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Saturday, February 12, 2022

Trains return to Llangollen Railway in time for half term

It's now just a week before trains return to Llangollen Railway in time for the half term holiday starting on Saturday, February 19.

A two-train heritage diesel railcar service will be in operation on the weekends of 19th & 20th and 26th & 27th of February when Timetable B is to operate with trains leaving Llangollen for Carrog at 1030am, 1200 noon, 1.00pm, 2.30pm and 3.15pm.

A one-train railcar service will run on Wednesday 23rd to Friday 25th February. Timetable A operates with departures at 11am, 12,50 pm and 3.10pm.

Units expected to be in use are the Class 108/104 hybrid set and the unique Class 109 Wickham set, the latter following a major engine repair. All date from the late 1950s and show how trains used to be in British Railways days when operated on branch lines. 

Riding the railcar offers the best views of the Dee Valley in the late winter season when the results of wintertime maintenance work might be seen to advantage. 

The trains also offer the opportunity to enjoy recreational visits to the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with many short walks, or longer from the stations at Berwyn, Glyndyfrdwy and Carrog. 

According to Llangollen Railway Unofficial Facebook page, the platform at Deeside is being demolished.

The facility, which dates from 1990, has become unstable and following the removal of the points which formed the loop, the platform is no longer required. 

Re-sleepering of six panels of track west of Deeside has also taken place during early February as shown on LR Facebook page.

One noticeable change for the start of the new season is that passing of trains must now take place at Glyndyfrdwy.

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