Chester and Holyhead Railway






Dates

  /  /    [Chester and Holyhead Railway]
Abergele renamed Abergele and Pensarn.
  /  /1844[Chester and Holyhead Railway]
Incorporated.
01/05/1848[Chester and Holyhead Railway]
Aber opened
01/05/1848[Chester and Holyhead Railway]
Abergele opened
  /  /1858[Llandudno Branch] ([Chester and Holyhead Railway])
Opened from Llandudno Junction to Llandudno
05/10/1858[Vale of Clwyd Railway]
Line opened from Rhyl ([Chester and Holyhead Railway]) to a temporary station at Denbigh.
  /  /1859[Chester and Holyhead Railway]
Station at Rhyl rebuilt to handle [Vale of Clywd Railway] traffic.
12/09/1960[Chester and Holyhead Railway]
Aber closed
02/03/1963[Chester and Holyhead Railway]
Short line to Port Penrhyn harbour closed. (The second Lord Penrhyn had built a private standard gauge line to the harbour at Port Penrhyn)

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

Mid-afternoon on 29th January 1977 sees a pair of BR Sulzer Type 2s, 25190 and 25153, bring a long block train comprised mainly of Presflos past ...
Bill Jamieson 29/01/1977
D1023 Western Fusilier roamed far and wide in the run-up to the final demise of the class in early 1977. On Saturday 29th January it ran from ...
Bill Jamieson 29/01/1977











The poor old ship is still there. Former TSS Duke of Lancaster at the Mostyn shoreline by Llannerch-y-Mor (half way between Mostyn and Holywell ...
John Yellowlees 18/06/2017

The tired box at Mostyn. View looks north. ...
Ewan Crawford //
The former station building at Mostyn in May 1990. [With thanks to Messrs Kirk, Dunbar and Bijster] ...
Ian Dinmore /05/1990
Mostyn signal box on the North Wales coast in 2002. ...
Ewan Crawford //2002



A slight air of dereliction on a main line. Looking west at Prestatyn. ...
Ewan Crawford //
In its last month of working 40098 looks in fine fettle as it hauls container flats through Prestatyn. An opportune picture from a Crewe to Holyhead ...
Mark Bartlett 15/03/1981


An Arriva Class 175 nears Rhyl station running along the embankment to the west of the station on 27th July 2017. The train is passing the Marine Lake ...
Mark Bartlett 27/07/2017
Part of the attractive station building at Rhyl, June 2012. ...
Veronica Clibbery /06/2012
Ticket office and platform entrance at Rhyl station, June 2012. ...
Veronica Clibbery 19/06/2012
The large Rhyl No2 signal box, alongside the Up Slow line at the Holyhead end of Rhyl station, photographed in July 1986. ...
Ian Dinmore 12/07/1986



A 175 at Abergele and Pensarn with a Llundudno - Manchester Piccadilly service in August 2003 ...
Ian Dinmore /08/2003
View from a passing train of Abergele and Pensarn where the westbound platform was recently built out onto the old down loop to reach the down fast. ...
John Yellowlees 21/06/2017

Llanddulas, the North Wales line runs just in front of the two silos and the Powell-Duffryn Quarry at the top of the picture was at one time rail ...
Gordon Steel /08/1972



47529 slows for the Colwyn Bay stop with a westbound passenger service along the North Wales Coast on 29th June 1980. This particular Brush Type 4 was ...
Mark Bartlett 29/06/1980
Stanier Pacific no 46229 Duchess of Hamilton runs alongside the A55 Expressway between Colwyn Bay and Llandudno Junction on 19 October 2002 ...
David Pesterfield 19/10/2002
Oops - and not an orange jacket in sight. Brush Class 47, 47463, heading for Holyhead with a passenger train, creeps gingerly past a derailed ...
Mark Bartlett 15/03/1981



An Arriva Class 175/0 heads away from Llandudno Junction on a service for Chester and Manchester on 27th July 2017. This image was taken from the ...
Mark Bartlett 27/07/2017
First light at Llandudno Junction on 16th March with ATW 175115 idling in Bay Platform 2 before departing along the short branch to Llandudno. ...
Mark Bartlett 16/03/2015
Sunshine on Llandudno Junction on 14th April 2015, as the 1735 Holyhead - Cardiff Central is despatched. ...
Colin McDonald //
A line of steam locomotives awaiting disposal at Llandudno Junction in April 1963. In the centre is 52119 with 40093 on the right. [Ref query 9307] ...
K A Gray 01/04/1963


