08 August 2022
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time constraints, especially if they don't follow the file
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Charter trains, and meetings, may be subject to cancellation
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Friday 12 August Pathfinder
Coast Express Cardiff - Pwllheli
Postponed. see 9 September
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
158 833 crosses Llandulas viaduct on 8 August with
the 17:06 Birmingham International to Holyhead, as the moon
looks down on the scene. Picture by Greg
A lot of
contributions this week - aapologise if you are missed! -
On the Slate
Wednesday 3 March saw the first run of a new flow of slate
waste for Beedon Aggregates from Glan Conwy sidings at
Llandudno Junction, carried by road from Penrhyn Quarry.
Eleven photographers massed on the Queens Road bridge to
witness the historic event; we'll present a selection of the
result. Above, the train arrives at Llandudno Junction from
Doncaster (Gary Thomas). The chosen locomotive was 66
773 Pride of GB Railfreight with its subtle
rainbow-based livery modifications.
The loading procedure involved dividing the train. Above,
the loco has run round the western half and is about to
propel the wagons to the loading point.
Loading, with the water sprays in action (Garry Stroud).
Moving the second section to the loading point (Garry
Second section now loaded, train re-coupled, loco at the
correct end for departure ...
... backing out on to the main line (Gary Thomas).
The 11:41 Llandudno to Manchester Airport, formed of 175
106, departs from Platform 3.
Departure (Garry Stroud). It had been booked to
depart from Platform 3, but actually left from Platform 1.
The return run passes Rowton (Paul Shannon).
Approaching Crewe at Daisy Lane bridge, on time. North
Wales-based driver Mark Jones in charge (Steve Morris).
Although the long-term plan is to serve the Hope cement
works in Derbyshire, this train ran to Wellingborough,
contnuing the next day to Luton Crescent Road where there is
an unloading terminal for the cement works there. It
has been reported that the Hope terminal is not ready due to
planning permission for an unloading point in the National
Trains on YouTube
Sarah Bell writes: 'We've just had a week in North
Wales and captured quite a lot of interesting movements on
the North Wales Coast Line, including the first Freight into
Llandudno Junction, a freight to Penmaenmawr and plenty of
Class 67 action around Conwy and Colwyn Bay. I've uploaded
several videos to the following YouTube channel and wondered
if your members would be interested in seeing them if you
might be good enough to share the link on your site.'
Certainly, Sarah - Here
Pen Stone - images by Garry Stroud
The Penmaenmawr stone train didn't run on 3 August, so we
were denied the spectacle of two freights in Noth Wales at
once. It did run on 4 August, as seen above arriving
at the sidings ...
... and under the loader. These trains too have to be split
for loading. The loco is 66 759 Chippy.
Transport for Wales have hired two Class 150/2 units (150
269 and 150 270) from Northern Trains to stand in for the
two that were damaged in the derailment and fire caused by
vandals at Craven Arms. They are to work on the
Borderlands service and the Saturday Holyhead - Maesteg run.
Do the TfW planners realise that these 150s retain the
original 3 + 2 seating, hardly suitable for as long journey,
whilst the TfW ones were refurbished with 2 + 2 seating, and
better bike space, years ago?
150 270 is seen as it leaves Prestatyn with 1V97
12.38 Holyhead - Maesteg on 6 August; this service was
cancelled at Shrewsbury due to a 'problem on a road' -
level crossing issue, or bridge bash? Picture by Ivor
Meanwhile, we are now being informed that TfW are planning
that the promised half-hourly weekday service will be
operated by two Class 197s and two class 230s. Do they
expect only two of the five troublesome 230s will be
available each day? There remains the objection
by GBRf who have a daily freight train path during the
The last we heard about this was in May when an Office of
Rail & Road spokesperson told the press that “The two
applications (TfW and GBRf) for use of capacity on the
Borderlands Line are currently awaiting Network Rail
completing some further timetabling work. Network Rail will
not have the necessary work completed in time for ORR to
make its decision on granting of access in time for the May
2022 timetable change.”
