Railcar 60


Unusually during 2014 we held a second event. This was because we were hosting the annual meeting of the Railcar Association, and co-incidentally celebrating 60 years since the first railcars, 30 years of railcars at Llangollen and 20 years since the formation of our own organisation.


The event featured the first trains to run beyond Bonwm and as far as Colomendy curve just outside Corwen. On the Friday delegates got the chance to have a go themselves, while on Saturday and Sunday we ran a half-hourly service using all four of the home fleet. On Saturday there was the formal meeting followed by a "Fish and Chip" train which attracted around three times as many passengers as we anticipated.


Class 108

Our popular Class 108 was celebrating its 20th year on the Llangollen Railway and performed faultlessly throughout the year. With power car 51907 leading it is seen approaching Carrog Station. Photo By Nick Harling


Class 109

This event was the first that saw regular running beyond Bonwm and utilised a new section of track which extended as far as Colomendy Curve, just outside Corwen. On the Friday before the event the Driving Motor Brake of the Wickham unit is seen to the rear of the Powis House Hotel during a driver experience session. Photo By Mike Martin


Class 104

Shortly before the event the Class 104 had been freshly painted in blue and in the process had lost its half yellow ends in favour of the full yellow type. With Driving Motor Brake 50454 nearest the camera the unit pauses at Carrog on a Colomendy-Llangollen journey. Photo By Mike Martin


Class 127

Rolls-Royce engined Class 127 power car 51618 was celebrating its 30th year of operation at the Llangollen Railway and ran for much of the time with an authentic destination. Since 2010 it has run with Class 108 trailer 56223 and the pair are seen here approaching Carrog Station with a train for Colomendy. Photo By Nick Harling


Fleet

One of the highlights of the weekend was a photographer's evening at our Pentrefelin depot on the Friday night. Four of our units were lined up underneath artificial light for a selection of posed photographs. Photo By Mike Martin


Class 104

The Class 104 attracted plenty of attention in its new colours. Those with an eye for detail will notice that the yellow stripe above the first class section had not yet been applied. Photo By Mike Martin


Class

Always a popular place for photography is the gradient approaching Berwyn station which can be seen from the end of the station platform. The Wickham unit makes light work of the hill on a stopping train for Colomendy. Photo By Mike Martin


Class 104

The Class 104 sits in platform 1 at Llangollen in front of the Llangollen Railway's exhibition coach, which was hosting a special exhibition about the history of DMUs. Photo By Nick Harling


Class 108

With trailer 54490 leading the Class 108 unit rolls gently into Glyndyfrdwy station in unseasonably good weather. Photo By Nick Harling


Class 108

Class 108 Driving Trailer 56223 rounds the curve above Berwyn Station with a Llangollen-bound service. Photo By Mike Martin


Class 108

The classic view of Berwyn Station and the recently-restored Chain Bridge as the Class 108 set accelerates away bound for Colomendy. Photo By Mike Martin