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Timeline - Motive Power Changes and Notes


Motive Power Changes and Notes for November 1963


This list is correct to the following dates: L.M.R., November 2, 1963; E.R., November 2, 1963; N.E.R., November 16, 1963; Sc.R., November 2, 1963; S.R., November 11, 1963; W.R., November 2, 1963.

D54 named The Royal Pioneer Corps

D9021 was named Argyll and Sutherland Highlander at a Stirling station ceremony on November 29

Shed Closures, Openings and Code Changes

Wath 41C
Westbury 83C
Templecombe 83G
Whitland 87H
Exeter 83C

Tiverton junction now sub shed of Taunton

New Locomotives

2,700 h.p. Diesel hydraulic C-C: D1024 Western Huntsman, D1025 Western Guardsman, D1069 Western Vanguard, D1070 Western Gauntlet-86A; 2,750 h.p. Diesel electric Co-Co: D1546-41A, then to 34G; D1547-34G; D1548/D1549-41A; D1682/D1683-81A; 1,250 h.p. Diesel-tlectric Bo-Bo: D5230, D7569/D7571/D7572/D7573/D7574-14A; 1,750 h.p. Diesel-electric Co-Co: D6868/D6876/D6877/D6878/D6879/D6881/D6882/D6899, D6900/D6901/D6902/D6903-86A; D6880-87E; 900 h.p. Diesel-electric Bo-Bo: D8549/D8551/D8552/D8553-66A; D8554/D8555/D8556-64B; 3,300 h.p. Electric Bo-Bo: E3090/E3093-L.M.W.

New: B.R. Standard 2-EPB (rebuilt from South Tyne-side Units): 5782/6/91/2/5.

Locomotives Reallocated

London Midland Region: WE October 12: 6137-2A; 6434-2C; 42181-16J; 45109-8K; 45250-2E; 45256-9B; 45529, 45735, 46156-16B; 48167-16A; 48368, 48551, 48729-6B; 48629-8H; 48755-1F; 73030/44, 73166, 75003-W.R.; 76020/76022/76023-5F; 76047/76052/76085/76086/76087/76088-2E; 92009-16J; 92057-2E; 92075-16B; 92153-16G; 92208/92233/92249-9D; D2389/D2390-8C

W/E October 19: 42474-9K; 42492-9D; 42778-9K; 45041, 45129-8K; 45188-8C; 45411-9K; 45531-8F; 47230-8A; 48164, 48333, 48469, 48652-9M; 90110-9J; 90702-8L; D2866-9D; D5388-15A.

W/E October 26: 42075-8H; 42309-9G; 42647-8P; 42754-10H; 42950/1/64/70/8-5E; 45044-1A; 45096-9J; 45270-1F; 45296, 45385-8F; 45404-9A; 84017-8M; 92052/77-16E; 92076-16J; D5404-16C.

W/E November 2: 6644-2L; 42722-10H; 43947-9L; 44181-8B; 44200-8G; 44486-8F; 44540-15A; 44667-10J; 44691, 44777-2E; 44844, 45000/45044, 45198, 45305-6A; 45116, 45279/45285-6G; 45703-10A; 47202-9G; 47279-12D; 47485-8A; 70024/70049-5A; 73011/73073, 73157-1G; 73038/73040/73048/73067/73070-1A; 92020-16E; D144-16A; D2865-9D; D3956-5B; D5384-15A.

Eastern Region: W/E October 12: Nil.
W/E October 19: D2207/D2298-40E; D2407-40F; D3624-40B.

W/E October 26: 60006/60007/60010/60026/60034-Sc.R.; 60054/60062/60063/60065, 60106/60112-34E.

W/E November 2: D1500/D1501-41A; D1530/D1546-34G.

North Eastern Region: W/E October 19: 42123/42196-55H; 42177-56B; 42271-55A; 42689/42699-55H; 43141-51F; 60146-50A; 63436/63445-52G; 76050-Sc.R.; 78024/78025-52D; 80116/80117/80118/80119/80120-Sc.R.; D3235-55A.

W/E October 26: 43135-51L; 43140-51F; 76021/76024/76045/76046-Sc.R.; 90336, 90407, 90511, 90610/90611/90684-56A.

