OKLR launches appeal for Hunslet 920 “Pamela”

[34] Michael Holden Pamelacrop



With the Ffestiniog Railway’s Hunslet 125 celebrations taking place in June, the Old Kiln Light Railway has decided to launch a donation drive to help fund the construction of a replacement boiler for our own ex-Penrhyn Hunslet, Works Nº920, “Pamela”.

Built in 1906, Pamela was supplied to, and worked most of her life at Penrhyn Slate Quarry in north Wales, there she was modified with the boiler and cab from Hudswell Clarke Nº1643 “Bronllwyd” resulting in her unique appearence today.

Pamela has been at the kiln since 1984, since then she has been stripped for overhaul although much work was put into her initially, progress stalled when it came to the boiler, which is now beyond re-use.

In 2013 Pamela was bought from the owner by the railway, but focus has been on the overhaul of our main O&K locomotive “Elouise”.

With good progress being made on “Elouise”, we are now looking to the future of our second steam locomotive, we are armed with approved boiler designs and have opened a dialogue with Israel Newton & Sons, builders of a practically identical boiler for Hudswell Clarke Nº1238, based at the Moseley railway trust.

“Pamela” will also be represented at the Hunslet 125 event, with a manned stall display in the wagon sheds at Minffordd yard, please feel free to visit us if you have any questions, or wish to contribute to our aim.

If you would like to help donate or share the cause, please visit our fundraiser page at:



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