2005 at WHHR. Photo: A. M. Hurrell
|Home Railway||West Lancashire Lt. Rly.|
|Original Railway||Dinorwic Quarries|
|Built by||Hunslet Engine Company|
Irish Mail is 0-4-0ST built by Hunslet (823 of 1903) for the Dinorwic Quarries. It ceased work on the Australia Level at Dinorwic in 1959 and many parts were removed for use on other engines. It was sold as a rolling chassis in 1969, removed in 1972 to the West Lancashire Light Railway at Hesketh Bank, and following a prolonged rebuild using parts from Alice and other engines was put into service in 1980.
Irish Mail visited the Ffestiniog Railway for the Hunslet 100 Gala in 1993. It is thought to have also visited the WHHR in the late 1980s and returned on 30-31 July 2005 for the "25th Anniversary Gala", remaining for a further fortnight.
A further visit to the WHHR was scheduled on 3-5 May 2008 for the the "Hunslet: Generations" gala.
Irish Mail returned to the FR for Hunslet 125 in 2018.