The Music Train
Penistone Line Express
This year s Music Train season has been one of the most successful ever. We have operated
a great programme offering a variety of different bands and musical themes and support for
the trains has been high. We have also seen a marked increase in the number of bookings
being taken for Private Music Trains. If you haven t been on a Music Train yet why not join us
on one of the Music Trains on offer this Autumn ?
Alternatively if you have a group of 30 -40 we can provide a Private Music Train just for your
group in your own reserved carriage aboard the 19.18 Huddersfield to Sheffield and return
(arrives back at Huddersfield 21.55). Fares start at £10 a head which includes Train Travel and
band costs. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Neil Bentley 07793 235991 for further
JUST ONE SMALL REQUEST - PLEASE DO NOT BRING YOUR OWN DRINK ON-BOARD
THE MUSIC TRAIN. PLEASE SUPPORT THE ON-BOARD BAR. ALL MEMBERS OF PLP
BAR STAFF ARE UNPAID VOLUNTEERS AND MONEY FROM THE BAR KEEPS THE
MUSIC TRAINS RUNNING. ALL OTHER MONIES GENERATED GO TOWARDS SUP-
PORTING OTHER PENISTONE LINE VENTURES SUCH AS THE SANTA TRAINS.
Monday 25th January 2010
Burns Night Music Train - Enoch’s Hammer
Monday 26th April 2010
The Jazz Train with The Train Gang
Monday 17th May 2010
The Jazz Train
with The Train Gang
Monday 7th June 2010
ABBA Night Music Train
The Moorland Singers
Monday 5th July 2010
American Independence Day Music Train
The Train Gang
All music trains depart at 19.18 from Huddersfield calling at all Inside this Issue
stations to Sheffield (except Elsecar)
Return at 20.41 from Sheffield arr Huddersfield 21.55
Winter Guided Walks Programme
The return fare is £7.40(Dec 2009) Music Trains
Station Adoption News
Penistone Line Station Adoption Dodworth Why not get involved?
Developments l Provision of a Community Rail Notice The Penistone Line Partnership is a voluntary organisation which supports and promotes com-
A big thank you to all who braved the wet and Board munity involvement along the Huddersfield to Penistone and Sheffield railway and has a good
windy weather of the evening of Monday l Repainting of the waiting shelter time in the process!
October 18th in order to attend the first l Provision of station planters/tubs We welcome new members and encourage everyone to be involved somehow or other.
Station Adoption Public Meeting at l Creation of a small station garden area Membership costs £7.00 (or £3.00 if you are a pensioner or unemployed)
adjacent to the station car park Family rate for two people or more at the same address £10.00 (£4.00 concessions)
Stocksmoor Village Hall. Representatives Corporate Membership is £25.00
from Northern Rail, The British Transport Silkstone Common
Membership Application Form
Police and The Penistone Line Partnership l Improvements to the station gardens
answered questions, addressed concerns l Provision of a Community Rail Notice Name ..........................................................................................................
and developed ideas for many of the stations Board
along the line and proved a keen desire to Penistone Address ........................................................................................................
see improvements made; indeed offers of
help were received from Silkstone Common l Repainting of the waiting shelters
l Investigate the possibility of artwork on the
for improvements to the station gardens and
from Denby Dale and District Rotary Club shelters
who are keen to sponsor and become l Cosmetic restoration and replanting of the
involved with projects within their local area - planters on the station Email ............................................................................................................
a big thank you. Anymore offers of help and l Clearance and improvements to station
assist are most welcome. Since the meeting gardens on Huddersfield-bound platform I could help with............................................................................................
a list of possible improvements has been Denby Dale
made and work has already begun on some Return to: Janet Goldsmith, Secretary PLP, 78 Ridings Fields, Brockholes,
l Restoration of the Artwork on the Old
of these ideas and suggestions. The next Goods Warehouse - investigate the possibili- Holmfirth, HD9 7BG 01484 660560
stage is to start work with volunteers at the ty of illuminating the artwork which would also Please make cheques payable to the Penistone Line Partnership
stations on things such as clearance and tidy- improve lighting levels in the station car park.
ing of the existing gardens and planters with l Cosmetic Restoration and replanting of the Engineering Work in the Penistone Line
a view to replanting in the spring to provide a planters on the station platform - possible
colourful display during the summer months Network Rail will be doing major work in the Barnsley Station area during January
addition of artwork to the planters.
and other small scale painting works to l Repainting of the station subway. 2010. This will result in Penistone Line services each weekend, Saturdays and
improve the look of the stations.
