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ending promptly at 9.15 pm.
Wednesday meetings start at 1.00 pm, ending at 2.45 pm
Friday 16th November: 83rd Annual General Meeting of the M.L.S.
Friday 7th December: Scotland Part 2. Alf Storey returns to give a slide show with a Scottish theme, this time featuring lines in the Edinburgh area and northwards towards Dundee and Aberdeen.
Wednesday 12th December: The Christmas Social. A members' buffet lunch - commences 12.00.
Friday 21st December: The Peter Michie Memorial Quiz. Test your knowledge at the annual quiz.
Friday 4th January: The East Coast Main Line during the steam era - Part 3 (York to Grantham). Steve Armitage returns with another digital presentation featuring a wide variety of motive power both 'on shed' and in action.
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SOCIETY NEWS ITEMS
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November Committee Meeting
The minutes of the November Committee Meeting can be found in the Members - only section. (Password required). Click on Reports and follow the link.
The arrangements for the funeral of the late John Spencer are as follows:-
A service at St Wilfrid's Parish Church, Church Street, Davenham, CW9 8NF on Tuesday 27th November at 11am. This will be followed by his burial at Gorstage Cemetery, Weaverham Road, Gorstage, CW8 2ND.
John's family has taken the decision not to hold a wake after the funeral.
The Ballad of John Axon
Back in the 1950s a BBC radio producer, Charles Parker, devised the
concept of the 'Radio Ballad', each of which which would feature
working-class people, with newly-composed songs and the words of the
workers. For the first version, he chose the railway, and the story of
the Chapel-en-Le-Frith South accident in February 1957, focusing on
Edgeley-based driver John Axon, who was died at his post on a runaway
train when it collided with the rear of another. Folk singers Ewan
McColl and Peggy Seeger (sister of famous US folksinger Pete Seeger)
were commissioned to write the music, and join in the interviews with 9B
The programme was first broadcast in July 1958, and was also issued as
an LP record. In 2018, at the suggestion of MLS member Keith Whitmore, a
Mayor's reception was held at Stockport Town Hall to commemorate the
50th anniversary of the broadcast. Among the invitees were former
Stockport train crew, along with Peggy Seeger (born 1935), survivor of
the original trio.
MLS member Eddie Bowlas, seen next to Ms Seeger in the photograph, tells
us that the ballad features the sound of him on the footplate of a loco,
Committee Meeting 735
The minutes of the September Committee Meeting are now filed in the 'Reports' Section of the Members - only area. (Password Required)
News Items Round Up - by Andrew Macfarlane
The first of the former Thameslink class 319 electric trains to be fitted with a diesel engine has started test running on the Great Central Railway. The project is running seriously behind schedule. If successful, the trains will be used on Northern services in the North West. Ken Widd's pictures were taken at Quorn on 30 September.
The unit number is blacked out, but the two end cars are 77356 & 77357. The units being converted are of the 319/4 subclass, with first class seating. The first two units being converted are 319 434 and 319 456.
The underfloor equipment. Class 319 driving trailers have very little under the floor, making this conversion to electro-diesel viable.
The planned new service between Liverpool Lime Street and Chester via Runcorn and Frodsham, to be operated by the Welsh franchise, will not now begin until May 2019 due to a shortage of rolling stock (linked to the delays with the class 769 programme).
December 2018 Timetable
Most of the planned changes across the country have been deferred until May 2019 to avoid a repeat of this May’s problems. Transpennine Express (TPE) will be tweaking their services to improve performance. The Piccadilly-Leeds local service will be split at Huddersfield and turnround times will be increased at Manchester Airport by swapping the departure times for the Middlesbrough and Newcastle services. The New TPE Mark 5A loco-hauled stock with class 68s is due to begin running in passenger service from December on the Liverpool-Scarborough service. A full electric service on the Bolton line will not now begin until May 2019.
The planned increase in frequency on the Ashton line to every 6 minutes may now start in January 2019. There is an issue with traffic light phasing where roads cross the line in Ashton. Signalling alterations are to take place between Trafford Bar and Old Trafford to provide more operational flexibility for special events.
