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IN MEMORIAM
Gone but not forgotten.

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There were so many people who worked on the railway locally during the 'Glorious years' but now sadly with the passage of time we realize
that more and more of these dedicated workers are passing away.

This page has unfortunately become necessary because as time goes by more and more announcements are needed.

Most of the detail in the following page has been researched by Derek Williams and Derek has made it
an important part of his enquiries to make sure that surviving family members are consulted and are happy for the
details to be published on this page.

Any details or announcements that relatives feel would be appropriate to add to this page would be welcome.

  Contact to this website can be made initially through the email link on the HOMEPAGE.

Any relevant contributions of memories relevant to announcements, from workmates, family members or friends are welcome and
will be considered for publication.

Because of the sensitive nature of the detail on this page if any errors are noticed please inform me through the email link mentioned above.

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Previous announcements have been published on the archive NEWS PAGES so it is fitting that they should be acknowledged on this page.

A list of announcements previously published, with more detail and photographs, are shown below with a link to the relevant NEWSPAGE and an entry date for easier location.



THOMAS ARFON HUGHES   "TOMMY BODORGAN"    NEWSPAGE ENTRY DATE  25/02/2012

JOHN HENRY WILLIAMS      "JOHN MARL"    NEWSPAGE ENTRY DATE 05/03/2012

VERNON GRIFFITHS           NEWSPAGE ENTRY DATE  19/03/2012

EDWIN HALL OWEN   "EDDIE"        NEWSPAGE ENTRY DATE 12/07/2012

GEOFFREY GRIFFITHS   "GEOFF"        NEWSPAGE ENTRY DATE  04/10/2012

WILLIAM RICHARD JENNINGS  "BOYO"     NEWSPAGE ENTRY DATE  04/01/2013

RONALD EVANS    "RON"         NEWSPAGE ENTRY DATE  18/03/2013

CLIFFORD ALUN ROBERTS     "CLIFF"      NEWSPAGE ENTRY DATE  18/04/2013

DEREK BRIAN DAVIES       NEWSPAGE ENTRY DATE  12/06/2013

WILF SCRAGG               NEWSPAGE ENTRY DATE  12/06/2013

WILLIAM LLEWELYN WYNNE    "BILL"      NEWSPAGE ENTRY DATE  26/06/2013



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April 18th 2017.

ALED PENMAEN JENKINS

MARCH 25TH 1938 - MARCH 30TH 2017.
AGED 79 YEARS.


Aled entered service at 6G depot in 1954 aged 16 years becoming a fireman at the shed.
Aled- nickname 'Sparrow' went on loan in 1966 to Nine Elms shed (70A) along with 6G colleagues Brian Jones, Jock Slaven, and
Bob Barnsdale. Aled returned to 6G after a few months but the rest of the party returned home just before 6G closed in October 1966.

Below are the front and backs of the funeral order of service sheet along with several photographs of Aled at work and at a previous reunion gathering.










Aled on the footplate of  6G engine Black Five No. 44864 in the 1960's.





Aled at the 2016 reunion gathering at the Queens Hotel, Llandudno.



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April 18th 2017.

JOHN THOMAS ROBERTS

19TH FEBRUARY 1924 - 24TH MARCH 2017.
AGED 93 YEARS.


John entered railway service on October 6th 1947 aged 24 years.
John's nickname was 'John Gyffin'.
John became a driver at (6G) Llandudno Junction depot.

Below are the front and backs of the funeral order of service sheet along with the press cutting announcement and some
photographs of John.












John in the cab of a class 45 at 6G in the 1980's.





John is pictured above (fifth from the left on the front row) in this photograph of 6G men gathering at the previous funeral of a deceased
colleague at the Colwyn Bay crematorium a few years ago.






John with 6G colleagues at a previous reunion gathering.






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January 6th 2017.

DAVID THOMAS ROBERTS

BORN - August 3rd 1942.
PASSED AWAY - December 18th 2016.
aged 74 years.


David entered railway service aged 19 years on May 15th 1961.
David's family nickname was "Davy Tractor" but his railway nickname was "Dave Farmer"

Derek Williams tells me that the service at Colwyn Bay Crematorium, on January 5th 2017, was very well attended by family,
friends and ex-railway colleagues.

Below are the front and backs of the funeral order of service sheet and the press cutting announcement.

















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August 16th 2016.

