central-Halifax and the 2.8 a.m. ex-York forward from Halifax to Manchester, where it takes charge of the 9.15 a.m. to Glasgow. This is the first regular Type 4 duty over the Calder Valley main line. Crewe North "Britannia" Pacifies frequently enter the West Riding on Crewe-Healey Mills freights and are also seen on the evening Leeds-Stockport parcels, but on the evening of June 7 No. 70015 (6G) was more unusually employed on the 11.20 p.m. Copley Hill-Lostock Hall freight and next day No. 70048 was recorded on the 12.10 a.m. Copley Hill-Bolton freight. A general shortage of motive power in the West Riding during May was responsible for the drafting, reported in last month's L.M.R. column, of Class V2 2-6-2 No. 60952 (56B) to the 2 a.m. Normanton-Manchester Oldham Road freight on May 29 (this working had had Class B16 No. 61461 (56D) on May 10); the V2 returned the same night on the 11.35 p.m. Brewery Sidings-Leeds fitted freight. Another V2 was in the Calder Valley on June 18, when No. 60885 (51A) powered empty stock from Darlington to Luddendenfoot. On June 17 the 9.30 a.m. Newcastle-Manchester empty stock had the combination of Bl 4-6-0 No. 61021 (50A) and "Royal Scot" No. 46142 (26A), of which the latter was unexpectedly used for the 2.23 a.m. Carlisle-Halifax and 9 p.m. Low Moor-Aintree freights on May 28. On June 18 Class Kl 2-6-0 No. 62005 (50A) worked a York-Crewe freight and was seen on Stockport Edgeley shed the same evening.
A "Western" class diesel, No. D1038, is reported to have travelled through to York on June 1 with a special from the West Country, returning the same evening. Possibly for the first time on record, a Class A3 Pacific took the Bridlington-Hull line on June 22, when No. 60038 worked a Leeds-Filey excursion, outward via York and Market Weighton and back via Bridlington, Driffield, Beverley, the Cottingham South-Hull Dairycoates cut-off and Selby. Next day "Jubilee" 4-6-0 No. 45694 appeared at Bridlington on an excursion from Dewsbury. A "Royal Scot" 4-6-0, No. 46115, travelled to Bridlington with an extra from Manchester on June 1, but this year Sheffield area excursions to Bridlington and Scarborough are being diesel-hauled. English Electric Type 3 diesels have displaced Class V3 2-6-2Ts on the Hull-Brough trains, but some of Dairycoate's stored Class B16 4-6-0s have returned to freight work so that Type 3 diesels can handle extra summer passenger traffic.
The Type 4s' stay at Thornaby depot, discussed last month, was brief, for all 11 were moved to Gateshead on June 9, reportedly because the latter depot's stud of Type 4s was not deemed adequate for summer passenger requirements; as some compensation, four Type 3s have been transferred from Dairycoates to Thornaby. Percy Main has been made the base of 47 diesel shunters from various depots in the north-east. Malton and Scarborough sheds were closed for maintenance purposes from April 15 and May 20 respectively, and all steam servicing at Heaton was abolished from June 17.
On June 25 a train of 11 Roadrailers was taken from Pelaw to Portobello yard by B.R./Sulzer Type 4 diesel No. D169 for a demonstration to Scottish industrialists. There were no steam-hauled excursions to this year's Redcar races on June 3; specials were brought in by B.R./Sulzer Type 4 No. D118 (17A) and Type 2 No. D5105, and English Electric Type 3 diesels Nos. D6784/D6786/D6790/D6792 of Gateshead.

