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Charles is a 1ft 10¾" gauge 0-4-0 saddle tank locomotive, with inclined outside cylinders 10in x 12in and coupled wheels of 2ft 1in diameter. She was built by the Hunslet Engine Company Ltd of Leeds in 1882, with a works number of 283. "Charles" has always been one of the 'main-line' engines of the Penhryn Quarries Ltd. The main line ran from the companies Quarries near Bethesda to the shipping port at Port Penhryn, near Bangor, bringing the slate down from the quarries to be dressed and sent for shipment all over the UK via sea, and later by standard gauge rail.

Charles two sister engines 'Linda' and 'Blanche' moved from Penhryn quarries in July 1962 are now at the Festiniog Railway and have been working hard ever since.

Owing to deteration of the boiler "Chares" was stored in the engine shed at the Port from 1958, and was placed on permanent loan to the National Trust in 1963 after the closure of the Penhryn 'main line' by Penhryn Quarries Ltd.
Pictured reproduced by kind permission of Graham Symms

Similar engines Linda and Blanche were sold to the Festiniog Railway, going there in July 1962 and December
1963 , respectively and may bee seen there today. Pictured reproduced by kind permission of Graham Symms
Picture reproduced by kind permission and © of Bruce Brayne 28th September 2006


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