Alice

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Alice
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At Boston Lodge, 1994. Photo: Pat & David Othen
Type Quarry Hunslet
Home Railway Bala Lake Railway
Original Railway Dinorwic Quarries
History
Built by Hunslet Engine Co.
Built 1902
Technical
Wheel Arrangement 0-4-0ST
Locomotives

Alice is a Quarry class locomotive built for Dinorwic Quarries by Hunslet in 1902 with a builder's number of 780. Originally known as 'No 4', it received the name Alice (transferred from the loco now known as King of the Scarlets) sometime after 1908. It worked until late 1960 then had many parts removed for use on other engines. The rusting remains were rescued from the Australia Level in Dinorwic in 1972 and spent time at Hesketh Bank, Bala and other places while parts were collected for restoration. In 1992 with rebuilding well under way the loco came to Boston Lodge for further work and was on static display there during the Hunslet 100 Gala in 1993. In 1994 it was returned to steam and ran trials on the FR before departing to Leighton Buzzard.

Alice visited the Welsh Highland Railway on 19-20 September 1998 for the first Enthusiasts' Weekend. The loco was based at the Leighton Buzzard Railway for its first ten years of operation in preservation, following which it moved to Rheilffordd Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake Railway), where it has been repainted in black.

Alice visited the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway for its Narrow Gauge & Industrial Gala, 5-7 May 2007, where it hauled demonstration trains of slate wagons as well as passenger trains during the three day event. A return was scheduled on 3-5 May 2008 for the the "Hunslet: Generations" gala.

Alice returned to the FR in 2018 for Hunslet 125.

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References[edit]

  • Thomas, Cliff S (2001). Quarry Hunslets of North Wales: The Great (Little) Survivors. Usk: Oakwood Press. ISBN 0-853615-75-6. OCLC 48194491.