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Restoration progress up to October 2008 

There have been a number of attempts to get 134 back into working order with the first work taking place from 1999 to 2001. The work was started following the completion of Phase 1 of the reopening of the Welsh Highland Railway, the section from Caernarfon to Dinas. This was during the time when the outcome of planning consent for the re-opening of the whole of the original section of the Welsh Highland Railway was awaited. Work took place in the Dinas Loco shed and consisted of the partial dismantling of the locomotive together with the removal of tubes from the boiler.

Once planning consent came through and railway construction work was underway on Phase 2, the rebuilding of the section from Dinas to Waunfawr, work on 134 was halted. 

Work recommenced in 2003 and carried on up until 2005. This work can be summarised as the removal of the boiler and movement of the rolling chassis to be under cover in the North Yard at Dinas. Considerable remedial work was also carried out on the bogies for the tender. It was done on a strict 'no cost' basis so as not to detract funding from the rebuilding of the railway.  

Much of the work during these two periods are documented on Ben Fisher's WHR Project website under a section dedicated to 134's restoration.




All content webmaster or as indicated - This page updated 22nd March 2010 by Laurence Armstrong