Steam locomotive ‘Diana’ passes annual boiler test

Diana on the freight during the Ffestiniog Railway Quirks & Curiosities 2 event
Diana on the freight during the Ffestiniog Railway Quirks & Curiosities 2 event // Credit: RailAdvent

The Amerton Railway has announced that resident steam locomotive ‘Diana’ has passed its annual boiler test and is ready for the 2018 season.

Diana will be hauling trains on the narrow gauge line this Sunday (25th March 2018).

The steam locomotive will then be hauling trains on Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Easter Sunday and the Bank Holiday Monday over Easter.

This means there is plenty of chance to ride behind the Amerton Railways new resident steam locomotive.

A brief history of Diana

Diana was built in 1917 to operate in central Wales on the Kerry Tramway. After a varied history, Diana was purchased in 2014 by a volunteer from the Talyllyn Railway. Her restoration was completed by the Vale of Rheidol Railway, in Aberystwyth.

She was based at the Bala Lake Railway when she was completed. At the BLR, she was found hauling passenger trains on the narrow gauge railway in North Wales. The railway operates alongside Llyn Tegid / Bala Lake. For her centenarian, she went on tour with visits around the UK including the Leighton Buzzard Railway, in Hertfordshire, and the Ffestiniog Railway, in North Wales (for their Quirks & Curiosities 2 event)