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TO TAKE YOU BACK
TIME FOR A GUIDED
OF A BUSY MAIN
JUNCTION STEAM LOCOMOTIVE AND CARRIAGE SHED
NOSTALGIC SITE DEDICATED TO THE
MEMORY OF 6G..... A MOTIVE POWER
DEPOT IN NORTH WALES
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BLACK AND WHITE MEMORIES FROM THE SLIDES OF THE
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MORE CLASSIC MEMORIES
FROM THE LENS OF THE
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
70026 "Polar Star"
at 6G in the early sixties
Today a multiplex cinema
complex stands on the site of the carriage shed and
the new "Ffordd 6G (Road 6G) has swallowed up
the site of the steam shed and sidings.
Waiting for the "off", Jubilee class
45561 Saskatchewan at Llandudno
Junction with a train for Holyhead
on July 27th 1963.
PHOTO RAILWAY MAGAZINE
A summer Saturday Newcastle to
Llandudno (1N82) on the approach to
Llandudno Junction hauled by 70009
"Alfred the Great" on July 30th 1966
Here is a
great video of authentic
black and white cine film.......
showing engines on the Cambrian
Coast during the last days of steam.
TO SEE VIDEO
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.
EX GWR Collett medium freight
and passenger 0-6-0 3208
6G's "Snow Engine" , still with
plough attached , Condemned
and stored at the depot in 1965
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)
the Junction with
a special on 31 / 7 / 1965
AROUND THE JUNCTION
KNEALE GALLERY SEVEN
MORE MEMORIES FROM THE GLORIOUS
RAILWAY NEWS (2)
STEAM SHED 6G
SIGNALLING AROUND THE JUNCTION
TOM EDWARDS GALLERY
POWELL DATA PAGE
33 ON THE COAST
PHOTO PAGE (2)
MAIN LINE NEWS
for larger view.
A 1964 view by Harold Bowtell.
3442 worked a special
from Leeds to
Llandudno on May 10th
1964 and is
seen here arriving at
6G for servicing
returning to Leeds.
THANKS TO IAN COOK FOR THIS DETAIL
Rebuilt Patriot 45523 BANGOR, beside the
coaling stage in July 1960. [Photo
BR Standard Class 5 4-6-0 73070, from
Chester shed, at the coaling stage. [A.J.Tyson]
Patriot class No. 45547 with 6G
shed plate attached at
Willesden depot May 61. (S.M.Watkins/Colour Rail)
A " new build " Patriot
class engine is
taking shape at Llangollen works and the
hope is that it will be ready for returning
this much missed class to the main line
in time for the 100th Anniversary
of the Armistice in 2018.
The engine is to be numbered 45551
and named "The Unknown Warrior".
45551 will become
the National Memorial engine and will be
endorsed by The Royal British Legion.
Have a look at the progress of this eagerly
awaited engine on the
PATRIOT PROJECT WEBSITE
It's an exciting thought
that a Patriot could
possibly once again run along the
North Wales Coast main line, and pass 6G
as so many classmates of 45551 did
during those 'Glorious Years'.
This is the opening photo
on the new page
by John Powell
highlighting the loss of the
to road transport in 1991.
Use this link to register for this very handy
railway forum with
local and national
interest of anything to
do with railways.
Black Five 45021 heads
train passing all
that remains of Mochdre
and Pabo station
in this undated
shot by Norman Kneale.
The train has just
passed over the
site of the worlds
first water - troughs
laid in 1857
but later lifted and moved to Aber near Bangor.
interesting video explains what
happened to the ground - breaking
gas turbine locomotive GT3, mounted on a
BR Standard Class Five frame and
wheel arrangement,which is featured on the
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.
It's 1989 and Class 155 units are stored at
LJ. They were out of service with door faults.
This was when they were fairly new and before they
were converted to single car 153's. The exact date
is unknown, but it is interesting to see the
carriage shed in 1989, still in relatively good
condition. It's sad when we consider what took place
over the next ten years.
