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The Alco at Pen Cob

Mountaineer is a 2-6-2 side tank locomotive used on the Ffestiniog Railway. It was originally built in 1916 for the War Department and later saw use in France before being bought privately for preservation in the UK. The locomotive arrived on the FR in 1967 and quickly became an important member of the fleet. Much rebuilt to improve its usefulness, it saw regular use on both the FR and WHR until 2006 when it was withdrawn needing an overhaul. Since then it has been stored under cover awaiting the time and resources required for the rebuild.

The loco takes its name from an earlier Mountaineer, one of the original England engines, and the nameplates are replicas of the originals. The bell from the original Mountaineer also survives and is fitted to Mountaineer on special occasions. Mountaineer is affectionately called the Alco by those that work with her and is also less affectionately known as the Barge. (more...)

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