18 October 2010
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Monday 18 October RCTS
Tony Keeley: 50 YEARS BEHIND THE LENS. Tony’s presentation
career working for Beyer Peacock in South America and Europe through to
the present day.
Tuesday 19 October North
Circle Bill Rogerson :Sardinia Railways.
Wednesday 20 October Aeron
Valley Railway Society AGM at 1930 in the Prince of Wales
pub, Aberaeron, followed by a buffet.
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
29 - 31 October Merseyside Model
Society exhibition at the Pacific Road Arts Centre, Birkenhead. Trams will be in operation on the adjacent tramway.
Monday 1 November RCTS
Steve Ollive: PLANDAMPF 94 Featuring standard and narrow
East Germany and organised trips around Dresden and the
Tuesday 2 November North
Circle Paul Hardy: Wait and See (a secret location?)
Friday 5 November Clwyd Railway
Gordon Davies - American Wanderings. - A selection of
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
Tuesday 9 November. 8E Association
Chris Simon: ‘The Examination Quiz’.
Monday 15 November RCTS
Chester Keith Crabtree: 60163 Tornado.Keith
Tuesday 16 November North
Circle Steve Morris: Brake Trials
Thursday 25 November Merseyside Railway
History Group Geoff Morris: Steaming through the gauges in the 21st
See the Calendar page for more details.
57 314 on the All-Wales
express passing the site of Kilpeck station, between Pontrilas and Tram
Inn, 8 October (Andrew Vinten).
This train continues its weekday duty, although now passing through
North Wales in darkness.
A rather brief epistle this
week due to pressure of other
projects. Apologies, outstanding items will appear next week. -Charlie
Chester RHTT - report by Geoff Morris
Two views of the Rail Head Treatment Train at Chester on its return
journey from Holyhead to Crewe. On 12 October (above) I
photographed 66 101 (leading)
and 66 105 passing under the
City Walls at Chester.
On 13 October, the same pair in charge, running around the curve at
North Cheshire Rail Users' Group AGM
The North Cheshire Rail Users' Group will be holding its Annual General
Mooting this Wednesday 20th October in the Helsby Methodists Church
Hall, Chester Road, Helsby with a 19.30 hours start. The Methodist
Church is on the main road in the centre of Helsby right
opposite to Station Avenue which leads down to Helsby Station.
The meeting will start with a Keynote talk by Robin Tudor, Manager of
Corporate Affairs at Liverpool John Lennon Airport. With the Rail User
Group actively pushing the re-opening of the Halton Curve to two way
passenger traffic so enabling residents who want to use the Airport to
travel by rail to Liverpool South Parkway Robin will be able to update
the meeting on future developments at the airport and their hope that
the Curve can be reopened allowing better access by rail to the airport
from North Cheshire and North Wales.
57 306 Jeff Tracy hauls Pendolino 390 017 through Colwyn Bay with the
Saturday afternoon train to London, 16 October (Darren Durrant)
The train passes Beeston between Chester and Crewe (Stavros Lainas)
Wylfa powers on
It was announced on 13 October that Wylfa Power Station is to continue
generating electricity beyond December 2010 for up to two additional
years. The Press release from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority
The station, which is owned by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority,
was scheduled to close at the end of this year, but now has the
opportunity to continue producing electricity for a further period -
likely to be around two years - following a period of review with the
The site is operated by Magnox North, which has been undertaking work
to support the period of extended generation over the last year,
including an evaluation of the Periodic Safety Review - required every
10 years by the Health and Safety Executive's Nuclear Directorate, the
regulator of safety and security in the nuclear industry, to validate
the safe and compliant operation of the site. The Environment Agency,
which regulates other aspects of the site's work, had also been
involved in this programme of work.
January 2011 will see Wylfa's 40th anniversary as a generating power
station. Wylfa has the world's largest Magnox reactors and has
generated 682 Terawatt-hours in its operational life to date. The
additional revenue from the power station, expected to be in excess of
a hundred million pounds, will be used to help fund the NDA's
decommissioning mission. Extended generation will be subject to
the site continuing to meet rigorous operational and safety standards.
Class 60s in traffic
Class 60s are still around: 60 011, seen at Plumley on 12 October,
still wears the 'aircraft blue' livery of the shirt-lived Mainline
Freight company of the 1990s (Andrew
17 October at Northenden Junction, and 60
054 brings its loaded stone train off the single line from Hazel
Grove on to the Stockport - Chester line. The sidings on the right
serve the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Agency terminal (Les Burton).
Here a mystery picture for you to ponder, taken by Dave Jackson 'a year or twenty ago.'
Can you identify the location? No prizes!
A few more views from the Llangollen Railway diesel gala, all from on 2
October. Above, D5310
bringing the 11:30 demonstration engineering train into Carrog
station on 2 October (David Parry).
Class 37 6940 as recently
restored to its second (?) BR livery approaches Carrog signal box with
the 11:15 from Llangollen (David Parry)
6940 again, approaching Carrog with the 1400 from Llangollen while
"Teddy Bear" D9521 waits its
next turn in Carrog yard. (David Parry)
Class 104 DMU exchanging tokens outside Glyndyfrdwy on 2 October (David Parry)
6940 on the demonstration engineer's train at Carrog (Jack Bowley)
0-6-0 Diesel Hydraulic D9521 at Llangollen (Jack Bowley).
Making smoke at Llangollen (Jack Bowley)
6940 at Llangollen (Jack Bowley)
... and ready for departure (Jack
Bowley). Thanks are due to everyone involved in the running of
Two portraits by John Beresford
of 6233 Duchess of Sutherland working the
Cathedrals Express charter from London to Chester and back on 9
October. Above, outbound at Bunbury ...
... and on the return run passing Huxley. This loco will not been again
on the main line for a while as she will be entering works for an
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