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LOCOMOTIVES

The Plym Valley Railway has several operational locomotives and a range of carriages and wagons on site. There are also engines under restoration. Information about many of our engines and rolling stock is available below.


0-4-0ST ‘Albert’

Albert was built for the British Sugar Corporation, and worked at their Worcester & Somerset plants. She has been at the Nene Valley Railway and East Kent Railway before being privately purchased and coming to  the Plym Valley Railway in 2004. She was sent to Portland for repairs, and returned in 2007. As of 2016, Albert is currently under overhaul.

"Albert":  Barclay, Works No. 2248

Built in 1948 by Andrew Barclay, Sons & Co. Ltd. at Kilmarnock, Scotland.

Works No. 2248

Boiler pressure:  160 psi

Weight:  35 tons approx in working order

Tractive effort:  19,430 lbs at 85% boiler pressure

Cylinders:  16"X24"

0-4-0ST No. 705

No.705 was built by Andrew Barclay  Sons Co. at their Caledonia works in 1937 works number 2047.The locomotive was built for the "The Clyde Valley Electrical Power Company" and was based at the "Yoker Power station" as locomotive number 4, near Glasgow beside the Clyde river. It spent its entire working life at this location shunting coal trucks to feed the Power Station until withdrawn in the 1970's. Later in the 1970's it was sold to a company who planned to build a railway on the Orkney Islands but this scheme failed,the locomotive remained stored at the Strathspey Railway until it was purchased by the previous owner who moved the locomotive to the East Somerset Railway where they finished its restoration and returned the locomotive to operations in 1994. The Swansea Harbour Trust Railway had similar locomotives which were absorbed into GWR stock in 1923,the previous owner decided to paint the locomotive into this 1923 GWR livery and numbered it 705 which was the next vacant number in the GWR series.The locomotive ran in GWR Green until its next overhaul in 2000 when again the East Somerset Railway restored the locomotive but this time in BR black which was kept until withdrawn in 2007. The locomotive was offered for sale and it was purchased by a PVR member in June 2011, the restoration started during 2012 work to date has included turning the tyres, machining the journals, new foundation ring, full re-tube, new lower section of outer firebox restoration is proceeding at a good pace and it is anticipated that the  locomotive will enter service on the Plym Valley Railway in the Autumn of 2016.

0-6-0ST ‘Byfield’

Byfield No. 2 was built in Bagnall’s, Stafford in 1942. It was constructed to help with the war effort in ironstone quarries around Northamptonshire.  The steam engines worked in the area until 1965. In 1944 Byfield was transferred to Banbury and was there until 1947 when it was transferred to Kettering where it was renamed ‘Loddington No. 2’. The locomotive remained in the area for many years until it was sold to Hunt & Co at Hinkley in 1970 which gained it a new livery, blue. Byfield was rescued from Hinkley by enthusiasts for restoration and use on the Gloucester and Warwickshire Railway in the 1980s. It was withdrawn after its boiler expired in 1990. Byfield was then purchased by the Plym Valley Railway and moved to marsh mills in 2002. It is currently having a complete overhaul before it can be used again.

Name/Number: Byfield No. 2

Built:: 18th February 1942, Bagnalls, Stafford

Works No: WB2655

Arrived at PVR: 7th September 2002

Weight: 38 Tons 10Cwt

Tractive effort: Approximately 19,000lb

Boiler Pressure: 175psi

Cylinders: 15x22 inch

Wheel Arrangement: 0-6-0ST

Current Status: Under Overhaul Current Status: Under Overhaul Current Status: Under Overhaul

Class 08 No. D3002

The ‘08’ arrived in an operational condition at the Plym Valley Railway in 1982 and for many years was the only operational engine on the railway. The locomotive was constructed in 1952 at Derby (the third Class 08 to be built) and served Bristol St Philips Marsh and Bristol Bath Road depot until 1972.


The locomotive was then sold to Foster Yeoman Ltd and moved to Merehead Quarry where it shunted stone trains. The locomotive became surplus to requirements in 1980 so was stored at Gloucester depot and was then sold to the Plym Valley Railway. The locomotive is currently painted in BR Black livery in ‘As built’ condition and displays 13002, the number given before receiving D3002. The locomotive was withdrawn from BR service before the TOPS classification so did not receive an 08XXX number.



Built in 1952 at Derby

Wheel arrangement:  0-6-0

Weight:  50 tons

Current Status: Operational

No.125V ‘Vanguard’

Worked at Plymstock cement works until 1988 then came to Plym Valley Railway  in 1990.  Vanguard has been key in the construction of the railway and after many years of work has been withdrawn for an overhaul.