Southern Region

The first withdrawals of Bulleid Pacifies have been made with the official condemnation by the W.R. of Nos. 34035, 34043, 34055 and 34074. At Eastleigh 34035 an 34074 were noted in poor condition outside the shed early in June in company with Nos. 34043 and 34055, which were also the worse for wear; all four had been chalked with the "condemned" symbol, but the latter two were then officially transferred to the W.R.and withdrawn on receipt! A further Class Ql 0-6-0, No. 33005, has been withdrawn. Five Class 9F 2-10-0s have been transferred from Eastleigh to Feltham. In addition to freight haulage between London and Eastleigh, they are working freights between Feltham and Reading.
Twelve-car formations of 4-CEP and 2-HAP electric multiple-units are now operating between Waterloo and Woking on the Portsmouth-Alton semi-fast service. However, there has been no platform lengthening and passengers for stations which cannot accommodate a 12-car train are being directed to specific sets of the trains. In addition, servicing arrangements are not yet suited to the new pattern of operation; from observations, it would appear that some of these trains are returning empty to London for the night after their last down evening working and then setting out empty tor Hampshire for their first up duty the next morning.
On June 2 Hymek diesel No. D7067 (88A) penetrated beyond Salisbury to Portsmouth Harbour with an excursion from Cardiff. Next day W.R. "Grange" No. 6834 (84F) passed Eastleigh on a Stourbridge Junction-Portsmouth excursion and on June 25 W.R. "Castle" No. 5050 travelled through to Portsmouth with a schools excursion from Bristol—apparently without authority, as Class 5 No. 73002 headed the return working and the "Castle" remained on Fratton depot for an inquest into the manner of its arrival.
Another Type 3 diesel, No. D6549, was noted at Weymouth on June 11 at the head of a parcels train. In the summer service Hampshire area diesel multiple-units are covering four Saturday services between Eastleigh and Weymouth and a diesel multiple-unit from Cardiff provides the 1.50 p.m. Weymouth-Cardiff service on Saturdays. On weekdays, a Hymek diesel from Cardiff has a turn through to Weymouth on a Bristol freight, then heads the 8.57 a.m. Weymouth-Westbury. Deprived of 2-6-0s in recent months, Weymouth is short of banking locomotives, especially on summer Saturdays; on June 22 the motive power turned out for this chore ranged from pannier tanks to "Hall" 4-6-0s, S.R. light Pacifies and a Hymek diesel.
The Central Division's allocation of Birmingham R.C.W. Type 3 diesels appears to have increased in recent weeks and they have spread their activities to a number of parcel and freight train workings on the Brighton main line and branches. Diesel multiple-units have been noted on some Tunbridge Wells-East Grinstead workings. On June 16, Derby lightweight two-car multiple-units were observed at Eastbourne for what is believed to be the first occasion; an eight-car rake was used for an excursion from Bletchley.

