25 Years Ago Archive - June 1977

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.

This month's image was taken on Saturday the 25th June 1977 at Blaenau Ffestiniog. 24073 and 24057 are present, stabled in the yard with empty stock of an M&GNJRS excursion from London Euston, which they had worked from Llandudno Junction. Details of the shunting manoevre necessary to get this train into the yard are given on the Blaenau Ffestiniog page.

Once again, it's what's in the background that makes the picture fascinating. The whole of the large goods yard at Blaenau is spread out behind the train. Only partially in use by this time, it still shows its unique (?) features required for its once primary purpose - that of transferring slate from narrow gauge wagons to the standard gauge for onward trans-shipment.

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25 years later, Blaenau Ffestiniog station has moved into the centre of the town, and has a proper run-round loop that allows for easier handling of loco hauled trains. Freight traffic to Blaenau has ceased following the closure of Trawsfynydd Nuclear Power Station, although general freight traffic finished much earlier. The class 24s seen here did not last very long, 24073 being withdrawn in November 1977, and 24057 in January 1978.

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