06 June 2022
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10-11 June Ffestiniog
and Welsh Highland Railways ‘Cwrw ar y
Cledrau’ returns in 2022 with a vibrant mix of Real Ales,
Steam Trains, and Live Music. Regular steam-hauled trains
will also be running throughout the weekend. Updates
will be posted on www.rail-ale.com.
Saturday 2 July Vintage Trains
Cambrian Coast Explorer 2 (Vintage Trains) (diesel)
Stratford-upon -Avon - Aberystwyth and return. Cancelled
2 -3 July Llangollen
Railway Classic Transport Weekend
Sunday 17 July 2022 Railway
Touring Company. Steam The
North Wales Coast Express Liverpool -Holyhead and
Tuesday 19 July Railway
Touring Company. The Welsh
Mountaineer Steam Preston Blaenau
Ffestiniog and return.
30-31 July : Welsh Highland Railway Centenary and
A weekend of heritage trains operating between Dinas and
Rhyd Ddu (as South Snowdon is now known) to celebrate the
reopening of this section of line.
Friday 12 August Pathfinder
Tours Cambrian Coast Express
Cardiff - Pwllheli
Friday 2 September Clwyd Railway Circle: “The Greatest
Railway Builder in the World” A 60 Minute Talk on the Life
and Times of Thomas Brassey by Peter Bolt
3-4 September Llangollen
Railway Diesel Weekend
Saturday 3 September The Cheshireman steam
(6233) Norwich - Chester and return (diesel
Peterborough - Norwich)
Friday 9 September Pathfinder
Tours Cambrian Coast Express. Oxford -
24 September Trailffest Half
Marathon : An Event Train will be provided to take
the competitors from the event centre at Porthmadog to
the start of the race in Tanygrisiau, the cost of which
is included in the entry fee.
Friday 7 October “Fond Memories” A look back over
70 years of Railway interest by Larry Davies
7-9 October: Ffestiniog
and Welsh Highland Railways: Vintage weekend.
8-9 October Llangollen
Railway DMU railcar weekend
Friday 4 November Clwyd Railway Circle: “A trip by
Norwegian Railways to Hell (and back).” Geoff
Railway Ride the Rocket Firework Train
Friday 2 December Clwyd Railway Circle: “Members
Selections & Christmas Celebrations” Members
are invited to give a 15-minute presentation of
their choice (Any format). Contact David Jones
01244 537440 to book a slot.
Calendar page for meeting venues)
North Wales Coast Railway website created and
compiled by Charlie
GB Railfreight 66 734 Platinum Jubilee, the
latest work of the paint shop at Eastleigh, passing
Hereford on the 09:24 Dee Marsh to Margam empty steel train,
4 June. Picture by Richard Putley. (This loco,
an import from the Continent, has been given the number of
the one that derailed and fell down a banking on the West
Highland line in 2012.)
Chester station visit
As part of the Chester Heritage Festival, "A tour of Chester
Station, not just a whistle stop visit. Explore this station
opened in 1848. Look at the historic features of this
impressive station as its story is told."
18th June, 2pm. £5.00 Be
quick to book if interested as places are limited.
On 17 May, West Coast Railways 57 313 Scarborough
Castle hauled 37 706 as the 12:38 Carnforth
Steamtown to Coleham depot, seen passing Sutton Bridge
... and the pair were moved (brushing against the trees) to
a siding, which also housed a defective steel carrier
wagon which had been removed from a train some months ago.
Eventually, on 1 June the pair and the wagon formed the
08:47 from Coleham to Dee Marsh Junction where it was
probably left in the steelworks siding. It was
photographed by Bob Greenhalgh passing
Buckley; 57 313 topped and 37 706 tailed the
A closer view shows that on of the wheelsets are on a
'wheel skate' which allows a vehicle to be moved, at a
very slow speed (class 8 headcode) , with the damaged wheels
supported by the small wheels of the skate. The
movement was scheduled for almost three hours, but actually
took four, with several stops. The locos departed at
13:15 back to Carnforth.
