Dutch ‘Gronk’ finds a home in South Wales

FORMER Dutch Railways 0-6-0DE No. 625 (690) (English Electric 2122/Vulcan Foundry D312 of 1956) is on indefinite loan to the Llanelli & Mynydd Mawr Railway from RMS Locotec, and so is not regarded as preserved.

It arrived at Cynheidre on January 31 and was the last loco at Boden Rail, Washwood Heath, having been used to shunt the main locos there for departures to various locations.

Former Dutch Railways NS No. 625 is similar to BR’s Class 08 and is a welcome addition to the stock of the newly opened Llanelli & Mynydd Mawr Railway. No. 625 is seen at Cynheidre on February 17, the day being notable for an earthquake that hit the area, about an hour after this photo was taken. Picture: PETER NICHOLSON

This followed closure of the site to make way for an HS2 depot.

The L&MMR’s next open day is Easter Saturday (March 31) from 11.00-16.00. Train rides are planned with the Dutch ‘Gronk’ and Mk2 buffet car No. 1206, with on-train refreshments available for the first time.

Other running days will be May 28, August 27 and Christmas at Cynheidre on December 8-9.

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