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30 December 2012
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17 December 2012
Santa at Llangollen - report by George Jones
On the Welsh Highland - with John Roobottom
Advent on the Rhyl Miniature Railway - report by John
Past Times - with John Hobbs
Talyllyn progress - based on a press release
More on Liverpool Road and the Ordsall Chord
10 December 2012
Gobowen station Christmas Cafe
Pendolino no more
Princess Elizabeth visits Chester
RCTS meeting 17 December
Llandudno lifting - report by Peter Lloyd
Loco-hauled for Christmas
Tunnel cannabis farmers charged
03 December 2012
Christmas is coming
Past Times - with John Hobbs
A visit to Cardiff - report by Roly High
The 'Rheidol Road' Special - report by Denis Bates
Manchester Metrolink developments - pictures by Greg Mape
A Winter outing - report by Martin Evans
The Pannier Rambler - report by Richard Putley
Llandudno station before improvement - pictures by Roly High.
26 November 2012
End of the Pendolino Drag?
Looking back at the Dyserth branch - with John Hobbs
To Birmingham for the Model Railway show - with Roly High.
For Sale: Penmaenmawr station house
Coal to Penyffordd
Marches line resignalling
Bangor Repair Shed - last days
North Wales electrification?
MOSI and the Ordsall Chord - report by Charlie Hulme
19 November 2012
Bangor Shed mystery
Network Rail assortment
Christmas at Bala
Hop on our 'Merry-Maker' - with Stephen Hughes
About Mark 3 coach bogies
Ayrshire Yeomanry at Llangollen - report by George Jones
Club 55 to Barry - report by Richard Fleckney
Sandy Lane crossing - pictures by Roly High
Bridges at Berwyn - report by George Jones
12 November 2012
Saturday 10 November: Rugby Special etc.
Timetable change looms
Grinding in North Wales - pictures by Roly High
Ffestiniog scenes - by Ian Pilkington
Princess leaves Ffestiniog pub - report by Eryl Crump
Mouldsworth to Helsby memories - by Dave Sallery
Cambrian needs nine million pounds
Come to sunny Rhyl
Derbyshire in a day - with Alan Crawshaw
The new coaches in close-up - pictures by M.Lloyd Davies
Hawarden from the Air - report by George Jones
05 November 2012
DB Schenker under fire
Changeable weather on Saturday 3 November
Double Grids on timber train - report by Mark Riley
New carriages for Snowdon
Remembrance at Llangollen
Birkenhead Tramway troubles
This list may be out of date if you are reading an archived page. For the current list visit our Calendar.
Thursday 10 January Llandudno and Conwy Valley Railway Society “Early Railways of Gwynedd 1790- 1830’s” Dr Dafydd Gwynn
Friday 11 January Altrincham Electric Railway Society "Transport around Manchester from 1750" a colour slide presentation by Chris Makepeace.
Saturday 12 January Railway and Canal Historical Society Group Annual General Meeting commencing at 13:45 followed at 14:30 by "Members Choice".
Monday 14 January Wrexham Railway Society 'Railway Quiz' Phil Davies
Thursday 17 January LCGB North West Keith Naylor "Isle of Wight Railways"
Monday 21 January RCTS Chester Branch A.G.M. followed By British slides between 1983 & 2010 By Alan Donaldson.
Thursday 31 January Merseyside Railway History Group Geoff Coward: Northeast China Steam 2002
Friday 1 February Clwyd Railway Circle Gordon Davies “American Wanderings 2, the Great Plains Drifter” - Recollections of Gordon’s trip in 2008, covering the largest open cast mine in Wyoming plus the world’s largest marshalling yard.
Friday 8 February Altrincham Electric Railway Society "The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway" a digital presentation by Bob Barnard.
Saturday 9 February Railway and Canal Historical Society "The Manchester Bolton and Bury Canal, its history and restoration" by Dr. Paul Hindle.
Monday 11 February Wrexham Railway Society 'The Wrexham - Bidston Line' David Rapson.
Tuesday 12 February 8E Railway Association Colin White (B&R Video): Archive Cine Film from the 50s & 60s
Thursday 14 February Llandudno and Conwy Valley Railway Society “My Life in Crewe Works” Arthur Jones
Monday 18 February RCTS Chester The Northern Hub. A Talk By Duncan Law, Senior Programme Development Manager, Network Rail.
Thursday 21 February LCGB North West Mike Taylor "Preston and North"
Thursday 28 February Merseyside Railway History Group Dave Southern: Rails to Blaenau Festiniog
Friday 1 March Clwyd Railway Circle The Committee & Larry Davies. AGM followed by the talk “60 years ago – Diamond days” After the formality is over, we look forward to the talk by one of our favourite speakers.
Friday 8 March Altrincham Electric Railway Society "German Narrow Gauge Steam" a colour slide presentation by John Owen.
Saturday 9 March Railway and Canal Historical Society "Lost Canals of the East Midlands" by the Society's President, Dr. Wendy Freer
Monday 11 March Wrexham Railway Society 'A Circular Tour Of North Wales' John Hobbs
Tuesday 12 March 8E Railway Association Tony Icke presents Decades of Change
Thursday 14 March Llandudno and Conwy Valley Railway Society “Polish Steam” Brian Bollington & Pete Hanahoe
Monday 18 March RCTS Chester B.R in the early 1980’s By Tom Heavyside.
