Another mix of great photographs from various photographers showing
steam engines on the North Wales coast, Cambrian coast, branch lines and preserved railways
with local interest , from the "glorious years" up to the present day preservation specials.

Submissions of past and future steam movements on the coast are welcome.
Please include your name, name of photographer, details of the train, location, time and date.
Please send JPG files only by email to:

If photographs are submitted, which have been taken by other photographers, please
confirm that the permission of the photographer has been obtained for publishing on this website.

All photographs submitted to this website are published on the understanding and agreement that the image size
may need to be altered to conform with display and page layout.

No other digital manipulation of images will be undertaken unless specifically requested.



August 11th 2010.
Another selection of great shots of 6233 on the North Wales Coast Express on Sunday August 8th 2010
sent in by John of Frodsham.

John has a keen eye for the unusual angle as he displays here with this great shot of 6233 about to enter the "tube"
at Conwy castle on her way to Holyhead.

Another unusual angle as John captures 6233 reversing through Deganwy on her way to Llandudno before setting
off on the last leg of the special to Liverpool Lime Street.

This shot is out of our area but it's such a great capture I thought it deserved a showing.
It's an early morning shot of the same train in the sandstone cutting as she approaches Frodsham station.
Driver Bill Andrews, now in his 75th year, can clearly be seen enjoying the run.

6233 is seen here approaching the link road bridge with the inward leg.


August 10th 2010.
Four of my shots of 6233 pulling the North Wales Coast Express on Sunday 8th August 2010
are shown below.

Leaving the Junction with the Holyhead leg after passing under the new RSPB footbridge.

6233 returning from Holyhead approaching the Junction with Conwy castle in the background.
Driver Bill Andrews (75) is still looking fresh and enjoying the run even after his long day on the footplate.

As the evening light is fading fast she runs through Deganwy station heading for Liverpool Lime St.

After leaving the Junction she is seen here racing through Mochdre at 20.00, heading for Liverpool after a very long day.
(She was due in Liverpool Lime Street at 22.34.)


August 10th 2010.

Alan Roberts , who compiles the two signalling pages on this website, was working Llandudno Junction signalbox on

Sunday August 8th 2010. As Alan is also a steam enthusiast he took the opportunity to take some unique photos of the
steam special, that day, which are shown below.

The North Wales Coast Express was hauled by regular visitor LMS Coronation class
4-6-2 no. 6233 "Duchess of Sutherland".

It ran from Liverpool Lime Street to Llandudno Junction then into Llandudno
and then back to the Junction to complete the journey to Holyhead.

It then returned to the Junction and then back to Llandudno before returning to Liverpool Lime St.

It was, obviously, a very busy day for Alan in the Junction box but he tells me that It was a great day
and she did steam well.

Although the train only had 11 coaches on, plus 2 locos, it was too big for the platform at Llandudno to fit in within the starting signal at the end.

This time it didn't create problems at Deganwy with the operation of the Deganwy Quay Crossing, like last year,
when 6201 "Princess Elizabeth" was held up there for 50 minutes, due to a fault at the crossing and with the length of the train.
The emergency manual operation of the crossing didn't work either.
So it was fingers crossed this time.

The "train planning" at Leeds had been told about the problems and advised not to have any more than 11 coaches
on any special train on the Llandudno branch , but they had not allowed for the two locos which made a total of 13, which is far too long for
Llandudno and causes problems with the signalling track circuits.

Alan has provided four shots below.

The first two show 6233 leaving the Junction and taking the branch to Llandudno and the second two show her leaving the Junction
and taking the main line to Holyhead.




July 30th 2010.
Another shot of 48151 on the "Welsh Mountaineer" July 28th 2010, about to leave Frodsham station at 19.42.
The photographer was Dave Wood and he tells me that the train was an hour early to the times published.


July 29th 2010.
Another two shots of yesterday's "Welsh Mountaineer" at Flint,  pulled by 8F no. 48151.
  The first photo is by Darren Durrant and the second by Stéphanie Durrant.


July 28th 2010.
LMS class 8F 2-8-0 no. 48151 had a great run today on the "Welsh Mountaineer"
Preston - Blaenau Ffestiniog - Carnforth.
I took the three shots below at Dolwyddelan. Conditions were very unsettled but that didn't deter quite a few photographers
that had gathered at this location.

