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Date: 12/04/19 17:37
Wales UK narrow gauge tour November 2019 (photographs)
Author: mfmalk

The first week of November I ventured to Wales UK to participate in a series of photo charters, my first exposure to international steam operations.

We toured for 8 days, visiting four narrow gauge railways: the Rheilffordd FFestiniog, Welsh Highland, Rheilffordd Talyllyn, and Vale of Rheidol. The weather was varied, from cloudless sunny day to dark overcast with wind and rain – temperatures between the 30s and 50s Fahrenheit. Yes it does rain a lot there, the reason for the lush endless fields of green. Our travels luckily timed the autumn colors quite nicely.

Two elements that quickly intrigued me was the scenery and the people interacting with the machines, I focused on both with my cameras.

In regards to preservation, an interesting fact about each of the railroads visited:

- The Festiniog Railway Company which owns the railway is the oldest surviving railway company in the world.
- The Talylynn is the world's first preserved railway.
- The Vale of Rheidol Railway, unlike most other preserved railways in the United Kingdom, did not have a period of closure between its being part of the national rail system and becoming a heritage railway, and so has operated a continuous service for residents and tourists.

For me these photos are merely a reminder of my experiences, the locations and scenes, and most importantly the new friends made.

A special thank you goes out to Bob Branch, coordinator and leader of these excursions.

Follow the link below to my gallery of images.

Link to Photos

Enjoy,
Matthew
 



Date: 12/05/19 04:20
Re: Wales UK narrow gauge tour November 2019 (photographs)
Author: 86235

Lovely set, thanks for sharing.



Date: 12/05/19 05:22
Re: Wales UK narrow gauge tour November 2019 (photographs)
Author: GPutz

Thanks for the beautiful pictures.  Gerry



Date: 12/06/19 03:35
Re: Wales UK narrow gauge tour November 2019 (photographs)
Author: mfmalk

I thank everyone for the comments left here, PM’s and email sent through my website; much appreciated! This was my first time travelling abroad to experience steam, but definitely not the last. Everything felt so new and exciting. I need and want more. I am hooked.

In regards to preservation, an interesting fact about each of the railroads visited:
- The Festiniog Railway Company which owns the railway is the oldest surviving railway company in the world.
- The Talylynn is the world's first preserved railway.
- The Vale of Rheidol Railway, unlike most other preserved railways in the United Kingdom, did not have a period of closure between its being part of the national rail system and becoming a heritage railway, and so has operated a continuous service for residents and tourists.

Back into Photoshop for me and closer to home, I will have some Locust Heights & Western 3-foot gauge Class A Climax replica photos from West Virginia to share soon.

Regards,
Matthew



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