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
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
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
Tuesday 5 March North
Wales Railway Circle 'Next Train's Gone!'..Humph
Davies with an illustrated historical survey of the route of
the North Wales Narrow Gauge Railway & Successors, Part
1. Caernarfon -Rhyd Ddu.
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
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
Seen from a low viewpoint adjacent to Maude Street foot
crossing, Connah's Quay, 221 109Marco
Polo and another 221 are the 13:58 Holyhead to London
Euston, 18 January. Picture by Tim Rogers.
De-fuelling of the Wylfa reactors appears to be
keeping to the target of seven flasks per week mentioned by
the management as quotes in our last issue.
The train to Crewe ran three times in the last week, on
Monday 14 , Wednesday 16 and Friday 18 January. Above,
Wednesday's train heads east through Bagillt with 68
018Vigilant and 68 034 in charge ...
... of two FNA wagons, 550035 and 550029 (Tim Rogers).
Friday 18 January saw the train loaded to three wagons
(550041, 550034, and 11 70 9229 003-2, as seen
from Maude Street foot crossing in Connah's Quay. The same
two 68s were used, but in reverse order.
Since the last issue it has been announced that a
construction of new nuclear power station known as 'Wylfa
Newydd' which was to have been built in land
adjacent to the original, may now be going ahead, as
Japanese company Hitachi announced that they were
'suspending' work, apparently because they have not reached
a suitable deal with the Government. The sister
station to be build at Oldbury in Gloucestershire is also
now on hold.
The Government minister responsible for energy told The
Guardian that their offer 'included providing a debt
facility for the project, taking a one third stake and a
guaranteed price of power up to £75 per megawatt hour for 35
years. The [current] wholesale price is about £50 per MWh.'
It now seems unlikely that either station will be built,
resulting, among other bad consequences, in the loss
of 400 jobs at Hitachi subsidiary Horizon Energy in
Gloucester, responsible for the design
work. On the other had, not everyone wants more
nuclear power - the supporters of the 'people against Wylfa B'
campaign will be pleased to hear the news.
Elsewhere, flask trains continue to run from Bridgwater to
Crewe with flasks from Hinkley Point in Somerset. Richard
Putley photographed 68 016Fearless and 68
017Hornet passing through Bristol
Temple Meads station on 18 January. (On Monday 21 January
this pair worked the Valley train.) There are two stations
at: Hinkley Point A, which was of the same vintage as
Wylfa, and closed down in 2000, and B which is a more modern
station still in operation. A new station - C, which
is under construction amid considerable controversy about
the cost and environmental consequences. Another
project, in which Toshiba was to build a new station at
Moorside in Cumbria, has recently been cancelled.
Port Penrhyn - report by Jim Johnson
More ornamental slate was loaded from Port Penrhyn, Bangor
into the Dutch-registered ship Eems Servant ...
... which docked on the morning tide of Saturday
The Penrhyn Railway loco and carriage sheds, abandoned
when the railway closed in the 1960s, still survive on
the quay, now in industrial use. The view above shows
the loco shed on the right, and the somewhat forlorn-looking
carriage shed on the left.
The carriage shed.
A close-up shows the the original fretwork on the
carriage shed, a lot of which has disappeared.
Llandudno Junction question
Here's one for the historical scholars. An email from a
reader asks: ''I have searched the standard texts to find an
opening date for the curve from the Conway and Llanrwst line
near Ynysfawr to the Chester and Holyhead line
near Glan-morfa at Llandudno Junction. This curve is not
shown on the 6" Caernarvonshire 5 sheet surveyed in 1875-78
but is shown on the revised edition of 1898-99. I have
failed to find any mention of this curve which I find
surprising; of course I may simply have missed it in the
standard works. I should appreciate any help or information
your readers could offer.'
Out and About - pictures by Martin Evans
On 15 January Transport for Wales 175 007 approaches
Gobowen with a Holyhead to Llanelli service at 12:50 on 15
West Midlands Railway 170 633 departs
Shrewsbury with a service for Birmingham New Street at 11:50
on 15 January.
A convoy of five locos worked from Crewe Electric Traction
Maintenance Depot to Warrington Arpley on 21 January hauled
by 67 004...
... hauling 67 012, 66 097,
66 177 and 66 199, shown departing Crewe at
57 309Pride of Crewe was on
New Year at Corwen - report by George Jones
Into a new year and work continues at Corwen Central on the
Llangollen Railway with the current effort
concentrated on the base for the island platform waiting
room. To allow for the eventual paving of the area to take
place, it has been necessary for project volunteers to build
the footings for the waiting room and toilet block on the
previously installed foundations and pipework. As of 5
January the base area, comprising beams and blocks, was on
the way to completion as seen above.
Completion of the building will follow once the station is
open on a date to be announced in 2019.
Further work on the platform subway is a priority with the
need for the foundations for the canopy columns to be
prepared around it. This has seen scaffolding installed in
the staircase to allow for specialists to drill the wall to
fix saddles to support the columns. The installation of a
chair lift will follow and the area will be fenced with
heritage railings now being prepared for fitting, the
temporary wooden fencing having been mostly dispensed with.
With all this work underway, the completion of the island
platform wall and loop line ( as mentioned in NWCR
previously) focuses attention on the infamous gap in the
embankment. With the prospects of restating the embankment
drawing near, the estimated importation of spoil comes with
a cost in the order of £10k. To illustrate the size of
the problem area, volunteers joined hands before Christmas
to show the cross section of the gap, about 22 yards, of
varying depth, against a length of 150 yards.
Donations towards meeting the cost of this work are being
sought by the Corwen Central Railway Development (CCRD) c/o
Paul Bailey, Dolwen, Bryn Eglwys, Corwen LL21 9LY.
On 2 October 1955, the
RCTS 'North Wales Railtour'. Corwen hauled by ex-LMS
2-6-4T 42461. Picture by H.D.Bowtell, from the Manchester Locomotive
Society collection. All the structures form a
classic Great Western station, at which LMS trains from
the North were guests.
On 3 June 2007, 67 004 calls at Rannoch with the
evening sleeper service to London Euston, which it hauled
as far as Edinburgh (Charlie Hulme). The loco was a
regular performer on this train, being equipped for use on
the West Highland. A decade later it gained the
livery of the new Caledonian Sleeper franchise, but not
long afterwards the haulage contract passed to GBRf, and
Rannoch now sees Class 73 electro-diesels, originally
built for use at the opposite end of Britain.
Soon to pass into history is the use of Class 43 HSTs on
Great Western's London expresses, replaced by new IET units.
Awaiting departure at Briston Temple Meads was an HST
with 43 188The Welshman leading,
forming the the 12:30 departure to Paddington (Richard
In the same threatened category are Northern's Class 142
'Pacer' trains, although plans for their phasing-out to
begin in 2019 seem to have been a little premature. Greg
Mape captured this pair on 31 December crossing Marple
Viaduct, built in 1863, as seen from the Peak Forest Canal
aqueduct, completed in 1799.