FR and broadcast media

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Listening and Watching[edit source]

For those possessing satellite systems, it is possible to monitor what is being broadcast in Wales. Please see this page for details on how to view.

FR and Broadcast Media Programmes[edit source]

Over the years, there have been a number of occasions when professional film crews have visited the railway. This page is an attempt to log these and give information as to the subsequent use made of the filming.

This includes clips for TV programmes, whole TV programmes, and commercial videos

I am sorry but, except for the ones marked, we cannot give any indication as to commercial availability of any of the recordings. The source indicates person from whom the information came from - it does not indicate they own such material.

Pre Preservation[edit source]

Pre Preservation Material
Year Month Day Programme or title of clip Medium Duration Date Shown Note or Comment Source
1934 August . The Phantom Light Film 7.26 1934 Opening shots of train to Tan y Bwlch. Black and white youtube
1936 . . BBC Radio Broadcast . 1936 History of railway, recordings on the railway and description of how slates were brought down by Mr Seaborne, Votty & Bowydd, Robert Evans, Morris Davies, Bessie Jones Chris Jones
1936 December 12th The Narrow Gauge BBC Regional Programme radio 35 mins A programme to celebrate the centenary of the Ffestiniog Toy Railway - the pioneer of narrow-gauge railways. This is partly a recorded programme and is produced by SAM JONES

Radio Times

1936 12 14 Pathé News Digital 0.38 1936 Portmadoc. Details from Pathé Library ref 2959_02 Port, Tan-y-Bwlch with passenger train, Garnedd & near Moelwyn Tunnel with slate empties,Taliesin B&W Mute youtube
1939 19 01 Pathé News Digital 0:45 . Welsh Railway Sheep Dog (1939) Details from Pathé Library ref 1266.30 All at Tan-y-Bwlch, showing the double fairlie Taliesin B&W Sound youtube
1936 Channel Four Digital 23.53 1990 Documentary history of the FR, includes film of Merddin Emrys(?) travelling from Port, via Tan y Bwlch to Stesion Fein starting at 3:30 B&W with narration DanC

1950s and 1960s[edit source]

1960s Material
Year Month Day Programme or title of clip Medium Duration Date Shown Note or Comment Source
1957 1957 Marketing Film 10:08 1957 Marketing Film silent cine film youtube
1958 July 15th Railway Roundabout BBC 15:00 A magazine programme for railway enthusiasts from eight to eighty.

Introduced by Bill Hartley.

This month's edition includes:

A ride with the Earl of Northesk on the Talyllyn Railway

Can you guess?

Something old and something new

To Portmadoc and Devil's Bridge by Narrow Gauge

Spotters' Notebook

Forthcoming attractions

Guest, The Earl of Northesk

From the BBC's Midland television studio


Devised and filmed by: John Adams

Devised and filmed by: Patrick Whitehouse

Presenter: Bill Hartley

Guest: The Earl of Northesk [name uncredited]

Producer: Peggy Bacon

Radio Times

1960 May 29th On Railways BBC Network Three In the South

Preserving the Railways Swiss Achievement: George Behrend on the Transport House at Lucerne British Efforts: Douglas Clarke talks to A. J. Boston, chairman of a panel advising the Transport Commission on the choice of relics for preservation. Voluntary Contribution: Richard Keen talks to members of the Festiniog Railway Society on a special train to Portmadoc last month

Radio Times

1960 July 13th The Little Line BBC repeated 25th October 1960. BBC Welsh Outside Broadcast cameras visit the port of Portmadoc in North Wales and pay special attention to the Festiniog Railway, which has been running almost continuously for well over a hundred years.


Commentator: Wynford Vaughan Thomas

Commentator: Alun Williams

Producer: Dafydd Gruffydd

Radio Times

1960 July 27th On Railways BBC Network Three repeated 3rd August 1960. Introduced by Douglas Clarke

Swindon Trip: R.J. Blackmore describes how railwaymen go on holiday Welsh Trio: Richard Hope introduces some recordings made recently on the Festiniog, Talyllyn, and Rheidol Valley lines. The First Train Ferries: James McEwan, recalls the history of the old Forth and Tay train ferry services Newcastle Town Branch: John Emslie describes a little-known curiosity of railway working. Contributors

Unknown: R. J. Blackmore

Introduces: Richard Hope

Unknown: John Emslie

Radio Times

1961 Colour film 8mm 6.46 . ME in red oxide, turns into Taliesin occasionally. Bessie Jones at TyB. Guard? Commentary by original filmers Andrew Lance
1962 June 9th Railway Roundabout BBC Home Service Devised by John Adams and Patrick Whitehouse

More Ghost Trains

A Trip on the Festiniog

A Portrait of Gresley

Spotters' Notebook

Introduced by Peggy Bacon

Edited by Shirley Franklin


Unknown: John Adams

Unknown: Patrick Whitehouse

Introduced By: Peggy Bacon

Edited By: Shirley Franklin

Radio Times

1963 Pathé News Digital 7:45 . Details from Pathé Library ref 2657.02 Centenary of Steam B&W Mute youtube
1963 March 18th Midlands News 16mm 1:02 Flying Scotsman steam locomotive pulling steam special train at Derby and Gloucester. Crowds of spectators including young boy train spotters are seen on the platforms. Mace Archive
1964 08 30 Pathé News Digital 1:38 . Details from Pathé Library ref 287.10 Porthmadog Colour B&W Sound youtube
1964 Pathé News Digital 6.46 . Details from Pathé Library ref 293_05 - Montage mix of outtakes - FR starts at 3m 50s in. Colour Mute youtube
1965 July 27th HOME THIS AFTERNOON BBC Home Service A magazine of interest to all, with older listeners specially in mind, including:

Private Railways. 3: ROBERT GUNNELL takes a trip on the Festiniog Railway in North Wales † Silver Lining: Hymns sung by EILEEN POULTER , introduced by THE REV. ELSIE CHAMBERLAIN Mrs. Heggs and the Occupation: JACK SINGLETON talks to GRACE HEGGS about her war-time experiences in Guernsey. 2: Making do and mending Your Letters Introduced by STEVE RACE Contributors

Unknown: Robert Gunnell

Sung By: Eileen Poulter

Unknown: Rev. Elsie Chamberlain

Talks: Jack Singleton

Introduced By: Steve Race

Radio Times

1968 Land of the Red Dragon 18:16 Promotional film, narrated by actor Donald Houston, about Wales, where the hard-fought battles of the past have deposited tourist-attracting remains for the present (e.g. castles) and where opportunities for modern-day leisure pursuits are provided by the geography of the country. Visitors are assured that English is spoken but they can enjoy hearing “the ancient tongue”, and any doubts about temperance are fielded visually with full wine glasses and beer drinking.

