THE NORTH WALES COAST RAILWAY NOTICE
Hysbysfwrdd Rheilffordd Arfordir Gogledd Cymru
A look at 67 018 Keith Heller in its new livery,
seen working a trip working (wagons for repair?) through Crewe on 12
February. Not the lack of the grey skirt which is normally part of the
DB livery. Picture by Ian Bowland.
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12 February 2010
Gerald goes to the Rugger
Train 1W91, the Cardiff - Holyhead express, on Friday 12 February, will
convey three extra coaches on the back (locked out of use). On Saturday
13 February the loco and coaches will form an additional train from
Holyhead at 08:08 calling only at Bangor, Llandudno Junction, Rhyl, and
Chester and arriving at Crewe 10:05. It will then depart Crewe at 10:16
for Cardiff in the path of the usual 175-operated 1V77, 09:30
Manchester to Cardiff. The stock from 1V77 will wait at Crewe and be
added to the 10:30 Manchester - Cardiff to provide more seats on that
train. The object of the exercise is to carry fans to the Wales v
Scotland 'Six Nations' rugby game at Cardiff Millennium Stadium,
although this is not a charter train, and all normal tickets are valid.
The loco-hauled train Will return at 16:51 from Cardiff as 1W91
replacing the normal Manchester train but arriving Crewe about 20
minutes later that usual and then continuing to Holyhead. Monday
afternoon's normal 1V31 will convey the extra coaches on the front
(again locked out).
These longer trains will be able to run at 'line speed', freed from the
restrictions imposed, due to braking issues, on the short loco-hauled
rakes normally used. It's good to see Arriva Trains Wales making better
use of their assets in this way.
66 on the logs
Thanks to Tim Blazey for this
picture taken at Brock on the West Coast Main Line, showing Colas Rail
loco 66 843 on 10 February
with 57 002 'dead in train' on
the loaded southbound loaded Carlisle - Chirk timber train.
The same train at Warrington Bank Quay. The 66 was detached here and 57
002 continued to Chirk.
92 022 heading north through
Acton Bridge on 6S94 Dollands Moor - Irvine china clay slurry tanks (Andrew Vinten).
47 245 and 37 516 at Acton Bridge on 5Z33
Carnforth - Southall stock move between West Coast Railways' two
depots, with 37 706 was
on the rear.
70 006 with on 6F02 from
Ellesmere Port to Fiddlers ferry Power station, passing through Helsby
station. (Andrew Vinten)
Ince and Elton, with 66 710
climbing up through the station with a train of gypsum wagons (Andrew Vinten).
Shrewsbury-Chester Rail Users' Association news - by George Jones
The next meeting of SCRUA on Monday
15 February will be held in the Royal British Legion club, Chirk
It will feature Mr David Cooper, Chairman Glyn Valley Tramway Trust as
the guest speaker who will advise on the current status and future
prospects for the exciting project to rebuild the tramway from Chirk.
In addition the Community Rail Officer, Sheila Dee, will give an update
on the |Chester- Shrewsbury Rail Partnership activities and forthcoming
A digital photo review of rail action on the main line will conclude
the meeting. Visitors are welcome.
New Measurement Train
The Network Rail HST 'New Measurement Train' made one of its forays
down the Coast line on 11 February. Above, it is heading west along the
embankment to Old Colwyn, with 43 062
John Armitt leading. Picture
by Stéphanie Durrant.
The return train arrives at Llandudno Junction with buffer-fitted 43 014 at the head (Stéphanie Durrant)
Llandudno Junction (Darren Durrant)
Heading east under the Queens Road Bridge (Darren Durrant)
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