Wales Air Ambulance benefit from Farewell Train

April 20th 2018

On the evening of Sunday 8th April, staff and volunteers of the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways took Double-Fairlie ‘Earl of Merioneth’ out for one last run before it was put into storage.

This iconic steam locomotive was built ‘in-house’ by the railway and first entered service in 1979. After a long career, pulling passenger trains for nearly forty years, it needs to have a full rebuild and is being ‘retired’ for the foreseeable future.

Staff and volunteers who travelled on the train, pictured at Dduallt

Everyone who travelled on the train gave donations to the Wales Air Ambulance and filled in Gift Aid envelopes to maximize the amount raised. In addition, a special ‘Farewell to the Earl of Merioneth’ headboard was designed and carried by the locomotive on the night – this was auctioned after the event to further boost funds.

The total raised for the Wales Air Ambulance was £3,200 - which includes £1,800 from Peter and Alison Richardson of Bridlington, Yorkshire, who won the headboard auction. They have been supporters of the railway for many years and wanted to help towards the cause, albeit from a distance.

From left to right - Rebecca Whalley, Samantha Hughes, Abi Holmes with fund-raising envelopes … with Oliver Bennett and Sean Thomas in front, holding the Headboard that was auctioned to raise money.