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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.


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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May 15th 2017.

Roger Carvell has sent in this photo by an unknown photographer showing a class 47 coming off the
 Blaenau Ffestiniog branch line onto the main line in 1983/84.

Attached is another eBay purchase, a Kodak slide of an unidentified BR Class
47 joining the main line at the altered Blaenau Ffestiniog junction, to
allow for the newly opened 1983 freight depot.
 I would put this photo
at either 1983 or 84. There seems to be one enthusiastic head leaning out of the train! Sadly no other details
about the photographer or the date and circumstances except, looking at the fall of shadows, a late afternoon or early evening photo.
Roger Carvell.







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April 30th 2017.

THE LLANDUDNO VICTORIAN EXTRAVAGANZA


Saturday 29 Apr 2017

GWR Castle Class 4-6-0 No. 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe is shown below with the homeward leg running through Colwyn Bay.







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April 23rd 2017.

Some interesting detail and photos supplied by Roger Carvell are shown below.
(Photographer unknown)

There was obviously a keen fellow out on July 17, 1965 to record the
arrival of coupled engines Jubilee 45562 'Alberta', Black Fives, 44761
and 45430 off the Llandudno branch after depositing their respective trains in the sidings at the resort.

 Having the three coupled up saves
on block occupation during the busy summer afternoon on the branch.

 Below the threesome are arriving into the station, with 'Alberta'
herself at the head, perhaps a 'cop' for the eager youngsters
pictured, while the engine stands at the station banner repeater.

45562 'Alberta; was a long-serving North Eastern Region 'Jubilee' throughout its BR years, stationed at Leeds Farnley Junction (55C)
at the time of the photo; it would have brought in the summer Saturday Leeds to Llandudno working.

At almost the end of 45562's working life it transferred to Leeds Holbeck (55A) and became a 'celebrity' engine along with sister 45593
'Kolhapur' for use in 1967 over the Settle & Carlisle line. It even managed to haul the 'Royal Train' that year and partake in rail tours.
However much as it was polished and cherished 45562 was often not in the best of mechanical condition and when it came to a preservation
choice, 45593 won the day, but I believe some rescued parts of 45562 have been reused.







 The second photo shows the tail enders, 45430, 44761 and 45562 'Alberta' moving off through the station, to next reverse and run in
convoy back once more through the station and onto the shed for servicing. I would expect 'Alberta' stood a week at Llandudno Junction
before returning home to Leeds on the next Saturday up working although there is photographic evidence of the Jubilee being
'borrowed' for Sunday engineering work between the 'Junction and Bangor.

 Midlands-based Black Five 45430 shows a Bradford to Llandudno reporting number, and was never a 'local' engine although it finished
up at Shrewsbury in 1966.
 44761 was a more regular locomotive, based
at Crewe North (5A) until transfer into the North West and actually
survived in service until BR ceased steam operations on August 4, 1968.







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April 14th 2017.

Report by Roger Carvell.

The East Coast Main Line grapevine was buzzing!
Overnight, [12/04/2017] a Doncaster to Tyne Yard & return test working ran.

 The purpose may have been to test A1  60163 "Tornado" at 90mph. On the return
southbound working, 100mph may have been attained at 03.38 between
Thirsk and Tollerton Junction.

The train is shown below at Hitchin.







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April 14th 2017.

Dave Wood caught this shot, as the sun momentarily came out, of  ex.LNER A3 60103 "Flying Scotsman on Tuesday April 11th 2017 with a
Keighley & Worth Valley Railway - Southall movement
at Winwick on the West Coast main line.







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April 14th 2017.

Report by Roger Carvell.

Below is a photo of 46233 "Duchess of Sutherland
" arriving at Hitchin on the return leg of a day excursion from Barrow Hill (for Chesterfield).
 I believe this is the first time that a Stanier Pacific
has stopped at Hitchin, if only to set down passengers.
 I am happy to write that the train
was 'right time' at Hitchin.

It is now possible to take night pictures of SLOW moving trains using the 16,000 ISO setting at 125/sec exposure., but not using flash, which drivers
do not like for obvious reasons.







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April 4th 2017.

A report on 46100 "Royal Scot" visiting the North Yorkshire Moors Railway on March 30th 2017 by Allan Judd.

 46100 "Royal Scot"  visited the NYMR last week and I made a pilgrimage there last Thursday, would you believe only to find that it had failed (injector problem we were told)
and didn't haul the first train which turned up with two black 5's at front (photo below).

