Bangor - Platform 1
Created in the 1920s remodelling of Bangor station, Platform 1 formed an up loop platform. When the layout was rationalised in the late 1960s, the centre part of the track was removed, leaving a short bay at either end. The west end bay was removed after the closure of the Caernarfon branch, leaving an east end bay. Capable of taking 4 or 5 DMU cars or parcel vans, it was regularly used throughout the 1970s. However, the end of dedicated parcel services and the replacement of DMUs by 6 or more loco-hauled coaches on many of the services which terminated at Bangor meant that its usefulness was reduced, and it was removed and the space converted into more car-parking in 1985. Platform 2 was then renumbered to become the current Platform 1.
PASSENGER: A nice departure scene as 2K53, the 16:39 Bangor - Crewe departs Platform 1 on the 21st April 1976. This train regularly used Platform 1, because Platform 2 was occupied for an hour or so by the 17:55 Bangor-Crewe parcels. The space to the left of the train is the site of the former Up Goods Loop.
Platform 1 was also used when trains which turned round at Bangor had a significant period between their arrival and departures times, especially if another service was booked through Platform 2 in the interim. Here in this self-captioning picture, the 12:20 to Manchester Victoria awaits departure, with Park Royal unit M56152/M50403. The Park Royal units had only another 18 months in service left, and Platform 1 was taken out of service and lifted by early 1985. 23rd May 1981.
PARCELS: 40171 is seen in Platform 1 on the 30th May 1978, on the 17:55 Bangor - Crewe parcels. This train was a daily user of Platform 1 - either shunted there after loading to await departure, or kept there all day and loaded there - until its demise in October 1978. This long-distance view was taken with a 300mm lens, a 2x or 3x converter and a lot of luck, as very little light penetrated through to the viewfinder. The last similar use of Platform 1 was from 1981 to 1984, when there was a light engine working on Sunday mornings from Llandudno Junction to remove a van from the 22:40 SO Manchester Victoria - Holyhead News and place it in the bay for unloading.
FAILED LOCOS: On the 3rd September 1979, 47536 was dumped in Platform 1, apparently having failed on an earlier service. 24081 has arrived from Llandudno Junction to haul the loco away.
FREIGHT: The very next day, and 24081 is present again, this time to rescue the wagons of Trip 46 from Amlwch which have been left in Platform 1, I assume because the loco has been commandeered for another working at short notice. 47455 leaves on the 1005 Holyhead - Euston. 4th September 1979.
Obviously, track circuits were not very common in LMS days. Here a cast iron plate indicates that Track Circuit No 2535 is monitoring the presence of trains in Platform 1. December 1977.