Blaenau Ffestiniog New Station

A new station was built at the start of the 1980s to serve both the main-line and Festiniog railways.

DMU at Blaenau Ffestiniog 16/04/82 (s2600-05.jpg)

A DMU waits in the brand new station at Blaenau on the 16th April 1982. Although open for mainline traffic, it is not yet fully complete - note the lack of lights on some of the lampposts - and work is still underway on building the Festiniog Railway platform to the right.

40028 40047 at Blaenau Ffestiniog 03/07/83 (s2727.jpg)

F&W Railtours ran the 'Menai Marauder' railtour on Sunday 3rd July 1983 from Plymouth to Blaenau and Amlwch. 40028 and 40047 provided the motive power for the section up the Conwy and Lledr valleys. The 2 locos together were too long for the headshunt at Blaenau, so they were separated. Here 40028 makes its was forward, whilst 40047 remains on the train.

40047 at Blaenau Ffestiniog 03/07/83 (s2731.jpg)

In fact, the train was too long for the loop, so once 40028 was in the loop, 40047 pulled the stock forward, right up to the trap points protecting the Trawsfynydd branch. This allowed 40028 to run round the stock.

50007 at Blaenau Ffestiniog 21/04/84 (s84012.jpg)

Another excursion to reach Blaenau, was the BR-run 'Conway Crusader II', hauled by 50007 'Sir Edward Elgar' and 40192. Here 50007 runs round the train at the terminus. 50018 had visited on the first Conwy Crusader a month earlier.