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Chinese Narrow Gauge in Wales!

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.

 
 

Added 15″ Gauge Crown 4-4-0 in Sanborn, NY

While browsing youtube.com we discovered a 15″ gauge Crown 4-4-0 that wasn’t in our database. It is located in Sanborn, NY at the Harris Steam Farm and is operational. You can view a video clip of the locomotive here:  Harris Steam Farm 4-4-0

Ann Harris of Harris Steam Farm was kind enough to provide us with a very nice photo of this locomotive, which is now included on our site, and when I’m happy to display here:

 
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Posted by on December 16, 2011 in Steam News

 

New Haven Trap Rock 0-4-0T No. 38

The photo we’ve display for New Haven Trap Rock 0-4-0T No. 38 at North Branford, CT was taken by Mike DelVecchio in the early 1990’s. It is shown below:

Copyright © Mike DelVecchio

Site visitor Josh Ciastko was kind enough to supply us with new photographs showing the locomotive in its current condition:

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Posted by on December 11, 2011 in Interesting Locomotives, Steam News

 

Milwaukee Road 261 – Another Day at the Office

December 9th, 2011 and Milwaukee Road 261 and its drivers are once again connected. Ralph Back was kind enough to provide Steve Sandberg with these photos of the locomotive being placed back on its wheels. As usual TVRM did a beautiful job of profiling and quartering the drivers. The quality, the excellence of the work of the 261 is evident in each of these photos by Ralph Back.

Copyright © 2011 - Ralph Back

Copyright © 2011 - Ralph Back

Copyright © 2011 - Ralph Back

Copyright © 2011 - Ralph Back

Copyright © 2011 - Ralph Back

Copyright © 2011 - Ralph Back

Copyright © 2011 - Ralph Back

 
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Posted by on December 10, 2011 in Interesting Locomotives, Steam News