The Railway Club of Wales (RCoW) owns two small steam engines and an industrial diesel shunter, all standard gauge. The locomotive seen in this image is an Andrew Barclay 0-4-0ST built in 1914, its 100th anniversary is in November it is the Club's flagship locomotive. About 10-years ago it was failed requiring major surgery to its firebox and boiler, the cost of these repairs and the skills required to complete them were beyond the RCoW's resources and about two-years ago an agreement was reached with the Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway whereby they would put the engine back into working order and would have a lease of 20-years to use it exclusively. 18-months expensive work has produced a beautiful, if diminutive locomotive. Its first weekend of steaming was 7/ 8th June 2014, but this image was taken on 1st 4th June 2014 and shows it working the Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway's Vintage Train comprising the GER Directors' Saloon No. 3 and a former GWR Engineers' Inspection coach; the working is the 15.10 Blaenavon High Level to Furnace Sidings.
Stuart Warr       


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