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Re: Blaenau Ffestiniog to Trawsfynedd in pictures.....

Postby branchie » Sat Oct 18, 2008 6:18 pm

What fantastic pictures!

I used to live alongside the Conwy Valley line between Betws and Dolwyddelan so these pictures bring back many happy memories. In fact, the morning flask train (usually a Class 25 hammering its way up the gradient) was my alarm call to get me up for school :)
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Re: Blaenau Ffestiniog to Trawsfynedd in pictures.....

Postby tinsley-toton » Sat Oct 18, 2008 6:27 pm

Coachmann wrote:Chester-based Class 108 crosses the lane leading to Teigl Halt while working the ???Sunday Shuttle??™ service from Llandudno on 21st July 1990. These trains were run in conjunction with Gwynedd Council and the North Wales Railway Circle, but they just didn??™t get enough publicity and few people knew about these summer trains to Trawsfynedd.


I recognise the train crew (even with those moustaches !!) - both are still based at Llandudno Junction.
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Re: Blaenau Ffestiniog to Trawsfynedd in pictures.....

Postby Merfyn Jones » Sat Oct 18, 2008 8:38 pm

A recreation of one of Coacman's shots on page 1.
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Re: Blaenau Ffestiniog to Trawsfynedd in pictures.....

Postby Coachmann » Sat Oct 18, 2008 8:52 pm

Well done Merfyn, but when are you going to construct the massively high mountian that is the backdrop for your layout..... :lol: :lol: Did you build any of the ballast trains?

Caption research and writing take so much time, its like preparing an album.......

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37114 ???City of Worcester??™ is on a weed killing train, pictured from the hillside overlooking the line leading to Teigl Halt on 19th August 1998. 37023 ???Stratford TMD??™ was on the other end of the train, as we shall see later.
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31306 and 31207 worked a stone train over the Traws line during upgrading of the line on 23rd November 1993. The train was split on the branch and this is one of the 31??™s returning from site.
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Pathfinder Tours ???Trawsfynedd Trekker 2??™ winds it way around the one-time narrow gauge curves on 10th September 1994. 31238 and 31207 are leading on the return from Trawsfynedd with 20075 and 20187 on the rear.
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Further down the line, the bridge inspection train was returning from Trawsfynedd, its job done.
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One of the first passenger trains to traverse this line after passenger services ceased in 1960 was this DMU working the 1T39 Press Special on 17th July 1989. It was photographed near Teigl Halt returning from the new station platform at Meantwrog Road to form the 14.18 Blaenau Ffestiniog-Llandudno and the 17.26 Llandudno-Derby, hence the destination blind.
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DMU in the landscape, a Class 108 working the Sunday Shuttle service near Teigl Halt. It would be neat if the Conwy Valley service from Llandudno were extended to Llan Ffestiniog, but we can dream??¦..
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I had photographed this train headed by 31163 and 31199 at Trawsfynedd and at Meantwrog road, but to get up here involved abandoning the car after a fast drive, and a run uphill across several fields and a style with video camcorder, heavy tripod and a still camera. I had just about set everything up when the train appeared around the curve.
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A second shot as the train headed for Manod. The main road can be seen below in the distance. Fitness and agility had been built up over a number of years, but I know my limitations today!
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When Gunpowder from Cooke??™s Explosives Works in Penrhyndeadraeth ceased working out over the Cambrian system, it was taken by lorry to Meantwrog Road station yard where it was transferred to rail. 47334 is propelling its empty van between Teigl and Llan Ffestiniog on 20th August 1987. This traffic was lost following a fire at the factory.
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A Queen Mary brakevan heading a flask train near Llan Ffestiniog.
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???Trawsfynedd Trekker 2??™ with 20075 and 20187 leading is approaching Llan Ffestiniog station on 10th September 1994.
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25042??™s steam heating is on as it propels an Inspection Saloon through the outskirts of Llan Ffestiniog on 6th March 1985.
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Re: Blaenau Ffestiniog to Trawsfynedd in pictures.....

