Rheilffordd arfordir gogledd Cymru: Hysbysfwrdd

24 September 2018

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Forthcoming events

September 2018

Saturday 29 September Llangollen Railway Diesel gala

Saturday 29 September  Steam on the Coast  UK Railtours Leicester to Holyhead with 60163 TornadCancelled as loco repairs not complete

October 2018

Wednesday 3 October RCTS Liverpool "Liverpool Exchange Station" Paul Wright

Friday 5 October Clwyd Railway Circle “Snowdon Mountain Railway”A presentation given by Mike Robertshaw  Msc IEng MIED, Senior Engineering Manager of the railway. Mike Robertshaw

Tuesday 2 October North Wales Railway Circle   John Cashen with North West and North Wales
Reminiscences of the 1960s.

Friday 12 October  Altrincham Electric Railway Society Steam archive around Chester General from 1950 onwards. A digital presentation by Jon Penn.

12-14 October Llangollen Railway Autumn Steam gala

Monday 15 October RCTS Chester "Rails to Bala" Dave Southern
Friday 19 October Steam on the Coast Golden Eagle Luxury Tour (Day 5 of 12) (Provisional)  Chester - Blaenau Ffestiniog 46100: Llandudno Junction - 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 Blackburn

Tuesday 6 November North Wales Railway Circle Illustrious local photographer Barry Wynne assisted by Steve Morris.

Friday 9 November  Altrincham Electric Railway Society. Steam through Skelton Junction and Timperley Junction 1955-1968. A digital presentation by Tony Martin.

Monday 19 November RCTS Chester "Through Kirton Tunnel" Stephen Gay

December 2018

Tuesday 4 December North Wales Railway Circle Christmas Social & Members' Evening.

Wednesday 5 December RCTS Liverpool "BR in the North West" Tom Heavyside

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.

Friday 14 December  Altrincham Electric Railway Society. People & Places 3. images of railway staff, enthusiasts, the general public and the steam railway. A digital presentation by Paul Shackcloth.

Monday 17 December RCTS Chester "The Fate of The Irish Mail" Tony Griffiths (A film which relates the story of the Abergele disaster in 1868)

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

Tuesday 8 January North Wales Railway Circle (Speaker to be announced) The Bala Lake Railway

Friday 11 January Altrincham Electric Railway Society. Journeys through Wales during the 1960s including narrow gauge railways A colour slide presentation by Bill Chapman.

Monday 21 January RCTS Chester AGM, followed by "A Photographic Tribute to Edgar Richards"(  Non-members are invited to attend from 20.00 hours)

February 2019

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

Tuesday 5 February North Wales Railway Circle [To be announced]

Friday 8 February  Altrincham Electric Railway Society Steam and Diesel in the Northern Fells 2010-2016. A digital presentation by Ian Pilkington.

Wednesday 6 February RCTS Liverpool "North West & North Wales Reminiscences of the 1960s" John Cashen

Monday 18 February RCTS Chester "A Taste of Japan" Gordon Davies

March 2019

Tuesday 5 March North Wales Railway Circle Humph Davies with mostly narrow-gauge archive material.

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 8 March Altrincham Electric Railway Society. The Glorious Steam Railways of India. Steam across India from 1976 to the early 1980s. A digital presentation by John Sloane.

Monday 18 March RCTS Chester "55 Years of Railway Photography, Part 2" Les Nixon

April 2019

Tuesday 2 April North Wales Railway Circle Gareth Haulfryn Williams, archivist and author, on 'Rails to/from Bethesda.'

Wednesday 3 April RCTS Liverpool "Manchester to Liverpool by CLC" Ken Grainger

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 Carlisle.
John Cashen

Friday 12 April  Altrincham Electric Railway Society Great Western and Southern Steam in the West Country. A colour slide presentation by Alf Storey.

Monday 15 April RCTS Chester "Steam on the North Wales Coast" (Video Presentation) Ron Watson Jones

May 2019

Tuesday 7 May North Wales Railway Circle AGM and Members' Photo. Competition.

Famous loco 60103 Flying Scotsman passes Flint, 22 September.  Image and processing by Glyn Jones.

Steam Special

We are concentrating on steam action this week. Some other steam news is that the appearance of 60163 Tornado planned for 29 September will not now take place. The owners say that the loco is back in working order and running-in on the Nene Valley Railway, but 'Due to the need to ensure that the locomotive is fully run in, and to complete all necessary recertification processes it has been necessary to postpone ‘The Ynys Mon Express’ tour of 29 September.'

