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Fenton was a
trainspotter in the sixties along with most boys of his age.
Nothing unusual in that, but unlike most "spotters" (myself included)
Jim kept meticulous records of his "spotting trips" and as he grew out of the hobby,
he placed them safely in his attic and forgot about them until he came across them recently.
Realizing that he possessed a vault of memories that would be of interest to
railway enthusiasts, he asked me if I would be interested in publishing them on 6G.
is so much data that
it was necessary to split up the records into eleven pages for
quicker download times and also to make it easier to read and research.
plenty of video and still photographs of steam, working in
it's heyday, plus audio files by the likes of Peter Handford along with unlimited literature on all
aspects of the subject, there has been a distinct dearth
of locomotive records and observations.
The data in the following pages goes some way to redress the balance.
Jim Fenton travelled nationwide to motive power depots, stations and favourite locations
by train, bicycle and car to collect and record it in such a comprehensive way.
There is a wealth of local interest as Jim made numerous trips across North Wales
plus several visits to 6G and spent a lot of his time "spotting" around
Colwyn Bay and the surrounding area.
observations fascinating reading, and felt it was like a trip
back in time to the "Glorious Years".
As I read through the records it was nice to see so many "Brits" , "class 5s" and "9F's,
but it came home to me vividly that there was no Patriots, Scots, Coronations etc,
and only a handful of "Jubs" which emphasizes what was happening to
our steam engines during the mid to late sixties.
would like to thank and
congratulate Jim on his endeavors to put this unique data
into this format, and for allowing us to share these fascinating records.
I know that site visitors will find these pages enthralling.
- 1968: TRAINSPOTTING OBSERVATIONS
by Jim Fenton
some of my old trainspotting log books in the attic has provided an
what locomotives and multiple units were around in North Wales, the
England and selected other locations between 1966 and 1968. I hope that
the observations of interest and that memories come flooding back! Most
data is from 1967 when I also kept a daily diary of schoolboy
appeared to be my prime past time!).
My Top Ten most enduring
rail-related memories are as follows:
What got me interested in railways, I think, was visiting
friends of my
parents in Disley, near Stockport. They lived on a road with the
Piccadilly – Buxton (LNWR) line at the top of the road, across the
Bridge Canal and a field was the Manchester Central – Chinley (MR) line
across the Goyt Valley was the Manchester Piccadilly – New
Mills/Hayfield/Chinley line (LMS). Effectively surrounded by trains
noon and night! Surprisingly, the location still is!!
The sight that first got me ‘hooked’ on trainspotting. A misty
autumnal evening in 1964 on Penrhos College footbridge in Colwyn Bay
extremely work-worn Britannia class 70024 ‘Vulcan’ working hard round
curve on the Slow line (by Allen’s Repository) with a down parcels
Holyhead. Could anything be more impressive?
A fairly still evening, with the gentle wind out of the west,
Tan-y-Bryn Rd. bridge awaiting the up ‘chlorine’ loose coupled, pick-up
freight (usually went through about 20.00) and hearing it begin to move
Llandudno Junction. After what seemed an age, a huge column of smoke
around the corner near the electric substation in Mochdre that
imminent passing of a very weary-looking 9F. The length of the train
evening was massive by North Wales standards. Awesome smoke effects!
Oh, for a
Sitting on the side parapet of Queens Road bridge in Llandudno
on a Summer Saturday eating chips from Enoch’s, followed by a couple of
‘Jubbly’s’ (a triangular frozen drink sort of thing). Brilliant!
Sticking my head out of the door window of the first coach
Britannia class 70045 ‘Lord Rowallan’ as it slipped viciously while
from Talacre station with an up train to Chester. The noise, the smoke,
Visits to Croes Newydd shed because it always looked ‘cosy’,
sited in the triangle of lines and I seemed to prefer roundhouses
straight sheds. That’s why I love Barrow Hill shed!
Sitting on Crewe station (North end) watching 8F 48212 wheezing
with a freight from the Stoke on Trent area towards Chester.
