99-year-old new girl on Bala Lake Railway
© Geoff’s Rail Diaries 2016
Geoff’s Rail Diaries
14 May 2016
I spotted this event quite by chance, a week or
two beforehand. Kerr, Stuart “Sirdar” class no
1158 of 1917 “Diana” would be hauling her
first public passenger trains. We’d better go
and have a look...
Diana has an interesting history. Originally
supplied to the Kerry Forest tramway, she later
found her way to the north Wales slate quarries,
ending her working career at Pen-yr-Orsedd as long ago as 1950.
Her rusty remains were bought for preservation in 1963, and
after nore than one change of ownership, moved to the Vale of
Rheidol workshops at Aberystwyth. The result was the lovely
little machine trundling along beside the lake, looking good and
appearing to be entirely capable of the task in hand.
We arrived beside the line after an enjoyable drive up the Tanat
valley and over the mountain road. After our first sighting near
Bala, confirming the timetable and Diana’s presence, we
followed her back to Llanuwchllyn, taking the odd snap along
the way, before joining the train and taking a pleasant and
scenic ride along the line. The mountain road towards Dinas
Mawddwy, and the descent to Lake Vyrnwy, provided an
attractive return journey, and we would not retrace our steps
until we came to Shrewsbury. A most enjoyable day out!
Link: Bala Lake Railway