Gelert back in action at Porthmadog

The Welsh Highland Heritage Railway (WHHR ) in Porthmadog formally relaunched into traffic its popular Bagnall 0-4-2T Gelert on July 29.

The locomotive is now sharing passenger duties with the line’s flagship locomotive, Hunslet 2-6-2T Russell.

Bagnall 0-4-2T Gelert (left) is now sharing passenger duties at the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway with Hunslet 2-6-2T Russell (right). MICHAEL CHAPMAN

Gelert last steamed in 2013. It had been known for some time the boiler was not in the best of health, the original 1953 boiler having been patched up many times over the years.

Thanks to generous sponsorship, a new boiler was built by Israel Newton in Cromford, Derbyshire in 2016.

The locomotive moved to the Statfold Barn Railway in 2017 for overhaul, and was steamed at Statfold’s open day in March.

A number of smaller items were fixed in the weeks that followed the locomotive’s return to Porthamdog on April 14.

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