Palmerston No 4 Steam Train

Keith Larby

Biggin Hill, United Kingdom

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Palmerston is (probably) the fourth loco made for the FR. It was delivered to the FR in March 1864. The engine was named after Viscount Palmerston (external link) (1784-1865), Liberal Prime Minister and Chairman of the Welsh Slate, Copper & Lead Mining Co’s quarry at Blaenau Ffestiniog.
At the start of the maintenance books, in December 1874 Palmerston is in the works awaiting ferrules for a second hand set of boiler tubes (from Little Giant). They arrived and were fitted, 4 months later!
Palmerston was sent to Llanwnda (Dinas) in May 1876 to help with the construction of the NWNGR. By September the record shows that a man had to be sent from Boston Lodge to repair ‘her’. The list of materials required was “a set of brasses, set of brake blocks, 6 piston rings & 4 split pins”. Palmerston returned to the FR on 9th July 1877. On return, there was a long list of repairs including wheel turning, new pistons and piston rings, crankpins, neck rings, piston cotters, closing up slidebars, closing up eccentric straps,link motion overhauled, axle boxes refitted, reversing lever and quadrant overhauled, 4 mudholes re-tapped, new brakeblocks, new gauge glass and valves set up. It wasn’t until 30th July that the engine was fit for traffic.

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