This film was written and directed by Sarah Erulkar, from Calcutta, for the British Travel Association (in co-operation with The Wales Tourist and Holidays Association). She was committed to making documentaries only, amongst them the following which both won BAFTAs: ‘Picture to Post’ (1969), about the design of British postage stamps, and ‘The Living City’ (1977) about her birthplace and on which she shared the direction with her husband, film-maker Peter de Normanville.

Ffestiniog clips at 2:12 and 7:03 plus views from the train throughout. Inside Buffet Car 14, Nick Knight drinking beer with Lady Linlithgow, Bill Hoole on firemans side of Prince, Avril Davies at Penrhyn Crossing with AGWG driving, Evan Davies driving Merddin Emrys on a down train.

bfi player
1969 January 13th Desert Island Discs - Alan Pegler BBCR4 28:34 Roy Plomley's castaway is owner of the Flying Scotsman Alan Pegler.

Favourite track: Water Music Suite by George Frideric Handel Book: Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Luxury: Insect repellent Ffestiniog discussed 07:12, Flying Scotsman 11:03

BBC Sounds
1969 February 19th The Champions 48:36 21 "The Body Snatchers" Terry Nation, Paul Dickson. Barrett, tipped off by a journalist contact, investigates a project in the Welsh countryside that is experimenting with freezing people at the point of death so that they can be revived once medical technology is advanced enough to help them. Clips of Talyllyn (20:14 - 21:10) and Ffestiniog. (20:39 for 3 seconds) youtube
1969 April 28th Buy a Railway Radio 4 repeated 23rd October 1969. A look at some of the last outposts of steam locomotion which modernisation of the railways has left behind.

Introduced by PETER WHEELER

4: The Festiniog Railway

Produced by Don Mosey

Radio Times

1970s[edit source]

1970s Material
Year Month Day Programme or title of clip Medium Duration Date Shown Note or Comment Source
1970 Ffestiniog Country 16mm 29.50 . Mary Stevenson. Shows Snowdon, Fairbourne, Vale of Rheidol, Welshpool and Talyllyn 10 minutes. EofM with Evan Davies and Chris Byrne, Alan Heywood, Alan Pegler. Ian Rudd in buffet car drinking youtube
Owen, M.D. no idea which episode. 15/9/71 to 17/6/73 wiki page
1973 Sounds of the Festiniog 7" EP . Argo Transcord Andrew Lance
1973 June 16th 4th Dimension Radio 4 20:00 4.5 Railway Magazine including Festiniog Extension: a report on the work by enthusiasts who are rebuilding the narrow-gauge railway in the mountains of North Wales. Introduced by TOM HEANEY Producer REX CHRISTIANSEN Radio Times
1973 June 18th The Singing Train BBC2 repeated 23rd October 1973. In recent years there has been a revival of steam-powered trains on the narrow-gauge railway tracks of Wales.

Tonight we invite you to take a musical journey along one of them - the Festiniog Railway - with Mari Griffith, Derek Boote, Triban and Hennessys Contributors

Singer: Mari Griffith

Singer: Derek Boote

Singers: Triban

Musicians: Hennessys

Arrangements and musical direction: Benny Litchfield

Producer: Geraint Stanley Jones

Radio Times

1974 April 8 Look Stranger - The Campbells Came By Rail BBC 25.19 . John Harrison helps start the Colonel. Mr and Mrs Johnson meet the Colonel at Coed y Bleiddiau. Rhys Davies, farmer around Dduallt. Blasting at the tunnel with Bunny Lewis and Martin Duncan [1] youtube
1975 ? ? Nationwide BBC see Evan M. Davies
1974-1976 The Great Little Trains of Wales HTV 24.47 . With Wynford Vaughan~Thomas
1. The Bala Lake Railway
2. The Welshpool and Llanfair Railway
3. The Ffestiniog Railway
4. The Vale of Rheidol Railway
5. The Talyllyn Railway
6. The Llanberis Lake and The Snowdon Mountain Railway
7. Dream Trains - Teifi Valley, Gwili, Welsh Highland (Porthmadog), Llangollen
Each programme lasts approximately 26 minutes; 1-6 were released on 3 VHS tapes
1977 November 18 Go with Noakes BBC ? . with John Noakes of Blue Peter. Blaenau Ffestiniog Here We Come! John joins the volunteer navvies on Britain's oldest narrow-gauge railway, in their two-year struggle to blast a new tunnel in the mountains of Wales.



BBC Manchester

Radio Times Repeated 7/8/78, and again with extra preface as 'Look Back with Noakes' 1st July 1984. Also Outtakes 14.29 [2]

Andrew Lance
1977 A Taste of Wales silent rushes only youtube

1980s[edit source]

1980s Material
Year Month Day Programme or title of clip Medium Duration Date Shown Note or Comment Source
1980 January 3rd The Line That Refused To Die BBC2 59:13 . repeated 30/9/80. A railway dies when its heart is rotten and its owners no longer believe in it. In 1954, the narrow-gauge Festiniog line in North Wales was dead. It had turned away passengers, trees grew through its track, and its upper section was soon to be drowned by a hydro-electric scheme.

From the earliest days, when hordes of workmen struggled to build its mile-long embankment across the tide-ripped Glaslyn estuary, the line had a threatened existence. But the latest disaster seemed final. Railway expert Robert Symes uncovers the background story of the Festiniog's many brushes with death, and how a new generation of determined men brought it triumphantly to life once more. Film cameraman PETER CHAPMAN Film sound IAN SANSAM Film editors COLIN JONES , GEOFF MOORE Producer ROBIN BOOTLE Contributors

Unknown: Robert Symes

Unknown: Peter Chapman

Editors: Colin Jones

Editors: Geoff Moore [3]

Radio Times

1980 December 1st Horizon: The Slatemakers BBC2 Slatemaking is the only real industry North Wales has ever had. In 1900 there were 16,000 Welsh quarrymen producing roofing slates. Now there are only a few hundred. The state industry is dying and there is no sign of anything to replace it.