More freight news
The freight service between Wembley sidings and the Holyhead
Aluminium site that appeared in the timetable on 8
August was cancelled (it is a 'runs as required' service),
so we still don't know what's being transported.
More good news is that the Aberystwyth - Chirk timber train
trials have been a success, and a contract has been signed
for a continuing service. Information
Out and About - with Stephen Dennett
66 742 ABP Port of Immingham Centenary 1912-2012
came from Bescot Engineers Sidings to Penyffordd Cement
Sidings light engine on a 'loco swap' on 1 August ...
I then photographed it on 5 August on the Avonmouth Hanson
to Penyffordd Cement run, taken at a foot crossing just off
Stryt Isa between Hope and Penyffordd as it came back to the
cement works from Avonmouth. On this run it took a new route
as far as Shrewsbury using the Severn Tunnel, then up
through Hereford and Craven Arms, instead of what has been
the usual journey via Gloucester, Washwood Heath,
Wolverhampton and Telford. It took over two hours less time
on the new route, so maybe this will now be the preferred
46100 Royal Scot made a vigorous start
from Crewe on 3 August, having taken over Saphos trains “The
William Shakespeare” to Stratford-on-Avon ...
... with 47 828 on the rear in its nostalgic
At Flint on 4 August I saw DB Red 67 013, which has
now joined the loco hauled roster ...
... a slightly different combo of Class 197s 197
013 (my first sighting) leads classmate 197 011 at
Flint on the usual Chester to Llandudno Junction mileage
Also on 4 August passing Flint, another Penmaenmawr Quarry
to Tuebrook Sidings run, this time with low emission loco 66
759 Chippy. The name is in memory of Clive
Chippington, who was an assistant train manager with Gbrf.
Twice during the week I tried to get some shots of the Colas
56/66 combo which ran from Bescot to Dee Marsh, but late
evening and the fading light defeated me.
From Dave Sallery's archive
More 37/4 classics: 37 421 The Kingsman on a
Crewe - Bangor train near Beeston Castle, 13 June 1996.
37 422 Robert F Fairlie entering Crewe on a
train off the coast, 5 June 1996.
37 420 The Scottish Hosteller, still to
receive its Ragional Railways liverym passes Promised Land
Lane near Chester on a Bangor train, 20 May 1995.
37 408 Loch Rannoch passes Chester East
junction heading for Crewe, 13 June 1996.
Correction: Dave's Flickr site address was incorrect as
given in the last issue. It is https://www.flickr.com/photos/penmorfas/sets
On rainy 30 July 67 014 on the Saturday 'swap' empty
stock Holyhead - Crewe taking the Up Fast through line
at Bangor at 10:14 which seems well used despite the weeds
... and the replacement for the next week, 67 013 on
empty stock Crewe-Holyhead passes through Penmaenmawr
at speed at 16:09.
On 8 August one-time Wrexham and Shropshire loco 67 012
found itself propelling 1W93 11:22 Cardiff Central -
Holyhead, seen near Rhyl (Ivor Bufton).
On 8 August, TransPennine 68 025 Superb and 68
022 Resolution returning from Llandudno
Junction to Preston. A training / route learning run?
The Llangollen Railway's Wickham DMU in action, with a Class
108 set, on Thursday 4 August. Trains are
running every day except Monday during August: Timetable
here. Picture by Peter Dickinson.
Welsh Highland Railway loco Russell seen in the
Aberglaslyn pass, 31 July. Picture by Barrie
Hughes, who writes: ''We had to wait a while in the
Aberglaslyn Pass which was in sunshine as Russell was filled
up from the small tank at Beddgelert to allow photographers
to recreate photos from the 1930s!"
