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130 Exmoor.jpg
At Exmoor before going to the WHR
Type NGG16
Original Railway SAR
Number 130
Status Under Restoration
Built by Beyer Peacock, Manchester
Built 1951
2014 Acquired by SPS
2015 Arrived on WHR
Wheel Arrangement 2-6-2+2-6-2T
Length 49 ft 2 in

130 is an NGG16 Garratt locomotive currently being restored for use on the Welsh Highland Railway.

History in South Africa[edit]

130 was built by Beyer Peacock for South African Railways to their 2-6-2+2-6-2T NGG16 Garratt design. 130 is from the third batch of NGG16 locomotives built by Beyer Peacock and Company of Manchester in 1951. It carries the works number of 7431. It was used in South Africa on the Port Shepstone-Harding branch in Natal before being withdrawn in 1985.

Preservation in the UK[edit]

Like 87, it was imported to the UK for the failed Robin Hood's Bay railway scheme before moving to Exmoor. It was purchased from Exmoor by Peter Best's Steam Powered Services Ltd.[1]

To the WHR[edit]

130 arrived on the WHR in 2015. It is being restored for use on the WHR by the works at Dinas. The restoration is being funded by the locomotive's owners. The rebuild included a new boiler built by Northern Steam Engineering Limited of Stockton. The boiler arrived in December 2018 and was fitted to the frames; however, in June 2019 the boiler had to be lifted out again. This was to facilitate the changing of 12 suspect material rivets. The tanks and cabs have also been replaced with new (welded) ones of the same style as used on 138 and 143. It will be painted in Burrell Plum, a colour that approximates the red used by the Canadian Pacific railway. By November 2019 both tanks were at Boston Lodge and had been fully painted, lined and varnished. Progress on the locomotive is moving forward; however, progress was slow as Garratt No. 87 took priority. On December 3rd 2019 the cab was removed from the loco and arrived at Boston Lodge for painting. It was hoped that the cab would return by the new year, however the paint team at Boston Lodge were busy painting Carriage 102 and the cab was not ready. The loco was expected to enter service at the start of the season at Easter 2020, however all work was stopped on the loco due to the Covid-19 crisis. At the time work stopped, the loco was very close to completion and there was approximately 3 months worth of work left. It is still hoped that the loco will be in steam in 2020.Work on this locomotive was one of the first projects to recommence after the restrictions began to be lifted. This was because further delay to the project risked the locomotive not being complete before 143 came out of traffic which would have left the WHR short of locomotives.[2]


  1. ^ Steam Powered Services Press release - December 2014
  2. ^ F&WHR Loco Round UP, Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways YouTube channel 23 May 2020

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