Dennis has been a long time resident of Prestatyn and has a wonderful collection of public Transport photographs in the area, stretching back to the mid 50's.

He worked in Banking and spent some part of his career working in Liverpool and residing in the Wirral.

He lives in Prestatyn again now and this selection shows shots of Steam on Depots on the North Wales Coast.

We forget today that everybody used to work on Saturday mornings and this was so in the banking sector; in addition finance was limited and access to a
car a luxury, as was film and a camera.

Most shots were therefore taken on a Sunday or close to a station and not out in the countryside as today.

Today the circle turns as access to the line side is becoming more restricted with miles of palisade fencing.



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LMS Caprotti Class 5 4-6-0 44738 rests at Llandudno Junction around 1959/60, these type of locomotive were allocated to 6G for
 many years, until the Autumn of 1963, when they were moved away to Southport and other sheds in Lancashire.
 Behind it is a Stanier Class 3 2-6-2T; another Class long associated with North Wales, although they were not well liked anywhere.
 On Summer Saturdays when desperate measures were called for they sometimes worked from Llandudno/Rhyl to Liverpool ( Lime Street) in
 pairs, I bet that was a task which called for some courage; I have seen the stock of "The Snowdonian" passing Prestatyn with a
 pair on a peak Saturdays several times.

LMS Jubilee 4-6-0 45595 formerly Southern Rhodesia stands forlornly at 6G awaiting disposal on 28th February 1965; it was still in use in
December 1964 on Llandudno to Crewe (Euston) trains.

LMS Royal Scot 4-6-0 46170 "British Legion", which although classed as a Scot had detailed differences and a non standard
boiler, so it was an early candidate for withdrawal; here in store at 6G on 17th November 1962; it was withdrawn the same month.
Seems a shame as it looks in nice condition perhaps it had been on war memorial duty earlier in the month.

GWR Prairie 5152 stands on Shrewsbury Shed in fine condition on 7th October 1962, it would last another year in traffic.

GWR 0-6-0 3205 also at Shrewsbury Shed and a loco which was to achieve preservation, here it is seen on 6th November 1960.

GWR traction in the form of 3749 & 6611 on the disposal roads at Croes Newydd on 2nd October 1963.
 Croes Newydd would be the last shed to feature GWR locomotives in traffic; the magazine "Steam World" Issue 323 for May 2014
 features an article on Croes Newydd by Chris Magner which is a worthy tribute to the depot and its men who worked under difficult
 circumstances to maintain a service with grossly neglected steam locomotives to the industries it served.

Chester 19.06.66 :- BR built but GWR in concept 16XX 0-6-0PT 1628 lurks on Chester (Midland) 6A, on the 19th June 1966; just why
Chester wanted a Pannier tank at this time is another mystery.
 The LM Region authorities were keen to dispose of the GWR style machines but I also saw this engine at work around Chester General station at this time.

GWR 0-6-0 3208 stands at Llandudno Junction on February 28th 1965 ( another odd visitor) , when in use as a snow plough locomotive.
The old ploughs previously used on 4F's stands disused in front of the of the
locomotive ( see the John Hobbs page for more information on the use of the GWR 0-6-0 as snowplough engines at Llanduduno Junction).

42971 Circa 1959 :- LMS Class 5 2-6-0 42971 on Rhyl Shed (6K), circa 1959. 41276 a long time Rhyl machine at the rear with an L&Y 0-6-0 at the front.
 42971 was Mold Junction (6B) locomotive at about this time; circa 1957.

"Princess" Class 4-6-2 46206 "Princess Marie Louise" stands on Holyhead Shed (6J); with another well known machine 48697 which
was to work the WM&CQ Railtour in 1967; when the 8F visited Wrexham Central, Brymbo & Llangollen in super shine
condition, the last engine to be so treated by Croes Newydd Shed; also on shed is an unidentified L&Y 0-6-0. This is the 3rd October 1960.

"Princess Coronation" 4-6-2 46255 City of Hereford, draws stock out of Llandudno Junction station ready to set back on to the
reminder of the train, on 23rd October 1960. The four coaches appear to be the Llandudno portion of a London bound train which has originated
at Holyhead, the destination boards can be seen on the four coaches. I
think this is the "Welshman" being reformed.

