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AI 59/0, AR 86/2, ASR 170/4, ASR 158/0, ATW 150/2, ATW 175/0, ATW 158/0, ATW 67, ATW 175/1, AXC 221, AXC 170/1, AXC 170/5, Bluebell Railway E4, BR 47/7, BR 70000, BR 55, BR 115, BR 47/4, Colas Rail 56, Colas Rail 70/8, Colas Rail 66/8, Colas Rail 47/7, CR 168/2, CR 168/3, CR 168/1, CR 168/0, CR 67, CR 172/1, CSE 411/5, CSE 423/1, DBSUK 66/0, DBSUK 92, DBSUK 67, DBSUK 59/2, DBSUK 60, DBSUK 90, DLR B92, DRS 37/5, DRS 47/7, DRS 68, DRS 66/4, EC 43, EC 91, EMT 222/0, EMT 158/0, ETL 86/1, EWS 67, EWS 66/0, FCC 313/0, FCC 365, FGW 43, FGW 57/6, FGW 150/2, FHT 180, FL 70, FL 66/4
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spot commentJun 7


Know that feeling....
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discover uploadJun 2
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Two new bi-mode Hitachi class 802s on test
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uploadMay 11
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The 13:30 from Aberystwyth crossing the Afon Tywmyn
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uploadMay 11
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The 09:30 Aberystwyth to Birmingham climbing to Talerddig summit
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pic commentApr 26


Thanks
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pic commentApr 16


It's a mixture. The railway is owned by the Ffestiniog Railway Company which has been in existance since the mid 1830s and is, consequently, the oldest operating railway company in the world. The share capital of the company was acquired by a preservation society (the Festiniog Railway Society) in the 1950s, after the previous administration had ceased operations in 1946. The first section reopened in 1955. Since then it has gone from strength to strength, rebuilding the railway from Porthmadog all the way to the slate town of Blaenau Ffestiniog, part of the route had been flooded by a pump storage HEP scheme so a new route had to be built (by volunteers). The 2.5 mile route included a spiral, the only one in the UK, and a new tunnel. What's known as the Deviation took about 13 years to build, opening in 1978. In the 1990s and early 2000s the railway set about rebuilding the Welsh Highland, 25 miles of railway through the Snowdonia National Park. Much of the rebuilding work and day to day operations of both railways is by volunteers but there is a core of paid professional staff - management, marketing, technical and operational. Boston Lodge Works has turned out four new steam locomotives in the last 40 years or so, currently working on two more and innumerable passenger cars and other vehicles. It's also restored or scratch built replica cars for other heritage railways and London Underground! To do that requires a core of professionals, supported by dedicated volunteers.

The Ffestiniog is one of the leaders in the heritage railway sector, but the model of employees / volunters can be found on a number of our other leading heritage operations.
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pic commentApr 15


They certainly are, NGG16 Beyer Garratts, designed for South African Railways and built over a 32 year period between 1936 and 1968.
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uploadApr 15
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87 and 138 on the Snowdonian with the mountain's summit behind
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uploadApr 7
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Empty coal hoppers from Port Talbot steelworks
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pic commentMar 29


That's a really nice shot, reflection and all.
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uploadMar 6
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A number 9 leaving the Vodičkova stop
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uploadMar 5
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A Skoda 15TR on the Barrandov Line
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pic commentMar 5


Very nice, thanks for braving the conditions
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pic commentFeb 26


Yes
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pic commentFeb 26


Thanks