25 Years Ago Archive - September 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.

40106 at Bangor 04/09/79

It's the 4th September 1979, and 40106 emerges from Belmont Tunnel, Bangor with the ECS to form the 11:30 to Manchester Victoria, having previously run-round the train and propelled it into the tunnel.

40106 was already a 'celebrity' loco, being the last class 40 to remain in green livery. The other local celebrity - 24081, the last class 24 in service - was also in the station at this time.

The picture was taken using a 400mm lens, dramatically compressing the distances, and showing up the yard trackwork, with its double headshunt. In the foreground, coal and chemical wagons wait to travel to Gaerwen and Amlwch respectively.