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.