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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 15:28 UK time, Monday, 12 October 2009

On first glance, it looks a little odd. A loco sandwiched between two carriages making its way through our fantastic countryside from Llangollen to Carrog.

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But when you find out it's actually being driven from the lead carriage - it's called an auto coach - with the loco providing the power in the middle and accompanied by the firemen - then it starts to make sense.

Then, once the train reaches its destination, the driver makes his way to the rear section [into the other auto coach] where he's able to take the controls again and, therefore, it's no longer the rear but the front of the train.

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