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TIME FOR A GUIDED TOUR
OF A BUSY MAIN LINE
LLANDUDNO JUNCTION STEAM LOCOMOTIVE
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SUPERB BLACK AND WHITE MEMORIES FROM THE SLIDES OF THE CLASSIC RAILWAY PHOTOGRAPHER
Looking across from Ffordd 6G, in 1999,
at the sad site of the neglected carriage shed . The site was cleared
only a few months after this photo was taken and the whole story became
just a memory.
The shed was opened in 1899 by the L.N.W.R. The original code 7A, was changed in 1952 to 6G and remained until closure 3rd October 1966. The carriage shed remained until 2000 and became the "new" shed for diesel locos and re-coded LJ.
Here is a great video of authentic
This is how the site looks today. This photo was taken from a similar position to the one opposite
This is a view of the
entrance to the carriage shed just before demolition. At this stage the
keep out and danger signs were apparent due to the dangerous state of
the glass roof.
This is Standard Class 2-10-0 No 92116 with a Summer Saturday train from Sheffield to Llandudno, passing a Stanier Class 5 approaching Llandudno Junction. 11 / 6 /1960. (PHOTO : DEREK CROSS)
click thumbnail for larger view
" new build " Patriot class
exciting thought that a
is the opening photo on the new page
The view opposite is from 1963 showing the modern
structure , with a selection of British Railways Standard Class 2 tanks
ready for service. The carriage shed roof , then in good condition ,
can be seen in the background. [Norman Kneale]
Patriot class No. 45506
'The Royal Pioneer Corps' looking
resplendent ready to leave
after a major overhaul.
This was the quality Crewe Works
turned engines back into service during
those "Glorious Years".
Have a look at more great photos
of engines undergoing maintenance
at the works, by Mike Henney
on his Spotters Notebook page and
John Powell's Data page
Below is a sample of the
quality photos on the new
CHRIS EVANS PAGE.
The ANTHONY ASHLEY page
shows an ongoing project of the
building of an "N" gauge model
layout covering Conwy, Bangor
47507 stands by the coaling stage at Llandudno Junction
in this undated photo (photographer unknown).
47507 was built at Vulcan foundry as LMS 7507 in 1928.
Twenty years later, at nationalisation, it was a Birkenhead (6C)
locomotive but the early 1960s it saw a move first to Rhyl (6K)
in April 1962 and then to Llandudno Junction (6G) in February 1963.
It moved eastwards in September 1966 to Chester (6A), but only
for a short while. By December that year, Cashmores at Great
Bridge had reduced the 38 year-old locomotive to scrap.
This view shows how primitive steam locomotive servicing
was in the 1960s. The difficulties in staff recruitment and
retaining them when better conditions and wages were to be had
in manufacturing industry is all too apparent.ROGER CARVELL.
January 1st 2004.
9347 visits in
less than eight months. I published the site on May 15th 2003 and I am
staggered by the interest and support you , the site visitors , have
shown. I would like to thank everyone who has viewed the site and
especially the people who have taken the trouble to contact me with
information or support which has kept the site fresh and up to
date. Please keep the suggestions and
May 15th 2004..... 6G
is now one year old and has recorded 17,455 site visitors
since inception. When I published the site on May 15th 2003, I
thought it would attract a few hundred visitors, so I am amazed at the
response I have received. I would like to thank all of you who have
shown an interest and I hope you have enjoyed the content. I hope
to keep the site going, and with your help keep it interesting and
fresh. So I appeal again to anyone who has any information or detail I
could use, please contact me on the link below. (Geoff)
MAY 15th 2005........ 6G is now two years old, and has
attracted 43,355 visitors
in that two years. There are links to the site from websites all over
the world which have increased the visitor numbers, but the bulk of
interest is still from the North Wales area. Thanks again to all
contributors for helping to keep me on my toes as hopefully, together,
we have helped to keep the 6G story fresh and interesting as the many
emails I receive would seem to indicate. So if you enjoy your visit
around the depot drop me a line ........ (Geoff) 15/05/2005
MAY 15th 2006........ Another year has flown by
with another big increase in visitor figures to 6G.
78930 a really impressive increase again. This last year has seen the
launch of several new pages, which is the reason for the increased interest
in the site. The new North Wales Coast Steam page has proved very popular
and has given the platform to publish photo's of the steam specials on the day
they run on the main line. The pending "Tom Slaven Page " will, I think, provide
great interest for all visitors. Tom is going to put his memories, on this page, of
a typical day driving the " Manchester Club " which I'm sure will prove
very interesting. Many thanks once again to all contributors for your support
and thanks to all visitors for your interest and the many emails which keep
the site fresh and , I hope , interesting. ............. (Geoff) 15/05/2006
2007....... 6G is four years old today and the site is still growing.