 The BR version of the LMS 0-4-0ST Dock Tank 47006, stands on Bangor Shed (6H); circa 1958; why was it there? One may suppose that
there were "Dock" or Quay type lines in the area down at Port Penrhyn and at Port Dinorwick or even Caernarvon Quay (English spelling due to the epoc!).
Alternatively perhaps due to a fragile bridge on one of these lines a smaller type of locomotive than an L&Y 0-6-0 or BR Standard
Class 2 2-6-0 or similar was required; does anybody know?

LMS 8F 2-8-0 48046 stands on Llanduduno Junction (6G) with its Fowler tender; which looks quite incongruous when compared with the
locomotive design, also on show is rebuilt Patriot4-6-0 45534 "E. Tootal Broadhurst", this scene is circa 1960.

LMS 8F 2-8-0 48655 on Mold Junction (6B) in nice condition considering the date, so probably recently ex -works, this is 20th March 1966.
The shed yard is in commendable condition especially for this period when generally things were getting untidy around depots.

GWR Hall Class 4-6-0 4954 "Plaish Hall" which was based at Oxford at around this time, is seen on Chester (West) Depot, circa 1959.
The engine is in nice condition, before the rot set in the middle 60's when GWR engines based on the LMR were to be seen in deplorable condition.
Chester (West) shed was closed to steam in 1959 and became a diesel depot and is still with us, while Chester (Midland) 6A has of course been swept away.

GWR 58xx 0-4-2T looks past her best at Machynlleth, withdrawn by 1958, had probably been in use on the Dolgellau to Barmouth shuttle
service before being laid aside. However somebody will have to empty the bunker as it is well coaled up. (Circa 1958)

GWR 0-6-2T 6604 under repair at Llandudno Junction on 28th February 1965.
An unusual visitor to the depot; which has became famous - it was so odd. The visit was apparently due to broken wheel drops at
other former GWR depots in the expanded Chester area which had GWR locomotives allocated.
In the event Llandudno Junction repaired the damage to the driving axle boxes but also polished the paintwork up and sent it back with an
LNWR red backed number plate which Croes Newydd of course immediately repainted black!

45116, a regular North Wales Black 5 stands in the background.

Britannia Class 4-6-2 70047 looks like its having some serious valve and piston work done on 23rd October 1960; again at Llandudno Junction


Ivatt Class 2 2-6-0 46423 rests at Rhyl shed in the late 50's in the background a BR Standard Class 4 2-6-4T 80050  keeps company;
 these engines were transferred in the late 50's to the Southern Region - I had  an Aunt in London, at Streatham, I went to stay with her for a Holiday;

 I was not at all impressed when I found these locomotives formerly at Chester working to Uckfield and East Grinstead from London (Victoria).

 80040, 47-53,86,91/2 were allocated to Chester 6A in 1959 before being transferred away.

2P 4-4-0 40589 rests "In store" at Rhyl, it was still allocated to Rhyl in April 1959, although obviously not in traffic at this time, note the
sheeted over chimney to prevent some condensation in the boiler.

This is about 1957/58. Rhyl No2 Signalbox can be glimpsed in the background while another BR Std. 2-6-4T lurks behind
the spare fire irons lie in the foreground, all this now forms a car park.

 The loco remained in capital stock until November 1959.

Former L&Y 0-6-0 52356 at Rhyl between turns of duty in was withdrawn in 1958, being built in 1897, so 63 years of service;
 this loco has a round topped firebox boiler and would no doubt have worked to Dyserth, Foryd  and Corwen;
 some passenger trains were worked to Denbigh by this class as well but this service was withdrawn in 1956.
 A weather sheet is wrapped around the cab roof, (circa 1958

Another former L&Y 52162, this time with a Belpaire firebox boiler, this locomotive went on to be a Crewe Works shunter but
 at this time was undertaking the same sort of duties as 52356 above.
 The loco has been been nicely cleaned  and was built in 1892 and withdrawn in April 1962.

