The Ffestiniog Railway, in North Wales, is preparing to bid farewell to steam locomotive ‘Earl of Merioneth’, as its 10-year boiler ticket is almost up.
The locomotive needs a new boiler, boiler cradle, smokeboxes, chimneys and water tanks, with only its power bogie serviceable – though themselves are in need of a heavy overhaul and new tyres.
This has lead to the narrow gauge railway deciding to build a brand new locomotive rather than patching up one that is effectively life-expired.
‘The Earl’, also known as ‘The Square’, will haul its final train on Sunday, April 8th. The train will depart Porthmadog at 1:35 pm and return to Porthmadog at 4:15 pm.
This is a normal service train, so no extra cost will be added – though it is expected to be busy, so early booking is recommended.
Win a Footplate Ride!
The Ffestiniog Railway is also offering two lucky winners the chance to experience a footplate ride on the locomotive the day before the final run on Saturday, April 7th.
To enter, please click here
Earl of Merioneth is a brilliant locomotive and will be missed in its absence.