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The Unusual and Unexpected on British Railways
« on: September 28, 2015, 08:29:29 pm »
A couple of years ago I picked up a volume with the above title, subtitled "A Chronology of Unlikely Events 1948-1968" and compiled/written by Dave Peel.

Since many of us, at some point or other, ask the question "did x ever happen/run in y", etc, I thought it might be nice to share some of the more interesting entries. I will try to do this most days, as long as I remember. If I forget, don't be shy in reminding me (if you're interested that is !)

So, to kick us off, let's take the 28th September:

1949 - 11.40am Liverpool Lime Street to Birmingham New Street is headed 46200 The Princess Royal three days running (28-30), a rare class to appear in Birmingham.

1952 - GWR railcar W13W is hired to convey members of The Light Railway Transport League from Paddington to Swansea and back. The Longest ever run for a British Railcar.

1956 - 40937 (Compound 4P) heads the 11-coach Glasgow to Liverpool out of Carlisle, many years since a 4-4-0 has taken a train of this weight over Shap.

1957 - 44703 (Stanier Class 5) heads a 10-coach football special from Brechin to Glasgow, the first passenger train to use the Brechin to Bridge of Dun line for 5 years.

1962 - 70000 Britannia and 70002 Geoffrey Chaucer (both 31B) reach Newcastle, being seen on a freight, and on Gateshead depot, respectively.

1963 - Shed 51A (Darlington) hosts ScR Clans 72000, 1, 2, 3 prior to scrapping at the local works.

        - 34064 Fighter Command (Battle of Britain) exits...Paddington! taking the Talylln Railway Preservation Society special to Ruabon

        - D7022 (class 35) works a 14-coach football special from Swindon to Northampton throughought (via Oxford & Bletchley) and return. New ground for a Hymek.

        - 60114 (A1) W P Allen hauls the Gainsborough Model Railway Society excursion to Blackpool throughout from Lincoln, via the Calder Valley. First A1 seen over much of the route, certainly at Blackpool.

1965 - 16-52 Tring to Watford is a Bo-Bo Electric hauling LMS non-corridor suburban set, a service soon to be formed by an EMU.


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Re: The Unusual and Unexpected on British Railways
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2015, 09:25:24 pm »
Thanks very much for those little snippets, Scotty.
Of course, I picked up on this one as I've banged on enough about the Varsity Line in my 'Kimbolted' thread.......


D7022 (class 35) works a 14-coach football special from Swindon to Northampton throughought (via Oxford & Bletchley) and return. New ground for a Hymek.


I'm very happy to read any more if you're happy to post them :thumbsup:

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Re: The Unusual and Unexpected on British Railways
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2015, 10:58:34 am »
Okay, so on to 29th September:

1951 - 9 -coach football special runs from Bath to Glastonbury behind an LMS 4-4-0 piloting 44523 (S&D 4F). One of the longest trains seen at Glastonbury.

         - King’s Cross sees the arrival of of Ivatt 2-6-0 43061 (Shed 35A) on a semi-fast working from Peterborough.

1955 - 60824 (V2) takes the Up Postal out of Aberdeen - first recorded occurence of an LNER engine leaving the Granite City on this working.

1959 - Ivatt 2-6-0 46469 (Shed 30E) arrives in Southend (Victoria) with freight. First recorded occurence of this class here.

         - 60928 (V2) enters Kings Cross on the ‘Sheffield Pullman’ after a diesel failure.

1961 - D5142 (Class 24) catches fire on the Down fast line at Carpenders Park on a Camden to Stockport freight, and D1 Scafell Pike also sets fire to itself on the Up fast line south of Kings Langley on the 8.15am Manchester to Euston. The dislocation to services is considerable.

1962 - D5377 (Class 27), propelling a brake tender, works through Ilkley on ammonia tanks from Teeside to Skipton. First sight of a brake tender on this line.

