Class 66 No. 66084 comes off the Dee crossing at Hawarden Bridge on an inbound train of steel coil on the 2 nd November 1999. This class of Canadian built locos are frequent visitors to the line but are only used on the lighter steel trains. This loco was also the first Class 66 to visit Blaenau Ffestiniog - there is a photo of it at Blaenau on my Conwy Valley line site.
Having deposited its loaded wagons in Dee marsh yard, the 66 is seen at Hawarden Bridge station on the same date.
Celebrity green DMU No.101685 is seen on the 12.33 Wrexham Central - Bidston on the same date.
The last locomotive hauled passenger train to visit the line was this railtour seen at Hawarden Bridge on December 18th 1999. The train was "The Scratching Santa" run by Pathfinder Tours.
The tour started at Reading, ran to Stafford, then via the Oxley Curve to Shrewsbury, through Wrexham to Dee Marsh where it reversed. From Wrexham the return was via Warrington, Latchford sidings and Stafford to Reading. Thanks to David White for the route information.
Along the Borderlands line the rail tour was top and tailed by class 60 No. 60088 and Class 56 No. 56090. The special train is seen here leaving Shotton on the return journey.
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