Looking back and ahead

A big thank you to everyone who has supported the LDG this year, especially those who have travelled to North Wales to sample D5310 on her numerous running days. All have run smoothly and met advertised commitments, with just one or two minor niggles with the DSD brake feed cut off valve at No 1 end, which thankfully did not result in any delay to services. The Type 2 celebrated her 5th anniversary of arriving at Llangollen on 26th September – and what a superb and dependable addition to our fleet she has been.

2014-05-26 11.12.49 The Group are pleased to confirm our running dates for 2015 as follows:

Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd of January – Winter Warmer Gala. Anything goes – sample limited haulage with D5310 (due to no train heat) and see the loco working a parcels train into the night. Should be very atmospheric and provide some great photo opportunities – like this: 20140204-213420.jpg

STOP PRESS – this event may offer the first chance to sample diesel haulage to the new Corwen station! Bring your red pen!

4 Trip Running Days + DMU. All expected to be D5310, but watch this space! Saturday 28th March, 23rd May, 14th June &  26th September. STOP PRESS – Trains should also be running to Corwen – new track for diesel haulage!

1960’s Weekend – 25th & 26th July. Diesel diagram on both days, likely to include Saturday night campers train and real ale train. Steam, DMU, vintage vehicle rally, bus rides, live music and real ale festival – the usual excellent and popular mix!

Classic Transport Weekend – 4th & 5th of July Diesel diagram on both days, superb vintage bus and car display and bus rides. Further dates may be added. Driver experiences also available in June & September. Please contact the Railway’s General Office for details – 01978 860979 / llangollen.railway@btinternet.com

6940 The power unit and coolant circuit have been drained with neat antifreeze added to the oil cooler and water pumps in readiness for winter. After careful examination of the number 2 end bogie, the Group hope to lift 6940 using jacks in the new year with a view to dropping the wheelsets and attempting to repair the defective liner plates in-situ. We are hopeful this may allow the locomotive to return to traffic – further updates will follow in due course. We are determined to get the Beast o’ Berwyn back doing what she does best! 2014-03-02 14.57.00

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Regrettably we have to announce that 03162 will not now be running at our Autumn Diesel Day later this month due to operational reasons. Apologies for this extremely disappointing news and for any inconvenience caused.

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August News – Along Western Lines & 60’s Weekend


Along Western Lines
D5310 will continue her most intensive year of operation yet at the LR, seeing 3 days of operation at Llangollen from tomorrow to Sunday at the “Along Western Lines” gala, deputising for unavailable GWR 2-6-2T No 5199. This will include a trip or two top-and-tailed with a steam loco to Bonwm – only the second time the Type 2 has worked a public train over these metals. A full timetable is available on the LR website here:http://www.llangollen-railway.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Friday-timetable-29th-August.pdf

60’s Weekend – A Record Success!
A belated but massive thank you to all who supported our 1960’s weekend last month. The event continues to go from strength to strength, with a modest increase in takings but nevertheless a new revenue record. We never thought we would deliver 5 successful events.

Everyone seemed to get into the spirit of things even more than before this year. We even had a visit from the man himself in Dr Beeching’s Bar……

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…….and a suitably adorned and equipped driver on D5310:

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Dates for the next event are already confirmed as July 25th & 26th 2015. Get them in your diary now! Entrants for the classic car rally are welcome to confirm their attendance as soon as they wish. We now also have a regularly updated Facebook event page.

D5310 News
The loco performed well over 60’s weekend, despite suffering from an ongoing issue with the AWS brake feed cut-off valve at number 1 end that has proved difficult to sort. An overhauled valve was fitted just before the event, along with a replacement driver’s combined brake valve. Unfortunately the replacement brake valve was faulty when tested so the original was refitted very hastily on a very hot afternoon. Much colourful language aided rapid completion. The cut-off valve then decided to fail again on the Sunday afternoon, but fortunately only when the loco had arrived at Carrog on the last working of the day with the opposite end cab then needed to get back to Llangollen, which was working perfectly. A replacement cut-off valve has now been fitted and all appears well.

Investigations into persistently flat batteries between periods of use led us to discovering that little charging was taking place when the power unit was off load. After some research this was found to be due to a low idle speed, so the governor was adjusted in June to try and combat this problem. This appears to have done the trick, with no further issues experienced during starting since the adjustment.

A specialist glazier has also done a fantastic job of cutting and fitting a new droplight glass after a certain heavy-handed secondman (who shall remain nameless) managed to smash one at No 2 end in June.

Many have been keen to find out what is happening with the 37 and her unfortunate bogie defect. Although no visible progress has been made we can assure 6940’s fans that we are working very hard behind the scenes to source another bogie to allow us to repair the one underneath the loco and hope to be able to provide some good news soon. The timing of a return to traffic is difficult to predict and needs to be balanced against the less difficult and probably much cheaper job or returning D1566 to traffic to return us to having two operational locomotives at our disposal.

