Occasionally I get the urge to spend a lazy day by myself, and today was a suitable time for such an indulgence. I had a week's rover ticket from last Saturday's ruggex jaunt, it was sunny and we'd been tipped off that a Serco test train would be down the coast.
The day got off to a great start with 37 608 accompanying 20 303 on the westbound flasks, usually formed of a pair of the smaller machines.
Here's my train, the 09:19 Holyhead to Euston with 47 843 Vulcan in charge
The Brush diesel makes light work of its coastal run and we're checked by signals on the approach to Chester, where I alight.
There's no sign of the Serco train, the next movement of interest being 66 017 at 11:50 with a load of empty MEAs to be loaded at Penmaenmawr with stone for Tytherington
Ten minutes later, 66 515 pulls up at the signal with the loaded ballast train for Crewe. The driver can be seen on the phone but had to wait forty minutes for a path. I called into town for a replacement lens cap before taking the 12:40 departure as far as Conwy for a relaxing stroll round the walls.
Afternoon in Conwy