On the same morning the 11:06 Birmingham International -
Holyhead was heavily delayed and eventually cancelled at
Chester, but it's not clear whether the two events are
On 31 May, 6V41 17:08 Penyffordd Cement to Avonmouth Hanson
departed Penyffordd at 17: 07 on time, arriving at Dee
Marsh Reception sidings 27 minutes early to 'run round'. It
departed at 18:26 as soon as 2J71 (17:36 from Bidston to
Wrexham Central, worked by 150 281, still in Arriva blue)
had cleared the section from Shotton to Penyffordd. Worked
by 66 717 Good Old Boy , it approaches
... and passes through Buckley Station (Alastair
With the long welded rail train
GBRf driver Jim Scott writes: The long
welded rail train was mentioned on the site recently:
I worked one to Heswall a few weeks back. These pictures
were all taken from a position of safety. Above, Waiting
Shotwick at 1 am waiting to enter the Possession.
Job done at 4am after offloading 17 rails between Neston and
Heswall in readiness for a big relaying job at the end
On the Narrow Gauge
A beautiful morning on 2 June in Llanberis with Thomas
Bach and Elidir in steam on the Llanberis Lake
Railway - and of course a visit to the National Slate
Museum. 2022 is the fiftieth year of public passenger
services on the line (Jim Ikin).
Lyd in Ffestiniog action at Porthmadog on 29
May. Lyd is a close replica of Lew,
one of the Manning Wardle 2-6-2Ts built for the Lynton
and Barnstaple Railway in Devon, which closed in 1935.
The replica was built by the 762 Club, an organisation set
up to build new locomotives for the revived L&B, who
plan to build four more locos to the same design.
A smaller cousin of Lyd is Yeo, a 12¼ inch gauge
half-size replica which runs on the Fairbourne Railway, as
seen by Martin Evans on 17 May.
Buikt by David Curwen in 1978, the loco originally ran on a
railway in France, the Réseau Guerlédan Chemin de Fer
The 'Beyer Bash' at the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway
took place over the weekend 20-22 May, and Jim Ikin
was there over on the first day. The 'Beyer' refers to
the former Beyer Peacock locomotive works in Manchester, and
this loco (works no. 1827) built in 1879, was the works
shunter, visiting from the Foxfield Railway. A length of
standard-gauge track was provided at Welshpool.
Other Beyer Peacock products on view were Isle of Man
Railway No. 8 Fenella and Steam tram 47 from
Crich Tramway Museum. Originally shipped to Australia, it
proved unsatisfactory and after working in colliery
construction sites returned to Gorton works (Full
story). The Ffestiniog's Garratt K1, the very first
Beyer Garratt loco, was also in attendance.
Shuttle services between Welshpool and Sylfaen were in the
charge of 822 The Earl , like its sister
Countess a Beyer Peacock product, also displayed.
Full line trips took place using loco 2 on loan from
the Zillertalbahn in Austria (above) and German built
Taiwan Sugar Corporation diesel number 17.
A journey from Welshpool behind the Austrian loco was a
superb uphill climb but problems with brickette-type coal
required several stops to build up pressure.
Llandudno Junction scenes
On 30 May, 197 101 arrives at Llandudno Junction
with yet another training run.
67 014 departs on the 16:36 Holyhead - Cardiff ...
... Driving Van Trailer 82229 on the rear. Notice the wooden
fence, perhaps protecting passing Conwy Valley trains from
flying slate chippings?
From Dave Sallery's Archive
31 415 at Rhyl is seen with Great Eastern Railway
saloon No. 1 at Rhyl on 9th September 1990. The
occasion was a visit to North Wales by the Railway Heritage
Trust. The train is about to reverse out of the way into the
47 079 GJ Churchward on Permanant Way duties
at Rhyl, 5 October 1986. A Class 25 is also lurking behind.
This area is now part of the Home Bargains emporium.
97 204 taking a break from working test trains on a
Llandudno - Derby train passing Prestatyn, 24 June
1989. Before transfer to the Railway Technical
Centre fleet to replace a fire-damaged loco 97 203 (ex 31
298), it was numbered 31 326, and later became 31 970.
56 063 in Mostyn yard marshalling bogie bolsters, 3
March 2001. The bolsters carried steel from Redcar to
Northern Ireland which went forward by sea.
Looking Back: Steam, Diesels and Electrics 2004 - by
Some farewells are not quite what they seem. On 30
March 2004 Brush Type 4 47 750 was carrying
the headboard 'BRUSH CREWE - HOLYHEAD FAREWELL'
as it went through Holywell Junction with the 15:27 Crewe to
Holyhead. It may have been thought to be the last
regularly scheduled Class 47 train on the North Wales Coast
line (but it wasn't - see our 29 November
2006 issue) but there were certainly many Class 47s in
preservation and available for further service.
