Great Western green for Vale of Rheidol tank trio


VALE of Rheidol Railway’s 2-6-2T No. 9 Prince of Wales appeared in a new Great Western Railway green livery at the November 26-27 Warley National Model Railway Exhibition at Birmingham’s NEC.

Vale of Rheidol Railway’s impressive display at Warley National Model Railway Exhibition featured newly re-liveried 2-6-2T No. 1213 (nee No. 9 Prince of Wales) in Great Western Railway green (right) and under-overhaul No. 7. The latter is approaching completion with the boiler and one newly fabricated side tank in position. No. 7 will also be completed in GWR green and not carry its Owain Glyndŵr nameplates when it returns to traffic. TIM EASTER

It has also reverted to its historic No. 1213, as carried from delivery in 1924 until 1948, and does not carry a nameplate in this form.

Under 1923 Grouping, Vale of Rheidol Railway (VoR) became part of Great Western Railway (GWR). Investing in its ‘new’ 2ft-gauge line, GWR’s board authorised construction of two new 2-6-2Ts (subsequently known as No. 7 Owain Glyndŵr and No. 8 Llywelyn), which replaced two original Davies
& Metcalfe-built 2-6-2s that had served VoR since opening in 1902.

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