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Motive Power Changes and Notes for August 1963

Notes

This list is correct to the following dates: L.M.R., August 10, 1963; E.R., August 24, 1963; N.E.R., August 10, 1963; Sc.R., August 3, 1963; S.R., August 19, 1963; W.R., July 27, 1963.

Shed Closures, Openings and Code Changes

The following depots were closed on June 17:

Carlisle (Canal)-12C; Hellifield-24H; Crewe (Gresty Lane)-sub depot of 5B.
Depot reopened: St. Leonards-73D.

New Locomotives

2,700 h.p. Diesel-hydraulic C-C: D1022 Western Sentinel, D1068 Western Reliance-81A.; D1067 Western Druid-S&A; 2,750 h.p. Diesel-electric Co-Co: D1530/D1531/D1532/D1533-34G; D1534/D1535/D1536-41A; 1,250 h.p. Diesel-electric Bo-Bo: D5215/D5217/D5219/D5224/D5225-18A; D5218-14A; 1,750 h.p. Diesel-electric Co-Co: D6850/D6851/D6857/D68560-88A; D6852/D6853/D6854/D6855/D6856/D6861-87E; 1,700 h.p. Diesel-hydraulic B-B: D7086/D7087/D7089-88A; 900 h.p. Diesel-electric Bo-Bo: D8514/D8515/D8519/D8521/D8523/D8524/D8528/D8532/D8533/D8535-66A; 3,300 h.p. Electric Bo-Bo: E3096-L.M.W.

DIESEL MULTIPLE-UNITS (Period ending June 15, 1963)
New: Motor Brake Second: W52086/7/8/9/90/1 /2/3/4/S; Motor Second: W52096/7/8/9, W52100/1/2/3/4; Trailer Second: W59235/6/7/8/9; Trailer Composite: W59818/ 9/20/1/2/3/4/5/6; Trailer Buffet Second: W59828/9/30/1.

Locomotives Reallocated

London Midland Region: W/E July 20: 1458-W.R.; 3200-89D; 3754-89A; 6368/78-89C; 6639-84D; 7413-84E; 8464/8498-W.R.; 8767-84B; 9435/9463/9470/9498-W.R.; 9640/ 9658/9661-84A; 9641-89A; 41272-84D; 41285-89D; 42350, 42482-6A; 44118-17A; 44284-15C; 44309-5D; 45017/45055-27C; 45347/45373-24E; 45633-8B; 47003-W.R.; 48027/48061/48088-2F ;48029-8A; 48094, 48131-6B; 48654-2F; 48659-5B; 48723-2A; 49407-21B; 75032/75033-27A; 80097-89D; 80099-89C; 92022. 92127-17C; 92052-18A; D2858-27A; D2869-26A; D5203/D5204/D5205/D5206/D5207/D5208/D5209/D5210/D5211/D5212-14A; D8041/D8042-1A.
W/E July 27: 42701/42710/42733/42750, 42871-9G; 42782, 42858, 44074, 44370-5D; 44440/44448-2IB; 45026-24E; 45057/45073, 45109, 45380/45388-26A; 47442-18B; 48727-2F; 70004-1A; D325-1B; D2864/D2865-26A.
W/E August 3 : 9640/9658/9661-84B; 42174-9B; 42680-27D; 42682-27C; 42686-26A; 43935, 44171-15A; 44203-16B; 44220-9G; 44327-17B; 44433-17C; 44667, 44777-15E; 46403-Sc.R.; 47279. 47437/47485-15A; 47543, 47611-18C; 48011, 48527, 73053/75071-2F; 73158-14A; 92012-17C; 92023/92026/92080/92081-15B; D4156/D4157-24L.
W/E August 10: 42082-2F; 44038-18A; 44243-17C; 44691-15E; 45088-15C; 45260-17A; 47577-24C; 47582-N.E.R.; 48495-18C; 48517-2F; D90-14A.
Eastern Region: W/E July 20: 48029-L.M.R.; D5583/D5584/D5585-41A.
W/E July 27: D2222-31B; D2550-32B; D6553-34E.
W/E August 3: D1527-Sc.R.; D2298-40F.
W/E August 10: Nil.
W/E August 17 : D5801-40A.
W/E August 24: D1532/D1533-41A; D5802/D5803-40A.
North Eastern Region: W/E July 20: Nil.
W/E July 27: 63405-52G.
W/E August 3: 43075-55B; 60118/60131/60134/60146/60154-55H; D3456-56G.
W/E August 10: Nil.
Scottish Region: 4 weeks ending August 3: 42782, 42858, 44057, 44440/44448, 44512-L.M.R.; 46403-L.M.R., then back to 66B; 64625, 65307/65329-64F; 78010-N.E.R.; 90071-62C; D1527-64B; D3280-66E.
Southern Region: Period ending August 19: 9713/9715-70A; 31825-75B; 41261-71G; 75069/75070-70A; 80034-75A; 80081, 80147-71B; 15201-71A; 15229-73C.
Western Region: 4 weeks ending July 27: 2241-72A; 3621-86A; 3693-85B; 3737-88F; 3754-L.M.R. 3766-86F; 3800/3812-86A; 4108-87A; 4241-87F; 4295-87D; 4297-88L; 4621-87J; 4624/4698-88F; 4684-82E; 4692-72A; 4950-82C; 4989-82D; 5039/5055-87J; 5056-88L; 5213/5264-87A; 5241-87B; 5322-86G; 5420-85C; 5602-87D; 5692-88H; 5919-81A; 5967-82D; 5985-81F; 6338-86G; 6412-72A; 6434-88H; 6608/6613-88D; 6649-88J; 6655/6681-88F; 6656-84F; 6670-88C; 6942-87F; 6968-82D; 6987, 7204/7252-87B; 7217/7231/7242-87F; 7223-88C; 7325-86G; 7413-L.M.R.; 8418-85D; 8464/8498-81A; 8471-85B; 8745-72C; 8767-L.M.R.; 9435/9463/9470/9498-81A; 9446-86F; 9456/9457/9466-88B; 9606-87D; 9640/9641/9658/9661-L.M.R.; 9660-82E; 9770-82F; 30530/30531-S.R.; 41207, 41304-89A; 41272-L.M.R.; 47003-87D; 80038-72C; 80097/80099-L.M.R.; D2184-87A; D3195-81F; D3360/D3361-87C; D3403, D3520-87A; D3825/D3829, D3986-87F; D3949/D3959/D3960/D3963/D3964/D3967/D3971/D3972-81F; D4027-87A; D7062/D7063/D7064-81A.

