BRITANNIA BR 70000
This magnificent fifteen inch scale locomotive is exactly quarter full size. The construction spanned over 20 years. It was originally started by Longfleet Engineering Co in Poole Dorset. They used British Rail drawings to ensure that the locomotive is accurate in every detail. The boiler was built by Gowers of Bedford.
After the death of the customer in 1965 the chassis and parts were purchased by an ex-South African engineer and were transported to the Isle of Wight. They lay in a shed until a train enthusiast discovered them. Colin Cartwright purchased them and commissioned TMA Engineering of Birmingham to complete the building of the locomotive.
In August 1988 they were ready for the boiler test and steam trials. The locomotive was loaned to The National Railway Museum in York before being brought to Betws-Y- Coed. At 18 feet long it makes a memorable centre piece of Conwy Valley Railway Museum.