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Merddin Emrys

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« on: May 30, 2011, 10:42:15 AM »
I've always liked Deltics and it was great to see this news item this morning on the BBC sometimes you just can't beat the old stuff!  D)

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« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2011, 05:46:38 PM »
The Deltics were always my favorite loco's!

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Now that's an engine!

Napier Deltic engines also powered ships.

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« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2011, 09:39:57 PM »
Remember Spitting Image? This was their take on railway privatisation. Remarkably astute methinks.

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« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2011, 12:00:29 AM »
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I've always liked Deltics and it was great to see this news item this morning on the BBC sometimes you just can't beat the old stuff!  D)

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I had a big blue friction toy Deltic when I was a kid... loved it.

But.. where have they been for 30 years?  Have they been waiting in sidings like Green Goddess fire engines, rusting away?
Have they been maintained?   I just assumed they had all been broken up.
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« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2011, 02:27:25 AM »
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I've always liked Deltics and it was great to see this news item this morning on the BBC sometimes you just can't beat the old stuff!  D)

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I had a big blue friction toy Deltic when I was a kid... loved it.

But.. where have they been for 30 years?  Have they been waiting in sidings like Green Goddess fire engines, rusting away?
Have they been maintained?   I just assumed they had all been broken up.

Six class 55's have been preserved and are still running today. They are kept at Barrow Hill.

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« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2011, 02:35:29 AM »
This may get Dave interested in them:

The opening titles of Get Carter (1971) feature shots of the journey to the north on the East Coast Main Line, filmed from the front of a Deltic, and the interior of the rolling stock. Another Class 55 in rail blue livery passes in the opposite direction. Some of this footage is shot at Selby as the train passes the BOCM factory.
In the same film during the scene in which Carter is checking his late brother's car in a scrapyard, one end of a Deltic can be seen leaving shot over the viaduct in the background.

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« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2011, 07:39:16 AM »
more here!

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« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2011, 10:18:14 AM »
I have only just found this railway section in the hobbies. I think I should have put my trip on the train last week in here. Here are two photos of the engines being moved, one at the start at Porthmadog and one at the end at Caernarfon.
I saw the engine called Merddin Emrys and realised where your name comes from Merddin!

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« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2011, 11:18:15 AM »
yes the name Merddin Emrys is from the Ffestiniog Railway, which we must revisit very soon!  We are members and it's worth considering joining as we receive free travel on the Ffestiniog and Talyllyn Railways and just have to pay about one third of the price for the Welsh Highland Railway, it costs us 46 for the year (for both of us)
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« Reply #9 on: August 01, 2011, 11:39:48 AM »
Sometimes there are cheap fares on the Festiniog to Porthmadog railway but these are for residents of Conwy and Gwynedd.   As the Llandudno to Ffestiniog railway is free for the over 60's a railway fan I know did the journey with his brother and then continued on the other train to Porthmadog and back for under 10.00 for the two of them.
If you wanted a great day out for a reasonable amount then you could add the Porthmadog to Caernarfon on (on the reduced fare)

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« Reply #10 on: August 01, 2011, 12:41:48 PM »
I put this link on 'Exploring the area' the other day


and for cheap travel on the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway you need

'Y Cerdyn' / 'The Card'

'Y Cerdyn' / 'The Card' is available to all homeowners and permanent residents in Conwy County Borough, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Anglesey & Wrexham and is valid for 5 years.

'Y Cerdyn' / 'The Card' entitles the holder to a 66% discount on fares on both the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways. Cards must be produced when buying your tickets.

Costs just 15 and available here

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« Reply #11 on: August 04, 2011, 02:38:06 AM »
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Yes the name Merddin Emrys is from the Ffestiniog Railway

I always thought it was from 47145!  :'(

Then I noticed the different spelling...Merddin....Myrddin8)

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« Reply #12 on: August 04, 2011, 11:19:33 AM »
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Yes the name Merddin Emrys is from the Ffestiniog Railway

I always thought it was from 47145!  :'(

Then I noticed the different spelling...Merddin....Myrddin8)

Thats a modern imposter (although the spelling in Welsh is correct I think)  this is the original (many times rebuilt!)

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« Reply #13 on: August 04, 2011, 04:08:22 PM »
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Thats a modern imposter

It sounded much better though.  8)

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« Reply #14 on: August 10, 2011, 11:23:20 AM »
Yesterday at Tal Y Cafn