Motive Power Changes and Notes for September 1963
This list is correct to the following dates: L.M.R., A September 7, 1963; E.R., September 21,1963; N.E.R., September 14, 1963; Sc.R., September 7, 1963; S.R. September 16, 1963; W.R., August 31, 1963.
Shed Closures, Openings and Code Changes
Tunbridge Wells West shed (75F) closed
2,750 h.p. Diesel-electric Co-Co: D1537/D1538/D1539/D1540/D1542-41A; 1,250 h.p. Diesel-electric Bo-Bo: D5221-14A; D5226/D5227-18A; 1,750 h.p. Diesel-electric Co-Co: D6858/D6862/D6863/D6864/69-87E; 900 h.p. Diesel-electric Bo-Bo: D8525/D8526/D8527/D8536/D8540/D8542-66A; 3,300 h.p. Electric Bo-Bo: E3083-LMW.
London Midland Region: W/E August 3 (additional): 45645-24L.
W/E August 17: 3200-W.R.; 6656-84F; 41203/41240-W.R.; 41207, 41304-89A; 42546-24C; 43106/43119-9E; 44027-12F; 44302/44348-8F; 44358-9G; 44484-8G; 45044/45065-2A; 45135-27C; 45188-8A; 45276-5D; 46523-26A; 47231-16A; 47494-Crewe Works; 47647-26F; 48366/48368, 48493, 48554-1E; 78002-27D; 92052/92077-15A; 92088-16D; D5000/D5001-5A.
W/E August 24: 44126-5D; 45109, 45337-27C; 45380-9A; 46155, 46239-6J; 47230-26A; 47451-Wolverton Works; 47590/47598-2A; 90315-26B; D2865-9G; D3112-84C; D3587-17A; D5213/D5214/D5215/D5216/D5217-14A.
W/E August 31: D3956-89A; D5203/D5215/D5217/D5210-18A; D5403-E.R.
W/E September 7: 3792, 5026/5031/5063/5089, 7001/7012/7014/7019/7024/7026-84B; 41239-1A; 42952-6B; 46240/46245-1A; 47349-8A; 47406-9G; 47656-8D; 48029-24J; 48425/48469, 48702-8C; 48509/48532-24J; 48519, 48712-24L; 78008-84B; 78032-6H.
Eastern Region: W/E August 31: D5403-31B; D5853/D5855-40A.
W/E September 7: D5854/D5856-40A; D6553-S.R.
W/E September 14: 60054/60062/60063/60065, 60106/60108/60112, 61250/61251, 61367/61389/61392, 63931/63932/63940/63943/63962/63968/63974-36A; 63981/63984/63985/63987-36E; 92189/92190/92191/92192/92198/92199-40E; 922O0/92201-40B; D1527-34G; D1530/D1531-41A; D2229-32A; D5656/D5657/D5658-31B; D5853/D5854-34G.
W/E September 21: D2229-32B.
North Eastern Region: W/E August 17: 78016-Sc.R.
W/E August 24: 62058/62062-50A; 63401-52H; 63423-52G; 90091-50B; 90132, 90273-50D; 90462-50B; D2594-52D; D2615-52A.
W/E August 31: 60052-Sc.R.; 62007-50A; 90072/90081, 90406/90451-50D; 90092, 90172-50B.
W/E September 7: D8500-52H, then to Sc.R.; D8501/D8536-52H.
W/E September 14: 41273-55C; 42108-56B; 42311, 42622-56C; 43014/53-55F; 44824/44826, 44943-55C; 44912, 45207/45219-55D; 48080-55C; 60120/60141/60143/60145/60147-50A; 61016, 61189, 61214, 61386-56D; 61023, 61115, 61309-56F; 62010/62028/62029/6206O-5OA; 63406/63433-52G; 65870/65874/65882-52F; 73161/73162/73164-W.R.; 73167/73168/73169/73170/73171, 82026/82027/82028/82029-S.R.;90329/90360, 90412-56A; 90345-55D; 92005/92006, 92205/92206/92211/92221/92231/92229-50A; D8501/D8536-56B.
Scottish Region: 5 weeks ending September 7: 42128/42163, 42239/42265-64A; 44702-64C; 44972-67B; 44974-67D; 45168-64C; 45320-65J; 45459-67B; 57270, 57630-67D; 57688-67E; 60052-64A; 64625-64A; 65311-65F; 77007-67B; 77008-66B; 77009-66E; 78016-66B; 90039-62C; 90468-62A; 90596-61B; 90628-62C; D3201/D3280, D3529-66C; D8500/D851-N.E.R.
