The Allure of the West Country - 1969 to 2015 by MIKE ELLIS DVD - The Vale of Rheidol Railway
The Vale of Rheidol Railway

The Allure of the West Country - 1969 to 2015 by MIKE ELLIS DVD

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The Allure of the West Country - 1969 to 2015 by MIKE ELLIS DVD

Mike Ellis has been travelling and photographing the Exeter to Penzance line for over 45 years and has seen a huge change in motive power from Warships, Westerns, Peaks, 31’s, 37’s, 47’s, 50’s, HST’s, through to the 57’s , 66’s, 67’s and also the Voyagers.


Mike started with 8mm cine film in 1969 and made several visits in the 70’s to catch the final services with ‘Western’ traction, including milk traffic from Lostwithiel.


He also covered the last weekend of special steam runs to Ashburton, before closure as part of the Dart Valley Railway.


The extensive library also features:


• The large logo class 50’s in the 1980’s that worked services alongside the Class 47’s and HST’s. There’s also a look at the GWR 150 celebrations and the last summer of the Dawlish semaphores.


• The 90’s brought the end of the class 50’s with the class 47’s taking over passenger, mail and sleeper services. Freight traffic includes Moorswater cement and china clay to Fowey dock’s.


Steam specials have always been popular, especially the Dawlish Donkey trains. The first year of these services ran with Great Western tank 1450.


The privatisation of the railways in the 1990’s brought the first of many different liveries for Great Western HST’s and also for Virgin services.


• The start of the new millennium saw new traction on the mail and freight services with 67’s and 66’s for EWS.


Porterbrook trialled 57601, before First Great Western started using a fleet of the class on the sleeper and passenger service.


Also featured is the last year of the Virgin Cross Country services using the class 47’s before the introduction of the Voyagers.


The programme ends with a roundup of steam and diesel specials, including a quick look at services up to 2015.

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Item location: Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, United Kingdom

The Vale of Rheidol Railway (WelshRheilffordd Cwm Rheidol) is a 1ft 11 3/4 inches (603 mmnarrow gauge heritage railway that runs for 11 3?4 miles (18.9 km) between Aberystwyth and Devil's Bridge in the county of Ceredigion, Wales.

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.

Geraint Roberts
Vale of Rheidol Trading Ltd
Park Avenue
SY23 1PG
United Kingdom
Phone:01970 625819
Company registration number: 9146470
VAT number: GB 489240712

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