20 June 2022
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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
67 014 on 1V96 Holyhead to Cardiff passing Conway
Morfa, 17 June. Picture by Alastair Graham.
So 'industrial action' raises its head again, with strikes
by RMT union members on three days this week involving most
of the train companies and also Network Rail. An odd
feature of this is that without Network Rail signallers,
most of the network is disabled except some lines worked by
the large operating centres, so even if the train company
staff were not on strike, the trains still could not run.
Indeed, Transport for Wales say they are 'not in dispute
with the unions' but still no trains can run except a few in
Northern intend to run just one service in the North West -
Liverpool to Manchester Airport via Chat Moss.
Some Coast scenes - by Gary Thomas
67 015 on the midday Holyhead to Cardiff Central
"WAG" at Llanfairfechan on Wednesday 15 June.
Four taken from the footbridge near Marine Lake, Rhyl on
Thursday 16 June. Three trains, the first 197 102 on
test/training run westbound.
The Penmaenmawr loaded stone to Tuebrook with 60 076
The New Measurement Train heading west, 43 290
There had been rumours that 40 013/D213 was going to be
heading the stone train to Penmaenmawr, but in the end this
was cancelled (or maybe it was always just a myth).
The 'Platinum Jubilee' loco, 66 734, has remained on
the South Wales - Dee Marsh steel run: above, the
southbound empties pass Ruabon on 16 June (Martin Evans).
Here is 66 734 taken by Melvyn Hughes on 6V75 the
09:24 Dee Marsh - Margam passing Buckley at 10:41 on 17
June. It might have been expected that the loco would be
used on other GBRf routes to 'show the flag' - may they
don't want it to get dirty?
On 17 June 197 102 arrived in Holyhead on the morning of 17
June for crew training. This is the first time a 197 has
been westwards of Llandudno Junction (Gary Jones).
46100 Royal Scot returns to Crewe from the National
Railway Museum, seen passing Hartford station, 20 June (Jim
66 076 on 6F22 11:49 Penmaenmawr Quarry to Tuebrook
Sidings, 16 June (Alastair Graham).
150 282 leaves Roman Bridge Station on 2D17 15:07 to
Llandudno on 17 June (Alastair Graham).
Engineering work on the Shrewsbury to Crewe line on 13 June
brought this impressive HBOC
train from Crewe PAD with 66 514 on the front and 66
592 on the tail. Seen here passing through the site of
the 1403 Battle of Shrewsbury, heading south to reverse in
the station area (Graham Breakwell).
Patriotic Norfolk - report by Kevin Melia
I visited the Mid Norfolk
Railway on Thursday 2 June. Here are some
pictures of former Stratford-based (and later Crewe RES loco
when known as 47 732 - a North Wales Coast regular
during that phase). Today, as 47 580 County of
Essex, although restricted to 75mph due to thin tyres,
it is still mainline registered. Readers may
recall it was often seen in its 2012 jubilee livery on the
coast on both steak and diesel charters .
Especially as I'm still a shareholder in it, I thought I'd
make the effort to drive over for it on the Thuxton
Due to a minor oil leak our other loco D 1933 / 47
596 (not mainline registered) came out for the last two
round trips so as to rest the partly repainted/spruced up
580 as a precaution.
Our third loco, 47 367 is restricted to shunt
duties currently due to needing new tyres and is seen above
shunt-releasing the Mk 1 coaches at Dereham. Details about
our preservation group are here - new members always
Loco Variety - pictures by Stephen Dennett
The Northern Belle "Spirit of Travel Lunch" excursion from
Crewe to Denton via Manchester Victoria is led through
Helsby by West Coast Railways 47 813. Seen at Helsby
on 15 June.
57 314 at the rear of the Northern Belle.
West Country Class 34046 Braunton
cruises through Helsby on 15 June with the return leg of
Saphos Trains "The Fellsman" from Carlisle to Crewe via
66 091 arrives at Helsby 42 minutes early with the
empty sand wagons from Ince and Elton Encirc Works, 15 June.
60 076 Dunbar brings the Penmaenmawr Quarry to
Tuebrook Sidings sand train through Flint, 16 June.
43 290, still in Virgin Trains East Coast
colours, at the front of the Network Rail New Measurement
Train on the Derby to Crewe circuit, 16 June.
43 274 on the rear, still in the remains of East
Midland Trains livery.
Thunderbird on passenger, 2004
David Pool's image (repeated above) of 57 301
on the 08:35 London - Holyhead is worth another look.
At the time, until the end of the summer timetable in late
September, as a stop gap when the last Virgin HSTs left the
West Coast Main Line circuit, these services were indeed all
loco-hauled. After that the majority of Virgin trains became
Voyagers with a handful being 'Pendolino drags' on the North
Wales coast legs as you'll recall.
Mk3 stock did re-appear at weekends though, over the
following few summer periods with mostly 57/3s and
occasionally a few hired in class 47s from DRS and
Freightliner to cover availability issues in the Thunderbird
pool some weeks.
