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Shortly after arrival
Home Railway F&WHR
Original Railway Corus Steel, Shotton
Status Awaiting rebuild
Built by Hunslet Engine Co.
Built 1985
2010 Arrived on WHR
Wheel Arrangement 4wDH
Length 15 ft 5 in
Fuel Diesel

Ben is a shunting locomotive awaiting use on the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways.


Two Hunslet 2ft 6ins gauge four-wheel 115hp Ford-engined diesel hydraulic 15-ton flameproofed 4wDH locomotives arrived at the WHR Dinas depot on 18 February 2010. They were builder's numbers 9248 and 9262 of 1985, obtained from a scrap dealer, but previously at the Corus Coated Products Division plant at Shotton, where they worked in the Cold Strip Mill. At Shotton steelworks they were numbered 1 and 2 respectively. It was stated that when regauged they would be allocated to Dinas and Boston Lodge as heavy shunters.[1]

The one, with the black radiator, on the left in the second picture, with the No.1 on side has been identified as works No 9248, with an affectionate name of Bill on the hood, whilst the red nosed radiator, on the right, has a No. 2 on the side, is works No 9262 with an affectionate name of Ben on the hood

The names "Bill" and "Ben" could be a reference to the Rev. W. Awdry's 4-wheeled china clay twins, because of their size and yellow paint.

Ben was moved, on a flat wagon, from Dinas to Boston Lodge in May 2019.[2]

Photo taken shortly after arrival.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Peter Johnson on the Industrial Railway Society Yahoo Group, message dated 19/2/2010
  2. ^ "Ben arrives at Boston Lodge", Inside Motion, 15 May 2019