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Talyllyn Railway celebrates the King’s Coronation with special trains

The Coronation train pauses at Pendre Blockhouse to exchange tokens Credit: Luke Ryan.

TWO special trains were laid on by Talyllyn Railway to mark the King’s Coronation, making it the only preserved railway to celebrate the coronation of the last two monarchs.

The first train departed at 11.15am with the original headboard from 1953 and the second at 2pm with a new headboard especially made and hand painted for this special occasion.

Visitors from around the world took part in the celebrations and enjoyed the special King’s Coronation Afternoon Tea at Abergynolwyn.

Loco No 3 Sir Haydn ready to depart from Wharf Station, carrying both the TRPS 1953 Coronation headboard and the new 2023 headboard for the Coronation of HM King Charles III. Credit – Luke Ryan

Talyllyn Railway general manager Lorraine Simkiss said: “I think that people wanted to do something to mark the occasion rather than just watching it on TV and what better way than to enjoy a steam train ride on the world’s first preserved.”

When Talyllyn Railway Preservation Society was formed in 1951, it became the first preserved railway to be owned and run by volunteers

The railway continues running daily services throughout the summer season.