Russell steams to Beddgelert

THE WELSH Highland Heritage Railway’s (WHHR) Hunslet 2-6-2T Russell made an historic trip from its Gelert’s Farm base onto Welsh Highland Railway (WHR) metals to steam to Beddgelert on November 25.

This was the first time Russell had steamed over the Porthmadog to Beddgelert section of WHR since 1937.

Russell steams through Aberglaslyn Pass for the first time since 1937 on its way to Beddgelert during the November 25 test run over this section of the Welsh Highland Railway. MICHAEL CHAPMAN

Russell hauled replica North Wales Narrow Gauge Railway carriage No. 9 (or 25) and WHHR’s ex-Vale of Rheidol brakevan, with the train constituting a gauging and inspection operation under the auspices of WHHR and Festiniog & Welsh Highland Railway (F&WHR) engineering and operating staff.

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It was the longest trip undertaken by Russell since its £350,000 overhaul completed in 2014, which reinstated various as-built features.

Read more in the January 2019 issue of The RM – on sale now!

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