Slate was a way of life, with uniquely Welsh values, traditions and culture. The old slate communities are still the strongholds of the Welsh language. But unemployment, tourism and the influx of English outsiders threatens to dismember what's left of the old ways. The people of Blaenau Ffestiniog, Bethesda and the Nantlle Valley tell their story. Contributors

Narrator: Peter Williams

Film Editor: Michael Flynn

Editor: Simon Campbell-Jones

Writer/Producer: Christopher Sykes

Radio Times

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1980 ? Thames TV 9th Feb 1981 Welsh steam railway - Ffestiniog Railway - Porthmadog - 1980 youtube x
1981 December 13th Ticket to Ride BBC1 The last of six programmes Puffing to Pwllheli

In the second week of his Welsh wanderings Chris Serle takes a great little train or two to the end of the line. He raises an eyebrow at a cattle market, shares a nugget with a fortyniner, splits a slate in Blaenau Ffestiniog, and meets Redcoats Patsy and Angus, to discover why ' that's entertainment Film editor CHRISTINE ROYLE Producer CYRIL GATES Executive producer DAVID BROWN Director DAVID JACKSON Contributors

Unknown: Chris Serle

Editor: Christine Royle

Producer: Cyril Gates

Producer: David Brown

Director: David Jackson Radio Times

1982 August 11th Shaun McMahon BBC 4:07 1983 16 year old Shaun as fireman on Mountaineer with Warren Shephard, Mike Stringer, Hammy Sparks, Meirion Jones, Trevor Rogers youtube
1983 Ffestiniog Holiday 23.41 Windjammer Film Production.
Driver Pete Oakley and fireman Paul Lewin on Linda. Buffet steward ??. Includes the speech from George Thomas M.P. on 30th April 1983 for the official re-opening of Blaenau Ffestiniog. Mair Watson in the booking Office. John Halsall and Peter Magnay in the carriage shop. In the Works. Arthur Brooks turning wheels. Gill Shephard in the shop, Brian Bushell as Father Christmas, firemen ? John Routley
1984 March 15th Treasure Hunt C4 11.45 15th March 1984 Anneka Rice lands on beach at Harbour station (2 hours late) and tries to cross between shunting train. Terry Turner? on P.A. Guard Mike Stringer. Elaine and David Jones then Colin Dukes, Mair Watson, Ann Dukes and the bus drivers in the Café. Anneka then takes off and flies to Portmeirion youtube
1985 February 7th Daytime on Two BBC2 15:00 2.0 You and Me

A series for 4- and 5-year-olds Harry thinks the music is too loud, Liz does not; how can Cosmo and Dibs keep them both happy? Transport song: 'Wheels on tracks', a visit to the Ffestiniog railway. Book: Hena Finds a Friend. Presenters LIZ SMITH and HARRY TOWB Film director JUDITH MILES Radio Times

1985 Nov 8 Brookside C4 08-Nov-1985 Episode 316 (T 05-11-85 "Playing Trains") Written by Susan Pleat - Jim has a proposal for Tom. Ralph and Harry go on a trip to Blaenau Ffestiniog. Julia discovers a love-letter written by Tracy to a lad at school.......or is it?

Linda as a gas producer driven by Seamus Rogers. (Rod Buchanan Collection)

1986 Crwydro'r Cledrau S4C 15.12 Wandering The Rails. 8 programmes including one for Ffestiniog Railway. Mountaineer with fireman ??. Inside the museum, ??. Painting Blanche's smokebox. Mair Watson in the Booking Office. Interview with Evan Davies. Graham Byrom drinking in buffet car, ??. serving. Guard at end ? (Steve Coulson and Jon Whalley Collections.) youtube
1986 Ar y Ffordd S4C 25.26 Presented by Lynn Davies. Filmed during 1986 Gala, shows Mike Todd, Chris Richardson, Seamus Rogers, David Hedger, Peter Harrison Jon Whalley and others. Gwen Williams (Blaenau Shop and Café) and Evan Davies are interviewed. Gareth Heulfryn from Gwynedd Archives (Gareth Haulfryn Williams, later FRS-nominated member of FRT) is in the museum. George Washington Jones and Rhian y Ddol from Blaenau are also interviewed (2nd generation from Jon Whalley Collection, end cut) youtube
1987 News - Share Issue BBC 1.26 Jon Whalley watches orange Conwy Castle at Porthmadog. Firemen Albert Sell? and ?. Interview with David Pollock youtube
1987 Snowdonia - The Accessible Wilderness HTV 24:43 very short clip of FR youtube
1988 News Merddin Emrys re-launch HTV 1.14 Michael Schumann talking. Jo Clulow driving, Seamus Rogers on ground frame youtube
1988 Aug 2 Holiday 88 BBC 6.34 Simon Buckley is buffet steward youtube
1989 Apr 1 The Clothes Show Bride Of The Year BBC 24.21 Bride joins train at Minffordd watched by Claire Traxon, Maureen Pye? Andrew Lance, Jon Whalley, Stuart Boorman and travels to Porthmadog. Guard Alan Heywood youtube

1990s[edit source]

1990s Material
Year Month Day Programme or title of clip Medium Duration Date Shown Note or Comment Source
1990 Hel Straeon S4C 5.52 . Seamus Rogers on EofM, Ian Rudd on Mountaineer, Eurwyn Jones interviewed at TyB on 3 coach push-pull. John Williams showing 112 at Boston Lodge.Machinist Twm..? Guard Andrew Lance. Ian Yates rubbing down 19 youtube
1990 Design Matters C4 4.43 ? Terry Turner, Colin Sudlow, Andrew Arrowsmith on Linda. Andrew Lance buffet steward. Interview with Will Roberts at Gloddfa Ganol youtube
1990 The Emotive Locomotive 52:08 Merddin Emrys at Blaenau, Dave Yates driving, Andrew Lance guard, Brian Bushell control. fireman ....., trainee ..... youtube
1990 Sep 12-14 French Holiday Programme video . 12.45 1990 At Boston Lodge, Phil Traxon and Dave Yates.At Porthmadog Chris Burn-Murdoch, Helen Waters, Andrew Lance, Jo Clulow, Claire Stanton, Stewart Macfarlane on P.A. Ian Raxton trainee guard. Catherine Herrick (buffet) and Evan Davies. Nick Corley and Jo Clulow on EofM. Trish Doyle and Jackie Mitchelmore in café. Meirion Roberts at Penrhyn. Julian Dixon trainee guard at TyB. Paul O'Brien trainee fireman of Mountain Prince with Phil Traxson supervising and Dave Yates driving youtube
1991 February 5th Outlook BBC2 first shown 7/2/89. The Past Alive

3: Llechwedd Slate Mines The story of a young slate worker's life in Blaenau Ffestiniog 100 years ago. With David Parry-Jones .

