Posted on 08/24/2014

Photo taken on April 30, 2011

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Livingston Thompson.

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The Livingston Thompson, a "Double Fairlie" 0-4-4-0T type locomotive (built in 1885 and operated on the Ffestiniog Railway), now restored as a static display at the National Railway Museum in York.

The Ffestiniog Railway (Welsh: Rheilffordd Ffestiniog) is a 23.5 inches wide (597 mm) narrow gauge heritage railway located in Gwynedd, Wales. It is a major tourist attraction located mainly within the Snowdonia National Park. The railway is roughly 13 miles (21 km) long and runs from the harbour at Porthmadog to the slate-mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog, travelling through forested and mountainous scenery. The line is single track throughout with four intermediate passing places. The narrow gauge track allows trains to inter-work through to the Welsh Highland Railway of 1922 (operated by the Ffestiniog). The first mile of the line out of Porthmadog runs atop an embankment locally called "the Cob", which is the dyke of the Traeth Mawr "polder".

The railway company is properly known as the "Festiniog Railway Company" and this obsolete but contemporary spelling is the official title of the company as defined by the Act (2 William IV cap.xlviii) that created the railway. It is the oldest surviving railway company in the world (although not the oldest still working - a record which goes to the Middleton Railway), having been founded by the Act of Parliament on 23 May 1832 with capital mostly raised in Dublin by Henry Archer, the company's first secretary and managing director. Most British railways were amalgamated into four large groups in 1921 and then into British Railways in 1948 but the Festiniog Railway Company, in common with most narrow gauge railways, remained independent.

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Stanley Sutton
Stanley Sutton
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4 years ago.
Stanley Sutton
Stanley Sutton
Seen in **The Little Pond***
4 years ago.
A great shot and a beautiful old train :-))
4 years ago.
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Superb capture!

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4 years ago.
What a beautiful engine and super shot, Phil! We love our visits to the static displays at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. If you're interested, here's the link.

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4 years ago. Edited 4 years ago.
Phil has replied to Puzzler4879
Many thanks for the link John.....this is the link for the NRM in York:
If you're ever in the UK its well worth a visit....and admission is free :-)
4 years ago. Edited 4 years ago.
Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Great capture.
4 years ago.
Très belle photo !
Elle serait la bienvenue dans notre groupe
(1 post = 2 comments a group URL, merci)
4 years ago.
Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet
A very pretty capture, Phil !!!!!!
19 months ago.
Your beautiful capture is greatly admired

Historical & Architectural Gems
14 months ago.