Locomotives Withdrawn

1432, 2845/2867, 3668, 3765, 3803/3833, 4264, 4922/4956/4970/4980, 5092, 5555, 5620/5640/5643/5666/5679, 5749, 5905/598 , 6314/6335, 6437, 6666/6674, 6828, 7031, 7200/7228, 7412, 7780, 8444/8491/8496, 8766, 9401/9440/9479/9483, 9713/9715/9764, 30549, 30845, 31805, 31916,41203/41240, 41875, 42157,42384,42556,42790,42976, 43845, 43937, 44132/44164, 44241/44292, 44309/44359/98, 44442/44447, 44523, 45087, 45175, 45244, 45714, 47161, 47300/47322/47360, 47458, 47502/47582, 47679, 60008, 60870, 63340/63353/63355/63369/63373/63380/63390, 63416/6348/63442/63449, 63592, 63678, 63744, 63801, 64600, 65290, 65341, 68071, 90170, 90542, 90696.

68020 sold to National Coal Board.

Locomotives Withdrawn, Returned to Traffic and Finally Withdrawn

Locomotives previousle withdrawn but returned to traffic now finally withdrawn 44283, 44322, 48773/48774/48775, 64612.

Locomotives Renumbered

11221 renumbered D2251; Electric Bo-Bo E3301 converted to Type A and renumbered E3096

Motive Power Miscellany

London Midland Region

The L.M.R. has undertaken an extensive reorganisation of its motive power districts and depot coding, to take account of recent inter-Regional transfers of territory and shed closures both complete and prospective. It is unofficially reported that the new grouping of depots and their codes, to come into force on September 9, is as follows:
1A Willesden
1B Camden
1C Watford
1D Marylebone
1E Bletchley
1F Rugby
1G Woodford Halse
1H Northampton
2A Tyseley
2B Oxley
2C Stourbridge
2D Banbury
2E Saltley
2F Bescot
2G Walsall
2H Monument Lane
2J Aston
2K Bushbury
2L Leamington Spa
2M Wellington (Salop)
2P Kidderminster

5A Crewe North
5B Crewe South
5C Stafford
5D Stoke
5E Nuneaton
5F Uttoxeter

6A Chester
6B Mold Junction
6C Croes Newydd
6D Shrewsbury
6E Oswestry
6F Machynlleth
6G Llandudno Junction
6H Bangor
6J Holyhead

8A Edge Hill
8B Warrington
8C Speke Junction
8D Widnes
8E Northwich
8F Springs Branch
8G Sutton Oak
8H Birkenhead
8J Allerton
8K Bank Hall
8L Aintree
8M Southport
8P Wigan
8R Walton-on-the-Hill

9A Longsight
9B Stockport
9C Reddish
9D Newton Heath
9E Trafford Park
9F Heaton Mersey
9G Gorton
9H Patricroft
9J Agecroft
9K Bolton
9L Buxton
9M Bury
9P Lees (Oldham)

