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Preser­va­tion his­tory was re­called at the Gwili Rail­way in March as the line be­gan its 40th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions. The Gwili be­came the first stan­dard gauge pre­served rail­way in Wales on March 25 1978, when Peck­ett 0-4-0ST Works No. 1967 ‘Mer­lin’ and Class 100 DMU trailer No. 56317 ran in push-pull mode over a mile of track from Bron­wydd Arms to Cwmd­wyfran. The high­light of the ‘Gwili 40 – The Open­ing Act’ event, on March 30/31, was a re-en­act­ment of the first trains, with ‘Aus­ter­ity’ 0-6-0ST ‘Welsh Guards­man’ and a DMU trailer work­ing shut­tles to Cwmd­wyfran. An ex­act re-cre­ation was not pos­si­ble, as ‘Mer­lin’ is cur­rently at the Telford Steam Rail­way undergoing a re-tube, while the orig­i­nal DMU trailer later moved to the Swin­don & Crick­lade and Whitwell & Reep­ham rail­ways, and was scrapped in 2017. The main cel­e­bra­tion, ‘Gwili 40 – The Party’, takes place on June 9/10, and the endof-sea­son gala on Oc­to­ber 6 will be themed ‘Gwili 40 – The Fi­nale’. Vis­it­ing lo­co­mo­tives are be­ing sought for both events.

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