01 October 2018
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Tuesday 2 October North
Wales Railway Circle John Cashen with North
West and North Wales
Reminiscences of the 1960s.
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
Sunday 7 October Bus and Tram Show in Birkenhead organised
by The Merseyside Tramway
Friday 12 October Altrincham
Electric Railway Society Steam archive around Chester
General from 1950 onwards. A digital presentation by Jon
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
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
Tuesday 4 December North
Wales Railway Circle Christmas Social & Members'
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
Monday 17 December RCTS
Chester "The Fate of The Irish Mail" Tony Griffiths (A
film which relates the story of the Abergele disaster in
Friday 4 January Clwyd Railway
Circle “West Country Memories” An illustrated talk
which includes all the branch lines of Devon and Cornwall.
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Friday 12 April Altrincham
Electric Railway Society Great Western and Southern
Steam in the West Country. A colour slide presentation by
Monday 15 April RCTS
Chester "Steam on the North Wales Coast" (Video
Presentation) Ron Watson Jones
Tuesday 7 May North
Wales Railway Circle AGM and Members' Photo.
33 102 at Glyndyfrdwy, 29 September. Picture by Dave
update will be a day later than usual due to holidays. -
Steam and diesel, 22 September - report by Alan Crawshaw
On 22 September Rowan and I visited the East Lancashire
Railway's Diesel gala. Our change of trains at Crewe
perfectly coincided with the Flying Scotsman's dwell time,
we arrived as 67 005 Queens Messenger was
being detached, with crowds lining the business end of
platform 12 anticipating 4472.
The famous Pacific backed on to the stock just in time for a
quick shot before catching our Pendolino to Manchester and
the tram to Bury.
At Bury the Ramsbottom shuttles had been cancelled because
of a shortage of guards. Above, 31 109 in action at Bury.
'Warship' D832 arrives at Irwell Vale.
We enjoyed a few runs but were very surprised how few people
attended, the photo shows the end two coaches as D832 left
Irwell Vale at around 14:00, empty apart from us. This
carriage, M4937, was in the consist of the famous '15 guinea
special' at the end of British Railways mainline steam on 11
Mostyn views - pictures by Greg Mape
Two Class 221 Voyagers pass Mostyn on 25 September, working
the 13:58 Holyhead - London service.
175 116 - denuded of all Arriva branding - working
the 14:41 Llandudno - Manchester passes Mostyn. Note the new
'Goods Loop' at Mostyn on 25 September. This loop connects
to the currently-unused dock sidings, but cannot be used by
passenger trains, such as for a fast train to overtake a
slow one, as it is not provided with suitable signal
Present in the dock, the vessel Ciudad de Cadiz
which carries the wings for the Airbus A380 airliner to
France after transfer from the Broughton factory by barge.
Also on hand at Mostyn that afternoon according to shipais.com
were some smaller vessels: the tug St David and two
boats engaged in the servicing of the offshore win farms,
the Msl Excalibur and the Holyhead Bay.
Traditional cargo traffic is rarely seen at Mostyn.
On the subject of Mostyn, the Mostyn History Preservation
Society has uploaded to YouTube
some interesting film of the flooding which overcame the
area in 1990, leaving the signalbox and station buildings
surrounded by water.
Llangollen diesel day
At Corwen East station on 29 September George Jones captured
the visiting Class 33 loco 33 102 (from the Churnet
Valley Railway) at the temporary platform.
It is named Sophie - allegedly after a character in
the Australian soap 'Home
& Away'. The name was applied unofficially at
Eastleigh depot c. 1991 before the loco was withdrawn from
national network service in 1992. The official-looking
nameplate has been applied by the Churnet Valley staff. 33
102 was moved to the CVR in 1993 and was finally returned to
traffic there in 2012 (George Jones).
Departing in propelling mode under the control of driver 2
in the rear coach. Picture by George Jones who
writes: 'This operation will come to an end when Corwen East
closes on Sunday 4 November - the last public train to
Llangollen is due to depart at 15:40 at the conclusion of
the summer season timetable. If the propelling movement has
not been sampled by readers, the experience may be gained in
the next few weeks and during the autumn steam gala 12-14
October. Once operations commence at the new Corwen Central
terminus in 2019 locos will run round the train during the
stop-over at the island platform.'
Later 33 102 was seen at Carrog with a 'Channel Islands Boat
Train' identifier (George Jones). These trains were
particularly interesting as they were hauled by a Class 33
along the Weymouth Quay tramway.
Propelling is nothing new for this machine as its 33/1
series number reveals that it was one of the locos modified
for push-pull operation of though coaches to Weymouth which
was at the time beyond the third-rail electrified area. The
'rubbing plate' between the buffers was deigned to contact
the corridor connection of the modified Mk1 coaches.