W/E November 2: 43133-51F; 43134/43136-56B; 43137-56A; 46475, 60005/60016/60019/60023-Sc.R.

W/E November 9: 41251/41253/41262/41264-L.M.R.; 42142-56F; 42702/42789/42795, 42861/42863-Sc.R.; 43132-56A; 44753/44756/44757-L.M.R.; 45643-55C; 46409/46413/46435/46474/46479-Sc.R.; 46473-50D; 47266-L.M.R.; 78010/78011/78014-55C; 78012-52D; 80075-Sc.R.; D1549-55H.

W/E November 16: 63395-52K.

Scottish Region: 4 weeks ending November 2: 42055, 42123/42142/42145/42165/42177/42196, 42204/42271, 42689/42699, 43133/43134/43135/43136/43137/43138/43140/1-N.E.R.; 44718-65D; 45192 , 45362, 45488-65F; 46403-65T; 46482/46498-67D; 60006/60007/60026/60034/60042-64A; 60010-61B; 64593, 65311-65K; 76021/76024-67B; 76045-65F; 76046, 76103-65D; 76049/76050-64G; 77009-65F; 77019-67B; 78016-67E; 78050/78051-65D; 80071/80073/80074, 80118/80119/80120-66E; 80076, 80116/80117-67E; 80077-67D; D2745/D2746-62B; D3215/D3216, D3533-65F.

Southern Region: Period ending November 11: 30508-W.R.; 34024-70F; 34032/34036/34056, 34108-70E; 34058-70D; 34060-70A; 34049/34054/34061/34067/34068/34084-W.R.

Western Region: 4 weeks ending November 2: 1020/1024/1028-82C; 1421-85C; 1442-83E; 1450/1466-83B; 2283, 2836-86E; 3616-88J; 3689, 3784-88C; 3790-87G; 3794-81F; 3822-88A; 3823-87A; 3859-86E; 4080-88A; 4088-82B; 4122/4124, 4237-88J; 4227-87D; 4258-87A; 4285-88G; 4296-87F; 4673-83D; 4705/4707-81A; 4905-81E; 4919-82C; 4949-82B; 4966-81F; 5000/5025/5055-86C; 5037/5074, 5202/5206-82B; 5214-86B; 5231-88A; 5252-88J; 5257-87A; 5330-85B; 5336-83B; 5624-86E; 5962-86G; 6147-83C; 6158-88J; 6367/6385-81E; 6434-L.M.R.; 6605/6695-88B; 6613-87F; 6649-88E; 6655-88D; 6824/6849/6868/6874-81F; 6900-82B; 6932/6973-88A; 6961/6978-81C; 6990-82B; 7212-88J; 7233-86G; 7903-88A; 8102-83C; 8103-88B; 8104-85A; 9426/9437/9461, 9603, 9794-88C; 9488-81D; 9620-85B; 9649-88D; 34024/34032/34026/34056/34058/34060, 34108-S.R.; 34054/34061/34084-83D; 44102-82F; 73030/73044, 73166-83D; 75003-83E; 82040-83D; 92079, 92208/92233/92249-L.M.R.; 92216/92225-87A; 92220/92224-88A; 92223-85D; 92238-82E; D1053-81A; D2087-87F; D2121-87C; D2181/D2182/D2184/D2185/D2190/D2191-87H; D3362-87A; D3517/D3519/D3521-83D; D3593/D3596-87F; D3605/D3606-87A; D4129/D4130/D4162-83D; D7001/D7003/D7011/D7015/D7021-86A; D7088-82A.

