RD12232. WINIFRED, a 2ft gauge Quarry Hunslet 0-4-0ST of the Port Class built in 1885. She worked at the Penrhyn Slate Quarry at Bethesda in North Wales until 1964 when she was withdrawn. Initially, along with two others, she had worked on shunting duties at Port Penrhyn, hence 'Port Class'.
Following the closure of the railway system at the Penrhyn Quarry, she was sold to an American along with five others and then stored in her original Penrhyn condition. She remained untouched and forgotten until 2012 when she was repatriated to Wales and restored to working order on the Bala Lake Railway.
Although now a working engine once again, WINIFRED has not been repainted and is still running in her original Penrhyn livery exactly as she was when she left the quarry over 50 years ago.
Along with several other ex Penrhyn Quarry locomotives she was visiting the Vale of Rheidol Railway at Aberystwyth in Mid-Wales for their 2015 Steam Festival Weekend; this was probably the last time she will be seen in public in her original condition as she really does need a repaint and this is scheduled to take place during the coming winter. After all, the paying customers expect to see well kept shiny engines when they visit a heritage railway.
Saturday, 26th September, 2015. Copyright © Ron Fisher.