Centenary Special

The centenary of the opening of the line up the Conwy and LLedr valleys to Blaenau was marked on the 22nd July 1979. On this day a special train, organised by the North Wales Railway Circle ran from Crewe hauled by a pair of Class 20 locos. More views of this train can be seen on the Bangor, Llandudno and Llandudno Junction pages.

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The special train arrives at Blaenau Ffestiniog to be greeted by a large crowd.

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The train crew pose for photographs.

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To avoid the usual complicated shunting moves, a class 25 was used to shunt the train. Here the class 20s sit in the sidings whilst the train is shunted onto the Trawsfynydd line. Also present is the county council sponsored 'Sunday Shuttle' DMU.

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And here is 25118 and train stabled on the site of the old GWR station Blaenau Ffestiniog (Central).

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The remains of the original platform at Blaenau Ffestiniog Central can be seen on the right. A new joint BR/FR station has since been built on this site, with the mainline track aligned further over to the right to make room for the Festiniog Railway platforms.

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