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Motive Power Changes and Notes for July 1963

Notes

This list is correct to the following dates: L.M.R., July 13, 1963; E.R., July 13, 1963; N.E.R., July 13; 1963; Sc.R., July 6, 1963; S.R., July 22, 1963; W.R., June 29, 1963.

New Locomotives

2,500 h.p. Diesel-electric ICo-Col : D57-17A, then to 18A; 2,700 h.p. Diesel-hydraulic C-C: D1021 Western Cavalier, D1065 Western Consort 81A; D1066 Western Prefect-88A; 2,750 h.p. Diesel-electric Co-Co: D1526/D1527/D1528/D1529-34G; 1,250 h.p. Diesel-electric Bo-Bo: D5185, D5200/D5201/D5202/D5203/D5204/D5205/D5206/D5207/D5208/D5209/D5210/D5211/D5212/D5213/D5214/D5216/D52123-18A; 1,750 h.p. Diesel-electric Co-Co: D6828/D6844/D6845/D6846/D6847/D6848/D6849/D6859-88A; 1,700 h.p. Diesel-hydraulic B-B: D7084/D7085-88A; 900 h.p. Diesel-electric Bo-Bo: D8517/D8522/D8534/D8537/D8538/D8539/D8541-66A; 3,300 h.p. Electric Bo-Bo: E3081/E3082/E3089-LMW.

Locomotives Reallocated

London Midland Region:
W/E May 25: 6651-89B; 6834-84F; 7820-89A; 42077-26C; 42079, 42183-26E; 42080, 42222/89-1A; 42114, 42287-2A; 42218/42221-16B; 42350, 42566-6C; 42606-1A; 42826-9B; 42904-16A; 42980-2B; 44399-9E; 44664-24E; 44774-6G; 44816-27C; 44817/44818/44822-26C; 44819-24E; 44821, 45223-6H; 44985, 45277-6G; 44989, 45199, 45224/45232-17B; 45102, 45442/45464-17A; 45144, 45301, 45417-14A; 45197, 45289-14E; 45217-12A; 45274-24E; 45334-16D; 46401-9D; 46423/46424-8D; 46431-24J; 46445, 46522-21B; 46446-89C; 46447-17A; 46472, 46503/46517-8E; 46495-2B; 46504-12E; 46505/46506-6A; 47001-26B; 47478-2B; 47533-17C; 48037, 48166-16D; 48103-17A; 48333-8E; 48346-16B; 48515, 48618-26A; 48615-8E; 48636, 48770-26F; 48727-16D; 70000/70025/70042-5A; 70004-12C; 70016/70019; 70049-21D; 70020/70028/70033-1A; 70027-6J; 73071-14A; 73157-6A; 75011/75039/75051-17A; 75016/75018/75045/75063-2B; 75032/75033-27C; 75050-27A; 75055/75056-1E; 78000-16A; 78003-6H; 78018/78019/78033/78038/78039/78043/78060/78063; 1A; 78029-89D; 78034/7805-1C; 78036-5B; 78055-24G; 84026-Horwich Works; 92002-84E; 92088-18A; D3851-1A.
W/E June 1: 42068, 42604-21C; 43969/43977, 44541-18A; 47320-17C; 48136-12A; 48536-8D; 78029-1C; 90147-8G; 90242, 90585, 90686-8F; 90261/90268-26B; 90292, 90558/90564-9G: D155-E.R.; D225-9A; D269-1B.
W/E June 8: 44345-9F; 47531-8B; 90140/90170-26B; 90626-9G.
W/E June 15: 1663-89B; 46518-W.R.; D77-18A; D155-17A; D2866-26B.
