Surprise: Douglas goes blue for centenary

THE Talyllyn Railway (TR) marked the centenary of Andrew Barclay 0-4-0WT No. 6 Douglas (1431/1918) on February 21 by the adoption of the locomotive by the Royal Air Force Association – and unveiling it in a new RAF blue livery.

Talyllyn Railway’s Barclay 0-4-0WT 1431/1918 No. 6 (a.k.a. Douglas) in its new ‘RAF’ livery crosses Dolgoch Viaduct with the11.40 departure from Wharf on February 23. BARBARA FULLER

No. 6 carried a TR ‘standard’ green livery on arrival at Talyllyn, but for many years has been red, appearing as a Skarloey Railway character during ‘Duncan Days’.

It worked on the 2ft-gauge RAF railway at Calshot Spit, Southampton, between
1921-1945 (prior to re-gauging to 2ft 3in and being named), and in early 2014 appeared in lined green Airservice Constructional Corps livery for a series of photographic charters, before reverting to red.

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