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Bronllwyd (GP39)

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Built by Hudswell Clarke in 1930, No 1643 "Bronllwyd" is an 0-6-0 well tank. The locomotive has two cylinders 6.5 in x 12 in stroke; coupled wheel diameter 23 in; grate area 4 sq. ft; working pressure 160 lb; tractive effort 3,300 lb; weight 6 tons 18 cwt; length 15.5 ft.


Built for Surrey County Council and as GP39 it was used in building the Guildford by-pass.  Sold to the Penrhyn slate quarries North Wales in 1934, where it was named Bronllwyd.  Last seen working in 1949, in 1951 its boiler and cab were used in the rebuild of the Quarry Hunslet Pamela and the chassis put in the scrap line. In 1966. The chassis together with the boiler of Kerr Stuart loco Stanhope were acquired by Alan Bloom of Bressingham Steam Museum fame and after a complete rebuild Bronllwyd entered service in 1969 on the Nursery line at Bressingham. It has since been completely overhauled again with a new boiler built at Bressingham.

The loco made a short visit to the Ffestiniog Railway in 1999 for its Gala and in 2005 the loco arrived at Woody Bay Station- the first time that the loco has ventured away from Bressingham for a full season.

The locomotive operated all steam services on the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway for the 2005 summer season and was used on the railway regularly throughout 2006 and for the first half of 2007.  Whilst on the railway, Bronllwyd was fitted with a wooden cab enabling the crews to be more comfortable during winter weather conditions.

In the summer of 2007 Bronllwyd ran her last two days on the L&B as an open cab loco once more, prior to the boiler certificate expiring on the 9th July.

The engine returned to the Bressingham Steam Trust in August 2007 and was seen back in service at Bressingham in September 2008.

In August 2010 Bressingham sold the loco to the Statfold Barn Railway Tamworth where it has been beautifully restored to the original Surrey County Council Highways Department condition as GP39 complete with cab.

Statfold Barn Railway Open Day June 2012 Open Day. Photo © Tom Dauben

Bronllwyd returned to the L&B as GP39 for the 2013 May Gala when she hauled the Thorpe Park coaches from then until just after the Whitsun Bank Holiday.

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