The most enigmatic of the original Ffestiniog locos, Welsh Pony, was the third engine in line for restoration to service when the railway was reopened in the 1950s, but the job was never done. All this is about to change.

Welsh Pony Blog

1890 Rebuild Details

This from the FR Company Archive: ENGINE REPAIR BOOK, BOSTON LODGE: 1890 – 1915 REBUILDING WELSH PONY: JULY 22ND 1890 – MAY 29TH 1891 GWYNEDD ARCHIVE XD97/21536 REPAIR SCHEDULE – copied as appears in the ledger, line for line New cylinders and lagging on same. New pistons New chest covers, all new taps complete, new […]

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Motion Brackets….

Boston Lodge Manager Tony Williams holds one of the original motion brackets showing its location on the new frames.

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Welsh Pony gallops ahead

The £150,000 restoration of Welsh Pony has reached a major milestone with the delivery of parts for the loco’s new boiler. Designs for the new boiler were completed in early February. The major components delivered for the new welded boiler include the long boiler barrel – a section of which will be cut away to […]

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New cylinder castings delivered

The new cylinder and steam chest castings for the rebuild of Large England Welsh Pony have been delivered to Boston Lodge. With the saddle tank and cab repaired and painted; the motion stripped and the new frames available, most of the key components needed for the loco’s return to steam in time for its 150th […]

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Welsh Pony Fund tops £100k

The fund to rebuild Welsh Pony has reached the £100,000 mark. Thanks to all those who have donated so far. Meanwhile, we now have the drawings for the new welded boiler, which will be fabricated at Boston Lodge and the patterns have been sent to the foundry for the new cylinder castings to be created […]

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Welsh Pony – Unfinished Business – Part 6

Here is part 6 in our series of videos explaining the plans for the restoration of Welsh Pony to steam in time for it’s 150th birthday in 2017.

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Allan Garraway, 1926 – 2014

On Thursday, January 8th, in a chilly Inverness wind, Allan Garraway’s funeral was attended by more than 50 people. Mourners included friends and colleagues from all aspects of his life, including his BR days, the Strathspey Railway, his local rowing club, the Gresley Society and 12 representatives from the F&WHR. A wreath from the railway […]

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Progress report on the restoration process

Welsh Pony is currently ‘a kit of parts’ having been fully dismantled over recent months. Initial checks on some of the key components have revealed the true extent of the corrosion present. It has been decided to build a new boiler for the loco, due to the deterioration of the original boiler. This will be […]

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New cylinders for Welsh Pony

We’re pretty much down to individual components now. The cylinders are beyond repair due to wear, corrosion and cracking. A new cylinder casting is to be made using the same patterns used for Palmerston’s rebuild.

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Work continues on the tank for Welsh Pony

The level of corrosion over the years is enormous with a full wheel barrow of rust flakes inside. A fascinating find was the stamp which shows a crown and the inscription ‘Best Boiler Plate’ on the upper part of the tank. The final picture shows the first new panel riveted in place. The rivets were […]

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