Driver Bill Andrews can be clearly seen below giving the "thumbs up" to line - side photographers.
Bill is one of the old school and Alan Roberts tells me that as Bill is now in his 75th year this will
probably be his last year on the main line.
Many enthusiasts will miss him.


July 29th 2010.
A great shot of 6201 "Princess Elizabeth" storming through Whiston station with the
North Wales Coast Express at 10.28am. on August 22nd 2009.  (photo Dave Wood)

A rare shot of "King" class 6024 "King Edward 1" at Bangor with the LEIN AMLWCH VENTURER on
January 23rd 1999.  (photo Ken Wood)


May 13th 2010.
Four shots by Dave Wood are shown below plus a great undated shot of A4, No. 4498 "Sir Nigel Gresley"
passing Bangor box by Dave's dad  Ken Wood .

This first shot shows A4, 60009 "Union of South Africa" masquerading as long scrapped classmate 60027 "Merlin"
with the Holyhead bound North Wales Coast Express, undated but during the 90s, at Star, Anglesey.

Coronation class 46229 "Duchess of Hamilton" after crossing the Britannia Bridge Anglesey with the
North Wales Coast Express in the late 90s.

An unidentified class 31 with the Trawsfynedd Flasks in the late 80s.

A3, 4472 "Flying Scotsman" at Llandaniel crossing, Anglesey in 1991/92 with the Ynys Món Express.

The photo below, by Ken Wood,  of 4498 passing Bangor box with her support coach is undated .


April 24th 2010.
Newly-repainted, in LMS black livery, Stanier 'Pacific' 6233 "Duchess of Sutherland"
is pictured today at Llanddulas with the outward "Welsh Dragon".

The same train at Morfa, bound for Holyhead, after it's water stop at Llandudno Junction.

Another shot of the same train taken by relief signaller Alan Roberts from Bangor signal box today
again with the outward leg from Lincoln to Holyhead.

Three more shots of the same train at Llandudno Junction by Stéphanie Durrant.

Another shot of the same train at Shotton by Dave Wood.


March 6th 2010.

An email from Richard Watson is reproduced below in which he relates
some interesting recollections on Llanfairfechan station.

Hello Geoff,
This is a fairly tenuous link with 6G I know.......
My Grandfather, Harold Watson, was a porter at Llanfairfechan station until his retirement around 1957 and we often visited my grandparents there, so I knew Llanfairfechan station very well.
The daily pick up goods used to arrive at Llanfairfechan from Llandudno Junction, usually behind 4F No. 44389 but sometimes it would be No. 44525; and on one occasion I can recall an 8F on the duty. The goods would arrive in the platform and the crew would usually leave the brake van on the main line with the hand brake screwed firmly on - as there was a rising gradient towards Penmaenmawr. 44389 had a leaky steam brake and would often creep forward while the crew were waiting for the signalman  - usually Owen Jones - to pull the levers over to allow access to the yard, which had a trailing connection on the down side. The engine would shunt in the yard and would sometimes take luggage to and from Bryn y Neuadd, a mental hospital in the woods behind the station.
I can still recall to this day the throaty "woof woof woof" of the 0-6-0 as it propelled the wagons into the sidings.
Llanfairfechan was usually the last stop on the pick up goods schedule but it would sometimes go on to Aber to shunt the yard there.
If the train didn't go beyond Llanfairfechan the loco would re-marshal the wagons with the brake van between the loco and the train. There was a trailing crossover on the Pen side of Llanfairfechan yard and in order to return to the junction the crew would perform the following manoeuvre.
The shunter would uncouple the brake van from the loco, which would then give the train a mighty shove up gradient, sufficient to give it enough momentum to cross over to the up line. Once clear of the points, the guard would screw the hand brake down, and the bobby returned the crossover points to the normal position. The guard would then unscrew the brake, and the van plus wagons would then gravitate downhill into the up platform where it would stop. The loco would then follow light engine over the crossover, and drop back to pick its train up once again.
Happy days; Llanfairfechan lost its goods facilities on 1st June 1964, and the pick up goods was no more.
Best Wishes,
Richard Watson.

