The end of a very wet weekend

by David Allen October. 14, 2018 175 views

On Friday and Saturday a storm hit the West of the UK, villages flooded, railway lines damaged and closed, and power lines damaged. On the Llangollen Railway we escaped without damage although the first two days of a "Steam Gala" were very wet. The River Dee was running very high and had come over its banks in places.

I was on duty on the Sunday and as the station became less busy added to the collection of railway pictures.

There were 5 different locomotives in action during the day recreating how the Railway might have looked when it was open as part of British Railways. The Top pannier tank is a home loco. The visiting loco No 46521 is one of a class of locos that would have worked on the Cambrian lines. The middle photo is a scene that would have been part of the day to day working on the line through its history as the signalman prepares to exchange tokens with the driver of the locomotive.

The day attracted steam enthusiasts although I suspect that the weather had acted as a deterrent to all but the keenest! By later in the afternoon on Sunday the skies started to clear and the sun put in a brief appearance.

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I never travel by train, but I would love to photograph this old and well maintained locomotives. The storm seems to have cleared the sky without doing some damages to the railway.Beautiful pictures!

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David Allen Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 1 year ago

Yes, further to the West and South the weather had been much more extreme and the mainline along the coast was closed at the peak of the storm. A heritage narrow gauge railway had many fallen trees to clear and repairs to make before they could reopen.

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Abigail Gossage 1 year ago

Being the railway brat that I am, I always love images of steam trains. 😍

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