Locomotives Withdrawn

1008/27, 1409/1471, 2818/2852/2854, 3212/3214, 3633/3650/3652/3653, 3843/3846, 4087, 4232/4257/4272, 4507, 4617/4618/4644/4682/4690, 4908/4924 4955/4964/4981/4998, 5031/5040/5071/5081, 5216/5221/5236/5248/5249, 5410/5420, 5625, 5929/5954/5970/5978, 6365, 6403, 6639/6659/6670/6694, 6929/6939, 7216/7234/7239, 7333, 9633/9636, 9700, 30508, 31611, 31813/31824/31860, 31925, 34049/34067/34068, 41302, 42063/42091, 42166, 42238, 42301/42319, 42458, 42557, 42721/42729/42758/42792/42796, 42805, 43870, 43935, 44047/44055/44068/44069/44085, 44168/44183/44184/44186, 44207/44237/44239, 44342/44354/44363/44387, 44418/44424/44432/44454/44493, 44504/44517/44530/44568/44574/44592, 45320, 45485, 45535/45591, 45645, 45717/45740, 46158, 46222/46224/46242, 47160, 47287/47294, 47518, 47657, 57302, 60017/60021/60025/60029/60032/60057/60087/60088/60089/60090/60098/60099, 60108/60159/60161/60162, 60858, 61305, 62013/62036/62038, 63385, 63448, 63619/63687, 63731/63795, 63859, 64557, 64627/6469, 68021/6805/68035/68039/68040/68041, 84012, 90102, 90326, 90713/90716, D2700, L.M. Departmental 11324.

DIESEL MULTIPLE UNITS (W/E November 9). Withdrawn: E51821/37, E59706.


Locomotives Renumbered

11227 renumbered D2257.

Motive Power Miscellany

London Midland Region

The diesel diagram mentioned in the November issue, which takes a Carlisle Upperby E.E. Type 4 into Furness territory, forms part of a three day roster to which three Type 4s are allocated. Following the 1.10 a.m. Preston-Crewe parcels, the locomotive then continues the second day with the 6.55 a.m. Crewe to Carlisle freight, the 3.11 p.m. Carlisle to Broad Street freight as far as Crewe, and from Crewe the 8.32 p.m. Monument Lane to Carnforth parcels. From there it starts the third day on the 2.5 a.m. Carnforth to Glasgow parcels, which it takes as far as Carlisle; then it heads south again with the 8.15 a.m. Carlisle to Crewe parcels. Finally it works the 2.18 p.m. Camden-Sighthill freight from Crewe to Carlisle.

Most of the surviving Stanier Pacifics are now in store with the exception of a few at Carlisle which have deputised for failed diesel locomotives on a number of occasions. No. 46245 (1A), however, was used to power an enthusiasts' excursion from Euston to Crewe and Crewe to Paddington via Market Drayton and Birmingham Snow Hill on November 17. The first standard Class 2 2-6-2T to be withdrawn is No. 84012 (8M). All class 6P, 7P and 8P locomotives based on Crewe have been stored for the winter and "Britannia" Pacifies have taken over their workings.

The L.M. and Scottish Regions have evidently overcome the problems of inter-Regional locomotive working on the Johnstone High-Coventry "Imp Special" car carrying trains mentioned in the November issue, for two Polmadie E. E. Type 1 s in multiple now work through to Coventry on this duty. There is a further "Western" class diesel working into the West Midlands from South Wales on an oil train from Milford Haven to Coleshill; the "Western" relieves a Type 3 at Margam and is serviced at Saltley.

The troubles with the Western class diesel hydraulic locomotives have naturally spread to the L.M. controlled part of the former G.W. Paddington-Birmingham-Shrewsbury main line. During November steam power was employed on many trains running north of Wolverhampton either in place of, or accompanying diesel traction. The "Pines Express" particularly was involved in some unusual steam/diesel or all steam combinations. On October 28 the northbound train left Wellington behind a pair of "Hall" class 4-6-0s and on November 5 the southbound train arrived at Wolverhampton behind No. D1000 piloted by 2-8-0 No. 3855; No. 3855 was in action again six days later when it took over the southbound train at Wellington. A Crewe "Britannia" Pacific No. 70000 worked the southbound train to Wolverhampton on November 13 and on November 18, the same train had "Britannia" Pacific No. 70018, piloted by a "Grange" 4-6-0 No. 6819. By this date the first Brush Type 4 diesels destined to replace the "Western" class locomotives on the former G.W. line, had arrived at Tyseley for crew training. No. D1685 worked two return trips with empty stock from Cannock Road Junction, Wolverhampton to Chester on November 18 and No. D1686 took over the same turn on the two following days. The Brush locomotives were expected to start revenue earning work on the Wolverhampton-Paddington services on December 16. Although, at the time of writing, only six of the former L.N.W. 0-8-0s are still in capital stock most are active in the Wolverhampton and Walsall areas. A regular duty for No. 48895 (2K) is to shunt the former Midland yard adjoining the Low Level station.
Most trains on the West to North route are now dieselised with "Warships" on the West of England services and "Westerns" on the South Wales trains. One regular steam working still survives however, the 9.30 a.m. Manchester Piccadilly to Cardiff, which is worked by a Hereford "Hall" class 4-6-0 south of Shrewsbury.

