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THIS PAGE SHOWS MORE ARCHIVE PHOTOGRAPHS OF WORKING STEAM
ON THE LMS, LNER AND LNWR REGIONS DURING THE STEAM ERA PLUS ORIGINAL
 PHOTOGRAPHS OF PAST AND PRESENT DAY PRESERVATION SPECIALS
WHICH HAVE
 NEVER BEEN PUBLISHED BEFORE.


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August 29th 2016.

It's typical bank holiday weather here- rain! Just a quick line to say that 6201 Princess Elizabeth worked down to
Derby (for Matlock and Peak Rail)  from King's Cross today, Sunday (28/08/16).

 It passed us in fine style with a hoot and usual 'Crewe clag'. It reached Derby RT and the support
47746 took the train on to Matlock. Alas, on its return, 6201 was failed at Derby and 
sent off to Butterley for repairs with the 47 taking the train back to the 'Cross.

As I am typing this I should hear it out the back, on up slow- Mk1 and Mk2 coaches always sound much louder than modern stock. Mind you, an HST at
 full bore sounds like a formation of Lancaster bombers! How Craigentinny depot keep them going is amazing.

So attached is 6201 rushing through Hitchin- only managed a couple of photos, too much car park fencing in the way!

Rain has come on again...

"Princess Class" 6201 'Princess Elizabeth' passing Hitchin with the Cathedrals Express on 28/08/2016.

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August 17th 2016.


Another lovely view by Roger Carvell is shown below with a more modern scene from 1977 below that.

The well-known view of the bowling green under Conway Castle. This view of a Black Five bursting out of the Conway Bridge was taken on August 6, 1964.
Players do not give the engine a second glance- it's an everyday event that would last forever, wouldn't it?
It is far from their minds that in three years time there would be no steam at all through Conway!  Over the lady's shoulder, just visible on the
other side of the river, an LMS pull and push set of coaches, once used on the Welsh Dragon service lies out of use.






I was looking through an old photo album the other night and found I too had taken a picture at the Conway bowling green way back on a hot August 8, 1977.

Bowls players- note 1970s flared trousers- take no notice as a 47/4 passes above, with an afternoon Euston to Holyhead express, formed of MK2b coaches (the ones with 
the wrap round doors). The 47/4 version of the original Brush Type 4, had updated dual or electric train heating to cope with the power demands of newer
coaching stock which had also had air-brakes from new.

 The bracket semaphore signal post of 1964 is still in place but now acts only as a distant signal, operated from Llandudno Jct. No.2  signal box.

 Of added interest is an oblong panel fixed at an angle high on a post; this was an early example of a solar panel, then under 
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August 15th 2016.

Two great shots of steam on the East Coast Main Line, by Roger Carvell, are shown below.

On Saturday, (13th August 2016) A1 Pacific 60163 'Tornado' headed a King's Cross to Chesterfield excursion, promoted by respected charterer, 'UK Railtours'.
Here she is rolling into Stevenage, right time, for the second pick up of  admiring tour passengers.
Luckily the WTT planned for 60163 to run down fast which makes for a better photo.

The engine was allowed nearly an hour to run King's Cross to Stevenage which is 28 miles north of the capital.
 At its first pick up, Potters Bar, 60163 had to stand time due to early running- it indicates how much padding there is in the WTT.

 In the great days of ECML Pacific steam, with the likes of Bill Hoole or Ted Hailstone at the regulator, if a 4-6-2 had not passed 
Stevenage in less than 30 minutes, then 'summat must be wrong wi' engine!'

Roger Carvell








On Sunday, (14th August 2016) it was the turn of Stanier Pacific 46233 'Duchess of Sutherland' to grace the legendary ECML. Here she is, sadly relegated to down slow running,
with a Steam Dreams charter to York, again with nearly an hour scheduled to pass Hitchin, only 32 miles from the 'Cross.

 This was a lucky photo because just seconds behind was a timetabled Grand Central HST, about to overtake at a 100mph on the down fast.

We could have been 'bowled; as the lineside photographers call it but it does indicate why 46233 was relegated to slow line running.

Roger Carvell






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August 14th 2016.

New build A1 Pacific 60163 "Tornado" at Sileby, Leics, yesterday with the London Kings Cross - Chesterfield Robin Hood.







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August 12th 2016.

More interesting local detail, from Roger Carvell, is shown below.

I have scanned a couple more photos of Llandudno Jct and Llandudno itself.