Postby mines a pint » Sun Oct 19, 2008 12:20 am

branchie wrote:What fantastic pictures!

I used to live alongside the Conwy Valley line between Betws and Dolwyddelan so these pictures bring back many happy memories. In fact, the morning flask train (usually a Class 25 hammering its way up the gradient) was my alarm call to get me up for school :)

If the train ran late did they give you a 'detention' :wink: :lol:
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Re: Blaenau Ffestiniog to Trawsfynedd in pictures.....

Postby Coachmann » Sun Oct 19, 2008 9:58 am

I too would like to see more pictures of your model Merfyn, but dont forget to set your aperture to F22 or smaller..... 8)

The 'album' continues with a look at the line through Llan Ffestiniog, also known as plain 'ol Festiniog on GWR station and signalbox signs. Sorry I have no pictures of the station buildings, but these had all gone by the time I took an interest in the line in the 1980's.

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A pair of Class 31??™s had worked a train of ballast wagons onto the Trawsfynedd line and had split the train for working at two different sites. The weather that bitterly cold morning swung between sunshine, hailstone and snow, and provided some dramatic backlit views of 31270 standing amid the remains of Llan Ffestiniog station. The station carried the name FESTINIOG.A view from the engine end appears in my colour album The ???Conwy Valley Line??™ by Foxline.
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A second view of the leading portion of train headed by 31270, this time taken from the road beside the station, which incidentally was well positioned for the community it served.
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After 31270??™s departure, 31242 rolled in with the second portion. By this time the sun was out and almost head-on making photography difficult at this location. .
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A Christmas Card from Llan Ffestiniog ??¦??¦??¦??¦??¦The rails were snow covered when I arrived in Blaenau Ffestiniog on 21st December 1993. It was disappointing to discover the flask train had not run that day, nevertheless, I was rewarded with a few pretty snow scenes sans trains. Amazingly the cattle dock is still extant after standing disused for 48 years.
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Despite all the new sleepers, rails and ballast that went into those many weeks of upgrading the line, there was still evidence of track that had been down since the turn of the 20th Century. This chair is one of many around this area that carries the markings ???GWR 1905??™.
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Viewed from the opposite side of the bridge, CH633, a Chester-based Class 108 Unit passes through the village of Llan Ffestiniog with the Sunday Shuttle service en route to Trawsfynedd on 22nd July 1990. The filling station in the foreground has now gone.
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A second bite of the cherry taken earlier in the day with CH633 passing the small village of Llan Ffestiniog on 22nd July. A change of grade can be detected from the left hand coach as the line heads down the valley.
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Having run comparatively level through Festiniog, the line now runs downhill quite steeply following the course of the valley until it reaches the bottom and then starts to climb again towards Maentwrog Road. Having picked up its consignment of explosives, 47334 is climbing the grade towards Llan Ffestiniog on 20th August 1987.
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47324 slowly negotiates the sharp check-railed curve at the bottom of the grade from Maentwrog Road before opening up for the climb to Llan Ffestiniog with yet another consignment of explosives from Cookes Factory in Penrhyndeudraeth on 24th September 1987.
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A small bridge crosses the sharp curve mentioned previously and 47290 is seen propelling empties to Maentwrog Road on 6th July 1987.
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Re: Blaenau Ffestiniog to Trawsfynedd in pictures.....

Postby Jamie » Sun Oct 19, 2008 10:08 am

The whole thread is fantastic, but A40 is a truly outstanding image :o

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Re: Blaenau Ffestiniog to Trawsfynydd in pictures.....

