BR Blue Steam Engines? This route was made famous in the BR era for having steam engines in Rail Blue. Thankfully most of the damage done by BR (oil firing conversion, poorly vacuum brake systems, and rail blue) has been undone. THE ROUTE: The line runs 11.75 miles from Aberystwyth to Devil's Bridge. The railway was built in 1901, and 1902, as a 1 ft 11.75 inch route to carry lead and timber. The Cambrian Railways took over in 1922. TOURISM: In 1922 the famous Great Western Railway took over the operation of the route. Cambrian livery was replaced by GWR middle chrome green and chocolate and cream carriages. Brand new carriages were built in 1938, all of which still operate today. Swindon Works built 3 new engines (on paper they rebuilt one and built 2 new ones) in 1923 and 1924: 7, 8, and 9/1213. Tourism took over and by 1933 the line was running solely in the summers for that purpose. BRITISH RAILWAYS: In 1947 British Railways (Western Region) took over operation. All 3 locos gained numberplates as 7, 8, and 9, cabside and smokebox. In 1956 Welsh names were added: "Owain Glyndŵr", "Llywelyn", and "Prince of Wales", respectively. In 1968 the locomotives were renumbered (not physically) 98007–98009, and painted plain rail blue. In 1978 BR converted loco 7 to oil firing, and by 1981 all the engines were using oil. Eventually the rail blue was revised with brass embellishments and striping. By the mid 1980s, the rail blue faded away to GWR green, Cambrian black, umber, and crimson. The line was privatised in 1989. PRIVATISATION TO PRESENT DAY: Following privatisation the worn locomotives were lovingly restored by the owner and General Manager of the Brecon Mountain Railway. Eventually the partnership dissolved, and a trust took over operation. Up until around 2010 volunteers were not employed by the railway. In recent years the locomotives have been converted back to coal firing, and the worn out vacuum brakes replaced by stronger air brakes. For 5 years the locomotives carried air pumps prominently mounted on the front, however the railway is now placing them in a compartment inside the side tanks. The nameplates have been removed, and currently all 3 locomotives are in Great Western Railway "Middle Chrome Green". STATIONS: Aberystwyth: the connection with the Cambrian Line, and once home to a VoR branchline. Llanbadarn: Glanyrafon: Capel Bangor: Home to a full station yard with building and engine shed. Nantyronen: Also a water stop Aberffrwd: Home to a passing loop and water tank. Rheidol Falls: Rhiwfron: Devil's Bridge: The end of the line.