moved from London to Colwyn Bay in 1940 and pretty much took over
I had begun train-spotting as a small boy
after my Grandfather had habitually taken me to watch the Thames-Clyde
through our village at 3.12pm on the Leeds to Carlisle line in
However I felt at home when
photographing trains on my visits to the Llandudno Junction area.
have to admit to being lax on precise date keeping.
Following that I got my first camera – a
Voigtlander Vitoret in 1963, followed by a Voigtlander Vito-B which
shutter speed of 1/300th second.
PHOTOGRAPHS OF LOCAL WORKING STEAM IN THE 50'S & 60's.
All photographs are copyright Patrick
Hargreaves and no attempt to copy or reproduce any image, without
permission from the photographer, should be made.
Patrick Hargreaves can be contacted through the email link on the
COMPILED AND EDITED BY GEOFF POOLE
An unusual view of 6G showing the rear of the depot with a heavy count
of engines on shed.
A then and now view of Llandudno Junction station is shown in the two
with 'Britannia No. 70049 "Solway Firth" passing through light engine.
black and white image is from a box Brownie - (my grandmother's camera
which I borrowed,) - approximately 1959.
Class Five 44940 at Colwyn Bay.
An unidentified train leaving Colwyn Bay.
English Electric Type 4 No. D334 approaches Colwyn Bay station.
labouring pulling an exceptionally long mixed freight.
You can see the rear of the train snaking round the corner in the
It was progressing very slowly with a great deal of noise and
exhaust at just about walking pace through Colwyn Bay station.
The train took minutes to pass, and must have weighed 500-600
tons at least - Unforgettable!.
BR Standard class 4 No 75015 on Bangor shed.
Another view of Bangor shed showing head of the class - 2MT -
Class Five 45043 waits at Bangor station with a good view of the shed
and yard behind.
Royal Scot 46148 "The Manchester Regiment" on the back road at 6G.
Britannia 70027 "Rising Star" undergoing cylinder maintenance at 6G.
BR Standard Class 5MT on 6G .
Patrick Hargreaves' father Cedric is shown leaning on the engine
Standing by Royal Scot
46148 "The Manchester Regiment" and also leaning on Standard 5MT above
is my father Cedric Hargreaves
indulged my interest in steam locos by driving me to sheds.
He spent his war
incidentally in Colwyn Bay, as a Chief Auditor for the Ministry of
Food, and as a
member of the
MOF's Home Guard Battalion.
have written a history and had published a current article on
the MOF H.G. in Colwyn Bay, if you know anyone who might be interested.)
A larger shot of Cedric Hargreaves standing by the Scot above.
The speedometer of Royal Scot 46148 "The Manchester Regiment" at 6G.
Royal Scot 46148 "The Manchester Regiment" shown again at 6G.
I can be seen as a
small boy proudly leaning from the cab of 46148 with a larger shot of
Jubilee class 45652 Hawke with another Jubilee 45657 "Tyrwhitt" behind
by the coaling stage at 6G.
A front end shot of Hawke as shown above
BR Standard class 5MT 73131 at 6G.
Jubilee class 45657 "Tyrwhitt" stands behind 45652 "Hawke" near the
coaling stage at 6G.
Black Five 44766 on 6G.
3F, 0-6-0T 47361 stands alongside the carriage shed.
A view looking towards Conway Castle from Deganwy. On
the embankment is a line of empty coaching stock, and passing it in the
Holyhead, can be seen an
unidentified Coronation Class Pacific, running light engine
Unidentified BR Standard Class 5 at Deganwy.
English Electric Type 4 D237 at Deganwy.
A young boy admires this unidentified Black Five ( possibly 45340 ) at
Black Five 45316 at Deganwy.
Black Five 45004 at Deganwy.
Unidentified Black Five heading for the Junction after leaving Deganwy.
Unidentified Black Five after passing through Deganwy en route to the
Black Five 44714 entering the level crossing at Deganwy with an up
Express passenger train.
Royal Scot 46148 "The Manchester Regiment" at Deganwy.
Unidentified Jubilee at Deganwy.
Unidentified Black Five.
Jubilee 45593 "Kolhapur" at Deganwy with Conwy Castle in the background.
This view is from my friend's garden and I saw many Leeds based engines
from here on Leeds - Llandudno excursions.
Kolhapur taken a few years later in 55A as one of the last few
Jubilee's in Holbeck's care.
They were still proudly turned out, by the shed staff, in good
Black Five 45045 at Deganwy.
Unidentified Jubilee after leaving Deganwy.
A. Stanier. F.R.S."
London Euston in about 1963.
I got permission to visit the shed, and once inside looked at the
status chalkboard, and saw this loco written up but couldn't see it.
I asked a locoman, and he said it's gone just this morning. At
that moment on the unmistakable sound of it passing I swung round and
took the shot, finding it almost totally obscured by drifting
smoke and steam.
It had been my most sought after 'semi' up to then, and never
Britannia 70026 "Polar Star" on shed at Holyhead.
Another Britannia 70046 "Anzac" on Holyhead shed.
An unusual angle showing the nameplate on the smoke deflector.
These last two images below show engines on the down slow line at
Colwyn Bay. Following the closure of Rhyl shed loco's would run light
engine to 6G for
servicing which narrows the date down to between 1963 and 1967.
(THANKS TO JOHN HOBBS AND DAVE SALLERY FOR
ABOVE DETAIL AND LOCATION )
Unidentified 'Britannia' class.