|Built by||Société Anglo-Franco-Belge|
120 is an NG15 locomotive that was bought in by the Welsh Highland Railway Limited to build up the stock of locomotives ready for potential full line operation. At the WHRL it was tentatively named Beddgelert, taking its name from a previous locomotive that ran on the NWNGR.
History in South Africa
120 was delivered to Walvis Bay and commissioned onto the Otavi Railway. The Otavi Railway was regauged to cape gauge in 1960 and 120, along with the other NG15s was transferred to Port Elizabeth to work the Avontuur Branch. 120 was withdrawn from service in 1985 due to the declining amount of work for steam locomotives.
Preservation in the UK
120 was purchased by the the Welsh Highland Railway Limited and was at Gelert's Farm Works by 1994. Rebuilding had started in 1997. The boiler cladding, super heater elements and the dome were removed around that time. The boiler was lifted off the frames. Now reduced to a kit of rusty parts, work is addressing the cleaning up or replacement of each component. Its rebuild was expected to take 2 1/2 years, but progress stopped due to a shortage of funds, and that resources were fully employed rebuilding first Gelert and then Russell, with the Lady Madcap project also proceeding concurrently.
Sale and new plans
120 was subsequently put up for sale, which was completed early 2009. The intention is to restore it and make available to WHRL.
|Driving wheel diameter||34" 864mm|
|Coal capacity||5½ tons|
|Water capacity||2860 gallons (13000 litres)|
|Heating surface||1028 square feet (95.5m²)|
|Boiler pressure||171 psi (1.18MPa)|
|Cylinders||Two off, 15¾" x 17¾" (400mm x 450mm)|
|Tractive effort||18820 pounds (83.7kN) at 85% boiler pressure|
|Length over buffers||54 feet 4 inches (16.56m) inc. tender|
|Weight in working order||36.6 tons (loco) plus 31.2 tons (tender), total 67.8 tons|
|Maximum axle load||6.7 tons|
Edited from information previously on the WHRL site.