The Talyllyn Railway

The Talyllyn Railway is an unusually gauged 2'3" railway, opened to passenger and freight traffic in 1866. The mainstay of the freight offering was slate, and indeed the railway was threatened with closure when the slate quarries closed in 1948. Sir Henry Haydn Jones kept the line running for two years until his death in 1950, when the Talyllyn Railway Preservation Society took over, and made the Talyllyn the first preserved railway in Great Britain.

I have to say that the Talyllyn must be one of the most picturesque lines I have ever visited. Green valleys, bucholic scenes, mountain grandeur, sylvan settings, it's got the lot! It also has a link with the Puffing Billy Railway here in Melbourne, renowned for its own scenery. Powerful stuff.

I am indebted to Richard Huss, who is the Webmaster for the Talyllyn Railway, for some corrections to several of the photo captions. Please visit Richard's site for more Talyllyn photos.

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  • Date : 08 Sep 1980, catalogued 17 Mar 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 10523
  • Description : Sir Haydn, an 1878 Hughes 0-4-2ST, prepares to run a train on the Talyllyn Railway.


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  • Date : 08 Sep 1980, catalogued 17 Mar 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 10525
  • Description : If "passengers" cannot "pass", why would they come here in the first place? Only a steam enthusiast would know the answer to that one! But the driver is not that sure, either.
    Aha! I have it! There is a typo in the sign, and the driver is concerned about the incontinence of the loco setting a bad example for passengers. Mystery solved.


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  • Date : 08 Sep 1980, catalogued 18 Mar 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 10527
  • Description : Sir Haydnedges past volunteers doing some track maintenance near Brynglas.


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  • Date : 08 Sep 1980, catalogued 18 Mar 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 10528
  • Description : Sir Haydntakes water at Dolgoch.


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  • Date : 08 Sep 1980, catalogued 18 Mar 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 10529
  • Description : Sir Haydnshunts at Nant Gwernol.


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  • Date : 08 Sep 1980, catalogued 24 Mar 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 10558
  • Description : Sir Haydnreposes at Towyn at the end of the day.


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  • Date : 08 Sep 1980, catalogued 18 Mar 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 10533
  • Description : Edward Thomasready with her next train at Towyn.


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  • Date : 08 Sep 1980, catalogued 18 Mar 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 10535
  • Description : Edward Thomascoasts through Rhydyronen.


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  • Date : 08 Sep 1980, catalogued 19 Mar 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 10536
  • Description : Edward Thomasleaving Rhydyronen.


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  • Date : 08 Sep 1980, catalogued 19 Mar 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 10538
  • Description : Edward Thomascrossing the Dolgoch viaduct.


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  • Date : 08 Sep 1980, catalogued 19 Mar 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 10539
  • Description : Edward Thomastaking water at Dolgoch.


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  • Date : 08 Sep 1980, catalogued 19 Mar 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 10541
  • Description : Edward Thomasrunning through the Dolgoch forest.


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  • Date : 08 Sep 1980, catalogued 19 Mar 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 10542
  • Description : Edward Thomasrunning through the Dolgoch forest.


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  • Date : 08 Sep 1980, catalogued 20 Mar 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 10543
  • Description : Edward Thomasclimbing towards Abergynolwyn.


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  • Date : 08 Sep 1980, catalogued 20 Mar 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 10545
  • Description : Edward Thomasclimbing towards Abergynolwyn.


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  • Date : 08 Sep 1980, catalogued 20 Mar 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 10547
  • Description : Edward Thomasapproaching Abergynolwyn.


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  • Date : 08 Sep 1980, catalogued 20 Mar 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 10550
  • Description : Edward Thomasdescending near Forestry Crossing, a little east of Abergynolwyn.


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  • Date : 08 Sep 1980, catalogued 20 Mar 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 10552
  • Description : Edward Thomasleaving Dolgoch Falls in the down direction. The platform edging can just be seen next to the second and third coaches; the photographer is standing on the footbridge.


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  • Date : 08 Sep 1980, catalogued 24 Mar 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 10554
  • Description : Edward Thomasentering Rhydyronen station.


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  • Date : 08 Sep 1980, catalogued 24 Mar 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 10556
  • Description : Edward Thomasapproaching Towyn.


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