The Wrexham to Bidston railway
'The Borderlands line'

Some recent views of freight trains on the line by John Mathers
More of John's photos can be viewed on his Flickr site


The trains of hot rolled coil steel from South Wales to Tata at Shotton continue to form the backbone of freight services on the Borderlands line.  There are usually two trains a day on weekdays and one on saturday and sunday.  The refurbished class 60's are the normal motive power.



60063 drops down into Gwersyllt on a southbound empty steel train, 9 July 2013


60019 heads south at Dobshill near Buckley, 15 June 2013



60062 near Penyffordd, 18 July 2013



60054 rounds the curve into Buckley on steel empties, 22 May 2013


 
60010 heads through Gwersyllt with 6V75 Dee Marsh - Margam, 25th March 2013



60040 is just north of Penyffordd on 19 April 2013.  On the right is the entrance to the Castle Cement sidings



60063 at Penyffordd, 6 July 2013



66207 and 66016 at Rhosrobin crossing near Wrexham, 16 July 2013.  The earlier failure of 66016 brought about this rare double header.



66065 is heading south at Cefn y Bedd, 9 July 2013



The steep gradient into Hawarden is seen in this view of 66111, 2 July 2013



One of the very infrequent coal trains to Castle Cement at Penyffordd ran on 11 June 2013.  The empty wagons are seen here between Penyffordd and Hope headed by 66199.


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