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Welsh Pony 1871

Welsh Pony is a steam locomotive built for the Festiniog Railway in 1867. Part of the second batch of locomotives built for the line, it was constructed to an improved enlarged design. The locomotive saw major rebuilds in 1891 and 1915. Welsh Pony continued in use until c1940. After this the locomotive was out of use for a prolonged period, including time spent on a plinth in the car park at Porthmadog Harbour Station.

The time spent out of use took its toll on Welsh Pony and parts of it were in poor condition. After a consultation on what should be done with the locomotive, it was decided to return it to steam. Welsh Pony was taken into the works at Boston Lodge in 2014 and, following a comprehensive overhaul, returned to steam in 2020. As expected, the boiler required replacement but it was also found that the frames and cylinders were too corroded to be re-used. Although it was originally hoped that the originals could be reused, it was later found necessary to also replace the coupling and connecting rods. The locomotive was rebuilt using the original 1867 outside stepped frames and rear buffer beam. The wheelsets are also original, the front pair being from Little Giant. The inside motion, as far as one can tell, is also original. Lubrication is by an old FR displacement lubricator re-fitted. Two of the cab side plates from 1915 have come back to the railway and have been refitted. They have been joined by a new plate commemorating the 21st century rebuild and another showing the original build date (more...)

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Moel yr Hydd at Minffordd Yard

Moel yr Hydd is a diesel locomotive belonging to the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways (F&WHR).

Originally named Stacy, this is one of six locomotives originally built by Hunslet (No. 9349) for the construction of the Jubilee line extension of the London Underground. It was subsequently acquired by Adrian Shooter for his Beeches Light Railway, where it carried the name Col Frederick Wiley and worked alongside DHR 19B. Emma and Kathy on the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway are of the same type.

The locomotive was purchased by the F&WHR in 2023 at the auction of Shooter's railway equipment following his death the previous year. It was delivered to Minffordd Yard on 14 July 2023. It has been renamed Moel yr Hydd and become the main locomotive used by the S&T department.

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