Biography of James Cholmeley Russell (1841-1912), the barrister, financier, property developer and railway entrepreneur. He was a key shareholder of the North Wales Narrow Gauge Railways company from which the Welsh Highland Railway Company ultimately emerged.
Regularly updated and revised as more information comes to light.
Russell at Dinas with Gowrie in NWNGR days
copyright K A C R Nunn
The restoration of Russell, the Hunslet built 106 year old narrow gauge
steam locomotive is now in sight. Originally built for the abortive Portmadoc
Beddgelert & South Snowdon Railway it was then acquired by North Wales Narrow
Gauge Railways that ultimately became the Welsh Highland Railway.
The locomotive's owners the Welsh Highland Railway Ltd announced on Saturday 17th March that the
proposal put forward by Alan Keef Engineering Ltd to complete the
overhaul andrestoration of the locomotive had been accepted and the contract awarded to them. Discussions will now take place with Keef’s in order to
transfer the locomotive to their works at Ross-on-Wye as soon as is convenient
in order for work to commence as soon as possible. Funds are still required to ensure completion.