The Class 175s were now familiar in the North West, but I
had not seen any of their faster cousins, the Class 180,
which were being operated by First Great Western. A
day trip to Worcestershire gave me the opportunity to see 180
103 at Norton with the 13:03 Worcester to
Some Railtours and excursions ran on the Merseyrail system,
starting from Hooton. These tended to be rather early
in the morning, but on 24 April 2004 the weather forecast
was encouraging and I was tempted to get up early to see the
07:18 Hooton to Paignton, headed by 67 007.
The sun was just high enough to give a nice shot as the
train approached the Chester avoiding line from North to
Another Railtour which had an early start on that day was
from Skegness, leaving at 06:34 for Bangor. 1Z52 was
top and tailed by 57 601 and 47 854, with 57
601 leading as it passed Mold Junction. The Class 57
was now in West Coast Railways maroon, having lost its
distinctive Porterbook purple livery. The stock appears to
be a mixture of Pullman and Mk1 coaches.
Shortly after the Railtourer train, 60 079 Foinaven
in Mainline grey came through with Hanson hoppers on 6Z52,
the 10:47 Penmaenmawr to Westbury. Foinaven is a
mountain in the far North West of Scotland. The 1967
Grand National winner, the 100 to 1 outsider who won when
most of the rest of the field did not finish, was Foinavon,
an Irish horse with an English spelling!
The Class 57/3s were being fitted with Dellner couplings
from 2003, but 57 308 Tin Tin had not been modified
on 25 April 2004 when it was being used on Virgin West Coast
trains from Lime Street which were diverted via
Manchester. It was passing Glazebrook, with 90 008 on
the rear of the train.
On 2 May 2004 a number of steam specials were run between
Chester and Altrincham, using Class 4MT 76079.
With no facilities for turning at Altrincham, it was running
tender first through Northwich as it returned to
Chester. The BR2A tender gives a good view rearwards,
and is showing the required high intensity light in addition
to the top lamp indicating a Stopping Passenger train.
Another Merseyrail unit was being conveyed to Eastleigh for
refurbishment on 10 May 2004. 508 199 was
being hauled by 67 007, with the usual barrier
coaches 975974 and 975978. The train has just left
Birkenhead North Depot, and the chimney of the disused
Bidston Incinerator in the distance was soon to be
Llangollen Railway news
A Corwen First: A significant development at the new
On Saturday evening 28 May 2022, Class 47 diesel locomotive
1566 hauled a five-coach train comprising four Mk1 coaches
and an Engineers saloon from Llangollen to Corwen, to check
the clearances on the platforms of the new-build railway
This is the first time that Mk1 coaches have entered Corwen
The opportunity was also used to check the recently tamped
trackwork, while under load. Pictures above by Peter
3802 Returns: Just after alighting from a bus
at the former Trevor station site, Martin Evans found loco
3802 passing on a trailer.
The 2-8-0 was returning back to Llangollen from Carnforth
and West Coast Railways, whence it had transported for tyre
In other news : Glyndyfrdwy Station Master Paul
Bailey and his team have been busy with their paint brushes
to adorn part of the station in royal purple colours. An ex
Southern Railway parcels van, lamp post, milk churn, sack
barrow, porters trolley and plant pots have all received the
Paul said 'We were inspired by our friends at the Severn
Valley Railway, who have painted one of their locomotives in
Royal purple for the Jubilee. Our small team of dedicated
volunteers have had a lot of fun getting the paint out at
Glyndyfrdwy and we hope our visitors will enjoy looking out
for all the purple bits and pieces around the station over
the bank holiday weekend, where we are running a busy
schedule of steam and diesel trains'.
Her Majesty and Prince Phillip visited Llangollen on the
Royal Train in July 1953, when the line was still part of
the national network and ran between Ruabon and Barmouth.
Richard Putley writes: ' I know this is a
controversial subject, but I like the Severn Valley
Railway's re-paint and re-naming of 34027 Taw
Valley as No 70 Elizabeth II is
certainly eye-catching and by and large seems to have been
well received. On 3 June I photographed her crossing
Victoria Bridge on the 11:45 Kiderminster - Bridgnorth
'Later on I also snapped her running tender first on the
14:00 Bridgnorth - Kidderminster'.
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