Southern Region: Period ending September 16: 3633, 3759, 4610/4616-W.R.; 4689-70E; 30029/30053/30055, 30133, 30379-75E; 30841/30842/30843/30844-70B; 31005, 31263, 31518/31544/31551-75E; 31404/31408/31413-70C; 31410/31412-75B; 31797, 31800-75C; 31810/31813/31814-70C; 31812/31821/31854/31859-W.R.; 31818-75D; 31823/31827-75B; 33001-70C; 34012/34013/34014/34019/34027/34057/34063/34089, 34100-70E; 41230-75A; 41293/41298, 41305/41310/41311/41324-71G; 41297-71G, then to W.R.; 73002-7IG; 73167/73168/73169/73170/73171-70B; 75067/75068-75C; 76030/76031/76032/76033/76034-70C; 80010/80011/80014/80016/80017/80018/80019/80068/80084/80085/80088/80089/80094, 80139/80140/80141/80142-75A; 80015/80087, 80146/80150-71A; 80095, 80137-70B; 82026/82027/82028/82029-70C; 92205/92206/92211/92231/92239-N.E.R.
Western Region: 5 weeks ending August 31: 1474-85C; 2214-72A; 2241-86C; 2283-82F; 2876-86A; 3618-81A; 3633 3737-85B; 3759-72A; 3791-88F; 3805-86A; 4593-72C; 4609-81A; 4610/4616-72A; 4621-88F; 4624/4698-85B; 5420-72C; 6368-85B; 6378-81E; 6960-81F; 7027, 8464/8486-81D; 9425-86F; 9602/9666-88F; 9763/9789-81A; 9787-87F; 30841/30842/30843/30844-S.R.; 31812/31821/31854/3189-72A; 31818-S.R.; 92220/92204-82F; D2182-87F; 15100-82C.
1151, 2872/2894, 3626, 3766/3781, 4907, 5050/5087, 5154, 5225/5233/5262, 5416, 5554, 5608/5614/5690, 5919/5948/5977, 6138, 6319/6379, 6919, 8458, 9793, 31402, 31637, 31818/31820/31825/31826/31851/31865, 31918/31922, 33008/33011/33016/33021/33024, 42151, 42425/42486/42487, 42668, 42711/42723/42750, 42873, 43342, 44015/44046/44074, 44126/44190, 44202/44262/44297, 44303/44370, 44411/44419/44444, 44539/44596, 44750, 45010/45049, 45199, 45315, 45555, 45625, 46101/46116/46149, 47248, 57269/57291, 57566/57592, 57634/57689/57690, 60048/60061/60066/60073/60082/60097, 60107, 60861, 61069/61074, 61455, 62032, 63375, 63400, 63596, 63736/63784, 63840, 63925/63928/63935/63937/63938/63941/63942/63949/63956/63960/63963, 64568, 65331, 68015. 90006/90086/90097, 90186/90193, 90228/90231/90260, 90435/90440/90461/90475/90487, 90500/90531/90536, 90609/90671.
Motive Power Miscellany
London Midland Region
The winter schedules feature the first rostered Type 4 diesel working in Furness territory. An English Electric unit from Carlisle Upperby depot, after covering the 6.20 a.m. Carlisle-Crewe and the 11.20 a.m. Euston-Workington from Crewe to Preston, is next booked to head the 4.3 p.m. ex-Manchester Victoria from Preston to Barrow and the 6.28 p.m. Workington-St. Pancras back from Barrow to Preston; it then powers the 1.10 a.m. Preston-Crewe parcels, but the conclusion of the diagram is not known. Prior to the introduction of this diesel duty, the 4.3 p.m. Manchester-Barrow and 6.28 p.m. Workington-St. Pancras were being covered quite frequently by one of Crewe North's increased allocation of "Britannia" Pacifies. On September 1 Class V2 2-6-2 No. 60802 travelled south of Carlisle with the 9.50 p.m. Perth-Euston; it reached Carnforth, but had to be taken off there through shortage of coal and replaced by a Class 5 4-6-0, whereafter it returned north two days later on the 4.16 a.m. Carnforth-Carlisle freight.
