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Discussion in 'Narrow Gauge Railways' started by AndrewT, Jul 17, 2012.

  1. meeee

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    Yes, that's what I said. Most of the staff are still furloughed though. So it could be a while before there is capacity to do that.

    Tim
     
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    So it is ...... must be the heat!
     
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    Splendid stuff. Where do you get this information?
    I'm a FRS member, and I get Inside Motion, etc., but I'm never quite sure where people get this sort of info.

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  4. meeee

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    Most of it is on Festinog Railway Facebook page.

    Inside motion used to be a very good volunteer news letter but the company decided to take it on a few years ago. Since then things seem to be a bit sporadic. A local volunteer started posting about things more often but has since then retired. Hopefully they can find someone else to run it when things get back to normal.

    These days you would probably find more recent news on the various Facebook pages. Ffestinog Railway Insider, Ffestinog Railway Society, and the Festiniog Railway Heritage Group.

    Tim
     
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    Ah, OK. I stopped checking Facebook a few years ago because it's such a massive time-sink...

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    I was watching earlier, was great to see. I can remember taking the now Mrs Thornhill to the Ffestiniog and upon seeing Welsh Pony in the car park she asked why it was dumped there. She was even more bemused when she went in Spooners and Princess was on display, enquiring why the same couldn’t be done with Welsh Pony. I can remember replying that I didn’t know but that it was one we probably would never see in steam in our lifetime. Happy to be proved wrong on that one this morning!!!
     
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    Great to see in steam again but after all the build up it was a bit of a shocker that the battery on the camera went dead within the first few minutes. It would also have been nice to "Witness the lighting of the first fire in 'Welsh Pony' for eighty years" as promised but for some reason when the fire was due to be lit they kept the camera well away from the business end although they did plenty of cab shots in the two latter slots.

    I got the feeling that today was really the first official public steaming etc of Welsh Pony as under three hours from the first match off a totally cold loco to blowing off seemed a wee bit quicker than you would want to do for a loco that has just been rebuilt, all be with it a new boiler, and the way Paul Lewin talked about it in the third slot seemed to indicate they had given a brief trial previously

    They are just minor niggles having made time this morning to watch based on the build up all week. None of that is to denigrate a great job done and it will great to see it running in the future.

    The loco I would like to see steam again in Mountaineer. Nothing against Welsh Pony but the FR already has two operational England's and possibly more pertinently whilst it may be a historic loco I have no personal memories of it. Childhood memories run deep, and whilst it may just be me, they do influence how I view and think of locos which is probably also why I have never really warmed to the new builds.
     
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    I thought it was fantastic positive event today for the Ffestiniog with the completion of the restoration of 'Welsh Pony' and it's first public steam up and run for 80 years.

    I watched the first 2 stages live, then had to go to work, and caught up this evening with watching 'Welsh Pony' run in steam. Superb job Boston Work staff and volunteers have done, and retaining as much of what was left from various rebuilds as possible. Cheered me up no end.

    Cheers,

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    It was brilliant stuff, well done to everyone involved really enjoyed watching it.
     
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    Having spent plenty of time messing about on it when it was plinthed and imagined it running, to see it running is pretty amazing. It really was in bad shape and you did think that there was no chance it would ever run again.

    Fantastic job by all involved.
     
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    All the filming is obviously highly constrained by coronavirus restriction and the wild and wet weather would have been no help either.
     
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    The loco wasn't warmed previously. It was still in the paintshop being painted on Friday. 3 hours from cold is about right in my experience with the other two. It's only a small boiler, not an A4. With a hot engine it is probably just over an hour from no fire and no pressure to blowing off.

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    The brief view into the firebox showed no brick arch. Is that to be added?
     
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    Appropriately North Welsh weather for a Welsh Pony.
     
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    Palmerston doesn't have a brick arch either. The firebox is a bit short really. Prince had one when it was on oil.

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