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Discussion in 'Narrow Gauge Railways' started by AndrewT, Jul 17, 2012.

  1. 30854

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    Doesn't No.5's lined livery look fantastic? .... and carriage 15 is looking great in it's finery, too. What a credit both are to the team in Blodge's paintshop. Can't wait for my first sight of the loco with it's nameplates in place. Who'd have guessed, just a 12 month ago that WP would be straight back in at the deep end, on frontline duties. Every cloud ..... eh? :)

    Edit: just watched the naming ceremony. Loco and train all looked superb in the rainshine at Dduallt. Barrie Hughes reported a bit of slipping .... not too surprising, with what looked like a max load, on the little used rails above T-y-B.
     
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    I totally agree, this is a stunning livery and needs to be kept...... to the point of, if an 'England' is to be painted Green, how about 'Prince' as it is really a 'Super England' (enlarged cab etc)????
     
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    I imagine that Prince in Green would be far closer to historically correct than Prince in its current livery given how much it has been rebuilt.

    The paint work looks superb and it is amazing to see it looking like this considering how it was in the 1980s when on a plinth outside Port and seemingly missing everything.

    Nice to see the nod to Allan Garraway and other friends who aren't there to see it. Having mentioned the plinth, it was one of the things that P&G under Eileen Clayton always seemed to be tending to back then.
     
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    Welsh Pony looks absolutely wonderful in it's new fantastic livery!

    The unveiling of the nameplates today was quite wonderfully captured initially and later on.

    Well done to Paul Lewin and his team. Fantastic day for the Ffestiniog today.

    (I might suggest that AG's cheque for £100 might not have Welsh Pony with AG green - it wasn't a particularly significant donation I would suggest. And not one to tie in a particular livery of his?)
     
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    Since locomotives, active ones at least, tend to need repainting every few years there is surely no reason not to cycle them through as many livery options as may be desired by painters and/or funders. The current livery is absolutely superb as, no doubt, will be the Garraway green in due course. I must say it’s so pleasing to get back to a good old-fashioned livery debate- exactly what NP is meant to be all about :)
     
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    Speaking as someone who was a bit sceptical when rebuilding Welsh Pony was first mooted, I'm perfectly happy to admit I was wrong and eat my words. She looks magnificent and is a fantastic achievement. Yet another Boston Lodge miracle.
    How wonderful to have three Englands in steam.
    It's been a terrible year for everyone, but this is one bright spot. And, while we all lament the reason for it, its been lovely to see the Englands and the Ladies keeping up the service through the summer.
    This FRS member has been glued to the webcam through many a dull work meeting

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    Threading the Pass. Welsh Pony NP.jpg
     
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    Three excellent days, particularly enjoyed riding to BF for the first time this year, behind WP on Saturday, and riding to Beddgelert yesterday afternoon.

    Normal mix of Welsh weather, but a few photos at https://flic.kr/ps/nqbeq

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    Just think 30 years ago

    No track in the pass.
    Van 10 was being restored
    24 didn't exist
    Welsh Pony was on a plinth outside Port.

    Not one but several huge achievements.
     
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    FR locos usually get at least 10 years out of a paint job. Sometimes with a re-varnish to freshen things up again in between. It costs around £10000 to paint a locos properly so they tend not to do it all the time.

    I believe Welsh Pony will stay like this for a while, but how long probably depends on how well it lasts. It's only really had one coat of the purple brown to get it out the door.

    Tim
     
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    The Ffestiniog Railway during their 'Bygones Weekend' on the 10th October 2020. Thanks to everyone at the FR for putting on the weekend, despite the weather it was a superb day out!

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    Some from the Sunday, when we were blessed with some sunshine too.
    Slates at Rhiw Goch.JPG Prince at Rhiw Goch.JPG Lilla near Penrhyn.JPG Welsh Pony in the Pass.JPG
     

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    Some more content I'm afraid... We popped by for the 1315 & 1420 on Wednesday, featuring Palmerston & Welsh Pony. Some shots below and more at https://www.flickr.com/photos/24236352@N02/

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    Also some videos... First is from Bygones weekend, the second from this Wednesday



     
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    Don't apologise, we really appreciate them!

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    From Facebook, near total shutdown as of Friday:



    Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways

    WELSH ‘FIREBREAK’ LOCKDOWN: SERVICES POSTPONED ANNOUNCEMENT…
    This afternoon, the Welsh First Minister announced a ‘firebreak' lockdown, due to begin at 18:00 on Friday, 23rd October until Monday, 9th November.
    In line with government regulations, we will not be running train services from the 23rd October onwards.
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    The 11:00 ‘Back to Beddgelert’ service on Wednesday, 21st October will be our final service on the Welsh Highland Railway prior to the ‘firebreak’ lockdown.
    The 14:20 ‘Heritage Trains’ service on Thursday, 22nd October will be our final service on the Ffestiniog Railway prior to the ‘firebreak’ lockdown.
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    Caernarfon Station’s Café De Winton and the station shop will close at 16:00 on Wednesday, 21st October.
    The station shop at Porthmadog Harbour Station will close at 15:00 Friday, 23rd October.
    Please note, up until these closure times and dates, all our establishments will be operating under regular working hours.
    Further announcements on the closing dates of both Spooner’s and Tearooms at Tan-Y-Bwlch will be made shortly.
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    The commercial side of the railway will be closed until Monday, 9th November at the earliest, with the exception of the online shop.
    We are as yet unable to comment on what will happen following the culmination of this ‘firebreak’ lockdown.
    The developing situation will be kept under constant review, with a further announcement being made in due course.
    We urge everyone to adhere to these new Government regulations.
    Thanks for you continued support.
     
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    For sure! As much as many might bemoan yet another livery debate, I do find them always pretty enjoyable for the most part, certainly as a good number of locomotives actually have quite a large variety to choose from.

    Personally while I like it's current livery, I look forward to see Welsh Pony in green, it's a smart livery and should help to make it stand out all the more. And seeing how it's the only Large England in existence, as well as having spent so many decades out of the spotlight and practically forgotten at times, I reckon it more then deserves all the means to stand out more then most engines on the FR.

    And for those who'd' prefer Prince in the green, OUTRAGEOUS!! For as long as I can remember that engine has always been in red, it looks marvelous in red, and should for most part remain that red! Just feel that's it's definitive color really.

    Palmerston on the other hand... not so sure about what livery would be perceived as it's best look, the one it's currently got I suppose?

    Always feel a bit sorry for Palmerston oddly enough. Spent so long like Welsh Pony forgotten and sidelined, always appearing to sit ever more in Prince's shadow.

    Least it had fame in returning as it was the only other operational England apart from Prince. But with Welsh Pony now back in action and being much more distinct as the sole existing Large England, feels like even more of Palmerston's little thunder it has has been taken away... Though I'm sure it's well looked after and is a fav to many all the same.
     
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