Volume 34

Cambrian Coast Steam Holiday (60-mins) Price £19.75

Do you remember those long summer days in the early 60′s when it appears the sun shone and steam reigned supreme? Whether you went to North Wales or not this video will delight you and perhaps make you wish you did. It is based on the Cambrian system of the Western Region and we arrive at Aberystwyth from Paddington via Reading, Shrewsbury and Talerdigg bank. In 1962 Manors still dominated here and the Carmarthen line was still open. The Vale of Rheidol worked out of its own terminus by the harbour with Brunswick green engines and chocolate and cream coaches.

Our journey along the coast via Bow Street to Dovey Junction follows and onwards to Tywyn calling at Aberdovey with even a view of the harbour branch. Manors, Standards, 43xx and 2251 pass through Tywyn and a visit is made to the Talyllyn Railway; No.4 had a Giesel ejector in those days. North via Friog to Barmouth, calling at Fairbourne, different gauge then, and Panniers still worked to Ruabon. Through Harlech we arrive at Portmadog and the obligatory visit to the Ffestiniog. How Tan-y-Bwlch has changed since then when Bill Hoole was driving. The slate quarries also had steam. All the sights you would have enjoyed more than thirty years ago primarily from the camera of Jim Oatway whose superb film was used in Vol.32 “Southern Pride”. You are sure to enjoy this one!.

Cover photo: Jim Oatway. 7801 “Anthony Manor” at Aberystwyth.

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