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Last Updated: Tuesday, 17 May, 2005, 05:56 GMT 06:56 UK
Railway's first loco for 80 years
Tattoo class steam locomotive number seven - copyright Corris Railway
The new train is expected to go into service in the summer
The first new steam locomotive for more than 80 years will arrive at a narrow-gauge railway on Tuesday.

It has taken Corris Railway Society 10 years to pay for the Tattoo class loco, which was built section by section as money became available.

On the Powys-Gwynedd border near Machynlleth, the track dates back to the 1800s. It was closed in 1948, but reopened in 2002.

The new train is expected to go into service in the summer.

Corris railway supplied a passenger service from 1883, but in 1930 it was closed to the public and used as a route for slate.

In 2002, Corris Railway Society reopened the track to passengers.

Society treasurer Richard Greenhough said: "The loco has been constructed in Daventry over a 10-year period, funded by subscription from members of the Corris Railway Society.

"It is the railway's first new steam loco since 1921, and may also be the first all-new steam loco constructed for the 2ft 3in track gauge since that date."

Steam trains are far more attractive to people
Richard Greenhough

Mr Greenhough added: "Over the next few days it will be tested and then drivers will be given training."

"We decided we wanted to build a locomotive because there was nothing second hand available and steam trains are far more attractive to people."

Corris Railway also has three diesel engines which it has used to carry passengers along its three-quarters-of-a-mile section.

Planning officials at Gwynedd Council and Snowdonia National Park are considering an application to extend the route to two-and-a-half miles.

Built in Daventry in Northamptonshire, the new locomotive will arrive by truck from Tamworth in Staffordshire, where it is being painted.

It will be met in Machynlleth by the town mayor before continuing its journey to the railway's sheds at Maespoeth, Corris.

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