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 Posted: Fri Sep 16th, 2011 01:39 pm
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My wife and I enjoyed a trip on the Welshpool & Llanfair narrow gauge railway in Wales recently.

For more information visit their website at http://www.wllr.org.uk

We were pulled by The Earl, one of the two original locomotives built by Beyer Peacock & Co of Gorton foundry, Manchester in 1902. The locomotive smelt as good as it looked.

On the outward trip from Welshpool to Llanfair Caereinion we rode in an ex Zillertalbahn four wheel coaches, but coming back we got into a in more modern bogie coaches from Hungary.

The track gauge is two foot six so the coaches are about eight feet wide and surprisingly comfortable given the slatted wooden seats. The track looks to be kept in excellent condition which I’m sure helps to give a smooth ride.

















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 Posted: Fri Sep 16th, 2011 03:49 pm
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Nice photos! thanks for posting them.

Any idea what the hooks high up on the locomotive rear tank (?) are for?

Too high up to hold the vacuum brake lines-----

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Herb Kephart wrote: Any idea what the hooks high up on the locomotive rear tank (?) are for?
My best guess is that they'd be used for holding (oil) lamps.

A lot of UK locos can be run either end first - also, they might sometimes "run light", so there'd need to be a quick way of attaching and removing marker lights (to identify the train, or show that wagons hadn't become accidentally detached, etc).

Incidentally, most UK railways are "fenced", so there's often been an assumption that trains are usually the only things to be found on railway lines. (This isn't always an accurate assumption - for example, I was on one main line train that was derailed after hitting a bullock.)

As a result of "line fencing" (and the associated assumptions), trains won't necessarily be fitted with headlights - this was especially the case in the past, even on "full size" "main lines".


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I am glad you like the photos Herb, it is a beautiful little loco.






With regard to the curved brackets on the rear of the cab they used to use them for holding the fire irons and sometimes a bucket.



I have a photo in a book of The Earl taken in June 1925 showing the back of the cab and it has a fire iron resting across the two curved brackets. The oil lamp is held in the straight bracket on the left hand side.



The crews of GWR locos used to keep their fire irons on the back of the 57XX class for instance in the same way.



Unfortunately I don’t have a scanner so I can’t reproduce the photograph of The Earl.





Hope this helps.





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Thanks, Peter, it certainly does make sense--


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A few more pictures taken on the Welshpool & Llanfair railway from the carriage window on the return trip.





The first is taken looking towards the front of the train running through typical rolling scenery.



The second is taken looking back at a level crossing, note the grounded brake van (caboose) by the crossing gates.



The third is taken from the open balcony of the last coach coming round a curve on the way to Welshpool.



I must admit standing on the gently swaying balcony was a very pleasant experience.



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Great photos, it's a lovely railway...

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Agreed!



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This attractive little Hunslet diesel critter called Ferret was in the yard at Llanfair Caereinion alongside diesel no 7.



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