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13 September 2010
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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.
46115 Scots Guardsman passes Dunham-on-the Hill with an excursion from Carnforth to Chester on 4 September 2010. This fine view by Stavros Lainas is a rare one in which there is nothing (at this reproduction size at least) to show that the date is not September 1960. The coaches and loco are in appropriate colours, the track looks neat and tidy, and even Network Rail's high-security lineside barriers have yet to spoil the scene.
Llanfair PG views - by Richard Fleckney
Above, 37 059 and 37 218 with two flasks from Valley head east on 31 August.
Saturday 4 September, and 57 309 Brains passes 'the station with the long name' with the London - Holyhead service
Saturday 11 September, and it is the turn of 57 316 to haul the Saturday Pendolino.
The same day, 11 September, saw an excursion from East Anglia to Holyhead, 'The Great Orme Explorer' with 47 804 leading (above) ...
... and recently-overhauled 47 500 at the other end.
News reaches us of the death at the age of 67 on 6 September, after a long illness, of Gregory Kirkham Fox, publisher of the long-running 'Foxline' series of illustrated books which includes many titles covering our area, as well as being the joint author with V.R. Anderson of a number of large-format books in the 1980s including that essential North Wales railway book A Historical Survey of Chester and Holyhead Track Layouts and Stations (Oxford Publishing, 1984) which is always near to hand here at the Website desk.
Greg, who lived in the Stockport area, worked for the engineering department of British Rail before leaving to devote more time to writing publishing. The first Foxline book Scenes from the Past 1: Railways around Stockport published in 1986 was followed by over fifty titles in the series. These books brought to the public many railway pictures and stories which would otherwise never seen the light of day, and he will be much missed.
Gerald at Sunset