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This stunning DVD uses photography from 1887 and modern colour footage taken in the same locations to provide a unique ‘then and now’ perspective on the line. The second film features vintage colour footage along with a record of the historic Gala of 1995, where the original equipment was gathered to work services as they were long ago.
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This double feature DVD combines two earlier programmes, Letter from Ffestiniog (1998) and Ffestiniog Gala 40 Years (1995) to give a complete history of this most famous of narrow gauge lines. About “Ffestiniog History” In 1887 at the height of the Victorian era, the proud owners of the Ffestiniog Railway recorded the wonders of their line for posterity. In 1998 this unforgettable video was made when the fact became clear that so many of the shots in photographer R.H. Bleasdale’s unique record were perfectly recognisable today. You will see the transistion from from the black and white of 100 years ago to colour on the screen. The Ffestiniog Railway really is a preserved line with unique items of original equipment still giving service after a century. This video takes you up the line and gives viewpoints from the distant past, complete with equipment still at work today – ther’s nothing else like it anywhere! The second programme contains come vintage colour footage along with a record of the historic Gala of 1995, where the original equipment was gathered to work rare services as they were long ago. The celebration had a wartime theme as it was the 40th anniversay of VE Day and thus many special things happened that will never be repeated as they have passed into history.