Our 7th 1960’s Weekend will be held on 23rd and 24th of July. D5310 will be out on the Saturday, working the 09:00, 11:15 & 15:10. 6940 will be out on the Sunday, working the 09:00, 12:23 & 16:00. Trains will work to Corwen and run top and tail with steam. The rather superb Class 109 DMU will also be running along with 3 weapons of mass water boiling (5199, 7822 & 80072).
There are free vintage bus rides between Llangollen and Corwen, live music and real ale bar at Llangollen and a large vintage vehicle rally at Glyndyfrdwy, where there is also a cafe and real ale bar. Stuff the Brexit woes, get your flares on and come and enjoy some decent Welsh ale and a bit of thrash. Take a look at this rather fruity bit of footage of 6940 making her way out of Glyndyfrdwy at Classic Transport weekend, filmed by Carl Grocott.
D5310 has been thoroughly checked after the issues experienced at Classic Transport weekend that led to her last train being cancelled. Nothing untoward has been found. The slack adjusters on the brake blocks have also been notched up and the opportunity taken to give her a good clean ahead of her visit to the Spa Valley Railway. She is seen in the photo below in Llangollen yard on Saturday 16th of July. Thanks to Paul Williams for the photo and George Walker for taking the cleaning job on, along with Mark Smales,
Finally, here’s an image to stir your soul. No less than 26 years ago last Saturday, our very own 37240 was calling at Kingussie on a sleeper train, covering for a failed 47. Thankfully she’s still working passenger trains surrounded by mountains over a quarter of a century later, albeit in a very different part of the British Isles. Many thanks to Andrew Donelly for allowing us to reproduce this classic phot.