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Junction Men


This selection of photo's shows Llandudno Junction men at 6G and
on various workings around North Wales.

ALL PHOTOGRAPHS ON THIS PAGE WERE TAKEN BY NORMAN KNEALE, EXCEPT FOR THOSE
SEPARATELY CREDITED,
AND NO ATTEMPT TO COPY OR REPRODUCE SHOULD BE ATTEMPTED
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COMPILED AND EDITED BY GEOFF POOLE


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(ALL DESCRIPTIONS ARE LEFT TO RIGHT)

With thanks to Derek Williams for help with identification of crews and staff in the following photo's.

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Passing through Bangor Station at night,  Driver John Calvert, Fireman Jock Slaven (6G) and other
Junction men on the footplate.
  Princess Class 46208 Princess Helena Victoria.
(speed 50-60 mph approx)





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Fireman,  Jock Slaven (6G).  Driver, Vic Thomas (6G) ex-Rhyl. Head of the class
70000 Britannia, now preserved and undergoing major overhaul to main line condition, at Crewe,   by owner Pete Waterman.






Junction men with   "Britannia"  70026    "Polar Star"   
Jack W Gough (driver 6G) George Jones (driver 6G)  nickname "George pigeon"
Fireman Tommy D Allen (6G) ex-Rhyl.





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"Britannia" 70025 " Western Star" with Junction driver, Ken Jones (No. 2)





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Privately restored Ex-LNER 2-6-0 No.3442 'The Great Marquess' undergoes servicing at 6G after
hauling a charter party special (1X39) from Leeds to Llandudno on May 10th 1964.







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Driver Tommy Gill and a junction fireman await departure with
71000 "Duke of Gloucester"





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"Patriot" 45525 "Colwyn Bay" at the naming ceremony.
A "young" Tommy Gill   (junction driver)  stands in front
of the smoke deflectors.





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0-6-2T 6604,   Foreman Fitter Bill Martin (6G)




A strange coincidence took place with the towing of 46203 'Princess Margaret Rose' to and from Butlins Holiday Camp.

On May 4th 1963 46203 was towed by Ivatt 2-6-0 "Flying Pig" No.43052 by Junction men,  over the North Wales Coast main line to
Caernarfon, Afon Wen and along the Cambrian Coast line to Penychain which was the nearest station to Butlins camp.
It was then winched over a temporary track for static display for the next twelve years.

In the mid - 1970's however the novelty of a static railway engine by the sea was starting to wane and Butlins loaned 46203 to
the Midland Railway Trust at Butterley in 1975. This time 46203 was towed along the Cambrian Coast line
by class 24 diesel No.24053 for another period of static display at Derby until 1990 when she returned to main line running.

The unusual coincidence mentioned above is that the Class 24 diesel that towed 46203 away from Pwllheli in 1975 No. 24053
is an anagram of the "Flying Pig" No. 43052 that towed  the 'Princess' to Pwllheli twelve years earlier.  Strange but true!



The photo below shows  6203 (46203) 'Princess Margaret Rose' south of Porthmadog, being towed by 24053 boiler first on
the way to Derby on May 11th 1975.

PHOTO : JOHN POWELL COLLECTION.



Another shot of 6203 passing through Criccieth statiion en route to Derby on May 11th 1975.
PHOTO : JOHN POWELL COLLECTION





The scan below shows a Butlin's publicity postcard showing 46203 on static display at Pwllheli in 1973.
PHOTO : JOHN POWELL COLLECTION







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6203 "Princess Margaret Rose" departs Caernarvon on the Afon Wen line, (dead engine)
to Billy Butlins camp at Pwllheli, for static display which at the time was thought to be
her final resting place.  Junction men were on the footplate.




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Junction fireman on ex royal engine, black 5 , 45282  at Menai Bridge goods yard,
with a Menai Bridge-Mold Junction goods.





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2-6-2 T, 41235.      Driver Jack W Jones, (6G)    nickname "Jack skint"
Fireman, Cliff Roberts (6G).





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At Cwm-Y-Glo station on the Llanberis branch.  4-6-0 BR Standard class 4 75009.
Fireman, Reg Passmore (6G).  Driver, D M Jones (6G). nickname "Dai Llanrwst".





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Shot taken from Colwyn Bay No 1 box, Black 5, 44802 with Junction men in charge.




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