Postby Coachmann » Sun Oct 19, 2008 8:10 pm

Thanks Jamie. I'll take this thread a little further tonight....
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47324 running downgrade from Maentwrog Road sidings with an explosives traqin on 24th September 1987.
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It was either very hot or bitterly cold when I visited this area. As might be expected, 5th November 1993 fell into the latter category. With darkness falling, 31270 rolls down the grade near Maentwrog with the first flask from Trawsfynydd following two years of inactivity during which it was decided to decommission the plant.
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Seemingly on top of the world, this is the view at the top of the grade near Maentwrog Road Station, qwith 31327 on the tail of the ???Trawsfynedd Trekker??™ railtour.
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At the same location (conveniently not far from a road lay-bye), 31163 and 31199 are ticking over as the train begins the steep descent to the bottom of the valley with the flask on 4th August 1993.
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The Special Press trip of 17th July 1989 was the first train to use the new platform in Maentwrog Road goods yard. Crosville took the passengers on to Trawsfynydd Nuclear Power Station, and a regular Sunday service commenced running on 23rd July. By this date the explosives traffic had ceased running.
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By the time the 1990 passenger service started, trains were allowed through to Trawsfynydd and the wooden platform was removed. CH633 passes the goods yard en route back to Blaenau Ffestiniog on 21st July 1990.
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31306 passes the yard at Maentwrog Road with an LMS design Inspection Saloon on 8th May 1991. Under current Health & Safety legislation these saloons can no longer be propelled...Plain daft after 150 years of propelling vehicles....! What next?
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The Brakevan and barrior wagon were left on the ???mainline??™ while transfer from lorry to the goodsvan took place. As always, photography was by kind permission of the railwaymen, in this instance to got my shots and didn??™t hang around!
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37023 ???Stratford TMD??™ was probably the first loco in Mainline blue livery to work over the line, seen here on the weedkilling train on 19th August 1997. This shot was taken from the road bridge that split the complex in half, the station itself being on the other side of the bridge. It is pleasant to note the GWR 37ft long Goods Warehouse and disused goods platform (Cattle Pens were on this platform) are still extant today.
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And here is the station at Maentwrog Road, a private residence since passenger services ceased in 1960. In good railway practice, the station was some 2 miles distant from the village it purported to serve, in fact it was almost as close to Tan-Y-Bwlch on the Festiniog Railway!31130 ???Calder Hall Power Station??™ and 31319 are propelling this train to the power station seen on the distant horizon.
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Re: Blaenau Ffestiniog to Trawsfynydd in pictures.....

Postby Coachmann » Mon Oct 20, 2008 2:51 pm

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LMS design 50ft District Engineers Inspecton Saloon No. DM45029 is being propelled towards Trawsfynydd by 31306 on 8th May 1991.
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The ???Trawsfynydd Trekker??™ railtour, top & tailed by 31190 and 31327, approaching its goal on 27th August 1994.
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Derby Research Class 150/1 Track Recording Unit Nos. DB999600 and 999601 were working the 2Z08 test train between Blaenau Ffestiniog and Trawsfynydd on 22nd May 1991.
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It had been 30 years since this section of line had seen public passenger services when this Derby Class 108 turned up on the extended ???Sunday Shuttles??™ on 22nd July 1990.
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31163 and 31199 standing at the one-time Trawsfyneed Lake Halt, and later terminus of the line on 4th August 1995. The ???Goliath??™ crane in the background, built in 1963 by Messrs. John Boyd Limited of Annan, was used to transfer Nuclear flasks between rail and road vehicles.
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31410 'Granada Telethon' and 31130 'Calder Hall Power Station'are pictured heading away from Trawsfynydd terminus back to Ffestiniog later in the afternoon of 1st August 1985.
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Re: Blaenau Ffestiniog to Trawsfynydd in pictures.....

Postby Merfyn Jones » Mon Oct 20, 2008 3:34 pm

Just to add a little information about the explosive trains.
When the Cambrian coast ceased to carry the goods from Penrhyndeudraeth the business was originaly transfered to Blaenau Ffestiniog goods yard along with the conventional 10' wb vacuum fitted gunpowder vans. Early 1980s these were replaced by VAA VBA type lwb air brake vans. It was not ontil 1985-6 that the siding at Maentwrog Rd. was put in. Using points and track from Crewe remodeling (out of the scrap box)
I think I may have some piccys of the earlier trains somewhere.
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Re: Blaenau Ffestiniog to Trawsfynydd in pictures.....

