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Velinheli

Velinheli is a 0-4-0ST 'Quarry Hunslet' built by the Hunslet Engine Company as No. 409 in 1886. She was the first of numerous "Alice" class Quarry Hunslets built. She spent her working life in the Welsh Slate Quarries at Dinorwic, being last used in 1962. Velinheli was sold to Armstrong Evans in 1965, being moved to Cornwall in 1969. Velinheli was then rebuilt by James Evans for use on the private Inny Valley Railway. When this railway closed in 1986, she was moved to Launceston. Velinheli is privately owned by James Evans.

Interestingly, when she was built, Velinheli carried a domeless boiler, whilst she now carries a domed boiler. The domed boiler was fitted in 1952 along with (it is believed) the saddle tank from sister locomotive "Maid Marian"; it was common practice at the slate quarries for components and parts of locomotives to be swapped around when overhauls were taking place.

Velinheli

Velinheli is a 0-4-0ST 'Quarry Hunslet' built by the Hunslet Engine Company as No. 409 in 1886. She was the first of numerous "Alice" class Quarry Hunslets built. She spent her working life in the Welsh Slate Quarries at Dinorwic, being last used in 1962. Velinheli was sold to Armstrong Evans in 1965, being moved to Cornwall in 1969. Velinheli was then rebuilt by James Evans for use on the private Inny Valley Railway. When this railway closed in 1986, she was moved to Launceston. Velinheli is privately owned by James Evans.

Interestingly, when she was built, Velinheli carried a domeless boiler, whilst she now carries a domed boiler. The domed boiler was fitted in 1952 along with (it is believed) the saddle tank from sister locomotive "Maid Marian"; it was common practice at the slate quarries for components and parts of locomotives to be swapped around when overhauls were taking place.

comments (21)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 20 Jun 2014, 00:45
She is a thing of beauty, Bill.

Love the workshop, too!
Bill Phillips: She is indeed Ray. Maintained with loving care
  • Hollie
  • United States
  • 20 Jun 2014, 01:24
I really love the treatment of this subject. Great idea
Bill Phillips: Thanks Hollie.
I like your HDR'ish on this, Bill! Although the text is all Greek to me (don't tell Frank!). smile
Bill Phillips: I will not breathe a word E.
a work of art she is !!!
Bill Phillips: She is small but magnificent
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 20 Jun 2014, 05:02
Great shot and love workshops like this. Great HDR!!!
LOL @ Elizabeth, I know that she means wink
Bill Phillips: I just copy it from the website for the likes of Chris and Brian
  • Chris
  • England
  • 20 Jun 2014, 06:07
Very agreeable: these were solid & reliable little workhorses
Bill Phillips: They were indeed.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 20 Jun 2014, 06:20
a very tough lady or a bull-dyke, oh sorry, this sounds too pejorative considering this great locomotive!
Bill Phillips: They were very tough Philine and have stood the test of time
A little bit of this, a little bit of that and VOILĂ€! A magnificent image, Bill.
Bill Phillips: Thank you kindly Ginnie. Unlike the England team who are more a case of not much of this and not much of that and Voilà KAPUT!
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 20 Jun 2014, 08:15
You went to Cornwall to look at trains!!!

Still a very pretty looking engine.
Bill Phillips: I can look at trains wherever they are Mike! There are loads more down there I didn't get to see. The coast is quite nice too grin
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 20 Jun 2014, 08:40
Aaaahhh... now this is more like it! A narrow gauge locomotive and a proper working workshop, too! Bliss! "Velinheli" probably did not look this good new. They were the lifeblood to the success of the quarries when the demand for roofing slates were at their highest.
Bill Phillips: It was probably dirty when it was built!
  • gutteridge
  • Where latitude and attitude meet
  • 20 Jun 2014, 09:02
It looks like a load of junk to me Bill.
Bill Phillips: Go and wash your mouth out with soap
A beauty indeed Bill! Superb capture.
Bill Phillips: They are great little engines Richard
ah.. back to your bvest Bill.. Thanks for sharing
I'm probably committing a sacrilege when I say this, Bill, but I think she looks like a cute little toy engine. Love your treatment!
Thats a nice little Greek engine, Bill...smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 20 Jun 2014, 15:07
A thing of beauty ...

When Droitwich is not Droitwich ... see my comment on Chris' Droitwich Friday.
Hours of fun. Nice subject and treatment Bill
Lovely little engines aren't they. I once saw Maid Marion at Bressingham in Norfolk, back in the late 60's I think, and Google tells me she has just come back in to service after a major rebuild. Loads of atmosphere in this shot.
  • ....peter:)
  • Moonbeam, Ontario, Canada
  • 20 Jun 2014, 18:52
What a wonderful picture of Velinheli Bill... i enjoyed the history that you provided as well... the domed boiler part was cool but i don't know how it workssmile....petersmile
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 20 Jun 2014, 20:41
She looks very nice and shiny smile
Interesting story, Bill. And a nice little engine.

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