DILYS PRICE (nee Hughes)

PASSED AWAY APRIL 30th 2016 Aged 95 years old.



The sad news that Dilys Price has passed away was conveyed to me by her son Trefor Price.
Trefor tells me that Dilys was the last person to survive from the photograph of the station staff shown on

LLANDUDNO JUNCTION STATION AND SHED STAFF - PHOTO PAGE


Although not a 6G worker Dilys warrants inclusion on this "IN MEMORIAM" page as she was included in the
"Llandudno Junction station and shed staff " page and worked in the
telegraph office, at the station, between 1936 - 1948.

Dilys was born on September 9th 1920.
 She left the railway when she married in 1948 as they didn't allow married women to work on the railway in 1948.
The rule was changed twelve months later.




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June 17th 2016.

WILLIAM PRICE
Passed away May 18th 2016 Aged 88 years.












Below are a selection of photos showing Bill Price at work taken by Alan Hayward.



6G driver Bill Price on the right with G. Roberts in the cab of a class 45.









Bill on the left with guard and photographer Alan Hayward.








Another shot of Bill and Alan Hayward at Blaenau Ffestiniog.







Bill Price driving a class 47 on the Trawsfyndd branch circa 1980's









Bill Price and driver John Harold Jones on gunpowder trip in Blaenau Ffestiniog yard standing in front of a class 47.








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May 20th 2016.

An email from Richard Roberts, who is the son of 6G driver Aled Roberts, is reproduced below in which
he informs me of the passing of his father.


ALED ROBERTS
(Passed away May 18th 2016 aged 88 years)


Hi Geoff,

It is with sadness that I have to inform you that my father Aled Roberts passed away yesterday 18th May 2016 aged 88.
He was a driver at 6G Llandudno Junction and previously 6H Bangor.

Dad started working for the railway in the Bangor sheds in 1941 at the age of 14 cleaning out fire boxes and boilers on the old steam trains.
He then became a fireman and eventually worked his way up to a driver, both on the old steam trains and later the diesel locomotives.
He had completed 47 years’ service for the railway by the time he retired in 1988/89 with the latter years working from 6G sheds.
My earliest memory of him was driving the Irish Mail train (the Emerald Isle) from Crewe to Bangor in the 1960’s.
Steam Trains and his family was his life right to the end, he had lots of stories about the old days and could name any train going.
It’s sad that those memories and experiences are now gone forever.

There are some photos of my father on your website under the Welsh Metals page, but I’ve attached some to this e-mail for you.
All taken by Norman Kneale.

Dad’s funeral will be at Bangor Crematorium on Wednesday 25th May at 11:00am.

Kind Regards,

Richard Roberts and Family.










This photo is a more up to date photo of Aled.





Below is the funeral service sheet and the local press announcement in Welsh and English.








Below are three more photos of Aled.


Aled in Sprinter cab at night.
Bob Walker Ex. Bangor driver on platform.







Left to right - Aled, Les Williams and John Kirwood on Carrog station on the Llangollen Railway on October 4th 2003 when
a Black Five ran as 45282 - the Llandudno Junction Club train which ran from Llandudno to Manchester.






Aled in the cab of a Class 25.








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March 10th 2016.


ELWYN LLOYD WILLIAMS


 An email from Ken Robinson is reproduced below in which he advises me of the passing away of
6G fireman Elwyn Lloyd Williams.

Dear Geoff - thought you'd like to know that Elwyn Lloyd Williams passed away March 6th 2016 aged 81.
 

He was a fireman at 6G from around 1946 until around 1961 after which he went to work like many other railwaymen to Trawsfynydd Power Station.

He appears on the 6G list of Llandudno Junction men and had the nickname 'LWL' I believe.

His funeral will take place at Capel Salem Porthmadog next Tuesday 15th March at 11:00am - it's in the Daily Post today (10/03/16).

Elwyn loved talking about his time on the railways and steam engines, and will be sadly missed by the local community here in Minffordd where he'd lived for many years.

Attached is a photo he gave me  (See below) of himself at Llandudno Junction having brought one of the first type 4 diesels in with 'Dic Llangefni' I think, on 15th October 1959.

Yours truly - Ken Robinson (a regular 6G reader)



Elwyn is pictured standing beside the Type 4 to the right with driver Robert John of Llangefni standing to the left.
(Derek Williams)








Below is the funeral order of service sheet.










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February 29th 2016.



