The Wrexham to Bidston railway
'The Borderlands line'

Some 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 steel coils in covered wagons from South Wales to Tata at Shotton continue to form the backbone of freight services on the Borderlands line.  There is one train a day most days

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

60054 at the top of the climb from Penyffordd to Buckley on the morning steel train from Margam, 3 June 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 then 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. Coal is no longer used at the works.

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