North Wales via Birmingham and Staffordshire
September 27 & 28 2003

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This two day trip was undertaken with Chris Newman, who was visiting from China.

On Saturday September 27 we first drove to Tyseley Locomotive Works to visit 6024 King Edward I, Chris being a member of the 6024 Preservation Society. However he had not seen the locomotive since the 1960s when it was dumped at Swindon after withdrawal.

Chris Newman (right) chats to 6024 Engineering Manager Steve Underhill outside 6024's smokebox. September 27 2003

Chris Newman (right) chats to 6024 Engineering Manager Steve Underhill outside 6024's smokebox. September 27 2003

After several hours with the King and a brief look over Porta modified Austerity 0-6-0st 'Fred' we made our way up to Staffordshire to visit 5AT Project leader Alan Fozard and his wife Carolyn. Unexpectedly we were treated to some lovely home made soup. With our ultimate destination for the day being Llanberis in North Wales out visit was brief before we had to be on the road again to make out final appointment of the day.

Nigel Day (left) and Chris Newman in 'Petes Eats, Llanberis. September 27 2003

Having driven up to Llanberis and found our bed and breakfast we met up with engineer Nigel Day for tea in (again) the excellent 'Pete's Eats'. As with any meeting with Nigel much was learnt by us lesser mortals.

 

 

Nigel Day (left) and Chris Newman in 'Pete's Eats, Llanberis. September 27 2003

The next day was to be another busy one with the ultimate destination being home just outside of Bath, so a lot of ground was to be covered. However before driving south we had several things to do, the first being a ride on the newly extended Welsh Highland Railway.

Caernarfon Castle. September 28 2003

Caernarfon Castle. September 28 2003

The small harbour at Caernarfon. September 28 2003

The small harbour at Caernarfon. September 28 2003

A view in to the town through one of the archways of Caernarfon Castle. September 28 2003
A view in to the town through one of the archways of Caernarfon Castle. September 28 2003

And then on to the serious business of the day...

NGG16 143 takes water at Caernarfon. September 28 2003

NGG16 143 takes water at Caernarfon. September 28 2003

NGG16 138 in Dinas station yard. September 28 2003

NGG16 138 in Dinas station yard. September 28 2003

On the train with NGG16 143 approaching Waunfawr. September 28 2003

On the train with NGG16 143 approaching Waunfawr. September 28 2003

Ffestiniog Railway 0-4-0st+t No.2 'Prince' at Waunfawr on a special train. September 28 2003

Ffestiniog Railway 0-4-0st+t No.2 'Prince' at Waunfawr on a special train. September 28 2003

The view from the train on the approach to Rhyd-Ddu. September 28 2003

The view from the train on the approach to Rhyd-Ddu. September 28 2003

Looking up towards Snowdon - there is a train up there ! September 28 2003

Looking up towards Snowdon - there is a train up there ! September 28 2003

A close up of the train climbing to Snowdon summit. September 28 2003

A close up of the train climbing to Snowdon summit. September 28 2003

Another view of the train climbing Snowdon. The summit station is highlighted by the red arrow. September 28 2003

Another view of the train climbing Snowdon. The summit station is highlighted by the red arrow. September 28 2003

NGG16 143 runs-round at Rhyd-Ddu. September 28 2003

NGG16 143 runs-round at Rhyd-Ddu. September 28 2003

The views from the WHR extension are superb. The lake is Lake Cwellyn. September 28 2003

The views from the WHR extension are superb. The lake is Lake Cwellyn. September 28 2003

NGG16 143 blows off whilst awaiting access to Dinas station.

NGG16 143 blows off whilst awaiting access to Dinas station. September 28 2003

Ffestiniog Railway 0-4-0st+t No.2 'Prince' at Dinas.
Ffestiniog Railway 0-4-0st+t No.2 'Prince' at Dinas. September 28 2003

Ffestiniog Railway 0-4-0st+t No.2 'Prince' and Ffestiniog carriages at Dinas.

Ffestiniog Railway 0-4-0st+t No.2 'Prince' and Ffestiniog carriages at Dinas. September 28 2003

From Caernarfon the journey south started but there was still one more stop off booked. An all to brief stop wa made at Pendre Works on the Talyllyn Railway. This had been arranged so we could meet up with several 5AT supporters, namely Chris Parrott, Angus Eickhoff and Pete Mintoft.

No.7 Tom Rolt arrives at Pendre with a work train. September 28 2003

No.7 Tom Rolt arrives at Pendre with a work train. September 28 2003

Former Corris Railway No.4 mid-way through a rebuild in Pendre works. September 28 2003
Former Corris Railway No.4 mid-way through a rebuild in Pendre works. September 28 2003

No.7 Tom Rolt sits in Pendre Yard. September 28 2003

No.7 Tom Rolt sits in Pendre Yard. September 28 2003

No.7 Tom Rolt sits in Pendre Yard. September 28 2003

No.7 Tom Rolt sits in Pendre Yard. September 28 2003

From the left, Angus Eickhoff, Chris Parrott and Chris Newman at Pendre. September 28 2003
From the left, Angus Eickhoff, Chris Parrott and Chris Newman at Pendre. September 28 2003

Then it really was time to head home after an excellent weekend.

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