W/E June 22: 2289, 3208-89C; 4148/4165/4179-84B; 4151-84D; 4172-84F; 4933, 5942/5988-84E; 6317-84G; 6646, 7805-84E; 41204-5A; 41212-6G; 42187-24C; 42209-6H; 42210-12A; 42238-24L; 42278, 42335, 42447, 42634-12E; 42334-9G; 42339-26C; 42439/42445/42484/42492, 42584-24C; 42482-6H; 42703/42721, 42888-24J; 42715-27B; 42787, 42856-26B: 42907-24D; 42926/42940-24F; 42937/42952-6C; 42950/42951/42960/42964/42968/42970/42978-6B; 42954/42958/42969/42971/42981, 43001-5B; 42980-5D; 43000/43011/43028/43045, 43139-12A; 43004-12B; 43048-9E: 43977, 44040-16B; 44149, 44276-24G; 44192-27E: 44282-12A; 44492-9F; 44517-17C; 44578-16B; 44676-26A; 44688-17B; 44689-12A; 44711/4472/44770, 44829/44865/44897-6J; 44776-21A; 44808-26F; 44815-15C; 44817/4488/44822-26A; 44864-8F; 44871-9E; 44884, 44939, 45012/45028/45081/45082, 45103/45105/45106/45185/45195, 45218/45236/45259/45286/45293/45295, 45317/45323/45351, 45451-12A; 44889/44894-24C; 45000/45042/45043-6J; 45004/45020-6G; 45025-24J; 45031, 45130/45184, 45231, 45419/45429-6A; 45065-1A; 45069, 45181, 45244, 45312/45329/45375, 45413-8F: 44948, 45072/45092, 45209, 45354-24L; 45035-24E; 45095-26F; 45118. 45246, 45368, 45437-26A; 45156-8A; 45226-24C; 45257-6G; 45267, 45333-15C; 45296, 45316-26F; 45300/45353, 45438/45493-6J; 45387-6G; 45392-1A; 45397, 45402-24E; 45404-9E; 45444-16A; 45522-9A; 45527, 45736-1A; 45534-5A; 45579-17A; 45580-8B: 45590, 45654/45664, 45716-26A; 45604/45613/45629/45696-12A; 45697-27A; 45704/45733-5A: 45730-8B; 46114/46125/46150/46156/46167-1A: 46120/46144/46155/46165-5A; 46140/46142-9A; 46157/46160-12A; 47001/47005-E.R.; 47009-26B; 47287-24L; 47377-8G; 47383, 47647-24B; 47388, 47520-26C; 47408-26A; 47602-26D; 48000-17B; 48103-16B; 48110-84E; 48336-2F; 48367/48392-17B; 48452-84E: 48611-2F; 70004-12A; 73166-26F; 75018/75036-6H; 78007-5A; 90555-26B; 92010-15C; D269/D298-9A; D297, D325-12B; D3087, D3170/D3171/D3173-12A; D3796-1E; D4107, 12084/12085/12086-12A.
W/E June 29: 2289-84C; 41212-5A; 41220-6G; 42299-24L; 42338-9G; 42425-24C; 42670-9B; 42947-5B; 42954-2B; 44126, 44208, 44308/44309/44395. 44593-6C; 44347-24D; 45020, 45257, 45387-5D; 45385-26F; 46110-8F; 46518-89D; 47211-24C; 47437-14E; 47666-24F; 48008-18B; 48318/48372-12A; 48659-89B; 75035-6H; 75036-2B; 78027-27D; D57-18A; D74/D76-14A; D2392-8B.
W/E July 6: 42379-26A; 42587-16B; 44057-21B; 44168-16B; 44259-15D; 44512-21B; 44514-9F; 44984, 45197, 45289-14A; 45069, 45312-8A; 45375-27C; 45413-26F; 45649, 45709-17A; 45652, 45700-8B; 46110-12A ; 47505-Crewe Works; 48125-18A; 48426-12A; 70030-5A; 73053/73071, 73158-14E; 90147-8F; 90392-9G; D45/D49/D61/D85-14A; D296-1B; D374-5A; D2391-8B.
W/E July 13: 42313-9B; 44076-8B; 44843-21A; 44864-8A; 45103/45195-26A; 45181, 45329-24L; 45244-8A; 46403-15B; 47267-6J; 48005/48081-2F; 48145-18A; 90125/90173, 90535-8G; 92008/92052-17C; D103-18A.

