North Wales Coast Steam Tours

This page is a photographic collection of today's steam tours along the North Wales coast main line and the
 Conwy Valley branch to Bleanau Ffestiniog.

Photographic submissions should be sent in jpg form to the email address on the HOMEPAGE. (geoffpoole@outlook.com)

All files received will be considered for publication so please include the engine and train details, location, date and name of photographer.

All files will be welcomed on the understanding that digital improvements, cropping and resizing, to fit in with page design, may be carried out.

IMPORTANT :  Only photographs taken from legal positions i.e. outside Network Rail land or trespass areas will be considered.
All submissions will be accepted on the understanding that these rules have been adhered to.


May 12th 2019.
A1 Class 60163 'Tornado' visited Chester yesterday with the "Mad Hatter". A gruelling five and a half hour tour from
 North Road Darlington to Chester.

A few shots are shown below of the train at Chester.

The train arrives 'right time' at Chester.

Tornado is shown here returning to the station after turning and heading for the sidings for coal and water.

Filling up with coal.

The station was full of admiring photographers, as usual, for the A1's visit.

As Tornado prepares to leave for Darlington a wedding party took advantage of the scene to add some photos to their album.


May 5th 2019.

Yesterday we had the unusual sight of four tours on the north Wales coast main line.

There were two diesel tours and two steam.

The first diesel tour was the Norwich to Holyhead "Welsh & Victorian Highlander" pulled by two Class 68s, which is shown
 below, and the later West Coast Railway Company "Llandudno Day Pullman" which comprised of a class 47 and a 57 from
Peterborough to Llandudno.

The two steam tours were the "Ynys Mon Express" Leicester to Holyhead pulled by A1 60163 'Tornado' and the
"Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza" pulled by 7029 'Clun Castle'.
Several shots of these tours are shown below.

The first visitor to our coast was 60163 'Tornado', which is shown below, after turning at Valley before reversing back into Holyhead
to pull her train back home along the coast.

 Tornado earlier in the day passing under Tan y Bryn footbridge at Mochdre, en route to Holyhead.

Another view of 60163 after turning on the Valley triangle.

These next two shots show 'Clun Castle' arriving at Llandudno Junction station before taking the train along the branch to Llandudno
for her passengers to enjoy the afternoon at the Victorian Extravaganza which is
held over the bank holiday weekend.



April 23rd 2019.

Roger Carvell supplied these two shots of the immaculate 7029 'Clun Castle' with a South Midlands tour on April 6th 2019.

 Clun Castle! It was at Oxford the day I visited Didcot GWS on April 6th 2019. This was a roundabout tour of the south Midlands, oddly via Didcot but didn’t stop there!
 7029 is part of Vintage Trains at Tyseley. Hopefully 7029 will turn up at 6G this summer. Grand loco and the standard of restoration is top class.

Ready for the return to Birmingham after a five hour layover in the university city.


April 17th 2019.

Dave Wood caught the 8F 48151, at Red Bank - Wigan, tonight with the Salopian Express
II  (Dumfries - Shrewsbury) tour.



March 10th 2019.

Railway Touring Club


Saturday March 9th 2019
LMS Coronation Class 8P 4-6-2 no. 46233 (6233) 'Duchess of Sutherland'.

Roger Carvell caught the "Duchess" at Flitwick, just south of Bedford, with yesterday's Ealing Broadway to York tour on the Midland Main Line.
Roger tells me that the sun came out in the nick of time.


March 6th 2019.

Ieuan Wood caught this shot of LNER B1 Class 61306 'Mayflower' with a Carnforth - Southall movement
on Monday March 4th 2019, at Winwick.
 33207 was at the rear.



December 15th 2018.

Southern Region Rebuilt Light Pacific 4-6-2 No. 34046 "Braunton", still masquerading as 34052 " Lord Dowding",  shakes platform 3 at Chester station, with a
 thunderous departure, as it leaves with the evening return leg to Bescot UDGL. The support diesel 67018 would then return the passengers to
 Salisbury while Braunton, as Lord Dowding, returns to Crewe.