   We had gone up to Ellerbeck (near Fylingdales Early Warning Station) so were disappointed when Royal Scot wasn't hauling it.

   We went down to Grosmont to see if we could at least get a photo of it 'on shed' only to find it had been repaired and was about to come down off shed to haul it's
very late running second train (photo below).

   It was said that it would also be hauling another service later so we went back up on the moor and enjoyed the scenery and the wildlife for a few hours until it came
again (another photo below).  

From the crowds at Grosmont to the peace, tranquillity and loneliness of the moors, beautiful.











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Monday March 20th 2017.

Dave Wood caught Jubilee 45699 "Galatea" with this movement from Carnforth Steamtown to Southall this afternoon.








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Sunday March 12th 2017.

Report by Roger Carvell.

Although we tend to look back on things past it is good to record the
new, from the covered long footbridge at Clapham Junction.
 In the
yard, always fairly full on a Sunday, were fresh  South West Trains Class 707s, awaiting testing, a new type
for me, built by Siemens and dragged through the Channel Tunnel.
 Here
are two, 707005/6, awaiting commissioning but not on a Sunday.
 None are in
public service yet.






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On Saturday March 12th 2017, I visited Clapham Junction for the farewell to Wessex emus tour, which, oddly
only attracted a few platform well-wishers in the drizzle.

 If it had been a
steam loco...!








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Monday, March 6th 2017.

Dave Wood caught an immaculate Black Five 45212 at Parkside Junction today with the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway
movement to Castleton Hopwood GS.






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Wednesday March 1st 2017.



Steam Dreams

   THE CATHEDRALS EXPRESS   


Wednesday 1 March 2017

LMS Jubilee Class 6P 4-6-0 no 45699 Galatea



CANCELLED THROUGHOUT DUE TO A PROBLEM WITH ON-BOARD
 SAFETY SYSTEMS.


Dave Wood caught 45699 passing Winwick this morning en route to Crewe to pick up the ECS, to complete the above tour, but as
 reported above it never left London Euston due to the problem with the safety systems and the tour was cancelled.








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February 24th 2017.

Report by Roger Carvell.

Below is a photograph of 55019 at Llanddulas in 2000 with a Holyhead bound special by the "Deltic Preservation Society", sent to me by now retired ECML driver Mick Barstow.

 He drove Deltics for a living and then on to HST's and 91's. 'Lucky Fella'.

"Royal Highland Fusilier", built in 1961 at Vulcan Foundry Newton le Willows, was much missed through Hitchin by those of us of a certain age! Staff and enthusiasts alike.

Roger Carvell.








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February 22nd 2017.

This photo below taken in 1963 by an unknown photographer shows the coaling stage at 6G.








This shot below, by an unknown photographer, shows a busy Llandudno Junction station in 1963.

Jubilee class 45552 "Silver Jubilee" leaves with an up express while Black Five 44914 waits patiently for her right of way.









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February 14th 2017.


Below are a couple of photos showing 'Tornado' passing under the
Down Cambridge Flyover, while it was en route, with its support
coach, from Stewart's Lane to Doncaster. This was a positioning move to get the engine north for its planned daily Skipton to Appleby services (in place of a dmu).

These runs (February 14th - 15th - 16th ) on the Settle and Carlisle line, are the first "Plandampf" (timetabled steam) on the main line in the UK since the
end of steam in the 1960's.

 Needless to say, 60163 was Right Time at Hitchin, as it was
a DBS-managed move. (WCRC 'timekeeping' does not apply!).

Roger Carvell.








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January 31st 2017.

Patriot Class No. 5525 "E. Tootal Broadhurst" backs down to 6G past the Carriage Shed on August 4th 1935 showing off the classic un-rebuilt angular
shape mentioned below in Derek Cross' photo of rebuilt 'Patriot' 45523 "Bangor".







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January 22nd 2017.

This view, by Derek Cross, of Queen's Road Bridge, was taken on August 9th 1960 showing an everyday scene on the North Wales Coast main line at that time.

 What a contrast to what would be seen today if even an 8F or Black Five were scheduled to pass through with the Welsh Mountaineer or North Wales Coast Express.
 The bridge would be packed with photographic enthusiasts jostling for a place. In this 1960's view not a single “spotter” can be seen, which underlines how ordinary this mouth
 watering scene was during the “Glorious days”. 

