St. Pancras International, London, England (UK), 2013

British Railway Photos


I have literally thousands of these, and what I have in this album is a tiny percentage of them, maybe 1 or 2 percent, if even that. Basically, this is meant to be a companion album to the England, Wales, and Scotland albums, whi

Snowdon Mountain Railway, Snowdon Summit, Snowdoni…

26 Aug 2012 1 1 79
The Snowdon Mountain Railway, while only 4.7 miles long, is so steep that it's a cog railway. It's also 2'7.5" narrow-gauge. Built in 1896, it is still partly steam powered. Here you can see both steam and diesel power. The terminal at the bottom of the mountain is at Llanberis, which is also a station on the Llanberis Lake Railway and the Carnarvonshire Railway. The Summit station is integrated into the cafe mentioned earlier.

Snowdon Mountain Railway, Picture 2, Snowdon, Snow…

26 Aug 2012 1 1 91
Here's the extreme grade to the summit. I don't actually precisely what it is. Some particularly ambitious people were jogging to the summit alongside the tracks.

Snowdon Mountain Railway, Picture 3, Snowdon, Snow…

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Here's a better look at one of the steam locomotives.

Snowdon Mountain Railway, Picture 4, Snowdon, Snow…

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Here's a closeup of the tracks, with the cog in the middle.

Arriva #150258 at Blaenau Ffestiniog Station, Edit…

17 Oct 2013 32
This is the National Rail (ex-British Rail) Blaenau Ffestiniog Station, which is shared with the Ffestiniog Railway. It's at the south end of the Conwy Valley Line from Llandudno Junction, which was originally built in 1879 by the London & North Western Railway. I was visiting the Ffestiniog for at least the third time that I can remember (I'll have to check my records to know for sure, as I don't remember), and this time I was a bit confused about what to photograph. When I first visited, it was one of the last places to be served by ex-BR Class 101 DMU's, which were at that time the oldest DMU's that I had ridden on outside of heritage units, as they had been built as far back as 1956. I would later ride the very last run of any Class 101 on December 22nd, 2003, from Manchester Piccadilly to Rose Hill and back. Today the Conwy Valley Line is served by Class 150 DMU's, which are also quite old at this point, having been introduced in 1984 (I've read some sources that say 1976, so if I'm wrong please correct me). These are commonly called "Sprinter" DMU's, with the last Class 153 Class being called "SuperSprinters."

Ffestiniog Railway, Edited Version, Gwynedd, Wales…

17 Oct 2013 41
This was shortly after departing Blaenau Ffestiniog. You can't see it yet in this photo, but the Ffestiniog is still mostly steam.

Ffestiniog Railway, Picture 7, Edited Version, Gwy…

17 Oct 2013 24
Here's a shot on one of the first curves, showing the Fairlie Double-Bogie steam locomotive. The Ffestiniog is the largest operators of these locomotives in the world, having had them since the 1870's. Interestingly for emissions, maintenance, and other reasons, two were built after BR phased out steam (the Ffestiniog has always been private anyway), in 1979 and 1992.

Ffestiniog Railway, Picture 8, Edited Version, Gwy…

17 Oct 2013 24
Here's an alternate of the last shot.

Ffestiniog Railway, Picture 9, Edited Version, Tan…

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This is Tan-y-Bwlch station, which is the most important intermediate station on the line.

Ffestiniog Railway, Picture 11, Edited Version, Ta…

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Here you can see the boxy water tower.

Ffestiniog Railway, Picture 12, Edited Version, Ta…

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Here's the station sign. As on other narrow-gauge lines, the passenger coaches on the Ffestiniog are very small by rail standards, although not necessarily cramped. They're often non-corridor, and all of them lack vestibules.

Ffestiniog Railway, Picture 15, Edited Version, Mi…

17 Oct 2013 38
Here's a shot of Minffordd station, which is also served by Arriva, although Arriva have dedicated facilities. Wikipedia counts these stations as separate from each other. However, the mainline station, if it can be called that, is not the Conwy Valley Line but the former Aberystwyth and Welsh Coast Railway Railways line from Dovey Junction to Pwllheli, completed in 1871.

Ffestiniog Railway, Picture 16, Edited Version, Mi…

17 Oct 2013 35
Here's another shot of Minffordd station. The actual passenger (as opposed to freight) station is hidden back in the trees on the right.

Ffestiniog Railway, Picture 18, Edited Version, Mi…

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Here's the station under the trees.

Ffestiniog Railway, Picture 20, Edited Version, Mi…

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One of the Ffestiniog's freight customers over the years was the Maenofferen Quarry, and there's still a yard here. However, business has always been sporadic. The first use of the railway was between 1848 and 1850 (the quarry predates the railway by about 36 years, having been started in 1800), then 1857-1865, when there was a pause, and then the longest continuous freight service was in 1865-1962, even the period from 1946-1954, when the Ffestiniog wasn't operating and the quarry operated its own trains by leasing the section of the line to Duffws, where there was a connection with the LMS and later BR.

Ffestiniog Railway, Picture 21, Edited Version, Bo…

17 Oct 2013 45
This is the Ffestiniog's main locomotive works, Boston Lodge. It's small, but over the years most of the railway's locomotives have been built here. Naturally, heavy overhauls are also conducted here.

Ffestiniog Railway, Picture 23, Edited Version, Th…

17 Oct 2013 33
This is a causeway of sorts called "The Cob," across the bay that separates Boston Lodge from Porthmadog. It actually predates the railway by many years, having been completed in 1811 by William Madocks, a local "agricultural improver," who also founded Porthmadog. Many people don't know that Wales was relatively undeveloped until the 19th Century, although there are Medieval castles like Conwy.

Porthmadog Station, Edited Version, Porthmadog, Gw…

17 Oct 2013 50
Here's the Porthmadog yard, with the station on the right.

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