The building was officially opened by the Prince of Wales during a Royal Gala concert on the 3rd of July Situated next to a conference centre, built in , which in turn was next door to the old Arcadia , the North Wales Theatre is considered to be one of the finest Theatres in Wales, with a proscenium 50ft wide and 26ft high. The available stage depth is 45 ft. The orchestra pit has a spiral column lift that can move to the full height of the stage, a half level, and fully down. The pit can accommodate up to musicians. Sophisticated lighting and sound equipment is installed and a translation booth is available for live captioning and audio description. The circle is set well back and rises quite steeply, in effect incorporating a circle and upper circle into one. Slips on each side bring the front rows in this location to a more usual distance of a circle from the stage.

Guy Martin

Scottish Region of British Railways: In the s, the regions were abolished and replaced by “business sectors”, a process known as sectorisation. The Anglia Region was created in late , its first General Manager being John Edmonds, who began his appointment on 19 October Full separation from the Eastern Region — apart from engineering design needs — occurred on 29 April It was intended to bring the railway system into the 20th century.

A government White Paper produced in stated that modernisation would help eliminate BR’s financial deficit by , but the figures in both this and the original plan were produced for political reasons and not based on detailed analysis.

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I’m blown away by the level of support from fellow rail enthusiasts in building this site. Their willingness to participate in its construction with no prospect of financial gain, just the satisfaction of being involved, is bloody marvellous. Starting in May , Derek’s input has been a massive undertaking and there have been times when the pair of us – just two bungling old geezers with a mutual love for trains and railways – were on our arthritic knees by the sheer size of it all.

And now here we are with three finished pages…or are they? The interest shown by modellers has spurred Derek to suggest a series of articles on the ‘Britannias’ that will be of particular interest to model makers Since taking early retirement, Derek’s knowledge of all things power-driven led him to making a start on correcting the many anomalies he found in books and magazines regarding the BR Class 7MT Britannias.

Derek’s research has taken him more than 6 years and his findings now run into three page on this site. This is in complete contrast to his original reservations. He commented – ‘Whilst the first group of Britannias Nos are indeed very interesting, and in some cases diverse, the history of the final batch of engines Nos is somewhat mundane by comparison, and so whilst I feel confident of filling a page with information on the first batch it would be tricky to give the same result for the remaining engines.

This is because the list of modifications diminished as they were put into the building programme and only half of these changes were required on later batches. Nevertheless there are many more photos of these later builds, primarily because enthusiasts began to realise that extinction was on the horizon, so perhaps the additional photos will remedy the imbalance I’m sure his meticulous research will become a valuable source of reference on the Internet

Fewer than two-thirds of fixed speed cameras in Wales are actually switched on

Bob Casselden looks at the transformation of B. Reduced to three carriages and driving van trailer, after two carriages were damaged in an incident involving some corrugated sheet blown on to the track, on 27 December see last issue , the Picture by Peter Lloyd. Thanks to everyone who has sent Christmas and New Year wishes and kind comments. Floods combined with very high tides caused damage to the Conwy Valley and Cambrian Coast Lines, leading to complete closure between Llandudno Junction and Blaenau Ffestiniog and between Machynlleth and Pwllheli.

The cheapest way to get from Chester to Conwy Castle costs only £9, and the quickest way takes just 49 mins. Find the travel option that best suits you.

It began in when the British Transport Commission BTC announced the Modernisation Programme which outlined the BTC’s plan to replace old-fashioned steam power with modern diesel and electric traction. How many remember the book’s heady aroma of freshly printed ink? Ian Allan should’ve bottled it; they’d have made a fortune!

Worse still, when it came to underlining the new diesels I had ‘copped’ on visits to Swindon, Derby and Crewe Works, they didn’t enter the equation because Ian Allan had published the new combined edition before the diesels were built. Call it a dereliction of duty, if you like, but the discrepancies creeping into the hobby were totally at odds with the orderliness that spotters expected, and I ended up joining the legion of disenchanted youngsters who turned their attention to something more rewarding like railway photography – a natural adjunct to train spotting.

So, combining both interests from old spotting days, the purpose of this page is to list as many different steam locomotive classes numbered from to which were listed in Ian Allan’s abc Locospotters Book covering the London Midland Region in After nationalisation in , the newly-formed British Railways tried out a number of liveries with a view to adopting a future standard for its express-passenger engines of Class 8 power classification dark blue and for its fleet of express-passenger locomotives with a lower tractive effort light green.

