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10 September 2019
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Thursday 12 September Llandudno
and Conwy Valley Railway Society 'Roaming the
Rails'. Larry Davies
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.
10 October Llandudno
and Conwy Valley Railway Society End of
the Lines: A tour of railway terminals. John Cowlishaw.
Saturday 12 October Steam at Chester. Vintage
Trains 'Cheshire Venturer' Dorridge - Chester.
Saturday 12 October UK
Railtours The Snowdon Panorama (diesel) London -
Monday 21 October RCTS
Chester "South Wales Railways since the 1970s "
Stuart Warr. Stuart from Cardiff will look back at the
changing face of railways across South Wales since 1973,
featuring steam and diesels working all manner of services
with a few rare views.
Friday 8 November Steam on the Coast Railway
Touring Company North Wales Coast Express
London - Holyhead, Flying Scotsman Crewe - Holyhead -
Thursday 14 November Llandudno and Conwy Valley Railway Society Railway Signalling Gareth Parry
Monday 18 November RCTS
Chester "Railway Safety" David Maidment. David
Maidment will discuss the change in railway safety
management systems and safety culture from his experience
in South Wales in the 1960s, as Regional Operating Manager
of the LMR in the 1980s. Also as Head of Safety
Policy at the BR Headquarters in the 1990s
Wednesday 4 December RCTS
Liverpool "Liverpool And Its Railways " John Ryan. A
look at the varied railways of Liverpool and its
surrounding over many decades by former British Rail civil
Thursday 12 December Llandudno and Conwy Valley Railway Society A railway pictorial of steam Barry Wynne (Special Christmas meeting with quiz)
Saturday 14 December Steam at Chester UK
Railtours 'The Christmas Chester Chuffer' London -
Chester. Steam Bescot - Chester - Crewe.
Monday 16 December RCTS
Chester "1960s Southern Branch Lines" David
Miller. A 1960s archive of black and white photographs
mainly of Southern branches but also from further north,
with some interesting diversions. Images never seen
Thursday 19 December Steam at Chester Railway
Touring Company 'The Chester Christmas Express'
Stevenage - Chester. Loco 6233.
Monday 20 January RCTS
Chester AGM followed by "The Ffestiniog
Railway" Geoff Coward. After 20.15 hrs Geoff will take a
look at the steam loco’s of the Ffestiniog Railway, past
present and future. Then a trip along the line from
Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog, looking at each station,
maintenance facility and scenery
Wednesday 5 February RCTS
Liverpool "The Black & White Collection Of Bill
Ashcroft " John Sloane. Bill Ashcroft was a well-known
name in Lancashire steam railway circles and John Sloane
from Wigan will present some of his large collection of
monochrome pictures from the steam era.
13 February Llandudno
and Conwy Valley Railway Society
Llangollen Railway Dave
12 March Llandudno
and Conwy Valley Railway Society plan
to have a visit from a representative from
Transport for Wales. More details later
Saturday 21 March Stephenson
Locomotive Society. Manchester Centre. Melvyn
Wednesday 1 April RCTS Liverpool "L&Y Engines At Work" Paul Shackcloth. Paul Shackcloth is the photographic historian for the Manchester Locomotive Society who have a large collection. This talk will show Lanky locomotives at work over the whole of the ex-L&Y network, including Liverpool Exchange.
and Conwy Valley Railway Society Trams
in Llandudno (Including L & CBER and Great Orme
Tramway) John Davies
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..
Thursday 14 May Llandudno and Conwy Valley Railway Society Evening Train Trip to Betws-y-Coed, where we will spend an hour in the Gwydyr. (Times will be confirmed later)
67 010 calls at Llandudno Junction with the 09:53 Manchester - Holyhead on 6 September. Picture by Tim Rogers: for a bumper selection of Tim's Coast views, see our 9 September special.
Roaming the Rails
On Thursday 12 September the Llandudno and Conwy Valley Railway Society welcome Larry Davies, a long-time supporter of our website and former Community Rail Officer, who will present an illustrated talk 'Roaming the Rails'. The venue is The Sport and Social Club, off Victoria Drive, Llandudno Junction starting at 19:30; visitors are welcome.
Day of the 'Dog-box'
Transport for Wales is short of of available rolling stock for its South Wales services, and have decided to replace the Class 150 units which currently work the Conwy Valley and Wrexham - Bidston services with Class 153 single-car units, of which additional examples have been obtained from Great Western Railway. On 9 September, ex-GWR unit 153 369 (Still in First Group blue) arrived on the Coast for staff training purposes, and running from Chester to Holyhead and back to Llandudno Junction. 153s have been used on the branches before, but several years have passed since they appeared. They do have 2+2 seating, if rather cramped; no doubt they will be adequate for the Conwy Valley winter.
This only seen as a temporary measure, as the two branches are to be a stamping ground of the Class 230 units, rebuilt from London Underground stock, one of which appears to be under construction. It remains to be seen how they perform on the hills of North Wales; the three which took over the Bletchley - Bedford service earlier this year seem to have been having some teething troubles.
Sunny Porthmadog on 8 September - 158 833 (above) formed the 11:28 Pwllheli-Machynlleth.