Motive power on the former G.C. line has changed yet again and following the withdrawal of "Royal Scot" 4-6-0s No. 46101/46111/46126, Annesley has received Nos. 46156/46167 and rebuilt "Jubilee" No. 45735. The transfer of the line to the L.M. Western Lines control has meant that Willesden shed is now responsible for covering failures, with the result that "Britannia" Class Pacifies have been more in evidence recently. Since November 10 a Willesden Type 4 diesel works the Sunday 12.40 a.m. newspaper train from Marylebone to Nottingham returning on a parcels train. More freight services have been transferred to the G.C. line from the Euston main line as a result of electrification work on the latter and further transfers involving lengthy hauls over G.C. metals instead of via Bletchley are in prospect. As a result, in the first three weeks of November Willesden men were learning the road on a two car diesel multiple unit between Marylebone and Nottingham.

The standard Class 9 2-10-0s reported in the last timeline as working from Newton Heath, have been sent there to counter a motive power shortage in the area. Nos. 92208/92233/92249 are allocated to Newton Heath while the former Lickey banker, No. 92079, has gone to Birkenhead.

Trials are at present being conducted on some Manchester-Sheffield and Manchester-Crewe electric locomotives with a new type of windscreen rotary panel as used on Continental vehicles, instead of conventional windscreen wipers. If successful, all electric locomotives overhauled at Crewe will be so fitted.

Horwich works are overhauling Stanier Class 8F 2-8-0s Nos. 48773/48774/48775 which are to be restored to traffic following withdrawal earlier in the year by the Scottish Region. These three locomotives were in W.D. stock and returned to Britain after the Suez crisis, subsequently being taken into B.R. stock during 1957.

A Metrovick Co-Bo made an appearance on the Calder Valley main line during November on crew training runs to Todmorden. On the Midland Lines, B.R./Sulzer Type 4 diesel No. D54 was named The Royal Pioneer Corps in a ceremony at St. Pancras on November 14.

The timetable revisions on the Watford-Euston/Broad Street lines introduced in September, have permitted the withdrawal of the former L.M.S.
compartment electric stock on this line. During November most of the electric stock was towed north for breaking up. One set, Nos. M28024, 29622, 28824, which was actually returned from overhaul at Wolverton after the remaining sets had been withdrawn, has been retained as Stonebridge depot shunter and replaces the former L.N.W. Oerlikon set used for the last three years. On November 20, a Llanelly standard Class 5 4-6-0, No. 73037, was noted at Watford on the 7.39 a.m. Bletchley to Euston local.

Eastern Region

Steam has returned to East Anglia for the winter in the shape of seven Class B1 4-6-0s, which are to be used at a number of principal stations for the steam heating of coaching stock before the sets start their day's work. Nos. 61059,61204/61205 are now allocated to Norwich, Nos. 61300/61323 at Cambridge, No. 61375 at King's Lynn and No. 61252 at Ipswich. Two of the Norwich engines have subsequently been noted at Yarmouth and Lowestoft on similar duties. A Clayton Type 1 diesel No. D8550, travelled to Colchester at the end of October for display to an Institution of Locomotive Engineers' party visiting the works of Davey Paxman, the manufacturers of the diesel engines for this class; the locomotive worked to Colchester on October 28 hauling a special train from Derby. Steam power was used on a number of Ford's Halewood-Dagenham car components trains at the beginning of November; on November 5 Speke Junction Class 5 4-6-0 No. 45057 arrived at Ripple Lane with a southbound train and was later seen running tender first towards Barking and two days later No. 44827 was on the same turn.

Coal traffic on the former L.D.E.C. route is now in the hands of Brush Type 4 diesels, which have taken over a number of workings from Brush Type 2s. The type 4s are allowed to take the equivalent of 85 13 ton mineral wagons, including a fitted head, on the 7* workings. Steam power is still employed on the Warsop Junction-High Marnam Power Station coal workings because diesel locomotives have insufficient braking power to hold the 24-ton unfitted mineral wagons in check when descending the steep gradient into High Marnam sidings.