Radio Times

1991 Peter Sharratt Set Loose TV-AM . . Gravity train with museum horse, Dave High driving. Andrew Lance shunting Rob Turnbull passing. Alan Heywood talking. Julia Mcgregor buffet trolley. Thelma Hancock and Paul O'Brien talking. Fred Howes and Andy Putnam on weedkiller train. Colin Sudlow and Andrew Tarring at Boston Lodge. 9 minutes youtube
1992 Ffestiniog Etifeddiant Rheillffordd Mercia for S4C 26.08 ? Welsh version of Mercia video Andrew Lance
1992 Ffestiniog & Conwy Video 125 Cab ride video along both lines. youtube x
1992 July News HTV 2:19 HTV News David Lloyd George Launch on Ffestiniog Railway youtube
1992 Steil S4C 24:41 . Welsh fashion programme. Michael Middleton and Colin Dukes on Prince (only poor quality video held) youtube
1993 Feb 6 Steaming Passions Glasgow based production company for C4 49:33 This was available on VHS Author, broadcaster and aspiring steam train enthusiast Nigel Farrell sets off on a steam train journey through Britain, starting on the North Yorks Moors Railway. He disembarks to board the Princess Margaret Rose, en route to Holyhead, and spends some time on the famous Ffestiniog Railway in Wales, the Talyllyn and Severn Valley Lines and the Bluebell Line in Sussex. Along the way Nigel tries to find out what inspires such passion in men and women alike for steam trains. Centre section of the programme is based on FR. Features Eileen Clayton, Neil Clayton, Dave Charlton, Sara Shrives, Martin Wiseman, Sharon Wilson, Sarah van Lottum, Stewart Macfarlane. Filmed at P&G Weekend in Autumn 1991 and in February 1992. First broadcast in February 1993 youtube
1993 Jun The Last Train Round Wales HTV 11.24 1994 HTV Filmed June 1993, 3 parts, link is to part 2 which includes Ffestiniog section, more in part 3 [4] youtube
1993 Aug Slot Sadwrn S4C 25.05 Welsh kids programme. Live broadcast from train. Interview with Aled Lloyd at Minffordd. Driver Colin Dukes, guard Andrew Lance Andrew Lance
1993 Oct Live and Kicking BBC 7.14 Harriet Morgan introduces the railway. Evan Davies on Linda. Jenny Waters, Paul O'Brien and Mark Quayle preparing engines. Catherine and Zoe Hopkinson and Gordon Rushton on Sgt Murphy. Eileen Clayton and lots of P&G volunteers on train. Robert Shrives at Lotties youtube
1994 Reportage BBC North 3.40 Steam and Cuisine meal on train hauled by Prince and Linda Andrew Lance
1994 Mar 16 Def2 Reportage BBC 19.15 'Blind Date' style programme ending with Steam & Cuisine 2 minutes. BBC North (only poor quality video held) Andrew Lance
1994 Apr 22 Granada Action ITV 7.27 Jenny Waters, Gordon Rushton, Andrew Arrowsmith, Dave Charlton Andrew Lance
1994 June 11th Hit the Road BBC . . Starts from Portmeirion and passes through Porthmadog. Aerial view of Minffordd yard. Radio Times Andrew Lance
1994 Sep 9 Big Day Out BBC 46.47 9th September 1994 A visit to Blaenau Ffestiniog in North Wales, which provides an insight into the life of a slate miner, and the importance of the mountain rescue team. Presented by Mo Dutta, Bob Langley, Victoria Studd. Evan Davies on DLG. Archive film from Gloddfa Ganol, interview with former quarryman Ernest Jones. Gordon Rushton Jill Franklin, Helen Waters, David Parkin, Maurice Pinner all speak. Also seen, Louis Berger, Seamus Rogers. Footage from the 1993 Gala

Radio Times

Andrew Lance
1994 Nov Good Morning with Anne and Nick - The Garden Guru BBC 6.28 11th April 1995 Filmed November 1994. Anthony Henn tries to tell Eileen Clayton how to garden. Intro took 15 takes. Graham Byrom, Paul Davies and Eamonn Seddon were train crew Andrew Lance
1995 Slate Programme S4C 20.38 Dinorwic and Nantlle Quarries. Penrhyn Quarry Railway(Start Missing from copy held) youtube
1995 Another slate programme S4C 18.04 mainly Dinorwic Quarry (Start Missing, end of titles missing from copy held) youtube
1995 Jan 20 Bitsa BBC 14.26 20th January 1995 Rod Buchanan Collection. Board the train at valve-house crossing, Harriet Morgan serves drinks. Leave train at Plas Halt Andrew Lance
1995 Feb 5 Llwybrau Dei S4C 24.46 Walking the WHR from Porthmadog to Caernarfon Andrew Lance
1995 Mar 8 Wales Today BBC 2.02 8th March 1995 Jon Whalley seen inspecting DLG with John Shawe and Mark Mitchell on loco. Inteviews with Gordon Rushton and Dave Allen (WHLR Co.), Bob Anderson (Caernarfon Chamber of Trade) Andrew Lance
1995 May 11 News TR 1.41 News: Talyllyn Railway young offenders scheme ending, no FR content youtube
1995 Jun 5 Breaking The Mould - Slate C4 & BBC Wales 16.24 5th March 1995 Only one FR shot, of ME and C set at Dolrhedyn Bridge. Old shots in Dinorwic Quarry also Penrhyn Castle (start missing from video held) Andrew Lance
1995 May 14 Wales Today BBC 0.58 14th May 1995 Rory Francis from Snowdonia National Park Society interviewed. Gordon Rushton and Tony Smare seen Andrew Lance
1995 Nov News BBC 1.16 Lottery award. Andrew Arrowsmith driving Blanche. Inteview with Gordon Rushton. Filmed at Harbour station Andrew Lance
1996 Holiday with Jill Dando etc 13.11 Sue Cook stays at Maes-y-Neuedd. Christopher Boulter is the guard, driver Colin Dukes Andrew Lance
1996 Coed y Bleiddiau 25.07 Mostly Welsh. Interview with the Johnsons of Coed y Bleiddiau. Shots of DLG with Paul Davies? Fireman youtube
1996 Jan 24 Y Parc S4C 4.53 Soap opera. Meirion Roberts at Penrhyn crossing with push-pull train going up youtube
1996 Feb 4 Country File BBC 3.19 (4.5 million?) Couple of video faults. Alco in grey, Tony Williams driving. Library shots of Palmerston and DLG from 1993 With Nigel Dant and Dave Thurlow, also Linda and Blanche with Seamus Rogers at Cei Mawr. Eamonn Seddon talking at Boston Lodge. Andrew Lance
1996 Mar 5 Pacio S4C 24.58 Holiday programme. Maes-y-Neuadd Hotel. 7 minutes of ME and c set Andrew Lance
1996 ? ? All Steamed Up C4 51:03 Peak Rail, East Lancashire Railway, and Handel Kardas on the Ffestiniog link to youtube x
1997 ? ? Classic Trains - Slate and Narrow C4 23:53 1997 (00:00)Rhyl Ghost Train, (01:36)Llanberis, (04.01)Chaloner, (06.28)Alice, (09:07)Snowdon, (13:45)Ffestiniog, (16:58)Rhomney. Hammy Sparks and Andrea Hayward? guarding, Jon Walsh interview. Narrated by John Peel youtube x
1997? Homeland BBC 7.44 Steam and Cuisine. Alco in grey. Cleaner??, Eamonn Seddon talks. Patrick Dobson locks up. Robert Cooper serving. Adrian Strachan fireman, Mick Whittle and Christopher Boulter guard at Blaenau. Peter Traloar dining. Graham Bond driving Andrew Lance
1997-99 Working Lunch WHR 5.13 Eleri Carrog and others give their point of view. Eamonn Seddon and Rory Francis from Snowdonia Society interviewed (only poor quality video held) Andrew Lance
1998 Welsh Agenda Steam and Cuisine HTV 4.53 Robert Cooper serving. Tony Smare dining. Linda driven by Mike Middleton Andrew Lance
1998 TVAM Gala 0.34 Short clip. Derek Evans and ??. on EofM, Ted Beausire and Ann Evans exchange short section token at Minffordd. Russell and Prince at Boston Lodge curve Andrew Lance
1998 Sep 8 News HTV 1.58 Colin Dukes, Eamonn Seddon and Peter Hodgett talking. LLyr ap Iolo on Linda Andrew Lance
1998 Sooty & Co CITV 19.36 7th December 1998 Series 6, "85. Rocky 1 (aka A Prisoner for Heights)". Peter Weston on Porthmadog platform, Andrew Lance is the guard. Aled Lloyd on DLG youtube x
1999 Bill Bryson, Notes from a Small Island 24.35 1999 Only 3 minutes on railway. Carlton. 16x9. Iorwerth Roberts (guard), Eileen Clayton and Neil Clayton in buffet car, Jenny Quayle on EofM Andrew Lance
1999 Jun 30 News BBC 2.02 30th June 1999 Trish and Roland Doyle, Mike Schumann, Tony Smare interviewed. Eleri Carrog and Iwan Hughes give their points of view (only poor quality video held) Andrew Lance
1999 The Antiques Inspectors BBC 43.49 12th September 1999 Paul Davies and on Linda. Guard Richard Stedman Jones. Andrew Lance with Hornby Dublo train set in Spooners youtube
1999 Sep 19 Homeland BBC 27.20 19th September 1999 Presenter Sara Edwards on train at Dinas. Jon Whalley on 143. Interview with Eamonn Seddon. Guard Andrew Lance selling ticket. David Firth from Snowdonia Society and farmer Richard Williams speak. Murray..... and Peter Hugman seen at Dinas. About 7 minutes. Andrew Lance
1999 Your Century, Blaenau ffestiniog HTV 24:00 ? short clip Earl of Merioneth arriving at station. youtube

