Ap­peal to steam Llan­gollen pan­nier next year

Steam Railway (UK) - - Steam News -

Llan­gollen’s own GWR pan­nier tank will be run­ning to Cor­wen next year - if £15,000 can be raised. ‘57XX’ No. 7754, owned by the Llan­gollen Rail­way Trust, was a reg­u­lar per­former to Glyn­dyfrdwy and Car­rog in the late 1990s and early 21st cen­tury, but last steamed in 2004. Since then, vol­un­teers and Llan­gollen En­gi­neer­ing staff have over­hauled the frames, wheels and mo­tion, leav­ing the boiler to be tack­led. Un­der new project leader Andy Maxwell, it is hoped that the job will be complete by au­tumn 2018 - by which time the new western ter­mi­nus of Cor­wen Cen­tral should be open. An es­ti­mated to­tal of £70,000 is needed to over­haul the boiler, of which the trust al­ready has £30,000, thanks to lega­cies and bene­fac­tors, while it has com­mit­ted a fur­ther £25,000 to the project over the next 18 months from the hire fees of Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0T ‘Jen­nifer’ and Kit­son 0-6-0ST Austin No. 1. Spon­sors are be­ing sought for the re­main­ing £15,000 (see panel). Built by North Bri­tish in 1930, No. 7754 spent its GWR and BR ca­reer work­ing from Read­ing, Old Oak Com­mon and Welling­ton sheds be­fore with­drawal in Jan­uary 1959. It was one of five ex­am­ples sold to the Na­tional Coal Board, the oth­ers be­ing Nos. 3663, 9792, 7714 and 9600 (the lat­ter two also sur­viv­ing into preser­va­tion, at the Sev­ern Val­ley Rail­way and Ty­se­ley). No. 7754 went to Ta­ly­wain Col­liery and later Moun­tain Ash, work­ing at the lat­ter un­til 1975. It was loaned to the Llan­gollen Rail­way So­ci­ety, with its ini­tial restora­tion be­ing un­der the aus­pices of the 7754 Pan­nier Tank Fund, al­though this has been de­funct since it re­turned to steam in 1993. The LR Trust took up the op­por­tu­nity to pur­chase the lo­co­mo­tive in 1997 when the NCB dis­posed of its as­sets.

DAVID WIL­COCK

‘57XX’ 0-6-0PT No. 7754 runs round at Car­rog, then the Llan­gollen Rail­way’s western ter­mi­nus, af­ter ar­riv­ing with the first train of the New Year - the 11am from Llan­gollen - on a snowy Jan­uary 1 2002. When the pan­nier re­turns to steam, hope­fully in 2018, it will be head­ing through here for Cor­wen.

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