Talyllyn 150

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On the weekend of 4-5 July 2015, I visited the Talyllyn Railway in Tywyn. There was a special event on, Talyllyn 150, the railway became 150 years old!

Talyllyn, Dolgoch, Prince and Russell at Wharf Station
Talyllyn, Dolgoch, Prince and Russell at Wharf Station

To celebrate, they put on an intensive timetable. The railway had Special guests “Russell” from the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway, and “Prince” from the Ffestiniog Railway. Both of which were in steam throughout the weekend. Unfortunately, Russell and Prince couldn’t pull any trains, as Prince and Russell had different gauges to the Talyllyn. However there were special sidings for the two locomotives to run up and down.

The crowd at Tywyn Wharf
The crowd at Tywyn Wharf

I visited on Saturday, which was the busiest day of the 3 day event. I spent a while at Wharf Station, before going to Abergynolwyn Station. After this I decided to visit the Falls at Dolgoch. Finally a quick return look at Wharf Station. When I arrived at Wharf, I saw the massive crowd on the station! Which was quite unbelievable.

 

Russell, Prince and Talyllyn all lined up at Tywyn Wharf
Russell, Prince and Talyllyn all lined up at Tywyn Wharf

 

When I found space, I found No.1 Talyllyn, Russell and Prince all lined up together, of which hasn’t been seen before in my lifetime!

 

 

Wedding Train
Wedding Train

Dolgoch then arrived with the train that would form a ‘wedding’ train. This was put into the platform with still the trio, which meant that they was 4 locomotives in Wharf Station.

 

 

Miniature Railway Loco's
Miniature Railway Loco’s

Also at Tywyn Wharf, they was a miniature railway. This was just a short ride down the side of the siding and back.

 

 

Garden Railway

Garden Railway Buildings
Garden Railway Buildings
Garden Railway Loco's
Garden Railway Loco’s

Tywyn Wharf had a garden railway operating. This was to the left of the miniature railway, and was massive and well presented. This garden railway was very detailed, with trains being Radio Controlled.

 

Russell, Prince and Tom Rolt at Wharf
Russell, Prince and Tom Rolt at Wharf

When I left the Garden Railway, I Noticed that the next train was in the platform. This train had come into Wharf with Tom Rolt, which was taking on water and coal, next to Russell and Prince.

 

 

Tom Rolt, Talyllyn, Prince and Russell
Tom Rolt, Talyllyn, Prince and Russell

All the Talyllyn Locomotives sported a Talyllyn 150 Headboard throughout the event.

 

 

 

Abergynolwyn

Classic Car UG7155 at Abergynolwyn
Classic Car UG7155 at Abergynolwyn

I then left Wharf Station, and went up the line by car to Abergynolwyn Station for some lunch. I recommend the sausage rolls! Before leaving Abergynolwyn, I noticed lovely old car parked in the car park .

 

 

 

Dolgoch Falls
Dolgoch Falls

After lunch, I went to see the falls at Dolgoch, before going to the Halo Ice Cream shop for some Toffee Ice Cream.

After some ice cream, I returned back to Tywyn Wharf for a while, and to see the ‘Mail Special’ depart Tywyn Wharf.

 

 

 

 

 

Back at Tywyn Wharf

Duncan ready for departure
Duncan ready for departure

Duncan was also at Tywyn Wharf waiting for departure.

 

 

 

Mail Special
Mail Special

As Duncan was in the platform, the ‘Mail Special’ was boarded from the siding.

 

 

 

At this point, there was 6 Locomotives in this relatively small station. Russell, Prince, No.1 Talyllyn, Duncan with Tom Rolt and No.3 Sir Haydn behind the Mail Special.

Mail Special With 6 Loco's in the Station
Mail Special With 6 Loco’s in the Station

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