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RD 20110722 138 split Image.jpg
In latest red livery, 2011
Type NGG16
Home Railway WHR
Original Railway SAR
Number 138
Status Operational
Built by Beyer Peacock, Manchester
Built 1958
1997 Acquired for WHR
2002 Named Millenium
2010 Overhauled
2012 Converted to coal
Wheel Arrangement 2-6-2+2-6-2T
Length 49 ft 2 in
Fuel Coal

138 is an NGG16 Garratt locomotive that that is currently in use on the Welsh Highland Railway.

History in South Africa[edit]

138 was built by Beyer Peacock of Manchester for South African Railways to their 2-6-2+2-6-2T NGG16 Garratt design. This loco was one of the fourth batch of seven NGG16s (no.s 137 - 143) built in 1958. These were the last steam locos built by Beyer Peacock, which were originally ordered by the Tsumeb Copper Corp of South West Africa in 1958 but when its line was altered to Cape Gauge, South African Railways took over the order. It carries the works number 7863.

Preservation on the WHR[edit]

138 was obtained from the Alfred County Railway who overhauled the loco before shipping it to the UK. It arrived at the FR in January 1997. It entered service on the WHR(C) in September 1997, having previously seen use during an FR Gala at Glan-y-Pwll in May. It was named Mileniwm/Millennium in May 2002.

The locomotive received a £50k power unit overhaul in the winter of 2003/4. It subsequently suffered superheater problems which were resolved in the summer of 2004 after which the locomotive was returned to traffic as a reliable unit. In the winter of 2004/5 the regulator handle was modified to suit the general manager of the railway who is known to favour this particular locomotive.

The boiler ticket on 138 ran out in the spring of 2008, leaving only one NGG16 servicable (143). When it had problems with fly cranks the rear bogie of 138 was sustituted.

During its overhaul the original boiler and oil firing were retained. It was repainted with in a red livery, parts returned to Dinas, where it was re-assembled in May 2010.

138 hauled the first 'Gold and Silver' sponsors train from Caernarfon to Porthmadog on October 30th 2010.

138 and 87 maintained the service in the first part of 2011 until 143 became available.

138 was converted to coal firing during 2012, steaming on coal for the first time during early October 2012.

Over the winter of 2016/17 138's power bogies was given a heavy overhaul. It returned to service in July 2017. The modifications included new bearings made from Vesconite, a self lubricating hard wearing plastic material.[1]


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