A Century of Beach Life

Could the record-breaking success of the Fairbourne Railway’s Centenary of Steam Spring Bank Holiday gala weekend, which saw four of the line’s original 15in gauge engines return to the now-12¼in gauge outfit, pave the way for a new dual-gauge incarnation? asks Michael Whitehouse.

A Century of Beach Life
Murray Dodds, general manager of the Fairbourne Railway, drives Count Louis to the current end of the 15in track on Beach Road on May 30 – 30 years after the Class 30’s last visit! MICHAEL WHITEHOUSE
With a pop on the whistle, Fairbourne once again echoed to the sounds of 15in Bassett Lowke Class 30 Atlantic Count Louis accelerating out of the station with a passenger train alongside the beach road, topping and tailing with equally well-loved Guest 2-4-2 No. 14 Katie.

For the Fairbourne Railway’s May 28-30 centenary of steam gala, many people travelled to the Cambrian coast especially to see one-time flagship Count Louis return to the line for the first time in 30 years, rekindling many happy childhood memories.

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