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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
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 THE CATHEDRALS EXPRESS 

Saturday November 18th 2017


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


45699 replaced 46233 which failed last Thursday.

The Jubilee was a fine replacement and I watched the train at several locations and some of the estimated speeds were astonishing.

Below the train was well in excess of the normal 70mph speeds usually seen at this location which is the outward leg at Tan y Bryn bridge, Mochdre.








The shot below shows the engine turning on the Valley triangle. The train was right time at all of the locations I witnessed in North Wales.
A superb replacement for the "Duchess" and most watchers I spoke to agreed.










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November 14th 2017.

Webb 2-4-2T 6666 stands at Llandudno Junction, undated, while
involved in pilot duties. It looks well kept, for its age, even then, and
looks in largely as delivered condition from Crewe Works in June 1893.  (Photographer unknown)
 It is
equipped for pull and push working (in LMS parlance). Its original L&NWR number was 2146, before becoming LMS 6666 and then
under BR, 46666 in 1948.

It was allocated to Rhyl (7D) in December 1937 as the depot's sole 5ft 6in tank but by 1948, 6666 had moved south and was stationed at Northampton (2C).
 Withdrawal came in June 1954 after a lengthy 61
years in service, not a bad investment way back in 1893.
ROGER CARVELL







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November 4th 2017.

Flying Scotsman at Sileby.

The locomotive was hauling today's National Railway Museum special, from Ealing Broadway to York.
 Fortunately the heavy rain that had fallen earlier in the morning had cleared away.
 I would guess the speed was about 30-35 mph, and the regulator was eased back approaching the station.
MARTIN HEARNE







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October 23rd 2017.

“92 Squadron” No. 34081, is taking refreshments before going through the passing loop at Loughborough Great Central Station and setting back on to the
 4pm passenger train to Quorn and Woodhouse, Rothley and Leicester North.
 This was during the Great Central Autumn Gala a couple of weeks ago. Now that you mention it, she did slip her wheels a bit leaving Loughborough!
Martin Hearne.









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September 26th 2017.

Roger Carvell was a lucky bidder on EBAY recently when he won an auction for the rare photo below.
PHOTOGRAPHER UNKNOWN


Black Five 45257 of Chester (6A) has arrived at Llandudno Junction in 1964 with a secondary passenger train.
 The photographer must
have been up very early because the sun is behind him, the
shadow of adjacent running in board falling across the platform.

45257 was a Stoke (5D) engine for most of its career with forays away from time to time. It had a short spell of one week at Llandudno
Junction in June 1963  before moving back to Stoke and then west once more in June 1964 to Chester for three months before returning to
Stoke again to finish its working life in October 1965.

By February 1966 it was on the scrap heap at Cashmores, Great Bridge.
 The engine displays the lowered top lamp position to stop firemen
getting too near the 25kV.







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September 24th 2017.



Railway Touring Club

   THE YORKSHIREMAN  


Saturday 23 September 2017, LNER A4 Class 4-6-2 no 60009 Union of South Africa.

Martin Hearne sent in this nice view of the above train at Sileby.




The A4 was hauling a steam special from London Victoria to York yesterday. The train came across to the Midland Main Line from Melton Mowbray, joining at Syston Junction.
 I would guess the speed was 50-60 mph at Sileby. There was a Class 47 at the rear, which I believe was due to haul the train back from York.



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September 23rd 2017.




  THE  BORDER RAIDER   


Saturday 16 September 2017, LNER A1 Class 4-6-2 no 60163 Tornado.


Dave Wood sent in this shot of the A1 at Winwick with the above train on the outward morning run.








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August 28th 2017.

Roger Carvell travelled to the West Somerset Railway (WSR) this month and sends this report of his visit.


Attached are a handful
I took at Minehead on August 12th.

 I was amazed to see BOTH SDJR 2-8-0s
in steam at the same time, both in late BR livery.
It is still a mystery why this design wasn't adopted by the LMS as a standard heavy goods locomotive although one was tested on the Midland main line
in 1918, hauling coal trains. Restricted clearances on the Midland were one reason while the Derby standard, undersized axle boxes, led to overheating on
longer runs, problems that could be overcome.
 We had to wait for Sir William
Stanier's magnificent-and modern- Class 8F 2-8-0 design in 1935.

On August 12,  53809 sets off for Bishop's Lydeard with a rake of chocolate and cream MK1s, standard livery on the WSR while sister 53808 simmers quietly
 at Minehead.
The tender is a curious hybrid- a Deeley tender chassis married to a shorter Fowler tender tank.










Also in Minehead was a steam special from Paddington, hauled as far as Bishop's Lydeard by 'A4' 60009 Union of South Africa.
 It didn't
reach Minehead - well I didn't see it - but preserved Brush Type 4 D1661 North Star was there to head the train back along the
 West Somerset Railway and on to Paddington.
It
was a glorious day at the seaside and this pic of D1661 could have been taken in the 1960's!








A non-steamer is GWR 2-6-2T 4110, awaiting its turn for a rebuild, not having ever steamed since leaving Barry Docks.
 The side tanks look
badly corroded as you would expect but the bunker area looks fine and
the boiler and chassis appear sound.








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August 4th 2017.

 An interesting piece of nostalgia by Roger Carvell.


40155 stands silent at the buffers of Platform Five, Llandudno, awaiting release, when required, by the train crew, c1980.
 No doubt this was
an inter-regional summer working, for NER Class 40s were common
on the North Wales Coast in the 1960s and 70s.

English Electric Type 4 (Class 40),40155 was built as D355 by English Electric at Vulcan Foundry and delivered new to York on August 16, 1961.
 It was always
a North Eastern Region locomotive, moving to Healey Mills (Wakefield) on October 8, 1966.

