Saturday 21 October 2017

Princess of Wales feted at Heuston on her 150th birthday

Brian Hutton

THE world's oldest steam locomotive of its kind has rolled into Ireland to celebrate its 150th birthday.

The historic 'Princess' took a ferry from Wales, where it was used to haul slate trucks from quarries, to go on display at Dublin's Heuston station.

Built in London in 1863 to service the Snowdonian mountain quarries of Blaenau Ffestiniog, it was one of the first steam locos ever built for a narrow-gauge line.

Since going out of service in the 1940s, Princess has been part of a Ffestiniog Railway museum in Gwynedd, north Wales, where it was painstakingly restored by craftsmen.

The locomotive will be on display at Heuston Station until July 24.

Irish Independent

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