426 misbehaves again

Tuesday 15th August 2000

As is my custom, I called into Bangor Station on my way into work, leaned my bike against the brickwork and anticipated the arrival of the two 37 hauled trains due to depart at 08:23 and 08:25. 37 413 came and went on the 07:06 Chester - Holyhead but there was no sign of the eastbound service. The monitor switched to 08:45 and it was apparent that all was not well. Then came the announcement that the 08:25 was cancelled due to a locomotive failure at Llanfair PG.

I'd been thinking about calling in at Llanfair PG to shoot these services!

So off I went to work but sneaked out at 10:15 to check if there'd been any developments. Apparently, the Virgin 47 waiting at Holyhead to take the Euston service had been commandeered to push the fNW train out of the way but by the time I returned, 47 705 Guy Fawkes had arrived from Chester to handle the rescue mission.

This is the first time I'd ever seen a train occupying this section of track by the former Bangor motive power depot - when was it last used?

The culprit is revealed as 37 426

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