         - L&Y 0-6-0 52518 and 44408 work the ‘South Yorkshireman’ special to/from Sowerby Bridge to Doncaster, York, Darlington, York and Leeds.

         - D1008 Western Harrier (Class 52) on the 6.40pm Shrewsbury to Paddington fails near Stafford Road; 6000 King George V banks the train into Wolverhampton (LL), runs round, and is placed inside D1008 to work through to Paddington


1965 - Announcement at Waverley station: “Due to a derailment at Shanked the ‘Waverley’ due 16.52, is running early and will arrive at 16.25.” The train is diverted via the faster Corsairs route!

1966 - 70010 Owen Glendower (Britannia) departs Leeds on the 10.25 to Glasgow, with 70034 Thomas Hardy (Britannia 7MT) taking over at Carlisle, in contravention of BR’s decree (3rd)*

         - 600079 (A4), in works grey, passes through Huddersfield on a 4-coach special to Doncaster Works for repainting. First A4 seen in traffic at Huddersfield.

1967 - 70011 (Britannia)  Hotspur heads a special van train from Doncaster to Leeds

         - 48729 (LMS 8F) runs through Wigan (Wallgate) hauling three 4-car sets of Lancaster to Morecambe EMU stock, for scrapping at Long Marston.

         - D5242 (Class 25) hauls privately owned 45596 Bahamas (Jubilee) from Stockport to the Hunslet Engine Co., Leeds, for overhaul.



* Perhaps someone more knowledgeable can enlighten us as to the decree in question? @Karhedron ?
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Re: The Unusual and Unexpected on British Railways
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2015, 11:03:15 am »
Must admit my curiosity was piqued by that one :confused2:

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Re: The Unusual and Unexpected on British Railways
« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2015, 11:09:17 am »
1966 - 70010 Owen Glendower (Britannia) departs Leeds on the 10.25 to Glasgow, with 70034 Thomas Hardy (Britannia 7MT) taking over at Carlisle, in contravention of BR’s decree (3rd)*
I have to admit that I have never heard of that before.  :confused2:

The closest I can think of to a "decree" would be the ban on mainline steam but clearly that would not apply here.
Well, that's just not good enough. Some fount of all knowledge you are!  :no:  ;)

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Re: The Unusual and Unexpected on British Railways
« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2015, 11:17:15 am »
1966 - 70010 Owen Glendower (Britannia) departs Leeds on the 10.25 to Glasgow, with 70034 Thomas Hardy (Britannia 7MT) taking over at Carlisle, in contravention of BR’s decree (3rd)*
I have to admit that I have never heard of that before.  :confused2:

The closest I can think of to a "decree" would be the ban on mainline steam but clearly that would not apply here.

Thanks Matt,

The wording is exactly as written in the book, in respect of that phrase.

I might write to the author/publisher and see if they can help. Or perhaps the RAILUK forum.

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Re: The Unusual and Unexpected on British Railways
« Reply #6 on: September 29, 2015, 11:25:22 am »
It might refer to the British Railways Rulebook (1950-1972 edition) and the third rule therin. However I cannot find the contents of said rulebook.  :read:
Well, that's just not good enough. Some fount of all knowledge you are!  :no:  ;)

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Re: The Unusual and Unexpected on British Railways
« Reply #7 on: September 29, 2015, 11:28:46 am »
It might refer to the British Railways Rulebook (1950-1972 edition) and the third rule therin. However I cannot find the contents of said rulebook.  :read:

Well, that's just not good enough. Some fount of all knowledge you are!  :no:  ;)

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Re: The Unusual and Unexpected on British Railways
« Reply #8 on: September 29, 2015, 11:37:28 am »
Well, that's just not good enough. Some fount of all knowledge you are!  :no:  ;)

Congratulations, for that, you have earned a place on my sig.  :P
Well, that's just not good enough. Some fount of all knowledge you are!  :no:  ;)

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Re: The Unusual and Unexpected on British Railways
« Reply #9 on: September 29, 2015, 11:39:03 am »
Well, that's just not good enough. Some fount of all knowledge you are!  :no:  ;)

Congratulations, for that, you have earned a place on my sig.  :P

Ha!