10A Carnforth
10B Blackpool
1OC Fleetwood
10D Lostock Hall
1OE Accrington
1OF Rose Grove
10G Skipton
10H Lower Darwen
10J Lancaster

12A Carlisle Kingmoor
12B Carlisle Upperby
12C Barrow
12D Workington
12E Tebay

14A Cricklewood (diesel)
14B Cricklewood (steam)
14C Bedford

15A Leicester Midland
15B Wellingborough
15C Kettering
15D Leicester Central
15E Coalville

16A Toton
16B Annesley
16C Derby
16D Nottingham
16E Kirkby-in-Ashfield
16F Burton
16G Westhouses
16H Hasland
16J Rowsley

During August the Birmingham Aston-Glasgow Gushetfaulds "Condor" was worked throughout by the first of the N.B. Loco Co. Type 2 diesels rebuilt with a Paxman Ventura 1,350 h.p. engine, No. D6123. This unit, based on Eastfield depot, Glasgow, first brought in the up train on August 13 and took out the northbound service the same evening; it was again seen at Aston on August 21 (the previous day the down "Condor" had been hauled by "Jubilee" No. 45644) on another return trip. A correspondent assumes that some special crew rostering arrangements must have been required, since the Aston men who normally work the "Condor" to and from Crewe have not been trained on this type of locomotive. On August 19 Aston crews began training on English Electric Type 1 diesels, No. D8041 being based on the depot for the purpose. It is also reported that Type 1 diesels are expected at Bescot depot by the end of the year.

After the West Coast main line collision at Norton Bridge on August 1 between the 6.17 p.m. Euston-Liverpool and the 7.20 p.m. Liverpool-Birmingham, a number of trains were diverted via Wellington and Shrewsbury between Stafford and Crewe; most of them appear to have been hauled by English Electric Type 4 diesels and the only steam type seen by correspondents was the Stanier Class 5. On August 10, normally the busiest Saturday of the year at Birmingham Snow Hill, the number of long-distance trains recorded by an observer was 25 per cent below that of the corresponding day in 1962. One innovation was the arrival of a Hymek diesel, No. D7018, on the 11.5 a.m. Ilfracombe-Wolverhampton. Once again an S.R. locomotive travelled through to the West Midlands, but instead of a Pacific (another of which, No. 34087, was seen heading S.R. empty stock from Wolverhampton to Birmingham on July 28), it was Class 5 No. 73114 (70A) which brought in the 9 a.m. Portsmouth Harbour-Wolverhampton. Our correspondent also remarks that on August 22 a solitary excursion was run from Birmingham for the Shrewsbury annual flower show, whereas the same function attracted 12 specials three years ago. Stafford Road works, Wolverhampton, are to close on June 1, 1964; there had been local hopes that the establishment would get some long-term diesel maintenance work.

On the evening of August 23 the Birmingham-Bristol main line was blocked for over 6 hours at Selly Oak and passenger traffic was diverted into and out of Birmingham New Street via Camp Hill; diesel locomotives of Derby-Bristol expresses ran round their trains in New Street station, where reversal was necessary because of the diversion. Stanier Pacific No. 46201 paused in the Birmingham area in mid-August; it travelled south from the Carlisle area light under its own steam via Sheffield and Derby on August 12 and spent a few days on Saltley shed, before being hauled dead to its preservation site at the Dowty works, Ashchurch. Crewe-Manchester electric multiple-unit No. 028 was noted in sidings at Walsall on August 14.

Crewe works has begun the overhaul of Manchester-Sheffield 1,500V d.c. locomotives. Some of the scrapping previously done at Gorton also seems to have been transferred to Crewe, where three J39 0-6-0s were noted in the scrapyard on August 6. Derby works—not Darlington, as stated in the July Timeline is building B.R./Sulzer Type 2 diesels Nos. D5233-99; the next Derby series, Nos. D7500-D7577, will, it is understood, feature a re-styled exterior, but to judge from correspondents in the North-East, Nos. D7578-D7597 seem likely to be the first of this variant to appear, from Darlington works. The first Stanier 2-6-0 to be withdrawn is No. 42976.

