Scope and Content

This collection of negatives comprises views mainly in the counties of Gwynedd and Clwyd. Many of the views are of specific railway interest, and every effort has been made to establish the location of each view. Unfortunately there are some negatives that could not be tied down to a specific area. Possibly someone will be able to throw light onto these odd shots.

The negatives fall into four types. The bulk of the collection are 35mm format, with 2 1/4" square negatives providing the main alternative. There are four negatives of size 2 1/4" x 3 1/4" and eight negatives of size 1 5/8 x 1 1/4".

The 2 1/4 square negatives are sorted into packs identified by a pack number. This part of the collection number 27 packs and the packs vary in quantity from 5 negatives to 13 negatives. The packs are not sorted into locations, but are listed as supplied by Mr. Dean. Consequently views at a location may appear in different packs. There are a total of 258 negatives in this format. Packs are listed 1 to 27. The collection of 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 negatives are listed as Pack 28.

The 35mm negatives can be classified in two parts. A mixed packet of small strips of negatives which were in no set order comprised of the first part. These were grouped where possible into locations and events that were related. For example, there were eleven negatives taken of railway interest following the fire to the Britannia Tubular bridge linking Caernarfon and Anglesey, and these were catalogued accordingly. In some cases, negatives from a different film but with the same common interest will be found in the same pack, and referring again to the pack mentioned above, it will be noted that there are two negatives numbered 20. This batch of 35mm negatives are labelled Packs A to N.

Out of sequence, but included in this run is pack K which contain the 8 negatives mentioned earlier.

The second series of 35mm negatives were grouped in wallets which were identified by location as supplied. Each negative wallet had a printed number and this number is used as the reference point.

In every case in all sizes, the negative number is that manufacturer's number beneath each negative, whether 35mm or 2 1/4" square. For negatives with no number they are listed as "*".

There are a total of 118 negatives in the packs A to J and L to N. Pack K comprises of the eight small size non standard negatives. There are a total of 154 negatives in the 10 wallets. The total number of negatives in this collection is 542.

It would appear that practically all the negatives were taken between 1961 and 1969 although there are one or two series which are in the early 1970's. Some of the early railway views may be the work of the former shedmaster J. M. Dunn who was in charge of the Motive Power Depot at Bangor for many years. Mr. Dean acquired some of Mr. Dunn's collection of books and photographs when the Dunn estate was sold off, some years ago.

The quality of negative varies especially in the 35mm series, and the print quality available is not always as satisfactory as one would like. Nevertheless the collection is a valuable one providing a derailed record of some of the lines in North Wales which have disappeared.

Of Flintshire / Denbighshire interest are packs :

2 Kinmel Bay.

12 Rhyl?

14 Kinmel Bay, Rhuddlan.

16 Holywell/Flint, Greenfield.

22 Rhuddlan?

23 Mold Junction.

24 Old Colwyn.

27 Queensferry, Abergele.

G Queensferry?

Wallet 47 - Abergele.

Wallet 48 - Llanrwst.

[Information supplied by W.G.Rear, Johnstown, Wrexham, 26 Jan 1983].


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