Visits to Other Preserved Railways & Events

A Whistle-stop visit to the Swanage Railway
The "South Coast Explorer" with NENTA Rail Tours
Saturday August 11th 2007

On the 10th August 2005
My wife Jools and I took a trip on the Legendry Flying Scotsman from York to Scarborough.

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'Railfest 2004' York. 2nd June 2004
A selection of some of the pictures I took while visiting the railfest celebration at the National Railway Museum York...
It was good to see so many celebrity locomotives gathered together in one place....

I have very little Photographic material to show for our weeks holiday in North Wales.
A week of very holiday un-friendly weather in which we saw mainly dull, wet or overcast sky's,
with the exception of Sunday (our first day) and Friday (our last).
However with the help from Photoshop I have been able to salvage a few reasonable shots.

'In search of Snowdon'
(Somewhere along the pass of Llanberis)
I bet it looks spectacular in in the sunshine

'The Conwy Estuary'
(with the Great Orme in the distance)
Taken from Ffordd Gyffylog close to Eglwysback
The Ffestiniog Railway Wednesday 30th July 2003
We arrived at Blaenau Ffestiniog on this very dull morning in time for the arrival of the 09.10 from Portmadog. It was hauled by the South African Built Diesel loco B-BDH 'Vale of Ffestiniog' (Built in 1968). Not that I've got anything against diesels, but we decided to catch the next train down to Portmadog, this was hauled by 0-4-4-0T 'David Lloyd George' built at the Ffestiniog Boston Lodge Works in 1992. It's the first time I've traveled behind an oil burning steam loco, quite a different smell to their coal burning relatives. We practically freewheeled all the way down to Portmadog, but coming back up was a bit more exciting behind the American Built 2-6-2T No. 57156 'Mountaineer' (Built in 1917) working hard all the way. The weather had brightened up a bit by our return journey, it would have been nice to have got some shots at intermediate stops but its difficult with all carriage doors locked.... The first picture in this sequence of 0-4-4-0T 'Earl of Merioneth' (built 1979) was taken on Monday 28th when we popped into Blaenau Ffestiniog after visiting the Llechwedd Slate caverns.

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The Llangollen Railway Friday 1st August 2003
'The Sunniest afternoon of the week' the day before our return home. Typical ! ... Ex GWR Large Prairie No. 5199 was the sole motive power for the day looking splendid in her BR lined green livery hauling a rake of 5 crimson & cream Mk coaches. We court the 10.45 from Carrog to Llangollen and returned on the 16.00 after having some lunch and spending some time in the town.
I believe 5199 made her return to traffic in April this year after an extensive overhaul.

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The Great Orme Tramway Llandudno 27th July 2003
One of the places we were recommend to visit was the Great Orme. (Not intentional) but somehow I managed to find my way up to the top by car, what a view from up there. We took the cable Car down to the town but when we wanted to return the cable Car had been closed due to high winds at the summit. so we court the tram back up to the top
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