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Since Graham Morris repatriated Avonside 0-4-0T Elidir in 2006, eight of the nine locomotives exported Two of the Vale of Rheidol’s 2-6-2Ts are off to Warley National Model Railway Exhibition at Birmingham’s NEC on November 25/26. No. 9 Prince of Wales will be displayed in complete form, while under-restoration No. 7 Owain Glyndwr will be displayed as-is, to show visitors how a locomotive is constructed. Apart from trips to works for overhauls, the VoR locomotives (D)
to the USA and Canada have returned to their homeland. The last one overseas is Hunslet 0-4-0ST Gertrude. It have rarely left their home railway. No. 9 was shown off at the National Railway Museum, York, from November 1982 to February 1983, and worked the Brecon Mountain Railway’s Santa trains in December 1992. No. 7 has been out of service for 18 years. The VoR’s newlyrestored Hunslet 0-4-0ST Margaret has moved to Devil’s Bridge to serve as the season’s ‘driver for a fiver’ engine. PRESENT LOCATION Leighton Buzzard Railway Beamish Museum Statfold Barn Railway Bala Lake Railway Beamish Museum Beamish Museum Statfold Barn Railway Statfold Barn Railway
currently resides in a Toronto museum, and has been sectioned to show how a steam locomotive works. Diana Diana Diana’s The Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway has agreed terms to turn a former factory into its new workshop development. Contracts were exchanged on May 20 for the property, which is on the industrial estate alongside the railway’s Llanfair Caereinion locomotive shed and features additional car parking space (SR451). It was put on the market earlier this year for £295,000. The WLLR has yet to decide whether or not to demolish the building later this year and start afresh. The new facility will become an erecting, machine, woodwork and paintshop, and it will at Llanuwchllyn also had to be raised. Diana’s first season on the BLR will be celebrated free up space at Tanllan for storage. The current workshop will become a visitor centre. Agreement has also been reached to sell Resita 0-8-0T No. 764.425 back to railway materials supplier Georg Hocevar, based in Graz, Austria, for restoration. The WLLR acquired the engine from him in 2007, but it is unable to cope with the railway’s gradients and has been out of service for three years. Mr Hocevar is also taking the chassis of Resita 0-8-0T No. 764.423, which has not run since it was given to the WLLR in 2004. It had been imported for the proposed Ystwyth Valley Railway scheme. with an event on August 26-29. Resident locomotives will be joined by Hunslet 0-4-0ST Velinheli.
The Apedale Valley Light Railway’s Hudson 0-6-0WT No. 104 in action during the Moseley Railway Trust’s second ‘Tracks to the Trenches’ event in May. One of several visitors to the event, the Greensand Railway Museum Trust’s Baldwin 4-6-0T No. 778, is in the background. P = PENRHYN D = DINORWIC The Fairbourne Railway celebrated its centenary on May 28-30 with visiting locomotives which ran on the railway before it was converted to 12¼in gauge in 1986. Bassett-Lowke 4-4-2 Count Louis is on the demonstration track with guest engine 2-4-2 Katie on the rear. The first 15in gauge locomotive to run on the line, Bassett-Lowke 4-4-2 Prince Edward of Wales (now King George), was on static display as its restoration is still in progress. Proud owner Phil Mason is at the controls of Kerr, Stuart 0-4-0T Diana on May 14, its first day in service on the Bala Lake Railway.