There are now three regular diesel locomotive turns over the Calder Valley main line. They are: the 6.30 p.m. York-Liverpool parcels (a 50A unit); the 2.8 a.m. York-Manchester passenger (a 5A unit, which later works the 9.30 a.m. Manchester-Glasgow); and the Sunday Scotswood-Red Bank E.C.S., which has been rostered for an L.M.R. unit since the start of the winter timetable and was formerly hauled by a pair of steam locomotives off Farnley Junction. On weekdays, the Scotswood-Red Bank E.C.S. is still double-headed by steam, the normal combination being a York B1 and a Stanier Class 5. On September 28, Class A1 4-6-2 No. 60114 was employed throughout from Lincoln to Blackpool on an Illuminations excursion. Visitors to Blackpool with Illuminations excursions on September 21 included B.R./Sulzer Type 4 diesels Nos. D104/D164 from Burton-on-Trent and Nottingham, English Electric Type 3 No. D6730 from Hull and "Clan" Pacific No. 72007 (12A) with an unidentified party special.
Lees shed (9P, late 26E) is expected to close in November,; Bury (9M, late 26D) and Wigan L. & Y. (8P, late 27D) are also believed to be under sentence. A visitor to Horwich works on September 1 noted that some electric multiple-unit stock was being overhauled there; receiving attention were a Manchester-Glossop-Hadfield set and the former South Tyneside motor parcels van, No. E68000.
In North Wales, Holyhead shed gained a Stanier Pacific, No. 46239, on loan at the end of August. The first Manchester-Sheffield 1,500V d.c. electric locomotive to return to traffic after overhaul at Crewe works in blue livery is Class EM2 No. 27002. An English Electric Type 3 diesel of Stratford depot, E.R., now works daily into Manchester Piccadilly following the reorganisation of the through train service between Harwich and the North-West; the diesel covers the 7.30 a.m. from Parkeston Quay and the 2.42 p.m. return. It would appear that, following the tests of Type 2 and 4 diesels on the I.C.I, limestone bogie-hopper workings between Peak Forest and Northwich reported earlier in the year, the Metrovick Co-Bo diesels may be used on this job; a correspondent writes that No. D5719 has recently been at Trafford Park shed for the purpose of training Northwich crews. On August 28 a Class 7P 4-6-0, No. 46140. traversed the Manchester-Altrincham electric line, heading a special from Manchester to Cadbury's works at Bourneville.
The substantial stud of "Britannia" Pacifies at Crewe now have a rostered working to Oxford with the twice-weekly 3.30 p.m. motor car train from Bathgate to Morris Cowley and the thrice-weekly 1.50 p.m. back. This service was established some time ago between Morris Cowley and destinations in the Liverpool area, but recently it has been reorganised and retimed on a much faster schedule, being simultaneously up-graded to Class 3. Previously it was hauled by Class 9F 2-10-Os. Although September 7 was the last official day of passenger working over the Crewe-Wellington line, it carried Blackpool Illuminations excursions on the following two Saturdays. However on September 14, a Wolverhampton Low Level-Edinburgh Princes Street guaranteed excursion was sent via Shrewsbury to Crewe and there are no longer any scheduled passenger workings over the route. Even the Sunday 1.40 a.m. Crewe-Plymouth, which still traverses the Wolverhampton-Stourbridge Junction line, officially closed to passengers in July, 1962, is now routed via Shrewsbury; it is hauled as far as Wolverhampton by the "Western" class diesel that has brought in the northbound "Pines Express" from Oxford on the Saturday. Stanier Pacifies are still to be seen almost nightly at Shrewsbury, heading the 6.25 p.m. Swansea Victoria-York mail to Crewe and the return 9.50 p.m. York-Swansea.
There are reports that Saltley depot is to receive Birmingham R.C.W. 1,250 h.p. Type 2 diesels from the southern area of the Midland line for freight work (this might explain the arrival at March depot, E.R., on a cross-country freight route from the Birmingham area, of No. D5403 for crew-training, as briefly reported in last months Timeline). It is believed that the Type 2s are to be replaced in the south by some of a substantial order, not yet publicly announced, of Clayton Type Is for the L.M.R., a proportion of which will be equipped with train-heating boilers. On September 29 the Paxman-engined N.B. Loco. Co. Type 2 of the Scottish Region, No. D6123, was again seen on Aston depot; no doubt it had once more worked the Glasgow-Birmingham "Condor". The employment of ex-L.M.S. and B.R. standard steam types in place of ex-G.W.R. locomotives in the Birmingham Snow Hill and Wolverhampton Low Level area still increases; during September, for example, the 5.55 p.m. Birmingham-Wolverhampton stopping train, one of the few still rostered for steam haulage on weekdays, was hauled almost exclusively by Stanier Class 5 4-6-0s.
