July 20th 2004

 Colwyn Bay station and Thunderbird number 57301 "Scott Tracy" (Red Ronnie???) arrives with the 08.35 London-Holyhead. The reason for the use of this locomotive on the coast is, as yet, unknown but one can speculate. 20/7/2004

The Virgin Thunderbird livery looks good but the coupler spoils the lines of this re-engineered locomotive, formerly 47845 "County of Kent".
First North Western please note that you still haven't repaired the station foot bridge as you promised last Christmas!

 That ugly coupler that allows the locomotive to rescue failed Pendolino units (hint, hint??) 20/7/2004

 The driver watches his train as the 57 takes the stock forward to Llandudno Junction and Holyhead. 20/7/2004

 Very quietly compared to a 47, number 301 accelerated away with the A55 visible on the left. 20/7/2004

 Later, the train returned as the 13.23 ex Holyhead. The following three shots are in sequence as (1) the train crosses the Conwy River with the town as a backdrop and

 (2) it approaches Llandudno Junction with the Deganwy branch to Llandudno on the right then

 (3) about to enter the station. 20/7/2004

 Finally the train leaves Llandudno for Chester, Crewe and London Euston. What a pity that the train was running late in both directions!! 20/7/2004


Link to July 2