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The Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway has confirmed that GWR Pannier Tank No. 7714 will be visiting the railway for its Annual Steam Gala in September.
7714 is visiting from the Severn Valley Railway, and will be one of the main attractions of the gala, which takes place from Friday 9th to Sunday 11th September.
Built in 1930, 7714 was one of 863 Collett 5700 Class Pannier Tank engines and spent most of its working life at Birkenhead. It was withdrawn from main line duties in 1959 after clocking up over half a million miles in service and sold to the National Coal Board for further use at Penallta Colliery near Ystrad Mynach in the county of Glamorgan, which is just ten miles away from Blaenavon as the crow flies. In 1973 it entered life in preservation at the Severn Valley Railway.
This article first appeared on www.railadvent.co.uk
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