James Spooner II

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James Spooner
Drawing from appeal leaflet
Type Double Fairlie
Home Railway FR
Number 8
Status Under Construction
Designed by Boston Lodge
Built by Boston Lodge
Built 2016-c.2020
Wheel Arrangement 0-4-4-0T

The new James Spooner will be the seventh locomotive to be built by the Festiniog Railway Company in its own workshops at Boston Lodge and the seventh FR Double Fairlie. It takes its name from an earlier FR engine which was named after the company's first manager.

Announcement & Design[edit]

It was announced in March 2016 that Earl of Merioneth was worn out and needed replacement and that the new double engine would be named James Spooner. The power bogies for the new loco, and some cab fittings would come from the Earl. The locomotive will feature a boiler the same as that which will replace Merddin Emrys's current boiler. This boiler will be built at Boston Lodge to a hybrid riveted/welded design. It is also planned that the locomotive will have a removable roof section, so it can be presented in the style of Merddin Emrys when new.

So far some boiler components have been delivered.

It is planned the locomotive will be complete in 2020, in time for the 150th anniversary of Little Wonder's trials of 1870.[1]

In December 2016 the FR Society distributed appeal leaflets with the magazine to raise money for the new loco. This leaflet featured the first concept drawing for the loco. At the same time it was stated that the appeal would help fund new components so that (with the exception of the power bogies) parts from Earl of Merioneth would not be needed and that James Spooner would be entirely new. This will additionally make it easier to restore Earl of Merioneth in the future.

December 2016 also saw more boiler components, including the ready formed tapered barrels arrive at Boston Lodge.

Design of new boiler for James Spooner

Principal dimensions[edit]

Cylinders (4) 9" x 14"
Nominal wheel diameter 2' 8"
Boiler pressure 180 psi
Tractive effort (85% BP) 10,844 lb
Driving bogie wheelbase 4' 8"


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