From then on, 40155, as it had now become, alternated between Healey Mills and Gateshead (Newcastle) depots until withdrawn as 'surplus to
requirements' on January 22nd, 1985.
 40155 met its end at Crewe Works after storage, being
cut up by 1988. The locomotive shows the neater finish of later build Class 40s; gone are the
combined folding white disc and lamp headcodes and unused nose doors, features always likely to collect dirt.

A backlit headcode panel was installed. When signallers were no longer required to see train headcodes from power signal boxes, the loco
 headcodes were abandoned,
and wound round to a sullen '0000', before later been given the neat 'domino' treatment as
seen here but still retaining the back lights.







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August 1st 2017.

Roger Carvell paid a visit to the Swanage Railway last month and here are two shots from him.



Here is 80104 (ex-Barry) masquerading as 80146, at wonderful Swanage, departing with the last down train of the day to Norden on July 20th 2017.
 Battle of Britain Pacific 34070 'Manston' stands over the inspection pit. It wasn't used that day.

 On the following Monday, before public service, these locomotives had a collision not far from where I was standing.
 It is now subject to a RAIB report, but damage was minimal and no one was injured
 
I took a trip to Corfe Castle behind 80104 which was one of the ex-Cambrian lines tankies, based at Machynlleth until 1965
then after a couple of months at Croes Newydd.
 This engine was one of a batch
that was displaced to Mid-Wales from East London after the Tilbury line went
full electric in 1962.

 I can't find an allocation for 80104 on the North
Wales coast.

Llandudno Junction didn't have any 2-6-4Ts at all although Bangor did.








 A diesel service, presently using hired-in WCRC 37517 and the stunning LT red 4TC set, runs through to
Wareham for connections into South West Train services to and from Bournemouth.
WCRC 37518 arrives at Corfe Castle on July 21st 2017- a real tourist hot spot!








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July 25th 2017.

  THE WELSH MOUNTAINEER  


Tuesday 25 July 2017

LMS Royal Scot Class 4-6-0 no 46115 Scots Guardsman


Crossing the River Weaver, with the homeward leg, after taking water at Frodsham.








Dave Wood took this black and white shot of the above train at Frodsham with the homeward leg.










This shot, by Alan Roberts,  shows the train approaching Glan Conwy station en route to Blaenau Ffestiniog.









The train is on the homeward leg here at Abergele.










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July 23rd 2017.


THE NORTH WALES COAST EXPRESS


Sunday 23 July 2017

LMS Jubilee Class 6P 4-6-0 no 45690 Leander.


An early morning shot by Ieuan Wood of the Jubilee at Leech Lane footbridge, which is between Lea Green and St Helens Junction.








This shot, by Jack Poole, shows the Jubilee preparing to couple - up with the ECS at Holyhead to shunt them into a sidings to await the return trip.
Leander ran light engine to Valley, shortly after this movement, for turning on the triangle before returning to Holyhead to complete the run home.







Photographer Jack Poole becomes "driver" Jack Poole in this footplate shot at Holyhead.
Grandson Jack and myself spent a great day on this train starting at Warrington Bank Quay.









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July 22nd 2017.




   THE CUMBRIAN MOUNTAIN EXPRESS   


Saturday 22 July 2017

LMS Coronation Class 8P 4-6-2 no 46233 Duchess of Sutherland



Ieuan Wood was out early this morning to get this powerful shot of the "Duchess" with today's outward leg of the CME on the
four track section at Huyton Station.







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July 18th 2017.

Martin Hearne sends in this shot of "Scotsman" at Sileby Leicestershire on July 1st 2017.


The old girl was running under light steam at about 30-40 mph, hauling a special from King’s Cross to York, with about 12 coaches behind the tender.
 The train came across to the Midland Main Line from Melton Mowbray.









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June 13th 2017.

Dave Wood went out for "Scotsman" tonight - the movement was 5Z72 - 17.06 Chester to Carnforth Steamtown.
 The photo was taken at Winwick at 18.30  (27 minutes Late)






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June 10th 2017.

   THE COAST TO COAST EXPRESS  


Saturday 10th June 2017.

LMS Jubilee Class 7P 4-6-0 no 45690 Leander

Steam hauled: Liverpool-Scarborough-Milford Lp
Load: 10 coaches+diesel

Dave Wood was up early this morning to catch Leander, at a very wet Whiston at 05.54, with the outward leg of the above train from Liverpool.







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June 5th 2017.


The photo below shows the old Llandudno Junction level crossing in 1966, prior to it's closure and the building of the flyover which now carries the A547 to Conwy.

And below that, a photo taken from a similar position showing what the site looks like today (May 2017).
The crossing was situated somewhere behind the white van and under the new flyover.

On this modern view the road bending away to the right was the old A546 to Llandudno and is now used as a
service road for the cottages, retail and factory units that now exist and is named Glan Y Mor Road.



 







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THE WELSH DRAGON


Saturday 27 May 2017

GWR Castle Class 4-6-0 no 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe.


The first photo shows the Castle approaching Colwyn Bay, with the outward leg at Llanddulas, after running through Penmaenrhos tunnel.








This shot below shows the Castle at Beeston with the outward leg.







Here the Castle is seen returning from Valley with support coach, after turning, passing Conwy Castle en route to Llandudno Junction to
pull the train home to Nuneaton after the passengers spent the afternoon in Blaenau Ffestiniog on the portion pulled by the diesel 47773.

 




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 May 18th 2017.



Dave Wood caught 60103 "Flying Scotsman" passing Winwick, on the West Coast Main Line, with the evening return of the Cathedrals Express on May 16th 2017.










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