2015 Gala

The 2015 event kept up the tradition of being one of the finest DMU events in the country with the visit of Gloucester-built ‘bubble car’ 55006 from the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway.

Many people enjoyed the event and attendances were up on previous years. Attractions included a barbecue at Berwyn Station as well as driver experiences and a photographic evening.

Four of the home units were in action, as well as the visitor and a steam autotrain. Services ran every half hour to Carrog with alternate ones continuing to Corwen.

Class 122

The first day of the event saw the bubble taken for a run up the line and specially-posed for photographs. It is seen here in the evening sun at Berwyn. Photo By Evan Green-Hughes

Class 122

A typical country station scene of the 1960s as visiting Class 122 55006 pauses at Berwyn during the photographic charter evening. Photo By Evan Green-Hughes

Class 122

During the photo evening a special stop was made on the Dee Bridge, near Llangollen, a site which is normally not accessible to visitors. Photo By Evan Green-Hughes


Lined up and ready for the gala are the Class 104 unit, the visiting Class 122 and home-based Class 108 trailer 56223. Photo By Graham Parkin

Class 104

Approaching Berwyn is the Class 104 unit with Driving Motor Composite 50528 leading. Photo By Mike Martin.

Class 108

The Class 108 ran both on its own as well as in multiple with other sets. Celebrating its 21st year at Llangollen M51907 runs into Berwyn station. Photo By Mike Martin.

Class 108

One of the highlights of the Llangollen events is the opportunity to see different classes working together. Class 108 Driving Trailer leads a formation containing Classes 104/108 and 127 at Glyndyfrdwy Photo By Mike Martin

Class 109

The excellently-restored Wickham unit proved as popular as ever and is seen from the vantage point of the Chain Bridge Hotel as is stands at Berwyn Station. Photo By Mike Martin

Auto Train

Providing a contrast to the diesel units was this steam-hauled autotrain, powered by Pannier Tank 6430. Photo By Mike Martin

Auto Train

Providing a contrast in styles the steam-hauled autotrain is seen side-by-side with the Class 108 unit at Carrog Station. An intensive service saw trains running every half hour, but due to capacity constraints only every hour on the extension to Corwen. Photo By Mike Martin

Class 122

Saturday evening saw many visitors attend the barbecue at Berwyn station for which catering was supplied by the Llangollen Station cafe staff. Photo By Graham Parkin

This video really captures all of the action of the 2015 gala. Video By Robin Harrison