Bangor - Passenger Services
Passenger workings at Bangor were dominated by classes 40 and 47, with the latter covering the year round Holyhead-Euston workings. Summer extras brought 40s in large numbers, and 25s in lesser quantities. DMUs were generally from Chester's allocation, although there was a daily working from Manchester which brought a BRCW unit from Newton Heath.
DMUs were (and still are) stabled in the sidings at Bangor between turns. Here, on the 10th June 1976, a 2-car Metro-Cammell DMU awaits its next working in one of the three sidings parallel to the platforms on the down side. The gentleman working on the foundations for the new floodlight pylon wonders why, with all the available siding space, did it have to end up right next to him! Note the provision of first class accommodation, and the use of an oil tail lamp.
A glut of loco-hauled trains at Bangor. 47499 and 25057 and 25075 sit in the sidings with two bank holiday excursions, while 47463 leaves platform 2 with a service to Euston. No less than 30 coaches are visible, with probably 2 more obscured by the footbridge. 11th April 1977.
After rebuilding in the 1920s, Bangor had 4 through platforms and a short bay for Bethesda branch trains. After service reductions of 1964 and 1970, all that remained of platform 1 was a east facing bay, used by dmus and parcels traffic. On the 13th January 1977, a Park Royal dmu M50409 sits in Platform 1 awaiting its next working. In the 1980s, this bay was also removed, and the platforms renumbered
40018 hurtles through Bangor on the 30th August 1979, on the 12:59 boat train from Holyhead to London. The down through signal is off for the 10:05 from Euston travelling in the opposite direction.
40120 arrives at Bangor on 26th May 1981, 45 minutes late on the 07:47 from Manchester. Ahead of it in platform 3 is the connecting 10:45 service to Holyhead formed of a 2 car Metro-Cammell dmu. Although platform 4 was basically intact it was now part of the goods yard and was not signalled for passenger trains.