11 April 2016
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Thursday 14 April Llandudno
Society 1960/70s North
Wales Railway Recollections. 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
Friday 29 April Great
Branch A tribute to Tom Lewis,
Railway cameraman 1947-1970, Paul Shackcloth.
Tuesday 3 May North Wales
Circle AGM and Photographic Competition.
Thursday 12 May Llandudno
Valley Railway Society Ray Bailey: Steam into
Seen from the the top of Pen y Pigyn, The monument visible from Corwen
East station, Dinmore Manor makes its way along the Dee Valley
on 10 April (Ian Wright).
We hope you enjoy
this collection of pictures from the recent Gala on the Llangollen
Railway. Thanks as always to all contributors and of the course the
railway staff. The usual miscellany of news items and features
will appear in an an extra issue on Friday 15 April. Just one question:
did British Railways ever run mixed trains on the Cambrian lines? -
Along Cambrian lines at Llangollen - special issue
Friday 8 April - by David Parry
While it is often said that black is never out of fashion, I can’t
remember a Western Region themed gala with such a high preponderance of
black locos! With five of the six locos resplendent in
black livery on the opening day, Friday 8 April, the early days of
nationalisation were evoked in support of the gala theme 'Along
Cambrian Lines'. A range of trains was assembled from the available
stock, the most
unusual possibly being the mixed train, hauled in the following picture
by green-liveried pannier tank 6430 arriving at Carrog.
Shortly afterwards, a recreation of the 'Cambrian Coast Express'
at Carrog, double-headed by small prairie 4566 and 7822 Foxcote
now restored to health though in unfamiliar black.
The second Manor of the event, Dinmore Manor is seen here
storming up the bank to Berwyn station.
Odd one out amongst the black locos was standard class 4 2-6-4T 80072
in its BR lined black livery, here starting away from Berwyn.
From the same spot shortly afterwards, large prairie 5199 pilots 7822
into Berwyn station on a return run down to Llangollen.
Back up the line a short distance, 4566 starts away from Berwyn with
the suburban rake on a short working to Carrog.
Supporting the theme, the souvenir programme shows how the production
values of heritage railway galas have advanced over recent years, this
example’s cover reminding those of us around in 1964 of that year’s
radically redesigned Western Region summer timetable. As
well as timetables, loco profiles and event information, Llangollen
provides guidance on photographic locations. The high quality design
sprinkles colour photos of ephemera relating to the Cambrian Lines, the
whole document being available beforehand as a PDF download, for which
the railway should be congratulated.
Friday 8 April - by Ian Pilkington
7822 Foxcote Manor and 7820 Dinmore Manor leave
Llangollen with the 09:20 for Corwen.
4566 pilots 7822 Foxcote Manor away from Glyndyfrdwy with the
7820 Dinmore Manor heads the 13:20 Llangollen - Corwen past
Bonwm with 7822 Foxcote Manor at the rear.
Saturday 9 April - by Ken Robinson
4566 and 7820 at Berwyn (lovely café) on the 11:50 from Llangollen with
the TRPS special.
6430 with the 12:30 ex-Carrog 'mixed' train which was, somehow, for me
anyway, reminiscent of the 'Titfield Thunderbolt' arriving at
Saturday 9 April - by Chris Jones-Bridger
6430 at Carrog on arrival with the 11:15 mixed train from Llangollen.
4566 & 7820 Dinmore Manor arriving Glyndyfrdwy with the 11:50
Llangollen to Corwen carrying 'Talyllyn Railway Preservation Society'
5199 & 7820 Dinmore Manor at Llangollen after arrival with
1425 from Corwen.
5199 taking water at Llangollen prior to working the 16:10 departure.
7822 Foxcote Manor arriving at Llangollen with 15:20 mixed
train from Carrog.
Saturday 9 April - by Jim Ikin
Large Prairie 5199 arrives at Berwyn with the 11.38 from Carrog.
Movements at Llangollen had an appreciative audience.
An interesting tour of the works followed the frames of new-build LNER
B17 4-6-0 Spirit of Sandringham (above left) and the 'Night Owl' project to re-create a
Great Western 47xx 2-8-0 (above right and below).
New-build 'Patriot' 4-6-0 45551 The Unknown Warrior was noted,
now with it's front bogie attached.
The Llangollen based Great Western Group's loco 5532 is also coming
along. Although access wasn't allowed two boilers could be seen in the
Unfortunately a group of enthusiasts couldn't make the service train
and had to make other travel arrangements down to central Llangollen...
9 and 10 April by Glyn Jones
Visiting from the Severn Valley Railway, GWR 'Small Prairie' 4566 in
charge of a mixed traffic set departs Berwyn with the 09.59 to
Glyndyfwrdwy on 9 April.
GWR 0-6-0 Pannier 6430 has its headlamp affixed prior to departure with
the 11.15 mixed traffic set for Carrog.
7820 Dinmore Manor from the Gloucestershire Warwickshire
Railway poses with 4566 at Llangollen after arriving with the 11.10
4566 replenishes its water tanks.
Pilot engine 4566, sporting the Talyllyn Railway Special Train
headboard, awaits departure with 7822 Dinmore Manor for the
11.50 to Corwen.
Llangollen Railway GWR 2-6-2T at rest before departing with the 12.30
7822 Foxcote Manor and 7820 Dinmore Manor simmer away before leaving
Llangollen with the 09.20 non-stop train to Corwen on 10 April.
With blowers on and steam to spare, the same two locos are about to
make an atmospheric departure. In black and white, the picture
evokes fond memories of the 1960s.
BR Standard 2-6-4T, 80072 being prepared on shed for the long gone and
fondly remembered 'North Wales Radio Land Cruise'. Picture taken by
Sunday 10 April by Larry Davies
Visiting 7820 Dinmore Manor at Llangollen running round its
stock for the 13:20 departure.
North Wales holidays memories - 80072 at Glyndyfrdwy.
Dinmore at Glyndyfrdwy.
Another visitor, 4566 in splendid black with an 83G shed code.
7820 on the mixed at Carrog.
Pure GWR nostalgia 6430 rests 'inside' at Carrog.
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