June 22nd - 24th : Hunslet 125

The railway’s steadfast Hunslet ladies, Linda and Blanche, are 125 years old in 2018 and we are throwing a party!

Their centenary was marked in legendary style in 1993 with over a hundred siblings of all shapes and sizes coming to play. A lot has changed in their world since then with many more Hunslet restorations and repatriations, along with a few replicas to share the fun. Celebrations this time will be a little different but - with a full forty miles of railway - we still have the largest playground in the country for these enduring locomotives.

Blanche ‘Breakfast Service’ to Tan y Bwlch, Prince  & Linda double-heading with a sixties service, Parallel photo shoot at  Minffordd with Linda & Blanche on a slate train, Gravity train, Linda &  Blanche double-headed service, Hunslet hauled slate & freight trains,  Visiting Hunslet trains to Tan y Bwlch and Beddgelert.
'Ladies Day Out' with Linda and Blanche to  Caernarfon in the morning and then to Blaenau in the afternoon - the  full 40 Mile Railway (Supplement payable - Note that you have to select 'Saturday' from the online booking calendar and book this train as an add-on, listed below the rover tickets). Intensive Ffestiniog Railway  service from early morning until the evening, Hunslet hauled slate and  freight trains, 'Special Guest' to Beddgelert.
Double-headed Ladies on three Ffestiniog Railway  service trains, Parallel shoto shoot with visiting Hunslets at  Minffordd, Shuttles to Minffordd, Tan y Bwlch and Beddgelert. Hunslet  hauled freights.
Minffordd Yard
Many Hunslets in steam! Slate Shunts, Drive a  Hunslet, Model Hunslets on display & giving rides. Stalls. Food options  and 'Yard Arms' Bar.
Intensive Ffestiniog Railway service on all days,  regular shuttles from Porthmadog to Minffordd and Minffordd Yard.

More details will be revealed in due course, but make sure you save the date for the narrow gauge event of 2018. Expect familiar faces, the return of old friends and some new arrivals.

18.3.18 - Update: Confirmed visiting locomotives so far: WD 1215, Trangkil #4, Cloister, Chakas Kraal #6, Gwynedd, Irish Mail, George B, Winifred, Maid Marian, Holy War, Alice, Statfold, Jerry M.

5.3.18 - Update: Advance Rover Tickets and Event Guides are now available for online purchase - Buy yours here.

5.3.18 - Update: W.D. 4-6-0 1215 to star at Hunslet 125

A locomotive type not seen running in the UK in fifty-six years will be one of the stars of the show at Hunslet 125 this coming June.

155 Locomotives were built by Hunslet for the war effort in a period of just over three years making them one of the most numerous narrow gauge types. After the war they saw further service all over the world. A few of the locomotives were used in the UK, none of which survived.

Following the repatriation of locomotive No1215 from Australia, the War Office Locomotive Trust team have painstakingly rebuilt the locomotive including building a new boiler.

The results of all this effort are simply amazing as you will be able to see first-hand at the Hunslet 125 event where locomotive 1215 will join 'Linda' and 'Blanche' as they celebrate their 125th birthday.