There are 3 small steam locomotives on the railway, two of which were built in Wales. Too small to operate trains, all 3 have recently been restored to full working order for display in the Museum at Pontsticill Station.
An 0-4-0 saddle tank loco, built by Hunslet Engine Co. of Leeds in 1903, works No.827 and used at the Pen-Yr-Orsedd Slate Quarry, Nantlle near Caernarfon in N. Wales for all its working life until 1959.
Purchased in 1963 and rebuilt, it was used to haul the first trains here in 1980, hauling 1 carriage. Not used since 1981 the locomotive was fully restored in 2012 with extensive work carried out on the boiler.
'Sybil' in the Pen-Yr-Orsedd Slate quarry near Caernarfon mid 1930's
'Sybil' in steam at Pontsticill after restoration 2012.
An 0-4-0 vertical boiler loco, built by De Winton & Co of Caernarfon in 1897, again for the Pen-Yr-Orsedd Slate Quarry.
Purchased in 1965 and put into store, a full restoration including the construction of a new boiler was completed by the railways workshops in 2012.
The De Winton 'Pendyffryn' (built 1897) at the Pen-Yr-Orsedd Quarry in the mid 1930's
'Pendyffryn' after restoration 2012
An 0-4-0 vertical boiler loco, built by Mr Redstone, a foreman fitter for the Penmaenmawr Granite Quarry as a 2ft gauge model of the 3ft gauge De Winton loco's used in the quarry. This was built for the Quarry owners children in 1903 for use on a garden railway agound their house. Used at Trefor Quarry near Porthmadog in the1920's.
Purchased in 1973 and put into store. A full restoration to working order has included the construction of a new boiler. The restoration was completed by the railways workshops in 2012.
Redstone in use at Trefor Quarry early 1920's.
We also have several diesel locomotives for maintenance purposes.