CHANNEL 4 screened the fifth and final episode of its acclaimed Great Rail Restorations series on Saturday, July 7, as an alternative to the World Cup coverage elsewhere.
While England were beating Sweden 2-0 in the quarter-final, the fifth and last episode of the vintage coach restoration and rebuilding series, outlined in issue 243, saw the action shifted to operating the assembled ‘Time Train’ on the Llangollen Railway.
The programme showed how three of the carriages, a four-wheeler, a royal saloon and a Pullman car, spanning a century of railway operations, were brought by low loader from their bases at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway and Tyseley Locomotive Works to join the GNR Gresley coach at Llangollen.
The coaches were LSWR Open First No. 17 of 1885, which two years later was converted with a clerestory for Queen Victoria in her Golden Jubilee year, 1864-built Isle of Wight Railway four-wheeled composite coach No. 10, 1960-built Metropolitan Cammell Kitchen First Pullman car No. 311 Eagle and Llangollen-based GNR Gresley Brake Composite Corridor teak No. 229
Read more in Issue 244 of HR – on sale now!