This time a Midland Railway version of an 0-6-0 58287, also a Rhyl engine; behind can be seen a glimpse of 58293 the other Rhyl allocated example of this Class.
 I can remember seeing the pair working light engine to Rhyl on re-allocation( both cops of course!) passing through Prestatyn
on the down slow line - both had gone by 1961.

An engine first erected in 1903 and much rebuilt to the Standard G2 format, generally known as "Super D's" ; they were not the easiest locomotives
 do drive and fire; stopping one when light engine being a major problem; they had to be put into reverse gear in these circumstances.

 Here we see a nicely turned out example of 49147 on 30th July 1960; interestingly it also has an electrification flash.

 I wonder if it could have worked to Rhyl on a passenger train as this was a  peak time of the year for excursion traffic?

A long time Rhyl locomotive Ivatt Class 2 2-6-2T 41276 presents a more modern image at Rhyl Shed, where it probably replaced
 a Webb Coal Tank on turns to Denbigh, Holywell Town and Chester.

 By this time it would be used on the "Welsh Dragon" Push & Pull named train between Rhyl and Llandudno in the summer;
 ironic that the only loco hauled train through Rhyl today is a Push & Pull train; albeit with a class 67.

 The other regular train was the 07.55 SuX Rhyl to Sandycroft and the 10.20 Chester (General) to Rhyl which was also a P&P turn until Rhyl shed closed.

There is a photograph of this engine at Afon Wen in one of Mr Rear's books so wandering was permitted!

The vacuum operated P&P equipment can be clearly seen on the locomotive smoke box together with its separate control pipe on
 the buffer beam, hence there are three flexible hoses on the buffer beam; it must have been a time consuming job, for the fireman, coupling all
 three up. In the background an L&Y  0-6-0 and a  MR 3F 0-6-0 rest.

Midland Railway 3F 0-6-0 43378 glints nicely in the afternoon light on Rhyl shed, it would have spent its time
 working to Dyserth , Foryd Harbour, Denbigh & Corwen;
 there was also a trip to Abergele to shunt cattle wagons for the Market there; it would be withdrawn from service in December 1959.
 An L&Y 0-6-0 and a 4F keep it company. This picture is Circa 57-58.

This was the LM&SR version of the Midland Railway's very similar 4F but the Midland one was right hand drive while the LMS one was left hand
 drive with different brake valves; ejectors  etc; at a shed like Rhyl you would have thought that two 4F's with a similar parentage would be
 allocated thus easing the spares situation.

 44367 would be used on similar turns to the 3F's but as traffic declined Rhyl managed with less 2F's and instead the BR Standard 78XXX arrived which
 could be used on passenger turns as well. 44367 went to Workington when Rhyl closed and was withdrawn in September 1964.

BR Standard 2-6-2T 84001 rests between duties at Rhyl, these locomotives of course would work the same duties as the
 Ivatt version, as they too was fitted with P&P apparatus; much has been said about the point of building these locomotives when the
 future was with DMU's.

 They had a short life as they would only outlast the ancient L&Y 0-6-0's by four years;
 also they did not seem to be as favoured as the Ivatt version by the operating authorities as usually these were put in store rather than the Ivatt's.

In front of it must be MR 4F 0-6-0 43981; which as can be seen by the vacuum ejector valve on the smokebox side is right hand
 drive, the MR 3F 0-6-0, beyond it can also be seen to be right hand drive, a fine mixture of locomotives for the staff
 at Rhyl shed to cope with. - (Circa 59-60).

LMS Class 5 4-6-0 44911 a visitor to Rhyl (6K), from Chester(6A), so not far away, it catches the light nicely; to the right
 the end of the turntable can be seen, while to the left lies the line to Llandudno Junction and Holyhead, all this
 is a car park today of course -(Circa 57-58).
The shed building has just had a new roof fitted but sadly Rhyl shed would not last long as it closed in 1963.

BR Standard Class 4 4-6-0 75013 is seen at Rhyl, in an earlier period Rhyl had been (7D); however 75013 is seen in the company
 of earlier generations of traction.  2P 4-4-0. 40420 which was withdrawn at the end of 1958 and in the distance an L&Y 0-6-0 also rests.