North Wales Coast Railway Notice Board 02 October 2023


Rheilffordd arfordir gogledd Cymru: Hysbysfwrdd

02 October 2023

Contributions to the Notice Board are welcome, although they may not always be used, due to time constraints, especially if they don't follow the advice and file name convention given on the  Contributions Page.

Forthcoming events

Charter trains, and meetings, may be subject to cancellation or postponement. See our Calendar Page for Club and Society details.

October 2023

Friday 6 October  Clwyd Railway Circle A History of The Internal Railway at Shotton Steelworks and its Links with the Main Line. Glyn Jones

11 October   Statesman Rail The Snowdonia Statesman    Stevenage - Nuneaton - Betws-y-coed /Blaenau Ffestiniog       LSL Pullman

November 2023

Friday 3 November Clwyd Railway Circle The Railway in Conway.  Larry Davies

December 2023

Friday 1 December Clwyd Railway Circle Members Night Presentations.  Members are invited to give a 15-minute presentation of their choice.

(see  our Calendar page for meeting venues)

North Wales Coast Railway website created and compiled by Charlie Hulme

66 712 Peterborough Power Box reverses the empty slate wagons into Llandudno Junction compound, 25 September. Picture by Garry Stroud. Does anyone know the species of those white trees which appear in so many pictures?

Not many contributions to hand, and I wont be able to edit this page for a few days so I'll take the opportunity to show some of my pictures from the pre-digital and pre-website era before 1996. - Charlie


Avanti West Coast have 'revealed' the livery to be applied to their class 805 fleet - unsurprisingly the same as their existing Class 390 trains - by releasing from the Newton Aycliffe works unit 805 005.  'The train’s stylish look takes its inspiration from Avanti West Coast’s Pendolino, with its palette of colours reflecting the landscape of the regions served by the West Coast operator.'  (Image by Avanti).

An unusual regular train on the Altrincham - Northenden runs from Peak Forest or Tunstead to Warrington Arpley sidings, with wagons for repair; on 26 September just one wagon behind 66 009, seen passing Baguley (Greg Mape)

Another train of some note seen on 26 September is this one returning empty wagons from the Hams Hall terminal to the recently-opened Hillhead siding on the Buxton - Dowlow line, with 66 731 in charge at Brooks Drive bridge (Greg Mape).

The 15.49 Aberystwyth Krono Colas to Chirk Kronospan, 6C55  ran again on 25 September; the empty service having run on 23 September. 97 303 Dave Berry and 37 405 are seen on the down main line in Shrewsbury station where it waits from 18:23  to 19:52 before continuing to Chirk via a reversal at Chester.  (Graham Breakwell)

Network Rail track recording unit at Rhyl, 26 September (Garin Jones).

777 010 at Chester, 26 September (John Oates).

Those were the Days

Crewe, with 37 422 Robert F. Fairlie arrived in the usual platform 9. The loco will be uncoupled, and another loco would come on at the other end from a siding provided for the purpose; when the train departed, 422 would move to the siding ready to back on to the next arrival.

Chester, with 37 429 Eisteddfod Genedlaethol, which worked these trains until the end of Class 37/4 working in 2001.

Chester: Class 101 DMUs were a regular sight.

Chester: the carriages were a mixture of Mk1 and Mk2a types.

Colwyn Bay: 429 again, after a repaint.

Colwyn Bay: HSTs worked some of the Holyhead - London trains.

Old Colwyn with a 5-coach train and some classic cars.

37 408 had somehow kept its original 'Large Logo' and name Loch Rannoch when transferred from Scotland. Taking photographs like this one required a quick exit frm the train and a smart move over the footbridge.

Llandudno Junction, with 37 429 and a new-fangled 153.

Llandudno Junction around 1993; the ex-Network South East coaches partly repainted by overpainting their red stripe with a blue one.

Bangor at 2pm. 37s on both directions.

Bangor:  loco transferred from the Railfreight petroleum sub-sector: possible 37 421.

Back at Crewe.

Barmouth Bridge progress - Pictures by Kate Jones

On 3 September,  trolleys in line ready to receive the first arches.

Setting up the middle support for lifting out.

Lifting out.

Lifting onto trolleys.

First arch in place .

Second arch being made ready, 4 September.

Slow but sure ...

Lowering into position.

A different angle.

5 September. You wouldn't believe the weedkiller came down a short while ago!

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