Colas 56096 passing through Colwyn station with a weedkilling train on 31st October 2017. A second 56 was at the rear.
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Peter Todd 27/10/2017
I assume this is a late-running TfW DMU heading from Bangor to Conwy on 10th June 2019. This shot was take at 12:53 from the saddle between ...
Norman Glen 10/06/2019
A view from the train of the eastern portal of the Conwy tubular bridge on 29 May 2013. The white splash marks on the carriage were courtesy of the ...
John McIntyre 29/05/2013
A Holyhead bound Voyager emerges from the Conwy tubular bridge and runs beneath the ramparts of the castle with the estuary behind. [See image 31961] ...
Mark Bartlett 26/11/2011


BR Sulzer type 2 24082 at Penmaenmawr ballast terminal in October 1978 awaiting departure towards Chester with a loaded train. ...
David Pesterfield 03/10/1978








Stanier 3P 2-6-2T 40173 stands amongst other stored locomotives on Bangor shed in April 1963. 40173 had been officially withdrawn from here 9 months ...
K A Gray 01/04/1963
Shed scene at Bangor (6H), thought to have been photographed in 1959, featuring 2-6-4 tanks. Stanier no 42567 is stabled behind BR Standard example no ...
K A Gray //1959
Ivatt 2-6-2T no 41230 stands alongside the turntable at Bangor shed, thought to have been taken in the late 1950s. ...
K A Gray //
Locomotives on shed at Bangor on 1 April 1963, with Jubilee 4-6-0 45672 Anson in the centre of the picture. ...
K A Gray 01/04/1963



About to cross the Britannia Bridge over the Menai Strait westbound on 29 May 2013. Originally a tubular bridge designed by Robert Stephenson, it was ...
John McIntyre 29/05/2013

You have more time to grab a shot of this station sign than most on the network. ...
John Yellowlees 03/07/2017
Snapshot from a passing train of *that station sign* taken on 10th April 2012. ...
Colin McDonald 10/04/2012
153313 makes for Holyhead at the unpronounceable Llanfair PG on 11th July 1996.
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Graeme Blair 11/07/1996
The Arriva Trains Wales 11.21 ex-Cardiff Central calls at Llanfairpwll on 17 September on its journey to Holyhead. ...
Bruce McCartney 17/09/2012

Passing Gaerwen SB, Anglesey, on a westbound train in May 2013. This was the junction of the branch to Amlwch and although the track is still in place ...
John McIntyre 29/05/2013






Arriva Trains Wales 175003 leaves Valley station some 12 minutes late on the 14.00 service to Holyhead, ex Cardiff Central, on 23 July 2014. ...
David Pesterfield 23/07/2014
View east from the level crossing by Valley station in July 2014, showing the up side west to north spur giving access to the nuclear flask loading ...
David Pesterfield 23/07/2014
Valley station looking west towards Holyhead in July 2014 showing the original up side building and signal box. The box controls the level crossing, ...
David Pesterfield 23/07/2014
View from the A5 at Valley through the vehicle entrance to the flask rail loading sidings for Wylfa nuclear power station located on Anglesey's north ...
David Pesterfield 23/07/2014



45690 Leander at Holyhead....a few adjustments. Steam Dreams excursion from London Euston to Holyhead, 6th June 2019. ...
John Steven 02/07/2019
At the bottom of the ramp to the station at Holyhead, and what was the early ferry terminal, is a large square clock tower that commemorates the ...
David Pesterfield 23/07/2014
View across the A55 roundabout on the approach to Holyhead Port in October 2012. On the right is the signal box, with the Arriva Trains Wales two road ...
David Pesterfield 02/10/2012
Virgin Super Voyager 221102 leads sister unit 221109 into Holyhead station on 29 February 2012 with the 12.50 arrival from London Euston. ...
David Pesterfield 29/02/2012