B&R .34 Dvd: Cambrian Coast Steam Holiday




Another fine volume based on Jim Oatway’s wanderings along the Cambrian coast in 1962.

Do you remember those long summer days in the early 1960s when it appears the sun shone and steam reigned supreme?

Whether you went to North Wales or not, this programme will delight you and perhaps make you wish you had.

It is based on the Cambrian system of the Western Region and we arrive at Aberystwyth from Paddington via Reading, Shrewsbury and Talerdigg bank to reach Aberystwyth with its Manors and Standards.

In 1962 Manors still dominated here and the Carmarthen line was still open.

The Vale of Rheidol worked out of its own terminus by the harbour with Brunswick green tank engines and chocolate and cream stock/coaches.

Our journey along the coast via Bow Street to Dovey Junction follows and onward to Tywyn calling at Aberdovey with a rare glimpse of the harbour branch.

Manors, Standard locomotives, 43xx and 2251 pass through Tywyn and a visit is made to the Tal-y-llyn Railway.

A visit to the Tal-y-llyn was always included in an enthusiast’s tour of the area, in 1962 No.4 sported a Giesel ejector!!

North again via Friog to Barmouth, calling at Fairbourne by standard gauge.

With a look at the Fairbourne railway as it was before it changed its gauge and Panniers still worked to Ruabon.

Barmouth is the next port of call with much activity as the line to Ruabon was still open in 1962.

Through Harlech we arrive at Portmadoc and the obligatory visit to the Ffestiniog Railway.

Manors still worked on to Portmadoc and the Ffestiniog Railway employed driver Bill Hoole to work some trains to a picturesque Tan-y-Bwich.

How Tan-y-Bwich has changed since then when Bill Hoole was driving.

The slate quarries also had steam.

All the sights you would have enjoyed more than thirty-years ago primarily from the camera of Jim Oatway whose superb film was used in Volume 31 (Southern Pride Dvd).

You are sure to enjoy this one.

Fairlee’s were still coal fired, all of this bringing back the memories of sunny days on the Cambrian coast when a holiday by the sea over thirty years ago was dominated by standard gauge steam and the Great Little Trains of Wales.

Oh yes, even Dinorwic still had little steam engines working its quarries.

This DVD is sheer nostalgia.

Approx. 60 minutes.

This dvd is being sold on behalf of and with full permission of the copyright owner – B&R Video Productions.