Factfile: No. 7754
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