Penrhyn Castle Railway Museum

Penrhyn Castle Railway Museum
Charles at Penrhyn Castle (geograph 4537381).jpg
Charles of the Penrhyn Quarry Railway
Location within Gwynedd
Established 1951 (1951)
Location Llandygai, Gwynedd, Wales
Coordinates 53°13′35″N 4°05′41″W  /  53.2264°N 4.0947°W  / 53.2264; -4.0947
Type Railroad museum
Owner National Trust
Website Penrhyn Castle Railway Museum
Outside exhibition of narrow-gauge rolling stock

The Penrhyn Castle Railway Museum (Welsh: Amgueddfa Rheilffordd Castell Penrhyn) is a museum of industrial railway equipment, located at Penrhyn Castle near Bangor in Wales.

In the nineteenth century, Penrhyn Castle was the home of the Pennant family (from 1840, the Douglas-Pennants), owners of the Penrhyn slate quarry at Bethesda. The quarry was closely associated with the development of industrial narrow-gauge railways, and in particular the Penrhyn Quarry Railway (PQR), one of the earliest industrial railways in the world. The PQR ran close to Penrhyn Castle, and when the castle was bequeathed to the National Trust in 1951 a small museum of industrial railway relics was created in the stable block.

The first locomotive donated to the museum was Charles, one of the three remaining steam locomotives working on the PQR. Over the years a number of other historically significant British narrow-gauge locomotives and other artifacts have been added to the collection.

Locomotives [ edit ]

Name Gauge Builder Type Date Works number Notes
Charles 1 ft 10 34 in (578 mm) Hunslet 0-4-0 ST 1882 283 Worked on the Penrhyn Quarry Railway
Hugh Napier Hunslet 0-4-0 ST 1904 855 ex-Penrhyn Quarry locomotive, restored to working order at Boston Lodge in 2012[1]
Fire Queen 4 ft (1,219 mm) Horlocks 0-4-0 tender 1848 Worked on the Padarn Railway
Watkin 3 ft (914 mm) De Winton 0-4-0 VBT 1893 ex-Penmaenmawr & Welsh Granite Co.
Kettering Furnaces No. 3 Black, Hawthorn & Co 0-4-0 ST 1885 859 ex-Kettering Ironstone Railway[2]
No. 1 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge Neilson and Company 0-4-0 1870 1561 ex Beckton Gas Works railway
Hawarden Hudswell Clarke 0-4-0 ST 1899 526 ex Globe Ironworks, Stalybridge
Vesta Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0 T 1916 1223 ex Hawarden Bridge steel works
Haydock Josiah Evans / Richard Evans and Co. 0-6-0 T 1879 2309 ex Haydock Foundry, Haydock

See also [ edit ]

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ "Hugh Napier steam engine back on track after 50-year restoration". BBC News. 11 May 2012.
  2. ^ Quine, Dan (2016). Four East Midlands Ironstone Tramways Part Two: Kettering. 106. Garndolbenmaen: Narrow Gauge and Industrial Railway Modelling Review.
  • Penrhyn Castle Industrial Railway Museum (3rd. ed.). The National Trust. 1982.

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