Talyllyn Archives : Original films by P.B. Whitehouse & John Adams
Available together for the first time on one DVD in their original form.
This selection of cine films is taken from the Talyllyn Archives held by the National Archive of Wales in Aberystwyth, celebrating the work of P.B. Whitehouse & John Adams and the films made to help promote the cause of the Talyllyn Railway in early preservation.
TALYLLYN TO-DAY was filmed for the centenary year in 1965 featuring a commentary by L.T.C Rolt and wonderful footage of the railway and surrounding area.
SUMMER SERVICE ONLY is a charming short film capturing the magic of a trip up the Talyllyn Railway in a 1960's summer. Features background music.
The rest of the DVD is made up with silent and iconic footage featuring :-
NO 1 REBORN and DOLGOCH RETURNS both cover the restoration work undertaken by Gibbons Bros, how the work came about and the triumphant return to service of both of the original Talyllyn Workhorses.
DOUGLAS, A GIFT IN KIND begins with the exchange of letters that took place leading to the donation of loco No 6 Douglas to the TR from Ableson & Co and features test steaming on the factory site along with the delivery of a welcome new member to the fleet.
TALYLLYN & CADAIR IDRIS this starts with a general look at the area around the Fathew Valley, then leads into some wonderful little clips filmed of the BBC film Outside Broadcast unit with cameo appearances by Rev W. Awdry, L.T.C. Rolt, the Rt Hon Earl of Northesk and other faces familiar to those with an interest in the early preservation era.
THEIR PURPOSE SERVED A superb selection of footage from what would now come under the blanket of the Great Little Trains of Wales including the Vale of Rheidol, Llanberis, Snowdon Mountain, Festiniog & Welshpool along with the quarries of Penrhyn.
FIVE LOCOMOTIVES purely a set of caption screens shown at ealry film nights promoting the work of the Talyllyn, describing the story of the Railway & the Preservation Society.