Work on the power unit overhaul will continue over the Winter and bits and pieces of bodywork have progressed as time allows. Progress should liven up once our 2014 operational commitments have concluded.

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60’s Weekend

D5310 will be working the 09:25, 12;00 and 14:30 trains from Llangollen on both days (Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th July) of 1960’s Weekend, alongside 80072, 3802 and 2 DMUs. Full TT available at: http://www.llangollen-railway.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/1960s-Weekend-Public-Timetable-2014-jpeg.jpg.

D5310 will also work two evening trains on Saturday 26th – departing Llangollen at 21:00 and 22:30. Real ale is available on this train and also from Dr Beeching’s Bar all weekend, where there will be 7 local draught real ales on sale along with lager, wine and soft drinks. There will be live music on Llangollen station from 7:30pm.

FREE vintage bus rides are on offer between Llangollen and Carrog, calling at Berwyn and the superb classic car rally at Glyndyfrdwy. D5310 will work the 09:25, 12;00 and 14:30 trains from Llangollen.

60’s weekend is now a firm favourite amongst our visitors – why not come along and experience the retro, friendly atmosphere for yourself?


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Classic Transport Weekend

D5310 will be working the 09:25, 12;00 and 14:30 trains from Llangollen on both days (Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th July) of Classic Transport Weekend, alongside 80072, 3802 and 2 DMUs.

FREE vintage bus rides are on offer, along with the superb classic car rally at Glyndyfrdwy. The photo below was taken at Glyndyfrdwy during last year’s event, where rides were available in a freshly restored Crossville Bristol VR and a rather noisy Leyland National amongst other superb old buses.

D5310 will work the 09:25, 12;00 and 14:30 trains from Llangollen. Full TT available at https://www.llangollen-railway.co.uk/event.php?id=81Full TT available at https://www.llangollen-railway.co.uk/event.php?id=81.

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D5310 – 14th June

D5310 will be out and about again on Saturday 14th June, working a 3 trip C timetable diagram alongside a steam-hauled service. The 26 will cover the 09:55, 12:00 and 14:40 services from Llangollen.

D5310 is seen below at Glyndyfrdwy during her last outing on 26th May. With another positive-looking weather forecast, we’re hopeful of more blue skies!

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D5310 – 25 & 26th May

Owing to continued unavailability of steam locomotives at Llangollen, D5310 will work over the bank holiday weekend, covering the 09:50, 12:10 and 14:40 departures from Llangollen on both Sunday 25th and Monday 26th of May.


Thanks to George Jones for the superb photo, taken at last September’s Autumn Diesel Day.

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D5310 – Sunday 18th May

Due to the failure of BR standard class 4 tank 80072, D5310 will be working tomorrow’s steam diagram at Llangollen, working the 10:50, 13:00 and 15:10 departures from Llan – full timetable on LR website.

Subject to final confirmation and crew availability, the Type 2 may also be working over the Bank Holiday on both Sunday 25th and Monday 26th May – a further announcement will be made to confirm in due course.


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D5310 – Saturday 3rd May Running Day

This Saturday, 3rd May sees D5310 out and about in the Dee Valley working 3 trips, departing Llangollen at 09:50, 12:10 and 14:40. A full timetable is available on the LR website. Our ‘Welsh Scotsman’ has now been at the railway for nearly 5 years and become the backbone of our small fleet. We look forward to welcoming a few Type 2 fans along for some Sulzer 6LDA noise!


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Spring Diesel Day

A big thank you to everyone who supported our Spring Diesel Day yesterday, either as a volunteer or passenger. The weather wasn’t great, with a cold breeze, rain, sleet and snow showers, but it was a lot better than this time last year when there was over a foot of snow! There were also a few sunny spells that allowed us to enjoy views of the Dee Valley like this:

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D5310 performed well and the Class 127/108 hybrid unit provided something a little different for passengers to sample.

Several LDG members were present on Friday 21st so as well as fuelling, checking and testing D5310 ready for the following day………….

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…………work on refurbishing the cylinder heads of D1566 could also be progressed. All 12 heads have now been throughly cleaned, de-greased and undercoated, with gloss applied to 6 of them. Mark, Matt and Tom are seen getting stuck in.

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Although not able to take part in the event, 03162 was on display at Carrog, where it is currently based for supporting the final stages of the Corwen extension. The 03 is seen stabled next to Derek Foster’s superb Ruston Bucyrus dragline excavator, which is being used to load ballast.

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D5310’s next public outing will be a further 4 trip running day on 3rd May.

In the meantime the Group will be looking at options for repair of 6940’s bogie, which is proving to be a difficult, expensive and complex problem. We are also looking into the possibility of a visiting locomotive to cover our motive power shortfall for the busier summer period.

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