Eastern Region:

W/E June 22: 47001/47005-41E; 60006/60007/60008/60010/60017/60021/60025/60026/60029/60032/60034-34E; 60061/60062/60063/60065/60066, 60107/60108-34F; 60841/60858/60871/60880, 60902/60948/60950-36A; 61050/61051/61094, 61105/61109/61153-41D; 61075, 61312/61393/61394-41F; 61179-36A; 61249, 61313/61315/61372-41D; 61250-34F; 63645, 63822/63846/63850/63882-41F; 70035-31B; 92034/92035/92037/92038-40B; 92036/92039/92044, 92148-40E; D1515-34G; D2235-34D; D2403-40E; D5553/D5554-32A; D5583/D5585-34G; D5660/D5662-31B; D5667, D8214/D8215/D8216/D8217/D8218/D8219-32B.
W/E June 29: Nil.
W/E July 6 : 70030-L.M.R.; D2235-40F; D3307-41A.
W/E July 13 : Nil.

North Eastern Region:

W/E June 22 : 44912, 45219-56F; 60036/60040/60045/60052/60060/60071/60073/60082/60083/60085/60088/60091/60092-52A; 60038/60070/60080-55H; 60077-Sc.R.; 60806, 60901-51C; 60812/60835/60865/60868/60891, 60904/60910/60913/60922/60940/60944/60962/60976-52A; 60885-51A; 61019/61022/61035/61038, 61216, 61322-52A; 61176-51C; 61199, 61237-52H; 61224, 61338/61353-55H; 61382-56C; 62002/62060, 63362-52F; 63437-52G; 65796, 65869-52E; 65864/65870/65874/65882-52G; 67620/67636/67642/67646/67651/67652/67656/67658/67683/67690/67691-52A; 68053/68059-52H; 69008/69024/69028-52A; 73161/73162/73168/73169-56A; 73166-L.M.R.; 73167, 80116-55A; 90434/90452/90459-52H; D189/D190/D191/D192-55A; D1515-E.R.; D2248-56G; D2314-52A; D3076-50A; D3376, D3873-56G; D3940-52A; D5176-50A.
W/E June 29: 42152, 42406-56A; 63349, 63435-51C; 63388-51F; 90082, 90172, 90309-51A; 90092-51C.
W/E July 6: 60835-Sc.R.
W/E July 13: 48075/48080, 48352-55D; 63367-52G; 63371-52H; 78010-51A; 90254-55C.

Scottish Region:

4 weeks ending July 6: 44808, 45095-L.M.R.; 45384-67F; 60004-61B; 60077-64A; 60835-61B; 64541/64597-62B; 65297-64A. then to 64F; 65932-62C; 77005-66B; 80028-67F; 90229-62C; 90444-62A.
Southern Region:

Period ending July 22: 3737, 4624/4692/4698, 9770-W.R.; 8728/8786/8794-70A; 30021-70E; 30530-71B; 30531-75E; 31400/31411-75B; 31410/3142-75C; 31816-71G; 31823-75C; 31824-75B; 34088-70A; 41261-71B; 75074/75075-75C; 80081, 80147-71G; 80143/80154-70B; D6512/D6520/D6521/D6523/D6524/D6525/D6526/D6527/D65234/D6537/D6578-71A; D6586/D6587/D6588/D6589/D6590/D6591/D6592/D6593/D6594/D6595/D6596/D6597-73D.

Western Region:

4 weeks ending June 29:

2249-81D; 2287-87H; 2884-86G; 2898-81D; 3705-86A; 3834-83B; 3847-87A; 4136-87H; 4151-L.M.R.; 4214-88H; 4233/4238-86A; 4254/4277-86E; 4258/4259/4271-86A; 4264-87D; 4294-87F; 4643-86A: 4666-72E; 4902/4903-83B; 4922/4975-81F; 4933-L.M.R.; 4980/4991/4993-82C; 4989-86G; 4992-85B; 520O-86A; 5228-88G: 5244/5250/5256-86A; 5251-87F; 5264-86E; 5675-87F; 5929-86G; 5972-88L; 5976-87J; 5987-81F; 5988; 6317-L.M.R.: 6319-85B; 6346-86E; 6368/78-89C; 6375-87G; 6379-81E; 6603-88E; 6612/6685-88D; 6621-88F; 6639-84D; 6810/6840/6867-87A; 6821-82B; 6875-81C; 6914-87J; 6935-86A: 6936/6941-83B; 7217/7219/7231-88B; 7232/7238-88C; 7233-86E; 7240-86G; 7253-87F; 7308-81E; 7332-87G; 7805-L.M.R.; 7906-81F; 9664-86A; 43887-85C; 44264/44296, 44534-82E; 48110, 48452-L.M.R.; D851/D852-83D; D1015/D1058/D1062/D1063-88A; D3359, D3401-87C; D3360/D3361-87F; D6822-88A: D6831/D6836-87E: D7010/D7022/D7023/D7024/D7025/D7028/D7075-82A; D7056/D7057/D7059/D7060/D7061/D7065/D7067-81A; D7068-83A.

Locomotives Withdrawn

120, 1005, 2851, 4251/4265/4298, 4672, 4918/4946, 5022, 5101/5192, 5201/5234, 5615/5644/5650, 5943, 6384, 6623/6636/6663/6675, 6809, 7215/7227/7237, 7426. 8728/8786/8794, 30032/30057, 30241/30249/30251, 30497, 30500/30503/30509/30510/30511/30514/30515/30538, 31403/31407, 31543. 31794/31795, 31863/31867/31890, 31901/31910/31920/31921, 33002/33013/33025, 41531, 41739, 42140/42178, 42231/42253/42279, 42401/42485, 42582, 42603/42632/42681, 42852/4283, 43521, 43853/43882, 43987/43995, 44026/44034/44097, 44101/44176, 44209/44231/44272/44282/44299 , 44416/44445/44465/44470/44472/44494, 44542/44551, 45189, 45575, 45659/45669, 46120/46169, 46247/46252, 47225/47278. 47413/47465/47490, 47638, 49406/49448/49454, 51232/51237/51253, 57278, 57572, 57625, 60018/60044/60046/60058, 60105, 60500/60520/60523, 60803/60817/60830/60854/60862/60869/60881, 60959, 61068, 61449/61453, 62016, 63350/63376, 63408, 63601 (for preservation), 63780, 63824, 63983, 65261/65287, 68020, 90033/90066/90095, 90507/90524/90597.

