The Ffestiniog Railway Society and Purple Moose put up the funds for the construction of a replica at the FR’s Boston Lodge Works – the oldest railway workshop in the world, which still builds and maintains engines and carriages today.
Purple Moose’s Lawrence Washington says the recreation is an echo of times gone by when the railway provided a vital link between Porthmadog and Blaenau Ffestiniog, carrying everything from flour from Snowdon Mill to the bakery at Penrhyndeudraeth, to gunpowder for the quarries and beer from Porthmadog to Blaenau.
For many of the locos it was the longest single journey they had ever made.
Eigiau, Stanhope, GP39 (formerly Bronllwyd), Lilla, Winifred and Hugh Napier then set off in convoy for Beddgelert, where they took turns to run up and down the S curves above the station.
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"We are already looking into further possibilities of joint marketing for the Ffestiniog Railway and Purple Moose Brewery using the wagon." Report by Andrew Thomas This year's Superpower weekend was renamed Quarrypower with its focus the reunion of the Penrhyn quarry locomotives last seen together in the melancholy scrap line at Penrhyn around 1960.
The picture by Andrew Thomas gives a flavour of the occasion: Porthmadog, September 17th, 2012: The Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway’s Quarrypower gala, which also involved the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway, proved to be extremely popular with both members of the public and the crews of the visiting locos.
Steam locomotive Merddin Emrys, built in the FR’s workshops in 1879, pulled a replica beer wagon through the streets of the town on Monday evening carrying barrels of beer ahead of the railways’ Classic Ffestiniog gala over the weekend of October 6-7, when there will be a rare chance to see the longest gravity slate train – over 50 wagons - since the 1930s in action.
The beer being carried was 'Pegler’s Passion', a 4.0% pale bitter, brewed especially for the Classic Ffestiniog weekend and the associated tribute to the late Alan Pegler OBE, the man recognised as having rescued the railway from dereliction in the 1950s, who died earlier this year.