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The Gelert Trust

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Bagnall 3050

Rustenberg Platinum Mines No. 4
Welsh Highland Railway 'Gelert'

Gelerts 10 year overhaul 2017

It had been known for some time that Gelert’s boiler was not in the best of condition. It was the original boiler of 1953, and over the years it had been patched up many times. However, there came a point where that was no longer an option. A new boiler was needed.

So, after Gelert came out of traffic in 2013, sponsorship was generously forthcoming for the new boiler design work. Once this was approved, further sponsorship enabled actual construction to be carried out at Israel Newton’s, a well known boilermakers in Derbyshire. It was finally completed in December 2016.

The photographs show various stages in its construction. They were taken at various times during 2016.



When Gelert came out of service for its 10 year overhaul in 2013, it was known that some fairly extensive work was required, after years of sterling service, in addition to fitting the new boiler, and following consultations a schedule was compiled in 2013 outlining these.

This involves dismantling and reassembly/fitting new boiler and associated works, new smokebox, repairing corroded platework, particularly around the bunker area, frame strengthening and making and fitting dragboxes, modifications/machining left hand crosshead, replacement/modification of a significant amount of life expired and/or substandard pipework.

Estimates and quotes were discussed with several contractors, and following discussions, Gelert was scheduled to be moved to Statfold Barn at the beginning of April, and the boiler to be transported from Newton’s in Derbyshire about the same time. Photos and news of progress will appear here as they become available



Gelert’s new boiler leaves Newton’s works in Derbyshire and arrives at Statfold 30th March 2017


Gelert attracted much attention at Statfold’s open day in June 2017

Statfold’s open day on 9th September 2017 gave an opportunity to see the refurbishment work so far. Here is a general view (photo courtesy Stephen Thorpe) and views of the work to the rear of the frames and bufferbeams, plus a photo of Gelert’s old boiler.

On 22nd October Martyn Owen visited Statfold to deliver some components. This is a small selection of the photos he took that day.

Shows the rear buffer beam with the delivered main steam pipe. Also the base frame for the bunker. This is wasted and distorted and so needs replacing. Notice also the new footplating in place, and the pony truck is removed

Shows the smokebox saddle, with the blast pipe in place but not fixed, and a glimpse of the painted inner frames behind

Another view of the new footplating at the rear.

A view of the new boiler, showing the new smokebox and original pattern manifold attached.

Shows the rear bunker with the base frame removed. It has been sand blasted inside and out with the floor panel found to be badly corroded in one corner and needing replacing

Pictures taken 17th Dec      

Peter Basset

Louis Stanyer

Louis Stanyer

Louis Stanyer

Louis Stanyer

Louis Stanyer

Louis Stanyer
 Gelert’s provng trials at Statfold’s open day on 24th March 2018    

13th April, On the way home !        

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