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First steam at Penrhyn Quarry Railway in 50yrs

First steam at Penrhyn Quarry Railway in 50yrs

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nlldavies

Original Poster:

266 posts

154 months

Friday 27th July 2012
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For all the narrow gauge enthusiasts on here.

I was proud to be part of the first open day at Penrhyn Quarry Railway in Felin Fawr on Tuesday, 24th of July. This was a low key event, but managed to draw a steady stream of visitors through the day by word of mouth.

The open day coincided with the exact same day 50 years ago that the last steam loco officially ran on the line and the historical engines sold off for scrap or to collectors around the world, happily many have now returned back to the UK.

The lads at Felin Fawr Cyf had done a great job in laying a small part of track in preparation for the event and Bressingham Museum supplied an ex Penrhyn loco in the form of "George Sholto" to run the line for the day to the small gathering of locals who had come to see this historical event.

Here are a few of my own photos and a link to the website for more info.

http://www.penrhynrailway.co.uk/

Hope you enjoy.

Nige






WelshChris

740 posts

177 months

Wednesday 15th August 2012
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Bizarre that they should bring a loco from Bressingham when there are four ex-Penrhyn locos in full working order 20 miles down the road scratchchin

If they'd asked me I'm sure I'd have lent them one!

Nevertheless - congratulations to all concerned. I'll be at Penrhyn Castle with Lilla and Hugh Napier in steam this weekend if anyone wants to pop in.

Chris

Fat Albert

1,325 posts

104 months

Thursday 16th August 2012
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That looks just like my Mamod loco!

twister

993 posts

159 months

Thursday 16th August 2012
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Wow, memories... some of my relatives live up the road from there, and I wouldn't like to try guessing how many times I've driven/walked over the bridge in the background of your second photo. Spent a LOT of happy times in that part of Wales as a child, exploring the old quarry workings and walking the trackbeds. I heard about them starting restoration efforts here a while ago, so I'm really pleased to see it's all come together now - thanks for sharing your pics!

WelshChris

740 posts

177 months

Friday 17th August 2012
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A pic from Penrhyn Castle today - locos will be in steam this weekend...


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nlldavies

Original Poster:

266 posts

154 months

Friday 17th August 2012
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No idea there was an event at the castle. Guess I'll be down there tomorrow and having a look.

Nige

WelshChris

740 posts

177 months

Saturday 18th August 2012
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Come and say hello - the chaps on the locos will point you in the right direction.

Chris