The locomotive returns to central Wales after nearly a century

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The world’s only such steam locomotive returned to a village near Newtown after nearly a century.

About 50 people, including students from the local elementary school, gathered in Kerry to welcome Diana, also known as Kerr Stuart No 1158, returning to the village on Monday afternoon (September 13).

The steam locomotive, which carried timber from nearby forests to the main station in Glanmule, was piloted by German prisoners of war and locals between 1917 and 1925.

Carrie White, Kerry resident and local historian, said: “It’s just the most exciting thing because it’s the first time in 100 years that this locomotive has been here.

“It is a miracle that Phil Mason saved and restored it so beautifully and gave us the opportunity to see it and remember all the industry that was going on at the sawmills and in the valley.”

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County Times: Diana the steam locomotive returned to Kerry near Newtown after almost 100 years on September 13, 2021. Photo by Anwen Parry / County Times

Diana’s current caretaker, Phil Mason, said he always wanted to bring the locomotive back to Kerry.

“I’m very proud. To be honest I didn’t think so many people would come to see a steam engine, but it’s something I wanted to do and there was a lot of interest.

“It’s a totally unique engine. None of the 50 or so other engines exist yet. It’s the only one of its kind.”

He added: “There is a lot of local history behind this.”

The steam locomotive was returning home to Amerton, Staffordshire, after visiting the Talyllyn Railway in Tywyn.


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