For those who are also into steam trains and heritage railways a reminder, in case you don't know, that a 9 day mega gala event is lined up at the Llangollen Railway for the period 18-26 April. Ten steam engines are now listed for operation between those dates for an event organised by the Betton Grange group for a show which should not be missed. Already on site is the GWR Dukedog No.9017 and the LNER B1 1306 and other visitors are due to come in later this week. Further details can be found at the Betton Grange website www.6880.co.uk or the Llangollen Railway's website www.llangollen-railway.co.uk. The latter now has a listing of daily activities, if you search the site for it.
A word of explanation as regards travel on the railway in the period of the gala - tickets are sold on a whole day basis rather than a single round trip. The event is expensive to put on and the fares have to reflect this.
Access to Llangollen can be by hourly ATW train from Chester to Ruabon hence a 15 minute interval bus service route 5 to Llangollen if you can't come by car. Or X94 Barmouth bus direct from Chester but this runs only every two hours. Llangollen railway website has public transport details.
Star of the show now is likely to be the operation of the newly restored Royal Scot No.6100 - how many of you remember this former LMS class operating in and out of Lime St and passing Speke Junction at speed?
Further details from a press release are now posted on the North Wales Coast railway webiste: www.nwrail.org.uk in the noticeboard for 15 April
As of Thursday 6100 Royal Scot was waiting in Llangollen to be off loaded after the LNER D49 Morayshire was landed. 3440 City of Truro due to be delivered and the small prairie tank 5526 is coming up from Devon.
Some of us may remember 6100 on show at Butlin's Skegness in the late 60s. It was once observed in the course of an MSAE mini bus trip to Lincolnshire. Now it is back in action after a mega overhaul.