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Type NG15
Home Railway WHR
Original Railway SAR
Number 134
Status Under Overhaul
Built by Société Anglo-Franco-Belge
Built 1952
Wheel Arrangement 2-8-2

134 is an NG15 Locomotive currently being rebuilt for use on the Welsh Highland Railway

History in South Africa[edit]

134 was built by Société Anglo-Franco-Belge for South African Railways (SAR) to their NG15 class 2-8-2 design. 134 is from the third batch of NG15s built in 1952. It carries builder's number 2684.

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in 1960 and 134, along with the other NG15s was transferred to Port Elizabeth to work the Avontuur Branch. 134 was withdrawn from service in 1990 for boiler repairs that were never completed due to the declining amount of work for steam locomotives.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[edit]

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 locomotives were purchased for the Welsh Highland Railway's future motive power in 1998. Subsequently two NGG16s (87 and 130) imported for the same project made their way to the WHR.

To the WHR[edit]

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 Welsh Highland Railway Society on behalf of the Festiniog 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. The boiler of 134 was then sent away in December. As of August 2019, boiler overhaul had not yet started but was just about to commence. It is hoped that the loco will be a rolling chassis by Christmas 2019.[1]

See also[edit]


  • 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.
  1. ^ Moving Pictures, Thirty Five - 10 September 2019

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