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

Video Update

There is a lengthy section of the latest “Moving Pictures” video newsletter devoted to the latest situation with Welsh Pony…

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October Update

Work is progressing on the sensitive restoration of Welsh Pony’s cab. Some platework has needed replacement, however much of the cab has been left untouched save for slight repairs. The cab is now ready for painting. The wheel sets have been re-united with the freshly constructed frames.      

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Frames receiving a coat of paint…

Welsh Pony’s frames are still on the bench at Boston Lodge, as work continues. They are now starting to be painted.

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Progress Report – March 2017

This is the latest in the series of video briefings from Chief Mechanical Engineer Jon Whalley…

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Boiler progress

The new boiler for Welsh Pony continues to make steady progress with backhead fittings taking shape on the bench…

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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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