Travelling behind D117 from Chinley to Derby on the old Midland
through the most beautiful scenery in the Peak District.
Sitting on the cab roof of a Bullied Pacific in Woodhams Scrap
Barry and feeling very sad about the fate of all the wonderful steam
Crawling through long grass across a field on my elbows and
trying to ‘bunk’ Kingmoor shed, only to be met by a Transport Policeman
had seen me coming, but complemented me on my effort!!
during day trips were not accurately located geographically, but those
know’ will be able to track the journey by the types and specific
locomotives recorded (especially shunting locomotives). It could be
‘detective game’. The more you look into it, the clearer some journey’s
become! For example, on trips to or via Crewe, the recording of
EM2(Co-Co) locomotives indicates the train passing the sidings at Crewe
Shed opposite Crewe Works. Another piece of detective work is to
London termini from the locomotives/EMU’s recorded. I certainly have
recalling day trips. Reference to the annual Locoshed Books will assist
reconstruction of many trips.
in Blackpool, in hindsight, I was given a wonderful opportunity to
visit the last bastions of steam in the northwest between 1966 and
Following the demise of steam in August 1968, interest in number
diminished. My love of railways, however, continues to this day but
the 1967 diary refer to Colwyn Bay. Most of the records of locomotives
Bay were observed from Penrhos College footbridge or Tan-y-Bryn Road
Only very selected records of specific locomotives were recorded,
these locations. The locomotives recorded as ‘shunting’ at Colwyn Bay
in the late afternoon, after school. Most of the ‘off shed’ records at
Llandudno Junction were made from Queens Road bridge.
of selected days out are given below, but without specific
many observations. It provides, however, a taste of what was!
logs are recorded consecutively in columns not rows.
Days in 1967 marked with
an asterisk(*) have a full locomotive/multiple unit log below.
Visited Blackpool North shed (10B)*
Saw 73144 & D5078
Visited Wolverhampton High Level station
(9B) and Reddish (9C) sheds *
Saw D5141 and D251
Visited Crewe (5A & 5B). Saw D1956 & D1957. Copped 70016
Saw D1861 & D5073
Saw D5075. 48060 shunting
Saw D1620 & 90645
Saw 48509. 48373 shunting
Saw D376 & 45056
Saw D5076 & 48073
Saw 92083. 73159 shunting
Trafford Park (9E), Patricroft (9H) & Newton Heath (9D). Copped 104
253 locomotives *
Warrington shed (8B). Saw D8193 & D8194 (ex Vulcan Foundry) *
Blackpool North shed (10B). Saw D3007 *
Llandudno Jct. and shed (6G) Saw D5144, D5073 & D1806 (on freight)
Saw D1951, D225 & D1843
Saw D1803 & M56106
Warrington shed (8B) *
Newport and Cardiff*. Copped 143 out of 228
Llandudno Jct. and shed (6G) Saw D5077 & D5087. D298 was
on points on the shed, but re-railed with jacks.
Crewe Works. Copped 65 out of 324 locomotives*
Warrington shed (8B)*
Preston station and Lostock Hall shed (10D)*. Saw 60007
Warrington shed (8B)*
Saw D5006. D5140 shunting
Reddish shed (9C) and Crewe station/sheds (5A & 5B)*. Saw 45593 and
D8307 (ex Crewe Works)
11th D5144 shunting
12th D5084 shunting
13th D5087 shunting
14th D5075 shunting
Llandudno Jct. and shed (6G) Saw D5075 & D5080
17th D5057 shunting
18th D5093 shunting
20th D5060 shunting
21st D5060 shunting.
