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July 19th 2011
(Posted in: Welsh Highland Railway News)
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Mayor of Caernarfon to flag off historic steam loco on marathon trip
An historic steam locomotive is returning to the Caernarfon factory where it was built 134 years ago, before undertaking the toughest journey of its life.

On Saturday July 23rd, diminutive De Winton locomotive Chaloner will travel from Dinas on the Welsh Highland Railway to Caernarfon, where it will pose for photographers outside what was the the erecting shop of De Winton and Co, where three of the original buildings still survive. 

The Mayor of Caernarfon will be in attendance to flag off the little loco as she then heads south from Caernarfon bound for Porthmadog 25 miles away - by far the longest journey she has made in her life, but owner David Fisher has no qualms about her abilities. Since thorough rebuilding at the Ffestiniog Railway's Boston Lodge Works in 1987, she has been fine-tuned and is now in as good mechanical condition as when built, despite bearing the scars of a long hard life.

On arrival at Porthmadog, Chaloner will stay at the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway for two weeks before moving to the Ffestiniog Railway on Saturday August 6th.

Saturday July 23rd Timetable
1300 depart Dinas
1320 arrive Caernarfon
1345 depart Caernarfon
1400 arrive Dinas
1530 Dep Dinas
1615 arr Waunfawr
1640 dep Waunfawr
1715 Rhyd Ddu
1755 Beddgelert
1830 Pont Croesor
1900 arr Penymount for access to WHHR

Saturday August 6th
Transfer from WHHR to Ffestiniog Railway via Welsh Highland cross town link and Britannia Bridge.


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