Steam Locomotives

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'Alan George' Hunslet 0-4-0ST no. 606 built 1894

11.94 ft. long and 5.33 ft. wide. Height 8.25 ft.

Cylinder 7in diameter, 10in stroke. Wheelbase 3.25 ft. Working order weight 6.25 tons.

Alan George was built by the Hunslet Engine Company, Leeds in 1894, and assigned makers number 606. One of many distinctive engines that have come to typify the North Wales narrow gauge quarry workings, known as 'Quarry Hunslets'. The engines were used on the high level workings and doubtless had a hard working life, with minimal maintenance and running over poor quality track.

The outside frame arrangement and low mounted boiler and saddle tank make the engine very stable, while the large cylinders give plenty of power! The firebox is very wide and short, and the engine required careful attention to ensure there is plenty of steam just when it is needed.

Alan George spent its working life in the Penrhyn slate quarries.

In 1953 the engine was laid up and abandoned until sold into private ownership in 1965, which is when the slate quarry lines closed.

'Sgt Murphy' Kerr Stuart 0-6-2T no. 3117 built 1918

Wheelbase 4.63 ft.

Working order weight 10 tons.

Sgt Murphy is a Kerr Stuart 0-6-2T (3117 of 1918), one of a type developed for wartime use. After the First World War it was used by the Admiralty at Beachley Dock at Chepstow, Monmouthshire until being sold to deal A. H. Richards of Chepstow. It was acquired from Richards in 1921 by Penrhyn Quarry.

In 1932 Sgt. Murphy overturned in the quarry, killing its driver. It was rebuilt at the railway's Coed y Parc workshops in with the boiler lowered by more than 7 inches. It received a new firebox in May 1938 and new side tanks in 1945. In January 1955 it was officially noted as "scrapped" and left in the scrap line at Coed y Parc.

Sgt. Murphy was purchased by Messrs Pealling and Weaver and moved to Staffordshire in 1964, it was at Teddy Boston's Cadeby Rectory by 1976. In 1977 it arrived at the Betws-y-Coed Railway Museum. At the end of 1991 it went to Winson Engineering at Penrhyndeudraeth, where it was rebuilt as a 0-6-2T.

In July 1996 it was moved to the Teifi Valley Railway.

The Teifi Valley Railway Ltd., Henllan Station, Henllan, Llandysul, Ceredigion SA44 5TD.

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