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The shed was an oasis for the steam and diesel loco's that needed service and a rest on their long haul from London to Holyhead. As North Wales was a very popular holiday destination the summer timetable was hectic and consequently 6G was a very busy and important shed.
To anyone who remembers the old shed it must be upsetting to see what has taken it's place. a way of life has disappeared to make way for another cinema and fast food outlets. MacDonald's and the like can't be blamed , of coarse , as the site was neglected long before they took an interest in it. It's just a shame that a once important and majestic building can fall into such a pitiful state and be surplus to requirements to be swallowed up by progress.
This photograph was taken the week before the new multiplex cinema opened on the site of the now demolished carriage shed.
The following extract is from "Reflections on a Railway Career" by J.M.Dunn,( Published by Ian Allen Ltd), who was Foreman Fitter at 6G between 1935-39. Below he describes the preparations that were taken , at 6G , to arrange for the historic running of three trains plus a press and film camera train, all running together, on the four track main line , from Llandudno junction to Colwyn Bay, to commemorate the Royal Trains of 1835, 1911 and 1937.
The old Liverpool and Manchester Railway engine Lion
and a train of replica
contemporary coaches having been recently engaged in the making of the film on the life of Queen Victoria, “Sixty Glorious
Years”, it was decided that a cinematograph film should
be made of Lion and its
the coronation and
its train of 1911 and the “streamlined” (or
tinned—as I prefer to call it) Coronation
and its train of 1937.
To this end arrangements were made
for the respective engines and trains to run specially for the purpose
over the main-line between Llandudno Junction and
Lion and her train arrived on the night of Thursday, the 10th June 1937 from Bricket Wood on the St. Albans branch where they had been previously performing. They were all loaded up on crocodile trucks and ran as a special train, the Crewe 36-ton crane coming down to unload them in the morning. On Saturday, the 12th June we had Lion in steam and ran some trial trips about the yard when she acquitted herself well. Later in the day the other two trains arrived and at 5.30 on the morning of Sunday the 13th June I went to the shed in readiness for the event.
The three engines that made the historic run are shown opposite in this shot by Harry Rogers Jones . "Lion" and her special train on the turntable at 6G, with Streamlined "Coronation" class 6220 "Coronation" (left background} and " George the Fifth" class also named "Coronation" ( right background)
There had been a thunderstorm
over night and the light was very bad but I chanced it and took several
photographs all of which, fortunately, came out well. All four lines
Junction and Colwyn Bay were closed to ordinary traffic from 7.30 to 9.0 am. and given over to the three
trains and the one carrying the cinematograph camera. The trains
travelled, each slightly in advance of the other, on adjacent lines and
the journey was made without mishap. It was thought that Lion would be unable to propel her
train back to Llandudno Junction in
“back-gear” so an engine was sent to pull the old train back but this
precaution proved to be unnecessary as Lion, like the two Coronations easily shoved her train back to
the starting place, a distance of 4 miles. It was a wonderful occasion as Lion was the oldest workable steam
locomotive in the world and it was a
be associated with and present at a run of such a
historic machine under its own steam. The old engine ran wonderfully
well but was of necessity “light” at the safety valves owing to the age of the boiler.
|Opposite is an undated
shot by Harry Rogers Jones of Royal Scot No 46125 "3rd Carabinier" on
the turntable at 6G. Behind her is one of 6G's 2P 4-4-0's, in
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A proud princess 46200 "The Princess Royal" in immaculate condition at 6G in July 1962 from home shed 12A Carlisle Kingmoor. (photo A.Tyson)
Only two years later in 1964, the same engine, 46200 with motion removed awaiting her premature removal for scrapping at Carlisle Upperby.
A rare photo (copyright NRM) of the three locomotives being filmed by the newsreel cameras to commemorate the royal trains of 1835, 1911 and 1937 (described above) is reproduced below.
[ Harry Rogers Jones]
June 1937, Liverpool and Manchester Railway engine "LION" alongside "Coronation Class"
6220 "CORONATION" at Llandudno Junction, for the filming of the "Royal Trains" celebrations
The historic run
described above was included in a promotional film to celebrate the
Staniers "Coronation" class locomotives. Keep a close look out for William Stanier himself as he gives a wave
from the footplate early in the film and then keep a watch for the run described above.
LMS 6220 briefly held
the world speed record for steam
traction with a speed of 114 mph until it was
broken by the German State Railway 4-6-4 No 05.002 which achieved 124.5 mph, on the flat.
On July 3rd 1938, LNER A4 "MALLARD" 4468, achieved 126 mph to take the all time record.
There is a case to be made for the performance of the German State Railway engine being equal or even more impressive than the record run by "MALLARD" as the German engine's run was on the level as against "MALLARD's" which was downhill, but there is no disputing "MALLARD's" 126 mph record speed , which stands to this day.
The table below shows the fastest recorded speeds of British Locomotives.
LNER A4 4-6-2 MALLARD 4468 126 mph
LMS "CORONATION" 4-6-2 CORONATION 6220 114 mph
GWR "KING" 4-6-0 KING RICHARD lll 6015 108 mph
LNER A3 4-6-2 PAPYRUS 2750 108 mph
BR (SR) rebuilt "MN" 4-6-2 CLAN LINE 35028 104 mph
GWR "CASTLE" 4-6-0 CRANBROOK CASTLE 7030 103 mph
LNER "A1" 4-6-2 POMMERN 60133 102 mph
LNER "A2" 4-6-2 SUGAR PALM 60526 102 mph
SOURCE: SPEED RECORDS
ON BRITISH RAILWAYS
OS NOCK (DAVID AND CHARLES, 1971)