The Up “Welshman” passing through the central arch of the bridge is being pulled by Princess Royal Pacific 46209 “Princess Beatrice” whilst
 rebuilt “Patriot” 45523 “Bangor” is on the Down slow approaching the station with a Holyhead train.

 The rebuilt “Patriots” may have performed better than the original form but how ugly they looked compared to the angular original, which hopefully
 may soon be seen again on the North Wales Coast main line when the “New Build” engine 45551 “Unknown Warrior” is complete and enters main line service.







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January 16th 2017.

Roger Wakefield has provided these two photos of an immaculate ex - works Black Five No.5292 taken alongside the carriage shed circa 1948.
Identification of any of the other 6G workers would be helpful.


Hello,
Below are two photos from our family collection, with 1948 written on the reverse.

The fellow on the far left, in the first view, with suit and tie is my uncle, Harold Jones, who was a foreman cleaner at 6G shed.

They are both high definition
quality images so presumably taken by a professional photographer.

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February 17th 2017.

Roger Carvell was rather taken with these shots above so did some research and also found a photo of the Black Five at Chester on May 10th 1949 renumbered as 45292.

The photo and details are shown below.


I had a ferret through my collection of photos and found our 'M5292' now
renumbered as 45292 in 1949.

A bit of diligent research found that 'M5292' was newly allocated to Llandudno Junction in February 1948, so that would suggest the date of the two photos, showing
'M5292' as part of a drive to show off the newly nationalised British Railways to staff and public alike.

The 'M' prefix doesn't seem to have lasted too long, well it looked clumsy on a smokebox numberplate. Photo below shows the engine, still nice and shiny,
renumbered as 45292, passing Chester No.6 box before plunging into Northgate Tunnel. This is dated May 10th 1949.
 Even at that date the Stanier
coaches are still in LMS maroon livery. The first coach has a destination board,
so possibly an important express, possibly the down Manchester to Llandudno Club Train. The late afternoon lighting suggests that.

45292 moved to Holyhead in July 1951 and in 1954 moved out of the area, but returned to Birkenhead from Stoke in 1967 for a few months before
being condemned in late 1967.

 Cashmore's of Great Bridge reduced 45292 to scrap in early 1968.
Farewell to a faithful friend!

Hornby Railways issued an OO Scale model of 45292 in the LMS black livery many years ago and I notice it can be bought second-hand on eBay.
 That model has now
been replaced by a more accurate one.

Roger Carvell







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December 24th 2016.

Roger Carvell comes up with another little gem from the "Glorious days".

Below is a view (eBay purchase, photographer unknown) of a regular
North Wales Black Five, 45247, seen on Anglesey, reputed to be near Valley.
 The elevated view makes a welcome change of viewpoint as it
ambles along with a local train; the teak-bodied ex-LNER Gresley brake coach will be of interest to rolling
 stock enthusiasts, perhaps
wondering how an Eastern Region coach could stray into an LMR stock
rake, but such appearances were quite commonplace on the North Wales coast in the 1960s.

1934-built 45247 was briefly a Llandudno Junction engine in 1951 before being stationed at Holyhead (6J) and then Mold Junction (6B)
throughout most of the 1950s before moving to Bangor (6H) in April 1960, transferring to Holyhead (6J) in April 1965 and seeing out that
depot's last full year with steam traction up to December 1966. 45247's last few months were spent at Chester (6A) before withdrawal
there in April 1967. Cohens of Morriston, next door to Swansea, dispatched 45247 as chunks of valuable scrap metal later that year.
 A
very useful locomotive with an honourable 30 years, seven months to her credit.
 My notebook records 45247 present at Chester shed on March
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December 10th 2016.


Steam Dreams

   THE CATHEDRALS EXPRESS   


Saturday 10 December 2016

BR(S) Rebuilt Light Pacific no 34046 Braunton
[running as 34052 Lord Dowding]


Roger Carvell provides another steam classic below.


West Coast Railways managed to run one steam special well today - a London Victoria to Bristol charter, seen here at Reading.

 Note GWML electrification progress - only stanchions
or portals!

Roger Carvell







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December 9th 2016.

For all of us Steam - starved "Welshies" Roger Carvell was good enough to send in the following report to whet our appetites for the return of
steam locally, hopefully in the new year.

Roger is aware that they are lucky down south as steam runs for most of the year, so many thanks to him for thinking of us.



