The second railroad destiny in my vacation was the Welsh Highland Railway. This was the major reason I wanted to visit Wales. The WHR is connected with the Ffestiniog. But while the Ffestiniog ride with fairlies the WHR uses garrath's. For me personally the decision between those was quickly made. I like fairlies but I love garrath's.
Well, here are some photo's.
Loco 143 was leading the ride from Porthmadog to Caernarfon. This loco operated ones at the South African Railways.
In the afternoon the return trip was with loco number 138.
Halfway is the station at Dinas where they have a loco stall / repair shop. Loco 87 was outside and even under steam. This loco isn't used much. As far as I know only at special venues.
Also at Dinas is this loco at display.
In the morning this maintenance train was leaving Porthmadog in the direction of Ffestiniog.
When I returned at Porthmadog one of the fairlies was arriving.
A bit earlier one of the other fairlies was leaving to Ffestiniog.
Last photo, a size comparison between the garrath and the fairlie.
OMG--I start to slobber when I see a Garratt photo. Looking at a Farlie on the other hand-----.
One is perfection in the way a double mechanism loco should be built--the other makes me wonder why it was thought of at all--or having been built, why any railroad would have bought it. Why not just hire another Crew, and have the versatility of two separate locos? Have more space for fuel and water? And two small boilers can't be as efficient as one larger one, right? This was back when labor was one of the cheapest parts of a railroads operating costs, wasn't it?
____________________ Fix it again, Mr Gates--it still works!"
The FR has a very small loading gauge dating from the horse tram days. Curvature was rather sharp, too. They needed bigger, yet flexible locoos. In 1869 when 'Little Wonder' started to work on the FR, it immediately outperformed the then-used England locos by a factor greater than 2. So they actually cut labour costs by that factor, too. And believe me, even in those times labour costs where of concern on the FR. Garratts weren't heard of then, BTW.