Early in November a pair of Finsbury Park's Brush Type 4 diesels were being rostered continuously to an intensive diagram covering the 8.20 a.m. King Cross-Doncaster, and 1.47 p.m. back, 8.5 p.m. Kings Cross-Leeds (freight) and 7.50 a.m. back, and 3 p.m. Kings Cross-Newcastle and 10.45 p.m. back. The objective was to test the immunity to failure of this class.

North Eastern Region

Hull Dairycoates shed has acquired some Class Ol and O4 2-8-0s, mostly from Staveley G.C. shed, to accompany its W.D. 2-8-0s on freight work. Among recent arrivals are Nos. 63589/63590, 63646/63685, 63781, 63868 and 63907.

Goole's N.B.L. 0-4-0 diesel hydraulic shunter No. D2700 has been withdrawn, presumably after a mishap. Also withdrawn is a Birmingham R.C.W. three car diesel multiple unit Nos. E51821/E51837 and E59706. All surviving Class B16 4-6-0s at York and Dairycoates are in store.

Southern Region

Although Tunbridge Wells West and Tonbridge sheds are closed, steam working from Tonbridge is still seen occasionally on the Tonbridge-Redhill and Tunbridge Wells-Brighton/Eastbourne services, Class U 2-6-0s and standard Class 4 2-6-4Ts being most in evidence. Standard 2-6-4Ts are now responsible for all freight working in the Eastbourne area.

Butltins are interested in purchasing five Class A1X 0-6-OTs, all restored in Stroudley livery; the preservation intentions of numbers of societies have led the S.R. authorities to open a waiting list for these engines. Another two Class U.S.A. 0-6-OTs have been painted in malachite green livery, lined in yellow and black. No. DS237, formerly No. 30065 is to be named Maunsell and allocated to Ashford works; the other, No. 30073, retains its running number but will act as Eastleigh works pilot.

Bournemouth has put its recently acquired standard Class 4 2-6-4Ts to work on the former S. & D. main line on workings to Bath, possibly the first time that tank engines have been employed for throughout journeys over the 71 miles between Bournemouth and Bath. Both Nos. 80081 and 80147 were recorded during the first two weeks of November on a roster taking in the 1.10 p.m. Bournemouth to Bath returning on the 7.5 p.m.

Western Region

The partial withdrawal of the "Western" Class diesels from the South Wales and Birmingham routes has occasioned repercussions on W.R. routes using other types of diesel locomotive. As mentioned editorially last month South Wales crews have not learned to handle the "Warship" Type 4s, and "Western" class losses on the South Wales-London services have been made good by drawing on Hymeks otherwise employed on Paddington-Worcester trains. As a result, the majority of trains on this ioute reverted to steam haulage. By the end of October no fewer than 154 substitutions of steam for diesel power had been necessary on Paddington-Worcester and Worcester-Hereford diagrams. Hereford now has two "Castles", Nos. 5000/5055, to share with Worcester "Castles" " Halls", and "Granges" the workings on the London services. On October 29, however, Hymek Type 3s Nos. D7091 and D7090 respectively worked the 10.5 and 12.5 p.m. Hereford to Paddington trains throughout; after arrival with the Hereford portions at Worcester Shrub Hill, each locomotive ran round the portion starting at Worcester and backed it on to the Hereford coaches. Since the beginning of the Winter timetable the Sunday 5.35 p.m. Hereford to Paddington has been worked throughout by a Hymek but, in this instance, the train does not attach anv vehicles at Worcester. On November 28, Carlisle "Clan" Pacific No. 72006 brought a special freight into Banbury; early next day it headed a freight thence to London and on November 30 it was still on Old Oak shed.

A Mexborough Class B1 4-6-0, No. 61155 reached Swindon early on October 23, with the previous evening's 8.0 p.m. York to Swindon empty parcels vans. The engine returned light to Woodford. On November 13 Saltley Class 5 4-6-0, No. 45250. worked the 10.30 a.m. Bordesley to Swindon freight and returned north early the following morning with the 2.45 a.m. Swindon-Bordesley freight. A query challenges the report in an earlier timeline regarding the preservation of "King" Class 4-6-0, No. 6000. He states that this engine is after all to be preserved, although it has a cracked frame, and that No. 6018, the suggested alternative, was in fact cut up during September.