Diesel Hydraulic " Vanguard" shunter

Built in 1963 at Thomas Hill, (Rotherham) Ltd.  Vanguard works, Kilnhurst, Yorkshire

Weight:  29 tons

Engine:  Rolls Royce 6 cylinder diesel

Power:  125hp

Wheel arrangement:  0-4-0 chain drive

Wheel Dia.:  3' 7"

Current Status: Under Overhaul

Sentinel 0-4-0DH No. 10077

The ‘Sentinel’ arrived in an operational condition at the Plym Valley Railway on 1st April 2015. The locomotive has had a life in Yorkshire and after being released into traffic by Rolls Royce, Shrewsbury on 11th July 1961 it was transported to Raisby Tarmac Quarry, Coxhoe, County Durham. The Durham Locomotive Preservation Group purchased the locomotive who moved the locomotive to the Weardale Railway in 2002. Under the same ownership the locomotive was moved to the NRM at Shildon during 2011 before being sold and moved to the Wensleydale Railway in March 2014. The locomotive was purchased privately and has moved to the Plym Valley Railway for restoration which will then lead to it standing in for the ‘Vanguard’ locomotive on Brake Van Rides and the works train which will enable ‘Vanguard’ to undergo maintenance.

The long term plan for the locomotive is to fit vacuum brakes to the engine so that it can work our full passenger train, of which the locomotive is more than capable of. As of Summer 2016, the locomotive's restoration is complete and the locomotive is in service.


10077 Sentinel Industrial Locomotive

Built: Shrewsbury 1961

Weight: 34 Tones

Tractive Effort: 21600lb

Engine: Rolls Royce C6

Engine Power: 230hp

Maximum Speed: 18mph

Current Status: Operational

Class 03 No. D2046

D2046 was built at Doncaster in 1958 and worked in the North East of England before being withdrawn at Thornaby in 1971 before receiving a Class 03 TOPS number. The locomotive was sold to Gulf Oil and was used at Waterston Refinery, Milford Haven carrying ‘No. 2’ The locomotive was then moved to Pembrokeshire and then to Merthyr Tydfil  in 2000 where it was repainted and prepared for sale. By March 2006, D2046 had been moved to Goodman’s Yard, Sutton Coldfield and it was then purchased privately and moved to the Plym Valley Railway. The locomotive is currently under restoration.

D2046 BR Class 03

Built: Doncaster 1958

Withdrawn: Thornaby, 1971

Weight: 30 Tons 17Cwt

Tractive Effort: 15,300lb

Driving Wheels: 3’7”

Wheelbase 9’

Engine: Gardner 8L3

Gearbox: Wilson- Drewry CA5

Engine Power: 204hp at 1200 r.p.m

Maximum Speed: 28.5mph

Current Status: Under Overhaul

Class 117

The Class 117s commenced work for British Rail in 1959-60 and were based all around the UK. In our case, cars No. DMS 51407 & DMBS 51365 (plus TC 59517 as a three car set) were based at Southall and worked Paddington- Slough- Reading local services. In 1984 they were transferred to Bristol as set B427 and worked on the surrounding branch lines. However, this was only short lived and two years later, as L427, the set was transferred back to London and based at Reading depot. Finally, the set was transferred to tyseley, Birmingham in 1989 as T304 and was subsequently withdrawn from service in 1992. However, the set, minus its centre car was put back into service to replace Class 142s in the SW until Class 150 and 153s became available. The unit travelled on many branch lines in the region as it was based at St Blazey until being purchased by the Plym Valley Railway in 1995.  The set is currently under both an internal and external restoration and recently, engines on the DMBS have both been run and faults have been rectified.

Built: Pressed Steel, Linwood, Scotland,- 1960

51402 (Driving Motor Second (DMS)

Seating: 89

51365, Driving Motor Brake Second (DMBS)

Seating: 65

Weight: 36 Tons, each car.

Engines: Two B.U.T (Leyland) 680 6 cylinder horizontal diesels per car

Power: 150 h.p per engine

Coupling Code: Blue Square

Maximum Speed: 70mph

Current Status: Under Restoration

0-4-0ST ‘Merlin’- Merlin Locomotive Group

Merlin was built in 1939 for Brown Bayley’s Steel Works in Sheffield.

She was first preserved at the Gwili railway in Wales.

She is owned by the Merlin Locomotive Group and is based Bowes Railway in Gateshead.

Merlin has been kindly hired to the Plym valley Railway since December 2016.


Current Status: Operational

TKH Vanguard

TKH49 – Vanguard came to the Plym Valley Railway on Thursday 17th November 2016 after leaving the Northampton & Lamport Railway after a change in the ownership and becoming privately owned.


The locomotive is based on a draft from the years 1927-1929; six locomotives of the factory designation T1A and T2A were built by Fablok. The technical documentation survived until after World War II and it was decided to develop it into a new class of locomotive. 477 examples were delivered in the years 1948 - 1961 including to China, Romania and Hungary. The later designation were referred to as Ferrum 724. In China the locomotives were designated as XK 13 and several examples of the class were reported to be working in 1993, with at least three preserved thereafter


Builder – Fablok, Poland

Works Number – 5374

Loco Weight – 44.4 tons

Fuel Capacity – 2.5 tons






Current Status: Under Overhaul