The first shows a tranquil view westwards from the now long gone level crossing at Llandudno Jct, date unknown.It shows a standard LMS/BR steel tubular post bracket signal,
all arms at danger. The single home arm will put you in Platform One or the bays, while the combined home and distant arms will put the train onto the up fast, Platform
Three towards Chester.

This signal would have been operated by Llandudno Junction No.2 signal box, at the west end of the station.
The house on the extreme right is still there but everything else man-made has either gone or been renewed.

The second photo shows the ex-LNWR water tank at Llandudno, adjacent to the Caemawr carriage sidings, although in this view, track lifting has taken place and the
structure's days are clearly numbered; sleepers await re-use elsewhere or as farm fencing. Rotten ones went on the bonfire.

Despite being a strictly functional building, the fanlight windows give the water tower a certain charm. 
The hanging chain handle, swinging in the breeze, has long ceased quenching an engine's thirst. 
Llandudno once sported no less than ten carriage sidings and a turntable, all installed by 1894.
What a busy place it was!









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July 26th 2016.

LMS Royal Scot Class 4-6-0 No. 46115 "Scots Guardsman" with today's Welsh Mountaineer crossing Gethin Viaduct en route to
Bleanau Ffestiniog with the outward leg.







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July 25th 2016.

Jubilee Class 45690 "Leander" with yesterday's Liverpool - Holyhead  NWCE is shown below.


Passing Whiston with the outward leg.

Note the lady firing the engine seen in cab window.






On the Llandudno branch at Deganwy after leaving Llandudno Junction on the way to the terminus with the outward leg.






Crossing the Menai Straits at speed, and passing the lion sentinels, underneath the A55 Expressway with the outward leg en route to Holyhead.






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July 13th 2016

A really beautiful panoramic view of 6G as it was in the "Glorious Years" sent in by Roger Carvell.

I had another scanning session tonight, so here is a nice scene-setting view of Llandudno Junction, showing signalling, the carriage sheds, oil lamps, telegraph poles, ground
signals (dummies), water and coaling stage and the shed beyond. All the trappings of the steam age- how we miss them now.

This 1957 view seems to have been taken mid to late afternoon, to judge by the shadows.

A Black Five (at a careful guess) is buffered up to some coaching stock which includes a nice Collett brake vehicle in red and cream.

 There is an assortment of wagons too, oil tanks, cattle wagons and open coal wagons on the coaling stage incline.

Another Black Five can be seen near the coaling stage. The photo is credited to R.S. Carpenter Photos.






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July 13th 2016.
Another glimpse into the future from Roger Carvell as he provides us with another look at the IEP 800001.


Another Hitachi IEP move through Hitchin (Benslow Bridge) yesterday (12/07/2016), from the Old Dalby test site up to North Pole depot in West London.
 800001 came via the East Coast Main Line under diesel power.
 I think Network Rail have barred it from taking juice from the overheads- what a waste of diesel fuel! Some have asked
why the new GWR depot that will house them is called 'North Pole'- simple, it is named after a nearby hostelry!
Roger Carvell.






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July 5th 2016.

Another rare shot sent in by Roger Carvell is shown below.

Another delve into the pile of recent pics of steam along the coast found a view of Stanier Black Five 45385 speeding through Colwyn Bay in the early 1950s.
45385 was rather a nomadic engine during its BR life, bearing at least eleven different shedplates until withdrawal in October 1966.

At 1948 nationalisation '5385' was at Mold Junction (6B). She was then posted to Holyhead (6J) but quickly moved on, either to
Crewe North (5A) (as seen in this pic), then back to Holyhead again or on to Crewe South (5B) and then to several  Midlands and North West sheds.

 In October 1963 45385 finally arrived at its last allocation, Springs Branch, Wigan (10A) where, after its final summer season in 1966, it was
 withdrawn and in May 1967 cut up at Cashmore's of Great Bridge.

In this view, 45385 has 'eleven on', mostly Stanier-design coaches in crimson and cream.
 The second vehicle appears to be painted all over crimson and perhaps of GW origin although I can't be sure.
 The continuous running board suggests a door to every compartment on one side and a corridor on the other. 

One other feature is the installation of new BR flat-bottom track, beneath 45385, laid quite recently in this picture, as the
 sleeper spikes are still light grey.

 We used to find odd ones cast aside at Flint and take them home as souvenirs- they made good paperweights.
 Nothing changes, for today, I have a 'Pandrol' clip, 'borrowed' from the ECML- it makes an excellent weight for
 woodworking glueing jobs and a conversation piece!

