1378 North Pembrokeshire & Fishguard Railway 0-6-0ST

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Power Classification
CompanyNorth Pembrokeshire & Fishguard Railway
Weight30t 19cwt
Driving Wheels4ft 0ins
Boiler Pressure140psi
Cylinders16in x 22in
Tractive Effort13,960lbf
Valve GearStephenson (slide valve)

The railway company started off as the Narberth Road and Maenclochog Railway which was opened in 1876 to operate between Narbert Road (Clynderwen) and Rosebush, north of Maeclochog. The 8.5 mile light railway served large slate quarries at Rosebush.

Five years later the railway was purchased by the Rosebush and Fishguard Railway. It closed in 1882 and changed its name to the North Pembrokeshire and Fishguard Railway in 1884 but did not re-open under this name until 1895 after reconditioning and addition of an extension from Rosebush to Letterston.

The Great Western Railway assumed control in 1898.

The line was closed to passengers on 25 October 1937 (allowing construction of the Trecwn Royal Navy Armaments Depot on the resultant spur line) and to freight between Clynderwen and Letterston in May 1949.

1378 was built by Fox, Walker and Co in 1878 (Works No 410) for the Narberth Road and Maenclochog Railway which became the North Pembrokeshire and Fishguard Railway in 1884 and subsequently the GWR.

The locomotive was given the name Margaret when new after the wife of Edward Cropper who owned the Maenclochog Railway. It was the youngest of three locomotives owned by the railway and is the only one preserved.

It was sold to the Gwendraeth Valley Railway in 1911 where it became number 2. This railway was subsequently absorbed into the GWR who immediately sold the locomotive to the Kidwelly Tinplate Company in 1923. It worked there (latterley as a steam boiler) until withdrawn in 1941 but it was 40 years before it was restored on put on static display at Scolton Manor Museum near Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, not far from its original line.

The locomotive builders, Fox, Walker and Co were taken over by Thomas Peckett in 1880 and the firm became known as Peckett and Sons who built many steam locomotives for industrial use.

By 2019 the condition of the locomotive, which had by then been on static display in the open for very since 1974, had deteriorated. Volunteers then set about cosmetically restoring it at an estimated cost of £100,000.

By September 2021 the project to cosmetically the locomotive was almost complete.

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Scolton Manor MuseumStatic displayScolton Manor Museum
1378 at Scolton Manor Museum April 2011
 1378 (Works No 410) at Scolton Manor Museum – June 2011
1378 (Works No 410) at Scolton Manor Museum – August 2018
1378 at Scolton Manor Museum – June 2021
1378 at Scolton Manor Museum – July 2021

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