TWENTY HUNSLETS AS­SEM­BLE FOR FFESTINIOG’S GREAT GATH­ER­ING

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A to­tal of 20 Hun­slet lo­co­mo­tives from ten rail­ways will at­tend the Ffestiniog Rail­way’s ‘Hun­slet 125’ event on June 22-24. With 17 of the Leeds firm’s famed ‘Quarry Hun­slet’ 0-4-0STs con­firmed for the event, which cel­e­brates the 125th an­niver­sary of the Ffestiniog’s 2-4-0STTs Linda and Blanche, ‘Hun­slet 125’ will mark the big­gest ever num­ber of the slate quarry en­gines on the Ffestiniog Rail­way in the line’s his­tory. Of all the lo­co­mo­tives at­tend­ing the event, only three are not ‘Quarry Hunslets’ – former War Depart­ment Light Rail­ways 4-6-0T No. 1215 (which will be mak­ing its pub­lic de­but at the event), 1971-built 0-4-2ST Trangkil No. 4 (the last steam lo­co­mo­tive built in Bri­tain for com­mer­cial use) and Tod­ding­ton-based 0-4-2T Chaka’s Kraal No. 6. Only one lo­co­mo­tive in the line-up will not be op­er­a­tional – Launce­s­ton Steam Rail­way ‘Quarry Hun­slet’ Velin­heli, which has been dis­patched to the Ffestiniog for a new boiler (see Nar­row Gauge News, p37).

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