2000s[edit source]

2000s Material
Year Month Day Programme or title of clip Medium Duration Date Shown Note or Comment Source
2000 Codi Stêm 2000 . Andrew Lance
2000 Awaydays HTV 18:42 Porthmadog. Presented by Lucy Cohen. Steam and Cuisine
2001 Your Century, Porthmadog HTV 23:16 youtube
2002 Away with Words 18.36 Presented by Steve Vickerstaff and Kate Humble. Filmed around Porthmadog High Street and on the train. Sam Hughes in the Booking Office, Paul Davies and Ian Wilkinson on DLG, Phil Brown Richard Stedman Jones at Minffordd. Dan May and Richard Buxton are the buffet steward. Andrew Lance
2002 Becky and Barnaby Bear 13.53 2002 Sam Hughes in Booking Office, Tim Davies is the Guard. Martin Wiseman, Tony Willmore and Mark Quale on the EofM Andrew Lance
2003 January 15th-21st News BBC / S4C Slate for the Millennium Centre, Cardiff BBC Andrew Lance
2003 July 30th News BBC 16.30 Waunfawr opening Charles Total 5 clips from local news Steve Coulson Collection Andrew Lance
2003 July 30th News ITV 16.30 Waunfawr opening Charles Total 5 clips from Steve Coulson Collection Andrew Lance
2004 May Bristol Travelling Library Visit by Bristol Travelling Library in May 2004. Charlie Sharp is enrolled into the library on board C-set (coach 112), Stewart Macfarlane - Guard
2004 June BBC Look North BBC News report from Railfest, Paul Ingham driving Prince
2004 July 30th Fred Dibnah's Made in Britain BBC2 29:00 10/5/2005 Chains and Copper

Fred Dibnah's Made in Britain Episode 10 of 12

Fred, Alf and Jimmy continue their investigation of the Black Country by watching the skills of an authentic chain maker, producing chains in the same way as they would have been in 1910. After all that hard work they sit down to enjoy fish and chips washed down with a pint of local ale.

They have a long journey ahead, travelling all the way from Dudley to Anglesey to visit Parys Mountain, a vast copper mine that was once the largest in the world.

The copper from Parys Mountain would be made into sheets and taken to a copper spinner just like the one Fred goes to visit in the East Midlands. The spinning process may look easy but, as Fred discovers, there is a lot of skill involved.

After leaving Anglesey they travel further down into Wales making an overnight stop at Ffestiniog Railway, originally built to transport slate from Ffestiniog to Porthmadog. While the others look after the traction engine, Fred enjoys a ride and drive on the footplate of an 1891 slate shunting engine. He also takes a look around the maintenance yard where he sees Prince - possibly the oldest working steam engine in the world, dating back to 1863.

Radio Times link to iplayer

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Welsh Kids Programme 1.01 Andrew Arrowsmith fills Blanche at Blaenau Ffestiniog. Guard Richard Stedman-Jones Andrew Lance
2006 August 20th Countryfile BBC 59:08 20/8/2006 Ben Fogle and Miriam O'Reilly explore Thomas Hardy's Dorset while Adam Henson gets in the saddle for a horse trek in the Brecon Beacons. Plus with the shortage of rain and record summer temperatures, we find out how the countryside is coping and how it may adapt. Richard Buxton in the buffet car talking to John Craven, Paul Lewin interview, Dr Gwynfor Pierce Jones in Blaenau Ffestiniog, Nigel and Jean Claude on Linda (7 mins)
2006 August 23rd Pasiant Port Cwmni Da for S4C 24:03 23/8/2006 S4C shown Weds 23rd August 2006 2100 and Thurs 24th at 2315, 48000 viewers youtube
2006 ? ? The Welsh Way of Life: The Age of the Train The Welsh Way of Life takes a look back at The Age of the Train, with rare archive footage conjuring up a bygone age of steam.
2006 November 1st How Clean is your House? C4 24:13 Porthmadog. Taliesin at Harbour Station youtube x
2008 January 3rd Fishlock's Wild Tracks ITV 22.59 Campbell's Platform Andrew Lance
2008 March 12th Fo, Fi a'r MC S4C 48:40 He follows in the footsteps of renowned Welsh bard T. H. Parry-Williams to South America from Rhyd Ddu
2008 March 25th Most Haunted Series 10 episode 6 Antix Productions 45 mins Plas y Dduallt.
Chilling new investigations with Yvette Fielding and the team. In the heart of Snowdonia, the team visit Plas Y Dduallt, an ancient house rife with rumours of spirits and poltergeists. imdb link
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2009 April 7th Wedi 7 S4C live broadcast
2009 June 26th Duffy - Rockferry 3:48 music video youtube x

