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John L Dobson

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Another Garratt for the WHR
« on: December 19, 2014, 01:02:27 PM »
According to a recent press release from UK-based Steam Powered Services Ltd., another NG/G16 Garratt is to be restored for eventual use on the WHR. This will potentially give the WHR 5 of these locomotives (6 if Pete Waterman's No.109 is ever finished):

Gloucestershire-based Steam Powered Services Limited has acquired ex-South African Railways NGG 16 2’ gauge Garratt number 130 from the Exmoor Steam Railway. This locomotive was one of a batch of 12 built by the Manchester firm of Beyer Peacock in 1951 and exported to South Africa for use on the extensive 2’ gauge railways of the Cape and Natal.
SPS intends to restore the locomotive over the next three years with an anticipated first steaming date in the spring of 2018. The locomotive is expected to run on the Welsh Highland Railway.
130 was last operational on the Port Shepstone-Harding branch in Natal and was withdrawn in 1985. It was imported for the proposed Whitby-Robin Hood Railway in the 1990s before finally being moved to the Exmoor Steam Railway.
SPS Limited’s Managing Director Peter Best commented “I am really delighted to have bought 130 and thank the Stirland family for their support and guidance. Having restored four engines before, 130 will be a different and exciting challenge which we will relish. Serious work will not start till our S 160 2253 is substantially complete but the planning starts now.”
John L Dobson
Editor, FR Magazine