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THIS SERIES OF PAGES SHOWS ARCHIVE PHOTOGRAPHS OF WORKING STEAM
ON THE LMS, LNER AND LNWR REGIONS DURING THE STEAM ERA,
WHICH HAVE NEVER BEEN PUBLISHED BEFORE.

IT ALSO SHOWS ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPHS OF PAST AND PRESENT DAY
PRESERVATION SPECIALS,

ALL PHOTOGRAPHS ARE COPYRIGHT PROTECTED SO PLEASE CONTACT THIS
WEBSITE, THROUGH THE EMAIL ADDRESS ON THE HOMEPAGE,
BEFORE ANY ATTEMPT IS MADE TO COPY OR PUBLISH ANY IMAGE.

ANY SUBMISSIONS OF RELEVANT MATERIAL WOULD BE WELCOME.


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COMPILED AND EDITED BY GEOFF POOLE
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October 23rd 2012.

Black Five No. 44806 was the only steam engine operating yesterday at the Llangollen Railway, shown here at
Llangollen station in this black and white portrait by Dave Wood.






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August 21st 2012.

LNER K4 Class 61994 "The Great Marquess" with today's Welsh Mountaineer is shown in this selection below.

The first shows the train in atrocious weather passing Roman Bridge station en route to Blaenau Ffestiniog.



This evening shot is in much better weather approaching Tan y Bryn footbridge Mochdre, with the homeward leg.




 This shot by Dave Wood shows the train this morning at Red Bank on it's way to Warrington Bank Quay.




These further shots by Dave Wood show the K4 at Frodsham and then Helsby with the homeward leg.



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61994 visited North Wales once before in May 1964 whilst carrying LNER number 3442. After being withdrawn by BR in December 1961
the engine was sold to Viscount Garnock who restored and overhauled her to main line working. The engine was based at Leeds and
undertook rail tour work until being forced into retirement by the ban imposed on steam by BR in 1968.
In 2009 61994 moved to Scotland to operate special trains on the national rail network.

The two shots below show that historic visit to 6G by the K4 then carrying the LNER number 3442.








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August 19th 2012.

A4 No. 60009 "Union of South Africa" passes through Deganwy golf links with the return leg of today's North Wales Coast Express.




A morning shot by Dave Wood shows the train at Whiston station en route to North Wales.




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August 18th 2012.

GWR Castle class 4-6-0 No. 5043 "Earl of Mount Edgcumbe" passes under the Tan y Bryn footbridge at Mochdre with the outward leg of today's
Welsh Dragon tour (Tyseley - Llandudno - Tyseley)

The footbridge was built in 1983 to replace the beautiful old road bridge which was demolished to make way for the A55 expressway.

The old bridge which was a popular haunt for local spotters, features extensively on John Powell's "A55 Remodelling " page.




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August 12th 2012.

Today's North Wales Coast Express eases it's way through Mochdre heading for Llandudno Junction and then onto Holyhead
  pulled by A4 No. 60009 "Union of South Africa" which failed on the same train last Sunday and was substituted by a class 47.




Another shot of the same train at Frodsham by Dave Wood.




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July 31st 2012.

LMS Class 8F 2-8-0 - No. 48151 enters the picturesque station at Tal y Cafn, on the Conwy Valley branch line en route to Blaenau Ffestiniog
with the outward leg of today's "Welsh Mountaineer".

The up platform has been subject to a refurbishment carried out by volunteers within the Llandudno and Conwy Valley Railway Society.



The level crossing gates are still hand operated at Tal y Cafn, and I must thank the Crossing Keeper Dave Evans, who is a Relief  Signaller at
Llandudno Junction, for allowing my grandson, Jack, to help with the closing of the gates after the 8F had crossed.




Two more shots of the same train at Chester and Blaenau Ffestiniog by Dave Wood are shown below.






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July 31st 2012.

Black 5 No. 44932 with today's Scarborough Spa Express at York.




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July 30th 2012.

A4 No. 60009 "Union of South Africa" made another visit to the North Wales Coast yesterday.
Pictured here at Deganwy making a powerful run towards Deganwy station with the evening return
of the 'North Wales Coast Express' heading for Llandudno Junction from Llandudno en route to Liverpool Lime Street.




