A HISTORIC locomotive rolled into Frodsham Station to start a summer season of steam train services to North Wales.
The 60009 Union of South Africa, an A4 Pacific, steamed in with its vintage rail coaches to haul the North Wales Coast Express service on the first of its August journeys.
During its stop at Frodsham on Sunday it had time to take on water by way of a tanker and a very long hose.
Organised by heritage rail operator The Railway Touring Company, The North Wales Coast Express will run on Sunday, August 17, and Bank Holiday Monday, August 25.
Trips through Frodsham on August 24 and 31 have been cancelled due to engineering works near Broad Green.
It is hoped the steam specials will attract a high level of interest as this month marks the 40th anniversary of British Railways’ last steam service, in 1968.
Nigel Dobbing, MD of The Railway Touring Company, said: “Last summer, more than 5,000 people took one of our summer steam services and, with this special anniversary and the high cost of petrol, we are expecting at least as many people to choose steam rail rather than their car for a day out this year.”
The service starts from Liverpool Lime Street, calling at Broad Green, Warrington Bank Quay, Frodsham and Chester, en route to Colwyn Bay, Llandudno Junction, Conwy, Bangor and Holyhead.
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