45385 copyright belongs to the C.M & J.M Bentley Collection.







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July 4th 2016.

Andrew Weare sent in this photo of his Grandfather Hugh Owen Williams of Holyhead who drove the Irish Mail for many years.
Andrew and his sister and twin brother are pictured below with their grandfather at Holyhead circa 1951.

Andrew tells me that Hugh was the "By Appointment" driver for the Royal train Nationally as well as in Wales.
He told Andrew that he was aware of the very spot the Great Train Robbery took place.
Hugh held a gold medal for first Aid qualification and he is buried in Maeshyfryd Road cemetery in Holyhead.

Andrew tells me that Hugh was working down a railway "foxhole" one day and whilst climbing out helped himself out by pulling himself up by holding the rail
when a train passed over it severing three of his fingers. He still drove the train that day.
These guys were made of different stuff in those days!

Andrew also tells me that Hugh's brother and Andrew's great uncle, Bob Williams, was blinded by mustard gas in the WW1 trenches.







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June 20th 2016.

Another little gem from Roger Carvell, with plenty of his usual technical detail, is shown below.

Soon after acquiring its new BR number, Black Five 45275 rattles past the tiny Nant Hall signalbox, just east of Prestatyn on a winter's day, November 20,
1948, with a down goods, probably for Holyhead, if the empty cattle wagons are to go by.
 Nant Hall signal box, in the distance, perched upon its brick base, is 'switched out', it's home signals left at clear with the distant arms operated by Prestatyn 'box.

 With only five operational levers Nant Hall was mainly used in summer months to break up the long block section from Talacre
 to Prestatyn and in so doing, aiding the quicker passage of down holiday excursions at busy times.
It must have been one of the very few signal boxes that only controlled signals in one direction on a quadruple main line.

1936-built Armstrong Whitworth 45275 was a North Wales Black Five for many years, 1948 finding it at Chester (6A), 1955 until
1966 at Mold Junction (6B) and by summer 1966 Holyhead (6J). Even in BR times, enginemen would have continued to refer to the engine as '5275'.

Following the closure of Holyhead, 45275 moved to Rose Grove, (24F), Burnley  and it saw out the summer of 1967 there until withdrawal in October that year.
 By February 1968, 45275, once a proud 'North Wales Coast' engine, was reduced to scrap at Cashmore's, Great Bridge.

 It had served the railway well, over 30 years in fact.







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June 15th 2016.

"Flying Scotsman" visited the coast today with the "Emerald Isle Explorer" carrying "Cathedrals Express" headboard.
The passengers left the train at Holyhead to take the ferry over to Ireland to continue their tour whilst the "Scotsman"
returned to London Euston with the ECS.

The shot below shows the train approaching the Junction with the outward leg and the shot below that shows the returning leg approaching
Tan y Bryn bridge Mochdre.
 







Another shot below by Alan Roberts shows the train about to enter Penmaenbach tunnel with the outward leg.







Three shots by Dave Wood on Anglesey are shown below.


Approaching Bodorgan station with the outward leg.








On the Valley triangle for turning before returning to Holyhead









Bangor station with the outward leg with ECS.









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June 14th 2016.
LMS Royal Scot Class 46100 "Royal Scot" with today's Crewe - York private charter at Pleasington near
Bamber Bridge, heading towards Blackburn.
PHOTO : DAVE WOOD







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May 2nd 2016.

A resplendent "Scot" 46100 "Royal Scot" in it's 'proper green livery' is caught by Roger Carvell on the first leg
of the Great Britain 1X at Kensington Olympia on Tuesday April 26th 2016.




I got up early last Tuesday, April 26, and joined the commuters aboard the 07.30 to King's Cross (a twelve-car Class 321 that was packed!), they to go to
work and me to photo 46100 'Royal Scot' at Kensington Olympia, on the first leg of 'The Great Britain IX' nine-day rail tour, this first day
starting at London Victoria and finishing, for 46100 at least, at Plymouth.

 It was meant to be a double-header with Black Five 44871, but unfortunately it had been declared a failure the previous day.
It has since appeared on a subsequent leg that will eventually take the excursionists to Inverness and Thurso via Abergavenny, Chester and Grange-over-Sands.
The tour eventually returns to London King's Cross behind a diesel from Doncaster next Wednesday
but under cover of darkness.

Two shots of 46100 (4 minutes early) are shown below, going well as it passes Kensington Olympia station on the bi-directional through main line having just 'gone round the
chimney pots' at Battersea and under the busy commuter lines at Clapham Junction.

