The Wrexham to Bidston
'The Borderlands line' by Dave
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.
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.