On September 3 a Metro-Cammell three-car diesel multiple-unit was used throughout for a party special from Derby Midland to Aberystwyth, travelling outward via Crewe and Whitchurch and returning via Shrewsbury, Wellington, Stafford and the Lichfield Spur. On the former G.C. line, Annesley's allocation of Class 7P 4-6-0s is still as many as nine, but a small proportion seem fit for regular use: most frequently seen in London in mid-September was the latest arrival. No. 46125, which was received to replace the withdrawn No. 46169, and this was covering the lion's share of Annesley's Class 7P turns to London with "Britannia" Pacific No. 70043. Between September 10 and 14 No. 46110 (12A) had several workings into and out of Marylebone. On August 21 a W.R. 2-8-2T, No. 7207 (84C) was recorded on G.C. territory; it took a Cambridge-Woodford sand train forward from Claydon Junction. On September 14 B.R./Sulzer Type 2 diesel No. D5085 (14A) headed the 4.38 p.m. Marylebone-Notting-ham.
September saw extensive use of English Electric Type 4 diesels on local trains between Euston and Bletchley and the Euston-Rugby semi-fasts. Camden depot was closed to steam traction on September 9. Devons Road depot has been recoded 1J.
On September 27, the first of a new batch of B.R./Sulzer Type 2s being built at Darlington, No. D7568, was paired with No. D5191 on a Toton-Ripple Lane freight.
Early in September the A.E.I. Birmingham-Sulzer 2,750 h.p. diesel-electric prototype No. D0260 Lion was transferred to the E.R. and was introduced on a turn covering the 4 a.m. Kings Cross-Leeds and the next day's up "Yorkshire Pullman."
The Highdyke-Aldwarke, Colwick and Barnet-by iron ore trains are now dieselised. Brush Type 4s Nos. D1530-D1542, based on Wath shed, work a round diagram daily starting from Wath to Frodingham on a Class 7* coal train. They continue on iron tipplers and Tipfit empties to Barnetby and thence to Highdyke. On arrival they either return on loaded tipplers to Barnetby or work to Colwick and back on loaded and empty wagons. Grantham shed was closed on September 9 and most of its locomotives were transferred to Doncaster, but three of its A3 Pacifies and eight of its Class 02 2-8-0s were condemned. Class A3 4-6-2 No. 60112 was an unusual visitor to the Grantham-Lincoln line on September 6, when, with two coaches, it deputised for a failed diesel multiple-unit on the 10.30 a.m. service from Grantham and 12.38 p.m. back. Lincoln now has seven Brush Type 2 diesels, displaced from Darnall by Brush Type 4s; in the course of crew-training they have worked to Staythorpe, Barnetby, Firsby and Nottingham Midland.
The arrival at March from the L.M.R. of a Birmingham R.C.W. Type 2 diesel, No. D5403, for crew-training, was briefly mentioned last month. The crew-training with No. D5403 was being carried out on empty stock workings between March and Kings Lynn via Ely. The B.R. Rail News reports through Type 4 diesel workings from Millerhill, Scottish Region to Whitemoor; between out and home trips the diesels are employed on Whitemoor-Doncaster Class 7* freights.
According to a correspondent, the N.E.R. has been asked to bar the use of B.R./Sulzer Type 4s from through workings to March, except in an emergency or unless rosters provide for the incoming crew to work the locomotive back. This is said to be the outcome of an incident in July,
when a York crew brought through to March a B. R. Sulzer Type 4, but returned on their booked working with an English Electric Type 4, leaving the former unit at March; as no March crews had been trained to drive a B.R./Sulzer Type 4, it had to be towed back to Doncaster. The winter schedules provide for a Gateshead English Electric Type 4 diesel to travel through to Colchester. The train concerned is the overnight service from Glasgow Queen Street, which was cut short in the public timetables at Bury St. Edmunds in the 1962-3 winter service, although it was still taken on as empty stock to Colchester for servicing. It is once more advertised as through to Colchester, and train and locomotive form the following evening's 5.15 p.m. Colchester-Glasgow Queen Street, on which the diesel is booked to work throughout from Colchester to Newcastle. On September 22, however, it was noted at Peterborough North with Class A4 No. 60006 in charge.
The English Electric Type 2 "Baby Deltic" diesels, which were recently returned from the E.R. to Vulcan Foundry, are being re-equipped with new engines of the same type as those with which they were previously fitted; the manufacturers are confident that they have overcome the difficulties previously experienced with these locomotives. The second N.B. Loco Co. Type 2, diesel to be sent south from the Scottish Region, No. D6112, was still stored at Colchester St. Botolphs station in September and did not seem yet to have undergone the re-equipment with a Paxman Ventura engine applied to No. D6123; this suggests that the decision to rebuild the entire class of these Type 2s with new engines has not yet been taken.
