25th April 1970

Ffestiniog Railway Society
(Ffestiniog Railway AGM Special)

Locos Used at least 220 & E3174
Stock Used 10 coaches (9413+????)
DMU's Used 8-car set
FR Loco Used steam: 'Blanche'

Route :

Traction Route
E3174 London Euston - Watford Junction - Bletchley - Weedon - Rugby - Coventry - Proof House Jn - Birmingham New Street - Soho South Jn - Dudley Port - Wolverhampton - Stafford - Norton Bridge - Crewe
220 Crewe - Chester - Rhyl - Llandudno Junction
DMU as listed Llandudno Junction - Blaenau Ffestiniog
Blanche Blaenau Ffestiniog - Boston Lodge - Porthmadoc
Blanche Porthmadoc - Boston Lodge - Blaenau Ffestiniog
DMU as listed? ?Blaenau Ffestiniog - Llandudno Junction?
????? ?Llandudno Junction - Crewe?
????? ?Crewe - London Euston?

Notes :
(1) Fast line used except Watford South to Hemel Hempstead North where train was diverted to the slow line. Train was stopped after Hampton-in-Arden with a suspected hot box.
(2) Details of return journey required.

Source : Gordon Jakes

Photo Review
(all photos: Gordon Jakes)


E3174 at Euston prior to departing for Crewe.


220 at Crewe.


The DMU is somewhat dwarfed by the slate pile!


Blanche on the causeway between Boston Lodge and Portmadoc (having
disgorged its passengers for a look around Boston Lodge works)


a general view of Boston Lodge with the train awaiting the return of passengers.


Blanche at Portmadoc awaiting the return trip to Blaneau Ffestiniog.

Source : Gordon Jakes

Timings (Booked & Actual - outward only)
(from Gordon Jakes)

M.C Location Booked Actual
0.00 Euston 08.50d 08.50
11.30 Harrow & Wealdstone ? 09/01
17.35 Watford Junction ??.??a ~ 09.09d 09.07 ~ 09.11
24.39 Hemel Hempstead ? 09/20
27.75 Berkhamsted ? 09/25
31.53 Tring ? 09/28
36.08 Cheddington ? 09/30
40.14 Leighton Buzzard ? 09/33
46.54 Bletchley ? 09/37
52.35 Wolverton ? 09/41
82.40 Rugby ? 10.02
93.79 Coventry ? 10/11
95.38 Canley ? 10/12
97.45 Tile Hill ? 10/13
99.39 Berkswell ? 10/15
102.61 Hampton-in-Arden ? 10/??
106.33 Marston Green ? 10/33
108.00 Lea Hall ? 10/34
109.08 Stechford ? 10/35
110.79 Adderley Park ? 10/37
112.73 Birmingham New Street ??.??a ~ 10.32d 10.43 ~ 10.48
16.18 Smethwick ? 10/53
? Oldbury ? 10/56
120.17 Dudley Port ? 10/58
122.34 Coseley ? 11/01
125.63 Wolverhampton ??.??a ~ 10.51d 11.08 ~ 11.09
141.77 Stafford ? 10/24
147.22 Norton Bridge ? 11/29
166.34 Crewe 11/36 (?) 11L45 ~ 11L57
187.45 Chester General ? 12/18
200.01 Flint ? 12/30
213.97 Prestatyn ? 12/47
217.42 Rhyl ? 12/50
221.64 Abergele & Pensarn ? 12/53
227.71 Colwyn Bay ? 12/59
231.73 Llandudno Junction 12.45a ~ 13.15d 13.06 ~ 13.25
259.33 Blaenau Ffestiniog ? ?


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