   THE CHRISTMAS SUSSEX BELLE   


Tuesday 06 December 2016

LMS Class 5MT 4-6-0 numbers 44871 and 45407

REPORT BY ROGER CARVELL

 Below are five photos of Wandsworth Common. It is rather a pleasant 'country' station built in 1869
by the London, Brighton & South Coast Railway- the booking office, manned, cosy buffet, run by a lovely Latvian woman, cash machine- and a gents for those
  who stand for long periods with camera but with dicky bladders in cold weather! Yet, for all its rural qualities, a lovely leaf-strewn common- it is only five minutes down
 the line from Clapham Junction. Being the railway of course, the 'Clapham' part of that station title is misleading- it is nowhere near Clapham itself.



 Below is shown a general view of the station, the third of three near this location, the first two having long closed as the Brighton line developed.

A maintenance gang chat while passengers go about their business; an everyday view of South West London life.

 You can get a good brew in the buffet (complete with TV!) and I complimented the lady on her cafe business. 'You please come back!', she smiled, as she
 mopped the floor in a quiet moment.









The Eastbourne steam train was booked locos and ecs from Southall, GW main line, then over the West London (Kensington Olympia) line, through to
Stewarts Lane (by the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home), over the Thames and down into Victoria by 10.15. Except that it didn't. 

On the GWML a brake pipe or similar broke, there was a delay and the train eventually limped around West London nearly an hour late and finally into London Victoria.
 Meanwhile, many chaps (of a certain age) stood on platforms, anxiously looking or phoning others to find out what was actually going on.
 There were only three of us photographers on Wandsworth Common station surprisingly, but at least we had our mobile phones. Alex, one of the
duty Southern rail men and train dispatcher had less info than we had and he was glad we could tell him what Real Time Trains was saying.

44871 and 45407 were booked Platform One (down slow) at Wandsworth Common on the outward journey to Eastbourne, so I stood on the (up slow) Platform Two for
 the planned shot, perfectly placed to show the engines to advantage, climbing up to Balham, and with station buildings as pleasing backdrop- except that it didn't!
I just caught a glimpse of steam in the distance on the down fast, and had only a smidge of time to change position and refocus. The result is below. I was lucky to get anything! 

Despite the long-running and bitter RMT Southern conductors' dispute, to which ASLEF have now joined with a rest day driving ban, Southern emus stopped or passed
 through Wandsworth Common every five minutes, together with three big freight trains.

 There was always the risk of being bowled by another at the critical moment.
That said, the two Black Fives sounded terrific as they pounded up to Balham.
 They had to  be quick, for there was a Gatwick Express emu five minutes behind their tail lamp.









The photo below of 59002 (the second-ever EMD diesel to be imported to the UK) was where I hoped 44871 and 45407 would have been.




It was a nice day out, despite the cock ups, and Wandsworth Common needs a revisit
hopefully with steam that runs to time!
Roger Carvell.




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December 1st 2016.

46233 Duchess of Sutherland going well today, in fact purring along,
at Arlesey, on a KGX to Lincoln Lyndum Fair special.

 The smoke deflectors
are doing exactly what they were designed to do.

(Roger Carvell)








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November 29th 2016.

Report by Roger Carvell.

Below is a photo of the new build 6880 'Betton Grange' 4-6-0 seen at Warley MRC at the NEC on Saturday 26/11/2016.

 Also present were two of the VoR locos, Nos 7 and 9 with the latter bearing its original '1213' GW number after being assembled from 'spare parts' at
 Swindon rather than to any admission as to being a brand new engine - any ruse to keep the bean counters happy.

The chimney of 6880 originally belonged to long-scrapped 6868 'Penrhos Grange'. I did ask one of the building team as to why no 'Granges' went to Barry.
 I was told that BR charged £500 scrap value more for a 'Grange' over a similar 'Hall'. Woodhams obviously declined the class but the
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November 19th 2016.

An unusually long DMU at Llandudno (circa 1984) is shown below by Roger Carvell.

1958-built Metro-Cammell Class 101 M56342 DTC (driving trailer composite) heads a twelve-car DMU return service to Stoke in 1984.

 A smiling female face looks out of the front window at the unknown photographer. Did they know each other?
 If so, it's a long walk back down the platform to rejoin the train at the front but there is no sign of the train driver yet.

The British Rail corporate blue and grey suited these units well, enhanced by the polished window frames, a great improvement on previous drab
 all-over BR blue. M56342 spent most of its life at Chester, partnered with M51184, MBS (motor brake second). It's last days, in 1990, found it at
 Leeds Neville Hill and after withdrawal used as store until disposed of by sale for preservation in 2005.

