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06 September 2010
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10-12 September. Llangollen Railway Autumn Steam gala celebrating 175th anniversary of GWR and 35 years of Llangollen Railway reopening with expected return of 7822 Foxcote Manor after ten year boiler overhaul.
Monday 13 September Wrexham Railway Society Rocket 150: the Final Great Cavalcade of British Steam? Thirty years on from Rainhill 1980 a review of the celebrations of the Liverpool & Manchester Railway including a Super 8 colour film of the famous Cavalcade.
Tuesday 14 September. 8E Association Glynn Parry: Under, Up & Over. Merseyrail, Overhead & Snowdon – A Connection?
Saturday 18 September North Wales Coast Rail Users’ Group. Public Meeting. Flint Town Hall, starting at 2pm. An opportunity to ask questions about your local train services and to make suggestions for improvements. The speaker will be Ben Davies, Stakeholder Liaison Manager. Arriva Trains Wales.
Tuesday 21 September North Wales Railway Circle Garry Hughes: Wartime Locomotives, courtesy of B & R Videos.
Wednesday 22 September Compass Tours excursion: Burnley Manchester Road, Rose Grove, Accrington, Blackburn, Cherry Tree, Bamber Bridge to Blaenau Ffestiniog. Class 47 Diesel throughout. [This Tour is now fully booked.]
Thursday 30 September Merseyside Railway History Group Alisdair McDonald: Ramblings on Rail
Friday 1 October Clwyd Railway Circle Edgar Richards: Freight in North Wales and the North West. A combined collection of slides taken by Dave Airey and our well respected speaker.
Friday 1 October Compass Tours excursion from Llandudno Jct, Colwyn Bay, Rhyl, Flint and Chester to Pitlochry and Aviemore.
Saturday 2 October Compass Tours 'The Snowdonian Explorer'
Shrewsbury, Wellington, Telford Central, Codsall, Wolverhampton, Walsall, Cannock, Hednesford, Rugeley Town & Stafford to Betws-Y-Coed or Blaenau Ffestiniog with optional extra Steam Excursion. Class 66 Diesel to feature throughout.
2-3 October. Llangollen Railway Diesel weekend. Intensive service by the mainline diesels supported by one of the railcars.
Sunday 3 October: The annual Tram and Bus show at Pacific Road Birkenhead
Monday 4 October: RCTS Port Sunlight Harry Madden: MERSEYSIDE TRANSPORT. A miscellany of trains, trams, buses and shipping from both sides of the River Mersey.
Tuesday 5 October North Wales Railway Circle David Lindsay: Statfold Barn Railway visit.
Friday 8 October Altrincham Electric Railway Preservation Society A TOUR OF SOUTH AFRICAN RAILWAYS IN THE EARLY 1970S (INDUSTRIAL AND MAIN LINE STEAM) a colour slide presentation by Alan Gilbert
Monday 11 October. Wrexham Railway Society Preserved Steam on Video - the 2010 mainline steam action with PSOV.
Tuesday 12 October. 8E Association Charles Roberts (RCTS): 80s and 90s Irish Railways.
Saturday 16 October Llangollen Railway: Growler Group Members' Day. 6940 (37 240) will be making six return trips between Llangollen & Carrog. Tickets are available for non-members of the Group.
Monday 18 October RCTS Chester Tony Keeley: 50 YEARS BEHIND THE LENS. Tony’s presentation covers his career working for Beyer Peacock in South America and Europe through to the present day.
Tuesday 19 October North Wales Railway Circle Bill Rogerson :Sardinia Railways.
23-31 October. Llangollen Railway Day out with Thomas. the half term event featuring No.1.
Thursday 28 October Merseyside Railway History Group Keith Crabtree: Tornado, a steam locomotive for the 21st Century
29 - 31 October Merseyside Model Railway Society exhibition at the Pacific Road Arts Centre, Birkenhead. Trams will be in operation on the adjacent tramway.
Monday 1 November RCTS Port Sunlight Steve Ollive: PLANDAMPF 94 Featuring standard and narrow gauge in East Germany and organised trips around Dresden and the Thuringer Forest
Tuesday 2 November North Wales Railway Circle Paul Hardy: Wait and See (a secret location?)
Friday 5 November Clwyd Railway Circle Gordon Davies - American Wanderings. - A selection of slides showing diesel, electric and steam trains in the USA working passenger and extremely long freight trains from the East to the West coast, photographed in the last 16 years.
Friday 12 November Altrincham Electric Railway Preservation Society
16MM CINÉ FILMS FROM THE 1970s a miscellany by Richard Greenwood
6-7 November. Llangollen Railway Poppy Train Service as part of the Remembrance festival - special guest engine possible.
Tuesday 9 November. 8E Association Chris Simon: ‘The Examination Quiz’.
