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01 October 2019
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Saturday 5 October Stephenson Locomotive Society. Manchester Centre. Bob Gwynne, Associate Curator, National Railway Museum ‘Snow White to Stephenson’. This is a story about the search for strategic minerals, climate change, religious conflict, immigration, integration and innovation. Overall a very modern story, although this one starts over 400 years ago and from it emerges the technology we call railways.
Thursday 10 October Llandudno
and Conwy Valley Railway Society End
of the Lines: A tour of railway terminals. John
Saturday 12 October Steam at
Trains 'Cheshire Venturer'
Dorridge - Chester.
Saturday 12 October UK
Railtours The Snowdon
Panorama (diesel) London - Llandudno Junction
Monday 21 October RCTS Chester "South Wales Railways since the 1970s " Stuart Warr. Stuart from Cardiff will look back at the changing face of railways across South Wales since 1973, featuring steam and diesels working all manner of services with a few rare views.
Tuesday 5 November North Wales Railway Circle Dave Rapson. A digital presentation of all sorts.
Friday 8 November Steam on the Coast Railway Touring Company North Wales Coast Express London - Holyhead, Flying Scotsman Crewe - Holyhead - Crewe
Thursday 14 November Llandudno and Conwy Valley Railway Society Railway Signalling Gareth Parry
Monday 18 November RCTS Chester "Railway Safety" David Maidment. David Maidment will discuss the change in railway safety management systems and safety culture from his experience in South Wales in the 1960s, as Regional Operating Manager of the LMR in the 1980s. Also as Head of Safety Policy at the BR Headquarters in the 1990sTuesday 3 December North Wales Railway Circle Christmas Bash - as usual please bring any items of interest with you.
Wednesday 4 December RCTS Liverpool "Liverpool And Its Railways " John Ryan. A look at the varied railways of Liverpool and its surrounding over many decades by former British Rail civil engineer.
Saturday 7 December Stephenson Locomotive Society. Manchester Centre. At Sale United Reformed Church lounge, Montague Road, Sale M33 3BU Including seasonal refreshments!
Owen Russell ‘Memories of the Woodhead Line’ The Woodhead line linked Lancashire, Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and London. As there were shorter routes to London, express trains often comprised only 5 or 6 coaches. The line was a good place to see a variety of GC and, later, LNER engines, which had to work hard on the notorious gradients. Like many steam routes, Woodhead was a line of contrasts.
Thursday 12 December Llandudno and Conwy Valley Railway Society A railway pictorial of steam Barry Wynne (Special Christmas meeting with quiz)
Saturday 14 December Steam at Chester UK Railtours 'The Christmas Chester Chuffer' London - Chester. Steam Bescot - Chester - Crewe.
Monday 16 December RCTS Chester "1960s Southern Branch Lines" David Miller. A 1960s archive of black and white photographs mainly of Southern branches but also from further north, with some interesting diversions. Images never seen before.
Thursday 19 December Steam at Chester Railway Touring Company 'The Chester Christmas Express' Stevenage - Chester. Loco 6233.
Tuesday 7 January North Wales Railway Circle NWRC committee member and Coast Railway website contributor Peter Basterfield. Home & Away.Monday 20 January RCTS Chester AGM followed by "The Ffestiniog Railway" Geoff Coward. After 20.15 hrs Geoff will take a look at the steam loco’s of the Ffestiniog Railway, past present and future. Then a trip along the line from Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog, looking at each station, maintenance facility and scenery
Saturday 25 January Stephenson
Locomotive Society. Manchester Centre.
Centre AGM (brief) followed by: Christian
Wyatt ‘21st Century signalling Control Centre
– The Manchester Rail Operations Centre’
Christian Wyatt, a career railwayman with 38
years’ service, started as a signal box lad at
Manchester Victoria and is now Project
Operations Interface Manager for the London
North Western route. One of his key
responsibilities is the development of the
Manchester Rail Operations Centre. Christian
will describe the MROC from its build in 2012
to its present operational status.
Tuesday 4 February North Wales Railway Circle Robin Humphrey-Davies ('Humph'). The route of the Welsh Highland Railway, Part 2, Rhyd Ddu to Porthmadog.
Wednesday 5 February
Liverpool "The Black & White
Collection Of Bill Ashcroft " John Sloane.
Bill Ashcroft was a well-known name in
Lancashire steam railway circles and John
Sloane from Wigan will present some of his
large collection of monochrome pictures
from the steam era.
and Conwy Valley Railway Society
Locomotive Society. Manchester
Centre. Tony Wright
February 18:30 Stephenson
Locomotive Society. Manchester
Centre. Joint meeting with
the Newcomen Society, Location
to be confirmed. Bob Gwynne,
Associate Curator, National
Railway Museum ‘Sticking with
steam – an examination of why
Britain’s railways stuck with
steam into the space age’ This
talk examines some of the complex
history behind moving on from the
steam age on Britain’s railways
and attempts an answer as to why
the UK’s love affair with the
steam hasn’t ended.
and Conwy Valley Railway
Society plan to
have a visit from a
Transport for Wales. More
Tuesday 3 March North Wales Railway Circle Barry Wynne and Steve Morris. Another show from Barry's superb collection.
Monday 16 March RCTS Chester "The Lever Brothers Railways Of Port Sunlight" Mike Lister Telling the story of Levers’ railways. The soap factory was constructed in 1888 and its railways covered 54 track miles and the talk will describe the railway within the soap factory and other factories at Bromborough.
