25 Years Ago Archive - January 1979

1977 to 1980 were the peak years of my photographic activity, and this page gives me an opportunity to show a single image, taken 25 years ago this month. Images will change every month, and will not appear elsewhere on the site - although the train or working may do so.

40108 at Wrexham 13/01/79

For the first picture of 1979, I have picked this shot of 40108 running round its train in the fading light of an icily cold 13th January 1979 at Wrexham General. The train concerned was the DAA 'North West Rambler No 2' from London Marylebone, which had just arrived from Dee Marsh Jn and was reversing to head for Chester.

This train covered several 'choice' routes in the Midlands and North West, including Wednesbury to Tipton via Princes End, and Mickle Trafford to Dee Marsh Jnc. However, the cold weather and complicated route led to very late running and after a points failure at Northwich Yard the final highlight - St Helens to Widnes via Clock Face was not even attempted.

Although steam can be escaping above 40108, the heating was not at all effective, and to this day one of the highlights of the day was the arrival of electric heating when 85033 was attached at Ditton Junction where the train eventually ended up