Narrated once again by James Boyd, and based on his unique cine archive, this programme features, among other lines, the Welshpool and Llanfair Railway in its freight only days: the privately owned Penrhyn and Padarn systems, and the quarries they served, the 15” gauge Fairbourne Railway, and the scenic Vale of Rheidol. Standard gauge travels, by both service and special trains, cover lines of character in Derbyshire, Denbighshire and Lancashire, with visits to industrial sites where locomotives of special interest were at work. To conclude, James Boyd shows us the miniature railway he supervises at a Worcestershire private school, where children learn the disciplines of railway life at first hand: hard work and thorough preparation before enjoyment!
"This film provides both an evocative re-creation of some of Britain’s most distinctive railways and an insight into the life of a man to whom the preservation movement owes much.“ (Steam Railway) 66 minutes.
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Item location: Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, United Kingdom
The Vale of Rheidol Railway (Welsh: Rheilffordd Cwm Rheidol) is a 1ft 11 3/4 inches (603 mm) narrow gauge heritage railway that runs for 113?4 miles (18.9 km) between Aberystwyth and Devil's Bridge in the county of Ceredigion, Wales.
Until privatisation, it was the sole steam-operated line on the nationalised British Rail network, steam traction having ceased in 1968 on all other parts of the system. Unlike some other preserved railways in the United Kingdom, the Vale of Rheidol Railway has never closed, with the exception of wartime and has operated a service for tourists through its life. The railway celebrated its centenary in 2002.
The Railway is a charity, meaning the income it generates goes back into the railway, to aid in restoration and running of the steam locomotives. Buying through our online giftshop enables you to get the product you want but also donate to the railway and keep it alive.
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