The early May Bank Holiday promised plenty of interest on the North Wales Coast with two specials, the Llandudno Transport Festival and the Ffestiniog Anything Goes weekend.
We rode 1A46 one stop to Llandudno Junction and just had time to photograph 47 827 before it departed. As promised, First North Western provided "Daisy", otherwise known as 101 685, forming a four car train with 101 680, in Regional Railways colours. Rowan watches from the end of the platform.
It's Daisy's turn to lead as the pair of 101s come off the Llandudno branch having formed the 10:23 back to Blaenau Ffestiniog. It's a perfect spring day with blossom, a cloudless sky and the sparkling blue water of the Conwy estuary.
We'd passed a fully loaded ballast train at Penmaenmawr and were looking out for it but nevertheless it almost caught us by surprise as it eased slowly along platform 1. Those "sheds" are way too quiet! This train rarely runs on a Saturday.
Just six minutes later, 47 727 Duke of Edinburgh's Award arrives light engine from the east and stables in the yard. The driver tells us that he'll be taking over the 'Green Express' special from Hull to Blaenau Ffestiniog.
727 takes up position and shortly afterwards the Green Express special from Hull to Blaenau Ffestiniog comes into view.
The Green Express