NORTH WALES COAST
47 FINALE
CREWE - CHESTER - BANGOR - HOLYHEAD
SEPTEMBER 2002
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 The recent lack of updates has been due to a reorganisation at Totalise which has resulted in their webspace server being moved and upgraded. Like most similar exercises the upgrade is worse than the original. My problem is that the allocated webspace was downgraded to 20MB which means that the site is full and I cannot upload anything. Several promises have been made but in the meantime I am having to borrow space from other sites. Thanks for your patience. IJB

 Conwy station and D1733, alias 47853 "Rail Express", drifts through with the 9.19 Holyhead-London in the final week of Virgin loco hauled operations on the North Wales Coast. 24/9/2002

 The afternoon London service is scheduled for an HST but, today, it is loco hauled. With 47818 "Strathclyde" in charge, the train coasted into Colwyn Bay station. 24/9/2002

 A classic sight on a beautiful day in sunny, downtown Colwyn Bay. 24/9/2002

 The Virgin service is closely followed by FNW's 14.02 Holyhead-Birmingham train, seen here leaving Colwyn Bay, hauled by 47733 "Eastern Star" 24/9/2002

 Away to Chester, Crewe and Birmingham. 24/9/2002

 The final(?) loco hauled FNW Holyhead-Birmingham train entering Colwyn Bay as the 14.02 with 47761 in charge. 27/9/2002

 A token thrash as it leaves.

 THE END - OK there will be other loco hauled trains but only one each way between Holyhead and Manchester and not via Crewe to Birmingham. The darkening evenings and mornings will eventually preclude any decent photographs at the favourite coastal haunts but we will try WON'T WE!!! 27/9/2002

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