New partnership brings steam to Llangollen

5619 runs round the engineer freight set at North Weald. Owen Hayward

1925-built GWR 0-6-2T No 5619 will be visiting the Llangollen Railway for its 2022 season from its usual home at the Telford Steam Railway.

The Collett-designed 5600 Class will arrive at Llangollen for completion of its winter maintenance and then undergo its annual examination.

This work will be completed at Llangollen by its MPD Team. The loco will see use throughout the spring, summer, and autumn before returning to Telford in time to haul the line’s very successful Polar Express Christmas trains.

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LR trust manager Tom Taylor said: “We are very grateful to our friends at the Telford Steam Railway for offering this superb loco to us. Being a Great Western tank, it will look very much at home on our line, which was very much at the heart of GWR Country in its heyday.

“It is a big step forward to us to source a visiting steam loco as we currently have no serviceable steam locomotives. Later this year, two of our Llangollen-based Great Western locomotives – 2-8-0 No. 3802 and Pannier No. 7754 – are expected to return to steam.

“The prospect of seeing three working GWR locos on the railway together is something to really look forward to and another clear sign that the LR is very much back on track”.

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Mark Paynter, commercial director of the TSR, said “The Telford Steam Railway is excited to enter in to a new partnership with the Llangollen Railway, and we are more than happy to assist it with its steam loco requirements”.

Find out more about 5619 here.

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