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11 January 2021
47 805 calls at Flint with the 10:03 Manchester Piccadilly to Holyhead on 7 July 2005. A Freightliner loco in Virgin livery on an Arriva Trains Wales train formed of British Rail Intercity-liveried coaches (Tim Rogers).
Transport for Wales notes
This week (12-15 January) sees four days (Tuesday - Friday) of class 67/mk4 testing on the Coast as trains 3J91 / 3J92. During these quiet Covid19 times it's actually good to do tests/staff training as stations are nearly deserted meaning people won't try and board the trains!
We've been told that following the scrapping of the Grand Central Blackpool-London services, TfW is considering taking at least two 'extra' mk4 sets, with a possibility of more should Cross Country not be taking any for their proposed replacement of some Voyager services between Birmingham and Edinburgh via Manchester, with mk4s and class 90s. Let's see what pans out in the coming months; these ideas often falter, but it c
It is hoped to get the current three mk4 sets into trafficas son as possible, as leaving them idle has created all kinds of issues, with the main one being damp/water ingress.
The current issue of Today's Railways magazine has an interesting article about the new trains that are on order.
Staniers at 6A - by Peter Neve
Some steam era photographs taken at Chester (6A) motive power depot during the school holidays in 1966 and 1967, with a few notes to accompany each image (largely based on information from the Internet). I hope the current lockdown measures will not continue for too long and we can get back to photographing train movements and, in my case, building a new railway station.
Above: Stanier 'Black 5' 4-6-0 44875 stands in the queue on the coaling road at on 29 March 1967. 44875 was only weeks away from being withdrawn (20 May 1967) and was subsequently cut up at Cohens (Morriston yard) in September of that year. The locomotive had been transferred to Chester from Llandudno Junction (6G) in October 1966 when that shed closed.
Fairburn 2-6-4T 42086 stands at the coaling stage on 6 April 1966 having been busy on the Chester to Birkenhead roster. 42086 was built in 1951 and was initially assigned to Brighton shed. It was withdrawn from traffic on 1 April 1967 and cut up at Cohens (Kettering) in October of that year. In the background is Stanier 'Black 5' 4-6-0 44971, which had been placed in store at Chester following its transfer from Mold Junction (the 6B shed code plate and smokebox numberplate are still both in place). Shortly after this photograph was taken, 44971 was briefly transferred to Llandudno Junction shed, and just before this was closed in October 1966 moved to Shrewsbury. Shrewsbury closed in March 1967 and the engine was transferred to Lostock Hall from where it was withdrawn on 3 August 1968.
A Chester engine for the last three years of its working life, Stanier Black 5 4-6-0 45044 stands waiting to be coaled on 6 April 1966. 45044 was withdrawn from Chester in October 1966 and cut up at Cashmores (Great Bridge yard) in August 1967.
Footnote: Fairburn 2-6-4 42086 was a regular performer on the Chester to Birkenhead run. Did it ever haul the Paddington to Birkenhead train over the last leg of the journey? I wonder if any of your readers could shed more light on this?
Llangollen Diesel scenes - by Ken Robinson
I remember the class 20s working double headed trains on the Llangollen Railway back in 1999 - their whistling filled the Dee Valley as they made their way up to Glyndyfrdwy and Carrog. Above, 20 020 and 20 042 heading towards Glyndyfrdwy on 4 July 1999.
Another favourite, and very popular diesel on the Llangollen Railway was 37 240. Having arrived looking quite worse for wear in its 'Dutch' livery in the summer of 2002, 37 240 was started up in early 2003 and put into service towards the middle of that year. Attached is a photo of 37 240 noisily departing Berwyn on 19 July 2003. 37 240 left Llangollen for Boden Rail in December 2018.
Problem at Gaerwen, 1985 - by 'Skimpler'
On 31 March I had been on a road bridge just west of Gaerwen 'getting' the Sunday afternoon trains, in the good old days of loco hauled services. It was the first public bridge after Gaerwen, for anyone who know the area, by the up distant signal.
45 026 turned up on what I have recorded as 1A27, what I think was a relief to the boat train but I may be wrong - it would have to have been Easter for an extra train like that, and it was a Peak on Mk1's. If anyone knows better I'd be interested to know. Anyway, the point is it was going very slowly and came to a stand when the train was about half way under the bridge and there it stood for a while with a good number of heads out of the train windows. I hung around for a while to see what happened.
Some time later, one of the coach doors opened towards the back of the train, someone threw a Samsonite case out onto the grass bank and then jumped out after it, leaving someone else to close the door. This man, probably in his 20s, then scrambled along the bank with his case and eventually up over the wall I was watching from. He came straight up to me and asked, "Which way is London?", I pointed up the road towards Gaerwen and said "that way". Off he went.
A while later, 47 608 with train 1A52, Holyhead to London Euston (certain of that one) came creeping up behind the first train and buffered up. I decided to make my way around to Gaerwen to see what would happen next. Once I was in Gaerwen, the two trains came creeping down to the Home signal and stopped. Not long after, 47 591 arrived light from the Bangor direction, probably from Llandudno Junction. It crossed over, collected the dead 45 and dumped it in the Up refuge siding, then attached to the train taking over from the disgraced Peak. The picture shows the scene as it has unfolded. 45 026 in the siding, 47 591 setting off with the train it has just rescued and in the distance is 47 608 with 1A52 which will now have to wait its turn for the Up signal.