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Merddin at Duffws c1880

Merddin Emrys is a Double Fairlie locomotive, the third such locomotive built for the Festiniog Railway, the suitability of the type having been proven in tests using Little Wonder. Merddin was built in the Festiniog Railway Company's own workshops at Boston Lodge in 1879 to the design of Percy Spooner and has spent its entire working life on the Festiniog Railway. When the railway closed in 1946 Merddin was the only double engine still available for service, Livingston Thompson having been withdrawn for repairs.

Merddin was returned to service in 1961 and converted to oil burning in 1973. In 2007, as part of the FR's fuel diversification process, the locomotive reverted to coal firing again.

A picture gallery of this locomotive is available. (more...)

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This month's featured picture

Work on the roof of Plas Smart

Plas Smart was built approximately 1863 together with a range of 'lean to' buildings against a stone wall which has been partially demolished to make way for the present access into the Boston Lodge site. Materials and workmanship from this early phase are evident. Stone (slate); roof timbers (imported softwood rafters and ceiling joists); joinery (windows, doors and window shutters) are all original although the shutters may have been salvaged from another building and reused in this building. Lime squirling in existing mortar indicates that the mortar is of some age, probably original, and this should be conserved in any phase of external works. The photo shows the commencement of relaying the slate roof on new battens and underlay in 2014.

Photo credit: James Hamlin

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