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This extremely picturesque North Wales railway is celebrated from film taken at gala events from 1987 to 2015. Contemporary BBC newsreader Peter Woods narrates the railway’s first ever gala, followed by further spectaculars in the 80s and 90s. Among the many highlights in the new millennium, Pannier Nos. 6430, 7754 and 5199 were on show in 2004 along with Hunslet 0-6-0 Jessie!
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We look at this extremely picturesque railway in North Wales from footage taken at their gala events from 1987 to 2015, which includes two of the famous Steel, Steam and Stars events. We begin in 1987 with BBC Newscaster of the time, Peter Woods, as he narrates the first ever gala held at the railway. This is followed by further galas in the 1980s and 1990s which saw a whole host of different locomotives visiting the line. Engines such as the J27 from the NYMR and Jinty 3F 7298, 76079, 5572, 4566 and the newly restored ‘Manor’ No. 7822 Foxcote Manor.
As we enter the new millenium, the gala in 2004 brought with it Pannier No. 6430, 7754, 5199 and Hunslet 0-6-0 Jessie. The Autocoach W228W was also a major attraction at this event.
The two Steel, Steam and Stars events had a long line-up of locomotives including – Nos. 41241, 44806 (as 44801), ‘Dukedog’ 9017, ‘B1’ 1306, ‘Royal Scot’ 6100, 5526, 5643, 3440 City of Truro and Scottish entrant 246 Morayshire.
The whole events from 1987 onwards and the extension of the line firstly through to Glyndyfrdwy and then to Carrog and coming soon, to Corwen, illustrate the great potential of this heritage railway. Its stunning scenery and popular tourist location can only enhance its future under the new trust set up for operations.