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May - Under a spring green canopy in Mid Wales a railway that I have not seen featured - the Talyllyn Railway. Built on a gauge of 2 feet 3 inches, it is one of a number of narrow-gauge lines in north and mid Wales built in the 19th century to carry slate, in the Talyllyn's case from the Bryn Eglwys quarries near Abergynolwyn. Opened in 1865, the line runs the seven and a quarter miles from Tywyn (on the Cardigan Bay coast) to Nant Gwernol, from where a series of horse-drawn tramways continued into the mountains. The slate traffic ceased in 1946 following a serious rock fall in the quarry.

In 1950 the line's owner Sir Henry Haydn Jones died, and the future for the TR looked very bleak, as it had been losing money for some years. A group of enthusiasts, led by the engineer and author L.T.C. Rolt, sought to prevent the railway's closure and scrapping and, thanks to the generosity of Lady Haydn Jones, the Talyllyn Railway Preservation Society (the first such organisation in the world) was allowed to take over the running of the line. By then the railway was in a very sorry state with the one operable locomotive, in very poor condition, struggling to pull the trains along an overgrown and perilous track.

Since 1951 great improvements have been made; volunteer members of the TRPS now provide most of the train crew and station staff required to operate the line, and assist with maintenance work and with many other activities. The track has been relaid, locomotives have been acquired and rebuilt, additional carriages have been constructed, a safe and flexible signalling system has been installed, and the many other improvements needed to cater for the much increased number of passengers have been carried out.

But the TR is still very much the railway it always was, a rural byway where the pace of life is gentle, the average speed of the train is still less than nine miles per hour, and passengers can have an unhurried journey along the beautiful and unspoilt Fathew Valley. Both the original locomotives and all the original carriages remain in regular use to this day.

This continues the Calender series

Camera:Nikon D200 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18 - 200
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:May
Username:robincoombes robincoombes
Uploaded:1 Oct 2007 - 7:54 AM
Tags:Calendar, General, Landscape / travel, May, Steam, Talyllyn, Transport
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JudeC
JudeC  7 England3 Constructive Critique Points
1 Oct 2007 - 8:25 AM

I am enjoying the calendar series - are you producing to sell - I would be very interested - JudeC

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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
1 Oct 2007 - 8:32 AM

Perfect for this month Robin. Looking good mate. Ron.

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robincoombes
robincoombes e2 Member 7robincoombes vcard Wales5 Constructive Critique Points
1 Oct 2007 - 8:33 AM

No at this stage only being produced for EPZ a day at a time, only objective is to find one for June! Smile

Robin

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BEVZED
BEVZED e2 Member 71140 forum postsBEVZED vcard United Kingdom
1 Oct 2007 - 8:49 AM

What a superb capture! Such a beautiful clear sharp shot. Fascinating detail, love this.
Loving the whole series as it unfolds Smile

Beverley

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece17 Constructive Critique Points
1 Oct 2007 - 9:04 AM

Fantastic! I went on that railway many moons ago, your capture brings back many childhood memories for me, thank you. Carol

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riprap007
riprap007  101568 forum posts England37 Constructive Critique Points
1 Oct 2007 - 9:36 AM

a fascinating line from the account, good ow angle and punchy colours, summer's coming Smile

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imander
imander  7388 forum posts United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
1 Oct 2007 - 9:55 AM

lovely shot, love the dog looking out of the carriage
ian

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ChristineL
1 Oct 2007 - 10:50 AM

a super capture and a lovely setting,
Chris.

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CliveA
CliveA  8 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2007 - 10:54 AM


Quote: Fantastic! I went on that railway many moons ago, your capture brings back many childhood memories for me, thank you. Carol

Same goes for me Robin. Like your PF portrait by the way.
Clive

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GalleryGirl
1 Oct 2007 - 1:02 PM

Super shot! barmymarny x

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User_Removed
1 Oct 2007 - 2:28 PM

Robin, another cracker and a good viewpoint to make the most of it as well

victor

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TyChee
TyChee e2 Member 9187 forum postsTyChee vcard United States1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Oct 2007 - 2:29 PM

Great perspective and color.
Ty

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Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
1 Oct 2007 - 2:53 PM

Absolutely superb, my favourite so far,
Fred.

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dianah
dianah  824474 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
1 Oct 2007 - 5:16 PM

I love this railway and this is a stunning shot of it..love the angle you have taken.
Di

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LisaRose
LisaRose  7172 forum posts United States4 Constructive Critique Points
1 Oct 2007 - 5:56 PM

I love train shots, and this one is gorgeous. All of the vibrant colors look wonderful.

Lisa

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bobalot
bobalot  7 England
1 Oct 2007 - 6:24 PM

great colour, click for the shot and another if i could for the history.

Rgds Bob

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
1 Oct 2007 - 6:54 PM

Excellent image -like the composition and colours this.
Well captured.
R.

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GlynnisFrith
GlynnisFrith e2 Member 7GlynnisFrith vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
1 Oct 2007 - 7:18 PM

Love the fresh looking greens roll on spring, super shot
Glynnis

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redstag
redstag e2 Member 8100 forum postsredstag vcard United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
1 Oct 2007 - 7:30 PM

Gorgeous image.
Jon

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glyndwr
glyndwr  766 forum posts Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
1 Oct 2007 - 8:18 PM

Superb perspective.
We were up there a few weeks, driving through Abergynolwen. We had to stop because we didn't know we were approaching there and Wife's grandfather was born there. Spent a nice ccouple of hours looking round.

Robert

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Adrian_Reynolds

These are delightful shots Robin, love the angle and the vibrant colours, very fine capture,Adrian

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rmr
rmr  7 Wales
1 Oct 2007 - 9:28 PM

an absolutely stunning shot , cracking colours and detail ,just missing a plume of white smoke
well done
mark

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goso
goso e2 Member 8goso vcard Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Oct 2007 - 10:03 PM

Lovely shot of a charming little "puffing billy".

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JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
2 Oct 2007 - 6:48 PM

Classic angle. Great shot. I like the flowers in the background , nice touch. JNC

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Barbaraj
Barbaraj  7450 forum posts England
5 Oct 2007 - 5:02 PM

good colourful summer train photo.

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