Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Shouldn’t you be going to wales soon…?

Indeed you should.  Check this out!

Snowdon Mountain Railway – took the early bird train thinking we might get early morning misty conditions, but oh no!  Only 30 mins at the top was nowhere near enough!  Cafe nice but quite small really.

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Welsh Highland Railway


The new plaque added to commemorate the ‘completion’ of the ‘40’ mile railway.

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This poor shot of the Statfold mallet at Meillionen (due to early evening light issues) was to be my only experience of the mallet moving.  The next day I found her at Dinas about to be loaded later onto a trailer and thence back home to have her axleboxes attended to.


Other shots at Beddgelert Forest halt.


In the works the green (ex black 143) NGG16 comes along as does the new service carriage (previously a semi-open!).

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The scenery really is superb – and the weather too!


138 starts the hard journey back to Caernarfon…


The osprey nest (3 eggs have been laid) and the new lamp room at Beddgelert – a nice heritage feature.

Ffestiniog Railway

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The underframe for the new super barn 121 and parts of the heritage footbridge for Tan y Bwlch.  The ‘new’ other end obs ex 101 – now 123 – and on this occasion not being used as an obs!

A very special trip – riding the gravity train

Not many people get the chance to do this, so I was very grateful to have been invited.  What a ride!  The journey up behind Merddin was impressive as a starting point!


and when Merddin left us at Dduallt…the rollercoaster was an experience not to be forgotten!


We really went for it round Boston Lodge curve but still needed a little push from Moelwyn to get into Harbour Station.


Porthmadog Model Railway Show

A small affair this year but John Wooden was there with his excellent new layout in 009 and his mini train has to be seen to be believed.


Other notable notes


Linda returns in black (for now)


Harlech Castle was called into action to fight lineside fires (naughty Merddin!).

and of course there was a chance to sample the moose.

Llanberis Lake Railway


We enjoyed a trundle along the lake and this time managed to climb up to the Quarry Hospital where the views were superb.

Welsh Highland Heritage Railway


"The Coalition" rescued from Llechwedd and in shocking condition. 


Heritage carriages always interest me, here is probably the best interpretation of the original Pickering brake NWNGR livery – nice! and someone’s made a model of the mystery car!  http://www.festipedia.org.uk/wiki/Carriage_Mystery for info if you’re not aware of the mystery!


and a tidy little book due out soon…with a tidy price!

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