A New Build at the Ffestiniog

 James Spooner is a new build at the Ffestiniog
Credit: Ffestiniog Railway
The Ffestiniog Railway is going to build a new Double Farlie Locomotive. This will be the fifth to be built at Boston Lodge Works.

James Spooner will replace Earl of Merioneth

Earl of Merioneth at Porthmadog
James Spooner will be the name of the new engine. The original was built in 1872 and was withdrawn in 1928. The wheels from this loco still are still in use to this day, with them being under Livingston Thompson at the National Railway Museum at York.

James Spooner will replace Earl of Merioneth, and will join Merddin Emrys and David Lloyd George in the railways line up of double Farlies.

The first components for James Spooner have been delivered. It is planned for James Spooner to enter traffic in 2020 which will be the 150th anniversary of the trials in 1870 for ‘Little Wonder’.