Six GCR ‘Windcutter’ wagons now at Blaenavon

A RAKE of six BR 16T ‘Windcutter’ mineral wagons, borrowed from the Great Central Railway on a 10-year loan, will be first run in public by custodian the Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway at its May 26-27 ‘Coal Train Weekend.’

‘Windcutter’ mineral wagons were used in a 30742 Charters event at the PBR on January 13. Ex-NCB Bagnall 0-6-0ST No. 3061 of 1954 Empress is seen hauling five of them along the Big Pit branch. ALISTAIR GRIEVE

The wagons have moved to Blaenavon on an initial 10-year loan (HR 249), with a subsequent rolling five-year extension after that.

During that time, the PBR will maintain, operate and complete the restoration of the wagons as required.

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