The Welshpool and Llanfiar Railway's Steam Gala opened last Friday and one of the line's original locomotives, 822 The Earl, is seen here approaching the yard at Llanfair Caereinion with a demonstration freight train.
The line was opened in 1903 and the Earl, together with it's sister locomotive the Countess, is one of the original locomotives that worked the line. the line was built to carry passengers and light freight along the Banwy valley in the Welsh Borders. Never very successful the line struggled along until 1960 and then in 1962 the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway Preservation Company Ltd, set up by volounteers, leased the line from British Ral and set in progrees work that would result in a popular narrow gauge preserved railway.
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