11 May 2020
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Saturday 27 June Steam at Chester The Cheshireman
(Railway Touring Company). 60163 London
Euston - Chester and return.
Sunday 19 July Steam on the Coast North Wales Coast
Express (Railway Touring Company) Liverpool -
Manchester - Holyhead (15:05 - 17:40).
Tuesday 21 July Steam on the Coast The Welsh
Mountaineer (Railway Touring Company) Preston - Blaenau
Ffestiniog and return
Saturday 5 September Steam at Chester 'The
Cheshireman' (Railway Touring Company). Norwich to Chester.
Loco 6233 for part of the journey.
On 11 May 2002, 47 635 passes Gwrych Castle
with train 1A63, 13:35 Holyhead to London Euston. Picture by
all the contributions; we'll need an extra issue on Friday
morning yet again! - Charlie
May 2009 - pictures by Tim Rogers
A portrait of Penyfford signalbox, 6 May 2009. This is
a post-nationalisation London Midland Region 'Type 15' box;
it was built in 1972, reportedly using parts from a
redundant similar box elsewhere, and has 25
levers. The colour scheme appears to be based on
thst used by the former LMS railway.
Still in use today and controlling the nearby cement
sidings, it is one of a declining number of this type,
although the large version at Llandudno Junction, the last
one to be built, appears to have a long future ahead of it.
On the same day, 67 029 Royal Diamond
approaches Penyffordd with 5X68 08:06 Warrington
Arpley to Birkenhead working: barrier coach ADB975978,
Merseyside EMU Class 507, 507 020 returning from
overhaul, barrier coach ADB975974.
150 253 calls with 2F70 11:32 Wrexham Central to
The footbridge on the approach to Shotton Low Level is under
repair on 6 May 2009 as 66 418 and 66
429 pass Shotton Level with two flask wagons for
and 550028. Today, 66 418 works for Freightliner and is that
company's 'Remembrance' loco, named Patriot - In Memory
of Fallen Railway Employees.
From Dave Sallery's archive
37 515 on the acetic acid tanks from Mostyn to Hull
Saltend, 25 April 1996.
37 605 and 37 609 on the Three Peaks
Challenge, 15 June 2017.
Newly-rebuilt 37 698 on test, with a 33 as
'insurance', 12 February 1986.
47 007 on ballast from Penmaenmawr, 20 March 1990.,
formed of a mixture of 'catfish' and 'dogfish' wagons in the
coding system used by the engineers. On the skyline,
Connah's Quay power station, built in 1953-57, closed in
1984 and demolished in 1992, and replaced by the present
gas-fired station. Coal supplies came by train by a
short trip from the nearby Point of Ayr colliery.
The Storm of 1990 - by Peter Hanahoe
This is a very wet Mostyn taken just after the storm and
flood that hit North Wales on the morning of 26 February
1990. Towyn and Kinmel Bay were particularly badly hit
and were a disaster area. Other places were affected
and as you can see here, most of the sea wall was taken out
between here and Point of Ayr. It would seem that
"Catfish", "Dogfish" and a "Shark" were well suited to this
stretch of line on this day. It wasn't moving when I
took this but there is someone waving from the 'Shark brake
van trying to get the driver's attention. I am fairly
certain that at this time there was a 2-car DMU shuttle
working between Chester and Rhyl. I would love to know
if anyone can confirm that.
Class 31s galore part 1 - Pictures by Ken Robinson
Two Class 31 double-headers from the period when bogie
ballast hoppers rather than the old four-wheeled ones were
taking over the Penmaenmawr quarry trains. Taken on a
very warm 2 August 1995, 31 200 (in the livery
intended for locos in nuclear flask traffic) and 31 328
get going from Penmaenmawr past Dwygyfylchi with a ballast
31 307 and 31 327 enter the yard at Llandudno
Junction with a well-loaded ballast working from Penmaenmawr
on 2 September 1994.
The Manchester Navigator
Something out of the ordinary. Elaine Ashdown has sent us
these images taken by her lare father Roy Ashdown who
travelled on the Manchester Navigator railtour which took
place on 22nd June 1974, organised by the Manchester
University Transport Society. They started and ended
at Trafford Wharf and covered a fair amount of the ship
canal railway's network on both sides of the canal and as
far west as Partington.