This is Tyseley on September 28th 2018.
Here are four of our members - Messrs Rowbotham, Bowlas, Budge and Holt. All ex Stockport Edgeley loco men, they are present for the launch of 'Bahamas' back to full working order.
On Wednesday, 22nd August 2018, Councillor Linda Holt, Mayor of Stockport 2017-18 returned to our headquarters by invitation to receive a small gift. This marked the occasion of her official visit earlier in the year on 5th May 2018 in conjunction with the 'Stockport Community Railshow'. Linda, accompanied by her husband and Consort Ken Holt, spent a considerable time with us and much appreciated what we had to offer. Escorts were Chris Tasker, Dave Nixon and Paul Shackcloth. The photograph shows Dave Nixon, on behalf of the society, presenting a framed period plan of the local railway network to Linda. Photo by Paul Shackcloth.
MLS Duplicate Photographs
100's of duplicate photographs and colour slides are always available for sale. This year, the sales stand will once again be present at Poynton (Great Nothern Railway Auctions) on October 6th and at the Manchester Model Railway Exhibition at the Barnes Wallace Building on December 1st and 2nd selling to the general public.
The duplicate collection is also available to view by MLS membersat the clubrooms on occasion. Contact Paul - email@example.com - for further details.
The above named special train, organised by the Branch Line Society, ran on June 14th from Stafford to Buxton and featured three Class 37 locomotives. Entering the Greater Manchester area via the main line from Crewe, the train ran through Manchester Piccadilly and Oxford Road stations to Victoria via the recently opened Ordsall Curve. From there, the route was Ashton Moss, Denton and Heaton Norris Jct to Stockport. The ex-LNWR route to Buxton doesn't see much unusual traffic these days which made this working particularly interesting.
Profits from the sale of tickets went to the Railway Children charity which was set up by MLS member David Maidment.
37558 'Avro Vulcan XH558' (37427) and 37407 head the train through Davenport. Photo Charlie Hulme.
37401 'Mary Queen of Scots' was the tail loco. Photo Charlie Hulme.
The train is seen here on the reverse curves between New Mills (Newtown) and Furness Vale. Photo Ken Millward.
Local Rail News Pictures - Spring 2018
Take a look at this new article compiled by Peter Cross and Charlie Hulme. It features splendid photographs and interesting information about what's been happening on the local rail scene recently.
One of the main stars of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway's May Gala was the "Blue King" No 6023 King Edward II. MLS member Tony Martin was present on on the 26th and took this photograph of the resplendent locomotive. Although it was hoped that the King would be returning to main line running in the not too distant future, this will not now happen before it's boiler ticket expires less than two years from now.
Stockport Community Rail Festival
A selection of images of the successful and well attended Festival held on Saturday 5th May at Stockport Station.
The Mayor of Stockport, Linda Holt and her consort Kenneth Holt, are pictured along with MLS archivist Dave Nixon at the Manchester Locomotive Society headquarters during the Community Rail Festival.
Class 319s expand their range - report by Charlie Hulme
Photo: Charlie Hulme
The Class 319 EMUs being drafted in to Northern from the
London area have been working various services including
the Manchester Victoria - Liverpool via Eccles stopping trains,
the Liverpool to Manchester Airport service and the Manchester
Piccadilly to Manchester Airport shuttles for some time,
but in spring 2018 they have begun to appear at Stockport,
one each weekday being allocated to a Manchester Piccadilly -
Alderley Edge/Crewe diagram in place of a 323.
In a surprise one-off change on Saturday 10 March, the
319-worked service from Victoria was diverted to run from Hazel
Grove, due to engineering work, bringing the 319s to
Hazel Grove for the first time.