Owing to engineering work between Aylesbury and Marylebone on Sundays, August 4 and 11, the West Coast main line overnight trains diverted to Marylebone were further re-routed via the Aylesbury-Princes Risborough branch and High Wycombe, bringing English Electric Type 4s into new territory; also seen traversing this route on August 4 was double-chimney Class 5 No. 44765, heading a parcels train. The Marylebone-Nottingham semi-fasts have now been reduced from a six- to a four-coach formation. During August Willesden "Britannia" Pacifies Nos. 70001/70012/70033/70044 were in frequent use on G.C. Line traffic, while No. 70019 of Aston worked a Marylebone-Gleneagles troop train on July 29 and No. 70025 of Crewe headed the Marylebone-Glasgow car-sleeper on August 18. For its diesel locomotive duty on the G.C. Line, Cricklewood turned out during August No. D5209, one of its latest batch of B.R./Sulzer diesels, which have also begun work on the through Midland suburban rush-hour trains to Moorgate. On the Western main line, Euston had a visit from a "Clan" Pacific No. 72009, on August 31, heading what was believed to be the 12.20 p.m. from Llandudno. On August 1, Class B1 No. 61285 (40E) passed Watford on an early down freight empties.

In former W.R. Welsh territory that is now L.M., apart from "Manor" 4-6-0s, L.M. and B.R. standard types now seem to be in complete command of operations over the former Cambrian main line. However, it was two "Manors", Nos. 7819/7822, which double-headed the royal train over the Cambrian system to Pwllheli on August 10, with Nos. 7827/7828 as standbys.

On the North Wales coast, in addition to Mexborough B1 4-6-0s on trains between Sheffield and Llandudno, a correspondent noted No. 61002 of York heading the 12.30 Llandudno-Leeds on August 24. Three excursions were run from the West Midlands to New Brighton via Crewe, Sandbach, Northwich, Chester East and Dee Marsh Junctions, Bidston and Seacombe Junction on August 7 and two, from Brownhills and Pelsall, were unexpectedly hauled throughout by nothing larger than Class 4 2-6-0s Nos 43003/43022; the third, from Birmingham, had Class 4 4-6-0 No. 75034.

Class V2 2-6-2s twice penetrated to Lancashire in August. In the summer the 8.16 a.m. Newcastle Scotswood-Manchester Red Bank newspaper van E.C.S. was booked to be double-headed by a York B1, which returned home on the 6.18 p.m. parcels from Burscough Bridge. After three substitutions by Class B16 4-6-0s Nos. 61454 on July 26 and 61457 on August 1 and 3—V2 No. 60828 was coupled to the Newton Heath Class 5 train engine (off the previous night's 7.32 p.m. from Manchester) on August 2; it did not go back as rostered with the Rochdale-Normanton parcels, but headed the following day's Manchester Red Bank-Sowerby Bridge empty stock. On August 6 another V2, No. 60932, worked the scheduled duty throughout. Three days later a Class Kl 2-6-0, No. 62009 (50A), brought a van special from Newcastle into Rochdale. During August several Rochdale and Manchester to Liverpool and Blackpool services reverted to sporadic steam operation because of an unusually high failure rate among diesel multiple-units in the area. In the winter timetables an interesting train to be cancelled is the Sunday 10.50 p.m. Liverpool Exchange-York, unique for a non-stop run over the Bolton-Rochdale line and also one of the few scheduled B1 turns in Lancashire.

Excursions from Barrow to Southport daily between July 29 and August 2 were each worked by one of Barrow's Metrovick Type 2 diesels, Nos. D5702/D5703/D5709/D5716. Instead of the usual B.R./Sulzer Type 2 diesel, Class B16 4-6-0 No. 61457 brought the Saturday 8.15 a.m. Newcastle-Heads of Ayr into Carlisle on August 24; the B16 returned the same morning on a parcels train. With the closure of Carlisle Canal shed, Kingmoor has taken over most of its work and some of its locomotives; Kingmoor has also assumed most former Upperby freight workings south of Carlisle.

Eastern Region

It is reported that Doncaster works has ceased overhaul of steam locomotives and is now devoted to diesel maintenance, in which respect it has taken over the responsibilities of Darlington works as well. Conversely, steam locomotives remaining in the E.R. and deemed worthy of repair are now to be dealt with at Darlington works, the closure of which should coincide with cessation of the demand for such work. WD 2-8-0s on the E.R. will be attended to at Crewe works. Scottish Region Pacifies, it is understood, will in future be overhauled at Cowlairs works.

On July 28, Brush 2,750 h.p. Type 4 diesel No. D1532 worked a test train of 42 24|-ton loaded hoppers, or some 1,550 tons gross, between Doncaster Decoy yard and Thorpe Marsh power station via Carcroft, Skellow Junction and Bull-croft Junction; the normal load for a WD 2-8-0 over this severely graded route is 18 loaded wagons. After this No. D1532 went to Frodingham, no doubt for crew training, until the middle of the month, when it was replaced by No. D1534. Three Brush Type 2 diesels from Sheffield Darnall now work regularly from Frodingham depot; the units appear to be changed at weekly intervals. A great deal of the freight traffic into the Scunthorpe area is now covered by English Electric Type 3 diesels from Darnall depot, many of them working with diesel brake tenders. On August 27/8 the Sheffield Pullman service was covered by Brush Type 4 diesels Nos. Dl535/D1536, which are reported allocated to Darnall.

