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The disc signal erected by FRHG at old Boston Lodge loco shed.

Disc signals were a type of signal used by the Festiniog Railway from the mid 19th century until the 1920s. They were used as auxiliary signals (a near equivalent to modern distant signals). However, their exact use was very dependent on context: a disc preceding a 'modern' semaphore signal would be regarded as a distant, yet by the 1920s the surviving disc Signals were largely regarded as 'stop' signals, where not pure level crossing signals.

After they fell out of use a number survived to be restored as heritage features. The design lives on in the form of fixed distant signals and stop boards erected in more recent times on both the Ffestiniog Railway and the Welsh Highland Railway. (more...)

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Velinheli At King's Cross 11/02/2018, Jim Hewett.

Velinheli is an ex-Dinorwic Quarry Hunslet 0-4-0ST; the first of the Hunslet "Alice" class of locos she was built in 1886 (Works No. 409). The loco is normally based on the Launceston Steam Railway in Cornwall.

In 2018 it was announced that Velinheli would be moving to the F&WHR where a new boiler will be constructed for it at Boston Lodge. The move to Wales was made via Kings Cross in London where Velinheli spent February half term week on display alongside Hugh Napier and Carriage 10.

Photo credit: Jim Hewett

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