A small gallery of folks (mainly of senior age) had earlier gathered on the platforms opposite the exhibition halls at Olympia, so I knew I hadn't missed 46100.

A fellow Hertfordshire photter, elsewhere that day, later caught 46100 at Exeter St Davids, non the worse for its run down the 'foreign' GW main line.

There it is, one for the steam album.

Roger Carvell.










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April 25th 2016.

Another rare find by Roger Carvell is shown below.

Another delve into the Kodak box at the recent Alexandra Palace model railway show found a fresh find, as below:

It is June 1947 at Llandudno Junction and this view shows an obviously run-down unidentified Jubilee 4-6-0, steam leaks visible, departing
with a Llandudno to Birmingham New St express, composed of ex-LNWR coaches which, but for the hostilities, have already been scrapped.

It is perhaps a typical view of the UK's railway scene, just after World War Two, when there was an enormous backlog of deferred maintenance and new-building
to catch up on from permanent way, structures, rolling stock to locomotives-and there was already talk of nationalisation the following year.
 Perhaps word had reached the 'Junction' about a new LMS-built main line diesel being constructed at Derby.

Of interest is the Travelling Post Office,TPO, mail bag apparatus on the right. It doesn't appear much in photos, but perhaps someone knows when
such equipment here at Llandudno Junction was removed.
(Roger Carvell)






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April 17th 2016.

   THE SCOT COMMEMORATIVE   


Saturday 16 April 2016
LMS Royal Scot Class 7P 4-6-0 no 46100 Royal Scot with the outward leg at Winwick.

PHOTO : IEUAN WOOD







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April 12th 2016.

Two prototype Class 800 bi-modes passed through Welwyn North on Monday April 11th 2016, late morning. Here is 800001/2
passing Welwyn North on an Old Dalby to North Pole move, pans down, both running under diesel power.

Roger Carvell.







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April 11th 2016.

A light engine movement, and support coach, from Chester to Carnforth pulled by Jubilee 45699 "Galatea"
on Saturday April 2nd 2016.
PHOTO - IEUAN WOOD







April 11th 2016.

Coronation class 46233 "Duchess of Sutherland" with the return leg of the Cumbrian Mountain Express, Carlisle - Crewe - Euston
on Saturday April 2nd 2016.
PHOTO - IEUAN WOOD






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April 11th 2016.

Report and photos by Roger Carvell on the formal unveiling of the Sir Nigel Gresley statue at Kings Cross on April 5th 2016.


The formal unveiling of the statue of Sir Nigel Gresley on the main concourse of King's Cross station took place on Tuesday April 5th 2016.

The N2 was in steam but escorted in' by a pair of English Electric Type 1 diesels, along with the SVR's beautiful Gresley restaurant car.

 The train had use of part of Platform 8 for at least two hours, before returning to Bounds Green.

 I could not make head or tail of the speeches at the actual unveiling, as the pa system was useless.

 Sir Nigel himself stood directly on the concourse and there was no formal plinth or plaque to explain who he was! All I found
was an A4 paper explanation stuck to a window of the travel centre - Poor!

The promised A4, his masterpiece, did not turn up, but that said, the N2 (never a Hitchin engine according to the 'sage', David Percival),
was a joy and an official of the SVR invited me and John Scorer to inspect the interior of the restaurant car, which was fabulous.

No ducks were placed at the great man's feet, but some were not far away up in the
crowd- the bathroom variety, plus a duck shooter's decoy caller.

Roger Carvell











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March 25th 2016.

I noticed this interesting article and photo on the Daily Mail's Question page on Tuesday March 22nd 2016.

The Question was "Did the German's build a propeller - driven rail car?"

An answer was supplied by Eddy Dayton of Chester.









An interesting article from April 28th 2016 Daily Mail Questions and Answers to Correspondents page is shown below.











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March 25th 2016.

This photograph shows a LNWR Webb 4ft 6in 2-4-2T, No.6596, at the 'Junction' on August 19, 1930. This is the first time I have seen this class in print at Llandudno Junction.

Mr Webb introduced this class of 220 locomotives at Crewe in 1879, production lasting until 1898, just a few years before the first went for scrap in 1905.

They were known as '4ft 6in' because of the diameter of the driving wheels although in reality the diameter was exactly 4ft 8.5 inches (1435mm) over tyres,
matching the UK track gauge!

No.6596 appears to be taking water and either the driver or fireman is trying to avoid an overflow off the footplate.
 The engine is in as-built condition, but sports LMS insignia and passenger lining on the side tanks.