Postby dyserthroad » Mon Oct 20, 2008 4:23 pm

Great pics and interesting information, fantastic thread.
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Re: Blaenau Ffestiniog to Trawsfynydd in pictures.....

Postby Coachmann » Mon Oct 20, 2008 4:35 pm

Thanks for the information Merfyn concerning Maentwrog Road siding and loading in Blaenau Ffestiniog. I didnt know this.

Further pictorial information on the line in steam days can be found in :-

'Rails to Bala' published by Charter Publication, Rhuddlan (1987)

'Bala Junction to Blaenau Ffestiniog' published by Foxline Publishing (1995)

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Re: Blaenau Ffestiniog to Trawsfynydd in pictures.....

Postby Merfyn Jones » Mon Oct 20, 2008 9:18 pm

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Ron Gaskell (Movments Manager) has placed the clip on the facing points to the siding at Trawsfynnedd to enable driver George Sheedy to take the special right up to the buffer stop hidden in the long grass. 20 Aug 1989. The train consisted of 2 x 2 car 104s and a 3 car 108.


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A class 40 returns the flask train through the incomplete Blaenau Central during 1981, before the Festiniog track arrived. A dual brake flask wagon with vac braked barriers, a Sealion and Plate.


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Another vac. braked flask train with class 40, c1981


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A return trip freight from Blaenau, c1980 with empty vac. braked coal, gunpowder vans and 2 ex ferry vans used as barriers. Near Llanrwst.


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40126 returns the flask across Manod viaduct, c1982.


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40126 passing Cwm Teigl Halt.


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40126 near Manod.


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40126 runs round in the old Blaenau yard before propeling the flask to Traws. c1982


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23 July 1985 and 45056, the only Peak to my knowledge to ever work a freight on the branch. Empty VAA for Blaenau to collect the explosive traffic. No brake van, so would be to Blaenau only for loading before the Maentwrog Rd. siding opened.
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Re: Blaenau Ffestiniog to Trawsfynydd in pictures.....

Postby Coachmann » Tue Oct 21, 2008 7:56 am

Hi Merfyn,
Super shots and the kind of stuff I regret not seing through sticking with the action on the mainline. I wished I had known about the 'Peak' when the colour albums were being put together a few years back!

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Re: Blaenau Ffestiniog to Trawsfynydd in pictures.....

Postby Owen » Wed Oct 22, 2008 3:43 pm

Lovely pictures Merf and Coach, a stunning little collection.

The one of LEV1 in the first para is interesting, as I see most of the time when working on the NNR rotting in the sidings. I never realised it made it quite so far West.

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Re: Blaenau Ffestiniog to Trawsfynydd in pictures.....

Postby IanHolmes » Thu Oct 23, 2008 6:05 pm

Awesome pictures.
I spent many a happy holiday in and around Blaenau Ffestiniog as a youth.
These pictures bring back so many memories.
Its like I was there again.
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Postby jameshilton » Thu Oct 23, 2008 7:14 pm

Some fantastic photos here - I find the branch strangely fascinating! It's another of my 'if only I had more time, money etc etc' modelling projects :)
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Re: Blaenau Ffestiniog to Trawsfynydd in pictures.....

Postby Bomp » Thu Oct 23, 2008 10:35 pm

I'd often wondered what went down there. I too traced the line towards Dolgellau (my ancestors "live" in the graveyard at Ganllwyd), as well as over the Migneint towards Bala. It would make a great preserved railway, standard or narrow - a connection with the Festiniog, down to Bala, a branch to Dolgellau, thence to Barmouth Junction in Julia's footsteps, then dual gauge over Barmouth Bridge to the station there. Not that I've spent too many a long night shift dreaming about such things...
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Re: Blaenau Ffestiniog to Trawsfynydd in pictures.....

Postby mines a pint » Fri Oct 24, 2008 12:11 am

More pictures: very nice too! particularly enjoyed the vac.braked trains and peaks 40's!
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Re: Blaenau Ffestiniog to Trawsfynydd in pictures.....