This one below by Ieuan Wood shows the A4 waiting at Frodsham with the same train.





This superb silhouette shot by John Frodsham is the homeward leg crossing Frodsham viaduct.



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July 30th 2012.
2-6-4 T 80080 at the East Lancs Railway.



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July 23rd 2012.

A selection of my shots of A4 - No. 60009 "Union of South Africa" with yesterday's Crewe - Holyhead - Crewe
'North Wales Coast Express' are shown below.


A morning shot of the outward leg at Warrington Bank Quay.




An evening shot at Conwy Morfa of the A4 heading for the water stop at Llandudno Junction.




Attracting attention from many admirers as 60009 waits for the off from the Junction.




Leaving for Crewe with the homeward leg.




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July 23rd 2012.

A shot of A4 - No. 60009 "Union of South Africa" by Ieuan Wood is shown about to leave Frodsham with
yesterdays homeward leg of the Crewe - Holyhead - Crewe  'North Wales Coast Express'.




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July 19th 2012.

Two shots from Dave Wood below show main line steam yesterday.



8F No. 48151 at Horton - in - Ribblesdale with the "Fellsman" on July 18th 2012.



A4 No. 60009 "Union of South Africa" south of Hellifield with a loaded test run July 18th 2012.



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July 17th 2012.

  Six more shots by Ken Wood are shown below but this first one from his collection is by an unknown photographer
showing an undated view of lines of loaded coal wagons at Cardiff docks as far as the eye can see.
A reminder of when our railways were used properly for the movement of freight.




47840 "North Star" passes Ty Croes box on March 6th 1990.




40016 at Bangor station (undated)





47481 crosses the Britannia Bridge in the 70's with a Holyhead - Euston express.





47463 with a Holyhead - Euston express on May 5th 1980 passing underneath the Britannia road bridge.





40126 with the 13.20 Holyhead - Euston in January 1972 at an unknown location.




Diesel shunter 08585 at Holyhead on May 5th 1993.





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July 17th 2012.

Two photos from Dave Wood are shown below.


Jubilee No. 5593 "Kolhapur" at Bury on October 29th 1991.




37158 and 25041 at Shrewsbury on July 29th 1976.




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July 15th 2012.

The selection of photos below by Tony Barlow opens this new page in the More Steam Memories series.

Tony now lives in Perth, Australia but he remembers his happy days spotting on the Penrhos College footbridge with fondness.

Here is an extract from Tony's email.

My grandparent's ran Meadowcroft hotel from the 1930's with my father taking over in the late 1940's until it was sold in 1967. I was born in 1956. The
hotel was opposite Penrhos college, the grounds of which were so vast that a public footpath dissected the grounds to give Joe public a shorter route to
the West end. At the end of this path was the railway, and a footbridge crossed over the railway. This was a great vantage point for observing the
steam traffic especially during hot summer days and loads of kids would congregate here to spot the locos. As Jim Fenton mentions in his train
spotting section, the sight of a weary Brit or a 9F hauling a long freight train around the curve would leave you spell bound. The noise, the smell,
the sheer effort was an awesome sight. I miss those days very much.

However the photos below are from his visit to the East Lancashire railway in 1993 which was celebrating
the 25th anniversary since the ending of steam and also a visit to Chester on May 31st 2003 to photograph the engines carrying
out the shuttles to Crewe for the Crewe Open Day (Steam Extravaganza).



LMS 2-8-0 7F No. 53809 at East Lancs Railway August 1993.





The crew who worked the last Copy Pit banker pose on the 8F No. 48431 masquerading as 48278.






Another shot of the 8F

 



BR Standard class 4, No.76079 at the East Lancs Railway.

This engine holds special memories for me as it was the engine that I carried out my first driving
experience course on , at the Llangollen Railway.






"Hall"class No. 4965  ' Rood Ashton Hall '  waits at Chester with a shuttle for Crewe on May 31st 2003.





8F No. 48151 at Chester with another shuttle for Crewe.





    


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