A Mid Wales-based museum’s temporary exhibition focuses on the effective end of peat harvesting operations on the Bord na Mona railway network in Ireland, the largest narrow gauge industrial railway ever to operate in the British Isles.
These lines and the power stations that they served are closing in response to the need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. In the wake of the COP26 Conference in Glasgow last November, the need to minimise global warming is widely understood.
The exhibition at the Narrow Gauge Railway Museum, located at Tywyn Wharf Station, Tywyn, also tells the story of the three former Bord na Mona steam locomotives. These include No. LM43 which now operates on Talyllyn Railway as locomotive No.7 ‘Tom Rolt’ in its rebuilt form.
Some of the narrow-gauge peat railways that used to operate in England and Scotland are also featured in the exhibition which acknowledges the dependence of the heritage railway industry on coal and other fossil fuels.
Some of the challenges currently being faced, together with the steps being taken to offset and reduce their environmental impact, are also set out. People who provided information and photographs to make this exhibition possible are acknowledged
The museum is open daily when trains are running on Talyllyn Railway. Admission is free, although donations are encouraged. For opening times and more information, visit www.ngrm.org.uk and www.talyllyn.co.uk .
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