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09 November 2015
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Thursday 12 November Llandudno and Conwy Valley Railway Society Ron Watson Jones AGM Class 40’s remembered
Monday 16 November RCTS: Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Merseyside, Chester and North Wales Branch. Northern Delights by Steve Batty. Steve our RO Branch News Editor and railway author from Selby reviews modern traction in Northern England 2002 - 2009.
Saturday 21 November Steam to Chester. Steam Dreams 'The Cathedrals Express' London - Chester.
Friday 27 November. Great Western Society NW Branch. John Hobbs. A Black & White presentation, North Wales Circular 1963 - 66 (Steam)
Saturday 28 November Steam to Chester Railway Touring Company 'The Christmas Cheshireman' Bristol - Chester via Shrewsbury
Friday 4 December Clwyd Railway Circle Members Night & Christmas Celebrations. Members are invited to give a 15 minute presentation of their choice (any format). FREE tea/coffee & festive treats during the interval. Contact David Jones 01244 537440 to book a slot.
5-6 December Llangollen Railway 'Santa Specials'
Tuesday 8 December North Wales Railway Circle (note: second Tuesday) 'Christmas Bash' The informal evening includes a free buffet and members are invited to bring their own slides and videos to entertain.
Thursday 10 December Llandudno and Conwy Valley Railway Society Xmas Social / Christmas Treats and Bob Barnsdale: a Local Tribute
Friday 11 December Altrincham Electric Railway Preservation Society "Steam in Spain and Italy" a colour slide presentation by John Sloane. The slides were taken by John in the 1960s and 70s.
5-6 December Llangollen Railway 'Santa Specials'
5-6 December Cambrian Heritage Railways 'Santa Specials' (Sarurdays at Oswestry, Sundays at Lynclys)
6 December Llanberis Lake Railway 'Santa Specials'
12 December Llangollen Railway 'Real Ale Train' 6.30pm departure from Llangollen Station 'Step onboard and soak up the atmosphere whilst enjoying the Real Ales on offer at our well stocked bar. Double return journey – arrive back approximately 9.30pm. Ticket price includes a free glass and pint for all pre-booked tickets.'
12-13 December Llangollen Railway 'Santa Specials'
12-13 December Bala Lake Railway 'Santa Specials'
12-13 December Llanberis Lake Railway' Santa Specials'
12-13 December Cambrian Heritage Railways 'Santa Specials' (Sarurdays at Oswestry, Sundays at Lynclys)
Monday 14 December Wrexham Railway Society, Annual General Meeting and Rail Review Entertainment, a mixture of members' slides, DVD's and other
19-20 December Talyllyn Railway 'Santa Specials'
19-20 December Llanberis Lake Railway 'Santa Specials'
19-20 December Cambrian Heritage Railways 'Santa Specials' (Sarurdays at Oswestry, Sundays at Lynclys)
19-22 December Rhyl Miniature Railway 'Santa Specials'
20 December Llangollen Railway 'Santa Specials'
Monday 21 December RCTS: Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Merseyside, Chester and North Wales Branch. Arriva Trains Wales. Last 10 years going forward with Ben Davies. This is an opportunity to hear about more about one of our local Train Operating Companies from one of its locally based officers.
22-24 December Llangollen Railway 'Santa Specials'
24 December Talyllyn Railway 'Santa Specials'
26-29 December Llangollen Railway 'Mince Pie Specials'
2-3 January Llangollen Railway 'Winter Warrmers'
Tuesday 5 January North Wales Railway Circle Member Clive Evans starts 2016 with a show of his own work starting back in the sixties.
Friday 8 January Clwyd Railway Circle Dave Sallery Dinorwic Slate Quarries - Part 2 This is the final part of Dave’s fascinating journey around the quarry.
Friday 8 January Altrincham Electric Railway Preservation Society "The History and Development of the National Tramway Museum" a colour slide presentation by Mike Crabtree.
Monday 11 January Wrexham Railway Society, Woodhead - The Lost Railway by Stephen Gay describing the former Great Central main line from Manchester to Sheffield across the Pennines via the Woodhead tunnel closed in 1981 with photographs along the route of the former railway.
Thursday 14 January Llandudno and Conwy Valley Railway Society Dave Southern: Chester - Pwllheli - days long gone
Monday 18 January RCTS: Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Merseyside, Chester and North Wales Branch. BRANCH A.G.M followed by Back to The 60s with Geoff Coward. Geoff highlights photographs in various locations of the last few years of steam (1964-1968), including early diesels, mostly in the North West of England.
Friday 29 January Great Western Society NW Branch W.J. Denning: The West Somerset Railway, a personal view.
