Ffestiniog Railway 2003


The selection of pictures below features the smaller locomotives that were to be seen on the FFESTINIOG RAILWAY during 2003: The first 2 pictures were taken on a bleak March day, the next 6 at the INTERACTIVE WEEKEND which was held over the the 3rd to the 5th May 2003, the  May day weekend. An added attraction was Stanhope, a visiting engine from the West Lancashire Railway, which, paired with Lilla, worked the Up Slate train. They made a fine combination. The final 8 pictures were taken on 15th and 16th August, when  Lilla worked a  passenger shuttle between Porthmadog and Minffordd, and Prince took a Slate train up to Rhiw Goch, from whence it returned by gravity. The Welsh Highland Railway section from Waunfawr to Rhyd Ddu was due to open to passengers on Monday the 18th, and the Ffestiniog put on a "Mini Gala" to add to the occasion.    

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Left: A wet and windy 20th March, and Linda awaits departure from Port with the first train of the day, the 10.25am 

Right: And a few minutes later, Linda passes the starter signal leaving a trail of smoke hanging over the Cob.


Left: 3rd May 2003: Interactive Weekend, and Moelyn has just passed Tanygrisiau heading down to Port at a fair rate of knots. 

Right: 1863 built Prince at Tan-y-bwlch on a down freight.


Left: 3rd May 2003: Stanhope and Lilla are seen together at Minffordd. 

Right: The Gravity Slate train has passed Minffordd and will shortly come to rest in the sidings.


Left: 4th May 2003: Moelwyn, built  1918 by Baldwin of Philadelphia, has arrived at Minffordd and awaits an up train before it can depart.

Right: Baguley 1995 built diesel, Criccieth Castle, awaits departure from Tan-y-Bwlch. 


Left: 15th August 2003: Linda on "Drive an Engine" duty, is seen at Port, where Lilla awaits her next duty. 

Right: Lilla has taken water, and is coupling on to her 2 coach train. She will depart after the next service train arrival. 


Left: 15th August 2003: The Gravity slate awaits the road at Minffordd. It will run right across the cob into Port sidings.

Right: Lilla has arrived at Minffordd on the shuttle, and awaits instructions to run round the train. The loco dates from 1891.


Left: 15th August 2003: Minffordd Crossing. Earl has arrived first and awaits the up passenger, which is  hauled by Taliesin.

Right: A view of the Maenhofferenn Slate Quarry Co Ltd shed in Minffordd yard.


Left: 16th August 2003: Prince runs into Minffordd on an up Slate. Lilla, on the right, will shortly depart for Port., 

Right: The up slate has run through Minffordd and heads away to Rhiw Goch.



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