Sheffield Darnall diesels have also taken over the fitted iron ore trains between High Dyke, Grantham, and the Rotherham area, previously covered by Grantham V2 2-6-2s. Up to the time of writing, the High Dyke-Frodingham ore trains remain steam-hauled by Class 02 2-8-0s, but dieselisation of this traffic and its re-routing via Lincoln is understood to be in prospect. Although steam is all but eliminated from the regular passenger traffic on the East Lincolnshire line, it is still predominant on the freight, including the Grimsby fish trains, of which the two London services are hauled by 2-10-0s and the 6.20 p.m. ex-Grimsby by an Immingham "Britannia" Pacific to March ("Britannias" also work the South Wales fish to Woodford Halse and an evening tank freight to Rotherham). The Immingham "Britannias" also continue as reserves against diesel failures on the Cleethorpes-Kings Cross expresses. To judge from a Sleaford observer, much of the Saturday extra traffic to the coast this summer—perhaps its last, in view of the Beeching proposals, was steam-hauled, among the visitors being a "Crab" 2-6-0, No. 42763, with a train from Radford to Mablethorpe on August 17, but Brush diesels were also employed. On August 10 "Britannia" Pacific 70037 (40B) worked into Skegness with a train from Grimsby.

All the Type 2 "Baby Deltic" diesels have now left Kings Cross and those stored at Stratford have been removed to Vulcan Foundry, where they are reportedly to be rebuilt with different engines. It would appear that a Birmingham R.C.W. Type 3 diesel of the S.R. made its début in Kings Cross on July 19, when No. D6522 (73C), no doubt appropriated at some stage of its through working on the Cliffe-Uddingston cement train, was seen passing Hitchin with the 9.30 a.m. Newcastle Tyne Commission Quay-Kings Cross in place of the usual Brush Type 4.

A W.R. "Castle" made its début in G.E. Line territory on August 23, but out of steam. A remarkable cortège comprising No. 5099, W.R. 2-6-2TS Nos. 4106/4163 and 0-4-2T No. 1473, was hauled from Gloucester via Oxford, the Bletchley flyover, Cambridge and Ely to a Norwich contractor for breaking up, and was seen passing Lakenheath behind a Brush diesel; the following day the W.R. quartet were stabled in Trowse Lower Junction sidings. During the summer there was a Sheffield Darnall Type 3 diesel working through to Yarmouth Vauxhall with the Friday 11.10 p.m. ex-Manchester Victoria, the unit returning next day with the 11.47 a.m. from Yarmouth. The forecast through working to and from Norwich by an English Electric Type 4 on the York-Lowestoft through service, however, was noted only on August 22. On July 31 B.R. Class 4 4-6-0 No. 75022 (8IE) travelled through to Cambridge with a troop train from the W.R.; the same night the Ispwich-South Wales freight was hauled over the Cambridge-Bletchley line by a Type 4 diesel for the first time. A report in our September issue that the G.E. line's borrowed L.M.R. electric multiple-units had all been returned was erroneous; three or four remain and, because of stock interchanges, an L.T.S. unit still appears occasionally in Liverpool Street. On August 22 a Birmingham R.C.W. Type 2 diesel, No. D5403 (14A), arrived at March for three weeks' local crew-training.

North Eastern Region

The L.M.R. Civil Engineer has now consented to the employment of Class A1 Pacifies between Skipton and Gretna Junction, subject to minor restrictions, including a ban on double-heading of those engines except in an emergency and then subject to a 40 m.p.h. limit over certain bridges; to avoid this possibility, operating staff have been requested to adhere to train-loading stipulations if A1s are used. In addition, A1s have been permitted to work via Clapham Junction, Ingleton and Carlisle, subject to a 40 m.p.h. limit between Settle and Clapham Junctions, and Low Gill and Ingleton, and to 20 m.p.h. between Ingleton and Clapham Junction. Since the Scottish Region has cleared to the A1s all routes north of Carlisle over which A3s are allowed, the two classes can now be used interchangeably on the Leeds Holbeck diagrams to Carlisle and beyond. The diversionary route from Apperley Junction to Skipton via Ilkley, also, may only be taken by A1s in an emergency and subject to some severe speed restrictions. As a result of this grant of new territory to the A1s, Nos. 60118/60131/60134 were transferred from Ardsley to Neville Hill depot, and have been participating with A3s in the through working between Leeds City and Stirling with the London-Stirling car-sleeper. During the summer the Neville Hill A3 Pacifies also had a regular Saturday working to Scarborough for the first time, on the 2.40 a.m. ex-Leeds and 9.20 a.m. back. On August 17 Class A4 No. 60017 was recorded at Ais Gill on a Leeds-Carlisle-Glasgow fitted freight (it was later seen at Corkerhill shed).

