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Early Preservation Years
A Tennents Trains production
Running time: 35 mins approx


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All 8mm silent cine film with a commentary.

The film starts with scenes of early working parties in 1960 which were often family affairs, as seen here, with mothers, fathers, aunts and uncles all having a go.

We then take our first ride on the railway using motive power in the form of a home built trolley using an Austin Seven engine.  Note the state of the track and the famous 'kink' due to tree felling on the banks of the Banwy.

The first steam train we see is a special in August 1963 which traverses the full length of the line and includes rare footage of its passage through Welshpool town.  This was before regular passenger services started.

The return of the COUNTESS is covered with views of her being craned onto the track at Welshpool, and of the special train that followed the unloading, again with shots of working on the town section.  The flag had been borrowed from Boots the Chemist and caused much embarrassment as it caught fire.

We follow with views of trains working to Castle, with the Chattenden and Upnor coaches, and of NUTTY the Sentinel geared steam loco, now long gone.

The railway used to provide transport for the vicar and his congregation on Rogation Sunday so that they could proceed across the countryside blessing the crops.  These scenes include the Drewery diesel in its original form.

The last W & L scenes show SIR DREFALDWYN running in undercoat and include a double headed run with COUNTESS.

The film concludes with some scenes on other local light railways no longer in operation.  Firstly, the Tanant Valley Light Railway at Porthywean, then the Oswestry Water Works' Filter Beds Railway, a 2ft gauge line operated by Liverpool Corporation.  Both filmed in 1969.  Finally we have two very rare still shots of wagons on the 2ft 4¾" Snailbeach District Railway taken at Pontesbury sidings shortly before it was abandoned in 1959.
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