Billie the locomotive joins the sisters in Rhyl!


RHYL Steam Preservation Trust brought the Billie steam locomotive to Rhyl, adding to its model railway fleet.

Billie was built by in 1922 for the Dreamland Miniature Railway in Margate, but returned to Rhyl yesterday (June 29) and will now be able to ride again alongside her four sisters, who were all built in Rhyl.

Rhyl Steam Preservation Trust is the charity that runs Rhyl’s Miniature Railway; its 15-inch caliber steam trains have been circulating around the marine lake since 1911.

During the 1920s six fine 4-4-2 locomotives were built at Rhyl by Albert Barnes.

The train in service at Margate.

At present, Joan and Railway Queen are still in regular use at the railway, while a third Michael locomotive is being refitted following engineering work on its boiler.

Additionally, a similar fourth locomotive, Billy, is owned by Rhyl Town Council and is on display in the Central Station Museum.

Les Hughes, chairman of the Trust, has supported the railway since 1980, when he first had the idea of ​​bringing together all the locomotives built by Albert Barnes.

“It’s a real achievement,” said Les.

“That now means we have five of the six locomotives with us at the Rhyl Miniature Railway.

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“This is another chapter of a dream I’ve been chasing for 40 years.

“I would like to thank everyone who has supported us over the past few years and made this possible, especially the passengers who travel on the trains and our team who operate the railway.”

Billie is thought to celebrate her centenary this year, but she hasn’t pulled public trains since 1983.

Rhyl Miniature Railway purchased the locomotive from Austin Moss of Windmill Farm Railway in Lancashire, who had done extensive work to restore the locomotive, which will now be re-steamed at Rhyl Miniature Railway.


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