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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Great North Wales Narrow Gauge Railways - 7 & 8 July 2013

Arriving at our accommodation at Salem Chapel, Betws Garmon (recommended), the chance was taken to scoot over to Tan-y-Bwylch to see LYD come through with a Festiniog Railway train. This was a new build at Boston Londge to the Lynton & Barnstaple design of 1896 and is a rare operating locomotive with Joy's valve gear.

The next morning, there was a charter train running north from Porthmadog on the Welsh Highland, so the first service trains of the day had been cancelled. Nevertheless, the chance was taken to make a brief visit to the WHR depot at Dinas Llanwnda.

The large South African Funkey bogie diesel CASTELL CAERNARFON

Queensland Baguley/Drewry 0-6-0DM cane locomotive, South Johnstone number 9.

A chunky little Hunset awaiting regauging.

A De Winton 3ft gauge vertical boilered locomotive, LLANFAIR, built in Caernarvon.
Poor K1, the pioneer Beyer-Garratt from Tasmania, under modification again and rather unloved as not really suitable for regular passenger trains on the WHR.

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