Postby Phil » Fri Oct 24, 2008 7:32 am

Bomp wrote:I'd often wondered what went down there. I too traced the line towards Dolgellau (my ancestors "live" in the graveyard at Ganllwyd), as well as over the Migneint towards Bala. It would make a great preserved railway, standard or narrow - a connection with the Festiniog, down to Bala, a branch to Dolgellau, thence to Barmouth Junction in Julia's footsteps, then dual gauge over Barmouth Bridge to the station there. Not that I've spent too many a long night shift dreaming about such things...



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Re: Blaenau Ffestiniog to Trawsfynydd POSTSCRIPT...

Postby Coachmann » Fri Oct 24, 2008 9:04 pm

My good friend Philip Hindley has allowed some of his photos to be scanned for this thread as a postscript. He took photos in 1959 when the line was still open and in 1962 shortly after it closed. I' m sure they will be of interest particularly to those who have considered making a model of the line.
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The ex-LNWR Blaenau Ffestiniog (North) in 1950 showing the rundown condition of the passenger station. I have created this colour conversion as near as possible to available information for a British Railways L M Region photo. The building was demolished in the early 1950's and replaced by a wooden hut, however, a bungallow style building was eventually built which served until the new interchange station on the site of the GWR station opened in 1982.
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Philip Hindley travelled on board this Bank holiday train to Blaenau North in 1962. The platform was still in its original form before alterations brought about by the new connecting line to the ex-GWR station made for a shorter platform.
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A closer view of the two LMS 4F 0-6-0's heading the Bank holiday train substituting for the usual DMU, the leading loco being 44525.
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A short walk through the town brought one to the GWR station, seen here in all its glory. The narrow gauge track ran to the left of the station buildings in those days, a reversal of todays track layout. This is the view looking towards Trawsfynydd.
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This view of Central Station shows the GWR provided better accomodation than that provided by the LNWR and LMS. Such a shame a recreation of this building cannot be built at the new interchange station in Blaenau.
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The first station out from Blaenau Ffestiniog was at Manod. This view looking towards Trawsfynydd was taken by Philip on 29th September 1962 two years after passenger services ceased. Of note is the cute wooden 'signalbox' or covered groundframe for the goods yard.
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This is the goods shed at Llan Ffestiniog on 29th September 1962
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Phil took this view of Llan Festiniog when the line still had a passenger service in 1959. Today the site is devoid of any buildings, only the platforms and cattle pens being vaugely identifiable.
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Llan Ffestiniog station buildings in September 1962, closed but still in a respectable condition.
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Philip added this today....With regard to the two 4F's, I think these were substituting for the DMU on the bank holiday and hence working the normal service rather than a one off excursion, presumably because it was anticipated that loads of people would travel from Blaenau down the branch to the seaside for the day.

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Re: Blaenau Ffestiniog to Trawsfynydd POSTSCRIPT...

Postby beast66606 » Fri Oct 24, 2008 9:08 pm

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Me and a certain Flyingsignalman off this forum walked up from B.F to here, around 1978 ? - the signal box visible was still standing although somewhat derelict - I think I may have a photo or two somewhere...
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Re: Blaenau Ffestiniog to Trawsfynydd POSTSCRIPT...

Postby 28ten » Fri Oct 24, 2008 9:33 pm

Coachmann wrote:My good friend Philip Hindley has allowed some of his photos to be scanned for this thread as a postscript. He took photos in 1959 when the line was still open and in 1962 shortly after it closed. I' m sure they will be of interest particularly to those who have considered making a model of the line.


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Lovely shots thank you for posting them. I have been tinkering with a plan for Blaenau for a while and the shots are most helpful :D
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Re: Blaenau Ffestiniog to Trawsfynydd POSTSCRIPT...

Postby mines a pint » Sat Oct 25, 2008 1:18 am

Superb stuff... :drool
-any ideas of track plans for either the 'Gwr' station at BF (as was then!) or the Manod station? both look interesting :?:
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Postby Fat Controller » Sat Oct 25, 2008 4:34 am

I love the photo of BF station in the rain- reminds me why I left Wales...
It almost looks like someone's spilt gloss varnish over it all.
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