This locomotive was named Michael when new, and worked at the Woodland Park Miniature Railway; a short-lived line beside the shore of the Isle of Grain, across the water from Rochester in Kent.

Subsequently, it ran for a few years in the tea garden of a pub in Cheshire, before being sold during the winter of 1927/28 to Belle Vue Zoo, Manchester. Once there, it soon acquired the name Railway Queen, in honour of the Queen of the annual Railwaymen’s Carnivals, held at Belle Vue.

Railway Queen returned to Rhyl in the 1980s, then joined the later No.105 Michael on display at James Pringle Weavers shop, Llanfair Pwyll Gwyn on Anglesey, before being re-returned to Rhyl in 2007.

Michael, with Railway Queen was positioned outside Central Station during the 2008 Old Friends Gala weekend and when five Barnes Atlantics were seen together.

At the moment Railway Queen is on static display inside RMR’s Central Station. The locomotive is complete and we fancy that at some future date it may steam again. Restoration work has been carried out on the tender of Railway Queen and we expect that soon this part of the work will be complete.

We have removed the boiler from the chassis of the locomotive and will in due course be fitting a new boiler, which we have on order from TRS Boilermakers.


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