This year sees an exciting new development as the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways will be running trains through to the pretty village of Beddgelert,
the Aberglaslyn Pass and on to Pont Croesor. I thought you might be interested in learning a bit about the railway and the scenery of North Wales.
If you're planning a UK weekend break or holiday, then Snowdonia is certainly worth a visit this year: the new café on the summit of Snowdon
is re-opening along with our extended Welsh Highland Railway. You can find out more by viewing our e-brochure.
Simply click on this link:   e-brochure
Why not copy this email to your friends and family as well!"


February 3rd 2010.

On June 20th 2009, I published some photographs, further down this page, taken by
 ex – signalman Ken Wood and provided by his son Dave Wood of Rainhill Merseyside.

Dave has kindly provided more of his dad’s work that he has recently found.
Most of the new photos below were taken by Ken Wood , some were acquired by Ken and
some were taken by Dave.

Dave also tells me that his dad started work as an apprentice at Goosehill in Yorkshire until he moved and
settled  down in Wales at Nant Y Garth station house.
Dave’s sister Pat tells him that their dad worked at Menai  Bridge signal box between 1956/57 as Station Master
and then at Caernarfon to start his glorious railway career which lasted forty one years.
  Dave's other sister, on Anglesey, has provided the photos of Ken below with old friend Allan Judd, who has provided
many more memories of Ken on the  ALLAN JUDD PAGE.


The text below was published with Ken’s original photos on June 20th 2009 further down this page,
but I have published it again here to remind readers of Ken’s dedication to his duties and his hobby
of recording everyday scenes which sadly are now long gone and just a memory.


The photographs below have been provided by Dave Wood of Rainhill.
Dave's father, Ken Wood, worked on the railway at Bangor signal box until his retirement.
As an avid enthusiast of railways, in the glorious years, he took advantage of his employment
to build up a unique photographic portfolio of working steam on the North Wales coast main line.

Below are some of his original shots along with others he acquired at the time.
Many thanks must go to Dave for allowing me to publish his father's work as I'm sure
site visitors will find these new rare photos fascinating.

Sadly Ken Wood passed away in May 2000 with 41 years service on the railway,
after retiring on ill health in 1999.

Alan Roberts who compiles the two signalling pages on 6G remembers working as a
relief signalman alongside Ken at Bangor box. Alan also remembers that Ken always made
a note of the engine number of a train he was interested in or when he took a photo of one
in the back of the Train Register Book at Bangor signal box.

What a shame Ken didn't have more time in retirement after such a long and
distinguished career on the railway.

The following photographs are published by kind permission of Ken Wood's son Dave,
and I hope provide a fitting memory in honour of a dedicated railway mans life.
They also provide enthusiasts with priceless memories of the glorious years of steam.


The first two photos show Ken Wood with Allan Judd at Gaerwen box (not Alan Carr as previously stated).
Allan tells me that as a close friend of Ken's he would call in for a chat when he was on annual holiday
on Anglesey, as he did here on Sunday June 28th 1987.
Ken is on the left in the colour shot but on the right in the B/W view.


Photo below shows Bangor signal box (Ex - No 2 ) on April 25th 1980.
The only remaining box at Bangor today.

Alan Roberts has provided identification of some faces in the photo.

On the extreme right is Alan Bullimore who was the then traffic inspector at Llandudno Junction.

On the extreme left is Derek Evans (Bangor Signalman) [recently passed away]

Next to Derek is Bangor relief Signalman, W.R.Jones [passed away in the early 90's]

Behind W.R.Jones on the back row is Malcolm Wrigley, [still working as relief Signalman at Llandudno Junction]

In the centre with glasses is Llandudno Junction relief Signalman Ken Williams who later became an
inspector but now sadly passed away.

An email from Geraint Owen, adding a name to the above photo, is reproduced below.

Hi Geoff

I came across the above photo on "Steam on the coast ".

In 1977 I started work on BR as a rest day relief (Leading Railman), and as part of my shunting duties I had the pleasure
of working with Derek, Will, Ken (Williams & Wood), Malcolm & Alan Bullimore. 