It is reported that Sowerby Bridge and Huddersfield motive power depots are to be closed this autumn. During the summer service there was some spectacular double-heading of Saturday workings between Leeds and Doncaster to facilitate locomotive movements; both the 4.49 p.m. stopping train and 5.30 p.m. from Leeds were scheduled for haulage by a "Deltic"-Brush Type 4 combination (such high-powered double-heading has also been observed of late on the G.N. main line). On August 7 Class 5 4-6-0 No. 45368 (26A), which arrived light from York, headed the 11.34 a.m. to Kings Cross out of Harrogate instead of the usual B1.
As reported above, Darlington works is taking over from Doncaster the periodical overhaul of ex-L.N.E.R. Pacifies and by the end of August, Class Al No. 60154 (55H) had entered the plant; three A3s and two A4s were expected shortly thereafter. In its construction of B.R./Sulzer Type 2 diesels, Darlington works has now begun to lay frames for Nos. D7578-D7597.

Blaydon depot has now been closed to steam power and its remaining steam locomotives are transferred elsewhere; its work is covered by English Electric Type 3 diesels supplied from Gateshead depot. There is now a regular Carlisle steam locomotive freight duty into the Newcastle area, usually covered by a Stanier Class 5 4-6-0, but sometimes by a Stanier 2-8-0 from Carlisle Kingmoor. The race meeting at Redcar at the end of July once more brought large steam power on excursions, the most notable arrivals being Class A4 No. 60023 (52A) on July 30 and Class A3 No. 60036 (52A) the next day; several V2 2-6-2s were also observed.
A correction in the notes in the June Timeline that English Electric Type 3 diesels are covering the Hull-Brough trains. There are only three locomotive-hauled trains a day each way between these two points and of these, only the 4.20 p.m. from Hull and 5.15 p.m. back from Brough are service trains, the others being special workings for aircraft factory workers; all are still hauled by Class V3 2-6-2Ts or a Class 4 2-6-0 from Dairycoates.

Southern Region

On Saturdays this summer a through working to Bournemouth by a W.R. Hymek diesel was observed; the inward working is believed to have been the Friday 9.45 p.m. from Leeds, the diesel returning to the W.R. on the 8.5 a.m. Bournemouth-Leeds. This was one of several new weekend workings to Bournemouth by W.R. motive power which were scheduled as a result of the re-routing of S. & D. traffic. A Banbury "Hall" was rostered to the 11.15 p.m. Derby-Bournemouth West on Fridays and the 9.10 a.m. back from Bournemouth West, and a Stafford Road "Hall" to the Friday 9.47 p.m. Manchester-Bournemouth West and 11.36 a.m. Back.

At Eastleigh works Class USA 0-6-OT No. 30070, in addition to being renumbered DS238 on its transfer to departmental stock, is reported to have been named Wainwright. "Terrier" 0-6-0T No. DS680 has been restored to its original L.B.S.C.R. state as No. 54 Waddon, with the help of spares from the withdrawn Nos.32635/32661, and on August 23 was shipped from London Docks, together with 21ft of ex-L.B.S.C.R. rail from a disused Lancing siding, to Montreal for the Canadian Railroad Transportation Museum at Dalson, Quebec.

The fire in signalling equipment outside Waterloo on August 9, at about 4.30 p.m., brought the station to a complete standstill for some 45min and severely disrupted working until the next morning. It appears that telephone communication between the terminus and Locomotive Junction, Nine Elms, was also broken, which for some time left despatching of movements on an interval basis as the only resort, since the signalling was inoperative.

On August 25, Class A3 Pacific No. 60112 was turned out to head a privately-organised special from Waterloo to Weymouth, Westbury and Salisbury. Five days earlier, the preserved Gresley Pacific, No. 4472, arrived in Eastleigh light from Doncaster for display at the works' open day; it returned light the next evening. A W.R. "County" 4-6-0, No. 1016, was seen heading a freight from the Reading line through Basingstoke on August 16. On August 25 Hastings three-car diesel multiple-units Nos. 1310/1313 were provided for a Betchworth-Redhill shuttle service run because of engineering work on the Guildford-Redhill line at Deepdene.

