The Northern Belle, 7th September 2004.
This luxury excursion ran from Liverpool Lime Street to Blaenau Ffestiniog using the Northern Belle trainset. At Blaenau the passengers joined a special Ffestiniog Railway service to Porthmadog followed by a coach tour of North Wales. Meanwhile the Northern Belle ran empty to Holyhead and then Llanfair P.G. where the passengers rejoined. Here are a selection of photographs of its journey along the Conwy Valley line.
37689 brings up the rear as the special arrives at Llandudno Junction from Liverpool. The train was top and tailed by 67012 and 37689, with the 37 leading up the valley.
67012 on the rear of the train near Tal y Cafn.
37689 waits at North Llanrwst to pass the service train from Blaenau.
37689 passes the platform of the disused Blaenau Ffestiniog North station.
A Ffestiniog Railway train, headed by Mountaineer, leaves Blaenau as the special arrives.
37689 after arrival at Blaenau.
The Pullman car "Pegasus" adds a traditional luxury touch to the train.
"Prince" of the Ffestiniog Railway waits to leave with the Vintage Train on the connecting service to Porthmadog.
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