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Dolgoch brings curtain down on Talyllyn celebrations

Discussion in 'Steam Railway' started by Thomas Bright, Dec 20, 2016.

    The Talyllyn Railway’s 150th Anniversary celebrations officially came to an end on December 16, with the re-enactment of the railway’s first public passenger train – believed to have run in December 1866.

    The Talyllyn Railway’s 250th anniversary re-enactment train, hauled by No. 2 Dolgoch, pulls out of Dolgoch station under the watchful eye of driver, Keith Foster. BARBARA FULLER

    Fletcher Jennings 0-4-0WT No. 2 Dolgoch, the second of the 2ft3in gauge line’s original locomotive fleet, headed a train composed of carriages which are believed to have formed part of the original inaugural train.

    The commemorative special ran between Tywyn Wharf and Abergynolwyn stations, with a special stop at Tywyn Pendre – the line’s original western passenger terminus.

    The commencement of passenger services on the Talyllyn Railway was noted in a small paragraph in the North Wales Chronicle on December 22 1866, but with no indication of precisely when passenger trains first departed from Abergynolwyn.

    The re-enactment train marked the end of two years’ worth of commemorative events on the TR, beginning in 2014 with the 150th anniversary of the completion of the line’s No. 1, 0-4-2ST Talyllyn, at Fletcher Jennings & Co’s locomotive works in Whitehaven.

    Speaking on the event and the anniversary celebrations, the Chairman of the Talyllyn Railway Preservation Society, Ian Drummond, commented: ‘The 150th anniversary events have been a great success for the Railway, and in many cases have broken new ground in what we could achieve.

    “It is a huge tribute to all those involved that they have all taken place successfully, and have drawn a lot of interest from both within the United Kingdom and internationally.”

    Fittingly, Dolgoch hauled the line’s first passenger train since it was taken over by preservationists in 1951, kick-starting the preservation movement as we know it today.

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