I recognize another face not listed, next to Ken Williams on the right is the one & only"Bangor Signaller" Les Pegler.

I hope this is of help.

Geraint Owen
Now a Senior Tech officer@ Derby


Ken at Llanfair P.G. July 1963.        (PHOTO : Allan Judd)

Ken outside Llanfair P.G.July 1963.       (PHOTO: Allan Judd)

Llanfair station (undated)

Ty Croes signal box (undated)

DMU at Bangor (undated).

Inside Menai Bridge signal box.

Inside Gaerwen signal box.

Dave Wood took the next two shots of steam at Bangor.

A4 No. 4498 "Sir Nigel Gresley" with the "Intercity Sunset" 1989.

"Princess" class 46203 "Princess Margaret Rose" 1990.

This undated shot of a DMU waiting at Bangor station must date back pre 1965.
The Bethesda branch bay platform is on the left hand side which appears to have wagon/wagons stabled on the line.
The signals at the end of the platform have a distant signal beneath which was Bethesda Junction Signal box signals
(east end of Bangor tunnel)
Bethesda Junction signal box was closed on August 1st 1965.
Bangor No.1 box on the left of the photo closed on December 8th 1968, the same time as
the closure of Tairmeibion signal box which was situated between Bangor and Aber.
(above detail by Alan Roberts)

Two class 20's at Gaerwen with what Dave believes was the last scheduled train along the Amlwch branch.
A class 37 is bringing up the rear. Dated 1992.

A view of Tairmeibion near Bangor. (undated)

Inside Aber signal box just one week before closure.

This undated shot shows the immaculate station at Llanfairfechan on the North Wales Coast main line.
The station was demolished to make way for the new A55 Expressway.
(above detail provided by Alan Roberts)

Class 25 No 25908 with an early morning train to Amlwch at Gaerwen. (undated)

Looking through the arch at the signal box at Conwy station July 22nd 1964.

An idyllic branch line scene as GWR 0-4-2T No 5811 approaches Manod with a
Bala to Blaenau Ffestiniog train in August 1955.


August 31st 2009.
Another photo below of  Black Five 45231 on the August 26th 2009 train the  "Welsh Mountaineer"
arriving at Colwyn Bay station, taken by Stéphanie Durrant of the "chuffingoodpics" website.


August 30th 2009.
Two photos by Alan Roberts who was working the crossing gates at Tal y Cafn as the return leg
of Wednesday 26th August 2009 "Welsh Mountaineer"approached.
Alan's email is also reproduced below. Thanks Alan, for these unusual shots.

Good photos of 45231 tackling the gradient from Betws y Coed - wish I was there.
Unfortunately I was working Tal-y-Cafn on lates and only saw the return working and took a photo
approaching the level crossing while attending to the gates at the same time, so not the right photos
I wanted, and worst of all coming tender first.



August 26th 2009.
The two photo's below show LMS class 5MT 4-6-0 no. 45231 making it's way through
the gloomy forest on a very wet and windy day, 45 minutes late, after leaving Betws y Coed on the way
to Blaenau Ffestiniog earlier today with the outward leg of the "Welsh Mountaineer"


August 23rd 2009.
Underneath a miserable overcast sky LMS "Coronation" Class 6233 'Duchess of Sutherland'
makes her way towards Llandudno Junction with the outward leg of the
North Wales Coast Express at Mochdre earlier today.


August 16th 2009.
An immaculate Princess. 6201 "Princess Elizabeth" is seen here at Mochdre, today, with the
outward leg of the 'North Wales Coast Express' Liverpool Lime St - Holyhead.


August 6th 2009.
LMS class 5MT, No. 45231, was in charge of the "Welsh Mountaineer"
(Preston  - Llandudno Junction - Blaenau Ffestiniog - Preston)
on Wednesday 5th August 2009.
The three photos below were taken on the outward leg.

45231 surrounded by admirers at Llandudno Junction station.

The Black Five is shown here skirting the River Conwy between Glan Conwy and Tal-y-Cafn.

45231 is seen here approaching Tal-y-Cafn station.


