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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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Welsh Pony – Unfinished Business – Parts 2 – 5

Here are parts 2-5 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. Visitors to ‘Our Railway Adventure’ on Sunday May 4th will be able to witness first hand the initial stages of dismantling the locomotive at Boston Lodge.

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Welsh Pony – Unfinished Business – Part One

Welsh Pony – Unfinished Business – Part One

This is the first in a series of videos explaining the plans for the restoration of Welsh Pony to steam in time for it’s 150th birthday in 2017. Visitors to ‘Our Railway Adventure’ on Sunday May 4th will be able to witness first hand the initial stages of dismantling the locomotive at Boston Lodge. The […]

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Welsh Pony – Historical Background

Welsh Pony – Historical Background

Some historical background to the forthcoming restoration of Ffestiniog Railway locomotive Welsh Pony.

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Dismantling to begin on May 4th

The task of restoring Welsh Pony to steam begins at Boston Lodge on May 4th. The loco has been out of use since it was last in steam back in 1939. Usually when a loco is rebuilt, it vanishes into the works and reappears some time later, gleaming and ready for use. Welsh Pony’s restoration […]

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Somerset Coast Express Railtour – Supporting the Welsh Pony Appeal

On Saturday 26th April 2014, the Dee and Mersey Group is running a railtour to Minehead, in collaboration with Chester Model Railway Club. The train, diesel-hauled by a Class 47 locomotive, starts from Hooton picking up at Bache, Wrexham, Gobowen and Shrewsbury. The train then proceeds south along the Marches Line and under the Severn […]

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