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‘Tis utter madness (in my humble opinion)

A crying shame surely not the option!


Yesterday was a melancholy day for many of us. Certainly one of the saddest in my life. The Festiniog Railway Company decided to retire the double Fairlie Earl of Merioneth from service forever. Yesterday was its last day in service. It’s like losing a relative. For me, I did a lot of trainee firing turns on the Square, and when I was a qualified fireman, a day on the Square was always something to look forward to. It really did fit the bill of doing what it says on the tin. An amazing loco.

What beggar’s belief in all of this is the reasoning for this retirement. Here is what the Company said when they announced the decision.

Earl of Merioneth, affectionately known as The Square due to its angular appearance, is approaching the end of its ten-year boiler certificate and needs a new boiler, boiler cradle, smokeboxes, chimneys and…

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