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Old steam engine found in Forest of Dean

Posted on 19th December 2013

A large beam steam engine, built in Pontypool, is currently being excavated in the Forest of Dean by the Coal Authority.

The engine, which was formerly based at the New Fancy Colliery at Parkend, is being excavated close-by to many of the currently bookable country homes in the Forest of Dean.

A member of the Coal Authority, John Delaney, told a local newspaper that the authority knew the engine was in the Forest of Dean and that they are now planning to dig it up from its shaft and then place it on a plinth as a new visitor attraction.

Alistair Grieve, of Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway, where the steam engine was built, said, “Quite often when mines were closed the equipment was just left behind if there was no further use for it as the cost involved in trying to remove them could not be justified.”

The steam engine is currently being excavated and it is hoped that it will be on show to the public by the start of next year.

Image Credit: Loco Steve (flickr.com)