Friday, 11 November 2011

Badge Friday: Rheilffordd Gwili Railway

Gwili Railway Badge
- "Merlin"
Here's another badge from Rachel's vintage collection...

The Gwili Steam Railway (Welsh: Rheilffordd Ager y Gwili) is a preserved Standard Gauge Steam Railway situated just north of Carmarthen, West Wales operating a short section of the former Carmarthen to Aberystwyth railway that closed for passenger traffic in 1965, the track being lifted in 1975.

The Gwili Railway was formed in 1974 and, by 1978, had purchased and rescued about eight miles of track and was running an initial steam-hauled service on a one-mile section of it. The Gwili Railway has the distinction of becoming the first standard-gauge preserved railway to operate in Wales when it re-opened the one-mile section of the Carmarthen-Newcastle Emlyn route from its base at Bronwydd .

As a student with a cleaning job in Bronwydd in the mid-90s I’d frequently hear the whistles of the steam trains coming over from the railway.

We’ve since visited the railway on a few occasions with our children to enjoy the Thomas The Tank Engine rides.

This badge features an illustration of the Merlin engine – not sure when probably late 70s / early 80s.

For more on Gwili Railway visit their official website

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