The only steam locomotive of its kind left in the world returned to a village near Newtown after almost a century.

Around 50 people including pupils from the local primary school gathered in Kerry to welcome Diana, also known as Kerr Stuart No 1158, back to the village on Monday afternoon (September 13).

The steam locomotive, which carried timber from nearby forests to the mainline station in Glanmule, was crewed by German prisoners of war and locals between 1917 and 1925.

Kerry resident and local historian Carrie White said: "It’s just the most exciting thing because this is the first time in 100 years that this locomotive has been here.

"It’s a miracle that Phil Mason has saved it and restored it so beautifully and has given us the opportunity to see it and remember all the industry that went on at the Sawmills and up the valley."

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County Times: Diana the steam locomotive returned to Kerry near Newtown after almost 100 years on September 13, 2021. Picture by Anwen Parry/County Times

Diana's current custodian Phil Mason said he had always wanted to bring the locomotive back to Kerry.

"I’m very proud. I didn’t think this many people would come down to see a steam engine to be honest but it’s something I wanted to do and there’s been a lot of interest.

"It’s a totally unique engine. None of the other 50 or so made still exist. This is the only one of its type."

He added: "There’s a lot of local history behind it."

The steam locomotive was travelling back to its home in Amerton, Staffordshire after visiting the Talyllyn Railway in Tywyn.