TfW-liveried 158826 is seen departing with the 10:10 Machynlleth - Pwllheli .Like last summer, two trains pass at Porthmadog at midday on Sundays - an infrequent occurrence. Pictures by Ken Robinson.
There was "trouble on't line" on 2 September when a Class 97/3 loco heading from Shrewsbury to Tywyn, probably to collect a track machine following engineering work, failed between Talerddig and Machynlleth. To rescue a 97/3 within the Cambrian's 'ERTMS' signalling area, another 97/3 is needed, and the nearest one of the four locos was in Derby, whilst the nearest ERTMS-trained driver was in Shrewsbury ... a replacement coach service was implemented between Machynlleth and Newtown, but unfortunately some passengers were told to alight at Shrewsbury, leading to some angry scenes.
Looking back with Barrie Hughes - Shotton paper mill
Shotton paper mill was built in 1983 on the site of the Shotton steelworks blast furnaces. A branch line led from the former Shotwick Yard into the paper mill which produced newsprint for use at Irvine, Scotland. After the closure of the Mickle Trafford to Hawarden Bridge route on 20 April 1984, loaded log trains from Scotland came via Wrexham (reverse).
56 047 is seen here (photographed, with permission, from Penyffordd signalbox steps) in the short-lived Transrail branding superimposed on BR’s engineering sector ‘Dutch’ livery with a loaded train of OTA wagons on 27 July 1996. The loco lasted until 31/10/2003 and was cut up by Harry Needle just five weeks later.
Another member of the class, 56 033, was named Shotton Paper Mill on 18/12/95. The mill, originally owned by UPM, saw traffic from 1986 but this dwindled away around 2000 with a brief flurry again in 2008-10. It does not currently receive logs by rail despite having a capacity of 260,000 tonnes/annum; a Materials Recovery Facility form domestic refuse has been built alongside the mill, providing some of the input to the paper mill
TfW have introduced the 'Club 50' ticket as successor to Arriva's Club 55 but available to passengers ages 50 and above , travel from until 24 November, return by the eighth day. It is for any return journey on Transport for Wales services, after 0930 Mon to Fri, anytime at weekends, for £29 (no discounts for railcards). Full details are at tfwrail.wales/club50.
The ticked reproduced here was issued to George Jones, who writes: 'A £29 Club 50 ticket as used on 3 September from Wrexham to get to South Wales at Newport on the 09:42. Compared with what I paid in July, this was a saving of £21 on the Anytime fare to Newport at Senior Railcard rate.
'From there on in, my wanderings were catered for a 3 in 7 days Freedom of the South West ticket which can be good value and allows for travel after 0900 across a wide area on trains of your choice.'
Dave Sallery's archive spot - Conwy Valley 47s
47 347 in Railfreight Metals livery was hauling a Pathfinder Tours excursion from Kings Cross, seen at Tal-y-Cafn on 26 June 1993.
47 854 on a return working to Carnforth seen at Betws-y-Coed on 25 June 2005. Wales' only electric railway can be seen on the left.
47 821 Royal Worcester at Dolwyddelan on a NENTA excursion from Norwich, 24 April 1993.
The 'Orange Army' conduit-ing at Pensarn, 2 September (Alan Martin).
On 6 September Locomotive Services Limited Stanier 'Black Five' 45231 The Sherwood Forrester and support coach seen passing the site of the old footbridge and London North Weston Railway Signal Box at Willaston level crossing, Nantwich, on route from Crewe to Shrewsbury where the locomotive was stabled overnight. (Robert Meredith).
The following day the engine worked the Pathfinder Tours 'The Sugar Loaf Mountaineer II' which was steam hauled from Shrewsbury to Carmarthen and return. Martin Cleverley's picture is from 07:18 at Shrewsbury.
To make way for a housing estate, shops 9 (Diesel & Electric loco repairs). 10 (Power unit repairs) and 11 (main machine shop) of Crewe Works being demolished on 7 September. Just power bogie repairs going on now in 5 and 6 shops under Bombardier, just how long for though? (Tony Robinson)
A couple of shots of the return Belmond Pullman empty stock, 5Z24 16:15 Holyhead to
Llandudno Junction, running through Bangor on Friday, 6 September. 57 601 Windsor Castle leading ...
... 57 313 on the tail. This then formed the 1Z25 17:45 return to Lincoln Central (Jim Johnson).
John Wilkinson writes: 'I was very interested in the Notice Board showing the superb working model of 1079 at Llandudno. There is still one piece of this loco still in existence: the only smokebox plate I bought direct from Crewe in 1962/3 was from the same loco, BR number 52119. The pictures shows the plate with a photo above of the loco being cut up.'
A Network Rail train passes Buckley on 3 September, 37 521 on the rear (Bob Greenhalgh). The September issue of Railway Magazine has an article on these trains written by Andrew Royle, former test train operator and occasional advisor to our site.
Ken Robinson writes: 'I visited The Llangollen Railway for a return trip with 31271 on 1 September and thoroughly enjoyed myself. Above, arrival at Carrog with the 10:00 from Llangollen ...
' ... 31 271's visit reminded me of the 31s that we had on the Cambrian Coast on Summer Saturdays in the early 90's. The trains were worked with multiple locos, but on a few occasions it was a single loco like this shot shows, 31 147 taken near Afonwen on 21 June 1992.'
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