Ffestiniog to showcase Wales’ finest in Big Smoke next month

Hunslet 0-4-0ST No. 409 'Velinheli'
Hunslet locos to visit Capital in bid to attract more visitors to the area
Published Tue, 2018-01-30 11:54

The Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway is showcasing its rich steam heritage in London next month with two recently restored engines at Kings Cross Station.

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Hunslet 0-4-0ST No. 409 'Velinheli' © Ffestiniog Railway

The stand at King’s Cross will focus on the railway's heritage, showcasing two ‘Quarry Hunslet’ locomotives from the Victorian era – Hugh Napier and Velinheli. These diminutive but deceptively powerful steam engines were used to transport slate around the local quarries of Bethesda and Llanberis. Following a period of dereliction, they have now
been lovingly restored to working order.

Staff and volunteers from the Ffestiniog Railway will be present to talk to the public and answer question. The visit hopes to boost local tourism in North Wales and drive more visitors.

The locos will visit King's Cross on Saturday 10th February and stay on display in the ticket hall for a week. There will also be the opportunity to win a short break in North Wales, staying at Portmeirion and including visits to Zip World and first class tickets on the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways.

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