1. A day with full line occupation photographing No.7 Owain Glyndwr on a prototypical mixed GWR train, Thursday 21st March 2019
Vale of Rheidol Railway

A day with full line occupation photographing No.7 Owain Glyndwr on a prototypical mixed GWR train, Thursday 21st March 2019

A day of photography at the superbly-scenic Vale of Rheidol Railway at Aberystwyth using recently restored to steam No.7 Owain Glyndwr with an authentic GWR mixed train prototypical of those run in the 1920s and 1930s


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About this event

As our charter in November 2018 did not get full sun by any means, we have been offered another opportunity to run with the mixed train. With grateful thanks to the staff of the Vale of Rheidol Railway, we are delighted to be able to offer another charter using No.7 in its new guise with more authentic appearance with the air pumps carefully disguised and no longer visible.


We will run with a mixed train formation and, while this costs more money to marshal the stock and to run, a mixed gives us the opportunity to photograph an authentic train formation that is different from those passenger services regularly seen on the line.


This is part of five days of charters which David is running at the Corris Railway (17/03/2019) and the Talyllyn Railway (18,19,20/03/2019). 


No.7 was built at Swindon in 1923 along with its sister locomotive No.8, with No.9 following in 1924 [though it was kept a closely-guarded secret from the GWR accounts department that the locomotive ostensibly overhauled and running as 1213 was, in fact, a brand new loco that would later appear as No.9. When the locomotives were named in the mid-1950s by British Railways Western Region, No.7 became Owain Glyndwr. It was the first of the engines to be oil-fired in 1978, a process which has now been revised as the Railway’s steam fleet gradually reverts to coal firing, with No.7 back in traffic for the first time since the 1990s.


Our train formation for the day will consist of No.7 hauling two GWR-liveried closed coaches followed by two open wagons, plus the sheep wagon and the recently-repainted van. This will give a formation that is prototypical of those that would have run during the earlier days of GWR ownership. We will have full use of the line and start as early as possible to make the best use of the available light at that time of year. The light should be getting into all of the prime photo locations and this will present the ideal opportunity to photograph a genuine mixed train with a loco looking its Great Western best in Springtime.


Formerly part of the Cambrian Railway before being incorporated into the Great Western Railway in 1923, the Vale of Rheidol survived in British Railways ownership to become the last steam-operated line under BR, operated by them until privatisation in 1989. The VoR is now owned by a charitable trust which has done some fantastic work in providing new station buildings and beginning to restore the locomotives and rolling stock to their more authentic historical appearance. Those who have visited previously will be aware of the fantastic photographic potential that the line has to offer and we have an authentic loco and train formation for the Railway – what more could you want! 

Event cost £75.00 per person.




Lenses- suggest bringing lens lengths between 16-200mm

Spare batteries

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Photography Knowledge:

Basic to Advanced 



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Appropriate outdoor clothing and walking footwear

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