21 March Stephenson
Wednesday 1 April RCTS Liverpool "L&Y Engines At Work" Paul Shackcloth. Paul Shackcloth is the photographic historian for the Manchester Locomotive Society who have a large collection. This talk will show Lanky locomotives at work over the whole of the ex-L&Y network, including Liverpool Exchange.Tuesday 7 April North Wales Railway Circle Richard Sant, Secretary of the LMS Patriot Company. Progress on The Unknown Warrior
Llandudno and Conwy Valley Railway Society Trams in Llandudno (Including L & CBER and Great Orme Tramway) John Davies
Saturday 18 April Stephenson
Locomotive Society. Manchester Centre.
Tim Owen ‘The activities of the Furness
Railway Trust’ The Furness Railway Trust has
a collection of six steam locomotives,
including Furness Railway No. 20, plus
historic carriages. The illustrated talk
will cover the work of the Trust over the
past 30 years..
Tuesday 12 May North Wales Railway Circle AGM and Photo Competition.
Thursday 14 May Llandudno and Conwy Valley Railway Society Evening Train Trip to Betws-y-Coed, where we will spend an hour in the Gwydyr. (Times will be confirmed later)
An echo of the 1980s as DRS locos 37 403 Isle of Mull and 37 402 Stephen Middlemore, recently relieved of duty in the Norwich area by new Class 755 units, pause in Chester station on 27 September 2019 after making a run from the DRS depot at Gresty Bridge to Chester and back. Picture by David Harrison. Could they be destined for Railhead Treatment Train work?
Llangollen's Diesel Weekend 28-29 September
Saturday of the two-day event produced some marvellous autumnal lighting with a low set sun and the rain stayed away. With three locos and a railcar, the timetable provided for a range of train options and a frequent service down the line to Carrog. Some of the group that organised the loan and transport for the visit of the class 25 loco D7535 from the South Devon Railway lined up with the loco at the start of the day - thanks to their efforts before and on the day, the finance to pay for the heavy load was raised, with the loco staying on until the Autumn steam gala on 12-13 October when it will feature alongside 7822 Foxcote Manor. Picture and information by George Jones.
The star of the show: class 25 D7535 at Carrog having just arrived with the 10:50 from Llangollen formed of the lines four 'suburban' - i.e. non-corridor - coaches (Ken Robinson).
As the 25 passed Llangollen Goods Junction the 0-6-0 diesel shunter Davey emerged from Pentrefelin with an unusual formation as a vegetation control train when parked up in the 'back road' for a volunteer party to cut back the boundary hedge (George Jones).
The Class 25 romped up to Berwyn with its four coaches. The verdant foliage showed little sign of autumnal tints so far (George Jones).
At bucolic Deeside Halt the passing of the class 47, 1566 was seen, the crew exchange exchanging the token as is needed when the frequency of the service requires the signalbox to the manned for the passing loop (George Jones).
D7535 arrives at Glyndyfrdwy (Martin Evans)....
... where it crossed the 10:45 from Carrog worked by 1566 (Martin Evans).
Entering Glyndyfrdwy work on the signalbox was evident as the timbers received attention after the roof had been repaired (George Jones).
At Carrog the train terminated in platform 2 whilst the mixed freight got away with 31 271; brake van experiences for some provide a fund-raising opportunity (George Jones).
Class 104 DMU at Glyndyfrdwy on the 13:10 from Carrog, with an appropriate destination (by request of photographer Ken Robinson.)
View from the DMU as the crew of 31 271 Stratford 1840-2001 deposit the token for the section from Deeside (George Jones).
D7535 again, this time on the mixed train (14:10 from Carrog) approaching Llangollen station (Ken Robinson).
George Jones writes: 'End of the day for me as the four suburbans await their 16:05 departure with 31 271 at Llangollen. Great occasion when things went to plan while I was attending, and thanks are due to the operating staff for putting on the event and running all those trains to a near half-hourly interval.'
The Autumn Highlander
The 04:23 Paignton - Carlisle on 27 September was Pathfinder Tours special which was routed via Worcester and then Wolverhampton to visit the Marches line on day one of a four-day 'Autumn Highlander' tour, final destination Aviemore. Martin Evans photographed the train (above) in dull and wet weather passing Gobowen.
Wrexham (George Jones). The loco was 68 017 Hornet. A hint for Real time Trains users is that excursions hauled by DB or DRS traction will be shown as 'ZZ' as if they were freights, while Locomotive Services (LS) and West Coast (WR) have their own code.
Broad Oak crossing, near Rossett (John Cowlishaw). Another planned unusual working on 27 September was the second instalment of the Ford vans from Bridgend to Ellesmere Port which had caused so much interest back in July. However it was cancelled at Shrewsbury, although no doubt it will continue at some stage.
Balderton crossing (Bob Greenhalgh).
Colas Rail 70 815 brings the Carlisle - Chirk logs past Balderton Crossing on 27 September (Bob Greenhalgh). As the days shorten, this view will soon be hard to obtain.
A last farewell to the Valley flask train, as 68 005 and 68 033 head east from Llandudno Junction on 18 September (Ryan Lloyd).
The evening Llandudno - Crewe service passes Deganwy on 16 September ...
... with 67 010 propelling from the rear (Ryan Lloyd).
The TransPennine loco-hauled services are getting into gear - Dave Sallery's photos from 26 September at Liverpool Lime Street show 68 025 Superb ...
... and 68 027 Splendid.
Class 153 news
Staff familiarisation on Class 153 continues, but TfW unit 153 369 had to return with flat batteries, and a unit was borrowed from Northern in the shape of 153 316 John "Longitude" Harrison - inventor of the Marine Chronometer.
The pictures were taken by Barry Taylor while stopped at Prestatyn for conductor refresh in door operation.