Allocation at the Aberdare shed (86J and later 88J): Jan 1st 1963

from Mountford, E. R. and Kidner, R. W., The Aberdare Railway, The Oakwood Press

This was the engine shed in Robertstown next to our playing field. Click on the class number in the table below to view the relevant page of the Great Western Archive which has lots of interesting information on these steam locomotives. The engines listed here would have been among the last ones of the steam era to work in the Cynon Valley, and the pictures in the archive may jog your memory if you were interested in engines at the time. I’ve read that the shed was numbered 86J from nationalisation until the end of 1960, but then it was taken over by the Cardiff Division of the Western region (instead of the Newport Division) and renumbered 88J.

Class Wheels Engines at Aberdare shed in 1963 Preserved examples
2800 2-8-0 3816, 3839, 3843, 3847, 3850, 3853, 3860, 3866 2861 3822 3850
4300 2-6-0 6361 7325
7200 2-8-2T 7209, 7214, 7234, 7247 7200
4200 2-8-0T 4252, 4257, 4279
5237, 5240, 5249, 5263
4277
5224
5600 0-6-2T 5624, 5633, 5647, 5649, 5680
6605, 6622, 6628, 6651, 6661, 6664, 6673, 6690
5637  5643
6686
5700 0-6-0T 3603, 3627, 3655, 3699
3753
4688
7423
8723
9600, 9607
9731, 9747
5775 9600 9681  3738

The Great Western Archive is an excellent source of information.
You can get a list of all GWR engines in preservation if you click here.
Visit their home page for much more.