Riverfront's vintage loco lets the crane take the strain as it leaves city for Blaenavon

South Wales Argus: The 18.5 tonne train is lifted The 18.5 tonne train is lifted

A VINTAGE locomotive said goodbye to Newport's riverfront today, where it has stood for the last 16 years, and was transported to its new home in Blaenavon.

The Forrester locomotive, weighing 18.5 tonnes, was moved to Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway with the help of two large cranes.

Baldwins Crane Hire Limited said it was contracted by Newport council and used a 200 foot crane to start lifting the locomotive from 6am.

The company's area manager Keith Crocker said the car park was closed to the public and some improvisation was used as the locomotive was not made with lifting points.

Mr Crocker remembers the process being a little easier when the locomotive was first placed on the city's Riverfront 16 years ago where it was put on display to represent Newport's coal and steel industry.

Mr Crocker helped unload it at the riverfront while working for his previous employer.

"We didn't have the restrictions then. It was a wide open space and we used a 100 tonne crane. But we had to use a 200 tonne crane today because of the car park and the reach," he said.

Mr Crocker said another 100 tonne crane at the railway in Blaenavon was used to offload the locomotive which was in place on the railway by 11.30am.

Unfortunately, Mr Crocker said the wooden coal truck which sat next to the locomotive could not be transported to Blaenavon because vandalism had made it "beyond repair"

to move.

He said: "It was quite difficult to lift because it was falling apart. It had to be strapped down and taken to our yard in Newport for the time being."

The Argus reported on Friday how Newport City Council decided to donate the Forester locomotive to the Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway.

The council has spent money on repairing and maintaining the engine over the years because of vandalism and said the museum will be a more suitable home where it will be restored and perhaps put back into use.

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4:17pm Sun 11 Nov 12

Vauxfiat says...

The mindless yobs of Newport who have NO RESPECT for the past have struck again. Hours of painstaking work on making the loco and wagon look presentable have been ruined. I led a team of young preserved railway members a good few years ago and we started restoring the engine so they could say 'yeah I helped do that' and for what....Nothing....Y
ou should be ashamed of yourselves but no, it's one big joke to you isn't it....
The mindless yobs of Newport who have NO RESPECT for the past have struck again. Hours of painstaking work on making the loco and wagon look presentable have been ruined. I led a team of young preserved railway members a good few years ago and we started restoring the engine so they could say 'yeah I helped do that' and for what....Nothing....Y ou should be ashamed of yourselves but no, it's one big joke to you isn't it.... Vauxfiat
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4:24pm Sun 11 Nov 12

Nospin says...

Vaux, they are mindless morons and doubtful anyone of them reads or is capable of reading a news paper.
Vaux, they are mindless morons and doubtful anyone of them reads or is capable of reading a news paper. Nospin
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6:12pm Sun 11 Nov 12

chris227 says...

typical really of this slum town
typical really of this slum town chris227
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9:16pm Sun 11 Nov 12

Vauxfiat says...

Nospin and Chris, I fully agree with you.
Nospin and Chris, I fully agree with you. Vauxfiat
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8:48am Mon 12 Nov 12

Ringo78 says...

Yet again the chav's of the city win TUT TUT TUT
Yet again the chav's of the city win TUT TUT TUT Ringo78
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9:10am Mon 12 Nov 12

Mervyn James says...

It's a matter of time these idiots find a way to carry off or vandalise the Wave, as it is they scrawl graffiti all over it... they totally ruined the 'Dragons' people created and threw some of them in the USK. Now they have to have guards....
It's a matter of time these idiots find a way to carry off or vandalise the Wave, as it is they scrawl graffiti all over it... they totally ruined the 'Dragons' people created and threw some of them in the USK. Now they have to have guards.... Mervyn James
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2:50pm Mon 12 Nov 12

schlep says...

A real shame the locomotive has gone, it was something tangible to look at and appreciate unlike the lump of metal outside the old rail station entrance.
A real shame the locomotive has gone, it was something tangible to look at and appreciate unlike the lump of metal outside the old rail station entrance. schlep
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8:55am Tue 13 Nov 12

Mervyn James says...

It became a fopcus point for drinkers and nere-do-wells as well as bored kids jumping all over it and pulling bits off, that this was ina highly visible and profile waterfront area too, means most walked by and let them carry on, there is no pride at all here in anything. No wonder no-one wants to invest here.
It became a fopcus point for drinkers and nere-do-wells as well as bored kids jumping all over it and pulling bits off, that this was ina highly visible and profile waterfront area too, means most walked by and let them carry on, there is no pride at all here in anything. No wonder no-one wants to invest here. Mervyn James
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11:41am Tue 13 Nov 12

muzzy73 says...

Its the parents who should be ashamed , if i found any of my kids doing anything like this to another persons (or public) property trust me i would be the 1st to report them !! kids got no respect for anything nowadays
:*(
Its the parents who should be ashamed , if i found any of my kids doing anything like this to another persons (or public) property trust me i would be the 1st to report them !! kids got no respect for anything nowadays :*( muzzy73
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