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  Phil Drake spent a holiday near Conwy recently which got him reminiscing about a morning he spent at LJ in 1964, mesmerised by a
 constant procession of trains and Crosville buses underneath! He was too young to realise he was witnessing the end of an era.
But that motivated him to research what things were like, and as he had a 1956 LMR timetable he has processed the info from that which is in the following table.


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COMPILED AND EDITED BY GEOFF POOLE
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SUMMER SATURDAYS AT LLANDUDNO JUNCTION

From the LMR timetable of 11 June to 16 September 1956.

Compiled by Phil Drake

This information is drawn from the public timetable. Passing times for the few trains that didn’t call at the Junction are estimates.
 ‘LJ’ refers to the Junction and ‘LD’ to Llandudno. Trains to the Llandudno branch are highlighted in yellow.
 Each of these required the gates at LJ Crossings Box to be opened; this applied to 15 trains between 0900 and 1100.
 If each closure took 2 minutes, that meant the gates were closed for 30 minutes in 2 hours; even in 1956 this meant considerable
 congestion on the roads! Most trains called at principal stations along the Coast; where there are exceptions, these are noted in italics.

 Many more trains eastwards ‘skip-stopped’; this was to try and spread the load from different resorts and to give passengers at
 intermediate stations the chance to get a seat.

  I have sent the Carriage Working Notice for 1959 which showed that changes by then had been limited.

Any further information will be most welcome at philddrake@yahoo (followed by co.uk)




LJ
arrive

LJ depart

                                      Train

pass

0045

2200 Birmingham New St-Holyhead non-stop from Chester

0057

0103

2220 Manchester Ex-Holyhead

pass

0150

Irish Mail; 2045 Euston-Holyhead non-stop from Chester

pass

0204

0120 Holyhead-Birmingham New St non-stop to Chester

pass

0219

0135 Holyhead-Euston; The Irish Mail non-stop to Chester

pass

0234

0150 Holyhead-Manchester Ex

pass

0255

0025 Manchester Ex-Holyhead non-stop from Chester

0400

0409

0205 Crewe-Holyhead


0445

LJ-Llandudno


0455

LJ-Blaenau Ffestiniog


0540

LJ-Blaenau Ffestiniog

0637

0640

0630 LD-Euston


0645

LJ-Llandudno

0713

0715

Bangor-Llandudno

0718

0719

0708 LD-Birkenhead Woodside

0742

0755

LD- Blaenau Ffestiniog

0800

0801

0750 LD-Liverpool Lime St

0743

0805

0545 Chester-Bangor

0750

0751

0740 LD- Manchester Ex

0744

0752

Caernarvon-Llandudno

0812

0816

0652 Amlwch-Llandudno

0815

0816

0805 Llandudno-Bradford Ex (30/06-01/09)

0820


0810 LD-LJ (until 23/06 and from 08/09)

0824

0829

0630 Chester-Bangor; continued to Holyhead after 33 min wait

0821

0833

0715 Blaenau Ffestiniog-Llandudno

0829

0832

0637 Afon Wen/0710 Holyhead-Manchester Ex

0839

0847

0730 Holyhead-Euston; The Emerald Isle Express

0846

0852

0708 Chester-Llandudno

0855

0858

0845 LD-Leicester London Rd (30/06-08/09)


0910

LJ-Llandudno

0915

0918

0905 LD-Euston

0923

0925

0915 LD_Newcastle-on-Tyne (07/07-01/09)

0927

0930

0708 Wigan-Llandudno

0935

0936

0925 LD-Leamington Spa Avenue (07/07-01/09) did not call at Rhyl

0944


Blaenau Ffestiniog-LJ

pass

0953

0945 LD-Manchester Ex. Non-stop LD-Chester, except on 16/06, 23/06 and 15/09 called at Colwyn Bay and Prestatyn

0950

0955

0710 Liverpool Lime St-LD


0957

LJ-Bangor (30/06-18/08)