Shepley Sundays 2/3, 9/10, 16/17, 23/24 January 2010 being replaced by buses from south of
Saturday 9th January 2010
l Cutting back and clearance of much of the
Penistone. Details of these services are available on the Metro website at
This date has been chosen for representa- vegetation on the Sheffield-Bound platform to www.wymetro.com and from posters on stations or National Rail Enquiries.
tives from Northern and The Penistone Line improve all round visibility. This would open Trains will run as normal between Penistone and Huddersfield and a shuttle train
Partnership to go and meet would-be volun- up the station area greatly making all parts of service will operated between Meadowhall and Sheffield.
teers at Denby Dale, Shepley and the platform visible and hopefully discourage
Stocksmoor to put together a programme of youths from loitering.
working parties and working days to get the l Regular visits by both The West Yorkshire
work underway - please come along and help
transform your local station. A similar date is
and British Transport Police to disperse Contacting the Partnership
youths who gather on the Sheffield-bound
to be set for Penistone, Silkstone Common platform. This has already started and is Membership & Sales
and Dodworth Stations. proving successful. Janet Goldsmith, 78 Ridings Fields, Brockholes, Holmfirth HD9 7BG 01484 660560
Projects Identified l Painting of the Station Building on the Music Train
Huddersfield-bound platform. Neil Bentley on 07793 235991 or
l Painting and replanting of the planters on email: email@example.com
l Repainting of dragon artwork on Sheffield- the Huddersfield-Bound platform. General
Bound platform l Work towards finding a solution to prevent- email firstname.lastname@example.org or via ACoRP, The Rail and River Centre,
l Installation of a Community Rail Notice ing debris being washed down the
15a New Street, Slaithwaite HD7 5AB
Things to do along the Line and beyond Penistone Farmers Market Kirklees Light Railway Huddersfield-Bound platform access ramp access between Beaumont Park and the Station
2nd Sat each month Retail Market Operates each day throughout the summer. which regularly blocks the drains on the plat- by working in partnership with friends of
Nearest Station Penistone. Walk into town or take the 300 Contact 01484 865727 form and causes it to flood. This will be taken Beaumont Park and Kirklees Council etc.
Taxibus or www.kirkleeslightrailway.co.uk up with both Northern Rail and Kirklees
Nearest Station Denby Dale, then 935 bus. Huddersfield
Penistone Country Market right. Walk down hill to Heritage Centre. Council who have expressed desire to
Each Thursday 10am St. John s Community Centre l Develop platform two at Huddersfield as not
improve access to Penistone Line Stations.
Penistone Elsecar Heritage Centre only Gateway to The Penistone Line but also
Nearest Station Penistone. Walk into town or take the 300 The heritage centre holds various events through Stocksmoor Gateway to Huddersfield
Taxibus l Clearance of vegetation on the Huddersfield- l Installation of artwork and planters to platform
For more information telephone 01226 740203
Holmfirth Farmers Market Nearest
Bound platform and approach path which has two
3rd Sunday each month become overgrown and look at replanting less l Work towards providing improved waiting facil-
Nearest Station Huddersfield. Then 313.310.312 bus
Station Elsecar. Leave station via ramps and turn right
Timetable Changes invasive plants. Work on this has already begun. ities on this platform.
Penistone Line l Clearance of the garden area on the Sheffield-
Penistone Paramount Bound platform and replanting. This list is by no means complete and further
Shrewsbury Road, Penistone The new train timetable comes into force on
Compton Paramount Cinema Organ Concerts, the 13th December 2009; there are no l Repainting of the Station Building/waiting shel- ideas and suggestions for improvements will no
Movies, Live Events ters on both platforms. doubt be raised, but it is a start. These improve-
changes to Penistone Line train services
except the reversion to the normal times l Provision of a Community Rail Notice Board ments might only be small and mainly cosmetic
17th Jan 2010 on the Huddersfield-Bound platform. but it will improve the look of the stations and
Mercury The best Queen Tribute Ever rather than the irritating leaf fall version. This
means train will leave Huddersfield at xx13 l Provision of planters/tubs on both platforms hopefully act as a catalyst for encouraging more
28th Jan - 6th Feb
Penistone Theatre Group present
with flower displays to add colour to the station. people to get involved in making improvements
most of the day.
