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Reply Patricia Owen
1:07 PM on September 6, 2014 
I was born in Welshpool & lived there until 1965. I remember well the Llanfair Railway as we called it as my Grandfather was a Driver at Welshpool Station until he retired in 1955. There were about 5 or 6 Engine Drivers based in Weshpool at that time and they used to take turns to drive the "Llanfair Ginny" as the train was affectionately known. Sometimes my Grandad would take me with him on a Sunday morning down to the Railway Sheds next to the Old Smithfield where the two Engines, The Earl and The Countess were kept. He would set the firewood and "waste" which consisted of bundles of stringy cotton all tangled together in the firebox ready to light on a Monday morning. I think the train to Llanfair only ran on Mondays by then, taking livestock & farm goods to and from the Monday Smithfield Market. I used to love to go to the Engine Sheds but at the same time was a bit scared as the Engines looked huge to me and I thought they may start to move paticularly when my Grandad went down some stone steps into a kind of pit underneath to oil the wheels with his oil-can! When it was Grandad's week to drive the train, I would rush out at lunchtime from Berriew Road Junior School so that I could see the train cross the Road at Church Street. Sometimes I would hear the whistle blowing and I knew that the train had to stop for the Fireman ( I think his name was Gilbert) to open the gate on the Vicarage side of the Road and on the other side where Barclays the Baker's shop was, then he would stop the traffic with a Red Flag and the train would shunt across. Gilbert would then have to go back and shut both gates before jumping onto the footplate again. All this took a few minutes and if I could run fast enough to get there before the train went off on it's journey to Llanfair, Grandad would throw a threepenny bit down for me to catch so that I could call at Passant's or Mrs Griffiths the Broadway's shop to get some sweets on the way home from school later that day. Happy Memories of a Childhood in Welshpool, Life seemed so much simpler then!
Reply Amy
6:03 PM on March 8, 2014 
Alan.....Please update this.
Reply Margaret Garland
4:17 PM on August 28, 2013 
Happy memories of a town that has remained in my heart. I lived in Welshpool in 1959 when I was the Salvation Army Captain there,
Reply Louvain Rees
5:01 PM on November 12, 2012 
http://hellohistoria.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/frederick-rowlands-16
th-battalion-welch.html

http://hellohistoria.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/frederick-rowlands-16
th-battalion-welch.html

http://hellohistoria.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/frederick-rowlands-16
th-battalion-welch.html

correct link!

Louvain Rees says...
I thought you may be interested in reading this - this is the link to an article I wrote about my great-great grandfather Frederick Rowlands - he was born in Welshpool during the late 1800's - he died at the Battle of Mametz Woods during World War One!

http://hellohistoria.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/frederick-rowlands-16

th-battalion-welch.html

I hope you find this interesting,

regards and best wishes, Louvain Rees (Historian)
Reply Louvain Rees
4:58 PM on November 12, 2012 
I thought you may be interested in reading this - this is the link to an article I wrote about my great-great grandfather Frederick Rowlands - he was born in Welshpool during the late 1800's - he died at the Battle of Mametz Woods during World War One!

http://hellohistoria.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/frederick-rowlands-16
th-battalion-welch.html

I hope you find this interesting,

regards and best wishes, Louvain Rees (Historian)
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Reply ROGER BEEDLES
9:38 PM on July 15, 2011 
Hello i enjoy reading the comments and searching the photos but I also remember the good times in welshpool long before the oldford park fields became a housing estate.I lived in welshpool from 1942 until 1965, now live in Canada .I will have to search through my old photographs and maybe you could use some in your next.magazine
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