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!
|Maker||Fletcher, Jennings & Co.|
|Driving wheel diameter||2′ 4″|
|Trailing wheel diameter||1′ 9″|
|Coupled wheelbase||4′ 0″|
|Total wheelbase||9′ 0″|
|Cylinder size (bore/stroke)||8 5/8 x 16″|
|Heating surface||156 sq. ft.|
|Working pressure||160 psi|
|Tractive effort @ 85% BP||5780 lbs|
|Length over buffers||18′ 1/2″|