Puss in Boots The local organic Panto l Investigate improvements for car parking in to their local station. Station adoption groups can
East Midlands Trains the long term. be very successful in lobbying for improvements
27th Feb 2010
This train operator will be adding an extra from both the railway company and the local
C mon Everybody The Rock and Roll show Brockholes
Sheffield departures to London St Pancreas councils - make that difference; come along and
Box Office 01226 762532
from the new timetable. High Speed services l Repainting of Community Rail Notice Board
www.penistoneparamount.co.uk get involved
Nearest Station Penistone. From the bottom of Station will depart Sheffield at xx27 and xx 47 min l Provision of planters/tubs on platform under
Approach turn left up Shrewsbury Road to Cinema past the hour giving a comfortable 10 min station name signs.
connection at Sheffield for Penistone Line l Repairs to the station fence and complete
passengers. These extra trains will also call at repaint Huddersfield Station to get its lifts!
East Midlands Parkway giving good bus con- Honley Work has started at Huddersfield station on the
nections to East Midlands Airport. Details of installation of passenger lifts. This will make the
l Repainting of waiting area at top of stairs
the new series can be found on the EMT island platform accessible for the first time and avoid
l Look at how we can involve Honley High
website at www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk/ the long walk to the barrow crossing and back for
School in projects at the station to engage stu-
passengers that find the stairs a barrier. The lifts
dents with their local station
Arrivals and Departures - Stop Press have been funded by the Government s Access for
l Investigate improvements for provision of car
As we closed for press it was announced at parking in the longer term All Fund and First Trans Pennines Express
Heidi Mottram the md of Northern Rail would Berry Brow
be leaving the company in March 2010 to go Tram Train Update
to a post in the water industry and that Dr l Cutting back of vegetation behind the station
platform During September it was announced by the
Paul Salveson would also be leaving to join Department for Transport that the Tram Train project
open access train operator Grand Central. l Repainting of Community Rail Notice Board
would not be coming to the Penistone Line after all.
We wish them both all the best in there new l Investigate and raise funds to possibly install a
replica version of the stone carving of the Instead it will start on a route to Rotherham used
roles. currently by freight trains and linking into the
Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Locomotive
that used to be on the old Berry Brow Station. Sheffield Super Tram system. This is more in line
with continental practice, where tram lines are linked
Lockwood to other locations over main line railways. The DfT
l Creation of a small garden area adjacent to has suggested that diesel Tram Trains will be tested
station entrance. on the Penistone line at some point in the future.
l Investigate possible development of better We await further developments.
Penistone Line on the web
SKIPTON YULETIDE FESTIVAL NETWORK ALE
SPECIAL The Sheffield Tap, Sheffield Midland Station
SUNDAY 6TH DECEMBER 2009 By Neil Bentley.
By Neil Bentley The Sheffield tap is that evening the real
Much midnight oil is being burnt writing this arti- situated in the ales on offer were all
cle, having just returned from running the very restored Midland from the Thornbridge
first Penistone Line Partnership Private Railway Refreshment Brewery - Wild Swan,
Excursion Train, a major achievement for a Rooms on platform Hark, Japiur, Kipling,
Community Rail Partnership by any standards. one at Sheffield s Merrie, Brock, Hopton
Personally I have always had a desire to run a Midland Station. and Raven. The plan
private Charter/Excursion Train but in today s Dating from 1905, is to keep four regular
difficult economic climate this is not something This Grade 2 listed Thornbridge ales
to be under estimated, as recent years have building is one of the whilst having four
witnessed several charter train operators, finest preserved rotating seasonal
some of which were well established in this examples of a Midland beers from
field falling by the way side. the Railway Refreshment Room. Closed in 1976 Thornbridge plus other Breweries.
