Hendy calls in at Hendy!

On April 7, the Talyllyn Railway welcomed Network Rail chairman Sir Peter Hendy for a special train trip along the line – and included in the itinerary was a stop at Hendy Halt!

The special train pauses at Hendy Halt with (from left) John Lloyd- Jones, Tracey Parkinson, Sir Peter Hendy and Coun Anne Lloyd-Jones. BARBARA FULLER

Sir Peter’s train consisted of one of the line’s first locomotives Dolgoch hauling a train composed of all the railway’s original carriages, all of which are 150 years, or more, old.

It travelled from Tywyn Wharf station to the eastern terminus at Nant Gwernol.

Sir Peter even travelled on the footplate for parts of the journey with driver Dave Scotson, the line’s operating and infrastructure manager, and fireman Lottie Atkinson. Acting as guard was long-time Talyllyn volunteer Tony Randall, who has known Sir Peter for many years.

Hendy Halt was where the trains originally stopped to pick up and set down passengers for the nearby Hendy Farm. Amongst the other passengers on the trip were Coun Anne and John Lloyd-Jones the current owners of the farm.

Talyllyn general manager Tracey Parkinson said: “It was a pleasure to welcome Sir Peter to the Railway and he clearly enjoyed his trip along the line.

“This is part of an ongoing programme to build closer ties with organisations with which we have a working relationship.

“I am delighted that this visit seems to have produced some really positive results.”

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