Is engine to be removed

Newport’s riverside locomotive is more than a hundred years old, having been built in Glasgow in 1911.

It saw service at Abercarn tin plate works and at Ebbw Vale Steelworks. Over the years, it would have also been in use in many of Newport’s industries. In 1970, the engine was returned to Ebbw Vale for refurbishment and by 1974, it was at the Caerphilly Railway Society. It ended up in Newport, having been presented to the borough by British Steel. What concerns me are recent rumours that the engine may be removed from the city. To where, I do not know, but Blaenavon has been mentioned. If this is not a rumour, somebody needs to speak up quickly. Newport must have its own industrial/heritage museum. We have plenty to fill it with. Let’s have some answers please.

Ian Brewer, Melfort Road, Newport

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12:31pm Sat 8 Sep 12

Mervyn James says...

Better they move it soon to stop these idiots climbing all over it. Not long ago some clown had to be removed by the fire brigade after being trapped on it. History is wasted on youth.
Better they move it soon to stop these idiots climbing all over it. Not long ago some clown had to be removed by the fire brigade after being trapped on it. History is wasted on youth. Mervyn James

2:44pm Wed 12 Sep 12

dailoco says...

I once made a suggestion that the City of Newport Model Engineering Club could give it a good home but there was no comments ether way.
This little loco is part of our industrial past and yes it should be looked after.
Many years ago a friend of mine wanted to save a mine sinking engine to put on display on the waterfront.The machine was made by the Uskside Engineering Company,a company that I had almost 30 years of my working life in.
Once again this machine went for scrap just one more piece of industrial history of our Town as it was then distroyed.
Dave Lewis
I once made a suggestion that the City of Newport Model Engineering Club could give it a good home but there was no comments ether way. This little loco is part of our industrial past and yes it should be looked after. Many years ago a friend of mine wanted to save a mine sinking engine to put on display on the waterfront.The machine was made by the Uskside Engineering Company,a company that I had almost 30 years of my working life in. Once again this machine went for scrap just one more piece of industrial history of our Town as it was then distroyed. Dave Lewis dailoco

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