A full house at Altrincham on 1 August: 66 010
on the Knowsley - Wilton loaded Merseyside refuse
containers; on the left the 12:39 Manchester Piccadilly -
Chester formed of 156 464 and 150 141 (Greg Mape).
Barmouth Bridge update - by Kate Jones
A picture from the morning of 5 August as the 7.34a.m. from
Morfa Mawddach was approaching the metal structure on the
bridge. The workmen have been working on the main pillars
but it won't be long before the top is completely renewed,
as 'like for like' as they can get it I believe
Complete closure of the bridge and footpath start on 11
September. It will be interesting to see how they cope with
this amazing task before them and the end result! The
replaced woodwork/track bed and rails on the rest of the
bridge is excellent and should enable trains, cyclists and
pedestrians to > use it for many years to come. Well done
to all the Griffiths team, as the weather and tidal
conditions can make things very difficult.
Looking back: Steam, Diesels and Electrics
2006 Part 2 - by David Pool
This location is perhaps changed today, but on 28 April 2006
it was possible to get a good view of 67 024 with
6D19, 13:30 Warrington to Anglesey Aluminium. It was
taken from the road bridge at Greenfield, with Flint in the
At Winwick on 10 May 2006 I was tempted to photograph a
colourful Class 158, which was not gaining the attention of
other photographers there. 158 860 was in
'Alphaline' livery, having recently been operated by Wessex
Trains, and was working the 16:47 Llandudno to Manchester
Piccadilly. Trying to get some more information on
this unit has not been easy, but it turned out to be named
Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and was in a Promotional
This made me wonder how many other Isambard Kingdom
Brunels I had seen. The first slide I found was
of 60 081, the locomotive in GWR green, and I had
photographed this at Winwick on 21 October 2003 with a train
of ex JMA National Power Hoppers, probably heading for
The next IKB was better known, being the celebrity Class 47,
built as D1662 but now 47 484. I only photographed it
on one occasion, but it was on a very memorable 6 September
1985. This was the day on which the Steam Ban in
Cornwall was lifted, and hundreds of spectators turned out
to see 7029 Clun Castle work between
Plymouth and Truro with a “GWR 150” Steam Special. The
returning train passing over the Royal Albert Bridge was
clearly one of those “not to be missed” occasions, and I was
not disappointed with the result.
But what about 47 484? To add to the interest on that
day, 47 484 conveyed an Inspection Saloon, which I believe
to be the Swindon built DB 999509, across the Bridge,
presumably for VIPs. It propelled the Saloon to
Saltash to meet the Steam Special, then followed it back to
Plymouth. Quite a few photographers had waited to see
47 484. The other IKB had been Castle Class 5069, but
I only saw this once in 1953 at Dawlish, and never
One of the Class 87 Electrics being used on Mail Trains in
2006 was 87 019, in LNWR black livery and carrying
the name ACoRP Association of Community Rail
Partnerships. This was photographed on 10 May
approaching Warrington Bank Quay with 1S96, 16:20 Willesden
The afternoon freight from Holyhead to Warrington was 6F18,
and on 20 May 2006 it was passing through Flint behind 66
193. The first wagon is rather unusually conveying
some aluminium slabs.
Returning to the GWR theme, the Pullman Steam Special
passing through Rhyl on 1 July 2006 was 4936 Kinlet Hall
with the “100 Staffordshire Newsletter” (I assume
commemorating 100 issues). There is a nice video
on YouTube which shows the train moving
slowly across Conwy Cob, then cautiously through the Tubular
Bridge (memories of the Britannia Bridge fire in 1970?) and
finally accelerating past the Castle.
Statfold's new 'Gate Guardian' - report by Mark Hambly
A standard gauge locomotive with Wirral and North Wales
connections has been installed as ‘Gate Guardian’ at
Statfold Barn Farm near Tamworth, home of the Statfold Barn
Railway and the Statfold Narrow Gauge Trust's collection of
locomotives and rolling stock. The Hudswell Clarke 0-4-0
diesel mechanical, works number D1012 of 1956 is better
known to many as the ex-Moreton and ex-Llangollen Cadbury
No.14. It was lifted by road crane on to a short
section of track at the entrance to the farm.