This shot by Jack Poole shows the engine and diesel about to uncouple from the train to take coal and water earlier in the day.


December 8th 2018.


Jack Poole took this shot at Warrington Bank Quay today showing No.70000 'Britannia' now back in full swing on the main line, with
this afternoon's return leg of the Pennine Moors Explorer Crewe - Burnley - Crewe.


November 17th 2018.

Martin Hearne supplied this shot of 6233, at Sileby, with the today's York Yule Tide Express.

Stanier Pacific 6233 “Duchess of Sutherland” came storming through Sileby this morning at the head of a special excursion from Ealing to York.
 Quite an image of power and poetry, with glorious sounds to match.


Jack Poole visited the Severn Valley Railway on October 27th 2018, and took the following shots.

West Country Class No. 34027 Taw Valley pulls into Bewdley with the morning train from Bridgnorth.

This guy has been waiting a lifetime for the Ghost Train and he looks a little miffed!

He shouldn't have too long to wait now as this Class 52, No. 1062 Western Courier, built at Crewe May 6th 1963 and withdrawn August 22nd 1974 waits
 at Kidderminster with the evening "Ghost Train" on October 27th 2018.

 Jack Poole has certainly caught the mood with this tricky night shot.

Taw Valley waits, after coaling at Kidderminster, to take one of the evening Ghost trains, on October 27th 2018.



Saphos Trains ran this special train on Saturday October 13th 2018.
Locomotives  -  D213 "Andania" plus LSL 47 (T&T).

This tour special was scheduled to run, on a very wet Saturday, from Crewe to Bleanau Ffestiniog - then returning to Llandudno Junction and on to Holyhead, before returning to Crewe.

Unfortunately the Conwy Valley branch line was closed due to adverse weather conditions so the tour diverted from 6G to Llandudno for several hours before
reversing into 6G and proceeding on to Holyhead. The train left Holyhead with the return leg at 15.15 arriving at Crewe 19.30.

There were many enthusiasts present to record this historic return to the North Wales Coast line for D213.
Possibly some thought they would never see the class return to the coast again.

The first shot shows the train powering through Colwyn Bay station taken by Jack Poole.

This shot shows the train waiting to leave for Holyhead at 6G.

This shot by Roger Carvell shows another shot of the train about to leave 6G for Holyhead.

This delightful night shot by, Roger Carvell, shows the engine after arriving at Crewe.



Saturday September 22nd 2018.
LNER A3 Class 4-6-2 No. 60103 "Flying Scotsman"

This first shot by Alan Roberts shows the A3 at Mochdre.

Jack Poole caught the train as it approaches Llanfair PG signalbox.

This shot shows the interest aroused by the famous engine as there are so many enthusiasts at Valley to watch the engine turn on the triangle that the
British Transport Police were present to ensure safety.


Railway Touring Club


Tuesday July 24th 2018.

LMS Class 8F 2-8-0  No. 48151.
Steam hauled : Preston - Blaenau Ffestiniog - Preston.
Diesel assisted due to fire risk (37669).

This shot by Jack Poole opens this new page showing the 8F leaving 6G with the evening leg.

The next three shots by Dave Wood show the train first preparing to leave North Llanrwst on the outward leg then on the homeward leg at
 Abergele and finally at Helsby.

Signalman Alan Roberts (now recently retired after 42 years service) took these four shots of the train arriving at
 6G and preparing to leave for Bleanau Ffestiniog.

Photographer Jack Poole 'cabbing' the diesel  37669 at 6G.

The Mountaineer leaves 6G, on the homeward leg, passing the Blaenau Ffestiniog branch line.



Sunday July 22nd 2018.

LMS Jubilee Class 6P 4-6-0 No. 45690 'Leander'.

The 'Jub' with the outward leg at Tan y Bryn footbridge Mochdre.

Passing one of the four limestone lion sentinels, as the train runs over the Britannia bridge, crossing the Menai Straits en route to Holyhead.

After turning at Valley 'Leander' prepares to enter the main line, to reverse to Holyhead, to join up with her train.

45690 joins the main line after turning at Valley.

Approaching Llanfair P.G station with the homeward leg.