Tag Archives: steam

Never A Dull Moment

On Friday morning I set off early to drive to the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway and arrived at Llanfair Caereinion just after nine o’clock. After finding a room in the volunteers’ hostel I went up to the Duty Mess … Continue reading

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Brake Blocks & Running Repairs

  On Sunday 9th of April I was rostered as ‘Driver 2’ on the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway. On this turn of duty crew ‘2’ look after the loco while crew ‘1’ have their breakfast and lunch breaks then … Continue reading

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Spring In Mid Wales

I recently spent four days working on the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway. For those who do not know this line; it is situated in Mid Wales and runs, as the name suggests, from the market town of Welshpool to … Continue reading

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A Steamy Affair

(Image above from a Wikipedia article about boiler explosions http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boiler_explosion) Locomotive boilers are potentially dangerous items of equipment and are, quite rightly, inspected by our insurance company’s surveyor annually. There are two distinct stages to the inspection process. The first … Continue reading

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Workshop Week – The Earl

A series of captioned photographs describing a repair to The Earl. The Earl standing in the workshops of the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway at Llanfair Caerionion. Note that the cylinder cladding and valve chest cover has been removed. The … Continue reading

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W&LLR Workshop Week – Sir Drefaldwyn

The departure of Simon Durrant to pastures new has caused a bit of a set back on the progress of the re-building of Sir Drefaldwyn. One of the problems being that for part of the week we are without a … Continue reading

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In The Bleak Mid Winter

Frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron …….. ……… And at the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway the workshops are busy. It might be January but there is a huge amount of work to complete before the railway … Continue reading

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A Christmas Tale

It is winter, moonless night in the small town, starless and bible-black, the cobble streets silent. Roused from his dreams of gigantic machines by an unsympathetic alarm clock Fireman Thomas has left his warm bed in the railway hostel. Gliding … Continue reading

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A Train Ride With Santa Claus

A few photographs and a short video of a train ride with Santa Clause aka Father Christmas at the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway. Saturday 13th December was cold and clear. By all accounts the steam heated carriages were nice … Continue reading

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A Day In The Worshops

The overhaul of 699.01, Sir Drefaldwyn, is proceeding well and despite the lack of a boiler it is beginning to look like a steam locomotive once again. The wheels are back in and the replacement water tanks and bunker are … Continue reading

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