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Free Puff - a journey through the archive

The Tanat Valley Light Railway from the lineside
The second part of our visit to the Tanat Valley Light Railway in 1957 features a Great Western Pannier tank on the - somewhat sparce - goods train at some of the remaining stations on the line. As mentioned before, passenger services had ceased in 1951 but these local goods workings continued until 1960, albeit on a line truncated at Llanrhaeadr in 1952, where our coverage starts. Before the Light Railways Act was passed in 1896 consideration had been given to building a line through the Tanat Valley on the narrow gauge, similar to the neighbouring Welshpool & Llanfair. No doubt that would have been flourishing today as a preserved railway! As it is, a preservation society is making gradual progress in re-establishing part of this line today. Login to read more

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LMS “Black 5” no. 45212 was an early arrival on the nascent Keighley & Worth Valley preservation group's branch line to Oxenhope in Bronte Country and is the power for this trip up the line in 1968.
Sometime in 1968 (the actual date was not recorded) Andrew Barclay-built fireless steam locomotive no. S/11 is seen “in steam” at the Reed Paper Group's Empire Paper Mills at Greenhithe in Kent
An 0-4-0 saddle tank was still in use in 1968 on the Storefield Mines industrial system near Middlesborough, part of the South Durham Steel & Iron Corporation's vast complex on Teesside.

Unseen Speaks

Our Archive Heritage 05
In this month's issue, the team at Steam Railway Magazine have written a review for our most recently released feature-length DVD, Our Archive Heritage 05. Read the review here!