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31 October 2011
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Friday 4 November Clwyd Railway Circle Geoff Coward: The Worlds Last Real Working Steam – China 2002. The Ji-Tong line featured frequent 2300 tonne trains, 1 in 80 gradients, snow, mountains and huge steam locos. Other locations include coal trains, passenger services and a steelworks, all steam operated in November 2002, now all gone.
Saturday 5 November Stephenson Locomotive Society Mike Crabtree, I.Eng., M.I.E.T. The Great Orme Tramway, Llandudno – a History of the Line . An illustrated talk describing the history of the line and a description of how the line has been rejuvenated to meet the challenges of operating in the 21st century. Tuesday 8 November 8E Railway Association Bill Andrews presents Life As An Engine Driver
Friday 11 November Altrincham Electric Railway Preservation Society "Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Locomotives Part 1" by Paul Shackcloth, Photographic Officer, Manchester Locomotive Society
Thursday 10 November Llandudno and Conwy Valley Railway Society Larry Davies "Summer Holidays by Train"
Monday 14 November. Wrexham Railway Society A Colour Rail Journey - The new proprietor of Colour-Rail Paul Chancellor will talk about the difficulties of dealing with old colour slides and will present a UK wide journey with illustrations taken over the past 60 years.
Tuesday 15 November North Wales Railway Circle David Jones and Brian Bollington have put together an interesting show on the Penrhyn Quarry Railway. This will be of great interest to local people, many of whom will remember these workings.
Monday 21 November RCTS Chester Edgar Richards: North Eastern Part 1. Our very own Edgar Richards returns with views of the northern part of the former North Eastern Region.
Thursday 24 November Merseyside Railway History Group Iain Henshaw West Highland Rail Part 2
Friday 2 December Clwyd Railway Circle Xmas Celebration –
A film show to whet your appetite before our interlude of festive goodies.
Saturday 3 December Stephenson Locomotive Society - Malcolm Dickin THE CHAIRMAN’S CHRISTMAS QUIZ
Tuesday 6 December North Wales Railway Circle Mr Ted Jones of the Conwy Valley Railway Society and the Prestatyn Railway Society is to give a show in 2 parts: 1. Cambrian Coast Express 2. Swiss Railways
Thursday 8 December Llandudno and Conwy Valley Railway Society Members Night/Xmas Social
Thursday 8 December Merseyside Railway History Group Ted Lloyd The Last Big Adventure – Social evening
Friday 9 December Altrincham Electric Railway Preservation Society "Current Developments on Metrolink" by Tony Williams, Manchester Area Officer, Light Rail Transit Association
Monday 12 December. Wrexham Railway Society AGM and Rail Review with members' material on show
Tuesday 13 December North Wales Railway Circle Christmas Buffet, Members Film and Photo Night
Tuesday 13 December 8E Railway Association AGM followed by Steam Around Chester by Jon Penn
Monday 19 December RCTS Chester Members Evening:30 slides or digital images of your choice. Please advise Alan Donaldson if you intend to make a presentation and to what format you will be using.
Friday 6 January Clwyd Railway Circle Brian Roberts: Reflections of the 1990s, Brian’s presentation will visit many different locations across the national network, with some emphasis on the Merseyside area, in an attempt to portray a decade of considerable change. Passenger operating companies will be reviewed, largely via their ever changing liveries, and there will be glimpses of some of our preserved lines. The freight scene will be recalled, too, not least by showing images taken on freight only lines, at industrial plants and at several collieries prior to closure.
Monday 9 January. Wrexham Railway Society The Many Varied Railways of Australia . Geoff Morris will show the great variety of rail action Down Under.
Tuesday 10 January 8E Railway Association Karl Jauncey & Dave Richards from PSOV present Mainline Steam 2011
Thursday 12 January Llandudno and Conwy Valley Railway Society Society Tribute - the late Bill Rear
Friday 13 January Altrincham Electric Railway Preservation Society "Steam Across Java in 1980" by John Sloane
Monday 16 January RCTS Chester Barry Shore: Terminus Part 3
Barry continues his Terminus series, this time off the Network, The Preservation Scene and offshore including the Isle of Man and Ireland.
Saturday 21 January Stephenson Locomotive Society Area A G M followed by: Professor Colin Divall - Down the American Road? Industrial Research on the LMS, 1923-1947 The Big Four are often criticised for an over-reliance on traditional forms of engineering. However by the late 1930s the LMS had developed a sizeable Research Department dealing with a wide range of technical problems. This talk examines the Department's origins and activities, and asks how successful it was.