Motive Power Miscellany

London Midland Region

An unprecedented occurrence on July 15 was the appropriation of a Class V2 2-6-2 for a Euston outer suburban train. This was No. 60871 (36A), which headed the 8.17 a.m. Northampton-Euston and duly performed the booked return working on the 12.10 p.m. Euston-Rugby. Still more surprisingly, No. 60871 was again seen at Watford four days later, running up light in the afternoon. It is believed that there will be a revision of the Euston outer suburban services in the course of next winter. There are reports that a number of Birmingham area local services are to be curtailed or otherwise modified, rendering diesel multiple-units redundant; these sets may then be transferred gradually to the London area and introduced on outer suburban workings in place of locomotive-hauled trains. No drastic revisions of the London area timetables are thought likely this winter, but it is possible that next summer a more comprehensive scheme for the employment of diesel multiple-units will embody some reduction of the Euston service.

At the beginning of July a 25kV a.c. locomotive, No. E3054, was delivered to the Rugby electrification depot, where the catenary has now been energised.
Following the closure of Gorton works, Manchester-Sheffield 1,500V d.c. electric locomotives are to be overhauled at Crewe works.

On the G.C. line, although there are still nine ex-L.M.S. Class 7P 4-6-0s nominally on the Annesley allocation, their visits to Marylebone have lately been spasmodic (and their performance often deplorable). As a result, N.E.R. Class V2 2-6-2s have recently seen more of the London area, often working the Marylebone-Manchester sleeper in either direction; on July 2, No. 60941 was noted with Class 5 No. 73069 (14A) as pilot on the down sleeper. On June 29 a Caprotti Class 5, No. 44749 (8C), appeared at Marylebone with an overnight extra from Balloch. In normal times a train such as this would probably have been routed to Euston, but because of the rebuilding of that station Marylebone is receiving more weekend specials this summer than in recent years. On July 20 a Carlisle 7P, No. 45526 (12B), appeared with an extra from Preston. With the recommencement of the Marylebone-Glasgow car-sleeper service on July 16, Marylebone was dispatching a train of this kind each night except Fridays. Like the Stirling train, the Glasgow service was usually powered by a Holbeck "Jubilee", but on July 21 the Glasgow train had Carlisle Upperby 7P 4-6-0 No. 46141 and two days later Shrewsbury "Jubilee" No. 45577, while on July 24 No. 45682 of Bristol headed the Stirling train. Except on Tuesdays, when it is steam-powered, the Crewe-Marylebone parcels is worked now by an English Electric Type 4 diesel, but on July 24 BR/Sulzer Type 2 No. D5026 materialised.

On the Midland main line, Bedford shed was converted to diesel working during the weekend of July 20/21, although the coaling, water and other facilities remain in situ for visiting steam power. The Class 3F 0-6-OTs and 4F 0-6-0s have been transferred away; Birmingham R.C.W. Type 2 diesels now cover the depot's freight duties and a stud of diesel shunters has been built up. The diesel units are fuelled at Bedford's diesel multiple-
unit sidings. On July 26 an unidentified Class V2 2-6-2 passed Bedford in mid-afternoon with an up extra of ex-L.N.E.R. stock.

The Class Kl 2-6-0, No. 62035, which penetrated to the Bristol area at the end of June, as we reported last month, evidently had to break its journey home; on the evening of June 28 it passed through Hall Green in the Birmingham direction, dead behind a "Hall" 4-6-0, and it was not seen again until the afternoon of July 3, when it passed through Wolverhampton Low Level under its own steam, heading a northbound goods. Another Bulleid Pacific visit to the West Midlands was reported on July 9, when No. 34004 was noted on Oxley shed; according to one correspondent, it had worked a Saturday extra from S.R. territory and then went back light to Oxford. "Jubilee" 4-6-0s have been conspicuous at Wellington this summer on relief trains from the North-West to Bournemouth; on June 28, for example, No. 45654 (26A) had charge of a train from Bolton Trinity Street and on July 13 No. 45710 (26A) was noted on the 12.50 p.m. Bournemouth West-Colne. (Incidentally, a correspondent notes that the L.M.R.'s assumption of total control of the Birmingham area is not only evident in the increasing use of ex-L.M.S.R. motive power on ex-G.W.R. lines—the 24hr clock system has been abandoned at Birmingham Snow Hill!)

