Arrival of the locomotive this week signalled the completion of 3 years of careful negotiations and an 800 mile journey from Switzerland to Mid Wales.
The move started on 12th July including a police escort through the centre of Basel, continuing through Germany over night arriving at Antwerp on Friday ready to board a ferry. The locomotive arrived in Hull at 7.00am on Saturday before continuing to Birmingham then onto the Vale of Rheidol arriving on Monday 17th.
The locomotive is privately owned but is to be on loan to the railway for a prolonged period of time. After some restoration work, No.60 will be available to bolster the operational fleet if required, offering extended service periods for the current locomotives.
No 60 will not be replacing the iconic Rheidol tanks but just spreading the load on the existing fleet. Many readers will be aware the Vale of Rheidol has an extensive museum collection consisting of a variety of steam locomotives from all over the world. It is most likely No 60 will operate some heavy summer trains and special charter trains.
Llŷr ap Iolo, Vale of Rheidol Railway General Manager said: "We are looking forward to having another locomotive join our fleet, it will offer more flexibility and back up in our operation and something different for those who are interested. It has been a long time in the making and our work begins over the next 12 to 18month preparing her to work the VoR with a 10 year ticket on the boiler. We are very grateful to the owner for allowing the VoR to have a long term loan of the locomotive on the railway."
The first chance to see the locomotive on display will be at the railway's Roaring 1920's and 30's weekend on 14th/15th September.
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