Visited Lostock Hall
Rose Grove shed (10F)*
Blackpool North station & shed (10B) plus Blackpool South
Rode on 45375 while on turntable at North shed
24th D5081 shunting
25th D5085 shunting
26th D5057 shunting
27th D5073 shunting
28th D5093 shunting
29th Saw D224, 48304 & D1829
4th Saw D1852,
D5140 & 48012
5th Saw M56153
Buxton shed (9L)*
Nottingham station*. Copped 62 out of 117
11th D5008 shunting
12th D5079 shunting
15th D5143 shunting
16th D5087 shunting
17th Saw D1806, D1854 &
D1906. D5143 shunting
18th D5141 shunting
19th Saw D214, D1802. D5013
20th Saw D1962
22nd D5076 shunting
23rd Saw D1940. D5010 shunting
24th D5006 shunting
25th D5003 shunting
27th Saw D7587, D7595 & D1688
29th Saw D1722 & D5086
31st Saw D1687, D5080,
D1849, D5003, D5013
& D2605. D5058 shunting
2nd Saw D1939, D5005
Llandudno Jct. and shed (6G). Saw D2955. Visited Warrington shed (8B)
Blackpool North shed (10B) and Lostock Hall shed (10D)*
5th Saw D2954 in
mixed freight pulled by D5086. D5058 shunting
6th Saw D1622
7th Saw D225 and
9th Saw D5000.
Old Oak Common (81A), Finsbury Park (34G) and Hither Green (73C) sheds*
12th D5058 shunting
13th D5007 shunting
14th D5091 shunting
15th Saw D1621 and D1580. D5004
16th Saw D1993, D5073 and D222
17th Saw D67 on special
19th Saw D5074
20th Saw D1965. D5008 shunting
22nd Saw D220. D5074 shunting
23rd Saw D1965. D5081 shunting
Llandudno Jct. and shed (6G)*. Saw D5002, D7540, D387 and D1955
26th D5073 shunting
27th Saw D1848 and D227. D5013
shunting. Saw first
29th D5009 shunting
(50A)*. Copped 177 out of 298.
4th Saw D1587
and D5021. D5073
6th Saw D1962
7th Saw D1929,
D5008 and D5020
plus some Western Region multiple units.
Llandudno Jct. and shed (6G) Travelled behind D378 (down) and D7627
D5000, D5089, D5294 and D7626
11th Saw D1634, D1805 and D258
Hull Dairycoats shed (50B) and Leeds Holbeck shed (55A)(partially!)*.
out of 330
22nd Saw D5005, D5072, D5228,
D7574, D7630 and
Crewe (5A & 5B). Copped 10 out of 242
Preston. Saw 9 Britannia class passing through the station
Lostock Hall shed (10D)
2nd Saw 92014
5th Saw D5030,
D5187, D388 and
7th Saw D5027
12th Saw D5012, D5028, D7511 and
19th Saw D5036, D7582, D352 and
21st Saw D5049
Derby Works Open Day and Toton shed (16A)(partially!)*. Saw D207, D209,
and D361 at Crewe. Copped 93 out of 257
Preston from Blackpool North. Pulled by 44971. Saw D7637, D6812, D1782
Runabout Ticket for 25 shillings! Visited Carlisle and Annan. Saw D8500
D8504.Visited Carlisle Upperby shed (12B)*
Carlisle station and Workington shed (12D)*. Saw 70039
Carlisle and Skipton*. Pulled by D31 from Carlisle to Skipton. Visited
shed (10A). Saw D400 and 92071. Copped 42 out of 177
Kingmoor shed (12A)(partially!)*. Saw 70037, D5349 and D6841.
out of 120
home from Blackpool via Carlisle and Crewe*! Copped 19 out of 170
14th Saw D206
15th Saw D206, D1712 and M50398
Northwich (8E), Bolton (9K), Newton Heath (9D) and Trafford Park (9E)
Copped 58 out of 249
28th D5027 shunting
30th Saw D5033, D5047 and D5059
Lostock Hall shed (10D)*. Saw 44985
Blackpool North shed (10B)*. Saw D1541
26th D5031 shunting
Birmingham New Street, Tyseley shed (2A) and Saltney shed
sheds*. Copped 78 out of 295
Edge Hill shed (8A)*.
13th Saw D320
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