August 2nd 2009.
"Coronation" class 6233 'Duchess of Sutherland' visits the North Wales coast main line 
today, with the "North Wales Coast Express", seen below with the
outward leg from
Liverpool to Holyhead
easing into Colwyn Bay station 15 minutes late.

This train is scheduled to run every Sunday during August
using a pool of engines to include:

"Coronation" class EX-LMS 6233 'Duchess of Sutherland.
"Royal Scot" class EX-LMS  46115 'Scots Guardsman'
"Princess" class EX-LMS 6201 'Princess Elizabeth'
"A4" class EX-LNER 60009 'Union of South Africa'

Next Sunday's train (09/08/2009) has been cancelled.


July 8th 2009.
Over the last few weeks I have published several photo's of steam engines taken by Stéphanie Durrant
under the banner of her website www.chuffingoodpics.co.uk
and I now publish two more great shots shown below, from this dedicated and  prolific photographer.

The first shot shows "Princess" class 46203 "Princess Margaret Rose" along with "A4" 4498
"Sir Nigel Gresley" in April 1994 at 6G during the Llandudno Junction steam gathering.
I like this shot as it has an "oil painting" texture to it.

The next shot shows 6233 "Duchess of Sutherland" taking water at 6G on June 13th 2009.
Stéphanie shows here what can be achieved with controlled digital manipulation
by throwing the station crowd out of focus while keeping the "Duchess" sharp.
What a great shot!

As creative as Stéphanie obviously is, it was still a pleasant surprise to find that her son Darren
has inherited some of his mother's expertise when it comes to photographing trains.
Although this site is predominately steam biased, I had to make an exception for
Darren's great shot of 57 307, under the wires at Crewe , on Saturday July 4th 2009 shown below.
Notice how Darren has chosen a narrow depth of field to keep the 57 in focus whilst throwing
everything else slightly out of focus, but still maintaining pleasant composition.
Great shot Darren!

Original caption stated above location was Chester but this was incorrect.
 As Darren hadn't identified the location many thanks to Michael Butterworth for
the correction and identifying the location as Crewe taken from the southern end of the station.


July 1st 2009.
The three photo's below are by kind permission of www.chuffingoodpics.co.uk
They show the main line steam gathering at Llandudno Junction in April 1994.

46203,4498 and 71000


4498 and 71000

The photo below shows 46229 "Duchess of Sutherland" in a very unusual setting pulling the
"Welsh Dragon" special on May 9th 2009.
The photo supplied by www.chuffingoodpics.co.uk  is cleverly framed by the walls of Conwy Castle.


June 22nd 2009.
Inter-City ran two railtours from Crewe to Holyhead in April 1994.
They used a representation of five steam locomotives from the GWR, LMS, LNER and SR
pre-nationalisation companies in order to commemorate the end  of Inter-City prior to privatisation.
The engine roster was as follows:

4498         60007            LNER                    Sir Nigel Gresley.                           A4
6203         46203            LMS                      Princess Margaret Rose.               Princess class
                 70001            BR Standard         Duke of Gloucester                        8P

5029         5029              GWR                     Nunney Castle                                Castle class
828           30828            SR                                                                                   S15

Alan Roberts provided a photo of the above event on the North Wales Coast Steam page in January 2007.
I have published a copy of Alan's photo along with his text describing the event below.

This was a Farewell To British Rail weekend along the North Wales Coast which was held
over the Easter weekend in 1994.

A special titled "Intercity Sunset Rail tour" ran down the coast on Good Friday 1st April 1994
and the whole event was planned to have a steam engine from all the four companies.

Crewe - Llandudno Junction = GWR Castle class 4-6-0 No 6029 Nunney Castle double headed
with SR S15 4-6-0 No 828.

Llandudno Junction - Holyhead = LNER A4 class No4498 Sir Nigel Gresley.
Holyhead - Llandudno Junction = LMS 46203 Princess Margaret Rose
Llandudno Junction - Chester = 71000 Duke of Gloucester.

During the day's events, all 5 engines made a line up in the yard at Llandudno Junction.

On Sunday 3rd April 71000 developed a problem and returned back to Crewe.

Engine line up at Llandudno Junction on Sunday 3/4/1994 was as follows :-

46203, 4498, 6029 and 828.

