RAILDATE 2024.03.15

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Raildate is again from India this week.

Excluding a couple of the narrow gauge hill railways, steam haulage is now extremely rare in India. There is a heritage shed at Rewari, SW of Delhi, and the Fairy Queen of he East Indian Railway (No. 22) was used to take our group there - along with a similar number of local railfans. The Fairy Queen was built by Kitsons in Leeds and delivered in 1855 - two years after railways began in India. After a rebuild, it claims to be the oldest operational steam loco in the world. Date: 09/03/2024. Image credit: Matthew Shaw.

The loco only comes out 4-5 times a year and we were the centre of attention. There was no diesel pusher but Cl. WDP-4 No. 40110 followed a discreet distance behind.

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The Weekly Poser: Where is this?

This small town is still blessed with an operational railway terminus. Where is it?

Last week's Where is this?

More from the RCTS Digital Archive: 66 045 is hauling a stone train - where?

Answer: Penmaenmawr on 25th May 1999. Congratulations are due to the following for their correct answers: Dave Goodyear, Ken Holway, Colin Penfold, Jim Allwood, Richard Maund, Simon Wass, Bill King, Andrew Treves, Jeremy Harrison, Bryn Pitcher, John Gilby, Martin King, Paul Hopper, John Musselwhite, Peter Tisdale.

Photo credit: M Southwell, RCTS Collection

Penmaenmawr is on the North Wales coast, west of Llandudno Junction, important for the stone quarries surrounding it. The 1950s map below shows tramways leading to both the railway and shipping jetties.

The modern A55 has been inserted between the main line and the Irish Sea, with a new tunnel through the cliffs. There was a former tunnel, opened 1932, which can be seen in the picture above the Class 66, now reserved for cyclists and walkers.


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