(Im)famous at last! :beers:

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Re: The Unusual and Unexpected on British Railways
« Reply #10 on: September 29, 2015, 10:06:36 pm »
I'll be busy tomorrow so here's tomorrows batch of interesting workings (it's a biggie!). Let me know if you get bored of it all! (I've highlighted my favourite entries for today.  :laugh3:

30th September:

1949   - Crew North Shed (5A) surprisingly houses ‘Star’ 4040 Queen Boadicea

1952   - GWR Railcar W20W begins 4 day trial working from Boston to Grimsby, Skegness and Mabletherpe, having previously been seen around Wakefield and Doncaster.

1953   - 60814 (V2) is towed dead into Liverpool Street by 61555 (B12) to undergo platform clearance tests. First V2 seen here for any purpose.

1956   - Steam Push/Pull service operates out of London Bridge to Sevenoaks, calling only at Swanley. Westerham branch set & H 0-4-4T

1960   - 60014 Silver Link (A4) is chosen to head the ‘Anglo-Scottish Car Carrier’ between King’s Cross and Newcastle since, as 2509, this engine had commenced work on the ‘Silver Jubilee’ exactly 25 years previously. (Then 4hrs, now 4hrs 35min by ‘Talisman’)

1961   - 60022 Mallard (A4) heads the ‘Northern Rubber Special’ throughout from Retford to Blackpool (North), a train which includes M280, an ex-‘Devon Belle’ observation car. Compound 1000 pilots 45548 Lytham St Annes on an excursion to Blackpool from Stoke Golding; 1000 then pilots the A4 (departing 12.5am the next day) as far as Stansfield Hall, with M280 replaced by two sleeping cars for the return journey. Fascinating workings!

1962   - Britannias 70017, 22, 26 (all 21D Stratford upon Avon) all reach Blackpool on illuminations specials from Wolverhampton.

1965   - 45050 (Stanier Class 5) takes the 09.15 to Hereford out of Paddington , where few Black 5s reach.

1967   - 70023 Venus (Britannia) works an Up troop train of SR stock through Preston.
   - D1675 (Class 47) (82A Bristol Bath Road) heads for Blackpool on a special, as does D1555 (Class 47) (40B Immingham) hauling a Cambridge Buffet Express set with ‘KIng’s Cross - Cambridge’ roof boards.
   - Peterborough to Carlisle railtours are steam hauled between Doncaster and Carlisle, with 7029 Clun Castle (Castle)going North, A4 4498 coming south on the 30th; reversed on the 1st October.


And since it’s the end of the month, some undated entries for September:

1948    - a B12 4-6-0 unexpectedly reaches Leicester (Midland) on a Birmingham train from Yarmouth. Engines are normally changed well before here.

    - Crab 42865 is unusual power for the ‘South Yorkshireman’ between Bradford (Exchange) and Sheffield (Victoria)
   
1949   - By turning the turntable at Liverpool (Central) the other way to normal, it has been discovered that larger engines can be turned! Hence Traffic Park Compounds can be used instead of D9s   

1950   - 34030 Watersmeet (West Country) pilots an unidentified Merchant Navy on the 1pm from Waterloo to Yeovil Junction. A rare pairing.

1951   - Several O4 2-8-0s are drafted from the NER to the WR on a temporary basis, including 63673, 63835 (Oxley), 63770 (Southall), 63816 (Worcester) 63881 (Exeter) 63812 (Taunton). All are soon passed back to the NER and replaced by WD 2-8-0

   - Black 5 and B12 combination noted double heading a freight from Blair Athol toward Drumuachdar summit. Unprecedented pairing on the Highland Line.

   - Loadings of 25, 30 or 40 vehicles seen on the 9.20am ECS working from Newcastle to Holloway, double headed as far as Thirsk.