Photo taken from signalbox shows 71000, 4498 and 46203 + support coach arriving at
Llandudno Junction ready to propel into the sidings.

The first leg of the special was behind this movement and was hauled by 6029 and 828.

Alan Roberts.

The two photo's below, of the above event, are by kind permission of www.chuffingoodpics.co.uk

The first shot shows 5029 "Nunney Castle"  and 828 waiting at Llandudno Junction and the second
shot shows 46203, 71000 and 4498 at the same location.


June 20th 2009.

The photographs below have been provided by Dave Wood of Rainhill.
Dave's father, Ken Wood, worked on the railway at Bangor signal box until his retirement.
As an avid enthusiast of railways, in the glorious years, he took advantage of his employment
to build up a unique photographic portfolio of working steam on the North Wales coast main line.

Below are some of his original shots along with others he acquired at the time.
Many thanks must go to Dave for allowing me to publish his father's work as I'm sure
site visitors will find these new rare photos fascinating.

Sadly Ken Wood passed away in May 2000 with 41 years service on the railway,
after retiring on ill health in 1999.

Alan Roberts who compiles the two signalling pages on 6G remembers working as a
relief signalman alongside Ken at Bangor box. Alan also remembers that Ken always made
a note of the engine number of a train he was interested in or when he took a photo of one
in the back of the Train Register Book at Bangor signal box.

What a shame Ken didn't have more time in retirement after such a long and
distinguished career on the railway.

The following photographs are published by kind permission of Ken Wood's son Dave,
and I hope provide a fitting memory in honour of a dedicated railway mans life.
They also provide enthusiasts with priceless memories of the glorious years of steam.


LNWR, 4-6-0 "Prince of Wales" class 5785 undated photo at Holyhead shed.
These locomotives were renumbered in the 20000 series to clear the way for the "Jubilee" class.
more detail on this HERE

4-4-0 (3-cylinder compound) 4P No.41153 passing through Old Colwyn station possibly
early 50's or late 40's as the station closed in 1952.

2-6-2T No. 41233 waits at Menai Bridge station with an Amlwch train on July 26th 1962.
I wonder if that is Ken's camera bag on the platform.

Black Five No. 44807 on Aber troughs with a 'down' e.c.s on April 13th 1966.

Royal Scot class 46144 "Honourable Artillery Company" thunders through
Gaerwen station with an 'up' parcels on July 26th 1962.

71000 "Duke of Gloucester" at Holyhead in 1961.

BR Standard 2-6-0, 2MT, No.78034 at Penrhyn yard in May 1962

A very busy Bangor shed in 1957.

D236 crosses the level crossing at

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch station in July 1963.

D334 passes Conwy goods yard on August 28th 1964.

An undated photo showing an unidentified Royal Scot class crossing the Britannia Bridge. Món.

This undated view is of Gaerwen station, Món.
(Thanks to John Powell for the ID)

An undated view of a 4-4-0 (3-cylinder compound) No. 1151 on Holyhead turntable.
John Powell has pointed out that this shot is probably 1947-48 as the engine was
renumbered 41151 during 1948 when at that time it was a 7A engine.


June 18th 2009.
I am just back from holiday having missed the two steam specials of June 6th and June 13th.
Many thanks to Alan Roberts for supplying the great photo of 5043, which is shown below.

As you will probably know I like to publish at least one shot of all steam specials on the coast
so if anyone can supply a shot of 6233 on the "Ynys Món Express" on Saturday June 13th 2009
I would be very grateful.

Please find the following as attachment of the steam special on Saturday 6th June 2009.
Weather wasn't good at the time with showers when I took the photo from Sea Road bridge at Abergele.

5043 Earl of Mount Edgecombe passes Abergele on the outward run with 1Z50 0602
Tyseley Steam Trust - Llandudno Junction on Saturday 6th June 2009.

Alan Roberts


May 12th 2009.
Two more shots of 6233 with Saturday's "Welsh Dragon" (09/05/09)

6233 Duchess of Sutherland passes Ty Gwyn foot crossing on the approaches of Abergele on the outward leg
of 1Z22 0554 Gloucester to Holyhead on Saturday 9th May 2009.


