This historical innovative diesel loco arrived at the railway in 1928 for a period of trials before moving out to Mauritius.
The loco remained in use in Mauritius until 1971 where it was displayed for many years before being repatriated to the UK in 1997 and finding its way to Minffordd Yard.
A start was made on the restoration in 2014 with the complete dismantling of the loco. One of the major activities so far completed has been work on the chassis – the loco is now on its wheels with the new chains fitted. The gearbox has also been recently reinstalled.
The major cost of any diesel restoration is the engine – this is the case for 4415, which was constructed with a McClaren diesel engine when built. The volunteer team are scouring far and wide to find a similar original engine to fit. As built, the loco also had a small petrol ‘donkey’ engine to start the diesel engine – this feature is to be recreated.
The Ffestiniog Railway Society appeal aims to provide the funds to allow the engine to be sourced and overhauled and take the loco through to completion as a running loco again – a true pioneer reborn.