Two G.E. line electric multiple-units, Nos. 201 and 321, are specially reserved for the Swedish Lloyd boat trains between Tilbury and Fenchurch Street; both have been embellished with front-end name boards. The G.E. Line is considering the possibility of operating all Tilbury boat trains with electric multiple-unit stock, but one of the chief problems involved is the provision of sufficient baggage space.
North Eastern Region
The customary large-scale reallocations of motive power at the commencement of the winter timetable had some points of interest. Three B.R. standard Class 5 4-6-0s have been despatched to the W.R. and five more, together with four Class 3 2-6-2Ts, to the S.R.; in exchange York depot has acquired five Class 9F 2-10-0s from the S.R. and three more from the W.R. Stourton depot has collected seven B.R. standard Class 3 2-6-0s from Dairycoates, Thornaby and York depots; on September 17 No. 77013 was observed as far afield as Rose Grove, covering a Skipton turn on the 8.40 a.m. Skipton-Rose Grove Class 7 freight and the 12.15 p.m. Rose Grove-Hunslet empties.
The transfer of responsibility for steam locomotive repair and scrapping to Darlington works following the restriction of Derby and Doncaster works to diesel traction is on a larger scale than first reports implied. A correspondent writes that the following have come under Darlington's care; 172 WD 2-8-0s formerly maintained at Crewe; 739 locomotives formerly maintained at Doncaster, including all types of ex-L.N.E.R. Pacific, B1s, K1s, O1s, 04s, V2s and WD 2-8-0s; and 828 locomotives formerly maintained at Derby, including B.R. Class 5 and 4 4-6-0s, L.M. 2-6-4Ts, Class 8F 2-8-0s, Class 7F 0-8-Os, Class 4F O-6-0s, Class 2F and 3F 0-6-0s and 0-6-OTs, Class 1F 0-6-OTs, and Class OF 0-4-OTs and 0-4-OSTs. In addition, the withdrawn Scottish "Clan" Pacifies, Nos. 72000/72001/72002/72004/72004, arrived at Darlington from Parkhead for scrapping in mid-September, together with 2-6-2TS Nos. 67600/67621/67680. The first "foreigner" to appear at the works for repair under the new arrangements was Class 5 4-6-0 No. 73048 (6A), on September 14.
Two of the Scottish Region's Clayton Type 1 diesels, Nos. D8501/D8536, were loaned to the N.E.R. for trials at the beginning of September. They went first to Tyne Dock and are reported to have been tested in multiple on the Consett run, but to have proved underpowered for local requirements. On September 11 No. D8501 was seen working singly in the Seaham area with a diesel brake tender attached. On September 13 the pair was transferred to Ardsley. From September 23 No. D8501 was observed on mineral train trips to Bradford City Road, outward via Wortley and Bramley, and back via Gildersome and Tingley, working from Ardsley over the single line to Shipley and returning from Quarry Gap via Batley, operating to Castleford via Neville Hill and Garforth, and also to Pontefract and Knottingley. Returning from the last-mentioned run on September 26, No. D8501 was sent from Healey Mills with 26 loaded mineral wagons via Heckmondwike to Low Moor, to regain Ardsley via Bowling, Laisterdyke and Wortley, but it failed at Heckmondwike and was still there next day.
At mid-day on September 26 Stanier Pacific No. 46238 arrived light, for unexplained reasons, at Shipley from the north and turned on the Leeds Junction-Bradford Junction-Bingley Junction triangle, to return in the Carlisle direction. A condemned example of the class, No. 46247, was hauled dead through Bingley Junction early in the month, bound for the Birmingham area. On September 8 "Clan" Pacific No. 72008 (12A) was noted on the morning Stourton-Bradford Valley pick-up freight, after which it repaired light to Skipton shed.
Following an interlude of some months, ex-L.N.E.R. Pacifies have again been bringing freight into the Calder Valley. On August 22 Class A3 No. 60045 worked the 10.10 p.m. Tyne Yard-Mirfield and turned on the Bradley triangle before picking up a return working from Healey Mills yard; on September 13 Class A4 No. 60006 performed the same routine. Crewe North "Britannias" were also recorded on several West Riding freight duties; on September 21, for example, No. 70028 brought into Healey Mills the 5.35 a.m. Class 4 from Crewe, two days later headed the 10.20 a.m. Healey Mills-York Class 6 and on September 24 powered the 3.30 a.m. Crofton-Crewe Class 9. "Deltic" No. D9008 was named The Green Howards at a ceremony at Darlington on September 30 and No. D9005 The Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of Yorkshire at York on October 8.
