MARCH 2015 - PAGE TWO  


 A freight train was providing brake van rides. Time constraints and the weather precluded the opportunity.

 Ex GWR 4200 class 2-8-0 tank number 4270 was on the front.

 Later and 3802 had reached Carrog where we sat for over an hour waiting for the next train from Llangollen to arrive. When it did finally arrive it took three attempts to get it to move past the signal and into the platform! There were some very unhappy people on board the waiting train with no explanation as to what was happening.

 Back at Llangollen, BR class 9, 2-10-0 number 92214 "Central Star" reversed onto the freight train assisted by 5199 sandwiched inside.

 The two engines set off with an admirable display of steam.

 It was an enjoyable day on what is an excellent railway but it was, in my opinion, an event that was over-ambitious within the time allowed. The class 5 had failed the day before and we heard stories of people being marooned on its train for three hours (No thunderbird diesel?). On the day of our visit the timetable was disrupted from the start when, from what we were told, 34092 was short of steam. Some of the staff were not only insultingly rude but seemed to have no idea what was happening. Ticket's (sic) and wristbands (what was that all about) were demanded at seemingly every corner. Trains appeared to be running at random and the day ended when the last train left well before 17.00 hrs. running only as far as Carrog and leaving us stranded at Llangollen with a £20 taxi ride to Corwen in order to get home. The poor weather is nobody's fault and I can accept breakdowns and timetable interruptions but I cannot accept rude, and sometimes extremely ignorant, staff. We paid a great deal of money for the day and in return I do expect a degree of civility from those I suspect were Betton Grange people - no uniforms.

If there is to be another similar event then I suggest that staff are briefed on how to be polite to paying customers, run later trains through to Corwen and maybe not try to be over ambitious. Notwithstanding all that, the Llangollen Railway is an excellent venue and we will continue to visit throughout the year.