Flying Scotsman to Holyhead

60103 Flying Scotsman worked the Crewe-Holyhead leg of 'The Ynys Mon Express' past Hargrave near Chester on 22 September (Ian Pilkington). The train ran well, although passengers from the starting point at Bristol has to be taken by road coach to Cheltenham Spa due to another case of short-notice engineering work.

At Chester, 60103 sans headboard takes the through road running 4 mins early. Picture by George Jones who comments: 'A nice sight, but fleeting'.

Departing from Chester, passing Roodee Junction (Anthony Thomas).

Seen at Ffynnongroyw near Mostyn, and running to time (Jeff Albiston).

Coasting through Rhyl station (Roly High).

Near the Marine Lake, Rhyl (Stuart Samuel).

Near Mochdre (Alan Roberts).

Llandudno Junction (Lynne Roberts).

From a picture by Lynne Roberts.

Passing Bryn Tawel Farm, just west of Belmont Tunnel, Bangor (Jim Johnson).

Seen from a safe location by an occupation crossing near Aber (Ian Pilkington).

Passing the airfield at RAF Valley (Jeff Albiston).

Turning on the triangle at Valley (Rhodri Williams).

On the return run to Crewe, at Rhosneigr (Jeff Albiston).

Near Aber with the return train, seconds after passing the 14:10 Euston-Holyhead Voyager (Ian Pilkington).

In failing light 60103 passes Belgrano Crossing, Pensarn (Ian Pilkington).

Hurrying through Flint station (Jeff Albiston).

Editor's comment: It's good to see that the running of the train was not disrupted by misbehaviour lineside observers, as has been a problem in the past with this loco; perhaps the excitement among the general public has subsided. Looking at the pictures from this very dull day, we can't help thinking what a sombre livery British Railways green is, especially since the lining seems to have been rendered in a rather subtle way; yes, it's appropriate for the condition of what is a basically a museum piece, but wouldn't apple green look better? - Charlie.

BRB on the SMR: reprise - pictures by Ian Pilkington

Visiting the Snowdon Mountain Railway from Switzerland, Brienz Rothorn Bahn No 2 and coach depart from Llanberis with a short demonstration run on 22 September ...

... and passes SMR no 5 Moel Siabod (1896) and no 6 Padarn (1921), three locomotives built by SLM Winterthur, each slightly differing in design. (See story in our last issue.)

Severn Valley Gala - report by David Hennessey

On Saturday 22 September 2018, while all attention was on Flying Scotsman on the North Wales Coast, I was at the Severn Valley Railway, in less-than-ideal weather conditions, to attend their 2018 Autumn Steam Gala.

The event featured the usual all-night running and intense timetable operation, with a good cast of resident and visiting locomotives kept busy at all times. The visitors included LMS 46100 Royal Scot, LMS 6233 Duchess of Sutherland (pictured above, recently overhauled and repainted back into LMS crimson lake), BR 70000 Britannia and the North Yorkshire Moors LNER Q6 0-8-0 63395. Resident engines I saw on my visit were GWR 14xx tank 1450 and Autocoach 178, GWR 28xx 2857 (100 years old and still going strong!), BR/Southern Bulleid Pacific 34027 Taw Valley, and GWR/Port Talbot tank 813.

LNER 63395 prepares to depart Kidderminster on a service to Bridgnorth.

1450 and Autocoach 178 move onto the sidings at Kidderminster, to take on water.

2-8-0 2857 gets going from Kidderminster on a service to Bridgnorth.

Taw Valley departs Kidderminster on a service to Bridgnorth.

Royal Scot takes on water at Kidderminster.

Britannia arrives at Kidderminster, with a service from Bridgnorth.

GWR/Port Talbot 813 gets watered up at Kidderminster, before working the 'local stopper' to Arley via Bewdley.

South Wales steam - report by Richard Putley

At the Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway's Gala on 16 September I saw the visiting Taff Vale 0-6-2T 85, seen above at Blaenavon High Level ...

 ... and also, pictured at Furnace Sidings, visiting Bagnall 0-6-0ST Empress, a last minute substitute of resident Hunslet 0-6-0ST 71515 which failed the previous weekend.

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