Gwili Steam Railway

Diesel Locomotives

Diesel Locomotives in use today

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2 Car Scenic Explorer Heristage Diesel Railcar - DMBS W51347 and DMS W51401

DMS W51347 - It was withdrawn from British Rail service in 1993, as part of set L142. it was initially preserved at Mangapps Farm in Suffolk, before moving to the Colne Valley Railway in 1995. It then moved to the Nene Valley Railway in 1997, where it ran in BR blue and grey livery. It was moved to the Gwili railway in 2009 where it was repainted in BR green (with whiskers) in 2014.

DMS W5401 - Was withdrawn from BR service in April 1994 and preserved at the Battlefiled Railway in Market Bosworth. It moved to the Nene Valley Railway before moving again to the Gwili Railway in 2009 where it was repainted in BR green (with whiskers) in 2014 at the Llwyfan Carriage Workshops.

Both cars  (as well as centre car TCL 59508 - not in use today) are now owned by the Llanelli and District Railway Society (a Gwili Steam Railway Supporting Body). The first phase of restoration ha sbeen completed and over the next few years work is planned to reverse the interior condition from 1980s to a 1960s design.

The unit is in regular use on high days and low days, running throughout the summer season. It is also used as the 'Fish 'n Ale' special throughout July and August. It also includes a full length bar (with dummy hand pump) in the brake area of DMBS W51347 using components from a closed Brecon Pub.

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Class 03 No.D2178 DMU

Built in 1961 at Swindon Works, Ashford was D2178s first shed, arriving on the 9th January 1962. Shortly after it was loaned to Plymouth Piary Shed before moving the short distance to Laira in August 1963. It saw the 03 being transferred to the West Midlands  with Wolverhampton Stafford Road becoming its next residence.

In March 1963 it was taken out of traffic and stored. Two months later D2178 was moved to the Oxford Shed where it was reinstated back into use. Sometime around the 6th July it was hired out to a private track lifting company before returning to Laira, from where it was withdrawn on the 13th September 1969. With it being in BR service for only 8 years the 03 never received a TOPS number.

Its industrial history started off with the Newport (Gwent) based A.R. Adams Company with it being purchased from BR in february 1970. Whilst on their books it was hired out to other companies before being re-sold on to the National Smokeless Fuels Company. Working at the Gwaun Cae Gurwen disposal point.

Later on it moved to the Coed Ely Coling Plant in May 1974 and then on to the now closed Nantgarw Colliery (Mid Glamorgan). There it gained the number 2. Sometime in 1979 the 03 was given an overhaul at Swindon Works prior to a move into preservation. In 1983, D2178 was purchased by Caerphilly Railway Society before being purchased by the Gwili Railway. It has proved to be very popular seeing regualr use as the station pilot at Bronwydd Arms. It shunts coaches for the dining and cream tea specials. It also helped as an engineering train for the new extension at Abergwili alongside Ruston 88DM No.312433.

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Testimonials

Gwili Steam Railway, Bronwydd Arms Station, Bronwydd Arms, Carmarthen, SA33 6HT. Tel (01267) 238213 (Mon-Fri-10am-4pm)