0952

1000

0810 Holyhead-Liverpool Lime St; non-stop to Chester except sets down only at Rhyl

0959

1004

0650 Walsall-LD(on 15/09 was LJ-LD only)

1005

1010

0740 Manchester Ex-Caernarvon (until 23/06 and from01/09 started at LJ)non-stop Warrington-Rhyl

1010

1013

1000 LD-Euston

1011

1015

0700 Cheadle(Staffs)-LD (until 08/09, not 04+11/08) non-stop Stoke-Rhyl

1016

1020*

0740 Porthmadog-LJ (30/06-01/09)(*until 23/06 and from 08/09 continues to Liverpool Lime St)

1025

1030

1015 Llandudno-Derby Midland ; non-stop to Chester except calls at Rhyl and Prestatyn 16/06, 23/06 and 15/09)

1025

1030

0732 Liverpool Lime St-LD

1039

1046

1030 LD-Manchester Ex (30/06-08/09)

1041

1044

0520 Leicester Central and 0702 Burton-on-Trent-LD

1045


1035 LD-LJ (until 23/06, also 15/09)

1048

1052

0750 Manchester Ex-LD (not 15/09)


1053

LJ-Blaenau Ffestiniog

pass

1055

0815 Manchester Ex-Penychain Halt(until 01/09)

1056

1059

0905 Crewe-Bangor non-stop to Prestatyn

1100

1108

0835 Manchester Ex-Bangor

1054

1103

1037 Llanfairfechan-Stoke-on-Trent    (until 08/09)

pass

1109

1100 LD-Liverpool Lime St (until 08/09)

1106

1110

0715 Stechford-LD via Aston and Bescot ;non-stop Stafford to Prestatyn

1110

1111

1100 LD-Liverpool Lime St (until 08/09)

1117

1122

0920 Crewe-Holyhead

1119

1124

1015 Caernarvon-Manchester Ex (until 25/08)

1123

1125

0845 Manchester Ex-LD (on 15/09 started at LJ)

1126

1132

0630 Leamington Spa Avenue-LD (07/07-25/08)


1135

LJ-Bangor

1136

1140

0750 Birmingham New St-LD

1140

1143

1130 LD-Sheffield Midland (non-stop Prestatyn-Broadheath)

1146


0925 Manchester Ex-LJ (not 15/09)

1154

1157

1000 Birkenhead Woodside-LD (30/06-01/09)

1158


Blaenau Ffestiniog-LJ

1202

1205

0920 Liverpool Lime St-LD (until 08/09)

1203

1212

1000 Holyhead-LJ (15/09)/Manchester Vic (not 15/09)

1206

1210

0845 Birmingham New St-LD (on 15/09 started at LJ)

pass

1213

0935 Liverpool Lime St-Penychain Halt (until 01/09) non-stop Chester-Caernarvon

1212

1216

0945 Manchester Ex-LD (not 15/09)

1215

1220

1205 Llandudno-Manchester Ex

pass

1220

1000 Porthmadog/1000 Pwllheli-Euston; The Welshman; called only at Rhyl between Penmaenmawr and Chester

1223

1227

0835 Smethwick Rolfe St-LD (30/06-08/09)


1230

LJ-Bangor   (Until 08/09)


1230

LJ-Blaenau Ffestiniog


1233

LJ-LD (15/09 only)

1230

1235

1220 LD-Euston; non-stop from Rhyl except call at Chester to pick up

1231

1233

0850 Derby Midland- LD (until 08/09)

1237

1239

1035 Liverpool Lime St-LD (until 08/09) first stop Rhyl

1240

*1248

Afon Wen-LJ (until 23/06 and from 15/09)/*Liverpool Lime St   (30/06-09/09)

1240

1242

1230 LD-Leeds City South (not 14/06 and 15/09 when it ran LD-LJ only)

1242

1247

0804 Leicester London Rd-LD (until 08/09)

1248

1253

1020 Manchester Ex-LD non-stop Warrington-Rhyl

1257

1300

0845 Leeds City-LD (30/06-25/08) first stop Prestatyn

1304

1306

1255 LD-Leicester Central/Burton-on-Trent (07/07-06/09)

1307

1313

1112 Afon Wen-Manchester Ex; non-stop LJ-Chester

1313

1318

1025 Manchester Ex-Bangor

1315

1319

1305 LD-Euston

1320

1323

0915 Derby Midland-LD

pass

1329

1320 LD-Derby Midland non-stop Rhyl-Crewe

1334


Blaenau Ffestiniog-LJ


1337

LJ-LD (15/09 0nly)

1342

1345

1100 Manchester Ex-LD (0n 16/06, 23/06,15/09 was only 1223 ex Chester)

1350

1353

0912 Leeds City-LD. On 30/06, 07/07, 14/07, 11,18 and 25/08 started at Morley Low 0927

1350

1353

1340 LD-Derby Midland


1357

LJ-Bangor

1359

1400

1010 Sheffield Mid-LD (until 08/09)

1404


1230 Holyhead-LJ

1405

1408

0945 Bradford Ex-LD (30/06-25/08)

1405

1410

1355 LD-Manchester Ex

1416

1422

1125 Manchester Ex-LD

(1422

1428

)0920 Euston(23/06-08/08)-LD and Holyhead (train divided at LJ); on other days started Crewe 1232

