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Ffestiniog Railway - Rough Cut
Ffestiniog Railway - Rough Cut

Ffestiniog Railway - Rough Cut 1956


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Ffestiniog Railway - Rough Cut 1956

10 mins England

A film from the Ffestiniog Railway Heritage Collection showing two men [Fred Boughey, Ken Kelsey] at work on the restoration of a coach which had been used as a hen house, the line being sprayed with weed-killer from a train [Paul Dukes, John Alexander and Allan Garraway on board], and a train arriving at Tan-y-Bwlch, where Bessie Jones, wife of the line's plate-layer Will Jones, is seen in her customary Welsh costume, offering Welsh teas to visitors in her station cottage.

The restoration of the Ffestiniog Railway brought together a dedicated group of people with a huge variety of skills. Ken Kelsey was a volunteer and Fred Boughey was a woodwork teacher who became Wagon Foreman and later a permanent member of staff in a similar role. Paul Dukes was a volunteer from London who became Works Manager at Boston Lodge. John Alexander was a chemical engineer/factory inspector who became Secretary of Ffestiniog Railway Heritage. Allan G W Garraway, the General Manager and Engineer of the Ffestiniog Railway 1955-83, was the son of a railway engineer and had worked for British Rail himself and also served in the British army.

National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales preserves and celebrates the sound and moving image heritage of Wales, making it accessible to a wide range of users for enjoyment and learning. Its film collection reflects every aspect of the nation’s social, cultural and working life across the 20th century, giving a fascinating insight into Welsh filmmaking, both amateur and professional

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