11th October 1969

R.C.T.S. / L.C.G.B. (North West Branches)
Festiniog Rail Tour

DMU Used set 108 + ??? (1)

Route :

Traction Route
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

Notes :
(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 -
Blaneau Ffestiniog 14.28a 19.20d
Crossville Motors special buses to/from Portmadoc Harbour
Portmadoc Harbour 16.00d 18.00a
Dduallt 16.50a 17.10d

Photo Review

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)

From The John Debens Ticket Collection

Back to "The Railtour Files"