To judge from correspondents, the North Wales trains are the only expresses to and from Euston of which a substantial proportion are still steam-powered. Stanier as well as "Britannia" Pacifies are used. Predominant on North Wales Saturday extras is the Class 5 4-6-0, but more "Jubilee" 4-6-0s are being recorded; the employment of a 2-6-0 is now rare. A visitor to the coast on July 20 noted only one Type 2 diesel, BR/Sulzer No. D5010, working the 6.40 a.m. Coventry-Llandudno and 1.50 p.m. Llandudno-Derby. The 10.37,a.m. from Sheffield has this summer been a regular Mexborough Bl duty, the engine returning home light; on July 20 the balancing 11.30 a.m. from Llandudno had No. 44686 (6G), one of the four local Caprotti Class 5 4-6-0s which have unexpectedly seen another summer's activity after predictions of their withdrawal.

The 6.30 p.m. Kendal-Euston parcels is now a regular English Electric Type 4 diesel turn, but otherwise the Windermere branch is still monopolised by steam, with Fowler Class 4 2-6-4Ts on the local trains to Carnforth and Oxenholme and Classes 5 and 6P 4-6-0s on the longer distance trains, though the 8.10 a.m. Windermere-Manchester occasionally has a "Britannia" Pacific. On June 25 the 8.10 was headed by "Clan" Pacific No. 72005 (12A), which the following day made an unusual spectacle on the 5.55 a.m. Rochdale-Preston. On July 14 Pacific No. 46229 is reported to have been on Newton Heath shed; the next day it is known to have taken over the 9.30 a.m. Manchester-Glasgow at Preston after a Type 4 diesel failure at Bolton.

Newton Heath's Class 7P 4-6-0s have been transferred to Longsight as they now find little work in ex-L.Y.R. territory. For the first time in our correspondent's memory it has not been necessary this summer to draft extra motive power to Newton Heath for holiday traffic.

Eastern Region

The English Electric 2,700 h.p. diesel-electric prototype, No. DP2, has been transferred to the E.R. It was first observed in its new territory heading the 12.45 p.m. Kings Cross-Leeds and 3 p.m. back on July 13 and the Sunday 5.10 p.m. Kings Cross-Newcastle next day, after which it began regular haulage of the 10.10 a.m. Kings Cross-Edinburgh and 10.30 p.m. back, Mondays to Saturdays. A correspondent who passed Saturday, July 13, at Sandy studying the G.N. main line traffic writes that between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. only six of the up long-distance trains passed behind time; of these, four were the first seen. Of the remaining trains, almost all were running up to 10 min ahead of time. In the down direction, trouble with Brush Type 4 No. D1524 (itself fulfilling a "Deltic" duty) on the 10.20 a.m. Kings Cross-Leeds, which passed with Type 1 No. D8021 piloting, affected the following four trains and afternoon punctuality was not good, for reasons unknown. Of diagrammed "Deltic" duties, 14 out of 16 were being covered by these units, but two more trains not rostered for them had "Deltics".

Amongst other duties, the Brush 2,750 h.p. Type 4s have been hauling the Saturday "Butlin's Express" from Kings Cross to Skegness. Despite the threat of rail service withdrawal to this resort, its excursion traffic this summer has been substantial. A high proportion is now diesel-powered, with English Electric Type 3s as well as Brush Type 2s appearing from the Sheffield area. On July 6 a "Jubilee" 4-6-0, No. 45635, brought in a special from Bury.

The Clacton electric multiple-units are now permitted to run at 90 m.p.h. throughout between Shenfield and Colchester on the down line; in the up direction this speed level is reduced to 85 m.p.h. between Chelmsford and Shenfield. The general speed limit is 90 m.p.h. between Chelmsford and Colchester in either direction, but it is 80 m.p.h. down and 75 m.p.h. up between Shenfield and Chelmsford, and 80 m.p.h. between Colchester and Norwich.
On the Cambridge line one summer innovation has been the regular employment of a Stratford English Electric Type 4 on the 7.18 a.m. Ipswich-Liverpool Street via Cambridge; this was previously an Ipswich turn, often worked by a BR Sulzer Type 2—another type quite rare on the Cambridge line. On the electric services, the reappearance of all 20 of the Bishops Stortford units after overhaul has resulted in the final disappearance of the borrowed L.T.S. units. It would also appear that the loaned L.M.R. units have returned home; these were last seen in Liverpool Street on the Enfield, Chingford services in mid-July. The Fisons Thames Haven-Immingham block tanker train, has not been regularly steam-hauled since Stratford ceased to handle steam traction last autumn. The usual power is a Stratford Type 3 diesel, but occasionally a Brush Type 2 is used.

The sale of Class J94 0-6-0ST No. 68020 to the N.C.B. has rid the E.R. of its last ex-L.N.E.R. tank locomotive. The Class 04 2-8-0 to be preserved is No. 63601, recently withdrawn at Frodingham depot.