The Alderley Edge diagram is as follows:
5H43 0643 Stockport CMD to Alderley Edge ECS
2H43 0730 Alderley Edge to Manchester Piccadilly
2K49 0804 Manchester Piccadilly to Crewe
5H47 0916 Crewe to Alderley Edge ECS
2H47 0949 Alderley Edge to Manchester Piccadilly
2K37 1038 Manchester Piccadilly to Alderley Edge
2H41 1150 Alderley Edge to Manchester Piccadilly
2K42 1238 Manchester Piccadilly to Alderley Edge
2H43 1350 Alderley Edge to Manchester Piccadilly
2K46 1438 Manchester Piccadilly to Alderley Edge
2H47 1550 Alderley Edge to Manchester Piccadilly
2K30 1637 Manchester Piccadilly to Alderley Edge
2H41 1750 Alderley Edge to Manchester Piccadilly
2K36 1838 Manchester Piccadilly to Alderley Edge
5K38 1920 Alderley Edge to Manchester Piccadilly ECS
2K38 2004 Manchester Piccadilly to Crewe
5H29 2108 Crewe to Crewe ECS (via Crewe C.E.T. Sidings)
2H44 2145 Crewe to Manchester Piccadilly
2K41 2304 Manchester Piccadilly to Alderley Edge
5H28 2345 Alderley Edge to Stockport CMD ECS
The four-car Class 319s are capable of operation on third-rail
as well as 25kV overhead electrification, as they were originally
designed for use on the Thameslink service connecting lines
north and south of London. Structurally they have much in common
with the Class 150 DMUs which they now appear alongside on Northern.
They are powered by four 750V DC motors, driving all axles of
one intermediate coach - in which the charactertic whine
of the motors can be heard. The doors in the cab ends
were required for emergency use in the single-track tunnels
of the Thameslink line.
Steam Returns to Hindlow.
On Saturday March 17th the Railway Touring Company ran the 'High Peak Explorer' from Carnforth to Buxton and Hindlow. These photographs were taken by John Tate at Dukes Drive Viaduct in Buxton.
The outward journey, headed by Black 5 No 45157.
Jubilee No 45690 'Leander' assists at the rear.
The weather changed significantly for the return journey. The special is seen passing through Davenport watched by some hardy locals!
Signalbox Closure Date and Other News. From Andrew Macfarlane
Confirmation of the closure and demolition of Ashton Moss North Junction signal box during a two-week blockade from 14 to 29 April. The plan is to re-align the junction over the site of the box. The box is a Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway structure of 1911 containing its original 56-lever frame.
The line needs to cater for 6 trains per hour in each direction (2 Northern and 4 TransPennine Express) plus freights from the 20th May timetable change. The 4 TPE trains per hour are:
Liverpool- Newcastle via Victoria
Liverpool-Scarborough diverted to run via Victoria
Manchester Airport-Middlesbrough diverted to run via Oxford Road, Ordsall Chord and Victoria
Manchester Airport-Newcastle diverted to run via Oxford Road, Ordsall Chord and Victoria
DfT press release on Crewe
Hub (good news in my view):
On Sunday February 4th, due to engineering works, train 1S46 09.17 Manchester Piccadilly - Edinburgh was routed via Stockport, Crewe (reverse) and Warrington Bank Quay. This is a rare route for a Class 350 EMU. Kevin Parkinson photographed 350 402 passing Stockport.
Train Log 60s
Have you noticed the newly added link on the Home Page to this website?
This is a highly impressive trainspotting log by our member Kevin Daily. It is mainly concerned with the Stockport and Manchester area (and a few from elsewhere) and commences in Summer 1959 running in sections through to the summer of 1968.
The wealth of information on each page is phenomenal. Train service destinations, locomotives, multiple units, motive power allocations, even carriage numbers are included. More entries will be added regularly.
Train Log 60s
New Feature Article
A very interesting new article by Pete Bridge entitled Trial by Camera - The Manchester Area in the 1970s has been published in the Feature Articles section.
2017 AGM minutes
The minutes of the 2017 Annual General Meeting, together with the minutes of Committee Meeting no 730 (November) can be found by clicking on Reports in the password protected section of the Members Page.
Older items can be found on the Archive page.
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