De Winton locomotive ‘Watkin’

De Winton vertical-boilered locomotive 'Watkin'


22 April 2012

Penrhyn Castle Industrial Railway Museum

SH 60277 71968; 53.22631°N, 4.09447°W


The 1893 vertical-boilered De Winton ‘Watkin’ is on display in the Industrial Railway Museum at Penrhyn Castle. The remains of her older sister ‘Penmaen’ are still in situ braving the elements at Penmaenmawr Granite Quarries, where they both worked. Penmaen was built in 1878 and was last used around 1944.


Penmaenmawr & Welsh Granite Co. 0-4-0 Tank Locomotive.
Gauge: 3′ 0″. Coupled wheels: 1′ 8″ diameter. Two vertical Cylinders 6″ x 10″.

Built 1893 by De Winton & Co, of Caernarfon and worked at the Penmaenmawr Granite Quarries until 1944. Purchased 1966 by the late Mr Evan Hughes of Llanrwst and placed on loan to the National Trust by his daughter, Mrs D Williams, in May 1972

 — Penrhyn Castle information plaque

Watkin - loaned to the National Trust in 1972 and on display in Penrhyn Castle's Industrial Railway Museum

Watkin's colleague 'Penmaen', quietly rusting away high up on the hillside at Penmaenmawr Granite Quarries

Watkin - cosmetically restored and on display

Penmaen - stripped bare and in an advanced state of oxidation

Connecting rods and crankshaft


Cylinders and boiler


9 thoughts on “De Winton locomotive ‘Watkin’

  1. Isn’t this a thing of beauty? The colours are so right for it. Your photographs of the conserved “Watkin” are perfect, the lighting and exposure spot-on. I like the way you’ve compared the two and their differing circumstances…intriguing.


    • Thanks Iain. I found Watkin quite a difficult subject to photograph with it being tucked into a corner very close to other exhibits. Glad you like the comparison – I thought it was interesting to contrast it to the remains of Penmaen.


  2. No entiendo nada de locomotoras, pero si me han gustado las imágenes, y sobre todo los colores de las de color y como has combinado perfectamente esta serie a color y blanco y negro, saludos

    Locomotives do not understand anything, but I liked the pictures, especially the colors of the color and how well this series have combined color and black and white, Greetings


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