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Soon it’s time for us to go back to Caenarfon. We go back to the loco and run it round to the front of the train. The right of way is given and we soon find ourselves back on the gradient climbing through the tunnels of the Aberglaslyn pass. The fire hole door is cracked open to allow the fierce light from the fire to illuminate the cab and I watch as the light flickers on the walls. The train emerges from the large tunnel and below you can see the white river flowing below us. We arrive in Beddgelert where water is taken on again and then onwards over the summit and back to Caenarfon. Once we have arrived back at Caenarfon the train is quickly run round again and we wait for the guard. Back up the hill on the ECS to Dinas only stopping when we reach the north yard points. The set is pulled into the release road then I have to call the driver back so the set can be propelled back in to the shed. The loco is then run round to the south yard where I then dispose of it. This means the fire has to be lifted and any clinker broken up and pushed through the bars. The Garrets have really useful mechanical rocking grates that allow this to be done in a few minutes. The ash pans need emptying and then a full inspection of the motion needs to be done. This is done by wiping away all the muck that has collected throughout the day and checking that no parts have gone missing and there’s no obvious damage. At the end of the day it’s off back to the volunteers’ hostel at Minfordd for me, a good clean up and a meal then we might stay in for the evening or a group of us might go out to one of the local pubs or for a walk in the stunning North

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Model Railway Express Issue Two January 2017  
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