News from November 2007

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Work begins on Wharf water column's new cladding – 8 November 2007

October 2007 Tracksiders – 12 November 2007

Wharf water column update pictures 08/11/2007 – 12 November 2007

Work on No 6 'Douglas' update – 12 November 2007

New Tamping machine – 16 November 2007

New Fairbourne Diesel

On 13th November 2007 a new diesel locomotive arrived at the Fairbourne Railway. Supplied by Alan Keef Ltd, of Ross-on-Wye, this diesel-hydraulic locomotive was built by the Hunslet Engine Company in 1994 and had been used in Singapore.

Currently, the locomotive has a two-foot gauge and weighs about three tons. Before it can be used at Fairbourne it will need to be re-gauged to 12¼ inches. The motor is a 3 cylinder 25 horsepower Kubota which is sufficient to haul a Fairbourne train.

The locomotive still retains the rather gaudy orange and blue far-Eastern livery, which is likely to be toned down before it enters service. A name has yet to be decided but it is likely that the tradition of naming locomotives after old Fairbourne locomotives will continue.

The acquisition of this locomotive will allow the railway to restore its other diesel locomotive, Lilian Walter, which the railway relies upon to use as a stand-by should a steam engine fail in traffic.

Posted by Colin Jepson on 16 November 2007

Fairbourne Level Crossing

Following the postponed Guy Fawkes firework display evening train (12th November, which carried 170 passengers) the railway has now closed for the season and the track lifted at Penrhyn Corner level crossing.

Because of the length of the crossing the two standard length rails have had to be welded together. Whilst lifting the track, original rail dating from the inter-War years was uncovered. Once the track has been re-laid a tarmac contractor will resurface the road with asphalt. The work will be completed in time for the Santa Specials on 8th & 9th December.

Posted by Colin Jepson on 16 November 2007

Barbeque at Tynllwyn October 2007 – 18 November 2007

New road crossing at Brynglas – 18 November 2007

No 1 'Talyllyn' in the paint shop – 29 November 2007

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