6233 prepares to leave Llandudno Junction for Holyhead with the same train.


May 9th 2009.
Two photographs below show LMS Coronation class No. 6233 "Duchess of Sutherland"
earlier today, with the Gloucester - Holyhead  'Welsh Dragon'.

The first shot shows the train approaching Llandudno Junction station after passing the
Conway Valley branch line junction.

The second shot shows 6233 waiting to depart for Holyhead at Llandudno Junction station.



May 2nd 2009.
A very long day was ahead for the passengers aboard the "Welsh Mountaineer" steam special from
Worcester, Kidderminster, Birmingham and Wolverhampton today. The train was diesel hauled to Llandudno
and then back to Llandudno Junction were the train picked up the steam engines.
Black 5's 45231 and 45407 took the train over the Conway Valley line and through to Blaenau Ffestiniog.
Then returning to the Junction and on to Crewe where the diesel power picks up the train again to Worcester.
The photo below shows leading engine 45231 and 45407 emerging from the tunnel after passing through
Pont-y-Pant station, approaching Dolwyddelan, on their way to Blaenau Ffestiniog.


April 25th 2009.
The "6880 Betton Grange Society" in association with "Steam Railway" presented
the "Steel, Steam and Stars 11" steam gala over 9 days between
April 18th  - 26th 2009 at the Llangollen Railway.

There were up to twelve locomotives being used on a crammed timetable making
this the biggest ever steam gala on a preserved railway.

I took the following photos at Carrog on Saturday April 25th 2009.

6100 "Royal Scot" approaches Carrog with newly fitted smoke deflectors pulling a
goods train banked by  Ex-GWR 0-6-2T No. 5643 from the Lakeside & Haverthwaite railway.

  Thompson Ex-LNER B1 4-6-0 No.1306 "Mayflower" double-headed with Ex-LNER D49 
4-4-0  246 "Morayshire" with a morning train from Llangollen approaching Carrog.

Ex-GWR 4-4-0 "Dukedog" 9017 leaves Carrog with a train for Llangollen.

Ex-GWR 4-4-0 No. 3440 "City of Truro" arrives at Carrog with a train from Llangollen.

B1 No.1306 "Mayflower" and D49 4-4-0 No. 246 "Morayshire" reverse out of Carrog station
after running around their train.

Ex-GWR 2-6-2T No.5526 from the South Devon Railway passes a signal with a
Llangollen to Carrog train.

6100 "Royal Scot" waits for her next turn in the sidings at Carrog,

3440 "City of Truro" waits to enter Carrog station to hook up with her train for Llangollen.

"Dukedog" No. 9017 arrives at Carrog with a train from Llangollen.

Ex-GWR 0-6-2T No.5643 with a short goods train approaching Carrog station.

Ex-GWR 0-6-0 PT No.6430 approaches Carrog station with the Autocoaches.


April 22nd 2009.
Alan Roberts has sent a photo of B1 4-6-0 5MT, No. 1306 " Mayflower" at Glandyfrdwy, on the
Llangollen Railway, on April 21st 2009 during the Steam Steel and Stars 11 gala,  April 18th  - 26th 2009.


April 16th 2009.
John Powell only remembers ever seeing one of the Ivatt 2-6-0 "Flying Pigs" on the
coast, which was 43049, passing through Prestatyn in 1953.

Below is another rare visitor at Holyhead depot(7C) in 1950.
43027 fitted with single chimney and blast pipe.
Introduced in 1947 by Ivatt with taper boiler design and double chimney. Later engines were
introduced with single chimney,like the one shown below, with which earlier engines had been rebuilt.



April 15th 2009.
A 1948 scene at Afonwen Junction is shown below with 2-6-4T 2258 and 2-6-2T 4560
waiting to leave ( John Powell)

  A common sight in the 50's and 60's were goods trains on the main line.
Road transport now holds all the aces but one can only ponder how this has come about
when our railways are so empty and in need of rejuvenation while our roads are grid-locked.
The empty canals are another puzzle but that's not this websites concern!

John Powell has sent in the two shots below of goods trains at Colwyn Bay.

