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Three-legged dog loves train ride


Three-legged dog Peggy loves to travel by train

A three-legged dog with a passion for locomotives has become a regular attraction on board a steam train.

Despite losing a leg in a car accident Peggy the Jack Russell often walks six miles (9.7 km) from her home in Rhewl, Denbighshire, to Berwyn station.

She joins tourists on the train and can ride up to seven-and-a-half miles (12 km) of track through the Dee Valley.

Owner Dilys Lloyd regularly gets phone calls from the guards, asking her to collect Peggy from Llangollen station.

Mrs Lloyd, a retired teacher, said: "She loves going for a walk and appears fascinated by the trains, especially if she can have a free ride.

"I miss her and start calling out her name. When she doesn't come, I know she has gone again.

"She has probably followed walkers to the train station and got on board. The next thing I get a call from the station.

She's a little monkey...I don't know when she is going to go next
Dilys Lloyd, owner

"Sometimes, if the walkers are doing a circular route, then she will arrive back with them."

She added: "She's a little monkey, she is honestly.

"Peggy is perfect in every other way.

"I don't know when she is going to go next."

Peggy was hit by a car as a pup and had a leg removed during surgery.

But Mrs Lloyd said she still loved to walk long distances.

Sometimes, she said Peggy jumped on the train at Berwyn station and got off at the next stop at Glyndyfrdwy.

But often, she rides all the way to Carrog before the train changes direction and returns to Llangollen.

The Llangollen Railway Society's track is seven-and-a-half miles long and runs from Llangollen to Carrog.

The society wants to extend the track by about two-and-a-half miles (four kilometres) to Corwen.

The plans are due to be discussed at a public meeting in Corwen on Monday.

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