A week from the time of writing this piece, the 2004 Vintage Weekend will take us back 40 years to the railway running to Tan-y-Bwlch and works trains higher up the line. A small number of photographs recently added to the collection offer a window on this period, showing the Festiniog in June 1965 at both Portmadog and Tan-y-Bwlch with Prince and Merddin Emrys in traffic. Not strictly related (and not even narrow gauge or even the same occasion!) are a couple of photographs of Blaenau Ffestiniog in October 1966 which may be of interest.
Prince has arrived at Harbour station with a down train. 1965001.jpg 102.41 Kb
Merddin Emrys runs into Tanybwlch past a waiting Crosville bus. 1965002.jpg 113.14 Kb
Tanybwlch, a view from a more relaxed time! 1965003.jpg 109.94 Kb
Merddin Emrys waits to depart from Portmadoc Harbour station. 1965004.jpg 123.25 Kb
A view of the former LNWR station at Blaenau Ffestiniog. 1966002.jpg 105.04 Kb
The southern portal of the BR/LMS/LNWR Ffestiniog Tunnel viewed from an approaching train. 1966003.jpg 88.20 Kb
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