Until the new rolling stock had largely taken over in
September 2004 Arriva Holyhead-based drivers (who had
previously also driven the HST turns) were assigned to all
of the Euston services west of Crewe and but did not learn
class 57s until 2005, so it seems that 57 301's adventure
could not happened.
However, it definitely did - Ian Bowland dedicated a page
of his rail37.com website to photographs of it.
The explanation probably lies with the fact that a few days
later on 30 June a trial run took place with 57 301
'dragging' a Pendolino. Can anyone recall?
[We've received much information
about the pair of Class 50s photographed by David Pool -
we'll make a compilation for the next issue. ]
From Dave Sallery's Archive
31 427 nears Bodorgan with a service to Holyhead, 9
May 1994. The two short Bodorgan tunnels are in the
34032 Camelford on shed at Basingstoke
in March 1966.
57 007 on logs to Chirk passing Helsby, 28 August
Looking back: Diesels 2004 part 4 - by David Pool
NENTA Traintours ran “The Dereham Cheshireman” from Norwich
to Cheater on 21 July 2004, using Fragonset Class 47s 47
703 Hermes and 47 832. The
returning train was photographed at Hargrave. I
recorded it as 1Z48, 1702 from Chester, but I note the
Railtour Files website lists it as 1Z71.
The Class 37s were no longer seen regularly on the North
Wales Coast passenger trains in 2004, but they found new
territory to explore in Cumbria, providing additional
seating capacity on the Settle and Carlisle line with a
short rake of Arriva coaches. 37 408 and 37
411 were top and tailing the 13:33 Carlisle to Leeds
on 1 September 2004, having just crossed the Ribblehead
Another Fragonset Class 47 was being used on the 13:58
Holyhead to Crewe on 4 September 2004. 47 832
was in Great Western green at that time, and would receive
the name Driver Tom Clark in 2005. It is today
in the West Coast Railways fleet.
The Yellow Bananas had not yet appeared in North Wales with
the Test Trains in 2004. On 7 September at Mold
Junction 67 019 and 67 030 were top and
tailing four Railtrack coaches and a Serco Track Inspection
Coach which I think was 999508.
I like to photograph trains in recognisable locations, and
looking through my slides I could not at first identify
where I had shot this Class 47 on 15 September 2004.
Checking my notes for that day, I had not realised how much
has since changed in the background at the Queen’s Road
bridge in Llandudno Junction! The 13:39 Holyhead to
Manchester Piccadilly was headed by 47 839 in
Riviera Trains blue livery.
Winwick was a good place to see strange machines on the main
line. I would photograph them without much knowledge of what
they were, since they were very much ignored by most railway
photographers at that time. Plasser & Theurer USP
5000C Ballast Regulator 77335 (operated by Carillion) was
photographed on 24 September 2004.
The view on the East side of the Queen’s Road bridge on 5
October 2004 is very recognisable with the branch to Blaenau
and the out of use track to the sidings. The Rail Head
Treatment Train at that time was using EWS Class 37s, and 37
712 plus 37 682 were top and tailing the tank
wagons. After many years in storage with EWS, 37 712
is currently in the West Coast Railways fleet. 37 682 was
bought by DRS in 2008, and eventually worked on a few
preserved railways before being scrapped in 2014.
The weather on 10 December 2004 was not ideal for a Northern
Belle excursion to the Conwy Valley line, but no doubt the
participants were enjoying their Christmas lunches! 67
024 and 67 007 had brought the train to Llanrwst
North, and the driver of 67 024 is presumably getting some
information before continuing to Blaenau.
Steam reaches Corwen - text from press release
The Llangollen Railway's new Corwen station took a
further step closer to opening to the public when a
steam-hauled Officer's special arrived just after lunchtime
on Friday 17 June.
True to the line's heritage, the train consisted of two
pieces of Great Western Railway history; a 1923-built steam
tank locomotive and an Inspection Coach, both of which were
built at the GWR's legendary Swindon works.
The train was run to conduct further testing of the
platforms and station facilities and allow a very important
person to be amongst the very first to use the station;
Llangollen Railway Trust Founding Member and President Bill
Shakespeare MBE. Bill, seen above enjoying the day,
has been involved in the railway from its creation as the
Deeside and Flintshire Railway Preservation Society in the
late 1970's. He has given a lifetime's dedicated service to
the railway as a volunteer and served as Chairman of the LR
Trust between 1976 and 1998. He was awarded an MBE for
services to the railway upon his retirement as Chairman in
1998 and continues to support the Trust in an honorary role
The Llangollen Railway continues to recover from it's
economic challenges of 2021 and work towards a more
sustainable future as a successful tourist
attraction. With healthy numbers of passengers using the
current operational railway between Llangollen and Carrog,
the railway's management are looking forward to busy summer
season, with a more intensive timetable of railcar, steam
and diesel trains planned alongside some special events.
These include a Classic Transport Weekend on 2-3 July and a
Diesel Weekend on 1-2 September.
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