Historic Welsh locomotive returns to the North East for the first time in over 50 years

08 Oct 2014

The last surviving Welsh-built standard gauge steam locomotive has arrived at Locomotion, the National Railway Museum at Shildon.

Taff Vale No. 28 is recognised as a unique survival in Welsh railway history, however the locomotive enjoyed over 20 years' service in the North East of England and will visit Shildon this winter where some of its North East memories will be celebrated as it returns to the North East for the first time in over 50 years.

Taff Vale No. 28 was originally designed to pull passengers and freight in the South Wales Valley and Cardiff Docks. It was part of the 01 Class designed by Tom Hurry Riches and started work on the Taff Vale Railway in 1897.

It was withdrawn from service in 1926 and went to the Longmoor Military Railway where it was given the name "Gordon" after the General of Khartoum.

In 1947 it was sold to the National Coal Board and was then used in the North East of England on the Philadelphia Railway System for 13 years. Here it was renumbered to No. 67 but still carried its "Gordon" nameplate.

In 1960 it was withdrawn from the National Coal Board and was presented to British Railway for preservation. It was then part of the national collection and in 1966 the National Museum of Wales was given custodianship. The locomotive has been seen at the Caerphilly Railway Society and the Llangollen Railway since preservation.

No. 28 was recently cosmetically restored at the Llangollen Railway following a partnership between the National Railway Museum, Gwili Vintage Carriage Group and the Llangollen Railway. It was returned to Welsh livery to be displayed with Welsh rolling stock to form a display of a Welsh train. It has come to Locomotion this winter to as a tribute to its time in the North East.

Background: L&SWR Adams 563