2010s[edit source]

2010s Material
Year Month Day Programme or title of clip Medium Duration Date Shown Note or Comment Source
2010 April 27th News BBC1 4.33 27/4/2010 Queen visiting Caernarfon and trip on WHR to name Glaslyn youtube
2010 May 5th News BBC1 2.48 5/5/2010 Election - clips of WHR
2010 May 16th Countryfile BBC1 5.47 16/5/2010 Matt Baker heads to Snowdonia National Park, where he hitches a ride on a train that relies on the laws of gravity to move it, and finds out about the challenges of farming on the side of the highest mountain in Wales.

Joining him is Ellie Harrison, who meets the man who's come up with a novel way of growing mushrooms and discovers what is being done to control the foreign invaders threatening our native wildlife.

John Craven is in the Orkney Islands in Scotland to investigate controversial plans to harness energy from the sea, while Adam Henson's got some expert advice for Kate Humble as she gets to grips with pig production on her smallholding in Wales.iplayer Gravity Train

2010 Byw yn yr Ardd S4C 5.39 before 16/9/2010 Dduallt Manor, Huw Jenkins (Welsh)
? S4C Porthmadog Bypass
? Wedi Saith S4C Beddgelert
2010 8.44 before 16/9/2010 Roy Noble, Coed y Bleiddiau
2010 5.32 before 16/9/2010 Bettany Hughes, Manod
2010 October 27 Snowdonia 1890 BBC1 27/10/2010 Snowdonia 1890, episode 6
2011 January 13 Great British Railway Journeys BBC2 Michael Portillo's Great British Railway Journeys, Series 4, Episode 9, Llechwedd and trip to Porthmadog
2011 February 18th ITV Wales Tonight ITV 2:20 ITV News - 18.2.11 - Welsh Highland Railway - First public trains youtube
2011 February 19th Good Morning Wales BBC Radio Wales BBC Radio Wales - Good Morning Wales - 19.2.11 Andrew Thomas youtube
2011 February 22nd Wedi 7 S4C 6:15 Wedi 7 - 22.2.11 Tony Williams youtube
2011 May 5th BBC East Midlands Today BBC 4:20 BBC East Midlands Today - 5.4.11 Ian Hunt, Howard Wilson, Paul Lewin. Welsh Highland opening youtube
2011 April Full Steam Ahead BBC2 57.58 Produced and directed by Helen Williams-Ellis youtube x
2011 May 7th Open Country Radio 4 Helen Mark takes a ride on the new Welsh Highland Railway, which leaves Caernarfon and takes in the stunning Snowdonian landscape, before arriving at its destination in Porthmadog. Along the way Helen hears about the back-breaking work undertaken by hundreds of volunteers to get the railway up and running and about the history of slate mining in the area, which used to rely so heavily on the railways. She also stops off at the RSPB's Osprey Project at Glaslyn to catch sight of the only breeding pair of ospreys in Wales.

Presenter: Helen Mark

Producer: Helen Chetwynd

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2011 July 10th Coast BBC 3:58 Wales: Border to Border

CoastSeries 6 Episode 5 of 6

Coast travels right around the wonderful Welsh coast from the border with England in the south on the Severn estuary, to the northern English border on the Dee estuary.

Nick Crane investigates the evidence that a devastating tsunami crashed on to the coast of Wales and England some 400 years ago. Villages were wiped off the map and thousands died, leaving the survivors to believe they had suffered the judgement of God; but was it a tidal wave that was to blame?

Nick also discovers why scientists planning an expedition to the Red Planet find the Welsh coast a surprisingly good stand-in for the surface of Mars. And at the end of his journey Nick gains unique access to a remarkable passenger ship left stranded on the Welsh shore and virtually untouched since the 1980s.

Alice Roberts attempts to get airborne with just helium balloons attached to her waist as she tests the claim that the world's first powered flight was actually made by a Welsh carpenter. Meanwhile, Miranda Krestovnikoff lands where few people ever tread - on Grassholm. It is an extraordinary island normally kept exclusively for the birds, and Miranda joins a scientific expedition trying to discover where the gannets of Grassholm disappear to in the winter.

In 1947 two brothers were on holiday on Anglesey when one had a brainwave for a completely new kind of vehicle. There and then he sketched his rough notion in the sand - but this was an idea that would survive and endure. Dick Strawbridge explores how that coastal blueprint became the plan for the Land Rover.

Plus Tessa Dunlop reveals how some 30 years ago an army of local volunteers managed to keep 3,000 Asians, who had been expelled from Uganda, warm and well-fed in an abandoned military base during a Welsh seaside winter.