North Eastern Region

The Scandinavian boat trains to and from Tyne Commission Quay are now being worked through from and to Newcastle by Type 4 diesels. At the commencement of the summer timetable, BR/Sulzer Type 2 diesels assumed responsibility for the empty stock workings at Newcastle Central, but this was short-lived and within a few days Class V3 2-6-2Ts were back in charge. Although Heaton shed was officially closed to steam from June 17, it was still operating some steam power, including a few Class A3 Pacifies, in the early summer, because of overcrowding at Gateshead depot.

As predicted, the closure of West Auckland depot has now been announced for September 9; most of the senior engine-crews are being retained and will sign on and off duty at Shildon. Much of West Hartlepool's motive power has now been transferred elsewhere and the closure of this depot also seems imminent.

Southern Region

A further steam type, the Class U1 2-6-0, has been rendered extinct by withdrawals. The S.R. has also withdrawn the preserved Class T9 4-4-0 No. 120. With the condemnation of a number of Class S15 4-6-0s, this type is less frequently to be seen on local passenger work in the Bournemouth area. One former S15 passenger task is now rostered for a Class 9F 2-10-0; this is the 5.5 p.m. Southampton Terminus-Wimborne, which was part of a Feltham S15 roster now covered by the 2-10-Os recently moved from Eastleigh to Feltham.

A W.R. "Western" class diesel, No. D1000, worked into Basingstoke on the morning of June 30 with a Paisley-Weymouth troop train, making what is believed to be the debut of its type there; No. D1000 was replaced and is believed to have returned light to the W.R. No. 5050, the W.R. "Castle" which, as we mentioned last month, was illicitly sent through to the Hampshire coast with an educational excursion from Parson Street to Portsmouth Harbour on June 25 ("Castles" are prohibited east of Salisbury), was impounded at Fratton shed for nearly a month; it was eventually sent light to Salisbury on July 21, subject to severe speed restrictions en route. On July 12 Class 5 4-6-0 No. 44658 headed a St. Albans-Southampton Docks excursion throughout in each direction. For the first time yet recorded, an English Electric Type 3 diesel from South Wales, No. D6838, brought a W.R. freight into Salisbury on July 28.

A correspondent commented last month on the shortage of banking locomotives at Weymouth. The situation has lately been ameliorated by the allocation of a further pannier tank, Class N 2-6-0 No. 31816 and Class 4 2-6-4TS Nos. 80065, 80081 and 80147; the latter are the first of their class to be stationed at Weymouth. On July 18 "Castle" No. 5039 worked into Weymouth with a works excursion from the London area.

A new Saturday turn for Central Division Type 3 diesels in the summer service is the 9.40 a.m. Brighton-Bournemouth and 1.45 p.m. back. On July 7 one of these units participated in the Brighton-Horsham service for the first time, heading the 8.30 a.m. from Brighton and 10.26 a.m. back. Three Bridges depot has recently received its first allocation of this type.

Western Region

The June Timeline published an unofficial report that over 350 Brush 2,750 h.p. Type 4 diesel-electrics were now on order for BR and that 150 of these were intended for the W.R. We now hear that the W.R. motive power programme anticipates receipt of 42 such units this year, together with a total of 119 English Electric 1,750 h.p. Type 3s and the first two of the Swindon-built diesel-hydraulic Type 1 0-6-0s. These sources assert that the first Brush Type 4s on the W.R. will be allocated to freight haulage between the North, the Midlands and South Wales, and that for this purpose they will be based on Tyseley, Stourbridge, Gloucester, Cardiff and Landore depots. The balance of the "Western" class 2,700 h.p. diesel-hydraulic order still to be delivered seems destined for the London-South Wales route, with the acceleration of the express service over those routes announced for the winter schedules. At present diesel deliveries to South Wales appear to be outstripping the provision of servicing facilities and the situation is causing some local concern; some of the Cardiff area main-line diesels, for example, are being maintained at one end of Canton carriage depot, as the new Canton diesel depot is not due for completion until next spring. It is expected that completion of "Western" class deliveries to South Wales will see the transfer of Hymek diesels to other areas. Until recently it was believed that they would move to the London and Reading area but the latest evidence suggests that they may go to Newton Abbot and Laira depots, releasing North British Locomotive Co. Type 2s for local duties in the London area. On the subject of the Hymeks, we understand that the odd numbers between Nos. D7001-79 and Nos. D7083/D7085/D7087, have been de-rated to 1,350 h.p.; the even numbers between Nos. D7000-78 and Nos. D7082/D7084/D7086 have had the first gear of their Mekydro transmissions isolated.

