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Gwili Steam Railway welcome 75 Ton Breakdown Crane to Carmarthen

The Welsh Railways Trust has welcomed a new arrival to the Gwili Steam Railway in the form of 75T Breakdown Crane ADRC 96714 thanks to the Science Museum Group and Network Rail.

The crane will increase the lifting capacity of the Gwili Steam Railway and will also be crucial in the northern extension of the line towards Llanpumsaint.

The crane was built by Cowans Sheldon in Carlisle and entered service with BR in 1980 as part of the modernisation of recovery operations. The crane operated across Britain but was based in South Wales from 1983 until 2008, and was operational until 2017.

The Railway Heritage Committee selected crane ADRC 96714 to be preserved at the end of its working life.

In 2019, The Railway Heritage Designation Advisory Board identified 96714 as a candidate for transfer to a new home, and after a process of due diligence with a number of parties interested, the Welsh Railways Trust were the successful recipient of the crane.

Credit: Dewi Jones

After six months of planning, the crane was delivered to Bronwydd Arms on the 16th and 17th December.

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