October 19 Meet at the Rhos and Betws Tramway

For the first of our October meets we returned to the Rhos and Betws tramway. Despite the arrival of autumn, the weather was kind enough to give us a dry morning before steady precipitation set in over lunch.

Photography was inhibited for two reason: firstly the overcast weather, and secondly we were all so surprised to have some dry weather we all rushed to get some locos running and initially forgot about our cameras. We had four trains running on the circuit at one point (and only one collision…)

By the time rain stopped play we were enjoying a fine lunch and an array of spectacular cakes which amply compensated for the weather…

Part-way through its transformation, this Mamod Boulton is barely recognisable from its last appearance on the Fairwood Valley Light Railway (photo: Simon Wood)
The Boulton is becoming a logging loco, and will be transformed further at out next meet (photo: Peter Butler)
The driver peers through the rear spectacle of this Roundhouse Little John as it skirts the lawn (SW)
An acer provides autumnal colour as Moel Rhos No. 2 Chough crosses the viaduct (SW)
Steam and diesel passing (PB)
Despite the intensive timetable, there are occasional moments of quiet at the station (SW)
Thomas may be out of scale, but on an Essel chassis kept running through the rain (PB)
Benny likes a drink in 7/8ths scale, seen here shortly before he lost his bottle (PB)

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