All diagrammed steam working through Oxted ceased at the conclusion of the summer timetable and since then diesel traction has monopolised the Oxted line, except for an occasional Class W 2-6-4T sent out as a Type 3 diesel replacement on freight working. Tunbridge Wells West motive power depot has been officially closed, although four locomotives still stable there each night, and its stud of Class 4 2-6-4Ts has been dispersed principally to Brighton, but some have gone to Eastleigh and Feltham. Three Bridges has the redundant Class H and M7 0-4-4Ts and still finds three duties for them on the East Grinstead service, of which one trip reaches Tunbridge Wells West.
All Brighton's Bulleid light Pacifies have been transferred to Salisbury (a depot now recoded 70E) and in consequence Exmouth Junction Pacifics are covering the 11.10 a.m. Plymouth-Brighton and 11.30 a.m. back next day. This is now Brighton's only regular steam-hauled Class 1 service, but it is believed locally that a change to diesel haulage is imminent. Two more Hymek diesels are reported to have travelled through to Brighton with excursions from the W.R. in September; one was No. D7056, with an excursion from Ealing Broadway on September 7. A local correspondent reports an increase in the oil traffic between Fawley and Rowfant, on the Three Bridges-East Grinstead line; some of These trains are electrically hauled into Three Bridges, but steam as well as diesel traction is seen on the final stage of the run to Rowfant. On September 1 Brush Type 2 No. D5596 was noted at Eastbourne with an excursion from Enfield; it failed on arrival and had to be taken home by A.E.I. Type 1 No. D8237, the first of its type to be recorded at this South Coast resort.
An English Electric Type 4 diesel was tested for route availability between Willesden Junction, Clapham Junction and Parks Bridge Junction, Lewisham, on September 22, presumably with a view to employment of this class on cross-London freight working. London transfer freight workings between Battersea Wharf and Norwood Junction have been assumed by Birmingham R.C.W. Type 3 diesels of the S.R.; as a result, two of Norwood's Class W 2-6-4Ts have been condemned.
The S.R. has transferred to York all five of its Class 9F 2-10-Os, which were lately based on Feltham. As substitutes, it has received from the N.E.R. five B.R. standard Class 5 4-6-0s, Nos. 73167/73168/73169/73170/73171, which have been handed to Feltham; with them came four B.R. standard Class 3 2-6-2Ts, Nos. 82026/82027/82028/82029, which have gone to Guildford. There are rumours that another large-scale steam locomotive withdrawal, including a number of Bulleid Pacifies, will be effected on the S.R. before the end of the year.
Stewarts Lane depot was closed to steam traction on September 9 and many of its diagrams have been taken over by Norwood Junction, which in consequence has acquired B.R. standard Class 4 4-6-0s Nos. 75074/75075. Engines still left on Stewarts Lane are being broken up there, together with some condemned engines hitherto stored at Nine Elms, including four "Schools" 4-4-0s. However, "Schools" No. 30928 is reported to have been purchased for private preservation.
The three Class 4 2-6-4Ts—not two. as stated in a caption in last month's issue—recently moved to Weymouth do not seem to have found favour; No. 80065 has moved to Yeovil, No. 80081 to Bournemouth and No. 80147 was in a state of disrepair outside Weymouth shed on September 21. The 2-6-4Ts have been replaced by Class 2 2-6-2Ts Nos. 41261/41293 and 41305, but these saw only restricted use in September, they do not appear to be as highly regarded in the area as W.R. 0-6-OPTs, and were observed only on shunting and Weymouth-Portland freights as far as Easton, beyond which point their use was barred. On August 31 Stanier Class 5 4-6-0 No. 44800 brought a pigeon special from Preston into Weymouth, to be followed the next weekend by No. 45298 on a similar working.
This winter there is again a regular Pacific duty over the D.N.S. line. A Saturday diagram takes a Bournemouth or Eastleigh engine through to Oxford with the 10.50 a.m. Bournemouth West-York and it returns via the D.N.S. line with a freight for the Southampton area: No. 34047 was thus engaged, for example, on September 21. The 6.50 a.m. Reading-Redhill is powered by the W.R., which usually turns out a "Manor" 4-6-0, occasionally a 2-6-0. but on September 14 there was an innovation in the appearance of a Hymek diesel, No. D7074. The booked return working from Guildford is the 12.37 p.m. to Reading, but No. D7074 was seen at Dorking Town on what was apparently the Margate-Wolverhampton.