A W.R. Hymek diesel made the début of its class at Brighton on August 25 when No. D7048 brought in a party special from High Wycombe via the West London line and the Central Division main line. On August Bank Holiday a Birmingham R.C.W. Type 3 diesel headed the 11 a.m. Brighton -Cardiff as far as Salisbury for the first time; one reader has heard that regular diesel haulage of this train and of the Brighton-Plymouth service is in mind for the winter, using units based on Brighton. There are now 19 of these units on purely Central Division work. Another correspondent reports that the "Brighton Belle" stock was given a speed test between Victoria and Brighton on Sunday, August 18; a time of 51 1/2min, he understands, was recorded, but the riding of the 10-car train at that pace was uncomfortable. On August 10 a "West Country" Pacific, No. 34013, unusually brought the Glasgow car-sleeper into Eastbourne. At Newhaven, all rail traffic on the west quay and over the swing bridge ceased in August and the local Class A1X 0-6-OT, No. 32678, is redundant; Newhaven shed was to be closed at the conclusion of the summer service.

Push-and-pull trials connected with the design of future S.R. stock for electrified lines were resumed early in August, this time with electro-pneumatically braked vehicles. A correspondent noted a formation comprising electro-diesel locomotive No. E6006 and two 4-CEP units thus engaged on the Ashford-Ramsgate line at the beginning of the month. On August 27 electro-diesels Nos. E6002/E6004 were seen heading and banking a 27-wagon fitted mineral train over the Kearsney Loop. On August 9 and 16 B.R./Sulzer Type 2 diesels Nos. D5211 and D5086 respectively from the L.M.R. were observed at Dover Marine.

According to a correspondent, the former South Tyneside two-car electric multiple-units switched to the S.R. have been renumbered 5780-5794 in the S.R. m.u. fleet list and are at work on the Victoria-London Bridge service.

Western Region

For the first time, so far as is known, a Padding-ton-Worcester service was worked by a "Western" class diesel on August 12, when No. D1068 headed the 11.15 a.m. ex-Paddington and 3.10 p.m. back after the rostered locomotive had failed. On August 6, when Hymek No. D7048 failed on leaving Kinghan with one of these trains, a correspondent witnessed the unusual sight of its train being hauled back into the station by a three-car diesel multiple-unit arrived from Oxford.
The A.E.I.-Birmingham R.C.W.-Sulzer 2,750 h.p. diesel-electric prototype, No. D0260, reappeared on the W.R. in August and was undergoing further trials on the Lickey Incline with a 12-coach train on August 16. On August 21 a Stanier Pacific descended the Lickey Incline, but out of steam; No. 46201, which earlier in the month had travelled south from Carlisle to Derby under its own steam {see Midland notes), was being hauled dead by a Class 4F 0-6-0 to its private preservation site at the Dowty works, Ashchurch. Two days later an unusual type on Lickey banking work was Class 4F 0-6-0 No. 43963 (21A), acting as deputy for the day while the 2-10-0 No. 92079 underwent repairs at Bromsgrove depot.

For the peak August traffic, a pair of 2-10-0s, Nos. 92220/92224, reappeared on the Somerset & Dorset line, but from correspondents' accounts they seem this year to have been used on the line's local traffic. It was noticed that on August 20 two of the W.R. 0-6-Os in the area, Nos 2204 and 3215, were stored outside Templecombe shed, although No. 3216 was active on the Highbridge line.

A correspondent understands that the modification of the "Western" diesel locomotive class bogies, to permit the raising of their maximum permissible speed from 80 back to 90 m.p.h., has temporarily been given preference to that of the "Warships", to fit as many as possible in time for inauguration of this winter's accelerated Padding-ton-South Wales service. A recent visitor to Swindon was informed that "King" No. 6000 is to be broken up because of a cracked frame and that the preserved example of the class will be No. 6018, to which the nameplates, numberplates and presentation bell of No. 6000 will be transferred. The W.R.'s B.R. Standard and ex-L.M.S. locomotives are now being overhauled at Crewe, with the result that green liveries applied at Swindon are being replaced by black; Swindon is also reverting to black on tank engines.

As predicted, in the winter timetables the Exeter-Exmouth branch is almost completely dieselised, using W.R. multiple-units, with some interesting developments in through working. An observer who spent August 17 at Exeter St. Davids writes that the entire summer Saturday service of Class 1 trains on the ex-G.W.R. main line was diesel-powered, the only steam in evidence being used to pilot two diesel-hauled trains. On the S.R. route almost all Plymouth line trains are now handled by N.B. Loco Co. Type 2 diesels on weekdays, or "Warships" on Sundays, with the principal exception of the through trains to and from Brighton. The unrebuilt Bulleid Pacifies at Exmouth Junction are concentrated on Ilfracombe line work and have only one duty on the North Cornwall line, the "Atlantic Coast Express" to and from Padstow; in the latter area the Class N 2-6-0s still reign supreme. On August 16 Ilfracombe saw its first diesel locomotive, when Type 2 No. D6340 brought in the W.R. General Manager's saloon; No. D6340 returned to Exeter piloting S.R. Pacific No. 34110 on the 12.15 p.m. from Ilfracombe—a possibly unprecedented combination. On August 29 the 5.26 p.m. Plymouth-Tavistock North and 6.55 p.m. back were worked by "Hall" No. 6921, the first W.R. steam locomotive to travel this line for some time. This was followed on August 30 by No. 6950 heading a special freight from Lydford Junction to Exeter Riverside. Another unusual spectacle in ex-S.R. territory was provided on August 8 by Class 4F 0-6-0 No. 44167, which, for reasons unknown, ran light in the early morning from Exmouth Junction to Templecombe. It is reported that W.R. motive power depots in the West are to be recoded as follows: Westbury. 83C; Exmouth Junction, 83D; Yeovil, 83E: Barnstaple, 83F; Laira, 84A; St. Blazey, 84B: Truro, 84C; Penzance, 84D; and Wadebridge, 84E. Closure of Exeter (ex-G.W.) shed is understood to be scheduled for October 14.