1952   - WD 2-10-0 90757 is transferred from ScR to the WR shed at Banbury for two weeks of trials. Then sent to Ashford, and is seen hauling continental freight traffic between Dover and Bricklayers Arms, and on Tonbridge to Redhill freight workings.

   - 72006 Clan Mackenzie (68A Kingmoor) passes Rotherham (Masborough) with a cattle special from Carlisle to Sheffield. Clans rarely reach these parts.

1957   - BR confirms electrification of Waterloo to Bournemouth on the overhead system. Planned to begin 1962.

1959   - 60146 Peregrine (A3) (50A York) heads the Up ‘North Briton’ out of Queen Street.

1960   - Freight Ascends Beattock Bank headed by a Crab and banked by….46203 Princess Margaret Rose (Princess) - Astonishing

   - Six ‘Kings’ are allocated to Cardiff Canton, first time any have been shredded in Wales (but are not to work west of Cardiff)

1961   - ‘Horse of the Year Show’ includes ‘Tom’, aged 20, employed for the last 8 years shunting horse boxes at Newmarket

   - GT3 carries out a series of test runs with 8 coaches between Leicester and Marylebone

1963   - D63xx, D70xx, D8xx classes (Class 22 35 42 respectively) are all trailed on the Callington Branch.

1964   - 61313 (B1), having been repaired at Redhill, works trains to Reading, and an ECS train to Brighton, at the end of the month.

   - 15 x V2s arrive at Swindon for Scrap.

1965   - D5370 (Class 27) (51L Thornaby) is surprisingly seen heading north out of London on the Midland Main Line on a freight for Leicester. Very much out of place.

   - A long van train is seen (in appaling weather) between the tunnels at North Queensferry heading towards the Forth Bridge behind J37 0-6-0 piloting a NBL Type 2, with two further J37s (both tender first) banking at the rear. Quite a sight!

1966   - A squirrel jumps onto overhead wires at Rockford, causing short-circuit and 90 minute delay to Southend services.

1967   - A number of trains between Wolverhampton and Chester are formed of failed DMU sets hauled by Brish Type 4s (class 47)

   - D601 Ark Royal and D602 Bulldog (Class 41s) both reported working coal trains from South Wales as far as Llandrindod Wells.

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Re: The Unusual and Unexpected on British Railways
« Reply #11 on: September 29, 2015, 10:11:46 pm »
It might refer to the British Railways Rulebook (1950-1972 edition) and the third rule therin. However I cannot find the contents of said rulebook.  :read:

I've dug my 1950 copy of the BR rulebook, and Rule 3 relates to being absent or swapping hours without authorisation, stealing stationary, consuming liquor, etc., etc., so that's a dead end.

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Re: The Unusual and Unexpected on British Railways
« Reply #12 on: September 29, 2015, 10:21:22 pm »
Fascinating facts which help me justify all sorts of locos I was uneasy about (not being a Rule 1 user) so keep 'em coming please. :thumbsup:
My mind is still boggling over the Crab being banked by the Princess :goggleeyes:

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Re: The Unusual and Unexpected on British Railways
« Reply #13 on: September 29, 2015, 10:42:20 pm »
Fascinating facts which help me justify all sorts of locos I was uneasy about (not being a Rule 1 user) so keep 'em coming please. :thumbsup:
My mind is still boggling over the Crab being banked by the Princess :goggleeyes:

Thanks Mick, that is precisely why I Decided to start the posts. I'm chuffed it's of some use for you.

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Re: The Unusual and Unexpected on British Railways
« Reply #14 on: September 29, 2015, 11:25:17 pm »
1957   - BR confirms electrification of Waterloo to Bournemouth on the overhead system. Planned to begin 1962.

I guess they're still in the planning stage...

   - Six ‘Kings’ are allocated to Cardiff Canton, first time any have been shredded in Wales (but are not to work west of Cardiff)

That's a tragic end to some fine locos  :goggleeyes:
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