The big advantage that the Penistone Line train free. This it has been fully restored and reopened for Talking to Jamie, his genuine enthusiasm for
Partnership has is its volunteers, which combine allowed us to operate what would business on Saturday 5th December. this project really does show through clearly;
experienced railway staff including Drivers, otherwise have been a non profitable train for The driving forces behind the project have it really does make sense to restore old rail-
Guards, Operating and Retail Staff with a dedi- the benefit of a local charity, in this case been Jon Holdsworth and Jamie Hawksworth way buildings and bring them back into every-
cated number of non railway staff to assist with Kirkwood Hospice, and the Penistone Line who also own the Pivo Cafe Bar in York which day use and this been a prime example. He is
the non operational but equally important parts Partnership. was recently awarded Beer Range Pub of the looking forward to working on projects with
of running an excursion train such as taking The destination of the train was Skipton for the Year in the November Publican Food & Drink the local Community Rail Partnerships such
bookings, producing posters, leaflets, organising annual Yuletide Festival and Christmas Market awards. as the PLP. The Sheffield Tap is going to be a
the on-board entertainment, refreshments etc. which is now in its 15th year. Skipton also has Since the Refreshment Rooms closed in firm addition to the Penistone Line Pub Trail
Our train differed too from your typical excursion much more to offer such as Skipton Castle, the 1976 the building had suffered much weather Leaflet which is due to be fully updated and
train; no steam or big diesel locomotives and Leeds & Liverpool Canal and a wide range of damage and vandalism and it has required published during 2010. The Station based
carriages, just a simple four coach train that shops, restaurants and bars making this an careful restoration to transform the building venue could be used as part of other PLP
would otherwise be sitting spare on a Sunday ideal destination. back to its former glory whilst retaining its ventures such as the Music Trains (especial-
and of which we had been kindly granted the So very early on a very wet Sunday saw a dedi- vaulted ceilings, tiled walls, mahogany bar ly with the planned Music Trains from
use for the day by Northern Rail. The train s cated band of volunteers descend on and terrazzo flooring. The Railway Heritage Sheffield to Huddersfield in 2010) or perhaps
destination was not too great a distance away, Huddersfield Railway Station to prepare our Trust has donated £60,000 towards the Railway Evenings with guest speakers etc to
with a departure time of 09.00 and a restoration of the building which has been build up the profile of the Penistone Line
journey time in each direction of carried out to a very high standard and has Partnership at the South Yorkshire end of the
approx two hours, giving around five already received commendation. line. Jazz evenings at The Sheffield tap are
hours at Skipton and then returning The opening of the Sheffield Tap is the culmi- planned - this could be something to which
passengers home for tea-time and nation of 17 months of hard work from the we run a Special Music/Ale Train to?
all for a reasonable price. A formula planning stages through to the finished prod- The Sheffield Tap will also become a regular
that will be followed for future excur- uct. The restoration and building works were outlet for the Penistone Line Express
sions, keep it simple and give pas- undertaken in just 8 weeks - which shows the Newsletter.
sengers a great day out. true commitment to get this project completed The Sheffield Tap is open 11.00-23.30
And this is why our train is special and up and running. Sunday to Wednesday and 11.00-01.00am
Northern Rail allowed us free use of The Sheffield Tap will boast 20 draught beers Thursday to Saturday. Bar Snacks are avail-
the train for the day; Network Rail on tap (8 hand pulled real ales) and a large able. Children are welcome up until 8pm
the infrastructure owner waivered selection of 250 bottled beers from around (20.00), the pub is Dog friendly and an out-
the Track Access Charges for the train; all the train for its journey. The train was to be formed the globe. side seating area is planned.
Railway Staff (many are also of four coaches in this case two Class 150/2 At the time of my visit, whilst the last minute Enjoy it - because I know I will, sampling
PLP volunteers) gave their time up and worked Sprinter type train (150 202/272 for the number preparations were been made for the opening beers in a gem of a building.
tions such as Blackpool for the illuminations. raised for The Penistone Line Partnership will ing this publication.
