FR Locomotives

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Steam Locomotives[edit]

See also FR Steam Locomotive Availability for an overview of whether current steam locomotives are operational at the moment. There are also annual snapshots of availability going back to 2006.

Steam locomotives built for the Festiniog Railway[edit]

Number Loco Name Type Built Status Notes
1 Princess England 0-4-0ST+T 1863 Cosmetically restored Originally The Princess
2 Prince England 0-4-0ST+T 1863 Awaiting overhaul Originally The Prince
3 Mountaineer England 0-4-0T+T 1863 Dismantled 1879 (first)
4 Palmerston England 0-4-0ST+T 1864 VoR for overhaul
5 Welsh Pony England 0-4-0ST+T 1867 Awaiting Repair - loose crankpin
6 Little Giant England 0-4-0ST+T 1867 Dismantled 1929
7 Little Wonder Double Fairlie 0-4-4-0T 1869 Dismantled 1882
8 James Spooner Double Fairlie 0-4-4-0T 1872 Dismantled 1929 (first)
7 (originally 9) Taliesin Single Fairlie 0-4-4T 1876 Dismantled 1924 (first)
10 Merddin Emrys Double Fairlie 0-4-4-0T 1879 In service
3 (originally 11) Livingston Thompson Double Fairlie 0-4-4-0T 1886 Cosmetically restored On display at NRM, York
11 Earl of Merioneth Double Fairlie 0-4-4-0T 1979 Long-term storage (second)
12 David Lloyd George Double Fairlie 0-4-4-0T 1992 In service
7 Taliesin Single Fairlie 0-4-4T 1999 Undergoing overhaul (third)
14 Lyd Manning Wardle 2-6-2T 2010 In service L&B replica
8 James Spooner Double Fairlie 0-4-4-0T 2023 In service (second)

See also Topsy, a model locomotive built by Boston Lodge.

Steam locomotives acquired from elsewhere[edit]

Loco Name Type Built Acquired from Arrived on FR Status Notes
Moel Tryfan Single Fairlie
0-6-4T
1875 NWNGR 1924 Dismantled
1954
Linda Hunslet
2-4-0ST+T
1893 Penrhyn Quarry Railway 1962 In Service Originally 0-4-0ST. Tender added 1963.
Blanche Hunslet
2-4-0ST+T
1893 Penrhyn Quarry Railway 1963 In Service Originally 0-4-0ST. Temporary tender 1964, new tender 1965.
Mountaineer ALCo
2-6-2T
1918 John Ransom 1967 Undergoing overhaul First World War ALCo
Britomart Hunslet
0-4-0ST
1899 Pen-yr-orsedd Quarry 1966 In Service Owned by a private syndicate
Lilla Hunslet
0-4-0ST
1891 Bernard Latham 1997 In service
Dahuichang No.4 C2 class
0-8-0
1988 Chinese Forestry Railway 2007 Under reconstruction Owned by a private syndicate
Leary De Winton
0-4-0VBT
2010 Private owners 2011 Sold 2017 Now at Richmond Light Railway
Hugh Napier Hunslet
0-4-0ST
1904 Penrhyn Quarry Railway 2011 In service Owned by the National Trust
608 Baldwin
4-6-0PT
1917 Private owner 2019 In service
footplate runs
Still belongs to private owner but now on FR
Velinheli Hunslet
0-4-0ST
1886 Private owner 2018 In service
footplate runs
Still belongs to private owner but now on FR

Steam locomotives acquired from elsewhere but never used on the FR[edit]

Loco Name Type Built Acquired from Arrived on FR Status Notes
The Peckett Peckett
0-6-0ST
1944 Harrogate Gas Works 1957 Sold 1987 Was to be named 'Volunteer', now at Statfold named Harrogate
Monarch Meyer
0-4-4-0T
1953 WLLR 1991 Sold 2002 Now back at Welshpool

Internal combustion and battery locomotives[edit]

Pre-preservation (pre-1954) internal combustion locomotives[edit]