(Thanks to Dave Plimmer for
this interesting shot)
LMSR lines in
North Wales 1935-58
LMS poster showing excursion tickets
available in 1925
permission of the Betws-y-Coed Railway Museum)
At £1.50 entrance fee the Betws-y-Coed Railway
museum must be the best value for money, for any
Welsh tourist attraction. If you are interested in
railway models or nostalgia, I would recommend you
pay a visit to this attraction, which has plenty of
detail and photo's of the Llandudno area.
January 1st 2004. To date 6G has
recorded 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 information
Many Thanks Geoff.
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)
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
in the site. The new North Wales Coast Steam page has proved
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
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
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 today. The site has kept going due to the
contributions of detail and photographs from enthusiasts who
are glad to share
their recollections in order to enhance the 6G
Jim Fenton's TRAINSPOTTING OBSERVATIONS pages were published
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
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
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.
MAY 15th 2009........
6G is six
years old today. 109,518 visitors have now been recorded.
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
rescuing files and in helping me launch the new
Through all the upheaval it has still been possible
to open several
new pages. Thanks to all visitors for your support.
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.
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
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
speeds were slowing down, as was the "More
Steam Memories" page so
a "More Steam memories (2)" page was published.
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
Once again I
must thank all contributors and site visitors
for your continued
interest and support. (Geoff
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
plus an extension to the "More Steam
memories" series and an interesting page by
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.
ten years old today. Visitor numbers now
stand at 167,406 New pages
this year include
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
Rhyl sheds during the "glorious years".
A great article by John Hobbs explaining
the use of Observation trains and an
the Alan Hayward photo
pages. (Geoff 15/05/2013)
6G is eleven years old today. Visitor
numbers stand at 184,176. New
pages this year include the
IN MEMORIAM page which has become
necessary, as time passes by, in order
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
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
twelve years old today Visitor numbers
stand at 196,834. New pages this
year include one from Alan Hayward and a
superb new page illustrating the talent
of artist Alan Fisher who didn't start
painting until he retired but who
displays an unbelievable
talent and feeling for his art.
More announcements have been added to
the "In Memoriam" page which sadly is
inevitable as time passes by.
Roger Carvell has provided so much
detail and photos of 6G that he deserves
A new page titled "Steam Collections"
takes over from
the long running "More Steam Memories"
collection and a further update to
Anthony Ashley's "N" gauge
model layout page has been
Anthony has set himself a
mammoth project modelling Conwy,
Penmaenmawr and Bangor
housed in a custom built
structure in Australia. (Geoff
6G is thirteen years old today and
visitor numbers stand at
208,269. New pages this year
include "Dave Hill Photo Page (2) "
"Alan Hayward Page (12) " and a new
"Steam Collections Page (2) " along with
the inevitable new announcements to the
" In Memoriam Page" which are a sad
reminder that as time passes more of the
staff who worked at the shed are no
longer with us.
(Geoff Poole - 15/05/2016)
6G is fourteen years old today and
visitor numbers now stand at 218,639.
New pages this year include some
previously unpublished local shots
on the Michael Clemens
page and a new Steam Collections (3)
page. A great new East Coast Main Line
News page by Roger Carvell and some
fascinating views on Alan
Hayward's Conwy Valley Floods 1994 page.
Again the inevitable updates and
announcements on the In Memoriam page
underline again that as
time goes by we are losing many of the
men who made the story of 6G. Thanks
again for all the help of Derek Williams
with all of the work he
puts in contacting relatives for details
on these sad announcements.
(Geoff Poole - 15/05/2017)
6G is fifteen rears old today and
visitor numbers stand at 229,083.
New pages this year include The Mike
Hall page showing previously unpublished
photos of the local railway scene during
the last days of steam during the
1960's. Another new page "The Harry
Jones page" is the tremendous writings
railway memories of a local postman
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