I would like to thank everyone who volunteered be put back into projects along the line such as Once we arrived at Skipton we had arranged a
and helped make this train happen - there really arranging Station Open Days and future Special Heritage Bus for those not wishing to visit the
are too many to name everyone individually - Trains which will in turn raise more funds for Yuletide Festival and take passengers to The
but you know who you are. local Charities and ensure we can continue Embsay Steam Railway for the Santa Steam
What we achieved was great - giving people arranging Special Events along the line and Specials or the delightful Yorkshire Dales
from Kirkwood Hospice and residents along the continue to keep these free. Many Thanks again Village of Grassington. Thanks to The Brass
Penistone Line a day out on a Special Train to everyone helped and those who joined in Monkey Brewery for sponsoring some of the
complete with refreshments, entertainment, what we hope is the first of many Special Trains costs of providing this bus link. Otherwise it
whilst raising funds for both Kirkwood Hospice from The Penistone Line. was a short walk into the town for a stay of five
and The Penistone Line Partnership. Funds hours to look round and enjoy the festivities.
Approaching 4.00pm a steady stream of peo-
crunchers). These had to be embellished with ple made their way back to Skipton Station as
seasonal decorations, and loaded the sound the daylight faded and once again the weather
Santa on the Penistone Line system to provide musical entertainment, both
bars and all the beer, wine etc. Geraldine &
Chris Smith from the Huddersfield Station Buffet
started to close in, ensuring the complimentary
Mince Pies, Sherry & Christmas crackers that
passengers received when they boarded were
Santa and his helpers visited the Penistone line on the 12th December bringing
had kindly offered to run a tea/coffee stall on the well received.
festive cheer to passengers on the line. We understand that Santa made it back to train,so all the tables, hot water vessels etc too The train returned by the reverse of the route
the North Pole on time for Christmas! had to be loaded onto the train with military pre- taken outbound; the bars manned by our PLP
cision, but come 08.50 the train was positioned volunteers sold beer donated by The Mallinson
into platform one; Gledholt Male Voice Choir Brewery and Brass Monkey Brewery plus an
sang to welcome people aboard and the train Empire Brewery beer donated by Jonny of the
departed bang on time at 09.00. Swan/Commercial at Slaithwaite. Again people
Once the train was underway people were were entertained by the on-board Music System
entertained by the Choir and a Magician who playing seasonal and perhaps not too seasonal
left people quite literally spellbound with tricks music and in the other coaches the choir sang.
that included much audience participation! All PLP volunteers had also arranged a Lucky Dip
the children on board received complimentary and a Raffle to raise funds for the forthcoming
Goody Bags and a Chocolate Santa. Tea and Penistone Line Santa Trains - a big thank you to
Coffee Sales went very well and were gratefully all who donated prizes and to all who took part.
received by passengers and staff alike. A mas- All in all everyone seemed to have a great day
sive thank you to The Station Buffet for all their out direct from their local station and many posi-
help and sponsorship with this. The train ran via tive comments and suggestions on how we can
the Penistone Line to Barnsley where the train improve things for the next excursion train were
made its first reversal; it was then a fast run via received along with requests for new destina-
Wakefield Kirkgate, Normanton &
Woodlesford to Leeds where we
reversed direction again. With a new
crew in charge of the train we were in for
a quick run up the Aire Valley to the mar-
ket town of Skipton. Passengers on-
board were able to track progress of the
train and read about what to see from the
window in the specially commissioned
Rail Tour Brochure, a copy of which
everyone received once they boarded. A
thank you to The Mallinson Brewery for
contributing towards the costs of produc-
Guided Walks Winter 2010
Our guided walks are intended to encourage people to use the train to see some of Yorkshire s finest scenery. Join Saturday MARCH 6th 2010 Saturday APRIL 17th 2010 -
us for an enjoyable day out and learn about the history of the Penistone Line and its surroundings. Bring along a
flask and sandwiches for the all-day walks. Good footwear and waterproofs are recommended. All walks are at an The Shelley Welly Walk ! Revolution In The Drone Valley !
easy pace; accompanied children are welcome. All dogs to be on a lead. Join us for this aptly titled circular walk around After a delightful walk last year we return to
Please note: Shelley via Kirkburton and Roydhouse. North East Derbyshire, a destination made
A) On our usual linear walks, which start at one Penistone Line station and finish at another, it is cheaper to buy a Dramatic views along the way. It may live up to possible by using Northerns excellent Leeds to
return ticket to the more distant station, rather than purchase two single tickets. Nottingham hourly-service linking Yorkshire
it s name so good footwear is essential.
B) All our walks are carefully planned, but we must point out that you are responsible for your own safety. with the East Midlands .
Star 9.35 am at SHEPLEY.
