Rheilffordd arfordir gogledd Cymru: Hysbysfwrdd

13 January 2020

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Forthcoming events

(see our Calendar page for venues)

January 2020

Monday 20 January RCTS Chester AGM , then John Cashen will do a whistle stop tour throughout Britain of photographs he took in the 1960s and 1970s (Change of speaker)

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.

February 2020

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.

Friday 7 February Clwyd Railway Circle 'Rheilffordd Talyllyn Railway' David Murphy

Thursday 13 February Llandudno and Conwy Valley Railway Society Llangollen Railway Dave Southern

Friday 14 February Altrincham Electric Railway Preservation Society People and Places 4. Images of the pre-1968 steam railway including trains and railway staff, enthusiasts or the general public. a digital presentation by Paul Shackcloth.

Monday 17 February RCTS Chester "The Unknown Warrior – The Patriot Rebuild" John Hastings-Thomson. The LMS Patriot project are rebuilding a Patriot, ‘The Unknown Warrior’ and this presentation will describe the huge amount of work and money involved to build a new steam locomotive.

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.

March 2020
Friday 6 March Clwyd Railway Circle Annual General Meeting - followed by a Film Show

Thursday 12 March Llandudno and Conwy Valley Railway Society plan to have a visit from a representative from Transport for Wales. More details later

Friday 13 March Altrincham Electric Railway Preservation Society Wheels on Reels. Transport Films – taken with a cine camera and shown using a cine projector. Geoff Lomas presents a selection of his Films in the traditional manner.

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. 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.

April 2020

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.

Friday 3 April Altrincham Electric Railway Preservation Society Great Named Trains. (note: first Friday) featuring postcards of named trains and video of the engines which hauled them and survive in preservation. a digital presentation by Society President Nick Dodson

Tuesday 7 April North Wales Railway Circle Richard Sant, Secretary of the LMS Patriot Company. Progress on The Unknown Warrior

Thursday 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.

Monday 20 April RCTS Chester "Another Colourail Journey" Paul Chancellor. A ninth Colour-Rail Journey will again trawl this vast collection of images for both views from across the country and through time, so expect both steam and modern traction to appear with may be the odd bit of infrastructure thrown in for good measure.

May 2020
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)

The curious sight of Pendolino on a single line branch. During engineering works on Sunday 12 January Manchester - London trains were diverted along the Kidsgrove - Crewe line. Picture by Greg Mape.

Peter Basterfield's view

Went out New Years Eve to see if the 1D83 was  still double voyager - it was !

The good news was, it was  a train of two halves! the second half being in 'Avanti' white!
which made the returning 1A48 a 'must do' at Llandygai.

3rd. Jan in Bangor for a different take on the 3Q94 sonic test train,  I had hoped to get a Db Cargo 67 alongside on the 09:50 Manchester - Holyhead loco-hauled service, but it was 175 119 substituting.

A series of views from Warrington Bank Quay on 8 January.  Unusually, 66 167 in the bay waiting to work to Liverpool Euro Metals for a train to Swindon Cocklebury.

The Chirk logs with 70 815.

A new liveried Avanti Pendolino on the 9M59 Glasgow - Euston.

The Liverpool - Drax biomass with 66 744 Crossrail.

From Dave Sallery's archive

The old order on the Flasks. on 21 June, 1991, passenger loco  31 420 helps 31 200 and 31 319 with the nuclear flask train seen near Mostyn which at the time would contain flasks serving  both Trawsfynydd and Wylfa power stations. Note the level of caution taken at the period, with 'barrier wagons' (HEA coal hoppers with their tops removed) around both sections of the train, and a brake van for the guard on the rear.  When Railfreight sectors were created, nuclear flasks were put in the coal sector, whose symbol included four 'black diamonds.'

On 2 August 1995, another Regional Railways 31 passes Mostyn on a 6-coach passenger train; 31s could still be seen on these workings even after 37/4s were drafted in from 1993.

37 430 negotiates the curves on the Cambrian Coast line near Penhelig with a train from London, 17 August 1991.

Out and about, 10 January - with Martin Evans

Colas Track machine DR77901 (above) waits for the road at Shrewsbury having travelled from Honeybourne bound for its eventual destination at Gobowen.

66 053 waits at Crewe with a Warrington Arpley sidings to Stoke Marcroft Engineering trip, on this day comprising bogie bolster wagons which look as though they have been converted for civil engineer's  use in the past.  Perhaps they are to be modified again.

Northern Class CAF unit 195 101 departs Chester at 15:15 bound for Leeds on the new service via Manchester Victoria and the Calder Valley line.

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