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Built to carry slate from the Bryn Eglwys Quarry, and opened in 1865, the Talyllyn was the first narrow gauge railway in Britain to be approved to carry passengers. It runs 7¼ miles from Tywyn along an unspoilt valley and over the dramatic Dolgoch Viaduct to Nant Gwernol. This film was shot in 1990 to celebrated 40 years of preservation and includes driver’s eye views!
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The Talyllyn Railway is one of the greatest little trains of Wales. It runs 7¼ miles from Tywyn along an unspoilt valley and over the dramatic Dolgoch Viaduct to Nant Gwernol. Built to carry slate from the Bryn Eglwys Quarry, it was the first narrow gauge railway to gain an Act of Parliament to carry passengers.
For 85 years, it ran the same two locomotives and five coaches. When the line was faced with closure in 1950, it was saved by enthusiasts who formed the first ever railway preservation society. Its volunteers rebuilt the track and original rolling stock without spoiling its character.
This DVD was shot with the full co-operation of the Talyllyn Railway Preservation Society in July 1990, when the line celebrated 40 years of preservation. It includes No. 2 Dolgoch in its 1950’s livery and No. 4 Edward Thomas, painted as ‘Peter Sam’.
There is plenty of lineside action and interesting driver’s eye views from the footplate of No. I Talyllyn on its return trip from Tywyn Wharf to Nant Gwernol. Talyllyn passes No. 3 Sir Haydn and No. 6 Douglas en route.
The DVD concludes with the naming of the new loco No.7 Tom Rolt in May 1991.
Produced and directed by Graham Whistler, it is a timeless programme and much celebrated. The superb clarity of vision and sound available with DVD offers the chance to enjoy these crisp, colourful scenes as never seen before.