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Monday, 25 April 2016

Llangollen Railway

Today's post, 25th April 2016, comprises many pictures of steam locos on the Llangollen Railway and a partial insight into the LR workshops. Carlisle and our own Winwick area are other locations visited by our contributors. Seventeen pics are included in total, from four contributors.


David Quayle is our first contributor with seven examples, the first four being from the recent Along Cambrian Lines Gala. His first features Collett large 'Prairie' 2-6-2,  No.5199, approaching Berwyn tunnel on 9th April 2016.

David's second shot shows double heading Collett 'Manor' class 4-6-0 locomotives Nos 7820 Dinmore Manor and 7833 Foxcote Manor. The location was the same, approaching Berwyn Tunnel, on 9th April 2016. David adds "According to the Railway publicity, the Cambrian Coast Express was steam hauled until  November 1965. No.7820 Dinmore Manor worked the last down train on 13th November 1965. It also states that this is the first time that two black 'Manors' have run together in preservation".

The next two shots are also from the same location. David's pics take advantage of the locos working hard up the 1in 80 gradient towards Berwyn Tunnel. This one shows Churchward 'Prairie' tank '4500' class 2-6-2, No. 4566, on 9th April 2016.

Same place and date for Collett 'Manor 'class 4-6-0 No.7822 Foxcote Manor.

Pic number five from David features Collett '6400' class, push/pull fitted, 0-6-0 pannier tank No. 6430, pulling out of Berwyn heading for Corwen, on 9th April 2016.

The following two shots were taken inside the workshops at Llangollen on 9th April 2016.  This one features the construction of the new 'Patriot' class 4-6-0 locomotive, No.45551 The Unknown Warrior.  The project, to build a new 'Patriot' class locomotive replicating an original Fowler parallel boiler design, is to be completed by 2018.

David's seventh and final shot in this post was also taken inside the workshops on the same date. Pictured is Collett '4575' class small 'Prairie' 2-6-2, No.5532 built in 1928, withdrawn in 1962, and under restoration.

Ieuan Wood has sent in the next pic, number eight in this post. Pictured is Fowler/Stanier 'Royal Scot' class 4-6-0, No.46100 Royal Scot, at Winwick on 16th April 2016. The 'Special' was 'The Scot Commemorative', running Crewe-Carlisle -Crewe.

The next two shots are from myself. First up is Stanier 'Jubilee' class 4-6-0, No. 45690 Leander, heading 'The Salopian Express'. The 'Special' ran Preston - Crewe - Shrewsbury - Crewe - Preston on 22nd April 2016.  The location was Red Bank, Newton-le-Willows.

My second shot was taken at the same location on the same date. Pictured are double heading DBS class 90s, 90024 and 90029,  on a short intermodal working, heading south. 

The final seven shots in this post are from Jeff Nicholls. First up is another shot of 46100 Royal Scot, taken at Red Bank on 16th April 2016. How long before the power station is demolished and this backdrop is gone forever?

Shots two and three from Jeff were taken at Carlisle, on 20th April 2016. The first shows class 37, 37401 Mary Queen of Scots at the rear of a Carlisle - Barrow service

The second Carlisle shot features a class 156 unit, 156 514 on an Edinburgh - Newcastle service.

The following two shots were taken at Dallam (Warrington) on 20th April 2016. Both feature DBS class 60, 60059 Swinden Dalesman, working a stone train from Peak Forest to Dallam Freight Depot. in this shot the train is passing the site of the old Dallam shed, partly visible on the right. Jeff adds "The loco and train have to go into the Royal Mail terminal before reversing into the siding at Dallam to be unloaded. This is a fairly new traffic flow, much needed after the loss of the coal trains".

Jeff's second Dallam shot shows the same tain reversing from the Royal Mail terminal and being passed by Arrive Trains Wales class 67, 67002, on a Manchester Piccadilly - Llandudno service.

Berwyn is the location again for the final two shots in this post, from Jeff. The first features Collett large 'Prairie' 2-6-2, No.5199 working a stopping passenger service Llangollen - Corwen East on 10th April 2016.

Finally, from Jeff,  Collett '6400' class, push/pull fitted, 0-6-0 pannier tank No. 6430, (details above) pictured near Berwyn on the same date.

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