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Farewell to Earl of Merioneth

26 March 2018

Earl of Merioneth

The Earl of Merioneth entered traffic in July 1979, constructed around the second Hunslet-built double engine boiler, and a replacement for a loco of the same name which had been preserved as the last traditional outline double fairlie on the Ffestiniog Railway.

The lines were softened in 1989 with some curves introduced and lining applied. This was topped off with brass capped chimneys and brass domes taken from Merddin Emrys during its rebuild of 1985-87.

Earl of Merioneth as built In 2004 looking fairly worn again

Whilst constructed as an oil burning loco, the oil tanks were removable and the loco lent itself to be the first double loco to be converted to coal burning in 2006. It ran for a season before being overhauled and re-entered traffic in 2007 in temporary black livery.

Now with coal instead of oil bunkers. The original dome covers have made a reappearance whilst the chimney caps are painted over Running in black livery following overhaul Being prepared for repaint into lined green again And after repaint, leaving on its first service on Good Friday 2008 In regular service in October 2009 For special occasions, it is not unusual for the Earl to revert to quasi original appearance, as here in 2012

The last trains will be on Sunday 8th April 2018, see the Ffestiniog Railway website for details.

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