 Surprisingly, it still exists, though perhaps not in pristine condition, at the Midland Railway Centre, Butterley.

This Stoke departure is an echo of the days when the 'Knotty', the North Staffordshire Railway
ran their own trains from Stoke to Llandudno in the summer.

Roger Carvell.










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November 15th 2016.

PHOTO AND DETAILS BY ROGER CARVELL

Recently overhauled at Crewe, Glasgow Eastfield (ED) Brush Class 47/4, 47617 (one time D1742 and later 47149) slowly passes Llandudno signal box (circa 1984) as it backs onto
 it's train behind the unknown photographer.

 Delivered to the Western Region twenty years before as D1742 at Cardiff Canton (86A), renumbered 47617 now sports dual vacuum and air braking together with
electric train heating supply, upgraded for Mk3 sleeper trains between Glasgow and Inverness.

Very shortly after its appearance at Llandudno, it's paintwork was transformed from all-over blue into a large-logo Class 47 with yellow cabs and named 'University of Stirling' and
 featuring a white West Highland Terrier logo on the body sides.

 It was named in Stirling station by the university principal in September 1984.
By July 1991, 47617 was renumbered again to 47677 and painted in BR InterCity Swallow livery but retaining its nameplates.
 It saw out its last days on Humberside at Immingham,used on railtour or freight duties; by 1994 it was stored, subsequently going for scrap in
1998 at Booth of Rotherham and probably ceased to exist after April that year.

The 2,750hp  Brush Type 4s made quite an impact on travel down the North Wales Coast when they first appeared by 1963/4. The extra '750 hp' over the
 resident 2,000hp English Electric Type 4s made all the difference in haulage and timekeeping, I can vividly recall a lively run across
 Anglesey with an all-stations stopper which resulted in the train 'standing time' at each station!

The Brush Type 4s weren't without their early engine problems though. The crankcase was fabricated- as against cast- and as it moved under power it
 flexed and distorted; this led to serious piston or crankcase failures.

 The class was de-rated to 2,580 hp with no notable effect on performance and crankcase failures became a thing of the past.
 Many years ago a friend attended a technical lecture on the Brush Type 4, given by none other than the son of Sir William Stanier who
 also had a successful railway engineering career.

 Mr Stanier demonstrated how the engine crankcase distorted- by simply using an empty egg box! That all said, the class went on to have a long, excellent career on
BR and into the privatisation era; about 30 are thought to be registered for use on the national network with others in preservation, active or derelict/stored.










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October 14th 2016.

For those interested, the name 'Driver Jack Mills'. who was badly injured in the Great Train Robbery near Cheddington
 in 1963, will resonate.
Jack Mills lives on! DB-owned 90036 now carries his name and here he is today, racing north through Hitchin, past the newly-relaid 
down slow, on the 14.08 KGX to Newark North Gate.

90036 is on hire to Virgin East Coast while issues with the 91s are sorted out (again).

Roger Carvell.









The ECML (listening out from the back bedroom) is running nicely (touch wood). That means the catenary is holding up.
  Last Saturday (08/10/2016), new-build A1 60163 Tornado, ran down to Lincoln from King's Cross and back with the 'Magna Carta' excursion.

 Below is a photo of it passing through Welwyn North station, the well-known two-track bottleneck
that gives GN timetable planners sleepless nights

Roger Carvell.









On a very wet Saturday, Llandudno Junction's Black Five 45042 rolls into the station itself with train '1C71', a Pen-y-Chain (Butlins) to Manchester, Saturdays only (SO) working.

I can't date this photo but 45042 wears a '6G' shedplate but has 'Mold Junction' still painted on its buffer beam! 45042 was a long-serving Mold Junction (6B) engine but in the summer of
1963 it wasn't allocated there until its return in the autumn of that year. So it may have been loaned to the 'Junction for summer working when freight traffic was less in demand elsewhere.

45042 began life as '5042' on the LMS and was rolled out in October 1934. Post World War Two it served at all '6' area sheds except Bangor (6H) and when steam was
 abolished on the North Wales coast, moved to Crewe South (5B) until withdrawal in late 1967, with Cashmores at Great Bridge cutting her up for scrap after
 an honourable 33 years of service at the end of that year.

