Kitson 0-6-0ST No 47 Carnarvon
Carnarvon was built by Kitsons of Leeds in 1934, works number 5474, to a Manning Wardle design as part of a large order from steel makers, Stewarts and Lloyds of Corby, where she became No. 47.
She spent her whole 35 year working life at Corby, hauling iron ore from the area's quarries to the blast furnaces. A number of locomotives carried the names of Welsh towns as there was a strong connection between Wales and members of the S&L board. Having been manufactured in England, the nameplates carried Anglicised versions of the towns' names, which did not always find favour with those from the Celtic fringe!
Steam locomotives were gradually phased out by S&L during the 1960s and Carnarvon was purchased in working order by the Worcester Locomotive Society in 1969 and went to the embryonic Severn Valley Railway where she spent the winter of 1969/1970 on works trains and even hauled Santa Claus himself on Christmas trains in 1969.
She moved to Bulmers Railway Centre in Hereford in 1970 where she remained until arriving on the SDR in 1993. During the oil crisis of 1973, Carnarvon was used to shunt trains of cider apples in place of the more normal diesel locos. This prompted her appearance on national TV under the story of 'steam to the rescue'!
Carnarvon is currently out of use but was externally restored to green livery in 2010 and stands as a static exhibit at Totnes Littlehempston station.