The information sheet states that the Manchester Ship Canal
had 24 engines of various types at this time, but at least
three of them lived at Ellesmere Port. The ones shown above
are at 'Mode Wheel Shops' where there was a visit and lunch
Passengers were carried standing in open wagons hauled by
The swing bridge over the canal, which as part of the
Salford Quays re-development was removed to form a foot
crossing across the former No.9 dock.
Class 31s galore, pt. 2 - by Trefor Thompson
31 432 on an Up passenger, August 1993.
31 270 (another 'flask' loco) brings at train of
long-welded rail through Chester, September 1993.
A Class 31/4 (which?) in Regional Railways livery on an Up
passenger, formed mostly on ex-Network South East coaches,
running into Prestatyn station, September 1993.
'No-heat' 31 142 in engineers' livery on a Bangor to
Crewe service passes Holywell Junction, 4 July 1995.
31 159 and 31 235 head ballast empties at
Holywell Junction, 4 July 1995.
Some more steam specials - by David Pool
My previous Steam Specials images referred to 35028
Clan Line sharing Railtour duties with 6000 King
George V on 26 April 1975. The Northbound
Merchant Navy Locomotive Preservation Society’s train is
about to leave Ruabon after a photo stop.
Not in North Wales, but at least this is on the main line
from North Wales to Manchester. There can never have
been a train quite like this at Eccles. On 14
September 1980 the Liverpool and Manchester Railway’s Lion
was permitted to work between Eccles and Manchester
Liverpool Road, with three contemporary coaches for invited
guests, in conjunction with the BR Anniversary Special on
the same date.
It was always difficult to get a photo at Saltney Junction,
since the sun would be in the wrong place or everything was
in shadow. On 2 July 1989 34027 Taw Valley
was working the returning North Wales Coast Express, and the
evening sun gives just enough light on the train.
60532 Blue Peter was not often seen in the
North West. On 29 March 1997 it was substituting for
70000 Britannia on 'The Overlander' Railtour from
Cleethorpes to Chester, with a Centenary Special headboard,
and having no difficulty with the gradient at Hargrave.
The Mighty Mogul LMS 2968 is storming through
Abergele and Pensarn with the Ynys Mon Express from Euston
to Holyhead on19 October 1997, having come on at
Crewe. The spectators on the platform are suitably
I remember seeing some locomotives in BR blue in the 1950s,
but never a Merchant Navy, so the repainted 35005 Canadian
Pacific had to be photographed. I doubt it was
ever in blue in BR days, and certainly not after it was
rebuilt. 35005 is getting away from Holyhead on 20 June 1999
with the Ynys Mon Express.
The footbridge beyond Rhyl station is a brilliant vantage
point, although it tends to bounce if overweight pedestrians
are using it. Jubilee 5690 Leander in
maroon is acceptable for the Irish Mail headboard, if not
authentic, on 3 September 2005, but the chocolate and cream
Mk1 coaches from Tyseley are a little out of place in LMS
When I photographed 44871 on the '15 Guinea
Special' at Ribblehead in 1968, I could not have
imagined that I would see it again on the Briwet Bridge
forty-two years later! 44871 is on 1J77, the 10:05 from
Machynlleth to Pwllheli, on 28 July 2010, being overtaken by
the cars on the bridge.
The view from Station Cottage (part 1) - by Graham
Some photos from my days when I lived at Station Cottage,
alongside the level crossing at Baschurch. Above, 31 289
and 12 coaches form a Liverpool to Poole train on
5 May 1988 during diversions for engineering work at Crewe.
20 224 and another on Tunnel Cement wagons for
Penyffordd on 15 July 1988.
20s on the Tunnel Cement, 31 187 and 37
430 Cwmbran (we think) on engineers trains in
the loop, March 1988.
Sunshine on the Cambrian Coast - pictures by Ben Bucki
Ben writes: 'I was having a look back through some old
photographs, and came across some folders of Cambrian Coast
shots. I know the coast line hasn't changed much in the last
decade beyond the colours of the endless procession of
158's, but at least the sky is blue and the sun was out
... a nice reminder of happier times. Above, 158
841 departs from Barmouth ...
... and heads through the sand towards Barmouth
bridge. 1 June 2016.
Class 158 and Criccieth castle. 28 July 2015. [Yes, we
know these are' post-2010' but we like them.]
158 818 near the site of Black Rock Halt between
Porthmadog and Criccieth. 28 July 2015.
97 303 pauses at Porthmadog, 19 August 2014. Is
the painting of Forth William still there?
7 August 2007: 76079 crosses the Glaslyn bridge
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