Steam Collections





March 20th 2018.

Another Ebay bargain purchased by Roger Carvell is shown below.

Webb 5ft 6in 2-4-2T 6669 stands outside the Llandudno Junction
carriage sheds on August 24, 1937 with an ecs train. The fireman takes
a breather. The engine is in as built condition, Crewe 1894, but resplendent in fine, lined red, LMS livery. 6669 was allocated to
Denbigh at the time but I suspect 6669 had  recently visited Crewe for overhaul to judge from its beautiful external state.

Junction, as a 'parent' shed, was responsible for 6669's maintenance.
The LMS six-wheel coach is of comment - they would be increasingly rare, even by 1937- on excursion, main line, work.

 The coach, in LMS
livery, is a nice example of an ex Midland Railway six-wheeler, perhaps of Clayton design at Derby.
The door drop lights are down, and it must have have been fun for the occupants sampling the sea air en route!
Webb 2-4-2T 6669 managed to reach nationalisation and spent its last days at Warrington in 1949.

 Before that it had been stationed in the
Warwick area, just after the second world war and reportedly in poor condition, with holes in its chimney.
(Photographer unknown)


March 6th 2018.

Dave Wood caught this shot of Black Five 45212 (5Z15) at Parkside Junction with an East Lancs Railway to Southall movement earlier today.


March 3rd 2018.

A great snow shot by Martin Hearne is shown below.

While much of the rail network has been creaking under the Siberian blast, there was no stopping Britannia Class 4-6-2 "Oliver Cromwell".
 The locomotive is seen at Sileby, at the head of The Yorkshireman, this morning.

 The 67-year-old locomotive was running about 5 minutes behind schedule, and under full power creating a majestic visual and aural spectacle


February 28th 2018.

A superb rare 'find' by Roger Carvell is shown below.

 A nice head-on of an LMS Jubilee at '7A'.

On May 21st 1936, yet-to-be-named Jubilee 4-6-0, 5679  in LMS crimson lake livery takes a rake of pre-grouping carriages off the North Wales main
and onto the Llandudno branch. This is a view taken from the then signalbox which guarded the level crossing on the main road from Conway.

5679 was later named 'Armada' in the famous British admirals and naval battles series of Jubilees, stretching from 5639 'Raleigh' to 5686 'St Vincent'.

Thinking about it, 'Armada' seems a curious choice of name as it originates from the Spanish or Portugese word 'Armada', meaning a fleet of armed ships.
Perhaps Euston thought 'Spanish Armada' was a bit un-pc, and with no wish to upset 1930s revolutionary Spain; the naming committee
settled on 'Armada'.

 It might have been simpler to say 'Fleet' or 'Home Fleet'
as that part of the Royal Navy, guarding our close shores, did. But
then, everyone who went to school remembered being taught about the victorious defeat of the Spanish Armada, off our shores by Sir Walter Raleigh.

The word 'Armada' is still used by the Spanish Navy, especially on their naval aircraft, emblazoned in big letters.

5679  'Armada' later became numbered 45679 and was an early Jubilee withdrawal after Christmas 1962; it was taken out of service that year
and scrapped = presumably at Crewe - some months later in 1963.

allocation records it was never shedded in North Wales.


February 23rd 2018.

Yesterday's Butterley - Carnforth movement (5Z34) captured by Ieuan Wood at Winwick.
6201 "Princess Elizabeth" is piloted by 37668 and 37669 on the rear.


February 13th 2018.

Below is a photo of Lion at 7A in 1938, during the filming of LMS loco power development, with the Precursor and Coronation Pacific.

This view surfaced on a Facebook group site. No idea who the photographer is, but lovely lighting.
 There's a Fowler 2-6-2T and a Black Five behind. Busy place in those days.

(See more details on the filming of above on the STEAM DAYS page.)



January 4th 2018.

Dave Wood caught Black Five 45407 at Preston station, this morning, with a Carnforth Steamtown - Castleton Hopwood GF movement.


December 11th 2017.

Martin Hearne was up early to catch the outward leg of this special,  pulled by 'Castle' 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe, on December 9th 2017.

The locomotive was hauling a special from Tyseley to York, and came off the curve at Sileby under full steam on a crisp, frosty morning.
It really was a majestic sight.




