Sinembe

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Sinembe was built in 1926 by W.G. Bagnall. No. 2287,a 4-4-0T, was the first of 13 identical locos built for Natal's Tongaat Sugar Estates.

That line closed in the mid '60s and Sinembe was put on display at the Estates entrance. Along with a similar engine, Charles Wytock, it was purchased and brought to Porthmadog with the intention of restoring them both to full working order.

This locomotive is sometimes recorded as being named Edward Saunders.

Photo PG Marks 02 May 1994

Arrived on the WHR in April 1994 and displayed for a time by the car park entrance.

The loco was later moved to Gelert's Farm where its boiler lagging was removed, but no further work was done on behalf of its private owner. The loco was partly reassembled and stored in a gradually declining condition in a siding at Pen y Mount

Photo Kmi Winter May 2003

Sinembe in a "gradually declining condition in a siding at Pen y Mount"

The removal, to Cargo Fleet in North Yorkshire, did not take place until 2005. The owner hopes it may return to Porthmadog

(Addition) Overhaul is now (2016) essentially complete. The three locomotives were moved from Cargo Fleet to Riverside Industrial Estate in Middlesbrough some years ago. "Charles Wytock" was sold to a private owner in 2014 and is now on the l & B

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