WILLIAM C. RUDGE
(BILL)
Born October 23rd 1927 - Passed away January 19th 2016.
Aged 88 years.

PAY NUMBER 106.



Bill Rudge first of all joined the Royal Navy before entering service on the railway on March 2nd 1948 aged 21 eventually becoming a driver based at 6G.


Below are the front and back of the order of service details.










Below is a cutting from the local press announcing the above funeral service.








The photo below shows the late Ken Davies (left) and Bill Rudge (right)








This photo below was taken at the 6G shed reunion at Llandudno Junction Labour Club on June 26th 2003.






The photo below shows Bill standing in cab doorway of Class 24, No. 24 091, with John Owen in window.







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October 11th 2015.


PERCY HARRISON


I received an email (reproduced below) from Janet Taylor, who is the granddaughter of ex - Rhyl driver Percy Harrison in which she informs me that he passed away in 1986.


I am just watching a TV programme about steam trains and was inspired to look on-line for the Welsh Dragon.

 My grandfather, Percy Harrison, was a train driver based in Rhyl  for 45years ( I have his clock presented on his retirement in 1964) and I believe that he was a driver on that train.

He ran away from a solicitor's office to join the railways where he worked until 65, he passed away in 1986.

 He remained living at 11 Ellis Ave, Rhyl in retirement and went on to build two fabulous working steam model locomotives.

 I have newspaper cuttings of him pulling wooden seats full of children with one of them.
 The other is still owned by my father Gordon, age 89years.

 I have enjoyed looking at the information and pictures on your website, thank you. Janet Taylor.



Below is a photo of the model engine that Percy built, mentioned above.








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March 31st 2015.

DEREK CHARLES TUSTIN

August 23rd 1932  -  February 28th 2015








Derek joined the army at Kinmel Bay as a PT Instructor at the age of eighteen for two years service.
Leaving the army aged twenty he took up employment with a builder.
He entered railway service in 1954 at 6G working his way up to Fireman on the footplate.
He left the railway during the 1960's and went to work at Quenton Hazel at Mochdre until he retired.

Derek's late Father in Law was Percy J Bethall, who some may remember was a driver at 6G.
He was born on December 9th 1902 entering railway service on May 16th 1918 at the age of 16 years.




Below is another photo of Derek.

(DEREK WILLIAMS COLLECTION)






Below is a short announcement from the North Wales Weekly News.








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January 16th 2015.

JOHN HUGH DAVIES
1937 - 2014




John (nickname - "Concho") passed away on December 22nd 2014 aged 77 years.

He was a fitter at Llandudno Junction and entered service on July 26th 1953 aged 16 years.

He served his apprenticeship at Crewe Works and also worked at Rhyl locomotive
depot during 1962 - 1963.

John retired from the railway in 1966 and went to work for Quinton Hazel, Mochdre, as a
maintenance fitter until his retirement.

John also volunteered for the Wales Air Ambulance for many years.



The funeral order of service sheet and photographs of John, with workmates, at 6G are shown below.









PHOTO - DEREK WILLIAMS COLLECTION








This photo below of John with, boiler smith Les Ryder, shows them on Rhyl turntable (6K) in 1957.

 







John was amongst a working party of men, shown in the photo below, re-railing  Ivatt 2-6-2T No. 41235 at Llanrwst in 1958 after
a kitten unfortunately became jammed in the points which derailed the engine.



Workers from left to right are:
Huw Gray - fitters mate / Davey Reed - fitters mate / Joe Dickenson - Mechanical Foreman /
John H Davies - fitter / Dick Owen - charge hand fitter / Bill Williams - Tuber & fitters mate /
George Cassidy - fitters mate.




Below is a local newspaper cutting reporting the unfortunate event.








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November 27th 2014.

WILLIAM EVANS
1895 - 1978

Passed away 1978  -  Aged 83 years.

Will joined the railway in 1908 at 6G (at that time 7A) and eventually became a driver retiring in 1960.

The announcement sheet and two photographs of Will are shown below.












William Evans was the Father in Law of Harry Geoffrey Littleford who sadly passed away in 2013 and whose announcement is shown below.




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November 27th 2014.


HARRY GEOFFREY LITTLEFORD
(1926 - 2013)


Passed away 2013.

Harry was a Fireman at 6G but left the railway in the 1960's due to the Beeching cuts.

As stated in the previous announcement Harry was the Son in Law of William Evans (Will Bricks) who died in 1978.