A total of 70 were built for use primarily on local passenger services, four on the Western Region, the rest on the London Midland Region. Above The class was most easily identifiable from other Ts by their parallel boiler and smokebox curving down to meet the frames, which can be seen in this ER Morten shot of No entering Shrewsbury station with a local passenger train.

Visible in the background is Saddleworth station closed 5th October However, a distinguishing feature of the Stanier design was the pronounced slope to the top of their side-tanks and tapered boiler in contrast to the parallel boiler of the Fowler Ts.

Guy Martin

Conway Castle is a medieval fortification in Conwy, on the north coast of Wales. It was built by Edward I, during his conquest of Wales, between and Over the next few centuries, the castle played an important part in several wars. Founded in and developed by five generations of one family, it was gifted to the care of the National Trust in

The world famous exhibition of China’s Terracotta army is ready to thrill and enthral all over again as it returns to the UK in for the first time since at the World Museum in Liverpool as part of a special exhibition to celebrate ten years since Liverpool was European Capital of Culture.

Fewer than two-thirds of speed cameras in Wales are actually turned on Image: Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email Fewer than two-thirds of fixed speed cameras in Wales are actually switched on to catch drivers, it has been revealed. Figures obtained by the Press Association indicate just half of speed cameras in the UK are actually turned on. Data released by 36 of the 45 police forces in the UK found that four have no fixed speed cameras at all and 13 — including Gwent Police — have fewer than half actively catching speeding drivers.

The Press Association sent a Freedom of Information request to all 45 forces and their speed camera partnerships asking how many fixed speed cameras they have and how many are active. Nine, including Dyfed-Powys Police, refused to disclose the information or failed to respond. The figures cover all police fixed speed cameras but not the mobile devices forces also use.

Andrew James All forces and speed camera partnerships that responded said they deployed regular mobile speed cameras across their areas. They also said they regularly review which fixed cameras are turned on. Road safety charity Brake described the figures as concerning and called for all cameras to be switched on while AA president Edmund King said the high number of inactive cameras was down to pressure on budgets. How many in Wales are turned on?

The forces which said none of their fixed speed cameras were active were Cleveland, Durham, North Yorkshire and Northamptonshire. The Northamptonshire force said it turned its cameras off in April but has left the structures in place to deter speeders.

Tributes paid to ‘beautiful’ teenager Talaina Hussain who died after crash in Rochdale

The streamliner tipped over when it passed over a rut in the track as it was being towed to the start line. Triumph said rain meant it was not possible to create the required-consistency across the mile course necessary to undertake the attempt. A mile into the run the machine lost traction on the damp surface, veering off the steered path and tipping over on the course.

British Railways (BR), which from traded as British Rail, was the state-owned company that operated most of the overground rail transport in Great Britain between and It was formed from the nationalisation of the “Big Four” British railway companies and lasted until the gradual privatisation of British Rail, in stages between and

By the time of this view, the vehicle had been relegated to training duties. The view is of particular interest in that both fleet names appear, in Tilling style, on the side. A typical NBC waste of money. Everyone I knew always said they were travelling on “the Wilts”. Goodness knows what this is supposed to mean. It sounds like they were an afterthought!

New Llandudno RNLI lifeboat to be officially named

Pilots must have completed one or more operational tours on a fast jet, have accumulated at least 1, flying hours, and have been assessed as above average in their operational role to be eligible. The Reds have no reserve pilots, as spare pilots would not perform often enough to fly to the standard required, nor would they be able to learn the intricacies of each position in the formation. Read More Armed Forces Day Llandudno weekend weather – this is what to expect Once they have finished their three-year tour with the team they will return to their Royal Air Force duties.

In honour of RAF , the team will display with its trademark nine aircraft formation, with Squadron Leader Mike Ling is re-joining the team to fly in the Red 3 position for the season. David Powell The season is the first time the nine-aircraft formation has been led by Squadron Leader Martin Pert, who will fly as Red 1.

A man accused of murdering Salford ‘Mr Big’ Paul Massey and – nearly three years later – his friend John Kinsella, has appeared in court. There was a heavy police presence at South Sefton.

As in the standard timetable, some passenger trains split and join here. With a total of trains to handle, the signalman is kept busy! Most trains are of course formed of d. Barnham Summer Weekday A welcome addition for this popular simulation, this timetable goes back to Coronation year. The frequent Southern Electric service was formed of an earlier generation of stock dating back to the thirties.

Best of all, though, is the wide range of steam traction to be seen at work on passenger and freight services. P Mould A more recent timetable but busy as usual. A modern timetable with modern motive power to suit. With a total of trains this forms the largest timetable created for Barnham.