Double Heading (Pictorial Views)
Merddin Emrys pilots Earl of Merioneth on a Convention Special. Convention 70 . . . then on Sunday morning there was a get-together of members of Company and Society Boards whilst the Group representatives went off up the line behind a double double Fairlie headed train, Merddin being on her first passenger working after fitting of the new boiler, with the Earl behind . . .? Boston Lodge curve, drivers Morgan and Davies.
Prince and Taliesin at Cutting Naddu. During August and September 2004 the railway was occasionally short of either mainline diesel locos or double engines. This resulted in some interesting double heading of heavy service trains. Here, Friday's 10:20 from Port sees Prince and Taliesin deputising for a double engine.
Palmerston and Prince departing Porthmadog with the 13:40. On several occasions during 2005 Palmerston and Prince double headed on service trains. The above picture shows the second instance of 2005 on the second day of the year as seen from the Control Office. (The first instance had been the first train that day at 10:20).
Merddin Emrys pilots Earl of Merioneth on an AGM Special. AGM '05 . . . society members went off up the line behind a double Double Fairlie headed train, Merddin being on her first passenger working after fitting of new tanks and new power bogies, with the (new) Earl behind. Approaching Weigh Bridge crossing, drivers Bond and Willmore.
On the last two pictures, Poor weather, but worth recording the event! Note the minor changes in appearance made to the Earl for coal firing (comparing this picture with the one above taken at the same place). The brass domes have been swapped for the original 'dustbins' which have now been painted green and the chimney caps have been painted black. Both the domes and the caps would have been a challenge for crews to keep clean now that the loco is burning coal.