Factfile: No. 7754

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The lo­co­mo­tive that kick­started the ‘Row­ley Goods’ in­glenook project was GWR ‘57XX’ 0‑6‑0PT No. 7754, which was sold by BR to the Na­tional Coal Board in 1959. It started work at Ta­ly­wain Col­liery but was trans­ferred to Moun­tain Ash in 1970, where it worked un­til it failed in 1975. As the last GWR lo­co­mo­tive in rev­enue-earn­ing ser­vice, it was ac­quired by the Na­tional Mu­seum of Wales and placed on loan with the Llan­gollen Rail­way. It is cur­rently un­der over­haul.

Model­zone com­mis­sioned a lim­ited run of 500 Bach­mann ‘57XX’ as NCB No. 7754 in 2010. I missed it the first time around, but sub­se­quently found one sec­ond-hand. Pic­tured here is No. 7754 shunt­ing wag­ons at ‘Row­ley Goods’.

Right: No. 7754 rests in­side the shed at Moun­tain Ash Col­liery on June 28 1972. GOR­DON EDGAR/RAIL PHOTOPRINT­S

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