Finish Shepley. Leaving Dronfield via park and woodlands, we
Saturday JANUARY 2nd 2010 Depart Lincoln 07.04, Sheffield 08.36, Distance 9 miles. stroll along rolling hills around the Drone
Meadowhall 08.42, Barnsley 09.01, Leader David Cook Valley. A visit to the historic Revolution House
Across The Border To Wales ! Huddersfield 09.13 Depart Lincoln 07.04, Sheffield 08.36, at Old Whittington is a must, then follow along
This walk starts in Sheffield but ends in Meadowhall 08.42, Barnsley 09.01,
Rotherham via Wales - not that Wales, but the the Cuckoo Way beside a fully restored section
Saturday FEBRUARY 6th 2010 Huddersfield 09.13,
of the Chesterfield Canal, pausing at Tapton
village of Wales . Beighton used to flood regu-
Head Back To Huddersfield ! Lock Visitor Centre, before heading to the
larly but the Rother is tamed now as we pass Saturday MARCH 20th 2010
We meander our way to Huddersfield from start of the canal near to the railway station in
through the Rother Valley Country Park and
Stocksmoor by way of the green cross-country Holme From Home ! Chesterfield.
along the Chesterfield Canal, pass under the
route! (joint walk with the Kirklees Countryside A pleasant walk through Mag Wood, Mag Dale Start 10.15am DRONFIELD station.
M1 to Wales and on via the newly landscaped
Volunteers ) and onto Spring Wood, Honley Old Wood Finish Chesterfield .
community woodland park at Kiveton.
Start 9.35am at STOCKSMOOR. along the Meltham Way and footpaths to Distance 9 miles.
(part of the Ramblers Festival Of Winter Finish Huddersfield . Leader David Blackburn
Netherthong, Mytholm Bridge and Fulstone
Walks. For other Festival Walks see www.ram- Distance 8 miles Depart: Huddersfield 08.10 (change Barnsley),
before a final trek on the Kirklees Way taking
blers.org.uk) Leader Liz Colquhoun Leeds 09.05, Wakefield Kirkgate 09.23,
us to the station at Shepley.
Start 9.55am at WOODHOUSE. Depart: Lincoln 07.04, Sheffield 08.36, Barnsley 09.40, Meadowhall 09.52,
Start 9.45am at BERRY BROW
Finish Kiveton Park . Meadowhall 08.42, Barnsley 09.01, Sheffield 10.05, Lincoln 08.27 (change
Distance 10 miles. Huddersfield 09.13 Sheffield)
Distance 10 miles.
Leader John Harker
Leader Geoff Ryder
Depart Huddersfield 08.10, Barnsley 08.58, Saturday FEBRUARY 20th 2010 Depart Lincoln 07.04, Sheffield 08.36,
Meadowhall 09.33, Sheffield 09.44
Lincoln 08.27 Penistone Line Trail : Part VI ! Meadowhall 08.42, Barnsley 09.01,
Please check the PLP
Now on the final stage following our trail set- Huddersfield 09.13,
Saturday JANUARY 16th 2010 ting out from Brockholes and heading off via website for future walks
Saturday APRIL 3rd 2010
Pottering Round Pool ! Honley, Berry Brow, Lockwood to finish at www.penline.co.uk
Huddersfield and a well deserved pint! - A Long Lost Line !
A delightful circular walk on lanes, field paths
Start 9.40am at BROCKHOLES. A moderate walk to Chapeltown via
and a few roads in sight of Pool Hill from Finish Huddersfield . Thurgoland, Wortley, Bromley and Westwood.
Denby Dale via Upper Cumberworth, High Distance 8 miles. Start 9.15am SILKSTONE COMMON
Flatts, Upper & Lower Denby, Bagden and Leader Stuart Parker Finish Chapeltown.
Edge of Shat. Depart Lincoln 07.04, Sheffield 08.36, Distance 11 miles.
Start 9.45am at DENBY DALE. Meadowhall 08.42, Barnsley 09.01, Leader Pete Watson
Finish Denby Dale Huddersfield 09.13 Depart Lincoln 07.04, Sheffield 08.36,
Distance 9 miles. Meadowhall 08.42, Barnsley 09.01,
Leader Tony Pogson Huddersfield 08.10,