This site is devoted to all things relating to the railways
of North Wales: the main lines from Manchester and Crewe to
Bangor and Holyhead, and the branch lines to Blaenau
Ffestiniog and Llandudno, plus the connecting routes from
Manchester and Shrewsbury, and the line around the Cambrian
Coast. Local heritage railways are also within our remit.
The site is purely a hobby, and has no connection to any
rail company; we cannot be responsible for any travel
problems you might encounter.
Updated November 2023.
Contributions by email of text and pictures for the Notice
Board are welcome if on a theme connected with North/Mid
Wales and borders.
The address for contributions is email@example.com
Notes about contributions
Please bear in mind that I don't have time to edit for
publication everything received, nor will I always have time
to reply thanking you, or explaining why your picture has
This is not primarily a photo gallery site, and preference
will be given to pictures with informative captions, or
those accompanying interesting articles. You are
welcome to send your favourite picture of a regular event
such as the Holyhead - Cardiff train, Class 197s, etc; they
may not always be published, but an especially good one may
be used as the heading picture of the weekly update. Pictures
taken with flash, or from illegal positions, including
platform ramps, will not be published.
Text should be in the form of a simple email, with the
accompanying pictures as simple attachments. Embedded
pictures in HTML, Word documents, etc. cause extra work.
We welcome press releases, newspaper articles etc concerning
developments on the rail system in North Wales.
Contributions do not always have to be the latest news -
historical features with three or four pictures and suitable
text are also welcome.
Comment, September 2021: 25 years
since this site started, I've become 25 years older - and
slower - and am involved in several other projects.
Following the points below will get me to bed
earlier! .- Charlie
When attaching pictures (which should be in jpg format) you
will have a greater chance of seeing them on the site if you
rename the picture to our standard format before sending.
The file name should is all in lower case and begins with your initials
and the date in 6-digit yymmdd format (year, month and day),
and include the loco/unit number and location if
For example, if Fred Snurge sends a picture he took on 15
March of 67 008 at Chester, the file name would be:
if there were two taken there that day, then the second
This saves time helps a great deal with sorting out
the pictures from different people when they arrive and
avoiding accidental overwriting of pictures already on the
Modern cameras use a very large file size for their
pictures: if possible please send copies re-sized for email,
ideally to 800 pixels wide but with minimum compression.
Some programs can do this using the 'send pictures by email'
feature. This will also make it possible to send more than
one image with on email without reaching your provider's
email size limit.
In your email text, please for each image give the name of a
named loco or unit after its number the first time you
mention it, and write dates with the simple number first,
e.g. 25 March. No need for a year if it is the current one.
If possible, don't use abbreviations which I'll have
to expand. It also helps if you give the actual date
of events, e.g. 13 April, rather than 'today' or 'yesterday'
so that it make sense when pasted into the weekly update of