Sian’s triumphant return to Fairbourne

Over the May Bank Holiday weekend, the annual Fairbourne Railway steam gala featured the long awaited return of 15in gauge 2-4-2 Sian.

Built for the line in 1963 by Trevor Guest, Sian had been away for more than 30 years. Partnered by Mountaineer, Sian pulled two ex-Fairbourne glass screen-ended coaches on the extended 15in gauge track, which now reaches Tremorfa Close with a run of a quarter of a mile.

One-time firm favourite Sian back at Fairbourne after more than three decades. FRPS

An 0-4-0T with a tender, Mountaineer is now resident at the Windmill Farm Railway but was built by van der Heiden, running in Holland and Tasmania, before coming to Lancashire via the Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway.

There was also live steam on the 5in and 7 ¼in gauge lines.

On the 121/4in‘main line’, steam locomotives Sherpa, Yeo and Russell pulled nine- coach service trains in an intensive 30-minute service, ably assisted by diesel Tony, while the original 15in gauge Lister Gwril was posed for photographs.

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