From July 15 the "Western" class diesels based on Cardiff began daily work over the ex-Midland Bristol-Birmingham main line, hauling loaded sheet steel trains originating in Scunthorpe and the empty return rakes to and from Margam steelworks. In mid-July an English Electric Type 3 diesel was sent to Tondu for crew-training on a freight diagram covering the 9.5 a.m. Tondu-Pontycymmer, 10.30 a.m. thence to Margam and 1.20 p.m. back to Pontycymmer; the diesel then took a brakevan to Tondu to head the 5.50 p.m. to Cardiff Newtown, finally returning as ordered to Tondu via Margam. A new arrival at Swansea East Dock in late July was L.M.R. 0-4-OST No. 47003, as a potential replacement for 0-4-OST No. 1151.

As a correspondent predicted last month, on July 15 W.R. diesel multiple-units took over some 12 workings each way on the Exmouth branch, Mondays to Fridays, with a similar number on Saturdays and nine on Sundays. Two trains are in service. One formed of a "Cross-Country" three-car set and single power car is berthed overnight at Exmouth and forms the 6.40 a.m. to Exeter Central, Mondays to Fridays; on Saturdays it runs empty to Budleigh Salterton to furnish the 6.35 a.m. to Exmouth and on Sundays it forms the 9.15 a.m. to Exeter Central. The other train is formed of a two-car suburban set and a three-car "Cross-Country" set, which is berthed at Exeter Central overnight. The trains are changed over at midday by running empty from Exeter Central to St. Davids and replaced by another of the same formation from St. Davids. On Mondays to Fridays the 5.45 p.m. Exeter to Budleigh Salterton (non-stop to Exmouth) is formed of the five-car set and on Saturdays it provides the 5.50 p.m. Exmouth to Tipton St. Johns and 6.41 p.m. return. On Sundays the 8.35 a.m. Exeter Central to Honiton and the 9.23 a.m. Honiton to Exeter are worked by a single "Cross-Country" unit and the 1.32 p.m. Exmouth to Tipton St. John and the 2.48 p.m. Tipton to Exmouth are covered by a single power car and a "Cross-Country" unit. A W Class 2-6-4T headed the 12.23 p.m. Exmouth Junction to Newcourt Sidings (near Topsham) on the Exmouth branch and the return 2.10 p.m. during the week commencing July 22; this is probably the first time a W tank has been on the Exmouth branch. This freight is worked by various types, including original and rebuilt Bulleid light Pacifies, S15 4-6-0s, N 2-6-Os and Class 4 2-6-4Ts. It is believed that the W 2-6-4Ts at Exmouth Junction are likely to be withdrawn and replaced on banking duties by 57XX 0-6-OPTs. The notes in the August issue regarding the Seaton branch require correction. During May both of the two 64XX 0-6-OPTs allocated to Exmouth Junction were under repair; one "dropped a plug" at Seaton and was replaced by a Class 2 2-6-2T for a week or so, and a standard 2-6-4T may have been changed over briefly with the Class 2 tank, but a 64XX 0-6-0PT was working on the Seaton branch during June and July. A Class 4 2-6-4T travels to Seaton with the branch freight most days and returns to Seaton Junction light or as pilot to the first passenger service.

An "Inter-City" diesel multiple-unit now covers the 10.6 a.m. Cardiff-Plymouth service and the 3 p.m. back. On July 12 "Jubilee" No. 45584 was observed at Westbury, apparently on a Saturday extra working between the West Country and the West Midlands.

An unusual visitor to Swindon in the late afternoon of July 8 was a "Crab" 2-6-0, No. 42900 (21A), heading a coal train from Washwood Heath which it had worked via Gloucester: the 2-6-0 returned via Gloucester the same evening, heading a Swindon-Longbridge freight which was re-routed because of a derailment at Banbury. On June 28 Class 3 2-6-2T No. 82015 was observed at Moreton Yard, Didcot on transfer freight trips from Reading, S.R.
Three of Worcester's nine "Castles", Nos. 7023/7025/7027, were still covering Worcester-Padding-ton expresses in late July, aided by Nos. 7003/7024 on loan. The use of Hymek diesels, from July 15. was confined to the 9.15 and 11.15 a.m. from Paddington and the 5.10 and 7.10 p.m. up from Worcester on weekdays, and the 10 a.m. down and 6.45 p.m. up on Sundays. It is now understood that the Paddington-Worcester service is scheduled for ultimate operation by "Western" class diesels.

An observer at Shrewsbury on July 13 writes that a fair proportion of the North-and-West route traffic that day was steam-hauled; "Castle" No. 7022 (83D) worked the 6.10 a.m. Penzance-Liverpool throughout from Plymouth to Shrewsbury and Crewe North "Britannia" Pacific No. 70054 travelled to Pontypool Road and back with the 9.20 a.m. Liverpool-Plymouth and 10.45 a.m. Kingswear-Crewe. On the neighbouring Central Wales line, of three troop trains from Llandovery to the N.E.R., one arrived behind the substantial motive power combination, for this route, of "Jubilee" No. 45602 (26A) and Class 5 No. 44898 (12A); the other two each had a pair of Stanier 2-8-Os.

