Saturday, 20 January 2018

Weekend Showcase - North Wales Coastal - The Eighties

I'm often asked about routes, or stock that can be used on certain routes in particular time periods and there isn't always a simple answer, different people own different things.

I've therefore decided to do a weekly screenshot showcase to offer a view of a particular route in a particular time period, these will generally range from the 1970's through to modern day. At this moment in time we now have a vast range of rolling stock available for Train Simulator and although there are still gaps, it's possible in most cases to run prototypical rolling stock on many routes covering a large time period. In some cases the route itself may not look exactly how it did in the time period depicted, but a little imagination can go a long way.

This first showcase features the North Wales Coastal route from Crewe to Llandudno and depicts rolling stock in the 1980's when blue was still very much the colour of choice.

150143 awaits departure from Crewe with a Chester shuttle service - September 1988

90002 sits at Crewe Electric TMD after a traction motor failure earlier that morning - June 1988

142052 & 142001 wait time at Chester before departing on a service to North Wales - February 1987

33045 rumbles through Shotton with a Crewe to Bangor service - April 1986

45144 approaches Prestatyn on a Newcastle to Llandudno service. This locomotive would shortly be withdrawn and scrapped the following year - August 1987

25083 takes the centre road at Rhyl with a rake of ballast empties bound for Penmaenmawr - July 1983

156408 & 142053 call at Colwyn Bay whilst working a Stalybridge to Llandudno service - March 1989

56082 breaks the silence at Llandudno Junction while heading back to Fiddlers Ferry to collect more flyash for the A55 Expressway construction project - May 1983

31101 stands at Llandudno and is due to form a service to Manchester Victoria later that morning - August 1989

A 2-car Metro Cammell Class 101 DMU passes under the iconic town walls at Conwy while working a service from Blaenau Ffestiniog to Llandudno - May 1986

If you have any questions about the rolling stock or repaints used above, feel free to leave a comment below.

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