 There doesn't appear to be a brake van so, at a guess, the engine is engaged in shunting duties within the station area. Another little nugget of interest is the third
open wagon with tarpaulin bar and rounded ends- a type of construction more familiar in Southern Railway territory; it may be a former L&BSCR example.

This class of tank locomotive became extinct in 1936 and shouldn't be confused, at first glance, with the similar but larger Webb 5ft 6in tank
which lasted considerably longer.

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March 18th 2016.

Report by Roger Carvell.

Last Friday (March 11th 2016) we had a first daylight view of the new Hitachi prototype bi-mode train, on the ECML at Hitchen, which will eventually replace the HST.

Those of us gathered at the lineside for it's passing were rather underwhelmed by it- all white, grubby, and making hardly any noise, despite
being in diesel power mode.
(See photo below)

I have heard since that the IEP is to be vinyled in Virgin East Coast livery for a 'do' on Friday (today, Mar 18).









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March 18th 2016.

Allan Judd braved the dull and damp weather yesterday (17/03/2016) to catch "Scotsman" at Goathland, thrilling the overwhelming crowds on
the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.








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March 18th 2016.

Another rare scan of 6G sent in by Roger Carvell is shown below.

This is a view looking towards Conway, taken in 1963. An unidentified Black Five, with a self-weighing tender, is slowly drawing empty coaching stock out of the carriage sheds.
The 'peg' is off for the Llandudno branch, so perhaps in an hour or so, returning holidaymakers will be sampling the comforts of travelling in ex-LNER
coaches like the two seen.

 The two Gresley-designed coaches would have been at one time East Coast Main Line's finest but as the years move on, they are 
part of BR's big fleet of spare coaching stock that was only used in summer.
 
Dr Beeching's report on the reshaping (closure!) of Britain's railways, published at the time of this view, would have featured the expense of holding large numbers of coaches 
for use only on summer excursions as and when demanded. Such luxury was soon to stop.

Interestingly the first class Gresley has a 'SC' prefix but with an 'E' suffix, meaning the Scottish Region owned the coach, but the Eastern Region was responsible for repairs.

These splendid York-built teak-bodied vehicles were regularly seen on the North Wales Coast, but by 1968 had all but vanished, leaving only a handful of
rebuilt buffet cars and parcels vans to soldier on in corporate blue and grey livery.









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February 25th 2016.

Two shots below, by Roger Carvell, of 60103 "Flying Scotsman" passing Wymondley, just south of Hitchin on the ECML yesterday
en route to London to head tomorrow's heritage special "White Rose" from Kings Cross to York.









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February 17th 2016.

Dave Wood sent in these two shots taken at the NRM yesterday (16/02/16)

60103 "Flying Scotsman" getting the final touches of the new Brunswick Green livery.






A view of the progress on A4 60007 "Sir Nigel Gresley".






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February 15th 2016.

Dave Wood caught this shot of Black Five 44871 at Parkside Junction this morning with the 5Z49 Blackburn - Bury movement.










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February 8th 2016.

How about this for dedication to our hobby?
I thought I was doing well braving the weather on Saturday February 6th 2016, by following 46100 on the NWCE into Anglesey with my young grandson Jack
who wanted to see "Royal Scot" turn on the Valley triangle which in spite of the dreadful weather we managed to do, but this was nothing compared
to what Roger Carvell managed.

Readers will know that Roger is one of this websites main contributors and on Saturday he was up with the lark at his home in Hitchen near London to
catch the early morning service train into London Kings Cross then pick up the Voyager to Crewe and then on to 6G arriving at 15.15 just in time to get a shot of
the Scot coming into 6G which is shown below.

Jack and I met up with Roger at 6G and had a very wet meeting on platform one to watch the Scot depart at 16.44.
Roger's service train to his connection at Crewe was 16.53 so we only had a short time to grab a 'cuppa' before he had to leave for home.

I have published a few of Roger's shots below which allowing for the weather are amazing quality.
I take my hat off to this man who is a real dedicated photographer and enthusiast.





46100 approaching Llandudno Junction on Saturday February 6th 2016 with the homeward leg of the North Wales Coast Express.






46100 leaving the tube at Conwy castle approaching the Junction.






46100 preparing to leave the Junction with the return leg of the above train.
(Notice the heavy raindrops caught in the exhaust by the engine's headlight, which gives an idea of the dreadful conditions)




Roger caught up with the Scot at Crewe and captured this night shot before he caught his train home after a very long wet day.







