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By robincoombes
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

Tags: Calendar General Transport Steam May Talyllyn Landscape and travel

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JudeC 13 6 3 England
1 Oct 2007 8:25AM
I am enjoying the calendar series - are you producing to sell - I would be very interested - JudeC
rontear Plus
17 23 8 England
1 Oct 2007 8:32AM
Perfect for this month Robin. Looking good mate. Ron.
robincoombes 13 1 5 Wales
1 Oct 2007 8:33AM
No at this stage only being produced for EPZ a day at a time, only objective is to find one for June! Smile

BEVZED 13 1.1k United Kingdom
1 Oct 2007 8:49AM
What a superb capture! Such a beautiful clear sharp shot. Fascinating detail, love this.
Loving the whole series as it unfolds Smile

CarolG 13 199 20 Greece
1 Oct 2007 9:04AM
Fantastic! I went on that railway many moons ago, your capture brings back many childhood memories for me, thank you. Carol
riprap007 16 1.6k 37 England
1 Oct 2007 9:36AM
a fascinating line from the account, good ow angle and punchy colours, summer's coming Smile
imander 13 388 7 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2007 9:55AM
lovely shot, love the dog looking out of the carriage
ChristineL 15 39 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2007 10:50AM
a super capture and a lovely setting,
CliveA 14 5 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2007 10:54AM

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.
GalleryGirl 13 4 2 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2007 1:02PM
Super shot! barmymarny x
User_Removed 17 39 6 Scotland
1 Oct 2007 2:28PM
Robin, another cracker and a good viewpoint to make the most of it as well

TyChee Plus
15 275 1 United States
1 Oct 2007 2:29PM
Great perspective and color.
1 Oct 2007 2:53PM
Absolutely superb, my favourite so far,
dianah 14 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2007 5:16PM
I love this railway and this is a stunning shot of the angle you have taken.
LisaRose 14 172 4 United States
1 Oct 2007 5:56PM
I love train shots, and this one is gorgeous. All of the vibrant colors look wonderful.

bobalot 13 10 England
1 Oct 2007 6:24PM
great colour, click for the shot and another if i could for the history.

Rgds Bob
Richsr 13 91 223 England
1 Oct 2007 6:54PM
Excellent image -like the composition and colours this.
Well captured.
GlynnisFrith 14 23 3 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2007 7:18PM
Love the fresh looking greens roll on spring, super shot
redstag 14 100 15 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2007 7:30PM
Gorgeous image.
glyndwr 13 66 10 Wales
1 Oct 2007 8:18PM
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.

1 Oct 2007 9:01PM
These are delightful shots Robin, love the angle and the vibrant colours, very fine capture,Adrian
rmr 13 1 Wales
1 Oct 2007 9:28PM
an absolutely stunning shot , cracking colours and detail ,just missing a plume of white smoke
well done
goso 14 2 1 Australia
1 Oct 2007 10:03PM
Lovely shot of a charming little "puffing billy".
Classic angle. Great shot. I like the flowers in the background , nice touch. JNC
Barbaraj 13 450 England
5 Oct 2007 5:02PM
good colourful summer train photo.

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