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Chinese Narrow Gauge in Wales!

11 Apr

Beijing Capital Steel & Chemical 0-8-0 No. 4 “Dahuichang” has found a new home on the Ffestiniog Railway in Porthmadog, Caernarfonshire, UK. uk1620

Photo Copyright © Steve Frost

This locomotive was built in 1988 by the Harbin Locomotive Works as a C2 Class 0-8-0. The locomotive was imported into the UK in 2007 from China where it worked on a 2 km long line linking the works with a limestone quarry. The locomotive was initially stored at the Ffestiniog’s Boston Lodge Works.

A rebuild was begun in 2013 with the aim of returning the locomotive to service. It would be necessary to re-gauge the locomotive as there are no 750mm gauge lines in the UK. The frame is being narrowed and the wheels regauged to run on the Ffestiniog’s 1 foot 11 3/4″ trackage.

In April of 2017 the restoration was at a halfway point. It is hoped that restoration will progress to the point where the locomotive can be displayed at the Ffestiniog’s Railway Quirks & Curiosities II Gala at the end of April.

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