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Rare steam engine celebrates 150th birthday

The world's first narrow gauge steam engine, The Princess, has been restored and put on display in London's Paddington Station to commemorate its 150th birthday

The Princess, the world's first narrow gauge steam engine, on display at London's Paddington Station. Credit: PA

The locomotive, which normally resides in Wales, was built in 1863 to haul trains of empty slate wagons from the harbour at Porthmadog to the quarries of Blaenau Ffestiniog in North Wales.

Three-year-old Alexandra Brimmer (left) and five-year-old Imogen Brimmer pose on the Princess, the world's first narrow gauge steam engine. Credit: PA

It was restored by the craftsmen at Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales and will remain on show in London for six weeks.