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21 October 2019
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Saturday 2 November Stephenson
Locomotive Society. Manchester Centre. Geoff
5 November North
Wales Railway Circle Dave Rapson. A
digital presentation of all sorts.
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
Tuesday 3 December North Wales Railway Circle Christmas Bash - as usual please bring any items of interest with you.
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
Railway Circle ' Member's
Selections & Christmas Celebrations'
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
Thursday 19 December Steam at Chester Railway
Touring Company 'The Chester Christmas Express'
Stevenage - Chester. Loco 6233.
Tuesday 7 January North Wales
Railway Circle NWRC committee member and
Coast Railway website contributor Peter Basterfield.
Home & Away.
Friday 10 January Clwyd Railway
“Railways Around Holywell Part 1' Ray Bailey
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
Tuesday 4 February North Wales Railway Circle Robin Humphrey-Davies ('Humph'). The route of the Welsh Highland Railway, Part 2, Rhyd Ddu to Porthmadog.
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.
'Rheilffordd Talyllyn Railway' David Murphy
13 February Llandudno
and Conwy Valley Railway Society
Llangollen Railway Dave
Friday 6 March Clwyd Railway Circle Annual General Meeting - followed by a Film Show
12 March Llandudno
and Conwy Valley Railway Society plan
to have a visit from a representative from
Transport for Wales. More details later
Tuesday 3 March North Wales Railway Circle Barry Wynne and Steve Morris. Another show from Barry's superb collection.
Monday 16 March RCTS Chester "The Lever Brothers Railways Of Port Sunlight" Mike Lister Telling the story of Levers’ railways. The soap factory was constructed in 1888 and its railways covered 54 track miles and the talk will describe the railway within the soap factory and other factories at Bromborough.
Saturday 21 March Stephenson
Locomotive Society. Manchester Centre.
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.
9 April Llandudno
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..
Tuesday 12 May North Wales Railway Circle AGM and Photo Competition.
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)
150 208 calls at Rhyl with the 14:36 Manchester Airport - Llandudno on 17 October. Picture by Terry Mart. Class 150s seems to be appearing on long-distance workings rather too often recently.
Class 20s in Cheshire
An unusual event on 18 October was the light-engine movement of two Class 20 locos (20 132 and 20 118) from the location north of Stoke-on-Trent known to the railway as 'Pinnox Branch Esso Sidings' via Stoke Sidewall Loop (reverse), Crewe, Latchford Sidings (reverse) and Helsby to Ellesmere Port Manisty Wharf, where the wagons previously used for traffic from the Ford plant at Bridgend are in store. Bob Greenhalgh photographed the locos on the outward run at Ince and Elton station.
They returned from Ellesmere Port as 6Z71 after a short time, hauling one of the permanently-coupled pairs of Cargowaggon ferry vans, heading for another reversal at Latchford on the way to Garston, near Liverpool. Above, pausing at Helsby station ...
... and departs. The locos are from the Harry Needle Railroad Company fleet. Perhaps the wagons are being tried out for some new freight flow (Peter Laithwaite).
Having run around at Latchford Sidings 20 132 now leads 20 118 and passes Fiddlers Ferry Yacht Haven (Peter Laithwaite).
Any Colour you like ... as long as it's blue
Richard Hobbs, son of our much-missed contributor John Hobbs, writes: 'One of my friends, Richard Harper (who dad also knew and got on well with), has written a new book which might interest readers: Any Colour You Like' ….(As long as it's blue) about BR in the 1970s (see www.railbluebooks.co.uk).
'Richard and I spent a happy day reviewing and scanning a number of Dad's slides from the 70's to assist in illustrating the text. As a result, there's a number of North Wales coast & Cambrian photos in the book - in the 1970s Dad was a lift and crane engineer in North Wales and spent many happy lunchtimes eating his butties at the lineside. We were keen to look for the ordinary (rather than the out of the ordinary!) to illustrate some of the points Richard was looking to make. Clearly there's plenty of other photographers material in the book as well. By way of an appetiser, here is an absolute corker at Dyserth in 1970.'
[Can anyone identify the loco?]
A visit to Cardiff - with Martin Evans
DB Cargo 66 199 waits for the road at Cardiff Central with a Margam steel service from Llanwern at 12:20.
A sight soon (?) to disappear: 'Pacer' 143 624 departs Cardiff Central with a service for Merthyr Tydfil at 12:25.
DB Cargo 66 125 brings the 6M86 Margam to Dee Marsh steel coil service through Cardiff Central.
DB Cargo 66 161 brings up the rear of the Margam To Margam Rail Head Treatment Train service, covered gunge as these water-jet trains always are) on its return to Margam, passing through Cardiff Central.
RHTT ... but not as we know it
Bob Greenhalgh visited Ince and Elton station on the Helsby to Hooton line to photograph the MPV DR98902 / 98952 used on RHTT duties. A bit different to 56s and 97s.
Mix-and-Match - from Dave Sallery's archive
A 158 coach coupled to a 156 coach at Prestatyn - what's going on? Unlike the earlier 150s and 156 which had traditional brakes acting on the wheel rims, the Class 158s have disc brakes which act on the face of the wheel. When 158s first appeared, there were problems in the leaf-fall season, as crushed leaves adhered to the wheel tread, leading to cases of them being unable to carry the current between the rails which is essential for the train to be 'seen' by the track-circuits which prevent signals being cleared if a train is in section.
As a temporary solution, in October 1992 three 2-car 158s from the batch used for trans-Pennine services, some of which extended to North Wales at the period were split, and merged with three Class 156 sets to for six 'hybrid' units. Normality was restored in December 1992 and 'scrubber blocks' later designed to keep the wheel treads clean. (are these blocks still used today?)
Thanks are due to the '156 Super Sprinter Web Site' which appeared around the time our site was being created in the 1990s, and although not updated since 2008, still survives on line. Who remembers the 'Madasafish' Web hosting company?
Heart of Wales Line 150 - book review
Llangollen by Night - pictures by Gary Thomas
Classes 31, 25 and 47 were on show during an East Midlands Railway Photography Society (EMRPS) night photography charter on Saturday 12 October.
31 271 on freight ...
... Visitor D7535 ...
... 1566 ...
... and Foxcote Manor on the 8pm service train.
A Tim Rogers selection
9 October, Sandycroft. 175 113 is 1H88 12:54 Llandudno Junction to Manchester Airport
56 090, FEA 642027, 642045, FEA 642016, 56096 on 3S71 21:20 Rail Head Treatment Train Shrewsbury Coleham to Shrewsbury Coleham via Welshpool, Shrewsbury, Wrexham, Bidston, Wrexham, Shrewsbury, Crewe, Holyhead & Crewe.
10 October, Maude St. foot crossing, Connah's Quay. 175 114 1H88 12:54 Llandudno Junction to Manchester Airport.
150 259 1D13 11:10 Birmingham International to Holyhead.
RHTT in action.
18 October, Mostyn. 67 010 propelling 1H89 13:07 Holyhead to Manchester Piccadilly.
150 241 1D37 12:36 Manchester Airport to Llandudno
153 312 is 5T51 12:30 Llandudno Junction to Chester, driver training.
56 113 in place of 56 096 on the RHTT. Wagons 642027, 642045, 642016.
19 October, Shotton. 150 208 2J53 08:31 Bidston to Wrexham Central
56 090 and Chester signal CR 212.
19 October, Flint. 221 101 101 Squadron . 1D88 14:10 London Euston to Holyhead
175 009 & 175 107. 1H91 15:44 Llandudno to Manchester Airport.
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