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AN historic narrow gauge loco is to be restored in time for its 150th anniversary.

Ffestiniog Railway board has given the go-ahead for Welsh Pony''s restoration to traffic.

FR General Manager Paul Lewin said the loco, built in London in 1867, was the fifth loco delivered to the railway and has been out of use since 1939.

The loco was a stalwart of the original Welsh Highland Railway, which closed to passengers in 1936, and in the early years of the preservation era was on a plinth at Porthmadog Harbour Station as an advertisement for the Ffestiniog Railway.

Last winter Welsh Pony was the subject of a cosmetic restoration to enable it to take part on the celebrations of 150 years of steam on the FR alongside its sisters Princess, Prince and Palmerston.

Mr Lewin said: As a mature railway, our aspiration is that all our locos should eventually be returned to operating condition. We want to be in a position to be able to pull any one of them out of the shed and light it up.

"Welsh Pony will be the first.

"It''s a simple idea, but nailing down the details of how we''ll implement and pay for it will be far more complex.

No start date or deadline for completion of work on Welsh Pony has been set but work is likely to start next winter.


The 1867 loco Welsh Pony, right, is to be restored to full operating condition by the Ffestiniog Railway by its 150th birthday
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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Jun 12, 2013
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