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American steam locomotive in Wales
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No: 7013   Contributor: John Southall   Year: 1999   Manufacturer: Baldwin Locomotive Works   Country: Wales
American steam locomotive in Wales

I'm guessing that this was taken about 10 years ago but it could be more.
Looks like it could be Canada or even the USA but it's Wales in the Brecon Beacons.
No 2 was built by Baldwin of Philadelphia in the USA in 1930. It spent its working life hauling limestone near Port Elizabeth in South Africa. In 1974 it ran away driver-less and after travelling a few miles it left the track and was wrecked. It was treated as an accident write-off by the South African insurers and was purchased as salvage. It was shipped back as deck cargo to Liverpool and put into store. It is a 4-6-2 tender locomotive weighing 47 tons and is now in service after a long rebuild.
It's only 1'11 3/4" gauge.
And it has a genuine chime whistle echoes like magic off the Welsh mountains!!
Picture added on 18 June 2009 at 07:54
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