Sunday 22 July Steam on the CoastRailway Touring
Company North Wales Coast Express
Liverpool - Chester - Llandudno Junction - Holyhead and
Tuesday 24 July Steam on the CoastRailway Touring
Company Welsh Mountaineer Preston - Blaenau
Ffestiniog. 45699 or 48151: Preston - Chester - Llandudno
Junction - Blaenau and return
Wednesday 1 August: Steam at Chester. UK
Railtours / A1 Locomotive Trust. Darlington - Chester
with 60163 Tornado.
Saturday 4 August. Steam on the Coast. Saphos Trains. Bangor
(07.00/22.15) Llandudno Jct (07.25/21.55) Colwyn Bay
(07.35/21.45) Rhyl (07.50/21.30) Prestatyn (08.00/21.20)
Flint (08.10/21.10) Chester (08.30/20.50) Crewe
(09.30/20.00) Stafford to Stratford-on Avon. 46100, 34046 or
Friday 7 September Clwyd
Railway Circle “North Wales, the Future”. With
Arriva's withdrawal from the next Wales and Borders
franchise, what will this mean for passengers and staff? Our
speaker will be able to bring us up to date with the latest
news; Ben Davies - Arriva Trains Wales, Stakeholder Liaison
Saturday 8 September Steam at ChesterRailway Touring Company Norwich -
Chester. 60009: Norwich -Peterborough - Nuneaton - Chester -
Friday 19 October Steam on the Coast Golden
Eagle Luxury Tour (Day 5 of 12) (Provisional)
Chester - Blaenau Ffestiniog 46100: Llandudno Juncion -
Blaenau Ffestiniog, Holyhead - Crewe November 2018
Friday 2 November Clwyd
Railway Circle “The Development of Railways in the
UK”A look at rail development from Trevithick through to the
23,000 miles of railway in the UK by 1921. Mike
December 2018 Friday 7 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. January 2019
Friday 4 January Clwyd
Railway Circle “West Country Memories” An illustrated
talk which includes all the branch lines of Devon and
Cornwall. Dave Southern February
Friday 1 February Clwyd
Railway Circle “The Glorious Steam Railways of India”
The images were taken when it was a fully steam worked
system, with a variety of steam across four different
gauges. John Sloane March 2019
Friday 1 March Clwyd
Railway Circle “Annual General Meeting” followed
by “Chairman’s Choice” A night of self indulgence from the
retiring chairman, David Jones
Friday 5 April Clwyd
Railway Circle "Scotland in the 1960s" The talk
covers the whole of Scotland - going up the west side to
Wick and Thurso and returning down the east side from/to
67 022 meets 73 965, Chester, 2 July. Picture
by Tim Rogers.
Royal Scotsman's Great British Tour
On day three of the Belmond Royal Scotsman's luxury 7-day
Grand Tour of Britain, Sunday 8 July, the train left its
more usual stamping ground in Scotland for a visit to
England and Wales, with its dedicated GB Railfreight locos 66
743 and 66 746 top-and-tailing. We pick up the
train at Frodsham heading for Chester for a walking tour and
a visit to the Cathedral. Picture by Dave Jackson.
Leaving Chester at 17:45, with the sun at just the right
angle (Steve Bratt).
Approaching Llandudno Junction (Garry Stroud). The
passengers stayed in a hotel, whilst the train travelled to
North Llanrwst for overnight stabling.
07:47 the next day at Llanrwst, and 150 279 working
train 2D12, 07:26 Llandudno Junction - Blaenau Ffestiniog
passes the stabled train (Garry Stroud).
66 746 at North Llanrwst (Garry Stroud)
66 743 at North Llanrwst (Garry Stroud)
Passing Cadnant cutting, Conwy on its way from Llanrwst
North to Bangor (Garry Stroud).
Arrival at Bangor at 09:05 (Rowan Crawshaw).
68 002 and 68 005 on the Valley flasks pass
by at Bangor (Rowan Crawshaw).
Later that day, the train left Bangor for its next
destination, Bath, with both locos on the front (Rhodri
At Strathcarron on the Kyle of Lochalsh line, a week earlier
On the 'Parliamentary' - with
The Summer Saturdays-only 'Parliamentary' train on the
Halton Curve has been maintained by Northern this season
whilst we await bi-directional operation from the December
On Saturday 7 July 150139, still in 'old Northern'
colours, operated the 07:53 service, seen at Chester
with an optimistic Liverpool destination displayed. Myself
and two others were the total complement for the non stop
run to Runcorn.