2011 November 2nd Wales This Week - Snowdonia at 60 ITV 23:04 ITV - Wales This Week - Snowdonia at 60 (featuring the Welsh Highland Railway) Huw Jenkins youtube
2011 November 2nd All Roads Lead Home BBC 3:42 Episode three of the BBC2 series 'All Roads Lead Home' - Ffestiniog Railway sequence youtube
2012 May 11th News 7:06 May 11th 2012 - ITV / BBC / S4C News Reports covering the launch of Quarry Hunslet 'Hugh Napier' at Harbour Station Porthmadog, and the subsequent trip to Beddgelert youtube
2012 May 31st ITV Wales News ITV 2:57 Olympic torch youtube
2012 May 31st BBC Wales Today lunchtime BBC 1:04 Olympic torch youtube
2012 May 31st BBC Wales Today early evening BBC 1:00 Olympic torch youtube
2012 May 31st BBC Wales Today late evening BBC 1:00 Olympic torch youtube
2012 August 8th ITV News ITV 1:43 The 'Railway Children' of Porthmadog - ITV News - 21st Anniversary of Kids Week Adrian Gray youtube
2012 December 12th The Golden Age of Steam Railways BBC4 59:00 12/12/12 Home movies help tell the story of how bands of volunteers got together to save some of Britain's railway tracks and the steam engines that ran on them
Part 1 Small is Beautiful: Two-part series telling the remarkable story of a band of visionaries who rescued some of the little narrow gauge railways that once served Britain's industries. Dave Yates and Brian Rogers cine film, interview with Allan Garraway
(Part 2 Branching Out: Home movies tell the story of how, when steam started to disappear in the 1950s, volunteers got together to save some of the tracks and the engines that ran on them.)
2013 January 20th Iolo's Great Welsh Parks BBC1
2013 June 4th BBC Wales Today BBC1 2.20 Chris Dearden reporting Ffestiniog Railway's Princess steam engine in Dublin anniversary trip
2013 October 31st The Sharp End ITV Wales 10:23 Discussion on the re-opening of the Bangor-Caernarfon rail link, the electrification of the North Wales Main Line, and the merits of HS2 youtube
2014 January 6th A Great Welsh Adventure with Griff Rhys Jones ITV 22:20 S1E1 In this land of the most spectacular mountain landscape in Wales, Griff is challenged to find a Snowdon Lily - one of the rarest plants in the world.
2014 May 22nd ITV Wales News ITV 2:17 ITV Wales news item on Harbour Station official opening. Screened on opening day, 22/5/14 youtube
2014 November 22nd The National Lottery Live BBC1 09.02 22/11/14 Brief appearance for Paul Lewin describing the £4.3 million lottery grant in 1994
2014 December 10th Dechrau Canu Dechrau Canmol S4C 24:14 The singing comes from the Salem Porthmadog Chapel and the minister Iwan Llewelyn Jones will lead the singing. This week's congregational singing comes from Porthmadog's Salem Chapel. Blanche crossing the Cob. link to
2015 August 3rd ITV Wales News ITV 3:13 Prince on the 60th anniversary train youtube
2015 October 6th Secrets of Underground Britain C5 45:02 6/10/15 Rob Bell continues his subterranean adventure in Wales, heading underneath the Brecon Beacons park to explore the largest natural cave system in Europe. He then uncovers the underground secrets of Chirk and Ruthin castles in north Wales, before heading south to the Gower Peninsula to visit Paviland cave, which can only be accessed by abseiling down a cliff. Finally, Rob goes to Snowdonia to delve into the history of the Industrial Revolution as he experiences what life would have been like for slate miners.
2016 May ITV Wales News ITV 2:48 ITV Wales news about our new coaches youtube
2016 July 21st Full Steam Ahead BBC2 59:00 youtube
2016 Paul Brett features his new Statesboro' 12 string by Vintage Paul Brett and Vintage Guitars preview their new Statesboro 12 string which is being launched in January 2017 at NAMM, Anaheim, USA. It is a tribute to the great blues 12 string legend Blind Willie McTell who played a similar model in the 1930's. Enquiries to JHS/Vintage Guitars. youtube
2016 December 7th Dan Snow on Lloyd George: My Great Great Grandfather BBC1 1:00 At the end of the First World War, Britain's prime minister David Lloyd George was a national hero, hailed as 'the man who won the war'. A hundred years after he became PM, Lloyd George's great-great-grandson Dan Snow explores his famous forebear's life and asks why he's not better remembered, why he's not as famous a wartime leader as his friend and protege Winston Churchill. It's a tale of sex and scandal, success and failure, with Dan discovering some home truths from his family's history.

Dan's journey starts in north Wales in the village of Llanystumdwy, where Lloyd George was raised by his uncle after his father's death. It's an area Dan knows well from childhood holidays visiting his grandmother. He climbs Moel y Gest, a rocky outcrop overlooking the sea, a view virtually unchanged since Lloyd George's day. Taking the Ffestiniog railway up into the mountains Dan travels in Lloyd George's own railway carriage, reputedly a place when he would enjoy some private time with his secretary.

Like Lloyd George, Dan journeys from Wales to Parliament, filming in the House of Commons where his ancestor made such an impact. Initially Lloyd George was a radical Liberal, causing outrage by opposing the Boer War in 1899, but ten years later he was chancellor of the exchequer, introducing some of the most important legislation of the early 20th century. His budget of 1909 brought in national insurance and old age pensions and, as his biographer Roy Hattersley tells Dan, laid the foundations of the welfare state.

When Britain went to war in August 1914, Lloyd George was a pivotal member of the cabinet. Historian Margaret Macmillan, an expert on the First World War and another descendant of Lloyd George, points out that if he'd come out against the war the Liberal government would have fallen. Once war was declared Lloyd George was important in recruiting the new citizen's army, making speeches across the country. But in private he was making sure his sons didn't volunteer straightaway, another example of Lloyd George's double dealing.

Lloyd George's private life is as famous as his politics. Before the war he had a string of affairs, but by 1914 he was involved with his secretary Frances Stevenson. Half his age, she was a pioneering female civil servant and a constant companion during the First World War. Meeting her biographer John Campbell, Dan discovers some shocking secrets about their relationship during the war years.

Lloyd George's most significant work in the early years of the war was in munitions production. Britain, like all the other warring countries, was running out of shells. He revolutionised the war economy, creating a huge workforce, including many women, to produce the vast numbers of guns and ammunition needed to wage total war. Dan visits an engineering works in north Wales which in 1917 was turned over to armaments production.

But Lloyd George's dynamism wasn't reflected in the rest of the government, especially the prime minister Herbert Asquith. At the end of 1916 after the failure of the Somme, matters came to a head and Asquith was forced to resign to be replaced by Lloyd George. He was the first man from such humble origins to become prime minister.

In spring 1918, the Germans broke through and almost reached Paris, but the Allies fought back. This is when Lloyd George's war machine came into the effect - the huge amount of munitions he helped create, along with the newly arrived American troops, forced the German army into retreat, finally signing the Armistice on 11 November 1918.

In 1918, Lloyd George was wildly popular and re-elected by a landslide, but his postwar career was less successful. Dan visits the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles where Lloyd George signed the famous treaty, but many think that this fuelled German resentment and led to the Second World War 20 years later. At home, the 'land fit for heroes' which Lloyd George had promised didn't materialise and there was a postwar slump. When it was revealed that he'd sold honours to fund his Liberal Party his days were numbered, and he was finally ousted by his Conservative coalition partners in 1922.