An increasing number of the latest 2-HAP electric multiple-units are taking up work on the Central Division Brighton-Victoria services. There was a slight error in a note about the former South Tyneside two-car units in last month's issue; they have been renumbered 5781-95, not 5780-94: it is believed that 2-F.PB No. 5800 has been renumbered 5780 to rectify the sequence.
The first Brush Type 4 diesel-electric was expected at Old Oak for crew training on October 18. This type is to take over the Paddington-Wolverhampton service, on which the L.M.R. disfavours the use of "Western" class units; the latter will go to South Wales, as they are displaced by Brush units, releasing Hymek Type 3s for the West Country and London area local freight. As a result of Hymek transfers to Devon and Cornwall, 18 N.B. Loco. Co. Type 2 diesels are expected to be at London area work from Old Oak by the end of the year. Reading diesel depot is being extended to provide extra accommodation for diesel locomotive servicing.
Total dieselisation of the Paddington-Worcester-Hereford services was scheduled from the start of the winter timetable. The last rostered steam turn was that of "Castle" No. 7023 with the 11.10 a.m. Worcester-Paddington and 7.15 p.m. back on September 7, but as a result of diesel failures no fewer than 73 substitutions of steam for diesel traction were recorded in the first three weeks of the timetable on the Paddington-Worcester and Worcester-Hereford diagrams combined. The diesel diagrams include two night freights between Paddington and Worcester. Three of Worcester's "Castles", Nos. 7005/7013/7025, were still active at the end of September.
The accelerated "Cheltenham Spa Express" is rostered for "Western" class diesel haulage in each direction between Paddington and Gloucester. There is also a regular "Western" class working, of a curious kind, over part of the Paddington-Worcester route; since there is no longer a 5.30 p.m. Oxford-Paddington, on which the diesel heading the "Pines Express" from Crewe to Oxford used to proceed to London, this locomotive now pilots the 12.5 p.m. Hereford-Paddington over the final stage of its journey. The Reading station down pilot, previously a "Castle", is now a Hymek diesel and locomotives of this class are covering the evening Kensington-Whitland milk empties, but the morning down empties have reverted to steam haulage. The first N.B. Loco. Co. Type 2 diesel transfer from Laira to the London area, as forecast in a recent issue, is No. D6326 and a Hymek has been on test in Devon (see below). On September 19 and 20. Brush diesels Nos. D5623 and D5591 were respectively observed heading troop trains from the E.R. westbound through Reading; both returned later with the empty stock. On September 11 "Crab" 2-6-0 No. 42812 (10J) and "Jubilee" 4-6-0 No. 45690 (82E) were on Southall shed; both had brought in trains of gas coal from Woodford and returned with empties (No. 42812 was on Oxford shed four days previously). On September 16 "Britannia" Pacific No. 70044 headed a Didcot-Reading local freight and returned light down the main line; the Crewe "Britannias" lately recorded in the Swindon-Didcot area can no doubt be traced to the Bathgate-Oxford motor-car trains, on which they are regularly employed (see L.M.R. section). A new type to be seen of late among the varied S.R. steam power on the transfer freight traffic to and from Moreton Yard, Didcot, is the B.R. standard Class 4 2-6-4T.
In the West Country, the W.R. has introduced diesel multiple-units on the 7.49 a.m. Plymouth-Tavistock North and 9.21 a.m. back. Laira men have begun crew-training on Hymek diesel No. D7056. On September 24 No. D7008 was tested on the Bere Alston-Callington branch; multiple-units are unsuitable for this branch because of its goods traffic. The official steam locomotive allocation of Laira is now down to one 4500 class tank. The locomotives transferred away have not been replaced by diesels, which has caused considerable anxiety at the shed. Owing to the subsequent motive power shortage, some diesels have had their 750hr examinations bypassed. On the afternoon of September 22, Class 8F 2-8-0 No. 48423 (8H) reached Plymouth on freight. Following withdrawal of the Culm Valley branch passenger service, a 204 h.p. diesel shunter, No. D2140, arrived at Tiverton Junction to cover the reorganised freight workings on the line from September 9. "Jubilee" 4-6-0 No. 45690 (82E) is reported to have reached Exeter from the Bristol area on September 15. At least two, Nos. 73161/73162, of three B.R. standard Class 5 4-6-0s recently moved from the N.E.R. to the W.R., appear to be based on Exmouth Junction. Plymouth Friary shed has been closed.
