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My favourite picture from yesterday's expotition
The trip to Cei Ballast (Ballast Island) was very successful. I'll do a fuller write up with more pictures as soon as I can, but I just wanted to post my favourite photo from yesterday.

Double Fairlie steam engine crossing the Cob

The Double Fairlie is the pushmi-pullyu of the steam engine world. It works equally well in either direction.

Here is a close up.

Double Fairlie steam engine

This is probably the same engine because this shot, which was taken about 15 minutes earlier, shows a Double Fairlie hauling the train the other way, about to enter Porthmadog station. The distant shot shows the engine heading towards the Boston Lodge works, presumably because it had hauled the last train of the day.

Though it's extremely fuzzy, even when enlarged to full size, the name plate must read Myrddin Emrys, which is the oldest of the three Ffestiniog Double Fairlies. The other engines are The Earl of Meirioneth and David Lloyd George and the name of the engine in the photo only has two words in it. QED! All three engines were built at the Boston Lodge works, but Myrddin Emrys was built in 1879 whilst the other two were built in 1979 and 1992 respectively.

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steepholm From: steepholm Date: September 19th, 2011 05:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
From a distance, that train looks like one of Philip Reeve's mobile cities, or Howl's Moving Castle!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: September 19th, 2011 09:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know what you mean. As I know exactly how big the engine is, it's a little harder to imagine it as huge, but if I just scale everything up and forget that the two dots on the right are people, it works!
rymrytr From: rymrytr Date: September 19th, 2011 05:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
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Trains...

Ain't she a beauty though!?!

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heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: September 19th, 2011 09:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
And over 130 years old too! Though it's rather nice that the other two were made fairly recently to exactly the same design.
lil_shepherd From: lil_shepherd Date: September 19th, 2011 06:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
That first shot is splendid!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: September 19th, 2011 09:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. Though a lot of it was down to luck that I was in the right place at the right time.
lizziebelle From: lizziebelle Date: September 19th, 2011 07:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's a really nifty shot!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: September 19th, 2011 09:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. Though a lot of it was down to luck that I was in the right place at the right time.
lizziebelle From: lizziebelle Date: September 19th, 2011 10:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
I find that's often true with photography. The trick is being able to capture it. :)
khiemtran From: khiemtran Date: September 19th, 2011 09:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
James? suggests Liem. No, Mighty Mac!!!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: September 19th, 2011 09:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
According to the Wikipedia page, Mighty Mac is indeed a Double Fairlie, so well spotted by Liem! :)
ellarien From: ellarien Date: September 19th, 2011 09:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Fun train in a lovely landscape!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: September 19th, 2011 09:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. Sometimes you are lucky enough to find yourself in the right place at the right time!
mjlayman From: mjlayman Date: September 20th, 2011 05:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Years ago, a friend and I were going to a beadshow in Asheville, North Carolina. We wanted a train ride and we took a steam engine train with the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. I see they aren't running as often now -- probably the depression. We had a great time.
endlessrarities From: endlessrarities Date: October 5th, 2011 07:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
That top photo looks like it was taken in the Andes, as opposed to Wales...

I remember the double-headed engine from our trip on the Blaneau-Ffestiniog (Aargh! Can't spell!)
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