This summer our locomotive VelinheliÂ will be leaving us for an extended ‘summer holiday’ at a number of railways and events throughout England and Wales.
Velinheli was built in 1886 for the Dinorwic Quarry at Llanberis in North Wales, and so her summer tour is a way to celebrate in her 130th birthday year. Appropriately she will spend much of the summer based at the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway in Porthmadog, a short distance from her old home at Dinorwic. Â From her base at Porthmadog she will frequently be travelling to visit various other events and railways – including a reunion with some of her ‘stablemates’ from Dinorwic at the Bala Lake Railway – before returning back to us at Launceston in the autumn.
Work is now well underwayÂ to de-winterise Velinheli, and will continue for the next month or so to ensure she is in top mechanical condition for her holiday.
The full list of events Velinheli will be attending is still to be confirmed – but we will publish it as soon as possible. Â Watch out for the LSR on tour this summer!