All regular through Cardiff-Plymouth services are now covered by Swindon-built "Inter-City" units of the latest type, based on Cardiff. Excluded from the West of England extras, steam was prominent on Paddington-South Wales reliefs during August. On August 27 a Stanier 2-6-0, No. 42977 (5B), was noted in South Wales, heading a Barry Docks-Crewe banana train through Cardiff General. The latest penetration by English Electric Type 3 diesels reported to us is in West Wales, where, after the appearance of Nos. D6853/62 on August 8 and 12 respectively, units of this type are now seen at Pembroke Dock on the freight workings from Whitland. It is reported that Neyland, Goodwick and Pantyffynnon motive power depots were to be closed on September 9.

On August 13 "Britannia" Pacific No. 70054 was noted in Hinksey Yard, Oxford, after bringing in a freight from Morris Cowley; eight days later, No. 70042 was observed at Swindon. More S.R. "Merchant Navy" Pacifies have reached Oxford; No. 35002 arrived there with the "Pines Express" on July 27 and August 10 and on August 13 No. 35024 had charge of the 11.50 a.m. Bournemouth-Wolverhampton.

Scottish Region

As observed in the N.E.R. notes, Class A1 Pacifies have been cleared to work over all routes north of Carlisle that are permitted to A3s. Since they have also been given Leeds-Carlisle availability, at the end of July, Nos. 60118/60131/60134 of Neville Hill depot began express passenger work— notably on the London-Stirling car-sleeper—over the ex-G.S.W. route between Carlisle and Glasgow. North of Carlisle there are evidently not the same reservations about the effects on track and structures of piloting the A1s as there are between there and Leeds, for A1s on the southbound car-sleeper have been accepting the usual Stanier or B.R. standard Class 5 4-6-0 pilot between Kilmarnock and New Cumnock (though this aid is. not given to Type 4 diesels; No. D321 (5A) had
no help when it worked the train on August 8).

Clayton Type 1 diesels are now extensively used on Glasgow-Gourock and Wemyss Bay trains. On Saturdays from July 27 the 10.15 a.m. SO from Law Junction to Largs also was hauled by a pair of these units (see page 284). Another Pacific visitor, Class A3 No. 60080, was recorded at Ayr on the afternoon of July 21.

When an L.M.R. English Electric Type 4 diesel works into Edinburgh Princes Street, it is sent to Haymarket for servicing and refuelling. This no doubt accounts for the occasional Sunday observations of L.M.R. diesels on the East Coast Edinburgh-Aberdeen route; on August 4 and 11 Nos. D288 (12B) and D301 (5A) respectively passed Inverkeithing on an afternoon working to Kirkcaldy. There is now a Haymarket English Electric Type 4 roster over the Waverley route, covering the 11.40 a.m. Class 5 from Millerhill yard to Carlisle, the 8.42 p.m. Class 4 back, the 9.10 p.m. Class 4 ex-Dundee from Millerhill to Carlisle, and the 8.26 a.m. Class 4 back. Previously, diesel freight haulage on this route had been the province of Birmingham R.C.W. Type 2 units. On July 28 Stanier Pacific No. 46223 was being serviced at St. Margarets.

Before its transfer to the Glasgow-Birmingham "Condor", the Paxman-engined 1,350 h.p. N.B. Loco Co. Type 2 diesel No. D6123 was employed on the 8.25 a.m. ex-Glasgow and 5.15 p.m. ex-Aberdeen three-hour trains from July 30 to August 10. Once again Ferryhill was without an A4 for these expresses from August 12 to 17 and the 7.10 a.m. ex-Aberdeen and 5.30 p.m. back were covered on April 13 by former Heaton A3 No. 60036, recently switched to the Edinburgh area, on August 15 by Class 5 No. 44794 and on August 17 by Haymarket A1 No. 60161.


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