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Weʼre raising £68,000 to help fund a replacement boiler for narrow gauge, Quarry Hunslet locomotive "Pamela"

Tilford, Farnham, UK

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The Old Kiln Light Railway is looking to raise funds to help build a new boiler for Quarry Hunslet "Pamela", as the railway is owned and operated by a band of volunteers, income is solely from fares generated from giving rides and donations, which are always ploughed back into the railway to keep it running, hence we need your help!

"Pamela" is one of the hardy Hunslet locomotives which made their mark in the Slate Quarrys of Wales, but with her own unique story.

Hunslet number 920 began life in 1906, built as one of the "Large quarry" class and subsequently supplied to Penrhyn Slate Quarry near Bethesda. In 1952 she was brought into the workshops and fitted with the cab and boiler from a "Hudswell Clarke" type locomotive, resulting in her unique appearance today. It is in this current form we intend to restore "Pamela" to working order.

After changing ownership a couple of times, "Pamela" made her way to the Old Kiln Railway in 1984, where she was dismantled and overhaul began, much work took place on the frames, wheels and saddle tank, but progress stalled for a number of years after the boiler was found beyond re-use.

We think it's high time this characterful engine sees the daylight once again and someday will see her steam once more, along with her other rescued Penrhyn sisters. While there are numerous Quarry Hunslets in "as built" Condition, there is only one "Pamela".

Your donation will go towards the construction of a new "Hudswell Clarke" type boiler, we are armed with approved boiler designs and have opened a dialogue with Israel Newton & Sons, builders of a practically identical boiler for Hudswell Clarke Nº1238, based at the Moseley railway trust

If the target is not met, then any raised funds will be put towards the individual components required to build the missing piece of this unique puzzle.

Thank you for taking the time to look , and thank you for any help you can give, whether sharing or donating, all is appreciated.

For more info about the OKLR please visit: https://oldkilnlightrailway.co.uk/

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  • Ian Burrell17 days ago
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    Ian Burrell

    17 days ago

    With a wintery "Super Shunt" taking place at the Old Kiln, the opportunity was taken to extract 920's original boiler from the back of the siding, where it has been lain out of use since being deemed unusable. The boiler was lifted off it's side and now sits upright on an original Penrhyn flat wagon, we intend to use it as a centrepiece to create a donation display near the entry gate, to assist in the fundraising efforts for it's replacement.

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    8 months ago

    We will be attending the Hunslet 125 event at the Ffestiniog Railway on the 23rd and 24th of June and have been busy putting together a display stand for Pamela. Our stand will be located in Minffordd yard at the heart of the action. We hope to see you there and hopefully answer any questions you may have regarding the appeal.

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  • Joe Firth (PQRS Treasurer)

    Joe Firth (PQRS Treasurer)

    Jan 14, 2019

    The Penrhyn Quarry Railway Society (www.penrhynqrs.co.uk) publishes related research & history mostly in our journal 'Y Llechen'.We support Penrhyn-related projects & hope to see Pamela back in steam.

    £250.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jul 29, 2018

    £10.00

  • James Littlewood

    James Littlewood

    Jun 13, 2018

    £10.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jun 2, 2018

    £20.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jun 1, 2018

    £10.00

  • Adam Saunders

    Adam Saunders

    May 31, 2018

    I know only a small amount but hope it helps ^.^

    £10.00

  • Richard Fellows

    Richard Fellows

    May 26, 2018

    £20.00

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Ian Burrell

Ian Burrell

Tilford, Farnham, UK

I have been a volunteer member of the Old Kiln railway since 2009, I have an interest in all things to do with steam and vintage internal combustion engines both stationary and other applications.

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