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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Festiniog Railway - 13 August 2013

This day I went for a ride on the Festiniog Railway with my host Alan Norton, which was followed by an enjoyable tour of Boston Lodge works. The weather began to deteriorate further, not really a surprise in north Wales.

Before the trip, I saw Beyer Garratt 138 hauling its Welsh Highland train across Britannia Bridge.
Following the return trip to Blaenau Ffestiniog, which brought back many memories, the Boston Lodge tour started at the old engine shed.
Bug boxes and BLANCHE

Down at the works there was much of interest.
Hibberd UPNOR CASTLE with Moel y Gest in the background

Bagnall 1953 0-4-2T ISAAC, being readied for use on the Lynton and Barnstaple

Hunslet BRITOMART ex Pen yr Orsedd quarry
Hunslet MOEL Y GEST assisting with slate wagon restoration

Another surprise from the replica carriage builders
Festiniog / Bauguley-Drewry CASTELL CRICCIETH

LYD came past with an Up train

Back at busy Harbour Station. Work is in progress to have the permanent facilities in place for working the Welsh Highland in 2014.
A couple of magnificent heritage bogie coaches

The new signal box on the widened Cob
Vale of Festiniog on pilot duties

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