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22 July 2019
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Saturday 3 August Steam on the Coast: UK Railtours, 'The Irish Mail' London Euston - Holyhead
34046, 46100 or 70000 Crewe - Holyhead and return
Saturday 5 October Stephenson Locomotive Society. Manchester Centre. Bob Gwynne, Associate Curator, National Railway Museum ‘Snow White to Stephenson’. This is a story about the search for strategic minerals, climate change, religious conflict, immigration, integration and innovation. Overall a very modern story, although this one starts over 400 years ago and from it emerges the technology we call railways.
Saturday 2 November Stephenson Locomotive Society. Manchester Centre. Geoff Stocker
‘Rebuilding the Welsh Highland Railway’ An illustrated presentation of the stage-wise re-construction of the WHR (closed 1936) on the abandoned trackbed, from 1995 to completion in 2010 & subsequent developments - including locos and rolling stock.
Saturday 7 December Stephenson Locomotive Society. Manchester Centre. At Sale United Reformed Church lounge, Montague Road, Sale M33 3BU Including seasonal refreshments!
Owen Russell ‘Memories of the Woodhead Line’ The Woodhead line linked Lancashire, Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and London. As there were shorter routes to London, express trains often comprised only 5 or 6 coaches. The line was a good place to see a variety of GC and, later, LNER engines, which had to work hard on the notorious gradients. Like many steam routes, Woodhead was a line of contrasts.
Saturday 25 January Stephenson Locomotive Society. Manchester Centre. Centre AGM (brief) followed by: Christian Wyatt ‘21st Century signalling Control Centre – The Manchester Rail Operations Centre’ Christian Wyatt, a career railwayman with 38 years’ service, started as a signal box lad at Manchester Victoria and is now Project Operations Interface Manager for the London North Western route. One of his key responsibilities is the development of the Manchester Rail Operations Centre. Christian will describe the MROC from its build in 2012 to its present operational status.
Saturday 22 February Stephenson Locomotive Society. Manchester Centre. Tony Wright
‘Aspects of the Origins & Development of Monorails including Behr, Lartigue and the Manchester to Liverpool Lightning Express Railway’ You may remember Tony’s excellent presentation on Mayfield Station. Don’t miss this intriguing meeting.
Tuesday, 25 February 18:30 Stephenson Locomotive Society. Manchester Centre. Joint meeting with the Newcomen Society, Location to be confirmed. Bob Gwynne, Associate Curator, National Railway Museum ‘Sticking with steam – an examination of why Britain’s railways stuck with steam into the space age’ This talk examines some of the complex history behind moving on from the steam age on Britain’s railways and attempts an answer as to why the UK’s love affair with the steam hasn’t ended.
Saturday 21 March Stephenson Locomotive Society. Manchester Centre. Melvyn Roberts
‘Indian Summer of the Somerset & Dorset Railway’ The S & D was (and still is) many enthusiasts’ favourite cross-country railway. We will hear about its unusual history, but the main feature will be a slide show of its operations in the 1950’s and 1960’s.
Saturday 18 April Stephenson Locomotive Society. Manchester Centre. Tim Owen ‘The activities of the Furness Railway Trust’ The Furness Railway Trust has a collection of six steam locomotives, including Furness Railway No. 20, plus historic carriages. The illustrated talk will cover the work of the Trust over the past 30 years..
67 014 at Prestatyn with the 16:50 Manchester Piccadilly - Llandudno, 18 July. Picture by Dave Sallery.
Time has beaten us again - we'll have an extra issue on Friday evening to catch up: some interesting historical pieces will be included. - Charlie
The Conwy Quest steam special
We now have booking details of the steam special running on Saturday 3 August to celebrate the re-opening of the line to Blaenau Ffestiniog. The 'Conwy Quest' from Chester will be double-headed by 48151 and 46115. The fare for Chester to Blaenau Ffestiniog is £75 return.
To book tickets call 0844 856 0688 (opening times Mon -Fri 0830-1630). Timings are on the TfW website.
Conwy Valley (partial) re-opening - report by Ken Robinson
Passing Llanrwst on Thursday afternoon 18 July, I called at Gogledd Llanrwst North station expecting to see a Class 150 unit there 'waiting time' for the return service to Llandudno, as the line was open again as far as Llanrwst following repairs to extensive flood damage.. There was no train so I guessed the unit was at Llanrwst station, and there it was: 150 284 almost ready to depart Llanrwst with the 15:32 to Llandudno.
The temporary stop block at the southern end of the station.
A 'Road Transport Co-ordinator' on hand to give intending passengers some advice.
Trains return to Llanrwst - video by Eryl Crump
Dolgarrog station problem - report by Geraint Rowlands
The Conwy Valley line's reopened to Llanrwst, but Dolgarrog station remains closed for the time being. I've attached a photo that shows the current state of the station: the platform hasn't been rebuilt yet. The fencing that blocks the platform from the footpath happens to have an info board from the refurbishment of Helsby's footbridge!
The Irish Mail
The Railway Touring Company 'Irish Mail' excursion from Liverpool to Holyhead featured haulage by 45690 Leander, unusually without a diesel on the rear. We pick up the train crossing the Weaver Navigation at Frodsham, with the preserved tug Daniel Adamson moored in the foreground (Ian Pilkington).
Passing Hawarden Airport (Bob Greenhalgh).
Passing the site of Mold Junction loco shed (Ian Pilkington).
Flint (Glyn Jones).
Rhyl (John Myers). John notes: 'As was the case when Princess Elizabeth passed through Rhyl a few weeks ago, the train was slowed and routed through the Down platform road and, from observation, the adjacent through line looks to have seen little recent use.'
Llanfairfechan (Rowan Crawshaw).
Rhosneigr (Peter Basterfield).
Taking water at Holyhead (Peter Basterfield).
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