Ffestiniog Railway Society
Linda Appeal 2020
In July 1962 Hunslet Linda arrived from the Penrhyn Quarry Railway to fill a gap in the Ffestiniog Railway's locomotive fleet. At the time, she was a rather youthful sixty nine years old and was initially rented for £50 per week before being purchased a year later.
In her time on the Ffestiniog Railway, Linda has seen many changes but the Hunslet pedigree and quality of build shines through. She returned to service in April 2011 after a prolonged overhaul that saw certain features restored, such as the original safety valves. After a couple of years as an oil burner, Linda returned to coal firing and has been a regular performer, and certainly catching attention when running with sister Blanche in matching FR green liveries. Now, ten years later, as she approaches sixty years on the Ffestiniog Railway, a further major overhaul is about to take place.
Whilst recent years have seen the railway moving to running larger trains with heavier carriages and the larger locos, the problems of 2020 have shown that the smaller engines are not just 'nice to haves' and have been at the centre of the service run in the trials and tribulations of the Covid pandemic.
With the overhaul impending, the FR will need to find the cost of this at a time when resources are stretched thin. It is certain that it will cost more than the £800 that the Penrhyn Quarry Railway paid Hunslets when new or the £1,000 that the Ffestiniog paid in 1963. We are looking at a figure of around £60,000. We all want Linda returned to traffic as quickly as possible.
Could you help by making a donation towards Linda's overhaul? Donations large and small will be more than welcome.