Rheilffordd arfordir gogledd Cymru: Hysbysfwrdd

24 December 2018

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Forthcoming events

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.

On loan to Transport for Wales (while Northern's conductors were engaged on their 41st day of strikes and TfW are still busy repairing their weather-damaged units), Northern's 150 270 and a sister unit await departure from Llandudno on Saturday 22 December with the 14:42 to Manchester Airport. Picture by Gary Thomas.

Best wishes at Christmas to our readers, our contributors and all rail staff of North Wales.

Llangollen Santa Specials

GWR 2-8-0 3802 with the 2.30pm 'Santa Special' from Llangollen approaches Glyndyfrdwy on 22 December. Picture by Jim Ikin.

2-6-2T 5199 passes Berwyn with the 3.30pm (Jim Ikin).

The penultimate train of the season seen at Carrog as 5199 rolled into 'Lapland' where Santa's sleigh awaited (George Jones).

The final train of the Santa season was the 14:30 off Llangollen on Christmas Eve seen beyond Berwyn with 3802 (George Jones).

Picture by George Jones.

Rostered for the 'Mince Pie Specials' starting on Boxing Day is Standard Tank 80072 which will also be active during the 'Winter Warmer' event on 28/29 December.

Festive Frolic

Pathfinder Tours' 'Festive Frolic' railtour on 22 December started from Eastleigh and headed for Birmingham International followed the following itinerary designed for the 'track-basher':  Aston - Bescot Downside (rev) - Perry Barr / Soho Jns - via Down Soho Goods Loop - Down Stour Goods Loop - Monmore Green Junction to Wolverhampton Logistics Centre (rev) - Up Stour Goods Loop - Soho Junctions -Down Perry Barr Goods Loop - Bescot - Portobello Junction - Wolverhampton - Oxley Down Goods Loop - Cosford Down Goods Loop - Wellington - Shrewsbury Down Main - Wrexham - Gresford - Chester (break) - Crewe area (via Up Chester Independent - Up Independent - Basford Hall) - Stafford - Rugeley - Walsall - Dudley Run Round Sidings (rev) - Walsall - Sutton Park - Castle Bromwich Jn - Up Derby Goods - Washwood Heath Yard - Down Derby Goods - Camp Hill - Lifford Curve - Birmingham New St.

From Shrewsbury to Chester traction was 56 105 - seen at Wrexham (above) by George Jones ... 

... and 66 075 on the rear.

Steam Miscellany

'Double Heading' home for Christmas.  37 516 Loch Laidon and 'Black 5'  44871 working West Coast Railways empty coaching stock from Southall back to Carnforth on 22 December, seen approaching Crewe at Basford Hall Junction. Picture by Robert Meredith. 44871 has recently been hauling a number of 'Cathedrals Express' steam excursions from London to various capital cities, and also visited the Swanage Railway for the Autumn Steam Gala while based at Southall depot. At Crewe station the engines separated with 37 516 continuing onto Carnforth with the coaches, while 44871 and support coach headed back home to the East Lancashire Railway.

60103 Flying Scotsman crosses Whalley Viaduct on the Clitheroe line with a Manchester Victoria - Carlisle charter, 22 December (Greg Mape).

Northern Belle

On Tuesday 18 December, 57 313 heads a Coventry - Chester Northern Belle excursion pas Balderton Crossing between Wrexham and Chester. 57 314 was on the rear (Bob Greenhalgh).

On Saturday 21 December, the luxury train was in action again as train 1Z30 'Northern Belle', 11:11 Liverpool Lime Street - Holyhead, passing Bangor at 13:44, 57 314 leading ...

... 57 313 on the tail. Readers will recall that both these locos were once common in North Wales as power for the 'Premier Express' service. Pictures by Jim Johnson.

Ancient and Modern - with George Jones

175 003, the first two-car 175 in the TfW livery, seen on 18 December working the 09:21 from Cardiff to Holyhead, 'right time' 11:43 at Gobowen. The Italianate station building in the background awaits attention to the roof and the replacement of the cement rendering when restoration gets underway, with parts of the premises still available to let.

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