Maid marian locomotive

Maid Marian (locomotive)

Maid Marian
Maid Marian at Llanuwchllyn
Power type Steam
Builder Hunslet
Build date 1903
Configuration 0-4-0 ST
Gauge 2 ft (610 mm)

Maid Marian is a preserved narrow-gauge steam locomotive built in 1903, currently based at on the Bala Lake Railway in North Wales.


Maid Marian, works number 822 and subsequently named after a racehorse, was built in 1903 by the Hunslet Engine Company based in Leeds.

Working Life

Maid Marian spent its entire industrial life working at the Dinorwic Slate Quarry in North Wales. It operated alongside many Hunslet engines, including Holy War, Dolbadarn, George B, Red Damsel, Wild Aster, Alice and Irish Mail.


The Maid Marian Locomotive Fund was established in 1965 by a group of railway enthusiasts seeking to preserve a working locomotive from the Dinorwic Slate Quarry. The Quarry Manager recommended Maid Marion as the best locomotive then available. MMLF purchased the loco in 1965, taking possession in 1967.

Maid Marian operated at the Bressingham Steam Museum from 1967 to 1971, before going to the Llanberis Lake Railway until 1975, and then to the Bala Lake Railway. It returned to Llanberis for the 2011 gala.

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