Category Archives: Industrial Steam Locomotives

Neil Clarke’s Collection – The Gwili Railway

Neil Clarke’s Collection

The Gwili Railway

Another railway visited and photographed by Neil Clarke

Photos taken around the 1990s/2000s

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The Gwili Steam Railway

The Gwili Steam Railway operates a standard gauge preserved railway from Bronwydd (near Carmarthen) in South Wales along a short section of the former Carmarthen to Aberystwyth railway that closed for passenger traffic in 1965, the track being lifted in 1975.

The Gwili Railway was formed in 1975 and, by 1978, had purchased and rescued about eight miles of trackbed and was running an initial steam-hauled service on a one-mile section of it.  The Gwili Railway has the distinction of becoming the first standard-gauge preserved railway to operate in South West Wales when it re-opened the one-mile section of the Carmarthen-Llanpumsaint route from its base at Bronwydd Arms, three miles north of Carmarthen. Since then, the railway has expanded to Danycoed and the company continues to hope to expand to Llanpumsaint.

Currently, the railway is working south towards Carmarthen to a new station called Abergwili junction which will be located alongside the  roundabout at the northern end of the A40 Carmarthen By-pass.  The locomotive stock of the Gwili Railway is unusual in that it mostly represents local industrial and wartime operations rather than mainline services.




Railway Preservation in the 1980s & 1990s

Railway Preservation in the 1980s & 1990s

August 1993

Some more old photos from old publications

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More from Neil Clarke’s Collection – (Formerly) Ayrshire Railway, Dalmellington.

More from Neil Clarke’s Collection

(Formerly) Ayrshire Railway, Dalmellington.

The Scottish Industrial Railway Centre

Our aim is to preserve and operate those small and versatile industrial steam and diesel locomotives – known to generations of Scots as ‘Pugs’ –  in a similar environment to the one in which they spent their working lives.

Visitors can see our collection of steam and diesel locomotives (including our unique working ‘Fireless’ locomotive built by local firm Andrew Barclay, Sons & Co. Ltd. of Kilmarnock) with strong connections to Scottish industry of the past. The Fireless steam locomotive has now been restored to full working order, and was demonstrated at Dunaskin for the first time in over ten years in July 2015.

The following gallery was taken by Neil Clarke sometime around 2000

A few photos of Cadbury’s locos

A few photos of Cadbury’s locos.

These photos have recently come to life from an pld folder in the Chasewater Railway Museum archives.

We believe that they were taken by Dick Potts, formerly a fireman at Tyseley and later a driver at somewhere I can’t read in my notes!!

Railway Artist: Richard (Dick) Potts – Guild of Railway Artists


Chasewater Railway’s late Summer Gala – This Weekend, 3rd & 4th September 2016

Chasewater Railway’s late Summer Gala 

This Weekend, 3rd & 4th September 2016

Late Summer Gala

It’s got to be worth a visit – or even two!

Chasewater Railway’s Brewery Day 2016

Chasewater Railway

Some video clips and stills taken at the Chasewater Railway Brewery Day, 2016

Statfold Barn Railway – September 2015

Statfold Barn Railway

September 2015

First visit to this multi-gauge railway


Industrial Steam Locomotives, Bagnall Loco ‘Princess’ 2682 – 1942

Industrial Steam Locomotives

Bagnall Loco ‘Princess’ 2682-1942

lakeside-haverthwaite-railwayDSC_0010-600‘Princess’ at Haverthwaite

Bagnall Loco ‘Princess’
2682 – 1942

Name & Number 2682, ‘Princess’
Wheel Arrangement 0-6-0ST
Built 1942, Bagnall, Stafford
Driving Wheels 3′ 6″
Cylinders 16″ by 24″
Tractive Effort 23,879lbs
Previous Owners Preston Corporation

Princess was the prototype of a small class of powerful shunting engines produced by W.G. Bagnall & Co Ltd, of Stafford, capable of developing a tractive effort of 22,382 lbs.

Princess is unusual for an industrial type of locomotive in that it is fitted with steam heating apparatus, the reason for this being it was used for warming the vans of the Geest Company’s bananas imported from the West Indies, the maintenance of correct storage temperatures being critical.

Princess now surprises many people by its prodigious feats of haulage and sustained steaming ability. It performs regularly and economically to the rigorous high season timetable with a five or even six-coach train. Apart from being somewhat “light on its feet” which gives it a tendency to slip when on greasy rails with a big load, it is a firm favourite with its crews.

Princess on track‘Princess’ during her steam test at Lytham on February 12th, 1973 (Alan Middleton

Princess 1Princess 2Princess 3Princess on crane

Open February 1/2 Term (14th-22nd)

A diesel train service will run during February 1/2 term, Station Restaurant, Gift Shop and Engine Shed will all also be open.