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2016. Photo: Richard Hoare

Russell is a 2-6-2 tank locomotive operating on the WHHR. It is the only surviving locomotive of the original WHR.

Originally built for the North Wales Narrow Gauge Railways (NWNGR), it was paid for by the North Wales Power and Traction Co. Ltd (NWPTC) but was placed into the possession of the NWNGR as part of a deal to restore that company's line to steam working after the NWPTC failed to complete the agreed electrification of the line. It later worked on the original Welsh Highland Railway (WHR), when the superstructure was cut down in an unsuccessful attempt to bring it within the Festiniog Railway loading gauge. After the closure of the original WHR Russell was requisitioned for industrial use during the Second World War and was subsequently purchased for preservation. It was later restored to working order at the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway. A recent overhaul has returned Russell to a condition close to that when it was when built in 1906. (more...)


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Picture of Lottie with LAG 10 year anniversary train in 1964. Photo: Ron Fisher.

Of all the characters and personalities that have made up the Ffestiniog Railway over the years, few can be remembered with more affection than Lottie Edwards, crossing keeper at Quarry Lane Crossing, Minffordd. Her smoke blackened kettle was always on the go in the crossing house kitchen and tea was dispensed to the volunteers by the gallon! Volunteers working in the Minffordd area were always welcome to drop in for a cuppa, and Lottie's was a regular meeting place for volunteers to congregate on a Saturday evening when they would crowd into Lottie's front parlour and talk trains.

Although Quarry Lane Crossing is the official name for the level crossing where Lottie once worked, it is generally known to most connected to the railway as Lottie's Crossing.

Photo credit: Ron Fisher

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