Steam Locomotives come to King’s Cross

It’s good to see our heritage railways taking advantage of the crowds at King’s Cross station this week.

The Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways have two historic locomotives and a coach on display in the booking hall concourse at King’s Cross from today through to Sun 24 Feb, as a part of the annual Wales Week programme of events promoting and celebrating Wales, in London.

A black loco with an unusual up-ended boiler
Chaloner (currently hauling in Snowdonia, hence the name plate)

The two engines, both narrow gauge locos designed to work in Welsh quarries hauling slate & waste, are…

  • Chaloner” a vertical boiler locomotive built by the de Winton factory in Caernarfon, in 1877. She has been loaned by the Leighton Buzzard Railway.
  • Velinheli” was built by the Hunslet Engine Co of Leeds in 1886 for the Dinorwic Quarry in North Wales

There are staff and volunteers on hand to answers questions about the locomotives and talk about the railways. There is also a chance to win a short break in North Wales, staying at Portmeirion and including visits to Zip World and first class tickets on the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways.

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