The Railways of North Wales - Changing trains: page 35

Two views of 20902 and 904 on the weedkilling train at Prestatyn, 5th September 1991.

The same pair enter Llandudno Junction a day earlier

Class 20 No. 20902 on the weedkilling train at Shotton on its way to Wrexham on June 3rd 1997, 20903 was on the other end.   This train would also have sprayed the Merseyrail Wirral lines to New Brighton and West Kirby.

The Courtaulds plant at Greenfield, near Holywell Junction, received regular trains of fuel oil until its closure in the mid 1980's.  47101 is about to pass under the Wrexham to Bidston line at Shotton with a train from Herbrandston (Milford Haven), July 30th 1985.

Preserved D172 "Ixion" leaves Chester on an excursion to North Wales, June 1st 2002.  D172 was numbered 46035 prior to preservation and the nameplate "Ixion" was a later addition.

55016 "Gordon Highlander" passes Prestatyn on a charter from Milton Keynes to Holyhead, September 7th 2002.  The loco is in Porterbrook purple livery.

Two of the Merseyrail fleet of class 73's - 73002 and 006, pass Prestatyn on a charter from Crewe to Blaenau Ffestiniog on March 12th 1994.  The 73's worked as far as Llandudno Junction where 31421 and 455 took over for the trip up the Conwy valley.

The first visit of a Western Class 52 diesel hydraulic beyond Saltney Junction occurred on May 5th 2003.  The train ran from Castle Cary in Wiltshire to Llandudno Junction.  The empty stock then ran to Penmaenmawr where the loco was refuelled in the sidings.  The train is seen at Rhyl.

One of a number of railtours marking the end of regular Class 50 operation was this train organised by the Class 40 appeal.  The Festive Fifties farewell railtour of December 5th 1992 passes through Abergele en route to Blaenau Ffestiniog behind  D400 and 50033. 

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