These first generation BR diesel units displaced the
North Eastern Railway B16s from the York to Scarborough line, which passed a
short walking distance from home and safe enough for an eight-year old to walk
there. A group of us kids used to spend hours there, hoping for the odd 4-4-0
which occasional found its way onto the line. Once the hated dmus appeared we
stopped going, but the passage of 40 years lent them a certain charm and with
their capacious storage area they were good news for the cyclist - provided
the journey wasn't too long!
Regional Railways liveried 101 681 heads east from Llanfair
P.G. on Saturday 22nd May 1999 with the 12:28 Holyhead to Llandudno Junction
The Network SouthEast example waits at Crewe in March 1999 with a Bangor service,
far too long a trip for this type of unit.
The "green machine" at Bangor. This unit is nicer to look at than to travel
in, even though it could do with a repaint.
Here's 101 677 approaching Britannia Bridge with a Holyhead
to Llandudno local on 16th October 1999. The Marquis of Anglesey's Column
is sprouting from the unit.
101 679 is about to leave Bangor on a local to Holyhead on 28th December
These units were withdrawn from the national network at the end of December
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