Saturday’s East Midland Railway Photographic Society charter was a well attended and successful event, despite truly hideous weather with heavy rain extant for much of the day and night. It was great to welcome the EMRPS and their impressive floodlighting team back to Llangollen for their 4th event, their creativity and enthusiasm always leads to some excellent shots of our locos at the railway.
The charter used 6940 and a short mixed freight in Llangollen station, largely consisting of bauxite coloured vans and open wagons. The interlopers were the superbly restored Presflo cement wagon and a toad brake van, the latter undesirable for a BR blue-era freight, but all that was available with the BR standard van being used on the Corwen extension.
Preparing the freight was a lengthy and challenging exercise given the stock was stabled at Pentrefelin, nearly a mile from the station. 08195 and ‘Pilkington’ were used to shunt and assemble the train, with D5310 then working it from Goods Junction into the station and handling stock movements for the charter.
We would like to thank Jason Cross from the EMRPS for organising the event and also for taking the below shot of the LDG charter crew. Left to right is Chris Owen (Signaller), Iain Ross, Pete Edwards, Matt Davies and Tez Pickthall. Tom Shilliam and Paul Williams were also on hand to help all day. Thanks to all involved. We had to keep very still!
Finally, a big thanks to all those from the EMRPS who supported the event, many travelling long distances in awful conditions to support the railway. We are delighted to have already seen some brilliant photos with 6940 looking the part in the wonderfully atmospheric environs of Llangollen station. My shots below give a flavour of what was on offer.