Runcorn was reached at 08:14 when the unit departed
empty-stock to Allerton depot. The views of the actual
Halton Curve from the train are limited, and beyond the M56
largely obscured by the dense lineside vegetation.
Continuing on via Crewe, Warrington Bank Quay and Earlestown
I later reached Liverpool Lime Street by the historic
Liverpool and Manchester Railway line. A limited service
from Wigan North Western and Manchester Victoria is being
maintained during the closure, until 12 July and trains
remain busy. My train, 319 362 terminated in platform 1
(above) and shortly afterwards the Wigan train ran into
The visit allowed some pictures of the work on platforms 3-6
which seems to have made good progress. Quite how platforms
1-6 are to become 1-5 doesn't seem obvious to me at present.
Returning on the Manchester train ...
... a couple of shots of the station throat
workings were possible. Total closure may only allow a look
at platforms 7-10 from the concourse.
On 5 July the 15:40 Welsh Highland Railway service from
Porthmadog to Caernarfon was struck by a car on a crossing
near Beddgelert yesterday afternoon. The driver of the
vehicle, who appears to have paid no attention to the sign
which requires drivers to stop, look and listen, drove
straight on to the crossing when the train was present.
A railway spokesman commented that the driver was very lucky
indeed to have got off so lightly. The 62 tonne steam
locomotive appears to have suffered only cosmetic damage.
The two carriages immediately behind the engine were damaged
by the car causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.
The Rail Accident Investigation Branch took control of the
site briefly and the police also attended. The site was
quickly released back to Welsh Highland Railway staff once
the circumstances where understood and the recovery
operation completed. There were no injuries. More than a
hundred passengers on the train were inconvenienced and
arrangements were made for them to complete their journey by
Class 47 invades Austria -report by Richard Boyd
About a year ago I reported on a railtour in Hungary hauled
by former British Rail diesel 47 375, which has a
tenuous connection with North Wales.
Over the weekend of 9-10 June, 47 375 hauled another
continental tour, starting at Budapest Keleti at 07:50 and
then travelling to Murzzschlag in Austria via Sopron and
Wiener Neustadt. Murzzschlag is the home of the Sudbahn
Museum and on Sunday 10th it hosted the International
Heritage Railway Parade, which saw a number of specials
hauled by steam, diesel and electric traction visit the
town. 47 375 was on display at the museum until shortly
before its scheduled departure time of 15:50.
On Saturday the more energetic tour customers, myself
included, had the opportunity to walk up to the 'Twenty
Schilling View', so called because it used to feature on the
former Austrian 20 Schilling banknote.The tour organisers
arranged for the train to make an outward and return run
over this stretch of line to enable people to get photos.
Back at Budapest Keleti station on the Sunday evening.
From Dave Sallery's archive
Despite the mass introduction of diesel shunting locos,
station pilot work remained in the hands of steam locos at
some London Midland Region stations until the mid-1960s.
'Jinty' 47437 (built 1927) was photographed in
action at Chester in autumn 1965, having been recently
transferred there from Bescot depot. It was withdrawn in
At Stockport Edgeley, 2-6-4T or 2-6-2T locos were
traditionally used for shunting the carriage shed and goods
yard as well as local freight trips. 41220 was one
of four Ivatt 2-6-2Ts transferred from North Wales to
Edgeley (9B) shed in 1965; they were replaced by diesels the
45001, the doyen of the large 'Black 5' class of
4-6-0s brings a freight train through Wigan North
Western station in late 1966. Behind the loco is a
container-carrying wagon with what may be a special load of
some sort. The shed plate on the smokebox reads (we think)
10A, which was Carnforth, a depot still thriving today under
West Coast Railways ownership. Of interest are the early
design colour-light signal and 'Air Raid Protection'
signalbox, a wartime design with a concrete roof which it
was hoped would resist falling bombs.
The view from the same platform-end location on 28 June
2018, as 66 610 passes with a train of
stone-carrying box wagons from Hardendale Quarry to
Worth Valley celebration
Ivatt 2MT 2-6-2T 41241 (a former Bangor, Croes
Newydd and Llandudno Junction loco) makes a fine sight
recreating the opening day special on the Keighley &
Worth Valley Railway, as part of the 50th Anniversary
celebrations on 29 June. It has been restored to the livery
used in the early preservation days. Picture by Lee