RAIL37 MONTHLY REPORTS
THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO...
July 20th 2004

 4F 44422

Churnet Valley 

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 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!
20/7/2004

 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

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