ECHOSHIP  ms Anke Angela was moored at Reynes pier, one I haven't seen before. 17/08/2012

 Castle class number 5043 "Earl of Mount Edgcumbe" crossing the viaduct at Llanddulas with The North Wales Express. 18/08/2012

 On the rear was Class 47 number 47773/D1755. 18/08/2012

 While the diesel was making its way up to Blaenau the Castle was heading for Holyhead to turn on the Valley triangle. Here it's passing under the arch at Conwy. 18/08/2012


 Units on the line were predominantly "double headed" as was this set, comprising 158822 leading 158821, seen entering Conwy station. 18/08/2012

 The train was too long for the platform so that only the guard's door was in use - this led to longer waiting time. 18/08/2012

 Because of problems of clearance, the Castle had to remain on the main line while the class 47 took the train up to Blaenau Ffestiniog. Waiting at Glan Conwy crossing for the diesel to return, I stood for ages then decided to give up and started to walk across the crossing. I was surprised to see the 47 waiting quietly and almost hidden in the undergrowth by the A55 bridge where it had been held, then eventually to emerge from its lair. In a former guise this locomotive was named "The Queen Mother" and carried EWS livery.. 18/08/2012

 Later, and back at Llanddulas waiting for the Castle to return, I saw the cable laying ship moored off the coast while use was made of the somewhat rare sunshine and the beach. 18/08/2012

 The ship is working in conjunction with more of those confounded obscenities seen on the horizon. 18/08/2012

 Then the steam charter appeared at quite a speed with the fireman working hard by the looks of things. 18/08/2012

 Entering the viaduct. 18/08/2012

 Well away from its home ground but still great to watch. 18/08/2012

 And the inevitable diesel. 18/08/2012