Western Region

For what is believed to be the first time, an English Electric Type 3 diesel was recorded in Devon on June 19 when No. D6847 piloted B.R./ Sulzer Type 4 No. D40 into Plymouth on the down "Cornishman". Next day the Type 3 was piloting another Type 4, No. D23, through Bridgwater on the 4 p.m. Plymouth-Manchester.
Almost every train west of Taunton on Saturdays this summer is diagrammed for diesel traction and it is clear that steam power will probably be discovered only on reliefs and certain stopping trains. A correspondent writes that traffic observation at Exeter and Taunton from 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 15 revealed no steam working of Class 1 trains whatsoever and on the following Saturday, the first of the summer service, there were none in the down direction and only six in the up, one of which was a troop train and the other a "Castle" assisting a failed diesel. The Minehead and Ilfracombe lines were mainly steam-worked. An interesting innovation was the through working to and from Exmouth of a Hymek diesel on the Friday 10.44 p.m. from Manchester Piccadilly and the Saturday 9.18 a.m. Exmouth-Manchester Piccadilly. Other changes, to be perpetuated on summer Saturdays, were the employment of diesel multiple-units on some Exe Valley and Taunton-Yeovil services; earlier in the week, N.B. Loco. Co. Type 2 diesels had been observed on the 5.55 p.m. Taunton-Yeovil and 7.50 p.m. back.
From June 10 a "Cross-Country" diesel multiple-unit began trials over fresh ground in the Plymouth Division. On June 19 and 20 it travelled from Exeter Central to Salisbury and back and it also traversed the ex-S.R. lines in North Devon and the Plymouth area. On June 12 it was appropriated for two normal service trips on the Exmouth branch and it was anticipated locally that four workings each way would be dieselised from July 1, with a further four from July 15, the whole service being altered to diesel m.u. operation in the autumn. The unit also travelled on the Sidmouth Junction-Exmouth branch.
Despite this sweeping dieselisation, the cement special trains from the Associated Portland Cement Works at Heywood Road Junction, Westbury, to Exeter Central via Taunton and Exeter St. Davids are still steam-powered from the W.R. These trains, which run about twice weekly, brought to Exeter Central 2-10-0 No. 92005 on June 11 and "Hall" No. 6999 on June 26, while a 2-8-2T, No. 7250, is believed to have appeared on June 14. The W.R. 64XX class 0-6-0PT tried on the Seaton branch paid only a brief visit and was soon replaced by a B.R. standard Class 4 2-6-4T. On June 14 S.R. Pacific No. 34079 headed an excursion from Torrington to Totnes, taking the assistance of an N.B. Loco. Co. Type 2 diesel from Newton Abbot; the Pacific then took the empty stock to Kingswear prior to commencing the return working from Paignton. With the diagramming of more passenger trains over the Okehampton main line for W.R. diesels, the Bulleid Pacifies are increasingly diverted to freight work in preference to Class N 2-6-0s.
With the commencement of the summer timetable "Western" class diesels resumed through working between Cardiff and Shrewsbury, covering the 11.5 a.m. Swansea-Manchester and 3.35 p.m. Liverpool-Cardiff instead of Hymeks. On June 22 and 29 the 3.10 p.m. Liverpool-Cardiff left Shrewsbury with a "Warship-Western" combination, of which the "Warship" had earlier headed the 7.30 a.m. Paignton-Manchester to Shrewsbury. English Electric Type 3 diesels have been engaged on crew-training from Pontypool Road depot since early June.
From June 3 "Western" class diesels began regular working to Neyland; No. D1064 appeared to be based at Carmarthen for the purpose of covering thence the 1.5 a.m. ex-Paddington and the 11.5 a.m. Neyland-Paddington back. Others of the class have been seen on freight duties to and from Neyland. English Electric Type 3 diesels were observed on the Carmarthen-Aberystwyth branch during June and Class 4 2-6-4Ts Nos. 80101/5 have also been recorded lately on this line. Neyland shed now has an allocation of eight 4-6-0s, probably its biggest stud ever, comprising four "Halls", three "Manors" (for sub-shedding at Whitland) and a "County".
The drastic reduction of coaching stock led to some interesting devices to cover Whit-Monday special traffic requirements in South Wales. For example, Class 4 2-6-4T No. 80133, after covering the 9.55 a.m. Swansea-Porthcawl excursion, then set off with its stock empty to form another Porthcawl special at 12.55 p.m. from Blaengwynfi, where the tank was an unprecedented sight. Another example of intensive stock utilisation was afforded by a Hymek diesel and train which provided first a Newport-Barry Island then a Cardiff-Chepstow excursion, repeating the same itinerary in reverse in the evening. Porthcawl, threatened with the loss of its rail facilities, made good use of them at Whitsun, incidentally; a special auto-train service from and to Tondu and Bridgend carried some 650 passengers each way during Whit-Monday, on one working exceeding its seating capacity of 118 by 122, and 2,800 more passengers arrived on three excursions. The ex-L.Y.R. 0-4-0ST No. 51218 has apparently not left South Wales for scrap, as we surmised in last month's issue; during June it received an overhaul at Horwich and was understood to be earmarked as a replacement for W.R. No. 1338 at Swansea.
English Electric Type 4 diesel No. D212 headed the Royal train from Barnwell, north of Cambridge, to Oxford via Northampton and Bletchley on June 15; at Oxford the L.M.R. diesel was relieved by "Western" class No. D1049 for the remainder of the journey to Windsor. In the summer service there are three Bournemouth locomotive workings to Oxford, on the "Pines Express" and through Newcastle and Wolverhampton trains.
On the afternoon of June 27 a Class Kl 2-6-0, No. 62035, was an unlikely sight at Gloucester on a Bristol-bound fitted freight; the same evening the stranger was seen heading light towards Avon-mouth and on the afternoon of July 3 it was noted making for home with a northbound freight through Wolverhampton Low Level. The almost total dieselisation of relief trains west of Bristol was not repeated on the Birmingham and North-and-West main lines from that city on June 8, only one relief having diesel traction; noteworthy steam visitors were Bl No. 61050 with the second part of the westbound "Cornishman" and Caprotti Class 5s Nos. 73139 (17C) and 44757 (55A) taking out the 10.45 a.m. Newquay-Derby. On June 3 "Britannia" Pacific No. 70051 (5A), which had worked to Birmingham on an excursion, was appropriated for the 5.25 p.m. Birmingham New Street-Bristol stopping train; on June 14 No. 70047 brought a special to Gloucester and on June 23 No. 70000 was on St. Philips Marsh shed, Bristol.

