No.1 ‘Talyllyn’

Originally built in 1864 by Fletcher, Jennings & Co. of Whitehaven as an 0-4-0ST, “Talyllyn” had a short wheelbase and long rear overhang which led to its rapid conversion to an 0-4-2ST. As the more popular of the line’s two original locos “Talyllyn” was in very poor condition by 1945 when it was laid aside. It was rebuilt in 1957-58 by Gibbons Bros. Ltd. but proved problematic and has undergone considerable modification since then, resulting in a much improved performance.

CURRENT STATUS: Boiler certificate expired 18th June, 2018.  The overhaul is currently underway, with the locomotive expected to return in a striking Great Eastern blue livery!

Technical Details

MakerFletcher, Jennings & Co.
Works number42
Driving wheel diameter2′ 4″
Trailing wheel diameter1′ 9″
Coupled wheelbase4′ 0″
Total wheelbase9′ 0″
Cylinder size (bore/stroke)8 5/8 x 16″
Heating surface156 sq. ft.
Working pressure160 psi
Tractive effort @ 85% BP5780 lbs
Weight12 Tons
Length over buffers18′ 1/2″