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25 September 2017
67 015 at Rhyl 06:38 Friday 22 September with train 1V91, Holyhead - Cardiff Premier Express. Picture by Ivor Bufton.
Llangollen Diesel Weekend
The Llangollen Railway diesel gala, as seen on 23 September Above, Brush Type 4 diesel 1566 entering the well kept-station at Glyndyfrdwy with its first working - the 10:20 from Llangollen. Picture by Ken Robinson, who writes: 'The weather wasn't too good, but it was a great day out! The diesel group work very hard to get these things going. I believe 1566 had problems later on in the day which had been rectified by Sunday morning.'
Llangollen station in the rain with English Electric shunter 13065 departing on the first of three brake van trips into Pentrefelin siding where participants got a different lineside view of the passing service trains. On the right D5310 is having problems with the first coach which had to be detached resulting in a 20-minute delay to the 12:55 departure (Ken Robinson).
English Electric Type 3 6940 at the rear of the delayed 13:36 from Carrog to Corwen (Ken Robinson).
Three main line diesel locos were in action, plus the class 104 Railcar, to offer a frequent service along the line. With top-and-tail running to Corwen East the loco change-overs were undertaken at Carrog. Starting things off at 09:45 the class 26 assisted the 104 to Carrog where the loco came off to await the next train. Above, the view from the DMU (George Jones).
D5310 unhooks at Carrog (George Jones).
The second train was headed by the class 47 1566 and became the most powerful locomotive to bring a service passenger train to Corwen, with the class 26 on the rear (George Jones).
George Jones pictured 1566's data panel and writes: 'With a Tractive Effort of 60,000 lb, D1566 was the most powerful locomotive to haul a passenger service train into Corwen (discounting previous test runs). An Ian Allan ABC gives 62,000 lb. It's challenging to compare the power of diesels vs steam. but in terms if Tractive Effort the 47 beats all comers according to published figures for the likes of 'Black 5', West Country, 28XXs 2-8-0s - open for debate ... so far I have found no one who disagrees. [Watch this space.- Ed.]
'The third train was headed by the class 37 with the class 47 on the rear and as such must have been the most powerful combination of locos on a train between Corwen and Carrog.
Nothing like this in BR days prior to closure.
Just a reminder that the Arriva 'Club 55' offer for passengers aged over 55 is open until 1 November. Subject to various conditions, it's possible to travel to the far-flung outposts of the Arriva Trains Wales network for as little as £26. Traveller's Tales welcome.
TransPennine Express have a similar, but more complex, offer.
Enormous crowds gathered outside the new lifeboat station at Llandudno on Sunday 24 September to see the arrival of the new £2.2million Shannon class lifeboat William F Yates.
Above the old lifeboat Andy Pearce and William F Yates pass each other (Jim Ikin).
The lifeboat trailer has a turntable on it. Above, we see it turning around the boat, which arrives forwards, gets hauled onto the trailer then turned ready for its next launch (Greg Mape).
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution always welcomes donations. We have texted RNLI to 70300 to donate £5, why not follow suit?
Peter Basterfield's view
Arriva trains Promotion of 'The Big Ticket' re-located to Bangor after it's official opening ceremony at Llanfair PG.
18 September's flask train (6K41) at Llanfair PG - between a cup and the station with the longest name. Locomotives 68 033 and 68 002 Intrepid.
20 September, and 6K41 at Wig Crossing with 68 002 now up-front and 68 033 as the train loco.
22 September's 6D43 at Malltraeth's 19-arch viaduct with 68 033 upfront and 68 002 again.
66 710 Phil Packer on a loaded Drax-bound biomass service approaching Altrincham Station on 6 September (Greg Mape). Major Phil Packer MBE is an army officer who was seriously injured while on operational duty in Basra in February 2008. He is noted for gruelling physical challenges to raise money for his charity British Inspiration Trust, which aims to support young people facing adversity.
Track inspection unit 950 001 visited he Conwy Valley line on 19 September, and - we understand - found a fault inside Ffestiniog tunnel. This caused the 13:08 to Blaenau to terminate at and restart from North Llanrwst. The test unit left Blaenau at 16:00 after the fault in the tunnel was fixed, it should have left at 12:09. Dave Sallery took the picture at Blaenau Ffestiniog.
Salford Central station in late afternoon can be a good place to see some freight trains. The three pictures here passed in a 20-minute period. 66 605 (above) was working a new flow of stone from Tunstead to Brindle Heath (Pendleton).
A 'binliner' train to and from Runcorn Folly Lane serves both Brindle Heath and Dean Lane refuse terminals. Half the empty containers on their wagons are left at Bridge Heath, the loco then taking the remainder to Dean Lane, an interesting location as the Network Rail siding runs alongside the single-track Metrolink line to Rochdale through Newton Heath station. 66 523 is on this later duty. In the background, the delayed 15:24 to Peak Forest stone empties awaits a path at the exit from Hope Street sidings.
After waiting for a passenger service, 66 074 emerges from Hope Street over the crossover to pass through Victoria station, then via Guide Bridge, Stockport, Hazel Grove and Chinley to Peak Forest.
On the 'Liverpool line' which passes behind Salford Central without any platforms (yet) 319 450 is see from behind as it passes on a Liverpool - Manchester Victoria service. The tracks here have been relocated slightly to allow for the new 'Ordsall Chord' line. Most of the 319s transferred to Northern and the 319/3 sub-class, which has been altered from the original design by the addition of a first-class section and some standard-class 2+2 seats. Northern are, we believe reverting them to the original high-density layout.
A look at the Duke of Lancaster - pictures by Greg Mape
On 22 September our intrepid contributor Greg Mape found his way down the path to the resting place of former British Railways ship Duke of Lancaster (a.k.a The Fun Ship) which has been a landmark on the North Wales line since 1979. He timed his journey to photograph the loco-hauled service, only to find a Class 175 substituting.
The Wales Coastal Path comes this way, deviating from the shore to pass under the railway and alongside the stream to cross by the main road, and back again to the shore along the other side.
Earlier this year the ship, which had been covered in artistic graffiti by permission of the owner, was painted black, apparently by persons unknown. It seems that a second coat has been begun at the bow of the ship.
We recommend a read of the Funship story written by the owner on the Duke of Lancaster website
which tells how the ship arrived there and what's happened since. One thing we noticed is that the owner writes that the ship is not set in concrete, as often claimed by writers, but bedded in sand.
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