North Wales Steam Railway expansion plan with new locomotive needs your help

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A narrow gauge railway is appealing for donations to help it stay on track with a £300,000 project to build a new steam locomotive.

Corris Railway has temporarily suspended work on its new number 10 Falcon steam locomotive due to rising costs.

Officials hoped the new locomotive, which will look like the original Corris number 3, would be in service this fall.

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However, due to the rising cost of materials, the amount of work still outstanding, and some unforeseen complexities, funds have been exhausted and the completion date is expected to be delayed until additional funds are raised. .

Corris Railway Society spokesman John Simms said it was the organization’s policy not to spend money it did not already have and only used its general funds to complete particular projects. urgent.

He said that in 2021 great progress has been made on the locomotive by Alan Keef Ltd at Ross on Wye, with the boiler and cab placed on the frames for checking and any necessary modifications.

The rolling frame, with air-driven wheels and movement, is already complete and many other components are ready for installation.

But there is still a lot of work to be done, including the fabrication of the saddle tank and the fabrication and fitting of the cabin and boiler fittings.

Recreating a complex steam locomotive from 1878, though small, proved costly and time-consuming.



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Mr Simms added: “The project has been temporarily put on hold to allow the fund specifically dedicated to building the locomotive to be replenished, while other parts of the Corris railway relaunch continue.

“Apart from the cab roof and water tank, all of the major visible components of Number 10 have been produced, but many smaller components are needed to complete the engine and make it tow trains in the Dulas Valley. .

“Many of these are unique and therefore expensive. For example, various control valves have to be supplied at a total cost of £7,000.

“If anyone would like to make a contribution, large or small, it can be done through the Falcon Locomotive section of our website.”

Opened in 1859 as a horse-drawn tram and running from the quays of the Afon Dyfi west of Machynlleth, the line served the slate quarries of Corris and Aberllefenni.

Later steam locomotives were obtained and the line ran from sidings alongside the standard gauge railway at Machynlleth.

The railway closed in 1948, but a preservation society was formed in 1966, initially opening a museum.

A short section of line between Corris and Maespoeth was reopened to passengers in 2002.

Plans were drawn up to extend the railway and a second steam locomotive would reduce the strain on the existing locomotive and provide more visitor interest.

Work will resume when the locomotive construction fund has recovered.

Donations can be made in the Falcon Locomotive section of the railway site.

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