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Makers photograph of Taliesin in 1876

Taliesin was an 0-4-4 Single Fairlie built by the Vulcan Foundry in 1876, originally given the number 9. It had its first run on 10th August 1876, double heading with Little Giant, and was put into service on 17th August. It was completely rebuilt between 1898 and 1900. Over subsequent years the locomotive fell into increasing disrepair and was dismantled in preparation for a new boiler in 1924. However, despite recommendations from the Locomotive Superintendent and Engineer, the Board refused to purchase a boiler and Taliesin was reassembled with its existing boiler. The locomotive was finally dismantled in 1932 and the boiler was sold for scrap in 1935, after being run into by Welsh Pony, whose tender was also damaged in the accident. A replica was built in 1999. The only parts of the original locomotive known to have survived are the reversing lever (used on the replica) and the eccentrics (which were used on Linda). A set of Fairlie wheels survives and may well be from this loco.

The name is that of a legendary Head Bard to Prince Elffin, who maybe lived around 520-560 A.D. The name means 'fair-brow'; it can also mean 'fair pay' or 'reward.' The story is that William Williams (a bard himself, Gwilym Meirion) persuaded the FR Board that the legendary bard was just the name for the loco, but as there was a pay dispute between the Board and their staff at the time, it gave some glee to the men seeing the loco puffing up the line displaying the brass plate 'Fair Pay.' (more...)

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Arthur Lambert

Arthur Lambert heard of attempts to reopen the FR in the early 1950s. A visit to the line in 1955 did not particularly impress him but he became involved later as progress became more obvious. He joined the FR Society and spent a week helping to clear the track above Penrhyn in 1957. By 1958 he was London Area Group Treasurer and for years went on LAG working parties, often driving the minibus. He was on the committee of LAG from 1958 to 1972.

He became a Society director in 1960 and retired from the board in 1979. During much of that period he served as Managing Director of the Society's Management Committee. One of his first actions was to approach all group secretaries about group-committee/Society board communications and from this resulted the Groups Information Memorandum - G.I.M and he was editor for most of the first fifty issues.

He joined the Health and Safety Committee in 1979 becoming secretary in 1984. He only resigned from his position on the Health and Safety Committee in March 2006 having thus completed 49 years as an FR volunteer.

Photo credit: FR Magazine

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