Loco Name Type Built Acquired from Arrived
on FR
Status Notes
The Simplex 40 hp Simplex
4wPM
1917 WDLR 1923 In Service Also known as Mary Ann
Moelwyn Baldwin
2-4-0DM
1918 French Army 1925 In service First World War, was 0-4-0DM
4415 Kerr Stuart
6wDM
1928 N/A 1928 Undergoing rebuild On loan for trials and demonstration 1928-9
But since 1997 a permanent resident
Austro-Daimler 4wPM ? P&W Anderson Ltd 1925 Scrapped 1934

Diesel passenger locomotives acquired post-1954[edit]

Loco Name Type Built Acquired from Arrived on FR Status Notes
Upnor Castle Hibberd Planet 4wDM 1954 WLLR 1968 In Service
Conway Castle Hibberd Planet 4wDM 1958 RNAD 1981 Undergoing overhaul
Criccieth Castle Boston Lodge
0-6-0DH
1995 N/A N/A Under overhaul Built at Boston Lodge from Baguley-Drewry parts
Vale of Ffestiniog Funkey
B-B
1967 Pretoria Portland Cement
1993 In Service Bogie diesel from South Africa

Permanent Way Department and Boston Lodge Works diesel and battery locomotives acquired post-1954[edit]

Loco Name Type Built Acquired from Arrived on FR Status Notes
Tyke Hunslet 4wDM 1941 Long Marston
1964 Dismantled, remains sold
Moel Hebog Hunslet 4wDM 1955 Shaw Cross Colliery 1969 In service To be moved to the heritage fleet, replaced by Moel yr Hydd
Ashover Hibberd 4wDM 1948 East Anglian Transport Museum 1981 Stripped for overhaul
Harold Hunslet 4wDM 1974 Yorkshire Water Authority 1993 In Service
Harlech Castle Baguley-Drewry
0-6-0DH
1983 Bredgar & Wormshill 1988 In Service
Moel y Gest Hunslet 4wDH 1965 RNAD Dean Hill 2004 In Service Boston Lodge Shunter
Dolgarrog Simplex 4wDM 1962 Innogy 1995 In Service On loan from Innogy. Previously used on WHR relaying, now based at Glan y Pwll
Moel yr Hydd Hunslet 4wDH 1994 Beeches Light Railway 2023 In service To replace Moel Hebog in S&T service.
14T loco 1 Clayton
4wBE
2013 Tideway Tunneling Project 2023 Needs regauging to 600mm Dual 750/610mm gauge. Potential Boston Lodge shunter. Bought with 6 battery packs.
14T loco 2 Clayton
4wBE
2013 Tideway Tunneling Project 2023 Needs regauging to 600mm Dual 750/610mm gauge. Potential Dinas shunter.

Small diesel and battery locomotives acquired post-1954 - used on the Deviation and sundry other duties[edit]

It should be noted that such was the interchangeability of parts of the small Simplex locomotives - including those that carried names - that identities are particularly fluid.

Loco Name Type Arrived Status Notes
Alistair Ruston & Hornsby
4wDM
1968 Sold 1991
Andrew Ruston & Hornsby
4wDM
1974 Sold 1991
BEV The Grogan BEV
4wBE
1975 Sold 1982
Jane Simplex
4wDM
1966 Sold 2004 later named Sandra (second)
Monster FR
4wDM
1998 Under Rebuild Built 1974, left 1976, returned
Sandra (first) Simplex
4wDM
1977 Dismantled 2009 Later named Cora
Sludge Lister
4wPM
1976 Sold 1983
The Colonel Simplex
4wDM
1966 Under rebuild
The Lady Diana Simplex
4wDM
1974 Dismantled 2007
Andy Simplex
4wDM
2017 Running Named in memory of Andy Putnam.
Built from parts of Sandra/Cora, The Colonel and The Lady Diana.

Line cars and self propelled equipment[edit]

Shunting engines[edit]

A short article appears here regarding shunting in Old company days.

See also[edit]