Taff Vale Railway H class

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Taff Vale Railway H class
Type and origin
Power type Steam
Designer Tom Hurry Riches
Builder Kitson & Co.
Build date 1884
Total produced 3
Configuration 0-6-0T
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Driver diameter 5 ft 3 in (1.600 m)
Locomotive weight 44.75 long tons (45.47 t)
Fuel type Coal
Boiler pressure 140 psi (0.97 MPa)
Cylinders Two, inside
Cylinder size 17 in × 26 in (432 mm × 660 mm)
Valve gear Stephenson (slide valves)
Performance figures
Tractive effort 15,040 lbf (66.9 kN)
Operator(s) Taff Vale Railway
Great Western Railway
British Railways
Withdrawn 1951-1953
Disposition All sold or hired out of service; all ultimately scrapped.

The Taff Vale Railway H class was a class of 3 0-6-0T steam tank locomotives designed by Tom Hurry Riches, built by Kitson & Co. and introduced to the Taff Vale Railway in 1884. They were primarily used on the Pwllyrhebog Colliery Incline, and had special tapered boilers for this purpose.[1]


Builder & maker's Numbers TVR GWR BR No. & date Withdrawal
Kitson 2697 141 792 193 in 6/1948 Sold 2/1952 to NCB
Kitson 2698 142 793 194 in 9/1948 11/1953, hired to NCB
Kitson 2699 143 794 195 in 2/1949 Sold 11/1951

Withdrawal and disposal[edit]

193 was used by the NCB at the Tar distillation plant, Wernddu, Caerphilly; it was cut up in January 1960.[2] 194 was also used at Wernddu Tar plant, and was scrapped at Swindon.[3]

See also[edit]


Davies, F. K.; Firth, J. M.; Lucking, J. H.; Thomas, R. E.; Allcock, N. J.; Sterndale, A. C.; Barrie, D. S. M.; Reed, P. J. T.; Mountford, E. R. (April 1966). White, D. E., ed. The Locomotives of the Great Western Railway, part ten: Absorbed Engines, 1922–1947. RCTS. ISBN 0-901115-20-7.  pp. K169–K171

  1. ^ "GWR Class Taff Vale Class H 0-6-0 Tank". RailUK.info. 27 October 2002. 
  2. ^ "picture of 193 at Wernddu". Mike Morant Collection. 
  3. ^ "picture of 194 awaiting scrapping". Mike Morant Collection.