Zenfolio | Peter Hewitt's Transport Pictures | Go Great Western to Llandudno 30 April 2011

Created 2-May-11
Modified 2-May-11
Visitors 84
16 photos
Another Vintage Trains journey brought GWR locos No 4965 Rood Ashton Hall and No 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe northwards to Crewe, where we joined for the westward run to Chester and along the North Wales coast, headed for the annual Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza. We dawdled out of Crewe for the first few miles but were then quickly into the sixties, continuing thus to Waverton on the outskirts of Chester. After a slow passage through the city, we were up to 60 again by Saltney Junction, but signal checks meant repeated slowings, followed by quick accelerations to the sixties, all the way to Llandudno Junction. Here the Hall detached and ran round to the rear of the train, in order to release the Castle from the terminus at Llandudno, so they could go together to Valley to turn while the stock remained in the station.

A sunny though windy day at Llandudno permitted a ride up the Great Orme on the tramway and a vintage bus ride to and from the Transport Festival before returning to the station. Here both locos joined the head of the train together, dispensing with the need for further shunting at the Junction. Thus we were able to leave ahead of schedule, and were treated to further bursts of fast running, interspersed with frequent signal checks, arriving back at Crewe 11 minutes early after an excellent day out.

Categories & Keywords
Category:Transportation
Subcategory:Railway
Subcategory Detail:
Keywords:4965, 5043, Crewe, Llandudno, Vintage Trains

The locomotives take water in Platform 12 at CreweThe locomotives take water in Platform 12 at CreweNo 4965 takes water in Platform 12 at CreweNo 5043 takes water in Platform 12 at CreweNos 4965 and 5043 have arrived at Llandudno junctionNos 4965 and 5043 have arrived at Llandudno junctionNo 5043 at Llandudno JunctionNo 4965 reverses past No 5043 at Llandudno JunctionNo 4965 has joined the rear of the train at Llandudno JunctionNo 4965 at the rear of the train at LlandudnoNo 5043 at the head of the train at LlandudnoNo 5043 at the head of the train at LlandudnoAn Arriva Trains Wales Class 175 unit leaves LlandudnoNos 4965 and 5043 reverse into Llandudno for the homeward journeyNo 4965 waits at  Llandudno for the homeward journeyNo 5043 waits at  Llandudno for the homeward journey