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Album - Mountaineer

The loco, constructed in 1916 by ALCO Cooke in the US, was destined for a short life on the battlefields. It survived this and went on to be used in the loco sugar beet industry in France, running at Pithiviers.

John Ransom purchased the loco and donated it to the Ffestiniog Railway whereupon it soon became a useful addition to the fleet. Always subject to various modifications and improvements, Mountaineer was reboilered and fitted with piston valves in 1983. Along with a reprofiled cab and smoothed corners, Mountaineer has run largely in this form until withdrawn from traffic in February 2006 upon expiry of the boiler certificate.

Newly arrived, March 1967
Newly arrived, March 1967
Cab View 1967
Cab View 1967
The Alco at Tan y Bwlch, 1967
The Alco at Tan y Bwlch, 1967
Mountaineer on Whistling Curve, April 1969
Mountaineer on Whistling Curve, April 1969
Mountaineer at Tan y Bwlch, Easter 1969
Mountaineer at Tan y Bwlch, Easter 1969
At Dduallt, May 1969
At Dduallt, May 1969
Mountaineer passing Boston Lodge, May 1969
Mountaineer passing Boston Lodge, May 1969
At Tan y Bwlch, 1969
At Tan y Bwlch, 1969
At Porthmadog, April 1970
At Porthmadog, April 1970
On the Cob, May 1970
On the Cob, May 1970
Porthmadog 1970
Porthmadog 1970
Porthmadog, 1972
Porthmadog, 1972
Gwyndy Bank, April 1972
Gwyndy Bank, April 1972
Leaving Tan y Bwlch, May 1972
Leaving Tan y Bwlch, May 1972
At Port, April 1974
At Port, April 1974
On the Spiral, June 1977
On the Spiral, June 1977
Arrival at Tan y Grisiau, June 1978
Arrival at Tan y Grisiau, June 1978
Llyn Ystradau, May 1981
Llyn Ystradau, May 1981
The old boiler, November 1981
The old boiler, November 1981
Dduallt, April 1983
Dduallt, April 1983
Aberystwyth, June 1986
Aberystwyth, June 1986
Devils Bridge, June 1986
Devils Bridge, June 1986
Devils Bridge, July 1986
Devils Bridge, July 1986
198608-alcono8aberrt Aberystwyth, July 1986
198608-alcono8aberrt Aberystwyth, July 1986
Dduallt, August 1980
Dduallt, August 1980
Boston Lodge, April 1992
Boston Lodge, April 1992
Boston Lodge evening, April 1992
Boston Lodge evening, April 1992
Boston Lodge morning, April 1992
Boston Lodge morning, April 1992
Porthmadog, April 1992
Porthmadog, April 1992
Boiler in the works, February 1992
Boiler in the works, February 1992
Cab refitting, March 1995
Cab refitting, March 1995
Testing, April 1995
Testing, April 1995
Twin Alcos, May 1995
Twin Alcos, May 1995
Boston Lodge, May 1996
Boston Lodge, May 1996
Boston Lodge August 1996
Boston Lodge August 1996
Dinas, August 1997
Dinas, August 1997
Driving wheelsets, February 2002
Driving wheelsets, February 2002
Tan y Bwlch, May 1999
Tan y Bwlch, May 1999
Porthmadog, June 1992
Porthmadog, June 1992
Penrhyn, April 2008
Penrhyn, April 2008
With Taliesin, February 2005
With Taliesin, February 2005
Tan y Bwlch, May 2005
Tan y Bwlch, May 2005
Storage preps, March 2006
Storage preps, March 2006
Motion, March 2006
Motion, March 2006
Blaenau, May 2012
Blaenau, May 2012
Glan y Pwll, September 2012
Glan y Pwll, September 2012