13th December -
1st Jan 2021 -
Parts of the Baldwin Loco safely stored in the museum.
GVT Update March/April 2020
Christmas gathering had a good turnout with free refreshments at Pontfadog and the Museum. Many thanks to Ralph for looking after the Pontfadog building
Over the winter Peter and Mal have been cleaning and restoring the components of the 1871 Horse Tramway crane. These have returned to the museum. The plan is to reassemble them in time for its 150th birthday in 2021.
On the same day we managed to cut, move and stack 80 sleepers ready for tracklaying as permitted by our existing planning consent, Keith also delivered 1000 rail spikes bought by the group. Many thanks to the regular volunteers, also to Ralph and Gwil for sleeper transport.
We also tackled moving the Baldwin side tanks into the right position using jacks and the sleepers we had just stacked! The difference is remarkable as it now looks like a locomotive, though chimney and boiler fittings are next on the list. Thanks to Simon, Gwil, Keith, Jamie and Norman who requested it for a commissioned article.
The site purchase is moving steadily forward thanks to Gwilym, his solicitor and very helpful council staff.
Edwin has been doing talks all over North Wales and has shown groups of up to 40 round the shed. Keith and Eunice are working hard dealing with the flood of paper and emails that keep things moving, as well as doing craft work to sell for funds. Pauline and Linda are following up local grant eligibility. Norman and Judith are making a Â½ sized replica name board to go with the 'road coach.' Malcolm has done more work on the RNAD underframe for new rolling stock.
I will end this update by saying a big thankyou to everyone who has donated to the museum purchase. Many thanks for your interest in the site.
The Museum is now open on Saturdays only.
Please watch this space for information on 2021 openings.
GVT Web Site Update Dec 2020
Sadly, in common with all museums in Wales, we have been closed for much of the year due to Covid restrictions. However, in spite of this we have some really good news: so here goes -
In my last report I mentioned the last project under wraps; all can now be revealed. At the start of September we took delivery of our first locomotive and threee wagons from the Netherlands. The loco is a Ruston Hornsby LBT No 371932, built in 1954. What makes ti special is that it was only only the second LBT built and is the only survivor. The 3 Â½ ton machine is powered by an RH 3VSH engine delivering 30hp. Drive is taken through a hydraulic three speed box with chain delivering to the axles. She was supplied to the Royal Netherlands Airforce ammunition complet with two other, later LBTs, all of which survived into preservation in 1998. The Group bought her from a private collection in the Netherlands but could not move her to Wales until we were open.
The loco is in really good condition and is a real credit to her owners in preservation. We are now looking into the HSE and Insurance requirements and planning permissions for further track laying and running the machine. More details are available in the latest issue of Two Foot Four and a Bit, which can be purchased from Eunice Roberts, details on the website information page.
Turning to other matters, the Ellis Crane components are being painted and should be ready for assembly. Keith and Ralph have been working on this.
During lockdown, Edwin and Linda have been at work indexing and cataloguing the archives. These have produced several 'gems' from the 1850s. So far, some 250 items have been fully recorded. This will provide an original reference point for future historians. It will also help us towards Registered Museum status.
In my last report I made a mistake, well it was 11:30 pm! I mentioned that the Winn threading machine was used for threading boiler tubes when they are, in fact, expanded not screwed into boiler tube plates. Many thanks to John Milner who, besides writing wondeful books on the GVT, is also a fantastic model engineer, for pointing this out.
I would like to finish by saying a special thankyou to John Rutter, our webmaster, who has the unenviable task of translating my scrawl into website quality text.
Many thanks for visiting this site and I hope you have a peaceful Christmas and a good new year. Chris Pendlebury.
(Since Chris scrawled this, the good news has come through that the Corona Virus Oxford Vaccine has been approved for use. Let us hope that this makes for a much better 2021 and a quicker return to normal for everyone â€“ John R)
The NGVT&IHT awarded the â€˜Heritage of the Ceiriog Valleyâ€™
Edwin Lambert and Riv Carter receive the award on behalf of the NGVT&IHT from the Local Community on 21st December 2019 in the Canolfan Ceiriog Centre.
Photo by Jan Bennett
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