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Ashover on S&T duty in Minffordd Yard in March 1982

Ashover is a 50hp F.C. Hibberd “Planet″ 4wDM (4-wheeled Diesel Mechanical) locomotive (Builder′s number 3307 of 1948). It was originally supplied to the Ashover Light Railway which transports minerals from Ashover to Clay Cross in Derbyshire. It did not carry a name at that time. Ashover came to the FR in October 1981 from the East Anglian Transport Museum Society, Carlton Colville, Suffolk. Ashover was commonly used as Boston Lodge works shunter, occasionally being used on Parks and Gardens works trains. It is currently out of service having suffered from a lack of attention to routine maintenance checks whilst it was away from Boston Lodge.

As of November 2012 it is at the National Railway Museum, York, for overhaul. (more...)

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Moelwyn Tunnel

The Old Moelwyn Tunnel was the longer of the two tunnels on the line for most of the pre-preservation life of the FR, though neither was in use at the opening. Some 730 yards in length, this tunnel was bored through hard cyanite rock with three circular shafts for ventilation. The tunnel measured just 8' wide and 9' 6" high, and as such dictated the maximum loading gauge of the line thereafter.

The tunnel was opened in 1842, i.e. after the initial opening of the line, an event which was marked by the firing of a rock cannon on the hillside above the tunnel. Before the tunnel was opened, trains crossed the hill by inclines.

The tunnel was plugged by the British Electricity Authority when the Tanygrisiau pumped storage power station was built necessitating the construction of the Deviation which includes a new Moelwyn Tunnel

Photo credit: User:FarleyBrook

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