Scottish Region

A new regular working across the Border has been found for Leeds Class A3 Pacifies, which are working through to its destination the London-Stirling car-sleeper inaugurated this summer; occasionally a Tyneside Pacific deputises and on June 9 Stanier Pacific No. 46244 (12A) was recorded at Bonnybridge. In the summer service, the Type 4 diesel off the 9 a.m. Perth-Euston is returning on the 9.30 a.m. Crewe-Perth and in consequence the morning Euston-Perth is steam-hauled north of Carlisle; on June 17 and 18 it had Class Al 4-6-2s Nos. 60116/60160 respectively and on June 22 Class A3 No. 60083 (52A).
Another ex-L.N.E.R. type on unlikely work was noted on June 22, when Class V2 2-6-2 No. 60882 travelled the ex-G.S.W. main line with the 10.25 a.m. Leeds City-Glasgow; it had replaced a failed diesel and was threading the Nith Valley over 2hr late. A week later, on June 29, Class A4 4-6-2 No. 60002 (52A) headed the sleeping car express from St. Pancras through to Glasgow St. Enoch, returning south the following day on a "Thames-Clyde Express" relief; a second A4 negotiated this main line next day, when No. 60004 (61B) took over at Auchinleck a railway enthusiasts' excursion bound ¦ for Carlisle, relieving the preserved Highland Railway "Jones Goods" 4-6-0 No. 103 and ex-Caledonian 0-6-0 No. 57581, which had brought the excursion over the branch line from Carstairs. A further noteworthy Pacific working recorded on June 29 was that of Stanier 4-6-2 No. 46242 (66A) on the 10.25 a.m. Leeds City-Glasgow; the "Duchess" had taken the train over at Carlisle after a diesel failure at Hellifield. On May 27 No. 46224 was used by Corkerhill depot for a Glasgow holiday special to Ayr. Elsewhere in G.S.W. territory, Leeds Holbeck "Jubilees" Nos. 45569/45589/45597 were observed on successive Glasgow-Largs specials on June 1 and on the following Saturday a Clayton Type 1 diesel was seen here.
According to a correspondent, some Clayton Type 1 diesels are expected shortly at Dundee as replacements for the depot's remaining Class J37 0-6-Os. On May 31 a single N.B. Loco. Co. Type 3 diesel, No. D6121, was entrusted with the 6 p.m. Dundee West-Glasgow Buchanan Street, but an hour after departure the train was back in Dundee; the diesel had failed at Ninewells Junction and the train had to be hauled back by a Bl 4-6-0, to make a fresh departure 70min late behind another Bl.
One of the most unusual performers yet on the Glasgow-Aberdeen three-hour expresses was observed on June 24, when the 5.30 p.m. from Glasgow had Class Al Pacific No. 60157 (36A) in place of the scheduled Ferryhill A4; No. 60157 remained at Ferryhill until the following evening, when it departed on the 10.30 p.m. Aberdeen-Portobello fast freight. It seems possible that the Al may have reached Scotland from the Sheffield area on a car-sleeper. An unusual piloting combination was noted on June 11, when Ferryhill Class A2 Pacific No. 60527 double-headed Class 5 No. 44999 out of Aberdeen with the 2.15 p.m. fish to London Broad Street.


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