Loco Fund

GRPS Locomotive Fund
Help the Gwili Railway restore their fleet of locomotives…

The Gwili Railway and the Preservation Society work hard to support our volunteers and preserve our locomotive heritage for future generations.

We have 3 locomotives in need of your support so we can restore them to their former glory. With your help we need to generate funds for their service and repair. This will help the railway with much needed funding and to be able to run their own fleet of locomotives.

Every donation you make will be ring fenced and used to repair and restore our fleet of locomotives. We are presently in the early stages of putting Olwen and Haulwen back into steam but need extra funds for parts and boiler tests. We will create a roll of honour page and certificates for major donations with special offers and incentives for larger donations such as:

  • Donations £2.00-£19.00 receive a certificate.
  • Donations of £20.00-£49.00 will receive a certificate and a photographic print of one of the locomotives, Haulwen or Olwen.
  • Donations of £50.00-£99.00 will receive a certificate, print and a commemorative mug.
  • Donations £100 and over will receive a certificate, print, commemorative mug and a footplate ride on one of our steam locomotives.
  • This can be redeemed on a chosen steam running day or you can wait for the restored locomotive to be back in steam.
  • To donate please make payments by cheque or bank transfer to the GRPS. Include contact details.
    Santander bank:
    Sort code: 09-01-54
    Account No: 74534006
    Bronwydd Arms Station, Carmarthen. SA33 6HT
    Tel: 01267 238213
    email – [email protected]

Our Steam Locomotives…
Our steam fleet comprises of small ex-industrial locomotives. The fleet is unique in that it encapsulates a century of industrial steam in South Wales, as many of our locomotives have operated in the region during their varied careers.

RSH 0-4-OST No.7058 (1942) Olwen
Originally worked at Earley Power Station near Reading, on its internal railway system. The locomotive is owned by the Gwili Railway Preservation Society.

No.3879 Haulwen
Haulwen is a Hunslet Austerity locomotive, built in 1942 as No.5272. Constructed at the Vulcan Foundry in 1945, she initially worked as the Longmoor Military Railway (named Insein), before being transferred to the Woolmer
Instructional Railway. Sold by the Army to Hunslet in 1959, she was sent to Hunslet Ltd. in 1961 to be rebuilt and renumbered as No.3879. It was then sold to the National Coal Board to work initially at Cambrian Colliery and then at Mountain Ash. The engine was placed on loan at the Caerphilly Railway Society in 1981 and was later bought by them. The name Haulwen means “White Sunlight”, “Bright Sunlight” or “Bright Star” depending on the translation from Welsh and was the name of the Mountain Ash Colliery Manager’s Daughter.

Hunslet No.3829
Was built in Leeds in 1955 and worked at NCB Lady Windsor. It was originally purchased for restoration at the Swansea Vale Railway where some work was carried out in the Upper Bank Works.

Photographs by John Jones
RSH 0-4-OST No.7058 (1942) Olwen livery as it will be after restoration. Black livery.

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