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At home on the Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, 2002
Type de Winton Vertical Boiler
Home Railway Leighton Buzzard Lt. Rly.
Original Railway Pen y Bryn Slate Quarry
Built by de Winton
Built 1877
Wheel Arrangement 0-4-0VBT

0-4-0VBT Chaloner is an example of de Winton's distinctive vertical-boiler design, as used for many years in the North Wales slate quarries. It was built in 1877 at the Union Works in Caernarfon. (Derelict remains of which, are located across the road from the present WHR station). It is believed to have been supplied new to the Pen-y-Bryn slate quarry, Nantlle, moving to Pen-yr-Orsedd nearby in 1888. It was obtained for preservation by Mr A Fisher and is normally based at the Leighton Buzzard Railway.

Chaloner was a visitor to the Ffestiniog Railway for the 150th Anniversary Celebrations in 1986. It returned in October 1986 for an overhaul at Boston Lodge, including fitting of a new boiler.[video 1]

Chaloner visited the WHRL in 1989. it returned to the FR for the Festival of Steam Gala in May 1997. 1998 saw it at the WHR(C). 2006 saw it back at the WHRL. Chaloner returned the Porthmadog area, with a visit to both the WHRL and the FR, in July / August 2011.

In February 2019 Chaloner visited London Kings Cross as part of a Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland railways publicity event. Chaloner was chosen due to its association with Caernarfon where the new station building was about to be opened. Chaloner then spent the summer at the F&WHR appearing at the opening of Caernarfon station and during the Past, Present and Future event. It was also used for footplate rides on selected occasions.

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