Until his death in 1945 Lloyd George was a figure in the wilderness, never returned to power and further damaging his reputation with an ill-advised visit to Hitler in 1936. He was, as Dan concludes, a flawed hero, but one from whom he's proud to be descended. BBC website

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2017 February 1st Who Do You Think You Are - Greg Davies BBC1 58.09 1/2/17 Greg Davies's father made sure that his son was born on Welsh soil so that when Greg became a rugby international, he would play for Wales. Fortunately for comedy, Greg showed little talent for rugby, but he retains a sense of connection to his Welsh roots and, two years after his dad's death, wants to know more about them. Greg gets more than he bargained for when he identifies a wayward great-grandfather but is rewarded when the trail leads further back to the deepest Welsh roots anyone could wish for. link to
2018 January 19th Great British Railway Journeys BBC2 30:22 19/1/18 Michael Portillo's Great British Railway Journeys, Series 9 Criccieth to Caernarfon
2018 Al Murray: Why Does Everyone Hate the English? History 43:56 Linda's footplate with Phil Brown
2019 July 19th Codi Pac S4C 23:51 19/7/19 Blaenau Ffestiniog: Geraint Hardy sy'n ymlwybro o gwmpas Cymru. Ym Mlaenau Ffestiniog yr wythnos hon byddwn yn darganfod beth sydd gan y dref i'w chynnig. Join Geraint Hardy as he visits Blaenau Ffestiniog. link to
2019 September 24th Countryfile Autumn Diaries 2 of 5 43:56 BBC1 19/10/2019 Countryfile Autumn Diaries 2019 Episode 2 of 5

John Craven continues his exploration of the stunning countryside around the historic city of Oxford.

Keeley Donovan goes on night patrol with police who are trying to catch the criminals stealing contaminated meat that could end up on your dinner plate.

Jules Hudson uncovers a worrying driver shortage that could throw our heritage railways into crisis. (8 mins Paul Lewin, Phil Brown, Mark Gardner, Andrew Wright)

Paul Martin invites two experts to raid his home for plastics that he could ditch in favour of more eco-friendly and often cheaper options.

And Margherita Taylor goes head to head with the robot farmers of the future.

2019 November 15th World's Most Scenic Railway Journeys Channel 5 45.06 link to C5 website

2020s[edit source]

2020s Material
Year Month Day Programme or title of clip Medium Duration Date Shown Note or Comment Source
2020 March 6th The Yorkshire Steam Railway Channel 5 43:48 6/3/20 S3 Ep3, 3:30 visit to FR for toilet information. Glenn Williams, Jon Whalley, Paul Lewin. link to
2020 May 5th The Architecture The Railways Built Yesterday 43:23 5/5/20 Ffestiniog Railway / Amsterdam Centraal station / The Landmark Hotel, Marylebone
2020 July 25th The Flying Scotsman: Pride of Britain C5 Documentary presented by Rob Bell, charting the story of the world's most famous steam locomotive. My 5
2020 September 12th Great British Railway Journeys BBC 30:00 13/5/21 Great British Railway Journeys

Series 12: 14. Blaenau Ffestiniog to Barmouth In the Welsh mountains of Snowdonia, Michael Portillo reaches an abandoned mine, where in 1940 the wartime government sought sanctuary for the National Gallery’s priceless art collection. Michael hears how, as invasion appeared imminent, great masterpieces were transported by train and lorry to be stored hundreds of feet beneath the ground in a natural granite bunker.

At Tan y Bwlch, Michael meets 'Blanche', who used to haul slate at Penrhyn quarry and was built in 1893. Now beautifully restored, she takes Michael on a memorable ride on the oldest narrow-gauge line in the world, the Ffestiniog Railway.

In the harbour town of Porthmadog, Michael investigates the Welsh origins of a man forever associated with the Middle East, Lawrence of Arabia.

On the Welsh coast at Portmeirion, Michael discovers a fantasy village, begun in 1925 by architect Sir Bertram Clough Williams-Ellis. The unique folly with its colour-washed buildings and palm-lined central square is set in 85 acres of ornamental gardens. It became a favoured destination for the rich and found lasting fame in cult television series The Prisoner. Michael finds himself pursued by a large balloon and sucked into a game of human chess.

Further south at Barmouth, Michael encounters a different group of holidaymakers also drawn to the Welsh coast. Trainee Jesuits, members of the largest male order of the Roman Catholic Church, flocked to Barmouth during the interwar years to take a break from their strict regime of studies. Michael meets two present-day scholastics.

2020 September 17th ITV News, Wales at 6 ITV Wales 29.49 17/9/20 News report (3:06), interview with Stephen Greig
2020 September 25th Hidden Wales with Will Millard BBC 29:00 Hidden Wales with Will Millard

Series 2: Episode 4 Writer and adventurer Will Millard returns with more of Wales’s hidden wonders as he explores the forgotten, secret and almost inaccessible locations that reveal the country as you've never seen it before.

Will travels to North Wales to discover the forgotten history of the slate industry. Welsh slate once roofed the buildings of the British Empire and the industrial revolution. By the late 1800s, a third of all roofing slates on the planet came from North Wales. The industry produced communities, culture and an identity that are still alive today - but much of the history has been forgotten or vanished. Will tracks down some of the remains and relics from this vibrant period of industry by exploring deep inside the mountains of Snowdonia in some of biggest slate mines in the world iplayer

2020 December 7th Antiques Road Trip 16/25 BBC1 43 mins 7/12/20 A mention for the railway with clips of an empty Harbour Station, no trains
2021 January 26th ITV News at 6 ITV 3:08 26/1/21 Article about end of Welsh steam coal (with Talyllyn Railway) youtube
2021 February 16th Joanna Lumley's Home Sweet Home ITV 46:20 15/2/21 Joanna Lumley's Home Sweet Home - Travels in my Own Land

Series 1 - Episode 3 Joanna Lumley visits the F&WHR as part of her journey across Britain [1]

2021 March 19th Antiques Road Trip filmed during lockdown 19th March 2021
2021 March 22nd Michael Ball's Wonderful Wales C5 1:00:00 16/7/21 filmed during lockdown 22nd March 2021
2021 May 27th Epic Wales: Valleys, Mountains & Coast True North Productions for C4 6/8/21 Dave and Emily High on Welsh Pony link
2021 July 6th BBC News BBC 1:31 6/7/21 Heritage railways 'wouldn't be the same' without coal iplayer
2021 July 30th BBC programme BBC WHR train hauled by 130 to Beddgelert
2021 August 13th The Trains That Changed The World C5 'Episode 1: First Impact - The stories behind the most important trains in history and their impact on the world, beginning with a look at the first locomotives during the Industrial Revolution.'

It is due to be broadcast at 21:00 on Friday, 13th August

You Tube &c.[edit source]

Whilst not necessarily professional material, the "You Tube" facility online has provided a repository of videos by the public. A, by no means complete, list of some of these can be found here

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