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Discussion in 'Narrow Gauge Railways' started by AndrewT, Jul 17, 2012.

  1. Hunslet589

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    The simple answer is yes... As I understand it, one of the drivers for the PBSSR was to provide a route for a powerline from the generating station near Beddgelert to customers in Porthmadog/Criccieth. But they could never really raise the money - never mind for the wider schemes.

    With respect to the later WHR, I feel the thinking was something along the lines of providing the transport link that would stimulate the economy of a poorly developed area, generating the traffic to make it a viable concern. Hence why the local authorities of the time got involved, borrowing money to make it happen. But it was never enough to do a proper job, meaning the service was poor - just as road competition really got going. The end result was fairly inevitable.
     
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    Morning All,

    I've put another short video from 1991 on YouTube if anyone would like to have a look. It shows M E departing from Blaenau and a blue LINDA bringing a train in. There is then a ride on the train up to the summit. Hope it's of interest:



    TTFN,

    Ron.
     
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    The 'Hunslet Hundred' steam gala in 1993 drew quite a crowd and was highly enjoyable. I was there with my video camera and the first instalment of the footage taken over that weekend is now on YouTube. I hope you like it:

     
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    Good stuff. I was there and there are some things I remember (Minffordd Yard shuttles) but a lot of stuff I didn't remember. I had forgotten how many 7 1/4 and 5 1/2 inch locos were there.

    Good (but sad) seeing Evan Davies on DLG.
     
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    Morning All,

    Part Two of the video footage I shot at the Hunslet Hundred Steam Gala in 1993 is now on YouTube. It shows more of the activities in Minffordd Yard, plus the shuttle train between Minffordd Station and Porthmadog Harbour. Here's the link if anyone would like to have a look:



    Hope you like it.

    TTFN

    Ron.
     
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    This year's services have been announced elsewhere:

     
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    The Mountain Prince is a bit of a blast from the past

    But it looks an interesting timetable and programme and sensibly flexible.

    Interesting to wonder what the definition of 'heritage diesel' is on the FR.
     
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    Moelwyn, I understand.
     
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    Yes Moelwyn is the preffered option, the alternative would be Upnor.

    Tim
     
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    Looking forward to having a visit this year. I'm guessing there's no plans for a trip to Blaenau to meet the Welsh Mountaineer in July, I'm booked on that and was hoping to have a little trip on the line in the 3 hours we have there.
     
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    I think you'll probably have the wait until closer to the time to find out. No doubt if there is sufficient interest a charter could be run.

    The services announced are the baseline for opening up. If things can be extended they will be. There was talk of running to Blaenau a couple of times a week with the corridor set, but the station poses quite a few problems with social distancing.

    Tim
     
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    There are few railtour operators doing charters over the first couple of months who have requested trains on operating dates. Suspect it would need the RTC to enquire if it is possible.
     
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    I had visions of the Simplex out and about on front line. :eek:
     
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    I don't think that would do the finances much good. Should have filled it up when the petrol price dropped this time last year.

    Sadly it is out of action anyway. It suffered a cracked exhaust manifold on its holidays. The staff at Beamish managed to braze it up so it wasn't as bad, but it still leaks fumes into the cab. Another one for the to do list.

    Tim
     
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    Poor Mary Ann. I did once double head with Prince and Mary Ann. I had the distinct impression that Prince was pulling the train and propelling the Simplex.
     
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    Tickets now on sale:
    Woodland Wanderer - Daily 29th May - 6th June.
    Mountain Prince - Daily 1st - 28th May & 7th June - 23rd July.
    Gelert Explorer - Saturdays, Tuesdays & Thursdays 1st May - 22nd July, Wednesdays 2nd June & 30th June -21st July plus Sunday 30th May and Monday 5th July. 1st class not available 1st May and 5th July.
    Glaslyn Venturer - Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays 1st June - 22nd July plus BH Monday 31st May.
     
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    Morning All,

    I've put another blast from the past on my YouTube channel; it's Part Three of my video video footage from the 'Hunslet Hundred Gala' in 1993 and includes a gravity train at Penrhyn and shots of CHARLES, the third PQR main line Quarry Hunslet, at Boston Lodge. Hope it's of interest:



    TTFN,

    Ron.
     

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