The first one shows 2-8-0 8F WD "Dub Dee" 90417 passing through Colwyn Bay station
on September 1st 1953.

The second shot shows "Black Five" 45438 approaching Old Colwyn in September 1961.


April 7th 2009.

John Powell has sent in the next series of photo's, taken from old Railway Magazines.

A Webb 2-2-2-2 Compound of the "John Hick" series  built 1893, approaching Colwyn Bay.

A Webb 3-cylinder Compound, built 1894, approaching Colwyn Bay in 1909.

Below is a classic shot of Llandudno in 1938, by the late Gordon Coltas, showing a "Cauliflower" 8337
leaving Llandudno and in the background a mouth-watering collection of engines including
a Patriot, a Fowler 0-6-0 and a "Crab" waiting to use the turntable.

A photo by the late Derek Cross showing "Patriot" 45523 "Bangor" approaching
Llandudno Junction in 1960 with a Llandudno - Euston train.

Class 5, 45311 has crossed from the yard at Llandudno and is pushing it's stock into
the station in this undated view. (photographer unknown)


April 5th 2009.

BR, Standard class 4MT, 2-6-0 76079 (Pocket Rocket) eases out of the sidings into
Barmouth station on the Cambrian Coast main line, on July 30th 2006,
with a train for Machynlleth.

This engine holds a very special place in my heart as it is the engine that I took my
first drivers experience lesson on (see below)

I took the regulator on the Llangollen Railway in 1996 for my
50th birthday present, from my family.

I was instructed by the owner of the engine at that time , Derek Foster.

Derek was a fantastic instructor who even allowed my wife to drive the engine.


Below is a rather "fuzzy" photo record of my day on the footplate of 76079.

The "Pocket Rocket" was a late substitute for original 'driver experience engine'
"Jubilee"class 45593 'Kholapur' (photo below) which had failed earlier with tube problems.
At first I was a little disappointed on the substitution as I was looking forward to driving one
of my favourite main line engines but after my instruction on the footplate of 76079 I was more than
satisfied with my experience especially with the instruction I received from the (then) owner
Derek Foster and Llangollen fireman "Roley" who had both been on the footplate from
6am that day, running normal time-tabled trips, but still found the energy to take me on my
driver instruction run until well after 7pm that evening.
They even allowed my wife and I to stay on the footplate while they took the engine
back into the depot at Llangollen to drop the fire and sign off.

The photo below shows from left to right:
A very happy "me" (left), Owner Derek Foster (centre), Llangollen Fireman "Roley" (right).

"Jubilee" class 45593 'Kholapur' lies stricken inside Llangollen depot awaiting
repair to her tubes in 1996.


April 4th 2009.

A 1952 view of Bangor station with Compound 4-4-0, 40925 hauling a Manchester train

Class 5, Caprotti 44687 leaves Bangor with a Chester train (c.1962)


April 4th 2009.
A selection of superb Colour Rail slides have been sent in to me showing several scenes
of our area and showing a varied selection of engines. They are shown below.

Class 5, 44808 at Llanfairfechan (c.1960).

"Princess Royal"class 46211 "Queen Maud" waits at Llandudno Junction (c.1960)

Stanier 5F, 42954 is being turned in the Llandudno yard (c.1950's)

Class 5, 45130 in the late 50's waits at Bangor station.

Aspinall L & Y class 21 0-4-0ST, 51221 at Bangor station in 1955. This engine was allocated to
6H (Bangor) until June 1957. This engine was probably there to shunt the dock at Penrhyn.

The "Six Bells Junction" website gives details of this RCTS 1X21 special as the "Ffestiniog Scenic Railtour".
It lists the engines as 40116 and 40078 and gives a date of July 22nd 1962.
The train worked from Caernarfon to Porthmadog and return.
It is seen here about to leave Caernarfon.
(Thanks to John Hobbs for the above research and detail)


April 4th 2009.

Two photo's sent in by John Powell are shown below.

"Royal Scot! class 46142 "The York & Lancaster Regiment" passing through the city
walls of Chester with a Holyhead - Euston train in 1954.

Stanier 2-6-2T 40073 leaves Caernarfon with an Afonwen train (c.1950)