NEWS FROM SOUTH DEVON
JOINT STATEMENT BETWEEN THE WSRA AND FOUR ONE SIX 0 LTD
The WSRA have mutually agreed with Mr Crees and Mr Johnson an agreement which benefits the Four One Six 0 Ltd and WSRA, enabling the Company and the Charity to move forward in a positive way so both can concentrate on their respective heritage objectives.
27th February 2022
Nearly 60 years ago, near the end of 4160's working life on British Rail, driver Llewelyn Davies (second left with hat) and Fireman Jack Davies (first left) and others were photographed at Aberdare Station(!) in front of 4160 about 1964. This reflects a different era in the history of railways. Llewelyn Davies was born in 1904 and lived in Aberaman and worked all his life on the railway. He worked his way up to driver, and retired when steam was made obsolete and he passed away in 1976 aged 72. He gave 45 years of service to the railway and on his retirement was presented with a watch (pictured below). He married Sarah and had 5 children. Llewelyn's normal route was Aberdare to Pontypool Road and Severn Tunnel. On the return trip from Pontypool with a goods train he would stop at Cwnbach Halt to pick up his daughter, pram plus grandchild and put them in the guards van and drop them off at Aberdare station. His grandson Russel Jones supplied the photographs and this charming story, we hope that more information will be discovered about the others in the photograph.
Mike Crees - November 2021
4160 SAFELY ARRIVES AT THE SOUTH DEVON RAILWAY
The locomotive 4160 was moved from Llangollen Railway workshop to the South Devon Railway at Buckfastleigh to complete her rebuild. The removal crew was headed up by Ray Lee and Paul Johnson, both 4160 directors and helped by John Hasker and Mick Prior both shareholders also Ray's brother Andrew Lee of R&A Commercials, driver "Bubbles" from Brett Ellacott Haulage and driver "Metal" from SM Smith Haulage . They did a fantastic job of locating all the components in not the most ideal conditions and getting them safely loaded onto the transport assisted by the staff of Llangollen works. On arrival at Buckfastleigh there was a crew of 8 volunteers and staff ready to unload and store all the components, they all did an expert job and I would like to thank them for their assistance.
The 5542 Group will now be custodians of 4160 for the next 13 years. We look forward to our association with 5542 and SDR to help preserve this popular locomotive.
Mike Crees, Chairman
10th October 2020 MORE PHOTOGRAPHS IN THE GALLERY
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Four One Six 0 Ltd
2 Warden Road
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