The restored Hugh Napier engine returns to the railway

Hugh Napier
Crowds gather at the station to inspect the engine Credit: ITV News Wales

Hugh Napier - not an aristocrat as the name suggests, but a short black steam engine - cost six hundred and forty pounds to build (but then that was in 1904).

Today for the first time in fifty eight years, and looking brand new, he travelled back into Gwynedd under his own steam. A crowd of hundreds were at the Ffestiniog Railway's Porthmadog station to see him off.


Steam train restoration

Work on restoring 108 year-old ex-Penrhyn Quarry steam locomotive 'Hugh Napier' is now complete