Blaenau Ffestiniog - Tunnel Approaches

After the picturesque ride up the Conwy and Lledr valleys through the scenery of the Snowdonia National Park, there was a long ride through the 2 mile 333 yard Ffestiniog tunnel and then a stunning contrast to all that had gone before with the post-industrial landscape of Blaenau Ffestiniog.

24133 and 24087 at Blaenau Ffestiniog 19/02/77 (s0959.jpg)

On a gloomy 19th February 1977, 24133 and 24087 are working hard as they climb out of Blaenau and curve into the tunnel at the site of Greave's Siding, at the head of the Lledr Valley Express from Crewe to Blaenau and Holyhead.

25043 25082 at Blaenau Ffestiniog 15/10/77 (s1423.jpg)

25043 and 24082 drop down into Blaenau on the 15th October 1977 at the head of a Festiniog Railway Society special from Crewe.

DMU at Blaenau Ffestiniog 15/10/77 (s1436.jpg)

Later on the same day, and in pretty much the same location, a 2-car DMU working the 1537 from Llandudno approaches Blaenau.

50007 and 40192 at Blaenau Ffestiniog 21/04/84 (s84014.jpg)

40192 and 50007 haul the Conway Crusader II out of Blaenau Ffestiniog on the 21st April 1984. This tour had a number of locomotives - 50007 had worked the train from Coventruy to Llandudno Junction, where 40192 was added. After this pair had returned the train to the Junction, 40086 then took the train to Holyhead and back to Chester. 40122 then took over for the run via Wrexham, Bidston, the MHDB lines, Hooton and Chester to Crewe. Finally, 40118 returned the train to Coventry.

50007 and 40192 at Blaenau Ffestiniog 21/04/84 (s84015.jpg)

The train curves round to enter the tunnel. In the left foreground there are signs of the Festiniog's Dinas branch and the associated loading dock for a mainline siding.