It is surprising that this summer Saturday train is composed entirely of BR Mk1 stock, making for a neat appearance.
 Most excursion trains I remember were a variation of anything that could carry passengers 'down the coast!' Even Southern Region green stock, including Bulleid
coaches, were not unknown and I can remember seeing green BR Mk1s at Llandudno Junction in summer 1965.

Roger Carvell.






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October 3rd 2016.

A nice shot of a Black Five, five days before the closure of 6G, sent in by Roger Carvell.

See the last engine about to leave 6G on October 1st 1966 on the FINAL CURTAIN page.

Now here is a lucky eBay win! A nice Kodachrome view of 'Black Five' 44713 at '6G' on September 25, 1966. 44713 was a Stoke (5D) engine at this time, never a North Wales
engine, except for a brief stint at Chester. 44713 was one of a batch built at Horwich in 1948 so was never in LMS stock. 44713 managed to survive right until the
end of steam on August 4, 1968 and wasn't officially withdrawn until the end of that month at Lostock Hall (10D), near Burnley.
 Even then, it managed to survive into 1969 before it was towed to Albert Draper's yard at Hull for breaking in March that year.
 
Just visible in the shed behind 44713 are a pair of Stanier 2-6-4Ts that were used on the Conway Valley branch for a LCGB railtour
over the late August Bank Holiday of 1966.
 That would have been the very last time the class made a visit to Llandudno Junction and it is a great pity none was preserved.
 On the right, having had its cab number cleaned, is a North Wales 'regular', 45247, a '6G' engine in 1966.
Roger Carvell.






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September 26th 2016.

Dave Wood caught  ' Royal Scot' 46115 "Scots Guardsman" on this Burton Wetmore Sidings - Carnforth
movement at Winwick this morning.

The train was piloted by Class 47 - No. 47 245.







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September 4th 2016.

NORTH WALES COAST EXPRESS

Royal Scot Class 46115 'Scots Guardsman' pulled today's NWCE in place of Jubilee Class 45690 ' Leander' which was not fit.
Instead of pulling the train throughout from Crewe, as planned, the train was diesel hauled to Chester where the "Scot" took over for the run to Holyhead.

Preparing to leave Chester with the outward leg.







Passing Morfa approaching Penmaenbach tunnel en route to Holyhead.








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September 2nd 2016.

WENSLEYDALE RAILWAY

REPORT BY ALLAN JUDD

I have recently taken the opportunity to have a run out into the dales to a few locations along the route of the Wensleydale Railway, not one of the
most professionally run railways but full credit to them, they get more than full marks for effort and their hopes and intentions are very high, with very limited
 resources they do extremely well.

The two photo's below show 2F - 0-6-0T - 69023 'Joem' which is, and has done summer appearances for a couple of years, and below that a shot of probably the
best kept 'non' railway railway station there is ? - Aysgarth.
   The hopes are that they will extend the line from Redmire to Aysgarth (3 miles) sooner rather than later, problem is the price - £12m.

"The longer term intention is to reinstate the railway from Northallerton all the way through to Garsdale."











I took the photo below of 9F - 92219 in the yard at Leeming Bar on the Wensleydale Railway and having looked into the background found the following detail:

Extract from Wikipedia - List of preserved BR Standard Class 9F Locomotives -

Built at Swindon Works in 1959, 92219 entered service on 31 January 1960 and was allocated to St. Philips Marsh shed (82B).
 Withdrawn on 30 September 1965, it had by this time been reallocated to Cardiff East Dock shed (88B).
[17] 92219 was sold to Woodham Bros for scrap and was moved to their scrapyard at Barry in October 1965.
 The locomotive was purchased for preservation by the Midland Railway - Butterley in May 1985 after
 19 years and 7 months, by which time it had lost its tender. It was the 163rd locomotive to leave Barry.

The locomotive received some cosmetic attention on arriving at Butterley in 1985. However, due to the lack of many significant
 components such as the connecting rods, motion, and the tender, the locomotive remained largely in ex-Barry
 condition, stored in the open air at Swanwick Junction, adjacent to the Exhibition Hall.

In October 2012 the locomotive was purchased by Graham and Phil Harris, and moved to Kirkby Stephen East.
 Volunteers at the Stainmore Railway Company's site hoped to restore it,[speculation?] but following a disagreement between the owners
 and Stainmore railway company 92219 moved with some other rolling stock to the Wensleydale Railway in
 April 2014 where the locomotive has got a long lasting future.

(Allan Judd)







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