I am going to opt for an easy post (or two) this week, posting a few of my old holiday snaps. Nothing racy or revealing, I’m afraid, just boring old railways. So here are four snaps of the 2′ 6″ gauge Welshpool & Llanfair Railway, on the Welsh borders, at the dawn of its preservation in 1970. One of the original 0-6-0 locos, Countess’ is in charge of the train.
Only a short journey in those days, but nearly the full 9 miles of track has been restored and you can ride behind a variety of European locomotives – 2′ 6″ is an unusual gauge in the UK, and locos were rescued from all over for the line. This little railway has always appealed. It wasn’t a slate or mineral railway, like those in west Wales, but survived on agricultural traffic, and ran through much gentler scenery than the bleak slate country.