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A Letter for Wales, Short Movie, 1960 IMDB

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dsl SX

2017-08-02 00:10


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21 minute tribute to Wales taken from
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British Transport Films Volume Two: See Britain By Train 2-dvd set. Odd presentation - the "plot" is a Welsh bloke going to Paddington station at night in black-and-white to post a letter home on the mail train, and getting all sentimental about his home country in colour segments. Can't find a copy online apart from a short extract which only shows the A30.

Reject cars at Paddington
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Posting his letter onto the train
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Some of the colour segments are excellent/unusual/quirky

- Snowdon Mountain railway
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... and it's a RHD engine (recent discussion) which is explained by where made
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- Llanberis slate quarry railway
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- Telford's Menai road bridge to Anglesey on the A5 (London to Holyhead) - if I had a penny for every time we went across it when I were a lad, I'd have a fairly big pile of pennies
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- Stevenson's Britannia rail bridge to Anglesey - fascinating for me at least because I can just about remember it in this form before it burnt down in 1970 and was massively rebuilt as a joint road/rail bridge - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Britannia_Bridge , http://menaibridges.co.uk/history/britannia-bridge/
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.... it was guarded by cartoon-faced lions
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.... and this is the poignant bit - a group of kids accidentally set the Britannia Bridge alight when carrying a piece of burning paper as a lamp, and when they dropped it the wood and tar inside the tubular structure caught fire. Strong wind and the tubular shape helped the fire spread along the bridge and it burned for nine hours. No casualties but bridge hugely damaged. This is what was happening 10 years earlier
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johnfromstaffs EN

2017-08-02 12:47



Castle Class footplate, driver stands on right, locomotive built in Swindon.

johnfromstaffs EN

2017-08-02 12:53



Driver stands on left of Mallard's footplate, engine built Doncaster.

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johnfromstaffs EN

2017-08-02 13:02



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