|Built by||Société Anglo-Franco-Belge|
History in South Africa
134 was delivered to Walvis Bay and commissioned onto the Otavi Railway. The Otavi Railway was regauged to cape gauge in 1960 and 134, along with the other NG15s was transferred to Port Elizabeth to work the Avontuur Branch. 134 was withdrawn from service in 1990 for boiler repairs that were never completed due to the declining amount of work for steam locomotives.
Preservation in the UK
134 arrived in the UK at the same time as 133 and was initially brought over from South Africa for a railway at Robin Hood's Bay in Yorkshire but this fell through and the locos were purchased for the WHR's future motive power back in 1998. Subsequently two NGG16s (87 and 130) imported for the same project made their way to the WHR.
To the WHR
Commencing in 1999, work has gone on to strip, clean and assess the condition of the locomotive and its components, preparatory to its restoration and return to service. Initially this work was done by volunteers on a no-budget basis. Work continued sporadically for a number of years until 2008 when a new group was formed which aimed to get the loco back into service. The locomotive is being restored to working order at the Welsh Highland Railway's Dinas works. As of 2012, it was expected to be in the order of a 5 year restoration process with much of the work being conducted by volunteers. The Project is under the auspices of the Cymdeithas Rheilffordd Eryri on behalf of the Ffestiniog Railway Company. A number of changes to the locomotive are being considered to make it more suitable for use in Wales.
In November 2018 it was reported that 134's boiler would be sent away for overhaul at Locomotive Maintenance Services in Loughborough once that of Garratt 130 had returned.
- Payling, David (2012). Garratts and Kalaharis of the Welsh Highland Railway. Harbour Station, Porthmadog: Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways. ISBN 978-0-901848-10-9. OCLC 871303225.