Sunday, 8th. April, 2018

Following the successful recreation of S.J.O.C. services 39 and 48 to Manchester in 2016 there have been numerous requests for an outing of a similar nature, thus we are delighted to provide a recreation of services 68/X68 to Huddersfield and Halifax. Subject to availability we will again be using former Halifax Corporation 35, PJX35, a Leyland Leopard L1 with Weymann bodywork, new in 1962. Departure will be from Pond Hill, Sheffield, by the Penny Black, at 1000 hours to Halifax where there will be a break before returning to Sheffield for around 1700 hours.

Saturday, 5th. May, 2018

A full day outing with cruise on the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation (River Don) (and possibly further afield) from Sprotborough, with waterside pub lunch. Depart Pond Hill, Sheffield, by the Penny Black,at 1000 hours, direct to Sprotborough where we will join the Wyre Lady, operated by Sprotborough Riverboat Limited. The vessel, celebrating its 80th. birthday today, was built in 1938 by Denny's of Dumbarton for the Caledonian Steam Packet Company as a railway passenger ferry, originally named Ashton. At the outbreak of war in 1939 Ashton was requisitioned by the Royal Navy and served as a naval tender to R.M.S. Queen Mary and later R.M.S. Queen Elizabeth. Ashton was repainted Naval Grey and numbered RN23. Following the end of the war she returned to service on the Clyde. By the Winter of 1964/1965 she was laid up at Greenock and eventually sold and renamed Gourockian, operating for five seasons on the Summer ferry service between Gourock and Helensburgh, becoming surplus in 1971, and moving south to become the Fleetwood to Knott End ferry across the mouth of the River Wyre, and was renamed Wyre Lady. 1975 witnessed the most notorious time of her career whilst working from a hotel on the River Severn. Her owners ran into financial difficulty and she was arrested by the Admiralty Marshall and had a writ nailed to the mast! She was sold in 1977 and brought by sea around the coast of Britain to Doncaster by Alan Oliver. Following a major refit she commenced work in 1978. Sit back and relax whilst the scenery slips by on this special day. Return to Sheffield for approximately 1900 hours. Anticipated cost unknown until final sailing itinerary is confirmed. £20.00 per head deposit with booking.

Wednesday, 20th. June, 2018

Evening tour into Derbyshire, departing from Pond Hill, Sheffield, by the Penny Black at 1800 hours, hopefully using Sheffield United Tours 322, kindly provided by the South Yorkshire Transport Museum. 322, an A.E.C. Reliance 2MU3RA with Plaxton coachwork, new in 1961, has been extensively restored over a number of years and is now ready to carry passengers again. 322 will take us to Tideswell where it is planned to meet up with Andrews of Tideswell former Sheffield United Tours 374, KWE374D, an A.E.C. Reliance 2U3RA with Plaxton coachwork, new in 1966. A rare opportunity to photograph these two former S.U.T. vehicles together, before continuing the tour on 374. Indeed a rare opportunity to travel on two S.U.T. Reliances in the same evening. Return to Sheffield for 2230 hours.

Wednesday, 18th. July, 2018

Afternoon and evening outing with a cruise on the Peak Forest Canal. Departure will be from Pond Hill, Sheffield, by the Penny Black, at 1400 hours, to the Canal Basin at Whaley Bridge where the 72 foot long Judith Mary II canal boat will be waiting for us. The boat is centrally heated (hopefully that won't be needed on a July day!), has two toilets and a well stocked licensed bar. During the course of the two hour cruise to New Mills and back a cream tea, comprising a platter of freshly made assorted sandwiches, scone with butter, strawberry jam and freshly whipped cream, with tea or coffee, will be served. Return to Sheffield for around 1930-2000 hours. Inclusive cost of £38.00 per head anticipated.

Wednesday, 26th. September, 2018

Full day outing with visits to the Darlington Locomotive Works to view the progress on new build P2 2007 Prince of Wales, along with a presentation on the project, followed by a visit to the Hitachi Rail Europe plant at Newton Aycliffe where it should be possible to see the construction of IEP trains for both Great Western and Virgin Trains East Coast, Scotrail class 385s and possibly stock for both TransPennine Express and Hull Trains. A rare opportunity to have a look behind the scenes. Numbers restricted. Once the numbers have been reached for the visit to Hitachi interested persons will be offered the opportunity to make their own way to Locomotion at Shildon, from where they will be picked up by the coach for return to Sheffield. Coach transport will be provided by Coopers Tours departing from Killamarsh, The Admiral, Sheffield Road, at 0745 hours and Sheffield, Pond Hill, by the Penny Black at 0815. Cost will be £40.00 per head. Bookings with a £20.00 per head deposit please. In response to the note in the December Journal all provisional bookings have been accepted - please send your deposit now. New bookings welcome but numbers restricted - first come, first served. Please check availability before sending deposit.


As has become traditional, arrangements will be made for a Christmas lunch outing. As yet no details are available as to when or where, but now might be a good time to express an interest to receive full details as soon as they are available.

Bookings should be made with Paul Beardsley, 37, Peacock Close, Killamarsh, Sheffield, S21 1BF.
Email beardspaul@aol.com
Telephone 07871 975479. Cheques should be made payable to Sheffield Transport Study Group.