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Charles Easton Spooner

Charles Easton Spooner (1818-1889) was the Secretary and Engineer of the Festiniog Railway Company from 1856 until 1886. He was also Engineer to the North Wales Narrow Gauge Railways Company and was involved in the family company of Spooner & Co., which at times appeared to conflict with the FR.

Charles was the third son of James Spooner and was born in Maentwrog in 1818. As a teenager he, along with his oldest brother, James, assisted his father in laying out the Festiniog Railway. He and James continued to assist their father and Thomas Prichard during construction. Charles was thus trained as a civil engineer, gaining much practical experience that would stand him in good stead in his later life. During the early 1840s, Charles' training continued under both Joseph Locke and Isambard Kingdom Brunel. He continued to be involved with the railway under his father, who was Secretary to the Company. (more...)

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NGG16 Garratt 87 heading back to Dinas South Yard at the end of the day 6 July 2021

87 is an NGG16 Garratt locomotive which is in service on the Welsh Highland Railway. 87 was built by John Cockerill of Seraing, Belgium for South African Railways to their 2-6-2+2-6-2T NGG16 Garratt design. This loco was fourth of the first batch of NGG16s built in 1936. It carries the works number 3267. The early NGG16s were originally classified as part of the NGG13 class.

Photo credit: User:Pencefn

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