NARRATOR: Tom Rolt’s view of the Talyllyn was shaped by what was happening in post-war Britain. In 1948 the Labour government had nationalised the railways and Rolt saw the Talyllyn as an alternative to what he believed to be increasing state control.
JOSEPH BOUGHEY: There was this idea in a way that this was a small enclave from which to perhaps build and defend and take on the grey, uniform, state-driven world outside.
Most of the people involved came from very ... middle class professional backgrounds. I think one could call them highly Conservative people in many ways. They were very much people who disapproved of the nationalisation of railways. They saw this as producing a sort of grey uniformity.
ANN CRYER: What he wanted more than anything was that those people who did the work made the decisions. In essence it was a sort of Socialist, democratic experiment and it works to this day.
Although later on the Talyllyn was described as a 'workers co-operative', these were extremely conservative workers, to put it mildly.