The Wrexham to Bidston railway
'The Borderlands line'

Photo gallery page 7 - by Alastair Graham

Croes Newydd
            North fork

The ex Great Western Railway signalbox at Wrexham is known as Croes Newydd north fork, a reminder of the triangular layout which once existed here.  This signalbox controls the Bidston line as far as Penyffordd.  The appearance of this signalbox has now been much altered by the fitting of new windows.

60040 at Wrexham General

Empty steel coil carriers head for South Wales behind 60040 in a  photo taken at Wrexham General in Summer 1999.  The single track connection to the Bidston line is in the background.

37109 at Gwersyllt

EWS red Class 37 No. 37109 is seen just after passing through Gwersyllt station on the morning trip working from Warrington to Dee Marsh, 23 August 2000.

101683 at Buckley

Class 101 diesel multiple unit No. 101683 from Longsight depot in Manchester is seen leaving Buckley station on a Wrexham - Bidston working in July 2000.

101694 at Upton

Due to the late arrival of the brand new Class 175 units from builders Althom, First North Western took a short term lease of a number of Class 101 units made surplus from Glasgow. One of these units in Strathclyde orange livery is seen at Upton on a Bidston working in August 2000.

101692 at Bidston

All the 101's acquired from Glasgow were in orange livery apart from this one - 101692 - in a one off experimental blue scheme.  It is seen here at Bidston ready to return to Wrexham on 15th of August 2000.  The large aerial on the rear was fitted when the vehicle was used on the radio signalled Ipswich - Lowestoft line in the 1980's.

101685 at Bidston

Seen at Bidston during June 2000 is 101685, the unit is standing at the West Kirby bound platform and the electrified third rail of the Merseyrail system can be seen to the right.  This unit was formed into a 3 car set and repainted during 1994 to work services on the Conwy Valley line to Blaenau Ffestiniog.  After losing its centre vehicle it became a frequent performer on the Borderlands line.  Both of these vehicles date from 1956 and were the oldest DMU cars then still in service.

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