The Gwili Vintage Carriage Group has reached the first fundraising milestone to enable the overhaul and eventual return to steam of Taff Vale Railway Locomotive No.28.
The last surviving Welsh-built standard-gauge steam locomotive – based at the Gwili Railway near Carmarthen – has fetched the first £ 32,000 needed to overhaul the engine.
Donations come largely from members of the public, as well as a grant of £ 18,250 offered by the Association for Industrial Archeology.
The funding will allow the first sections of the lower part of the engine to receive repair work and to lift and inspect the boiler.
The condition of the boiler will determine the remaining cost and the timing of the project, but the overall cost is expected to reach £ 160,000. The boiler inspection and the first phase of the work should be completed by spring 2022.
Once the overhaul is complete, the engine will provide passenger services to the Gwili Railway. It is hoped that the engine will eventually carry a rake of surviving vintage cars from the Taff Vale Railroad which are being restored separately.
The steam locomotive, Taff Vale Railway, 0-6-2T No. 28, was built in 1897 at Taff Vale Railway Works, Cardiff and retired in 1927. The engine is owned by the National Railway Museum and is part of the Science Collection Museum Group. He has worked in conservation before but has not smoked for over 30 years.
David Murray, Gwili Railway Project Manager, said: “I would like to thank everyone who has generously contributed to the project so far. Achieving this first goal is an important step and will allow us to inspect the boiler and give us a much better idea of the amount of work that will be required to complete the overhaul.
Members of the public interested in helping get the Taff Vale No.28 Railroad back on line should visit the The Taff Vale Railroad website here.
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