On August 28 and September 4 English Electric Type 3 diesel No. D6860 made test ascents of the Lickey Incline with a 15-coach train including dynamometer car. A Hymek diesel, No. D7032, was seen on the Lickey incline on August 26, deputising for a "Western" class diesel on the 3.34 a.m. Frodingham-Severn Tunnel Junction steel train, one of the two new such services reported in last month's Timeline.
The winter timetables have once more brought dieselisation of the Glasgow Buchanan Street-Dundee express services, but not, as before, with N.B. Loco Co. Type 2 units. Birmingham R.C.W. Type 2 units of Eastfield depot, Glasgow, are rostered to the 7.15 and 9.15 a.m. from Glasgow and the 12 noon and 2 p.m. back from Dundee; one of these units goes back to Dundee on the 5 p.m. from Buchanan Street, regaining Glasgow on a fitted freight. The 7.45 a.m. and 4 p.m. trains from Dundee and the 11.15 a.m. down from Glasgow are covered by a B.R./Sulzer Type 2 diesel of Inverness depot. A steam turn remains in the service, the 3.15 p.m. from Glasgow and 8 p.m. back from Dundee, which at the commencement of the new arrangements was being covered by St. Rollox Class A3 Pacific No. 60090, relieved occasionally by Class 5s of Perth on Saturdays. Another new diesel roster takes an Inverness unit through to Glasgow on the overnight train; the diesel then covers the 10 a.m. Glasgow-Perth, the mid-day service from Inverness back to Glasgow and finally the 7.15 p.m. fitted freight from Sighthill through to Inverness. The 4.25 p.m. ex-Inverness is usually steam-worked out of Perth, Mondays to Fridays, but on Saturdays and Sundays it is covered by a Derby B.R./Sulzer Type 4, which powers the Sunday 5.5 p.m. Glasgow-Aberdeen as far as Perth. On September 13 Class Al No. 60140 of York was noted at Bonnybridge on the 3.35 a.m. newspaper train from Carstairs; on September 12 St. Margarets A3 Pacific No. 60043 was recorded here on the London-Stirling car-sleeper, and on September 22 York Al No. 60121 was on Stirling shed after working this train.
Haymarket shed has disposed of its last 12 steam locomotives to St. Margarets and Dairy Road depots and was closed to steam traction on September 9. According to a report in the Scottish press, a plan has been formulated for the closure of St. Margarets and Dairy Road depots after the opening of the new motive power depot at Millerhill yard. Haymarket would then cover main-line diesel locomotives, Leith Central diesel multiple-units and shunters, and Millerhill, freight diesels and the residue of steam power operating in the Edinburgh area. The winter workings appear to have terminated the occasional appearance of ex-L.M.S. Class 7P and 8P locomotives in Edinburgh Waverley on the early morning train from Perth; the balancing 10.3 a.m. from Edinburgh Waverley is now hauled consistently by a single Type 2 diesel from Inverness depot. Thornton depot has received its first allocation of Clayton Type 1 diesels, Nos. D8545/D8546/D8547/D8548/D8549; 10 such units are expected here. It is believed that 25 more Type 1 s are to be based in the Edinburgh area.
Two Class A2 Pacifies, Nos. 60522/60530, have been transferred from Haymarket to Polmadie, despite the fact that at least two Stanier Pacifies are stored (Nos. 46231/46232 at Carstairs); on September 20 No. 60522 was seen at Kilmarnock on the 11 a.m. Carlisle-Glasgow stopping train and next day at Paisley on a Glasgow-bound parcels train, while No. 60530 headed the 7.22 a.m. Kilmarnock-Glasgow via Dairy on September 17, 19 and 20. A correspondent writes from Beattock that crews there are anticipating diesel training soon, with a view to the use on Clayton Type 1 diesels on local banking work; there is, however, no official confirmation of such a development.
The Paxman Ventura-engined N.B. Loco Co. Type 2 diesel, No. D6123, was again employed on Glasgow Buchanan Street-Aberdeen services for a period in September. In the first week of the month it headed the 7.10 a.m. from Aberdeen and 5.30 p.m. back, completing its day with a freight job to Perth on the 9.12 p.m. Kilmarnock goods and the 11 p.m. ex-Glasgow back to Aberdeen. The displaced Ferryhill A4 was diverted during this period to the 6.50 p.m. Aberdeen-Manchester fish, with Class 5 4-6-0 pilotage.