I live in a camper van with a West Highland Terrier for company.
My passion is creating images but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN

Monday 21 September 2009

GELERT (19/09/09)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA                                Arose at dawn to drizzle, low cloud and cold. Took a wander into the village for milk and a paper. Had a look at the map, decided to give Snowden a miss and concentrate on the train.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA       These locomotives were built fifty miles from here, this apparently being the last. Eight years my junior. Now there's a cheering thought!
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA       Shipped to South Africa and re imported to work back within a shovel full of coals throw of where it was manufactured, I like the symmetry.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA      Four cylinders each driving three wheels. The tender is split water over the front set of wheels and coal over the rear. For the real anoraks out there these locomotives are narrow gauge Beyer-Garrett 6-0-6s. They were built in standard gauge as a heavy freight locomotive for British railways but none were preserved.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA       Here they have two.
 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA                    My driver for the day. Can't ever remember British Rail drivers being so bonny. If a little camera shy.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  GELLERTS GRAVE........A big thing in these parts, understandable, not a lot happens. How much of this is myth, how much Victorian melodrama and how much twentieth century capitalism you must decide. I hope a little of the truth as it is a lovely but sad story.
 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA        BEDDGELERT.......strikes a chord in me, sentimentalist that I am. DD in Welsh is pronounced TH as is then. So should you want to go there then you ask for a ticket to Bethgelert. That's an easy one! Probably why it's a popular destination.
I'm going to finish this post here as the views from the train, were not spectacular, (rain for the most part). With luck and a following wind I hope to incorporate them with some scenes from tomorrow.


  1. Oh wow--these are really great!

  2. Thanks Tricia, I don't know who is the most embarrassed when I take pictures of people. Will have to do it more often.

  3. Steam! Now that takes me back a bit. Lovely shots Adrian. Seems you are having a great time.
    And what a sad story around Gelert's Grave. 'sniff'

  4. Thanks Keith, a beautiful area but still struggling with one bar on my dongle, excuse the expression will have to get somewhere civilised and catch up.