Talyllyn Railway locomotive Number 2, ‘Dolgoch has returned to service after an extensive programme of refurbishment.
Dolgoch was withdrawn in the autumn of 2021 to be taken apart and stripped down for her regular overhaul and 10-year boiler inspection. Dolgoch is the second of the railway’s original two steam locomotives that had worked up until Talyllyn Railway Preservation Society was formed in 1951.
The loco, which has now been repainted in the traditional Talyllyn Railway green livery, returned to service for Founders Day on May 14 when it double headed the ‘Heart of Gold’ train with locomotive No.7 ‘Tom Rolt’.
The teaming of the locos was very apt, as No.2, the ‘Old Lady’, kept services running in the early days and No.7 is named after Tom Rolt who, along with other early preservation pioneers, saved the railway.
Dolgoch continued in daily service over the Bank Holiday and school half term week when a busy timetable saw four of the society’s six locos available in steam each day, enabling an easier turn around at Tywyn Wharf Station.
Lorraine Simkiss, the railway’s commercial general manager, is delighted to see Number 2, ‘Dolgoch return. “She is back at last and looking superb in the traditional livery of Deep Bronze Green,” she said.
“The 10-year overhaul was plagued by breakages and setbacks which had considerably delayed the return. However, the team pulled together and it is lovely to see her back now and once again part of The Steam Team!”
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