Criccieth Castle

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Criccieth Castle
Criccieth Castle (7819131898).jpg
2012, photo: James Petts.
Home Railway FR
Status In service
History
Built by Baguley-Drewery
Built 1995
Technical
Wheel Arrangement 0-6-0DH
Length 16 ft 6 in
Fuel Diesel
Locomotives

Criccieth Castle is a medium sized diesel locomotive in use on the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways. It is named bi-lingually, carrying the nameplates Criccieth Castle and Castell Criccieth on either side.

History[edit]

An 0-6-0DH, this locomotive was built at Boston Lodge using parts bought from Baguley-Drewry following that company's liquidation, although much was built new. Experience with Harlech Castle had suggested that a similar locomotive would have potential as a passenger locomotive and the "in house" designed bodywork reflect the links between the two locos. Entering service in 1995, the loco sees regular service in the passenger fleet, and is fitted with advanced computer controls which enables the use of the Push Pull system. This allows the engine to remain at the top end of the train on "down" services, being driven from a cab in observation Carriage 111.

Initially Criccieth Castle was painted in an all-over unlined dark green, with the namplates covered up. After a while, a white band separating 2 tones of green became the livery to match the push pull set. It has now been repainted in a similar style but with single darker shade of green.

At the end of the 2010 season 'Cric' (as it is known to most users) suffered a problem with a loose crank pin on the driven centre wheelset. After rectification it returned to traffic in early July 2011.

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