Lledr Valley Express

A loco-hauled railtour run by Western Tours on behalf of the NSPCC from Crewe to Blaenau Ffestiniog and Holyhead hauled by 2 Class 24 locos on Saturday 19th February 1977.

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Crewe 19/02/77 (s0933.jpg)

24133 waits to leave Crewe at the start of the railtour. 133 was the last remaining Class 24 with a headcode box and it has been set to the correct value for the tour, rather than the '0000' normally carried at this time.

Chester 19/02/77 (s0936.jpg)

Departing from Chester and curving round to Chester No 6 signal box. 24133 leads with 24087 in multiple behind.

Llandudno Junction 19/02/77 (s0942.jpg)

At Llandudno Junction the train reversed, and 24133 and 24087 were detached to run round. Behind the locos, the tidal marshes are completely submerged. This land was reclaimed when the new A55 road was built and is now the site of a Tesco supermarket. In the distance, 3 Mark I coaches are at the stop blocks on Conway Quay.

Llanrwst 19/02/77 (s0946.jpg)

The train, now led by 24087, waits at LLanrwst to cross the 12:25 DMU from Blaenau.

Roman Bridge 19/02/77 (s0949.jpg)

There was a photo stop at Roman Bridge, with the locos well beyond the station. The train continued to Blaenau Ffestiniog and Holyhead before returning to Crewe.


For more details on this tour and the route taken visit Six Bells Junction