Scottish Region

A Brush 2,750 h.p. Type 4 was observed in the Bonnybridge area for the first time on July 22, when No. D1527 headed the afternoon Glasgow Queen Street-Edinburgh parcels train. On the ex-L.M.S. lines in this district, a further train has been added to those which an ex-L.N.E.R. locomotive occasionally works between Perth and Carlisle (see page 210); this is the 8.15 p.m. Perth-Kensington Olympia, to which a variety of motive power has been rostered, including the combination of Type 2 diesel No. D6115 and Class 5 4-6-0 No. 44796 on July 5. In the summer service Class Al and A3 Pacifies from N.E.R. depots are again travelling through to Perth with the 9.20 a.m. from Edinburgh Waverley, returning on the 7.50 p.m.

A traveller on the 12.5 p.m. from Perth to Inverness on a recent Saturday found the train made up to 16 bogies and double-headed by an Inverness Birmingham R.C.W. Type 2 diesel and an English Electric Type 4 from Crewe North depot. During his stay in Inverness our correspondent saw this combination repeated on at least one other service; he also noted an English Electric Type 4 from Haymarket at Inverness.

On June 29 Ayr was visited by a Class A4 Pacific, No. 60002, on a special from Glasgow. Passenger traffic, in numbers both of people and extra trains, was considerably lower on Glasgow Fair Saturday, July 13, by comparison with last year, but among arrivals with race specials on July 15 was Stanier Pacific No. 46223. Four days later Class A3 No. 60038 arrived from Glasgow. Type 4 diesels have been used on some workings to Largs this summer; BR/Sulzer No. D92 (55A) brought in a stopping train from Glasgow on June 15 and on July 5 English Electric No. D392 (52A) travelled through with a special from the Newcastle area.

There is now at least one through freight working to Carlisle and back via the G.S.W. route for a pair of Polmadie's Clayton Type 1 diesels. A pair of English Electric Type 1s was recorded on Class A duty on the ex-G.S.W. main line on July 13, heading the 6.40 a.m. Glasgow Central-Blackpool Central, one of the Glasgow Fair weekend specials. The day's traffic brought several Stanier Pacifies to this route and also a Class A4, No. 60012, heading a relief to the northbound "Thames-Clyde Express" and returning south with a similar extra next day.

The summer schedules have rostered a Type 4 diesel to the Glasgow-Aberdeen route for the first time. Mondays to Fridays, an English Electric unit from Haymarket covers the 9.30 a.m. Aberdeen-Glasgow and 2.5 p.m. back, which allows only a 35min turnround interval at Glasgow Buchanan Street. In the week commencing July 22 Type 4s also began to reach Aberdeen on the 10.15 a.m. from Glasgow. These were usually Crewe North units—though Camden's No. D308 was noted on July 22—presumably filling in after a night working to Perth. After arrival in Aberdeen at 1.45 p.m., the diesel worked the 2.15 p.m. London Broad Street fish back to Perth; on July 25 No. D323 piloted "Clan" Pacific No. 72009 (12A) on this train and next day No. D302 was coupled to Class 5 No. 73098 (66A). During July St. Rollox Pacifies were seldom seen on the Aberdeen-Glasgow 3hr trains and borrowed Edinburgh Pacifies, including A3s Nos. 60041 and 60100, were usually employed on the 8.25 a.m. ex-Glasgow and 5.15 p.m. ex-Aberdeen, but on July 16 St. Rollox had to resort to one of its own Class 5 4-6-Os, No. 44923, and for the next two days Dundee A2 No. 60528 was turned out. On July 16-17 Ferryhill had no A4 for its job on the 7.10 a.m. ex-Aberdeen and 5.30 p.m. back, substituting Haymarket Al No. 60160 on the first date and Class A2/3 No. 60524 on the second. On July 5 Carlisle Kingmoor "Royal Scot" No. 46128 deputised for a Ferryhill Pacific or V2 on the 3.30 p.m. Postal from Aberdeen.

The 5.16 p.m. from Glasgow Central to Edinburgh Princes Street is normally hauled by a standard 5MT 4-6-0, but during July some notable strangers were observed on this duty; on July 2, Pacific 46223 (66A) was noted, on July 11 Type 1 diesel No. D8086 (66A) and on July 16 Type 4 diesel No. D239 (52A). On July 9 an unusual station pilot at Glasgow Central was Class 2 2-6-0 No. 46482 (66A). Crews at Thornton Junction depot are going to Polmadie for training on Clayton Type 1 diesels.


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