At Harbour Station, March 2007
|Home Railway||Launceston Steam Rly.|
|Original Railway||Dinorwic Quarries|
|Built by||Hunslet Engine Co.|
Velinheli is an ex-Dinorwic Quarry Hunslet 0-4-0ST, the first of the Hunslet "Alice" class of locos she was built in 1886 (Works No. 409). It is one of the few quarry Hunslets to carry a domed boiler. The loco is owned by James Evans, instigator of the Lyd Project, and is based on the Launceston Steam Railway in Cornwall. Velinheli visited the FR for the 1993 and 1997 Galas and returned to run on the railway in 2002 for some charter work and winter storage, during which time it was photographed carrying the name Indian Runner. It returned once more in early 2007, and headed a special FR Heritage Group Inspection Train with Carriage 11 to Tan y Bwlch late in the afternoon of 25 March as seen at Minffordd. It also gave footplate rides at Harbour Station during the Easter period.
Velinheli was the first steam locomotive to visit Beddgelert on the rebuilt WHR when it visited the line in the last week of April 2007. The public relations aspect was very successfully covered by inviting local schoolchildren to view the exciting spectacle.
Veliniheli was back on the F&WHR in 2016 when it stayed for the summer season. During the stay it was used for The Snowdonian Limited, footplate rides and at Super-power on the WHR as well as representing the railways at that years Shrewsbury Flower Show.
On display in front of Boston Lodge - 2002
At Harbour Station- March 2007
With Britomart, 2007.
At one time Paul Lewin was keen on a scheme to build new Quarry Hunslet Locomotives, the first built to be called Indian Runner. As publicity for this Velinheli carried a mock-up nameplate on display in Boston Lodge in 2002. This name (after a racehorse, like many of the later Dinorwic names) had originally been intended for one of the Dinorwic engines. A wooden pattern for nameplates was made (and found in the quarry workshops after closure) but the name was never actually carried by a loco. New quarry Hunslets have subsequently been built by the reconstituted Hunslet company, now at Statfold Barn. The chalk boards says "For Sale £0.50 O.N.O, Apply P.Lewin" Photo: O.Chapman
- http://www.launcestonsr.co.uk/velinheli-on-tour/ Launceston website news story