Submissions have still
been steadily arriving and ideas for new pages have been welcome in order to
keep the website and the 6G story fresh and interesting. New pages like the
"ENGINE ALLOCATION" page and "NORTH WALES STATIONS" page
were developed through suggestions from contributors like John Powell and
Alan Roberts. Any suggestions would be welcome in the future and please keep
your emails coming as this gives me great satisfaction to know the site is still
of interest. Several new pages are planned for 2007 so let me know what you
think of them when they are published. Visitor numbers are still increasing and
88,870 have been recorded to date. ............ (Geoff) 15/05/2007.
MAY 15th 2008........ 6G is now five years old
contributions of detail and photographs from enthusiasts who are glad to share
their recollections in order to enhance the 6G story.
Jim Fenton's TRAINSPOTTING OBSERVATIONS pages were published in
June 2007 and have been a great success, which must be rewarding to Jim in
view of the amount of work he put into the detail. The new Alan Roberts page
SIGNALLING OVER WALES was published in November in order to give
a wider area to cover this interesting and often neglected aspect of our railways.
Photographs of main line steam on the North Wales Coast line are always
welcome and should be sent to the email address below.
Visitor numbers are still increasing and I still get many emails from new visitors
who have just found the site. 98,383 visitors have now been recorded.
Many thanks to you all for your continued interest. (Geoff) 15/05/2008.
6G is six years old today.
109,518 visitors have now been
A fantastic increase considering the site was off-line for several
weeks during the period of changing servers so it is safe to assume
the increased visitor total would be even greater without this gap.
Many thanks must go to Charlie Hulme for all his expertise in
rescuing files and in helping me launch the new site.
Through all the upheaval it has still been possible to open several
new pages. Thanks to all visitors for your support. (Geoff) 15/05/09.
MAY 15TH 2010......
6G is seven years old today
and 122,347 visitors
have been recorded to date.
Two new pages have been added over the last twelve months. "WELSH METALS",
which included the interesting article on the Land Cruise trains by John Powell
and "MORE STEAM MEMORIES" which features the classic collection of archive
photos of working steam by Jim Fenton plus a small selection of my early photos.
Great articles and detail by Dave Wood, Richard W Roberts and Selwyn, Trefor
and Dilys Price have all been well received.
Regular contributor Alan Roberts has added much detail to his signalling pages
and special thanks must go to Stéphanie Durrant for supplying many great photographs.
Many thanks also to all site visitors for your continued interest and support.
6G is eight years old today
and 132,432 visitors have been recorded to date.
Several new pages have been added over the past 12 months.
A new news page titled "Local Railway News"
has been added as the original Newspage was becoming so full that download
speeds were slowing down, as was the "More Steam Memories" page so
a "More Steam memories (2)" page was published.
Another tribute to the late Ken Wood was published along with a well received
John Hobbs photo page.
The Allan Judd and Alan Hayward photo pages have created much interest.
Once again I must thank all contributors and site visitors for your continued
interest and support. (Geoff 15/05/2011)
2012...... 6G is nine years old today and 149,203 visitors have been
recorded to date.
New pages over the last year include Holyhead Brits and the J.M. Dunn page by John Powell
plus an extension to the "More Steam memories" series and an interesting page by Ken Mumford.
Most of the preservation steam specials on the coast have been recorded on the site but more photos
of these tours would be welcome. Thanks again for all the interest and support from site visitors
and contributors over the past year. (Geoff 15/05/2012)
6G is ten years old today. Visitor
numbers now stand at 167,406
three pages by John Powell. 6G Caprotti 5's - Class 33 on the Coast and Penmaenmawr stone trains.
Two modelling pages by Chris Evans and Anthony Ashley and an interesting page showing an authentic
motive power staff records book saved from the skip by Derek Williams showing original workers names and
shifts worked at Rhyl sheds during the "glorious years".
A great article by John Hobbs explaining the use of Observation trains and an addition to
the Alan Hayward photo pages. (Geoff 15/05/2013)
New pages this year
IN MEMORIAM page which has become necessary, as time passes by, in order to include
the announcements of details of the men who, sadly, are no longer with us.
Thanks must be given to DEREK WILLIAMS for all his efforts to gather details for this page and also
liaising with family and friends to make sure they are agreeable to details being published.
Other new pages include the DENNIS KERRISON PHOTO PAGE along with the
JOHN PRICE PHOTO COLLECTION PAGE.
Special mention is also due to JOHN HOBBS for all his input and especially his help in supplying
the RCTS survey from 1962 which is published on the NEWSPAGE.
Special thanks also to ROGER CARVELL for his superb photos and comments which appear on
the More Steam Memories page (7).
Thanks again to all other contributors, too many to mention, and again it is satisfying to see the visitor
numbers increasing. (Geoff 15/05/14)
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