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Trains In Or Near Cardiff - Wales - In 1956 ?
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Thanks William!

There's no telling what train I was on, at 5 yrs old those kinds of details are lost due to all the other cool things going on.

If I can get to them I'll look thru all the photos I have, seems like I recall one or two of the train, but I'm not certain.

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The only 1950's possibilities are the Vale of Rheiddol Rly or the Fairbourne Rly near Barmouth. Both are en route to the ex-Bodorgan Arms Hotel from Cardiff.

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Thanks Michael, I wish I could go back 10 years and ask my mom.

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Were either of these RRs near/thru:

Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch?

I can recall my mom mentioning the name of this town over and over, I tried to pronounce it but she said it so fast I couldn't keep up!

She tried to teach me the Welsh language but to no avail. English was hard enough LOL!

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This map may help in orientation.

http://www.greatlittletrainsofwales.co.uk/mapgltw.htm

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WOW!. There is A LOT of them!. Jose.



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Bob,

LlanfairPG - the longest proper place name in the world (the Kiwis made up a name a few years back to "claim" the record).

Neither the TR nor FR are near there BUT the ex-Bodorgan Arms is only 12-15 minutes away by car. I think the former Bodorgan Arms is now the Joiners Arms, High St; Malltraeth, Bodorgan; not 100% sure but I think it's the same building.


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Hello Jose,

Wales was the original NG capital of the world. The D&RGW Chairman visited & was so impressed he decided on an NG system to reach the CO mining districts.

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Salada wrote:
The only 1950's possibilities are the Vale of Rheiddol Rly or the Fairbourne Rly near Barmouth. Both are en route to the ex-Bodorgan Arms Hotel from Cardiff.

Regards,               Michael


Only possibilties? The Tallylynn is the oldest preserved railway, being rescued in 1951 by the writer Tom Rolt. It has since continued in operation to date.

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Thanks for all the comments and leads!

My grandfather was in the Royal Machine Gun Corp in WWI. I have all his papers from his service and his medals.

I had 1 medal with the name "Major J.W. Flood" inscribed around the edge. My mom told me my grandfather won it in a poker game (maybe on board a merchant ship where he was a steward).

A few years ago I was doing some research on it and found Major Flood's records, he was in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF, he was a doctor).

Soon I made contact with an Aussie who was helping find/return lost medals to the families of war vets. He knew Peter Hohnen, who was writing a book on the SMS Wolf, a German raider and thru them and a few others I found a living relative of Major Floods. He lives in France and I sent him the medal.

Come to find out Major Flood and his wife were on a ship that was captured by the SMS Wolf and spent some time in their custody.

Never did authenticate the story of my grandfather winning the medal in a poker game, but it was very satisfying to return the medal and find out about the Major, even received a copy of the book Peter wrote.

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