The title of this topic might be rather misleading and might imply that I've spent over 50 years photographing on British Railways (as in the nationalised rail system not the railways of Britain as a whole), whereas in fact most of this time has been spent off BR on industrial and narrow gauge. However the involvement with BR over this period has covered perhaps some of the more varied and remote parts of the system mainly in the North Wales, Mid Wales and Welsh Border Areas, and I thought the results might be of interest to RMweb members.
Some of the earliest years of my railway enthusiast/modeller 'career' were spent exploring BR branch lines and for a brief period in the early 1960s I was afflicted with the then fairly common railway modellers condition of "modelling a GWR branch line in 00 gauge", until I found there were more interesting things to model in more suitable scales. However, many of the photos taken on BR at that time had that in mind and covered general views, station buildings, signal boxes, signals, etc. This had the advantage, bearing in mind my limited photographic skills in those early years, that the infrastructure is usually static, anything moving (like trains for example) was invariably blurred.
All the images are scanned from my own negatives or slides and not merely 'trawled' from the net. Some require a certain amount of photo editing to make the initial rather mediocre image more suitable for public viewing, so this topic starts as a 'toe in the water' as it were to see if there is enough interest in the subject to justify the time and effort spent. All images posted here are my copyright and should not be published or posted elsewhere without my approval.
So, to begin, I will start with the Wrexham to Ellesmere line, where several visits were made in 1962 prior to its official closure on 10th September of that year. Some photos were taken on the last day of service 8th September when the normal one coach auto train had been increased to two coaches. Photos are posted working south from Wrexham to Ellesmere.
1432 at Wrexham Central with a Wrexham-Bidston line DMU in one of the bay platforms behind
1432 at Wrexham Central on the 11.55am train to Ellesmere
Train from Ellesmere arriving at Wrexham Central over the roof tops, with St.Giles Church in the background
Cambrian signal near Marchwiel
Marchwiel Signal Box
Marchwiel Station - view towards Wrexham
1458 at Marchwiel on an Ellesmere train
3789 arrived at Marchwiel from the Wrexham direction with a brakevan, collected several empty mineral wagons and then……
departed in the direction of Ellesmere
Edited by PGH, 10 January 2016 - 11:43 .