TAFF VALE NUMBER 28
Taff Vale locomotive number 28 is the only surviving member of the 01 Class. It is also the only surviving standard gauge locomotive designed and built in Wales. After service with the Taff Vale and Great Western Railways, it moved into military service and then onto the coalfields of County Durham before being retired. The locomotive now forms part of the national collection of historically important locomotives, owned by the National Railway Museum in York.
After restoration in Caerphilly in the 1980s and having work carried out at the Dean Forest and Llangollen Railways, number 28 is now based on the Gwili Railway. Work has now started on its conservation with a view to full restoration.
It is intended to return the locomotive to its original Taff Vale condition, but significant work is required on the boiler, tanks and bunker as well as replacing missing components. The team currently meets once a month at the Gwili Railway. Any help is greatly appreciated, if you would like to become involved in this interesting project please contact us on the number below.
Any financial donations can be made to the Gwili Vintage Carriage Group and will help us get number 28 in steam once more.
We can be contacted through our Facebook page @gvcguk, email: [email protected] or by telephone: 07961 940651
Contact us at C/O Gwili Railway: Bronwydd Arms Station, Carmarthen. SA33 6HT