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Full steam ahead


All aboard an old auto coach where railway enthusiasts can watch the driver at his controls

Passengers got a rare view from the driver's seat as a special train went into service on Llangollen Steam Railway.

The railway runs two auto coaches - and while the loco provides the power - the coaches, complete with driver's cabs, are situated either side of the engine.

From the leading coach, the driver can control the train - and passengers can watch - meanwhile, engine crew on the footplate continue to maintain power in the loco.

Such coaches were in use on branch lines in the early 1900s and meant that the loco didn't need to be turned to face ahead once it reached the end of a line as control could be passed to the adjoining coach.

The auto coach is used from time to time at Llangollen to give passengers a feel for the different ways locos have been used over the years. And this film follows the train - one loco and two auto coaches - from Llangollen to Carrog via Glyndyfrdwy.

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