Holiday snaps

I’ve been asked recently where I have spent the last three weeks, as my blog updates have been missing. Well, one has to take time off occasionally, and we had a couple of weeks in Mid Wales with four days firing on the Talyllyn Railway, where I have been a locomotive volunteer for 21 years now.

Mark, our webmaster at the National Railway Museum, caught me yesterday. We chatted about the blog and I threatened to post some holiday snaps – so here they are. There is life outside the NRM for me. Funny, it still involves railways occasionally…

Talyllyn No.4 Edward Thomas raising steam at Pendre shed in early August

Blockman Gordon Rhodes in Abergynolwyn blockpost, reporting a train's arrival to Control

Not an everyday hazard of rail travel. Cows on Brynglas bank, staring us out. I had to shoo them down the line to a gate and a lineside field...

No finer view than that from the fireman's side as we leave Dolgoch station on No.3 Sir Haydn

An added attraction while we were in Wales was the running of The Cambrian main line trains. Here, on a rare sunny day, Black 5 Number 44871 gets away from Tywyn in fine style, reminiscent to me of the old GWR Speed to the West poster


About Anthony Coulls

Anthony is Senior Curator of Rail Vehicles at the NRM and has been an active heritage railway volunteer since 1988
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