Llangollen Railway
26th July 2007

Time for my annual pilgrimage to Llangollen and, the unexpected arrival of 80136 which had recently been transferred for a 3 month stint. More than I could have hoped for.

Naturally it was pouring with rain so not much opportunity for shooting at Carrog or through the window but I managed on en route for Llangollen.

Arrival at Llangollen and the rain had eased to allow me to witness the runround.

Plenty of steam as 80136 emerges from the gloom of the headshunt.


As the train departed for Carrog it was time for lunch and my favourite nose bag "The Corn Mill". The Dee wasn't in full flood but very high for the Summer months. When the weather is suitable it is possible to sit outside the hotel on decking over the river - well worth a visit.

The view from the road bridge - at least there were no Darwin Award candidate "tomb stoning" from the bridge as I have witnessed on many occasions.

Back to the station to see the return of 80136.

The engine started its runround but paused to take on water.

Returning to hook up.

This class of engine suits the line perfectly. Whilst 80136 is scheduled to return to the West Somerset Railway after its overhaul at Crewe, The Llangollen Railway do have a standard tank of their own. It is 80072 which is owned by The Llangollen Standard 4 Trust and is currently under restoration.

Time to rearrange the lamp headcode.

It really does present a timeless scene (apart from wrong line working of course!).

The problems of running a steam line.

Return to Carrog and another runround....

....and back to the train.

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