Austerity steam locomotive No 68067 will haul Llangollen Railway’s bank holiday trains this weekend

Llangollen Railway welcomed Austerity steam locomotive No 68067 to its line ahead of Bank Holiday steam trains this weekend.

Visiting thanks to the Great Central Railway in Loughborough, 68067 arrived on Thursday August 24, 2022 and was tested ahead of this weekend’s trains.

The locomotive will remain in North Wales for a few weeks until repairs are completed on No. 3802.

68067 operated trains today (Friday 26th) and will be in service alongside wagons and diesel locomotives all weekend.

68067 on functional testing at Llangollen Railway // Credit: Iain Ross

Llangollen Railway Press Officer Terry Pickthall said: “We are very pleased to see 68067 arrive with us after a difficult season. Repairs to our resident locomotives ran into problems and took longer than expected, leaving us without a steam engine at the height of our season. Although our railcars and diesel locomotives have done a superb job of filling the gap, steam traction is at the heart of what we do and is still very popular with our visitors. We are very grateful to the owners of the locomotive and the whole team at Great Central Railway who made it possible to visit 68067. Everyone did their utmost to deliver the engine to us in time for the weekend. holiday end, which is always busy for us”.

You can find out more about the Llangollen Railway and how to book tickets on their website https://llangollen-railway.co.uk/

Jose P. Rogers