'Prince' in Boston Lodge works

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Peter_private_box on January 6, 2010

Hi Isabelle,

This is 'Prince', built 1863. One of six similar engines, of which four survive (Only 2 working).

Blanche dates from 1893, and has a sister called Linda. Both were named after members of the owners family.

The works just in front of 'Prince' has been building engines for this railway since 1879, and is still doing so.

I'm sure this must come near the top of a list of places to visit!

Best Wishes Peter

sugarbag1 on January 9, 2010

**Another great shot Peter. And thank for explaining everything.Looks very very cold there at the moment.David

Peter_private_box on January 10, 2010

Hi David,

Thanks for the visit.

There is a long story as to why the works is called 'Boston Lodge'. When the embankment was being built (see picture no.28888320 ), the town of Porthmadog did not exist, so the workmen had lodgings there. Mr Madocks, who put up the money to build the embankment was from Boston in Lincolnshire, so he called the lodgings 'Boston Lodge'. When the embankment was built, and the railway opened the lodgings became the railway works.

Best Wishes Peter

TonyWalker Studio4t1 on January 12, 2010

Very nice Peter.

Peter_private_box on January 13, 2010

Hi Tone,

Thanks for the visit. Glad you like it. Shame the loco had to be tender first, but if I'd have gone to the chimney end, I wouldn't have got the works in the picture! Pity there wasn't a double Fairlie rostered that day.

Best Wishes Peter

TonyWalker Studio4t1 on January 13, 2010

Hi Peter Your welcome it's got a nice feel to it. Infact the more i look at it the more i like it. Do you have a Double Fairlie on that line? I have never seen one in real life. Y*.

All the best Tone.

Peter_private_box on January 14, 2010

Hi Tone,

Thanks for the star!

There are three double fairlies at work on Ffestiniog, and fourth in York museum. None elsewhere in Europe. I don't know about the rest of the world.

Compare this picture to picture no.27057654 and you'll see what I mean. If only these two had been out that day!! The other active double Fairlie is in picture no.28888641. However, picture no.15828859 shows one (David Lloyd George) a bit more clearly.

They are only to be found on the Ffestiniog railway!

Best Wishes Peter

TonyWalker Studio4t1 on January 15, 2010

Hi Peter your welcome. Thanks for the info and the photos. Yes it would have been good to have the two out together but this photo is fine as it is. It has a rare quality to it. Tone.

MioaraP on January 15, 2010

Beautiful shot!


Peter_private_box on January 15, 2010

Thank you Maria,

You have a very interesting gallery too. And some pictures with a lot more snow than we have here!

Best Wishes Peter

Vadim Anokhin on February 13, 2010

Pretty small railway. :)

Peter_private_box on February 13, 2010

Hi Vadim,

Small, but none the less a real railway, built to carry freight from the mines in the mountains at Blaenau Ffestiniog down to the harbour at Porthmadog. Still working after more than 150 years. This loco dates from 1863

Best Wishes Peter

Peter_private_box on September 5, 2010

Hi Clive,

Thank you very much for visiting, and for your praise! I hadn't thought of the 'hot and cold' contrast, so thank you very much for sharing that piece of lateral thinking with us. I've had a quick look through your gallery, and I must come back and visit it properly when time allows. Your photos bring back many happy memories of good times I've had on holiday in Ireland, and they deserve proper attention!

Best wishes Peter

Peter_private_box on January 4, 2011

Hi Petra,

Thanks you again for visiting. This was exactly a year ago, and of course the place needs no introduction to a local girl like yourself. (I noticed you have a few pictures from along the Cob too).

Best wishes peter

Teča sa Dunava on April 17, 2011


Peter_private_box on May 17, 2012

Thank you again Blazergirl, it is nice to hear from you. Maybe you will not believe than 15 minutes later it was pulling the morning train to Blaenau Ffestiniog in the January sunshine.

Best wishes Peter

Steve Lewis on July 17, 2014

Nice shot of the steam loco in the snow, LIKE, All the best, steve

Peter_private_box on July 18, 2014

Hi Steve,

Thank you very much for the visit. It is hard to visualise the cold and the snow on a summer day like this, but there are some great photo opportunities on those days.

Best Wishes Peter

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