Chaloner (locomotive)

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Chaloner seen here at the LBNGR
Taffy, a replica of Chaloner, seen here at the Alan Keef open day 2008
Chaloner seen here at the LBNGR steam glow 2008

0-4-0VBT Chaloner is an example of de Winton's distinctive vertical-boilered design, as used for many years in the North Wales slate quarries. It was built in 1877 at the Union Works in Caernarfon. (The former de Winton factory is located across the road from the present WHR station). It is believed to have been supplied new to the Pen-y-Bryn slate quarry, Nantlle, moving to Pen-yr-Orsedd nearby in 1888. It was obtained for preservation by Mr A Fisher and is normally based at the Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway.

Chaloner was a visitor to the Ffestiniog Railway for the 150th Anniversary Celebrations in 1986. It returned in October 1986 for an overhaul at Boston Lodge, including fitting of a new boiler. Another of a number of visits was the Festival of Steam Gala, May 1997.

It visited the Welsh Highland Railway (Porthmadog) around 1989 and 1998, and in 2006 visited the Welsh Highland Railway (Caernarfon). Another visit was made in 2011.[1]


De Winton of Caernarfon, by Alfred and David Fisher and Gwynfor Pierce-Jones. R.C.L. Publications, 2011