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2012, photo: David O'Leary.

Earl of Merioneth is an 0-4-4-0 Double Fairlie and was the third locomotive to be built by the Festiniog Railway Company in its own workshops at Boston Lodge. Construction began in 1972 and was completed in 1979. It carries its name in English on one side and in Welsh (Iarll Meirionnydd) on the other. It was built as a replacement (incorporating some parts) for the previous Earl of Merioneth (originally Livingston Thompson).

From the moment of its introduction, Earl of Merioneth's angular appearance has provoked controversy and the locomotive is regularly referred to as The Square (or, by those who like it, The Mighty Square). Subsequent modifications have softened the appearance by adding a number of heritage style features and it is now a popular locomotive. The locomotive is now in need of major work and will be withdrawn after its last run on 8th April 2018 and stored until resources are available for a rebuild. (more...)


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Photograph of TYB scene set up for painting by Terrence Cuneo in May 1964. Photo: Ron Fisher.

On Tuesday 19th May 1964, the famous railway artist Terence Cuneo visited the Festiniog Railway to make sketches and take photographs for what was to become a well known painting of trains passing at Tan y Bwlch. It was carefully staged with Linda waiting at the top points with an up train while Merddin Emrys arrives with a down train. As the line above Tan y Bwlch was still awaiting re-opening in 1964, this was seen as symbolic of the FR Co.'s resolve to continue with the re-opening of the line. The resulting painting was used for advertising posters, timetable posters and sold for £1 to the general public.

The artist (wearing the light coloured raincoat) can just be seen on Linda's footplate with the General Manager, Allan Garraway.

Photo credit: Ron Fisher

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