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24 September 2018
Famous loco 60103 Flying Scotsman passes Flint, 22 September. Image and processing by Glyn Jones.
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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