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The Pines Express?

92214pinesSadly, not Midsomer Norton, or Sturminster Newton, but Goathland, not high in the Mendips,  high on the North Yorkshire Moors. The Pines Express which ran from Manchester to Bournemouth, began in 1910, though it wasn’t named ‘The Pines Express’ until 1927. Originally operated by the LMS /LNWR the service was a response to the LSWR / GWR who had begun to operate a joint service between Bournemouth and Birkenhead.

Until 1962 the Pines Express ran via the Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway, which was formed, principally, of the Somerset Central Railway and the Northern section of the Dorset Central Railway, which, in an amalgamation of September 1862, become the Somerset & Dorset Railway. The S&DR’s extension into Bath effectively bankrupted the company and in 1875 they signed a deal with the LMS and the LSWR, to ensure the survival of the company. The following year, 1876, by Act of Parliament, the S&DR became the S&DJR we all knew and now lament.

The Pines Express used the S&DJR until 1962 when it was re-routed  via Oxford, Reading, Basingstoke and Southamptom, until it was axed in 1967. Briefly resurrected by BR the name Pines Express finally disappeared in 2002.

The last Pines Express over the S&DJR was hauled by the last Swindon built locomotive, No.92220 Evening Star, which was slightly ironic as the purchase of the S&DR by the LMS / LSWR was made to prevent the GWR having access – c’est la vie.

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Drifting into oblivion

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According to the Gala Programme, this was to be No.92214’s last outing as sister locomotive, No.92220 Evening Star, and I wanted to try and catch her ‘passing’, drifting off into the dim and distant. Somewhere, amongst my old slides, I have a shot of the real, or not, No.92220 Evening Star roaring through Headingley Station with one of the York Circle Rail Tours, but that was before her entombment.

The iron ore tippler, behind the guard’s van, brought to mind some fantastic old cine-footage I’d recently seen, of the 9Fs at work on the Tyne Dock to Consett Iron Ore trains, one on the front another on the back and both of them giving it the full works to keep the train moving.  It wasn’t that those trains consisted of the iron ore tippler in the photo, they didn’t. The wagons on the Consett Tyne Dock trains were huge 56 ton hopper wagons, specially designed to work with the loading / unloading system at Tyne Dock and Consett.

Like Evening Star the Tyne Dock Consett trains are just fading memories. The last one to be steam hauled was on 19th November 1966, by a specially cleaned up No.92063,  she was withdrawn shortly thereafter, barely10 years old. A shocking waste, bordering on industrial vandalism.

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