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46100 with above train passing through Colwyn Bay station with the outward leg.






As you travel across the Britannia Bridge by train, you can't help but notice the four stone lions, a pair located on each corner of the bridge.

The beasts were created in 1848 by Victorian sculptor John Thomas (1813 – 1862). These feline sentinels, created from limestone, are about 25ft (8m) long and weigh in the region of 8 tons each.

After the devastating fire of 1970 Robert Stephenson's bridge had to be rebuilt and now the A55 traffic crosses over the Menai Straits above a hidden railway crossing which is still watched over by the lions.

My photo below shows 46100 "Royal Scot" with the outward leg of the North Wales Coast Express on February 6th 2016, crossing the Britannia Bridge described above.







This shot shows the Scot entering the triangle at Valley for turning before the return to Holyhead.
My young grandson Jack waves to the driver.






The fireman climbs down to change the points to start the turning manoeuvre.








This shot shows the Scot powering towards the Junction at Llanfairfechan.











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February 4th 2016.

Another rare find by Roger Carvell is shown below.

A rummage through 'fresh purchases' in the Kodak box has brought out a nice view of a 'Coal Tank' taking the
curve to Llandudno with a motor train.

 The LMS referred to such trains as 'Pull and Push'. In grimy, wartime condition 27603 takes a Llandudno-bound motor
train (the first coach looks ex-L&NWR) away from the Junction, dated August 1945.

The carriage sheds can be seen in the far distance. The picture is copyrighted to C.M & J.M Bentley.

27603 was issued to traffic at Crewe in September 1882 and saw out both world wars. It wasn't withdrawn until August 1953, by
then bearing the BR number '58889'. It's last shed was far from Llandudno Junction, being based in South Wales at '87K', Swansea Paxton Street.
It lasted 70 years and 11 months- a very good investment.

Roger Carvell.







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February 4th 2016.


Ieuan Wood captured these two shots of 60103 "Flying Scotsman" earlier today on a loaded test run.



The first shot was taken at Giggleswick in very bad weather.






This shot was at Hellifield in the goods loop taking on water.








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February 1st 2016.

'9F' No. 92214 carries the identity of 92220 "Evening Star" at Rothley on the Great Central Railway's Winter
 Gala on January 31st 2016.



An impression of power and majesty on a very dull January day.
She was about to depart for Leicester North, and I was about to take a few backward steps!
Martin Hearne.










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January 20th 2016.

Another little gem from Roger Carvell is shown below.

I have been out and about visiting model railway exhibitions and have struck lucky (again!) with '6G' pics rummaged from those old Kodak boxes.

Here is one to start 2016 with, possibly a family gathering on the platform at Llandudno Junction. Perhaps the driver
 (can anyone identify him?) is related to the couple?

The DMU pictured is one of the 20 Park Royal two-car sets with seats for 16 first class passengers and a 100 second class, the twin unit powered by
 two BUT (AEC) 150hp underfloor engines. '6G' is painted on the buffer beam. The date is September 1957, photo courtesy of 'R.S.Carpenter Photos'.

Earlier in 1956, Llandudno Junction began receiving the very similar-looking but more numerous Derby Lightweight class for use on
 the Amlwch and Blaenau Ffestiniog branches.

Their introduction boosted local ticket receipts considerably as the travelling public enjoyed the panoramic views looking out from the
 side and through the front.
Also new in the North Wales area, were the new Birmingham R.C.W. Co. three-car units for faster services to the north-west to and from Llandudno.
                                                                  
 Because of a temporary shortage of these units, the first-build 'blue square' coded Park Royal two-car units were drafted in; this 
may have caused difficulties as the Park Royal units could not work in multiple with the  'yellow diamond' Derby Lightweights.

 By early 1958 the 20 Park Royal units had all moved to the West Midlands but by the mid-1960s some were at work in
the Watford area before the class moved to Chester to resume their work in North Wales until withdrawal in the early 1980s after bodywork
issues such as leaking roofs, and simple age, manifested themselves.

Only three Park Royal vehicles now survive, and the Helston Railway in Cornwall is host to two of them, forming a complete powered and
unpowered set. Its revival in action is keenly awaited.

Roger Carvell.








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  January 17th 2016.

Three shots by Dave Wood open this new page with a shot of 60103 "Flying Scotsman" climbing  'Burrs' on the East Lancashire Railway today
after it's recent long overhaul along with a shot of 'Crab' 13065 and West Country 4-6-2 No. 34092 "City of Wells".

















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