Cymdeithas Rheilffordd Eryri
The Restoration of NG15 Class Locomotive №134
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Cymdeithas Rheilffordd Eryri, also
as the Welsh Highland
Railway Society, is currently restoring to service the NG15 class
gauge locomotive number 134, formerly of South African Railways.
This website will be tracking the restoration of the
locomotive as it is brought back
into active service.
The locomotive is being restored at Dinas, just outside Caernarfon in North Wales, for use on the Welsh Highland Railway where there are already a number of other ex South African Railways locomotives in operation in the form of NGG16 class Garratts. Rather than a 'cosmetic' restoration the locomotive is being given a thorough rebuild and this involves changing a number of features in order to make it more suitable for use on the Welsh Highland Railway. A summary of where we're up to can be found here.
The NG15s, also sometimes known as Kalaharis, were popular engines with their South Africa crews and were capable of stable running in both forward and reverse. This has led to them being regarded as an ideal choice for the WHR. The view above gives an idea of how it will look, especially as regards a modified tender for improved rearwards visibility.