2014 Gala


The 2014 Gala was unusual in that we had five two-car units in traffic, and for the first time we were without a steam push-pull train. As a result there was more two-car working than at previous events, although we did run four and six-car trains at times. The event was also blessed with fine and sunny weather.


Class 127

For the second year in succession trains ran beyond the current terminus of Carrog and continued for another mile or so to a temporary railhead near Bonwm, about half way to the new terminus at Corwen. Here the Class 127/108 is seen running by the site of the former Bonwm slate sidings with Class 127 51618 leading. This new section of line is extremely scenic. Photo By The Route 19.


Class 104

Class 104 vehicle 50528 made its first appearance with a full yellow end since the mid 1990s. The 1957-built vehicle had just had a complete cab rebuild and is seen here at Glyndyfrdwy station with a Llangollen-bound service. Photo By Phil Martin.


Class 108

Our Class 108 unit is in its 20th year at Llangollen and is unusual for a preserved example in that it retains its as-withdrawn blue-and-grey colour scheme, along with upgraded interior fittings. The set, with Driving Motor Brake 51907 leading, is seen here leaving Llangollen Station paired with the Wickham unit. Photo By Andy Mackintosh


Class 108

The Class 108, with 51907 leading, pauses at Berwyn Station. Photo By Mike Martin


Class 101

The visiting Class 101 unit proved a popular draw and many people who had last travelled on it a decade ago in Wales came along to have another ride. The set, with Driving Motor Composite 50160 leading, is seen here just to the West of Carrog Station with a service bound for Bonwm, and where the line crosses a public footpath. Photo By The Route 19


Class 105

On show in Platform Two at Llangollen was Cravens Driving Trailer 56456, which is mid way through a comprehensive rebuild. Since it last appeared in public it has been fitted with new heater trunking along the whole length of the car and has also had a new floor fitted. Also on show were some of the components for the rebuild, including new jumper sockets.. Photo By Andy Mackintosh


Class 104

As always our Class 104 proved very popular with the visitors and worked in excess of 150 miles over the weekend, including standing in for Daisy on the Saturday evening specials. It is seen here powering out of Carrog with a Llangollen bound service. Photo By Neil Harrison


Class 101

Daisy is seen at Carrog following arrival from Bonwm. The set covered almost 400 miles in a week, despite not having been run any distance for more than ten years. Photo By Andy Mackintosh


Class 104

Class 104 Driving Motor Second 50447 was not fit to travel for display at Llangollen as originally intended but was instead displayed at Pentrefelin depot. This car has never worked in preservation but is gradually being put back together as time allows. At the time missing air pipes were being reinstated prior to the transmission components being refitted. Photo By Andy Mackintosh


Class 108

Pictured at Glyndyfrdwy is Class 108 Driving Trailer 56223. This coach was paired with Class 127 51618 in 2010 and has run with it ever since. Photo By Neil Davies


Class 104

The Class 104 is dwarfed by the surrounding hills as it rounds the curve between Garth-y-Dwr and Glyndyfrdwy during the 2014 Railcar Gala. Photo By Kevin Delaney


Class 109

Approaching Glyndyfrdwy from the West there is a good vantage point at the picnic area which is situated by the former Barmouth signal box. Wickham Driving Trailer 56171 approaches the station with a Llangollen bound train. Photo By Mike Martin


Class 101

The happy group of participants from the photo tour are seen here during a photo stop at Deeside Halt. There was also another more important stop - for tea and cake - at Glyndyfrdwy Station. Photo By Ian Bradbury


Class 101

On the Friday evening before the gala we held a special photographer's event which saw us take the 101 out on the line and stop for photographs at locations which are not normally accessible. This shot was taken from the lineside just across the Dee River bridge at Pentrefelin under strictly controlled conditions and with the train completely at a standstill. Photo By Mike Martin


Class 101

Also taken from the lineside on the Friday night was this shot which is just on the Garth-y-dwr side of Pen-y-Bryn crossing (otherwise known as 1000 yard gate). This area is almost impossible to get to by car and so shots taken here are extremely rare. Photo By Mike Martin


This video really captures all of the action of the 2014 gala. Video By Ian Walmsley