Rheilffordd arfordir gogledd Cymru: Hysbysfwrdd

29 April 2019

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Forthcoming events

May 2019

Saturday 4 May Steam on the Coast: Vintage Trains: Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza  -  Dorridge - Llandudno  7029: Dorridge - Wolverhampton - Llandudno and return

Saturday 4 May Steam on the Coast: A1 Steam Trust: 'The Ynys Mon Express'  60163: Leicester-Holyhead-Crewe

Tuesday 14 May
North Wales Railway Circle AGM and Members' Photo. Competition.  Note change of date.

June 2019

Tuesday 6 June  Steam on the Coast: West Coast Railways: London Euston - Holyhead
Steam  Crewe-Holyhead and return

July 2019

Sunday 21 July  Steam on the Coast: West Coast Railways. Liverpool-Holyhead.   45690: Liverpool - Chester - Llandudno Jn - Holyhead - Chester

Tuesday 23 July:  Steam on the Coast: West Coast Railways, Welsh Mountaineer: Liverpool-Holyhead  Preston-Blaenau Ffestiniog  48151 or 45600: Preston-Manchester-Chester-Llandudno Jn-Blaenau and return

August 2019

Saturday 3 August Steam on the Coast: UK Railtours, 'The Irish Mail' London Euston - Holyhead
34046, 46100 or 70000 Crewe - Holyhead and return

175 009 calls at Flint on 13 April working 1H91 15:44 Llandudno to Manchester Airport. Picture by Tim Rogers.

A brief version this week, due to holiday.  Keep the contributions coming. - Charlie

Double-headed test

45231 The Sherwood Forester and 34052  Lord Dowding pass Wrexham General with Locomotive Services 12:32 Coton Hill T.C. to Crewe H.S. test run, tailed by 47 614.  Picture by John Cowlishaw who writes: ' The train made an impressive sight speeding through the station; an unusual combination of power possibly never seen before.  I was with the company of three other photographers and was pleased to note that their combined age did not exceed mine -  there are a lot more youngsters around than we might think.'

Passing Balderton Crossing (Bob Greenhalgh).

WHHR and WHR - report by Jim Ikin

On the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway at Porthmadog:  Ruston & Hornsby Number 1 Glaslyn being passed by  158 819 on the Cambrian Coast line.

In the museum, 0-4-2T  Karen, built in 1942 by Peckett of Bristol for the Selukwe Peak Light Railway in Rhodesia.

Built at the 23rd August Works in Bucharest, diesel Lyd2-58.

Looking in 'ex works' condition, Gelert, built in 1953 by Bagnall for the Rustenberg Platinum Mines in South Africa.

On to big brother, the Welsh Highland Railway. After going up to Beddgelert, Garratt 138  takes water ...

 ... whilst up on the hills behind, fire rages .

Up near Rhyd Ddu a search and rescue helicopter hovers near Snowdon. Looking very carefully, a train can be seen in the Snowdon Mountain Railway station, and to the far left a long procession of people is making its way upward.

Back at Porthmadog Ffestiniog Railway Blanche and Linda pose before heading off to Boston Lodge shed.

Freight moves

John Cowlishaw writes: 'For some time there have been a series of light engine workings from Bescot/Shrewsbury  to Dee Marsh as STP (Short Term Plans) on Real Time Trains most days, albeit they have not worked all the days scheduled nor all of the workings.  However curiosity became too much on 23 April so I went to a vantage point north of Gwersyllt to see DB 66 056 (above) travelling northbound.   The loco appeared to be undertaking route learning, possibly in connection with the expected traffic from Penyffordd Cement.'

Also on RTT was a light engine movement from Basford Hall to Dee Marsh which produced Freightliner’s 66 621, 14 minutes later.  This engine then took forward the 09:30 ‘empty’ coils train about 45 minutes late in the absence of a loco being available from the cancelled morning coils (John Cowlishaw). 

On 25 April, Colas 70 801 passes Green Lane crossing with the Carlisle - Chirk logs (Bob Greenhalgh).

Northenden Junction - with Greg Mape

A selection from Northenden Junction on 23 April  around 11am. Above,  the 10:41 Manchester Piccadilly - Chester, formed of newly-refurbished ex-Great Western unit 150 120, passes while Freightliner 66 617 waits for a path to leave the single line from Hazel Grove with the 09:51 Tunstead to  Garston stone train. In the background is Northenden refuse transfer station which sees a daily train to Runcorn Folly Lane.

66 617 has crossed the junction and  about to negotiate the crossover on to the Altrincham-bound line. 

The view towards Skelton Junction and Altrincham as 2H38, the 10:02 Chester - Manchester,  passes the signalbox. 142 046, like all other 'Pacers' is scheduled for withdrawal by the end of 2019.

Northenden Junction signalbox, built for the Cheshire Lines Committee at a date which our reference books are unable to provide, is one of the more unusual boxes still in use on the network, built extremely tall to allow a view over the adjacent road bridge.

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