(1422

1431

)to Holyhead

1432

1440

1040 Sheffield Mid-Bangor(23/06-25/08)

pass

1435

1425 LD-Birmingham New St (30/06-08/09) non-stop Prestatyn-Wolverhampton

1441

1451

1240 Holyhead-Manchester Ex (30/06-08/09)

1450

1502

1155 Manchester Ex-Holyhead


1455

LJ-LD

1500

1507

LD-Crewe (until 23/06 and from 01/09) /Birmingham New St (30/06-25/08)


1505

LJ-Blaenau Ffestiniog

1512

1519

1400 Caernarvon-Liverpool Lime St (30/06-08/09)

1517

1520

Birkenhead Woodside-LD (30/06-01/09)

1530


Blaenau Ffestiniog-LJ


1532

LJ-LD

pass

1534

1525 LD-Leeds City South (30/06-01/09)

1548

1552

1538 LD-Manchester Ex


1552

LJ-Blaenau Ffestiniog

pass

1601

1115 Euston-Pwllheli and Porthmadog; The Welshman


1602

LJ-LD (until 08/09)

1610

1620

1330 Liverpool Lime St-Bangor (until 20/06 and on 15/09 started at LJ)

1615


LD-LJ

1621

1622

1335 Manchester Ex-LD

1633

1636

1120 Euston-LD

1641

1645

1505 Valley-Birmingham New St (ECS from Holyhead)

1649

1652

1445 Crewe-LD

1650

1658

1640 LD-Chester


1655

LJ-Holyhead

pass

1657

1600 Holyhead-Euston; The Irish Mail non-stop Holyhead-Chester


1703

LJ-Blaenau Ffestiniog

pass

1707

1610 Holyhead-Birmingham New St (from 30/06)

1717

1718

1620 Holyhead-Manchester Ex(from 30/06); calls LJ to set down only

1720

1725

1710 LD-Stoke-on-Trent (from 30/06)

1728

1730

1625 Blaenau Ffestiniog-LD

1737

1740

1515 Manchester Ex-LD (30/06-25/08)

1740


1730 LD-Manchester Ex (until 08/09)LD-LJ (15/09 only)

1743

1746

1120 Newcastle-on-Tyne-LD (30/06-25/08)

1750

1754

1730 Bangor-Manchester Ex


1755

LJ-LD


1800

LJ-Blaenau Ffestiniog

1805


1632 Chester-LJ

1811

1817

1625 Crewe-Bangor

1818

1823

1630 Liverpool Lime St-LD

1819


1748 Bangor-LJ

1825


1815 LD-LJ


1842

LJ-Holyhead

1850


Blaenau Ffestiniog-LJ

1851

1855

1630 Manchester Ex-LD

1855

1857

1845 LD-Manchester Ex

1900

1903

1712 Crewe-LD

1910


1900 LD-LJ(16/06, 23/06 08/09 and 15/09 only)

1912

1913

1900 LD-Birkenhead Woodside (30/06-01/09)


1915

LJ-Bangor


1928

LJ-Betws-y-Coed

1930

1932*

1920 LD-Crewe (30/06-01/09)* ; 1920 LD-LJ (until 23/06 and from 08/09)


1945

1903 Bangor-Chester


1953

LJ-LD

1946

2000

1705 Liverpool Lime St-Holyhead

1955

2000

1945 LD-Manchester Ex

1954

2002

1838 Blaenau Ffestiniog-LD

2020

2023

1735 Manchester Ex-LD

2035

2041

LD-Blaenau Ffestiniog

2037


Betws-y-Coed-LJ

2105

2110

1950 Blaenau Ffestiniog-LD

2114


2105 LD-LJ


2118

LJ-Bangor

2118

2129

1935 Holyhead-Birmingham New St

2146

2150

1950 Crewe-LD

pass

2159

1720 Euston-Holyhead; The Emerald Isle Express (1stportion)

2210


2200 LD-LJ


2220

LJ-LD


2220

LJ-Holyhead

2226

2230

2130 Caernarvon-LD

2241

2244

1720 Euston/2125 Chester-LD; The Emerald Isle Express (2nd portion)

2300

2302

LD-Blaenau Ffestiniog

2308

2315

2240 Rhyl-Bangor

2324


Blaenau Ffestiniog-LJ

2343


2325 Bangor-LJ

pass

2357

2300 Holyhead-Euston (28/07-01/09)

pass

0012

2315 Holyhead-Manchester Ex (28/07-01/09)

pass

0022

2330 Holyhead-Birmingham New St (28/07-01/09)




 
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