In the late afternoon of November 6, the main line between Exeter and Newton Abbot was blocked by a landslide at Teignmouth for about five hours, necessitating the diversion via Okehampton of the 2.30 p.m. Paddington to Plymouth, the 12.5 p.m. Manchester to Plymouth, both of which had their Kingswear portions detached at Exeter, and the 2.40 p.m. perishable train from Penzance to Paddington. All three were "Warship" hauled over the former S.R. route. On November 17 the W.R. route via Newton Abbot was again blocked, this time by floods between there and Plymouth. Once again trains were diverted via Okehampton. Most were in the hands of "Warship" Class diesels but one of the latest W.R. Inter-City diesel units on a Cardiff to Plymouth working made its debut over the former S.R. route.

Diesel multiple units took over the Seaton, Lyme Regis, Sidmouth and Tipton St. Johns-Exmouth branches on November 4. Single cars are used on the Seaton and Lyme branches, working on a cyclic diagram from Exeter which covers the two branches on successive days. Two car units are employed on the Sidmouth and Tipton-Exmouth lines.

South Wales" first Brush 2,750 h.p. Type 4 diesels, Nos. D1690/D1691, reached Cardiff on December 1. The new Cardiff Canton diesel depot is now partially operative.

Scottish Region

Of the five A4 Pacifies transferred from the E.R. one, No. 60010, has gone to Ferryhill as reported last month and the remainder, Nos 60006/60007/60026/60034, to Haymarket to replace withdrawn Class Al and A3 Pacifies. Four more A4s, Nos. 60005/60016/6009/60023, have moved from the N.E.R. to Scotland but their allocation are not confirmed. Haymarket has also received its first allocation of Clayton Type 1 diesels, Nos. D8554/D8555/D8556, which with subsequent arrivals are employed in a number of adjacent yards and on pilot duties at Waverley station.

The N.B.L. Type 2s have all but disappeared from the Glasgow-Dundee services, only two workings being recorded during October; the second of the class to be equipped with a Paxman Ventura engine was dispatched from Colchester en route for the north on November 8. "Deltic" No. D9021 was named Argyll and Sutherland Highlander at a Stirling station ceremony on November 29.

Most of the duties of Inverness Type 2 diesels south of Perth have been taken over by Perth Class 5 4-6-0s. Class A2 Pacifies have almost disappeared from the Bonnybridge area, the only surviving working being on the Sunday morning Dundee-Glasgow train, on which No. 60532 has been a regular performer. Polmadie members of the class still make occasional appearances on Carlisle trains, including No. 60527, which hauled the 4.45 p.m. fish train southwards from Perth on a number of occasions during November; a more unusual visitor on this train on November 14, however, was "Britannia" Pacific No. 70049 (5A). Although Ferryhill now has five Class A4 Pacifies, Nos. 60005/60009/60010/60011/60012 (No. 60004 has not been in service since a mishap last June), for the Aberdeen-Glasgow service, occasional failures still lead to the use of A3s or even Class 5s on the three hour trains; on November 4 the 5.15 p.m. from Aberdeen was in the charge of No. 44720, four days later of No. 73146 and on November 16 of No. 44705. Type 4 diesels have also made regular appearances on the 9.30 a.m. Aberdeen to Glasgow train and the 2.5 p.m. return, Nos. D264/6 and D363, being principally involved.

Scotland has also been involved in exchanges of 2-6-4Ts with the N.E.R.; former Scottish Fairburn engines have been sent to the N.E.R. in return for B.R. standard Class 4 2-6-4Ts, most of which have been allocated to Carstairs. Grangemouth had a rare visitor on November 9 when Crab 2-6-0 No. 42789 of Bradford Manningham arrived on a freight from the Motherwell area.

Following a large rock fall in Glen Ogle during the third week in November, many trains between Glasgow and Oban were diverted over the West Highland line and the spur to the Oban line at Crianlarich.

The B.R./Sulzer Type 4 diesel off the 10.25 a.m. from Leeds to Glasgow now has a fill in turn on the 5.7 p.m. Glasgow-Kilmacolm and the 6.10 p.m. back before heading the 9.25 p.m. Glasgow-St. Pancras sleeper.


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