Monthly Archives: November 2014

Some Early Lines, Old Railway Companies, Bangor & Caernarfon Railway

Some Early Lines

Old Railway Companies

Bangor & Caernarfon  Railway

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Incorporated on 20 May 1851 to build between the two towns, the junction with the Chester & Holyhead Railway, which was authorised to work the line, was actually a Menai Bridge. It was an 8.5 single line, with a one-mile branch to Port Dinorwic (Y Felinheli), which opened on 1 March 1852 for goods. The line opened throughout for passengers on 1 July and for goods on 10 August. Agreement to lease the line to the Chester & Holyhead Railway for 999 years was made with effect from 1 July 1852, but the Company was instead transferred by an Act on 10 July 1854; dissolution was delayed until 15 July 1867. The line was doubled in 1872, re-singled in 1966, and closed to goods on 4 August 1969, though there was a respite when Caernarfon became a temporary freight terminal during the rebuilding of the Britannia Bridge in 1970-72.

The old Britannia Bridge on a postcard from the private collection of Jochem Hollestelle

The old Britannia Bridge on a postcard from the private collection of Jochem Hollestelle

Andrew Dixon. Location: Britannia Bridge taken from the Nelson memorial on the Menai Strait, Anglesey

Andrew Dixon.
Location: Britannia Bridge taken from the Nelson memorial on the Menai Strait, Anglesey – 2005

Britannia Bridge is a bridge across the Menai Strait between the island of Anglesey and the mainland of Wales. It was originally designed and built by Robert Stephenson as a tubular bridge of wrought iron rectangular box-section spans for carrying rail traffic. Following a fire in 1970 it was rebuilt as a two-tier steel truss arch bridge, carrying both road and rail traffic.

A view looking west from the island platform at Menai Bridge in August 1964. The goods train is standing at the up Afon Wen line platform which was used by passenger services travelling towards Bangor. To the left can be seen the down Afon Wen line platform. The platform that can be seen to the right served trains travelling towards Holyhead. Photo by Bevan Price

A view looking west from the island platform at Menai Bridge in August 1964. The goods train is standing at the up Afon Wen line platform which was used by passenger services travelling towards Bangor. To the left can be seen the down Afon Wen line platform. The platform that can be seen to the right served trains travelling towards Holyhead.
Photo by Bevan Price

JOHN POWELL COLLECTION www.6g.nwrail.org.uk640 × 452Search by image Caernarfon Station, 10th August 1962. Engine No 42487 arrives with a train for Afonwen.

JOHN POWELL COLLECTION
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Caernarfon Station, 10th August 1962. Engine No 42487 arrives with a train for Afonwen.

Caernarvon railway station was a station on the former Bangor and Carnarvon Railway between Caernarfon, Gwynedd and Menai Suspension Bridge near Bangor. The station was closed to all traffic in January 1972. The station has since been demolished and the site redeveloped.

 

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Lichfield News – Christmas Festival

Lichfield News – Christmas Festival

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Event Date Category
Lichfield Twinkly Christmas Market at Minster Pool Walk and Speaker’s Corner Sat 6th Dec 2014Sun 7th Dec 2014 Lichfield Christmas Festival
Free face painting and trails at the Visit Lichfield Tent at Speaker’s Corner Sat 6th Dec 2014Sun 7th Dec 2014 Lichfield Christmas Festival
Festive Food & Gift Fair at Lichfield Cathedral Sat 6th Dec 2014 Lichfield Christmas Festival
The Johnson Family Christmas at Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum Sat 6th Dec 2014Sun 7th Dec 2014 Lichfield Christmas Festival
Festive Crafts and Grotto at Beacon Park Sat 6th Dec 2014 Lichfield Christmas Festival
Lichfield Christmas Guided Tour at Lichfield City Sat 6th Dec 2014 Lichfield Christmas Festival
Lichfield Cathedral Lantern Parade at Lichfield Cathedral Sat 6th Dec 2014 Lichfield Christmas Festival
Georgian Festivities at Erasmus Darwin House Sun 7th Dec 2014 Lichfield Christmas Festival
Lichfield Chamber of Trade and Commerce Christmas Fayre at Lichfield Market Square and surrounding streets Sun 7th Dec 2014 Lichfield Christmas Festival

Steam Preservation on the 1980s and 1990s, The final few railway photos from December 17 1993

Steam Preservation on the 1980s and 1990s

The final few railway photos from December 17 1993

Leek & Manifold 1 Leek & Manifold 2 Nene Valey Princess Elizabeth Sentinel Sir Robert Peel Pic Tank engine on WSR Taw Valley

Steam Preservation on the 1980s and 1990s, A few more railway photos from December 1993

Steam Preservation on the 1980s and 1990s

A few more railway photos from December 1993

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Foreign Lines – North Queensland

Foreign Lines – North Queensland

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In 1999 1079 is at Barron Falls Station during its climb up the range to Kuranda in tropical North Queensland.This was the first time a mainline loco worked the line as the track was in the process of being upgraded.
 The Barron Falls (Aboriginal: Bibhoora) is a steep tiered cascade waterfall on the Barron River located where the river descends from the Atherton Tablelands to the Cairns coastal plain, in Queensland, Australia.

Barron_falls_january2005Barron Falls near Kuranda, Australia

Date 27 January 2005 Source  Wikipedia
Author  Ashlsimm  Permission  (Reusing this file)
The copyright holder of this file, Ash Simmons, allows anyone to use it for any purpose, provided that the copyright holder is properly attributed. Redistribution, derivative work, commercial use, and all other use is permitted.

QR two B13 class locos on mixed train heading towards Cairns from Atherton tableland past Barron Falls 1902 transpressnz.blogspot.com

Queensland Railways steam at Barron Falls

 

Narrow Gauge at Mariefred, Sweden

More engine photos from this heritage railway.
Kjell Strandberg originally shared:
Östra Södermanlands Järnväg
This 600 mm narrow gauge railway in Mariefred, Sweden, has a large collection of narrow gauge vehicles. Here is shown two of its almost a dozen steam engines.

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More at:  http://www.oslj.nu

Nynäshamn Railway Museum

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Nynäshamn Railway Museum

One of the dilemmas of the preservation of the railway heritage is the wish to save vehicles and installations for the future versus the cost (in dollars and manpower) to prevent it from gradually disappearing.
Luckily, groups of enthusiasts have joined and continue join to create associations with purpose to collect, preserve and show this heritage to the public, often in live operation. These voluntaries then not only contribute to the preservation of the heritage but also contribute to the tourism in the area (not always being thanked for it!). But all this means a lot of work …
This panorama photo from 2013 shows a typical situation for an association:  Many vehicles being worked on; many more collected in various states of degradation, waiting for their turn …

We must not forget, that it’s only thanks to these enthusiasts that we now and in the future have an opportunity to enjoy and take photos of our railway heritage!

Learn more about Brownhills, Walsall, Staffs on Friday, November 28th – with Gerald Reece

Learn more about Brownhills, Walsall, Staffs on Friday, November 28th

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