Monday 15 November RCTS Chester Keith Crabtree: 60163 Tornado.Keith is from the A1 Steam Trust and will be giving a Power-point presentation on the history, building and operation of Tornado.
Tuesday 16 November North Wales Railway Circle Steve Morris: Brake Trials
Thursday 25 November Merseyside Railway History Group Geoff Morris: Steaming through the gauges in the 21st Century
See the Calendar page for more details.
During the August Bank Holiday weekend, engineering work on the line between Wrexham and Shrewsbury saw Wrexham & Shropshire services diverted via Chester and Crewe. On Sunday 29 August, 67 015 David J. Lloyd powers afternoon train 1P54 15:02 Wrexham General - London Marylebone service through Pulford, on the single line between Wrexham and Saltney Junction. (Mark Riley)
North Wales Coast Rail Users’ Group
The Group's next Public Meeting is at Flint Town Hall on Saturday 18 September, starting at 2pm. An opportunity to ask questions about your local train services and to make suggestions for improvements. The speaker will be Ben Davies, Stakeholder Liaison Manager. Arriva Trains Wales.
The public meeting will be followed by the Annual General Meeting of members of the North Wales Coast Rail Users’ Group. The Group exists to improve rail transport on the North Wales Coast, and needs more members to promote this cause. Interested? Contact: Richard Wilcock, Secretary: Sowerby01[at]yahoo.co.uk
A good view of the Colas Rail livery as 66 841 passes Helsby with a later-running load of timber for Chirk on 27 August (Stavros Lainas)
Helsby again, this time on 31 August as 47 739 Robin of Templecombe passes with the empty wagons from the Ribblehead - Chirk timber train. (Andrew Vinten). Regarding suggestions made here that the first loaded run of this train, earlier in August, was the first appearance of a Class 47 at the Kronospan siding, Mark Hambly writes: 'In recent years, almost certainly yes, this is the first, but back in the days of OTA wagons and a sectorised British Rail they were commonplace. Indeed, a Kronospan Press Release of the time was accompanied by a photograph of the late Peter Walker MP (then Secretary of State for Wales) "cabbing" a 47 during a visit to the plant.'
Peter Walker was MP for Worcester from 1961 to 1992, and afterwards entered the House of Lords as a Life Peer. He was Secretary of State for Wales in the Thatcher government from 1987 to 1990. He died in June 2010, aged 78; his son, Robin, was elected as MP for Worcester in the 2010 election.
A train window view from 19 August showing the work going on at the Chirk plane to extend the unloading facility.
Quite a large area is being levelled. (George Jones) We understand that the timber trains will stop running for a period to allow the track to be laid.
GWR 175 at Llangollen
2010 is the 175th anniversary of the foundation of the Great Western Railway, and the Llangollen Railway, an ex-GWR line, is celebrating with a three-day gala from Friday 10 until Sunday 12 September.
Friday and Sunday will see 13 passenger departures plus a demonstration freight; 5 locos in steam - all Western engines. For something a little bit different Class 14 'Teddy Bear' diesel D9591 will make a limited appearance. There is a Real Ale Festival at Llangollen Station.
On Saturday there are 17 departures planned, with 7 locos in steam, including an evening service for which there is a special evening rover ticket valid for only £10 (valid from 5pm) which provides access to the Real Ale Festival plus travel on evening services including City of Truro departures, with licensed bar on board, at 18:00 and 20:45.
Visiting engines are GWR 4-4-0 City of Truro and 4-6-0 Pitchford Hall.
2-8-0 3802 will be back from the Severn Valley to add to 0-6-0PT 6430 and 0-6-2T 5643, plus Standard 2-6-4T 80072 and ' Black 5' 4-6-0 44806. Also on display in a parcels coach at Llangollen is a 35th anniversary exhibition for the start of the rebuilding of the line and a Corwen extension project display.
For full details of the weekend events see the Llangollen Railway website.
Here's a look inside 175 008, which has been given the 'interior refresh' treatment. Spot the differences?
The new pattern of seat moquette. Better than purple, in our opinion.
Little change is evident from the outside. Chester, 30 August.
50 Years of the Class 37
An interesting (and free) event at the National Railway Museum in York on 16-17 October is a Class 37 diesel anniversary weekend celebrating 50 years since D6700, now preserved by the Museum, entered service.
2010 sees the 50th anniversary of the Class 37 Diesels, and what better way to celebrate than at the National Railway Museum. Climb on board and discover what made the Class 37s one of the country's best loved trains. There's also the chance to take a ride onboard one of our fabulous locomotives in the South Yard. There'll be plenty of delicious food and drink, and trade and display stands in Station Hall to commemorate this special occasion. So raise a glass and say many happy returns to the Class 37s.
We understand there will be visiting 37s as well as D6700, although the NRM website gives no clue to this.