Thursday 21 March LCGB North West Tony Harrison "The Dragon's Last Roar"
Thursday 28 March Merseyside Railway History Group AGM: Members Slides
Friday 5 April Clwyd Railway Circle Michael Murphy 'Liverpool Overhead Railway' To finish off the season, a highly recommended speaker known for his light-hearted style of presentation. The talk will be followed by film footage of the railway in its heyday.
Monday 8 April Wrexham Railway Society 'The Railways Of Scotland' Les Nixon
Tuesday 9 April 8E Railway Association Graham Nicholas presents Tornado
Thursday 11 April Llandudno and Conwy Valley Railway Society “Chester to Holyhead English Electric traction 1984 – Present day” Steve Morris
Friday 12 April Altrincham Electric Railway Society "Current Developments on Metrolink" a digital presentation by Tony Williams, Manchester Area Officer, Light Rail Transit Association.
Saturday 13 April Railway and Canal Historical Society "The General Strike & the Railways" by Dr. Robin Smith
Monday 15 April RCTS Chester Even Further Down Under: New Zealand In 2011 & 2012 By Geoff Morris.
Thursday 18 April LCGB North West John Sloane 'Steam Sheds and Diesel Depots'
Thursday 25 April Merseyside Railway History Group Richard Kells : Quiz and informal evening
Sat - Sun 9 -10 February Llangollen Railway Days Out with Thomas
Fri - Sun 15-17 February Llangollen Railway Days Out with Thomas
23 March Llangollen Railway Diesel day
13 April Llangollen Railway Real Ale train evening
19-21 April Llangollen Railway Spring Steam gala with return of the steam Railmotor 93 and newly restored Auto Trailer 92
Thursday 9 May Llandudno and Conwy Valley Railway Society “The Buckley Railway” Paul Davies
Saturday 11 May Llangollen Railway Murder Mystery
Tuesday 14 May 8E Railway Association Presentation by Wayne Jones.
Thursday 16 May LCGB North West AGM and Members/Visitors Slides & Digital Photos.
Sunday 19 May Llangollen Railway Teddy Bears Picnic
1-2 June Llangollen Railway Day Out with Thomas weekend
8 June Llangollen Railway Real Ale train evening
22-23 June Llangollen Railway Heritage Railcar Gala
67 001 at Shrewsbury, 18 December (Alan Crawshaw).
This is a much-updated version of the 24 December page : the next issue will be in the New Year. - Charlie
Irish railways in the 1990's
Dave Sallery writes: 'I have uploaded a new website featuring a selection of scanned transparencies of the railways of Ireland as they were in the 1990s, such the the above picture of loco 192 at Manulla Junction, County Mayo. Following a massive investment programme in recent years, very few of these views are possible today. All the photos were taken on day trips by ferry from Holyhead. The address is www.penmorfa.com/Ireland.
Radio Survey 37s
18 December saw the welcome appearance of a pair of Class 37s on the Coast lines in the shape of DRS (ex-Eurostar) machines 37 603 and 37 607 with Network Rail's Radio Survey Train checking that reception of the National Rail radio systems is up to scratch at all all points, including the two branches. It's a murky morning as the train heads west through Bagillt (above), pictured by Tim Rogers.
A look at the two vehicles in the train. 6264, converted from Mk 1 bogie parcels van (BG) 80971. One of a class of four, 6261-4, it contains generators to power the equipment in ...
... the actual Radio Survey coach 977868, formerly Mk 2E standard class coach 5846. Two radio antennae can be seen on the roof. Both pictures by Tim Rogers.
Westbound through Llandudno Junction (Geraint Jones).
Crossing Conwy Cob towards the tubular bridge, at 12:14 (Garry Stroud)
Bangor (Richard Fleckney).
Class 37 fans at Bangor (Richard Fleckney).
The return working passes Llanfairynneubwll on Anglesey with 37 607 leading (M.Lloyd Davies).
About to receive the single-line token to proceed on to the Conwy Valley branch at 15:00 (Geraint Jones).
The sun had set by the time the train covered the Llandudno Branch on return from Blaenau Ffestiniog. 37 603 poses with a different sort of train - what's it's story? - in Llandudno station at 17:40 (Garry Stroud).
Moonlight study at Llandudno (Jack Bowley).
The next day, 19 December, the train made another foray from Crewe, this time to Chester, then to Hazel Grove and Sandbach; it is seen above at Hargrave between Crewe and Chester (Tim Rogers)...
... and after reversal at Chester, 37 607 leads through Mouldsworth on the Mid-Cheshire line (Tim Rogers).
The other side of the survey coach has a blanked-out window (Tim Rogers). Sometimes, Network Rail measurement trains are worked push-pull using a 97xx-series Driving Trailer, we wonder why not on this occasion? Possibly one or more of the coaches does not have the appropriate wiring.
37 603 brings up the rear (Tim Rogers).