Railway Touring Company host The Welsh Mountaineer on Wednesday 5th August by Black Five 45231. Orginally to be steam hauled from Crewe-Chester-Llandudno Junction-Blaenau Ffestiniog & return, it will start at Preston & proceed to Chester via Warrington & Frodsham. On arrival at Chester, the locomotive will be detached & go on the triangle to run tender first to Llandudno Junction. This eases the pain of going to Valley! The locomotive will be facing smokebox first to Blaenau Ffestiniog, and tender first for the return, with a simple run-round at Llandudno Junction for the journey back to Preston.