The Wrexham to Bidston railway
'The Borderlands line'
by Dave Sallery

230006, Hawarden, 23-07-2020, photo by John Mathers.  This is the first of the five 'new' three car trains for Wrexham - Bidston line services.  It is currently undergoing tests and driver/guard training. The units were originally built for London Underground as class D78 and used on the Circle line. They have been extensively refurbished and feature a novel diesel/battery hybrid propulsion system. Great things are expected of these units with the prospect of half hourly services and even extension of some services to Liverpool James Street. They will hopefully bring a big boost to the line.

Contents of this website:

A brief history of the Wrexham - Bidston line

The passengers view from the train
Map of the Borderlands Line

Live online train running information

Views of freight trains on the line by John Mathers
Wrexham Central, old and new
Wrexham General and Exchange
Gwersyllt and Cefn-y-bedd
Caergwrle and Hope
Buckley and Hawarden
Hawarden Bridge and Dee Marsh
Dee Marsh to Mickle Trafford
The Wirral and Merseyrail

Photo gallery pages

Links to other sites

66765, Cefn-y-Bedd, 24-05-2020. Cement trains are now running out of Penyffordd works after a gap of many years. Currently Avonmouth is the only destination served but it is hoped other terminals will follow.

Please take the time to view my other North Wales railway websites:
The Conwy Valley Line - Y Lein Dyffryn Conwy
 The Cambrian Rail Cruise
and North Wales - Changing Trains

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