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PSOV of the UK – Beautiful Steam Symphony Video

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Some of you may note that once in awhile, I post a video by one of my favorite UK Steam video/DVD companies: PSOV http://www.mainlinesteam.net/

There are, however, many great videographers as well, from the UK.

Here is another video posted by Andy Edkins, a compilation of UK steam in 2013.

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Alan Pegler – Flying Scotsman Savior, passes away at 91 years old

On March 8, 2012, Alan Pegler passed away at 91 years old. Arguably the most famous internationally known steam locomotive is the Flying Scotsman, a LNER (former London & Northeastern Railway) Class A3 steam locomotive, #4472 of the United Kingdom. It was a famous express passenger locomotive of the time.  In 1972, the Flying Scotsman was brought on a tour of the United States. The tour was unsuccessful.

Alan Pegler is also credited with single-handedly “saving” the Ffestiniog Railway of Wales, from extinction, buying it and reviving it as a modern excursion/tour railway.

He had bankrupted his family fortune via the purchase and maintenance of the #4472 Flying Scotsman and was thought of by many to be obsessed.  However, most view him as one committed to his love of steam and historical rail in the United Kingdom.

LINK TO ARTICLE:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/theguardian/2012/mar/25/alan-pegler-obituary

The Flying Scotsman sits at the platform during an excursion in 2007.

 


Swansea-Mumbles Railway, Wales: World’s First Passenger Train 1804

First Swansea-Mumbles Line 1804. Courtesy of Peoples' Collection Wales.

The Swansea-Mumbles Railway, 1804 – 1960

Slideshow and Video

Although technical industrial know-how is often named and known by rail enthusiasts the world over, such as the invention of the steam locomotive, and speed record marvels, which are wonderful, of course–little known is the fact of the Swansea-Mumbles Railway line, the world’s first passenger rail service.

On March 25, 1807–the same day that the British Parliament passed the law outlawing the Transatlantic Slave Trade, Swansea opened the first passenger train in the world, charging a fee for passengers to be pulled on a rail line.  At this time, the passenger carriages were pulled by horses.  Then more carriages were added for form a multi-carriage horse-drawn rail train along the beautiful Wales coast line between Swansea and the charming town of Mumbles.

The line was closed and was derelict for a while, and various wealthy proprietors refurbished and re-established the line.

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In 1877, steam locomotives were introduced to the line and pulled the train from that year to 1929, when trams took over.  Steam locomotives of the wheel arrangement 0-4-0 and 0-6-0 steam locomotives, of various “tank”  types, were used the pull the trains in the heyday of steam.  The line began electrifying its motive power in 1928.

In 1960, after closing a couple of more times, the line was closed officially by the government, even though there were an overwhelming amount of signatures protesting the closure.  The new owners at the time wanted to make busses the main way of travel, regardless of what the majority of local people wanted.

Golden Swansea website: http://www.welshwales.co.uk/mumbles_railway_swansea.htm

BBC: Early Mumbles Railway:  Early Mumbles Railway

Swansea-Mumbles – Wikipedia

History  – Video Clip from BBC Wales 1998:

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Reminiscences of Swansea-Mumbles.  circa 1960 – by AceMovieCo: