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Talyllyn Railway - Nant Gwernol

The Talyllyn Railway in North Wales has announced that its Narrow Gauge Railway Museum has renewed its Accredited status.

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Free Puff - a journey through the archive

The Last Days of Steam - 20th April 1968, part 1
We return to April 1968 since there was - surprisingly - only one railtour in June that year which caught the attention of our cameramen. On 20th April, however, there was one which was filmed by two of them, the 1Z77 "North West Tour" which was, once again, organised by the Manchester Rail Travel Society and Severn Valley Railway Society combine. This was the first of two identical tours (we have already covered the second one, run on 27th April) and the itinerary was the same on each: only the locos changed. This one was notable for the pairing of a Caprotti Standard class 5, no 73134, and a "normal' one, no 73069, and appears to have been the very last time a Caprotti 5 ever worked a passenger train (unless you can show us different!). We see them at Hebden Bridge and crossing Lydgate Viaduct on the climb to Copy Pit. Login to read more

Latest from the Unseen archive

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

In our newest selection from the Unseen Steam archives our fifth full-length DVD contains rare and previously unseen footage from steam's greatest era. Enjoy this journey back in time through evocative and detailed images illuminated with expert commentary. To order your copy head over to the Unseen Steam shop here.

Unseen Video Highlights

The Unseen team recently caught up with Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway's general manager, Paul Lewin. He was visiting the capital with two of the railway's Quarry Hunslet locos, on display at King’s Cross back in February.
MAMOD - Model Steam Engines
Unseen Steam visited the Mamod workshop in Smethwick Galton Bridge to speak with designer Peter Johnston about his latest designs and discuss the history of Mamod.