November 25th 2017.

LNER A1 Class 4-6-2 No. 60163 "Tornado" - London Euston - Chester (Chester Christmas Cracker)


BR Britannia Class 7MT 4-6-0 No. 70013 "Oliver Cromwell" Bristol Temple Meads - Chester (Christmas Cheshireman)

It's not very often that you get the chance to see two main line engines together at a main line station, but that's exactly what was on offer today.
Along with several hundred photographers and enthusiasts, who took over Chester station for the day, my grandson Jack and myself spent all afternoon watching these two
engines arriving , shunting and then leaving for home.

Below is a shot of Tornado arriving from Euston with the outward leg.

Below is a shot of Cromwell arriving from Bristol Temple Meads with the outward leg.
This shot shows some of the hundreds of photographers clamouring for a good shot.

The two shots below were the only ones that I caught showing the two engines together.
The A1 and support coach move away from the coaches in order to reverse and fill up with coal while Cromwell takes
 water provided by the local fire brigade (just out of picture).

This shot, as well as showing the two engines together, highlights the interest that was created by their visit to Chester showing some of
 the crowds of photographers and enthusiasts who seemed to take over the station for the day. Most people were getting worried here seeing the activity of the "Hi - Vis" vested
officials gathered around Cromwell as a rumour spread that the engine had problems with the motion and had failed, but thankfully the rumour was unfounded.


November 25th 2017.

Roger Carvell has sent in this shot of 14XX Class No. 1450 at the event shown below.

Saturday 25th November 2017 and Sunday 26th November 2017.


Event Details

Visit the UK's Premier Model Railway Event, made extra special this year by celebrating Warley’s Golden Jubilee show and Silver Jubilee show at the NEC.

A must for every railway enthusiast and a fantastic family day out for all.

Come early, take the whole day and see the all the sights at your leisure at the largest single hall model railway exhibition in Europe.   P.S. Sunday is always a little bit quieter!

At the NEC it was nice to see 'Fiji', the Hudswell Clark 0-6-0T, built for far east export in 1912 and brought home in 2004 for a major rebuild at
 Statfold Barn Railway, near Wolverhampton. I read that it has worked on the FR and WHR in more recent times. I was surprised

that 'Fiji's' length didn't require a supporting pony or trailing truck. Two photos below show the engine described.


November 23rd 2017.

Roger Wakefield sent in the shot below of Stanier Mogul 2-6-0 5F 2968 passing Conwy with an undated down express to Holyhead.
Roger's aunt lived in Penmaen Road, Conwy, which is in the background.

This was the first main line engine designed by William Stanier since leaving the GWR. Only 40 were built as they were superseded by the superb Black Fives.

 The mogul was introduced in January 1934 at Crewe and initially numbered 13268 but renumbered late 1934 as 2968 and then again in 1948 as 42968.

Roger Carvell tells me that the Stanier Mogul made just one trip down the coast while on a main line ticket.
 On October 19th 1997 the engine pulled the 'Ynys Mon Express' from Crewe to Holyhead and return.
 That would tie in with the design of cars in the background so could be the date of this photo by an unknown photographer.

'2968' appears to have done 20 main line excursions, including specials on the Metropolitan Line, with Amersham to Watford shuttles in 1998.
 Thereafter the engine remained on the SVR until 2013. 42968 is now under a heavy overhaul again and will eventually emerge with her first LMS number, '13268', as built in 1934.

As '42968' the engine, (always an LM Western Lines locomotive) was based at Mold Junction from July 1963 until June 1964, then moving to
 Springs Branch, Wigan. Withdrawal came at year end, 1966.



Saturday 18 November 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.

The first photo shows the Jubilee approaching Tan y Bryn bridge at Mochdre.
I have seen several steam locomotives at this location but Galatea was powering through and I estimate her speed to be well in excess of the normal 70 mph.

The two shots below show 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.


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.


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.


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.


September 26th 2017.

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

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.


September 24th 2017.

Railway Touring Club


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.


September 23rd 2017.


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.


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.
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.


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.


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!


July 25th 2017.


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.


July 23rd 2017.


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.


July 22nd 2017.


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.


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.


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)


June 10th 2017.


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.


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.




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.



 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.