Ivo Peters – North Wales Narrow Gauge Steam 1959/60


Volume 4 of the Ivo Peters Collection. Running time 49 minutes.

This volume takes Ivo Peters’ coverage of Britain’s railways into a new realm – the fascinating narrow gauge railways of North Wales. After a brief visit to B.R.’s last narrow gauge line at Aberystwyth, we see the earliest days of the Talyllyn and Festiniog, before the major part of the programme explores the long lost slate quarry railways – the Padarn and Penrhyn. Each railway is covered in detail, with lineside trips up the lines, and the slate quarries fully explored.

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Many people associate Ivo Peters with the Somerset & Dorset Railway, and vice versa. Fewer, perhaps, know that this was only one part of his very extensive love of railways, large and small. This was life long, as he described in his book “Somewhere Along the Line”. He started photographing railways in 1925, and filming them from 1959. His film collection comprises a very wide range of subjects, including of course the Somerset & Dorset Railway, covered in “Ivo Peters, his films revisited, The S&D Parts 1 and 2″, main and branch line steam, and the narrow gauge railways shown in this DVD.

The programme includes Ivo’s first visits to the now famous preserved railways of North Wales (further progress of which will be featured in forthcoming volumes in this series), together with very detailed coverage of the two major slate quarry railways of North Wales, the Penrhyn and the Padarn and Dinorwic quarries. Route maps of these are shown alongside.

Narrow gauge railways were a particular favourite of Ivo’s, and the films he took fully capture his love of the narrow gauge charm of yesterday – the title of his book on the subject.