The Penydarren locomotive was yesterday (Monday, 23 September 2013) winched out of the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea for a 130 mile road trip to Porthmadog for repairs and maintenance.
The seven tonne steam engine – a conjectural working replica of Richard Trevithick’s original 1804 locomotive – was hoisted up onto a modern low loader for the journey.
At the Ffestiniog Railway’s renowned Boston Lodge Works the Penydarren replica will undergo repair, maintenance and a full boiler inspection.
The loading operation – carried out under supervision of the National Museum of Wales’ Heavy Industries Curator Robert Protheroe Jones and Boston Lodge Works Manager Tony Williams – took just two hours.
First, the Penydarren – named after the Penydarren Iron Works at Merthyr Tydfil where Trevithick built and ran the original – was winched out of the museum along its specially built iron railed track. It rolled down a slight ramp
Then the chimney was unbolted and lifted off.
After that the body of the locomotive was hoisted up onto the flat bed of the low loader.
Finally, the tender was lifted up. Locomotive and wagon were secured and the long road journey began.
The Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways is celebrating 150 years of narrow guage steam railways with its ‘1863 and All That’ vintage steam festival running for three days from Friday 11 October to Sunday 13 October 2013. Full details and how to book for places are available on the railways’ website www.festrail.co.uk .