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Friday, August 30, 2013

Introduction to Wales - 11 August 2013

The drive into north Wales was via Oswestry, still in England, the old headquarters of the Cambrian Railways. This was to see IOWERTH, Adam Barber's charming 2008 mini vertical boiler single-cylindered loco.
The diminutive engine was operating on a very short line on the Oswestry station platform.

The next stop was a brief call at the Bala Lake Railway, where Hunslet quarry tank MAID MARIAN was operating trains.
Running round at the Bala terminus
In the shed at Llanwchllyn were four sister locomotives.
1902-built HOLY WAR

1885-built WINIFRED, freshly arrived from Canada

Porthmadog's Festiniog/Welsh Highland Railway station was the next port of call.
Funkey B-B DH Vale of Festiniog, used as station pilot for all Welsh Highland trains
George England 1867 WELSH PONY cosmetically restored and on display preparatory to a return to service.

Graham Lee's 1899 Hunslet KING OF THE SCARLETS on display in Spooner's Bar
The 1879 built Fairlie MERDDIN EMRYS just off a Festiniog train

Finally on the way up to Lewis Esposito's Salem Chapel B and B (recommended), a Welsh Highland train hauled by number 138, a Beyer Peacock Beyer-Garratt built for South African Railways in 1958.

Passing the Glanrafon slate tips north of Rhyd Ddu
Coming up to the Castell Cidwm overbridge

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