11th October 1969
R.C.T.S. / L.C.G.B.
(North West Branches)
Festiniog Rail Tour
|DMU Used||set 108 + ??? (1)|
|DMU as listed||Wigan North Western - Garswood - St Helens Shaw Street - St Helens Junction - Earlestown - Winwick Jn - Warrington Bank Quay - Acton Grange Jn - ?Frodsham - Helsby? - Chester - Prestatyn|
|DMU as listed||Prestatyn - Dyserth|
|DMU as listed||Dyserth - Prestatyn - Llandudno Junction|
|DMU as listed||Llandudno Junction - Betws-y-Coed - Blaenau Ffestiniog - Trawsfynydd Lake Halt|
|DMU as listed||Trawsfynydd Lake Halt - Blaenau Ffestiniog|
|Earl of Merioneth||Portmadoc Harbour - Dduallt|
|Earl of Merioneth||Dduallt - Portmadoc Harbour|
|DMU as listed||Blaenau Ffestiniog - Betws-y-Coed - Llandudno Junction|
|DMU as listed||Llandudno Junction - (reverse of outward route) - Earlestown (3)|
|DMU as listed||Earlestown (3) - (reverse of outward route) - Wigan North Western|
(1) Reported as being formed using a 2-car Derby unit (set 108, Allerton depot) & a 3-car BRCW unit (Newton Heath depot).
(2) Note spelling of Festiniog in the tour name - on the booking form it was with one F only. At Blaenau Ffestiniog (upon return from Trawsfynydd) passengers were to join buses to Portmadoc for a steam-hauled run on the Ffestiniog Railway to Dduallt and back. Buses then returned passengers to Blaenau Ffestiniog for the train home.
(3) On the return journey the train was booked to take the Manchester curve, run past the station and reverse into platform 2. (Platform 4 was unusable).
Sources : LASERman & David Pearson
Timings (Booked Only)
(from David Pearson)
|Location||Booked (out)||Booked (rtn)|
|Wigan North Western||09.00d||22.30a|
|St Helens Shaw Street||??.??a ~ 09.17d||22.10a ~ ??.??d|
|St Helens Junction||??.??a ~ 09.27d||21.59a ~ ??.??d|
|Earlestown||??.??a ~ 09.34d||21.50a ~ 21.54d|
|Warrington Bank Quay||??.??a ~ 09.43d||21.34a ~ ??.??d|
|Chester General||??.??a ~ 10.14d||21.10a ~ ??.??d|
|Prestatyn||10.48 ~ 10.52||?|
|Dyserth||11.02a ~ 11.12d||-|
|Llandudno Junction||11.46a ~ 12.28d||20.10 ~ 20.13|
|Trawsfynydd Lake||13.55a ~ 14.05d||-|
|Crossville Motors special buses to/from Portmadoc Harbour|
The train at Dyserth (photo: David Pearson)
Beautiful October weather at Llanwrst and Trefriw (photo: David Pearson)
Trawsfynydd Lake Halt - end of line! (photo: David Pearson)
Between Manod and Blaenau Ffestiniog (photo: David Pearson)
'Earl of Merioneth' at Portmadoc Harbour (photo: David Pearson)
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