Tuesday 2 February North Wales Railway Circle 'The First Penrhyn Railway' Dafydd Gwyn, industrial archaeologist, author of The Slate and other publications and fireman on The Bala Lake Railway will be talking about the first tramway that served Penrhyn Quarry.
Friday 5 February Clwyd Railway Circle John Sloane: Chinese Steam in the 1980's This is drawn from the first part of a tour in the winter of 1986/87 and centres on railways in what at one time had been the Japanese occupied area known as Manchuria in the north east of China. This was still a busy steam operated railway with plenty of variety and steam locos were still being built at that time.
Monday 8 February Wrexham Railway Society, Steam in the East Midlands in the 1950's by Fred Kirk. Local Member and keen cyclist looks back at
previously unseen pictures of those main lines accessible from his home city of Leicester ranging from the East Coast Main Line at Stoke to the Great
Western's line to Birmingham Snow Hill, also the West Coast, Midland and Great Central lines.
Thursday 11 February Llandudno and Conwy Valley Railway Society Geoff Morris: Welsh Wanderings in the 1990’s
Friday 12 February Altrincham Electric Railway Preservation Society "Prince of Wales, Britain's most powerful steam locomotive. The Project to build a new P2 Locomotive" a digital presentation by Graham Nicholas.
Monday 15 February RCTS: Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Merseyside, Chester and North Wales Branch. "American Wanderings - Heading East" by Gordon Davies. Gordon, our RCTS National Chairman gives a digital presentation showing the American railroad scene in the eastern states depicting diesel locomotives working passenger and freight trains as well as electric locomotives, light rail and preserved steam in operation on preservation lines.
Friday 26 February Great Western Society NW Branch Group Annual Meeting, afterwards possibly Members slides.
Friday 4 March Clwyd Railway Circle Annual General Meeting followed by: Dave Southern, A journey from Chester to Pwllheli in colour looking at the closed lines both standard and narrow gauge including closed steam sheds and some goods yards.
Tuesday 8 March North Wales Railway Circle 'Railways of Ontario' Chairman Brian Bollington shows a mix of slides and video he has taken of the railway scene in Ontario and Quebec, Canada. Including main lines, short lines, preserved lines with steam and museums. Due to Saint David's Day bookings this meeting has been arranged for the second Tuesday of the month.
Thursday 10 March Llandudno and Conwy Valley Railway Society Alan Roberts: Railway signalling in the Conwy/Llandudno area
Friday 11 March Altrincham Electric Railway Preservation Society "A Photographic Tribute to Alan Gilbert. Steam on the main line in the 1950s and 60s" a digital presentation by Paul Shackcloth.
Monday 14 March 2016 Wrexham Railway Society, Railways Of Wales in the 1980's - Geoff Morris describes a trip through Wales in a decade during which livery variations started to appear and steam re-appeared on a scheduled basis along the Cambrian & North Wales Coasts.
Friday 25 March Great Western Society NW Branch Railway Images, Thirty Miles around Warrington, Barrie Rushton.
Monday 21 March RCTS: Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Merseyside, Chester and North Wales Branch. "20 Years Of The Privatised Railway - What Does The Future Hold?" by Bob Casselden. Bob, a retired former B.R. manager looks at the changes to Britain's privatised railway over the last twenty years and reflects on what the future might bring.
Friday 1 April Clwyd Railway Circle Denbigh Film Club. Railway Enthusiasts Film Night. A night of nostalgia and fun with a selection of films old and new to end our season in great style.
Tuesday 5 April North Wales Railway Circle 'All Steamed Up' Mr Barry Wynne presents a selection of his work from his vast catalogue of phtographs.
Friday 8 April Altrincham Electric Railway Preservation Society "Steam in the North West of England and Scotland in 1965" a digital presentation by Noel Coates.
Monday 11 April 2016 Wrexham Railway Society 'Days Gone' A Nostalgic Look Back at the 1960-90's by Larry Davies, looking at the enormous changes which have taken place on the railways in North Wales during the last four decades of the last century illustrated, mostly by Larry's own work.
Thursday 14 April Llandudno and Conwy Valley Railway Society 1960/70s North Wales Railway Recollection Barry Wynne/Steve Morris
Monday 18 April RCTS: Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Merseyside, Chester and North Wales Branch. One Mans Rubbish is Another's Treasure by Russell Hatt. Russell presents a selection of historic railway photographs that whilst too poor for publication are of interest to the railway historian.
Friday 29 April Great Western Society NW Branch A tribute to Tom Lewis, Railway cameraman 1947-1970, Paul Shackcloth.
Tuesday 3 May North Wales Railway Circle AGM and Photographic Competition.
