Author Topic: 1961 B & W Short Film by British Pathe on the Festiniog  (Read 2247 times)

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Re: 1961 B & W Short Film by British Pathe on the Festiniog
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2011, 09:53:35 PM »
This was actually shot in spring 1963 - for the Centenary of Steam on the FR - only 9 years into the revival. The train was driven by Bill Hoole - the former Kings Cross 'Top Link' driver who drove A4 Pacifics on the East Coast main line and held the post-war speed record for steam in UK (112mph IIRC). He retired to the FR and drove Prince or one of the double engines until he died in the late 1960s(?). His fireman was Mike Elvy, an early volunteer who also worked for British Railways, but as a manager of permanent way and civil engineering works. The Guard was Ross 'Greg' Gregory, who worked for railway book publisher Ian Allan.

All beards were grown specially for the occasion...

The Welsh lady greeting the train at Tan y Bwlch was Bessie Jones, who lived in the station house and had been Station Mistress before WW2, she resumed her duties in 1958 when the FR reopened to TyB. Her husband Will Jones had been a permanent way lengthsman before WW2, and returned to work as head of the PW department when the railway reopened. TyB was still the temporary terminus in 1963.

The 'suit' trading bowler hats with Bill Hoole towards the end of the film is Alan Pegler, who provided the money to gain control of the FR in 1954, and is the only one of the main characters still alive today...
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Re: 1961 B & W Short Film by British Pathe on the Festiniog
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2011, 05:42:40 PM »
Too bad there's no sound.  It sounds like its 1 hour into the program.  How does one get the full program?