Picture at Carrog by Ken Robinson.
With the rostered class 37 6940 declared a failure
and under investigation for a fix, the other trains in the
timetable were provided by the class 47 (Brush Type 4) 1566
(above, pictured at Glyndyfrdwy with the 11:13 ex-Corwen by
Ken Robinson) ...
... and the class 104 DMU (Ken Robinson) ...
... until late in the day when the 37 emerged and ran double
headed with the class 33. The pair are seen entering Carrog
at 16:15 (George Jones).
Steam Gala on 12-14 October will have a Cambrian
theme, including a visit by Class 2 2-6-0 46521, once a
Cambrian line regular.
70 811 passes Garsdale on the Settle and Carlisle
line with the Carlisle - Chirk logs on 27 September (Dave
37 611 Pegasus at Crewe on 24 September after
working an 08:00 Old Dalby Test Track - Crewe Carriage
Sidings formed of a Class 345 Aventra unit built by
Bombardier and destined for London's Crossrail (Elizabeth
Line). The loco, formerly D6871, 37 171 and 37 690, belongs
to the Europhoenix company, part of the Rail Operations
Group. It is one of the group's 37s fitted with couplers and
brake controls allowing it to haul the Class 345 units at up
to 90 mph without the use of 'translator' vehicles.
At Shrewsbury on 24 September 170 507 and 170
503 in the new West Midlands Railway livery, await
departure with the 12:47 stopping service to Birmingham.
These units were built in 1999, at the Derby works which is
building the 345s. West Midlands Railway and London North
Western Railway are brand names used by franchise holder
West Midlands Trains. (Confusing.)
SB Rail tamper 73804 James Watt in Rhyl's Engineers
Sidings, 22 September (Roly High).
Halton Curve service delayed
The new Wales and Borders franchise bidder had suggested
that the planned service between Chester and Liverpool via
the newly-improved Frodsham - Runcorn Link would start in
December 2018, but Transport for Wales are now telling us
We’re working to introduce new services from May 2019
between Chester and Liverpool Lime Street and also extending
two of these services to serve Wrexham. The services between
Chester and Liverpool Lime Street were originally intended
to be introduced from December 2018, however due to rolling
stock availability issues we’re now planning to introduce
these and the extended services from May 2019. We’re
working with the industry to ensure that rolling stock is
available and that the timetable can accommodate these extra
Sunday 7 October is the date for the 21st Annual Bus
and Tram Show in Birkenhead organised by The Merseyside
Tramway Preservation Society. There will be an intensive
service of trams on the Birkenhead Tramway, as well as
vintage bus rides, old cars, displays in the Pacific Road
museum, refreshments and other attractions. Easiily reached
by the Mersey Ferry or from Birkenhead Hamilton Square
Tyseley 50 Open Day - report by Jim Ikin
Although the event at on 29 September was to celebrate the
50th anniversary - to the day - of Tyseley Locomotive
Works, for me the 'star' was 1960s Stockport Edgeley depot
resident - and hopefully in the not to distant future
North Wales Main Line running - 'Jubilee' 4-6-0 45596
This was the first public steaming of the loco after a long
overhaul. 45596 looked absolutely superb and is a credit to
everyone who has worked on the loco over the years.
Nose to nose with another double chimney-ed loco, 7029
Inside the cab, which is fitted with all the modern
electronic equipment required for main line running.
The LMS railway named a series of these 'Jubilee' locos,
built in the 1930s, after states and countries of the
Eagle. the Kitchen-First Pullman featured in the
recent TV series 'Great Rail Restoration'; the coach also
featured in a 'Made in Birmingham' garden at the NEC and BBC
Gardeners World Live. The coach was built by the
Metropolitan Carriage and Wagon Works, Saltley in 1960.
34070 Manston awaits its turn in the works.
Line up of 4965 Rood Ashton Hall, 7029
Clun Castle, 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe
and 5080 Defiant.
Editor's footnote: Among the visitors to see Bahamas was a
group of former loco crew from Stockport Edgeley depot,
closed in 1968.
Stockport to Altrincham line scenes - by Greg Mape
Afternoons are busy for freight train watchers at Baguley
between Stockport and Altrincham. On 27 September, 66
764 was on the 11:11 Liverpool Bulk Terminal - Drax
66 601 with empty hopper wagons from Fiddlers Ferry
Power Station to Tunstead Sidings.
A train of empty refuse containers was held for some time
waiting to enter the Northenden refuse depot, as 150 102
passed with a Manchester - Chester service.
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