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SEARCH ENGINE; Power of internet reunites 3-year-old girl with beloved bear she lost on railway.

Byline: ERYL CRUMP @DPGWYNEDD

TREASURED toy bear Snuffles has been returned to its three-year-old owner after he was lost at a narrow gauge railway.

The toy was reunited with Dani-Grace Gibbins from Tywyn after it was found in the children's play area at Abergynolwyn station last month.

A photo was taken and posted on the Talyllyn Railway's Facebook page along with an email address and the railway's phone number It was also printed as a poster and placed at various points around the railway.

Mum Rachel Gibbins spotted the photo on Facebook after her daughter had lost the bear over the February half-term during one of their regular visits to the railway.

"I cannot begin to tell you how happy we are," she said.

As an extra bonus, the railway gave the family a voucher for a complementary meal the next time they visit.

Responding to the good news, Janet Keefe wrote on Facebook: "I love happy endings." And Nigel Braithwaite added: "The interweb at its best. Lovely."

" A Talyllyn Railway spokesman said: "It's normally our drivers and fireman losing their teddy bears while playing in Abergynolwyn playground!

"Sadly, we deal with a lot of lost property each year, but clearly this was a much loved bear who deserved some extra effort to be reunited with the owner. We are delighted at the outcome."

The Talyllyn Railway opened for goods traffic in 1865 and shortly after for passenger services, which have operated every year since between Tywyn and Nant Gwernol just over seven miles inland.

In 1951 operation of the line was taken over by the Talyllyn Railway Preservation Society and became the world's first preserved railway.

The line is primarily run by volunteers from all walks of life, with a small paid staff.

Next year is the railway's 150th anniversary and a series of special celebrations are being planned.

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Mar 5, 2014
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