Below is the Funeral order of service sheet and some photographs of Harry.











This photograph was taken in 1947 when Harry was 20 years old.




















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October 22nd 2014.


WILLIAM DENNIS MORRIS

Passed away September 14th 2014.














Several photos of Dennis are shown below.






On Llandudno Junction station.








Dennis standing in cab doorway.









Dennis with another 6G driver Norman Read.







Dennis on the left with Bob Roberts (office).







Dennis in the cab with two young enthusiasts.






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March 8th 2014.


VICTOR THOMAS

Passed away February 11th 2014.









Driver Vic Thomas stands by his engine Merchant Navy class 35028 "Clan Line"







Vic is seen here in the centre enjoying the company of workmates at a 6G reunion gathering.







Vic is on the footplate below, alongside John Calvert, driving the same engine as above but on a different day.







Alan Roberts writes (February 19th 2014)

I saw and read today in the Daily Post it was quite sad to see that Vic Thomas ex-Llandudno Junction driver has passed away aged 78.

Think he started back at Rhyl shed and for many years was based in Chester before transferring to Llandudno Junction.

Alan Roberts.





Some kind words and memories of Vic by Ex-6G driver Barry W Taylor are shown below.



Just read of the sad news of ex Junction driver Vic Thomas.

I knew Vic well from when I started as a trainman at Llandudno Junction, he was also my Minder Driver
when I was doing my driver training.

He had lots of sayings some I cannot print but one was when you approached a signal at danger Vic would say
"this side of the signal is yours the other side belongs to the signalman" has always stuck in my mind.

Another he told me was when we where on our way to Amlwch with the tanks early one morning (03:45 am) he said "this is the worst job in
the world" but when we returned to the Junction at about !0:30 am he said " On reflection - this is the best job in the world".

He was a proper railwayman and will be missed I'm sure by lots of people

Barry W Taylor.





An email from David Thomas (nephew of Vic Thomas) is reproduced below.

Hello Geoff,

I have just read the kind words expressed by former colleagues concerning the sad passing of my late Uncle, Vic Thomas, ex Llandudno Junction driver.

Vic was certainly a character and I have fond memories of him as a young lad when on occasions I would meet him at Dyserth Station
(former Prestatyn-Meliden-Dyserth branch line) when he used to collect the lime wagons from the quarry-empty wagons were shunted
across a bridge as it was too weak to handle the steam engine itself and gravity did the rest! I had many a ride on the engine-what a thrill.

Years later after he retired Vic was often asked to drive heritage engines along the North Wales Coast and I recall once he rang me and asked me
to bring my own young son to Llandudno Junction as he was bringing in a "special" engine;
I don't recall which one but on arrival he proceeded to lift my son onto the foot-plate with him.

With this,
some very official type/ transport inspector who was also on the foot-plate told Vic that children were not allowed on the engine and it was
against regulations; Vic took exception to this and responded by climbing off the engine with my son in his arms and duly told the poor man
that given his "attitude" he'd best drive the ruddy engine to Holyhead himself!!

I can still see that man's look of utter horror as Vic strode off down the platform; needless to say he did eventually go back to the
engine, as did my son! Happy Days.

Vic was indeed based at Chester for many years and at Llan. Junction and he retired to live in Rhuddlan.
He is survived by his wife Betty and his daughter Sian and sons Gwyn and Gareth.

His funeral took place at Colwyn Bay Crematorium last Monday 24th Feb 2014 and it was lovely to see many former Llan. Junction and Chester railwaymen
paying their respects to him.

If anyone has any photos of Vic at work I will be grateful for a copy as Vic wasn't the best with a camera!

Thank you for mentioning him in your news; it means a lot to the family.

Kindest Regards, David P Thomas




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March 8th 2014.

DAVID JAMES EVANS

Passed away January 28th 2014.
Aged 85 years.







Driver David on the footplate.








David driving  47 194









David standing by his engine 47 457 waiting for " the off "








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March 8th 2014.

ALUN WYN THOMAS

Passed away January 7th 2014.
Aged 80 years.








The photo below shows passed fireman Alun driving under the watchful eye of driver Aled Roberts.





Another shot of the same footplate crew with Aled firing for Alun.







In this January 1961 view by Norman Kneale  passed fireman Alun Wyn Thomas is seen standing by the engine
before taking over during a crew change.








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