It has been repainted in lined maroon livery with the
company name on the side of the engine compartment and the
fleet number below the cabside window, while to avoid
possible damage the cab glazing has been replaced with steel
sheet painted silvery grey. The only visually significant
item which seems to be missing is the air horn at one time
positioned on the cab front. With customary Statfold
attention to detail the loco is of course positioned ‘rods
down’ on the side visible from the road.
Like many locos of that vintage which are still with us, it
has spent longer in preservation, first active and then
static, than it did working in industry. New to Cadbury’s
Moreton (Wirral) factory, after rail traffic ceased it
moved to Llangollen in 1977 when preservation activities
there were in their infancy. The loco was used extensively
on works trains in the early years as the line was
progressively relaid westwards to Pentrefelin and then
across the Dee Bridge towards Berwyn, but in due course was
deemed too small as works trains grew heavier and had
further to travel. After a period out of use the loco
returned to Moreton in 1991 for display before subsequently
moving to Cadbury World at Bournville and then ultimately to
Statfold earlier this year.
[The Moreton factory, built for Cadbury's in 1952, with its
'Ty-Phoo signs a landmark of the Merseyrail line ,
latterly was owned by a Swiss firm, Barry Callebaut,
who closed it down in May 2022.]
A Return to Corris 16/17 July – via Cynheidre - by
Having last visited the Corris Railway in August 2010, I
decided it was
time for a return visit.(See Archive
Noticeboard for 16 August 2010).
I had also decided I would like to visit the Llanelli and
Mynydd Mawr Railway (LMMR), which only opens
infrequently, I decided I would visit them too! So on
Saturday 16 July I set off to Cynheidre near Llanelli, the
headquarters of the LMMR. Not the easiest of places to find,
being located one what was once Cynheidre Colliery (long
since demolished). But with the help of a friend navigating,
we found it!
My friend was impressed with their collection of Pacers –
four, no less - including ex Transport of Wales 142
006 (above). All are in working order ...
... but on the day of our visit the motive power was
1965-built Sentinel Diesel Shunter No 10222, donated
to the railway by Hanson Aggregates in 2001, hauling a
Also present are two ex-London Undeground ex-Isle of Wight
EMUs 483 006 and 483 008. We were able to “cab” 008!
(I wonder what the Welsh is for "Mind the doors"!)
Other motive power includes Class 122 “Bubblecar” 55019
and ex Dutch Railways English Shunter 690 (similar to an BR
class 08 diesel shunter)
wearing no 16.
Following an overnight stay in Aberystwyth we set off for
Corris, where we were booked on the first train of the day
at 11:00. On our way we paused briefly at Machynlleth, where
we saw 158 833 come off the depot ready to form the
10:04 to Pwllheli.
On our arrival at Corris, we noticed the new traverser
they've just installed. It takes up less space than a point
would. This enables them to accommodate more coaches in the
platform. Not long afterwards, Steam Loco No. 7
(new-build, completed 2005) arrived with the passenger
coaches. We watched with interest as the driver drove the
loco slowly onto the Traverser. Then he and the Fireman
pushed it over to align with the run round road. Once No. 7
had run round, we boarded the train.
At the other end of the line, Maespoeth Junction are
located the locomotive and Carriage Sheds. We saw two of the
four diesels locos owned by the Corris, the tiny red No. 5
Alan Meaden (named after the present Corris Railway's
founder) and blue No. 6 Malcolm.
The replica carriages based on the original design are quite
impressive. We alighted and watched No. 7 run round and take
water before returning to Corris. Another enjoyable visit to
a small and friendly railway. For details and timetables
etc. see the Corris
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