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Hunslet #554  Lilla

Built By Hunslet Engine Co  
Works No 554  
Built 1891
Length 17' 5"  
Current Home Festiniog Railway  
Status Operational (2017)  


Lilla is a medium sized quarry engine built by the Hunslet Engine Company in 1891 (number 554). She was built for the Cilgwyn Slate Co Quarry at Nantlle and was bought by the Penrhyn Quarry in 1928. From 1923, Cilgwyn slates used to be despatched by a link with the Fron Quarry which provided access to the Bryngwyn Incline Drum Head and so down the incline and on via the WHR to Dinas Junction. Lilla's move from Cilgwyn to Penrhyn in 1928 was via the same route ending with a transfer on an LMS standard gauge wagon from Dinas to Port Penrhyn where she was unloaded on 21st May 1928. Although of a reasonable size, and apparently bought as a standby for work on the Penrhyn mainline, Lilla spent most her working life at Penrhyn as a quarry engine, reputedly on the Red Lion Level.



Bernard Latham bought Lilla in 1963 and restored her in his garden. In 1972, Mr. Latham moved her to the Knebworth Park and Winter Green Railway in the grounds of Knebworth House in Hertfordshire. She ran there until 1987, when she was moved again, this time to the new line at Kew Bridge Steam Museum.

Lilla proved too large for Kew Bridge, so in 1991 she moved again, to the Bala Lake Railway. Still under Mr. Latham's ownership, she ran at Bala, but proved too large and heavy for regular use on railwa

She came to the FR in 1993 for the Hunslet Hundred event and stayed. Lilla was bought by a consortium of members (the Lilla Locomotive Group) through the Festiniog Railway Trust, though technically she belongs to the FRCo. She has remained on the FR ever since, making occasional appearances elsewhere.

Lilla gets used for slate shunts, footplate rides and other special events. Regular trips away have seen her run on temporary track at London Underground, Shrewsbury Flower Festival and Liverpool Docks. Visits to other railways have included Beamish Museum, The National Railway Museum and The Lynton and Barnstaple Railway

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Lilla - The Model

Lilla was the last narrow gauge kit produced by Pete Stamper as Agenoria models. EDM Models took the range over when Pete retired and the kit remains available in an unaltered form.

The kit does not include wheels, gears or motor. The instruction link below will take you to a PDF of the instructions which details the construction and the parts you will need.

Lilla Instuctions         

There are photos and other details on the EDM Models blog here