Thursday 26 January Merseyside Railway History Group Allan Moore : Lost Stations of St. Helens
Friday 3 February Clwyd Railway Circle Geoff Morris: Australian Railways Today. A digital presentation of Geoff's visits to Australia in 2009 and 2010 featuring main line and preserved steam in South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland and also a look at the some of the modern scene.
Thursday 9 February Llandudno and Conwy Valley Railway Society Ron Watson Jones"Irish Mail Crash Penmaenmawr - Aug 50"/"A Ron Miscellany"
Friday 10 February Altrincham Electric Railway Preservation Society "Great Western Railway Lines in South and Mid-Wales" by Tony Icke
Monday 13 February. Wrexham Railway Society Sixties Steam on Steam - Barry Shore will give a digital presentation based on his b&w negatives from the 60s with shed visits around the UK and the final days of steam at Lostock Hall.
Tuesday 14 February 8E Railway Association Colin White from B&R Video presents Archive Cine Film from 50's & 60's
Saturday 18 February Stephenson Locomotive Society Bob Barnard The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway – Then & Now. From 1898 this well-equipped 2 foot gauge line climbed into the foothills of Exmoor, intitially independent but later under the Southern Railway, until its sudden closure in 1935. Since 2004, trains have run on a section again. Bob Barnard, a local L&B enthusiast and North West group organiser, will tell the line's story in pictures old and new.
Monday 20 February RCTS Chester Stephen Gay: Walking the line, discovering lost railways. Stephen travels from Sheffield with a slide
show on walking old railways with his faithful German Shepherd dog Wrawby. The show includes the S&D, Scarborough to Whitby, rambling in Scotland to glorious Devon plus a very varied local selection
Thursday 23 February Merseyside Railway History Group Graham Briggs: Steaming Through Britain
As the leave prepare to fall, the Rail Head Treatment Train is ready with its water jets to blast their crushed remains the rails. Picture at Mold Junction on 26 October by Stavros Lainas. 97 303 leads.
Something of a 'bumper picture special' this week, featuring a variety of trains, several of them yellow. If you picture is not included, bear with us!
One interesting piece of news which comes to light is that the Cardiff - Holyhead via Crewe express will continue to be 57-hauled after the December timetable change, but, also in December, training of drivers on Class 67s will commence with a view to the train being taken over by 67-worked push-pull trains in March 2012. The so-called 'second WAG Express' which runs via Wrexham will, it appears, continue to be a class 175 railcar set, perhaps until the Welsh Government decides whether it should continue.
The engineering work on the Cambrian coast line over the half-term week seems not to have included any re-laying in the Tywyn area as we predicted; we hear that the planned work on Barmouth Bridge suffered a setback when contractors responsible for the erection of scaffolding on the bridge put it in entirely the wrong place, so it had to be taken down and put in the right place...
We're told that the smelly liquid that escaped into the passenger compartment of the Conwy Valley train (17 October issue) may not have been fuel, but engine coolant.
Elsewhere, the Cargo-D company, whose fleet of BR-liveried coaches were much-used by Wrexham & Shropshire in its early days, and more recently has run railtours under the name Rail-Blue Railtours, has entered Administration and ceased to trade, following the cancellation of several advertised trains, many of whose prospective passengers have not received refunds. It's likely that the company's fleet of Mk2 and Mk3 coaches will appear on the market very soon.
Refurbished 158 833 crosses the road at Llanfair PG, 15 October (Richard Fleckney).
57 309 Brains westbound at Llanfair PG, 15 October with the Saturday 'Pendolino drag' of the 08:50 London - Holyhead. (Richard Fleckney).
57311 Parker heads 390 051 Virgin Ambassador westbound through a very dull Abergele on 29 October (Larry Goddard).
A ten-coach 'Voyager' formation speeds through clear signals at Abergele with the midday London - Holyhead working on 28 October (Larry Goddard).
67 030 passes Llanfair PG with a Pathfinder Tours excursion, the 'Majestic Snowdonian' from Bristol Temple Meads to Holyhead with options to visit the Welsh Highland and Ffestiniog lines, 31 October (Richard Fleckney)
An early-morning scene at Chester station on 26 October, and 57 601, with 47 580 to the rear, about to depart, at 07:04, leading the Hooton to Carlisle, Compass Railtours 'Mid-Cheshire Moorlander' (Chris Coxon).