Thursday 12 May Llandudno and Conwy Valley Railway Society Ray Bailey: Steam into Holywell.
Contrast at Altrincham on 5 November: Metrolink tram 3022 passes Network Rail MPV DR 98912 engaged in Rail Head Treatment. Picture by Greg Mape.
Blockades ... Redoubling ... delayed
The weekend of 7-8 November saw the lines from Chester to Rhyl and Wrexham closed for engineering works, with bus replacements in force. Above, 175 112 arrives at Rhyl with a shuttle service from Holyhead. Picture by Roly High.
After decanting its passengers, the driver took the train forward towatfs the starter signal, on seeing the ground disc signal cleared (left) and after changing ends took the train back into Platform 2 ready for departure (Roly High).
At this time of year, good quality vehicles are available for road replacements. LC14 WYN, of Lloyds of Machynlleth, the company which now also runs bus services in the Machynlleth area, is a VDL Bova Futura. Other coach operators were from a wide area of North Wales, Cheshire, and Shropshire (Roly High).
The Saltney Junction 'Blockade' is to continue through the week to 15 November, with some through North Wales - South Wales trains (including the Holyhead - Cardiff loco-hauled) running via Crewe and others starting from Wrexham. Local stations between Crewe and Shrewsbury are being mostly served with extra calls by diverted Birmingham - Holyhead service, although at Crewe on 9 November there was little attempt to infororm passengers of this. Ostensibly this closure was to carry out the final work to bring the double track between Saltney and Rossett into use, but it is becoming clear that all is not well with this project. A date of 23 November had been previously given, but now we are hearing of 'Early 2016.' We understand that south of Saltney the old 'down' line track, still has to be ballasted and tamped. Thanks to Mike Stone and George Jones for help with the above.
North Wales 'Crab' - pictures by John Hobbs
In our last issue we reported on the East Lancashire Railway, and pondered whether the 'Crab' 2-6-0 13065 (nicknamed 'the dressed crab' for its crimson lake livery) had ever been seen in North Wales while in British Railways service (in black) as 42765. Well, of course it was, and John Hobbs has the pictures to prove it. Above is 42765 at Prestatyn on the 20 July 1964, it had arrived at Birkenhead depot in May and would have been a reasonably frequent visitor to Wales if only to Mold Junction Yard. On this occasion it must have travelled to Holyhead and is seen with train 4A18 the 11.45 am Holyhead to London (Broad Street) meat train which would have been worked to Crewe Basford Hall at least.
42765 powering the 11.25 am (Saturdays only) Newcastle to Llandudno on Saturday 1 August 1964, at Chester, again visiting North Wales.
A picture by Norman Kneale of 42765 at Llandudno Junction can be found over at Geoff Poole's 6G Llandudno Junction website.
The other machine featured in Ken Robinson's ELR report, 2-6-4T 80080 rests by the coaling plant at Croes Newydd (Wrexham) shed on 30 June 1964; this loco is today on long term hire to the East Lancashire Railway. Its nominal home for maintenance is the Midland Railway Centre; although it has not been there in some time as the owners visit Bury to undertake repairs as required.
RCTS Meeting in Chester on Monday 16 November
The Merseyside, Chester and North Wales Branch of the Railway Correspondence and Travel Society holds its next meeting at the 'Town Crier' opposite Chester railway station on Monday evening 16 November at 7.30 p.m. Railway author Steve Batty from Selby presents a variety of railway scenes across Northern England which will highlight the many changes in trains and their liveries in the seven year period 2002 – 2009.
Copies of the Society’s latest publication on the Stanier Black 5s part 2 at £29.95 (£27 for members) willl be on sale as well as the revised copy of the 'Jubilees' title.
Please note the continuing car parking difficulties at the 'Town Crier' where all spaces can be taken up 45 minutes before the start of the meeting. Visitors will be most welcome to attend on donating £2 to help defray meeting expenses and further details can be obtained by telephoning 0151-608 4296.
Metrolink single line working
Last issue's item about Manchester Metrolink was a little vague about the methods of working through the St Peter's Square temporary single-line section. Our thanks to Jack Bowley for the following elucidation.
The token, which is a piece of plastic engraved with information on it, is shown to the first of however many trams (normally three) are passing through in one direction. The last tram to pass through before the flow changes direction takes the token.This same method was used on Balloon Street when the Victoria - Shudehill Interchange line was a temporary single line section. There are several permanent single-line sections on Metrolink, for which more permanent systems are used. They include some one-platform termini, the short branch to MediaCityUK, a length at Newton Heath station alongside the Network Rail line to Dean Lane refuse depot....
Seen in Altrincham