Penarth Dock, South Wales - 150 years - the heritage and legacy  
Penarth Dock, South Wales - the heritage & legacy . . .

Volume Eight - Pre-Victorian to the present day - more aspects - Moments captured in time

TVR engine no 85
TVR engine no 85

One of the former Taff Vale Railway Company engines which no doubt worked the lines at Penarth Dock is today a restored working exhibit at the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway. The line runs from the former textile town of Keighley through the Brontë family village home of Haworth, and up to the terminus at Oxenhope, a distance of 4 miles 75 chains (80 chains = 1 mile).

The 0-6-2T Number 85 engine was a class 02 engine built in 1899 with four others at the Neilson Reid works, Springhill, Glasgow. In the regrouping of 1922 it became GWR number 426 according to my little book ' Locomotives of the Taff Vale Railway' [139] price 2/- Net (10p)! The engine was sold in 1927 to a colliery in County Durham to haul its favourite mineral, coal, to the coast. It arrived at the K&WVR in December 1970. She was overhauled in 2014.

The image is a postcard from my collection of the engine next to the River Worth on its journey between the stations at Ingrow and Damens. The photograph is attributed to Robin Higgins and is published by the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway Preservation Society at Haworth. Locally we have some of the most gorgeous countryside on earth but Yorkshire folk prefer to keep it secret - although over the last few years many have found out our secret given the Tour de France route of 2014 went through Haworth and then past our offices in Mytholmroyd and up the longest continuous uphill route in England. [002] [309]

The lower photograph is the same engine at Oxenhope only a few miles from our home north of Halifax. The copyright is attributed to J. Strafford and the photograph is held within the Penarth Dock Collection. [001]

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