Central Electricity Generating Board 0-4-0ST No. 15 ‘Eustace Forth’

Copyright © Robin R. Beck

October 29th, 2017
A loco that’s moved around more in preservation than in it’s working life. Supplied by Robert Stephensons and Hawthorns from their Newcastle upon Tyne works to the CRGB’s Dunston power station on the opposite bank of the river, where it spent it’s entire working life.

It was preserved and restored by the Hexham Rolling Stock Fund and worked a little on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, but was too small for that line’s needs as the public service started. It moved to the National Railway Museum at York, then to their Shildon Locomotion site. In both cases the idea was to provide a small steam loco for short rides at the museums. The museum didn’t repair it when it failed with boiler issues and it subsequently moved to the Foxfield Railway who have overhauled it and put it back to it’s original appearance.

— Steve Frost



Imperial Chemical Industries 0-4-0T No. RS8

Copyright (C) Robin R. Beck

In May of 2014 Robin R. Beck posted the following information about this locomotive:
Avonside works number 1913 was built in 1923 and was later converted to a 0-4-0DM by ICI at their South Central Workshops, Tunstead.

This loco is preserved at the National Stone Centre, Winksworth, Derbyshire. It is stored outside.

Further news of this locomotive came from Pete Briddon on October 13th, 2017:

This loco left the National Stone Centre in June 2016. It is currently the subject of a joint restoration between its owners and Tarmac, the successors to ICI at Tunstead. It is being restored in its disel-hydraulic format

London & South Western Railway 4-4-0 No. 120 30120

Copyright (C) Phil Horton

October 11th, 2017
The NRM’s LSWR T9 No. 30120 has had some problems with its cylinder block and has not been running at the Swanage Railway since it arrived there in August. But the NRM is sorting out the problem to get 30120 running again as there examining what can be done. But the loco will now be staying at the Swanage Railway in Dorset for now as it will not be returning to the Bodmin and Wenford Railway.

— Russell Newman

NCB Valleyfield Colliery 0-4-0ST No. 53

Copyright (C) Royston Morris

October 9th, 2017
Still at this location 08/10/2017

— Dave Crawley

November 29th, 2015
One of four locos still reported in this scrap yard. According to ‘Steam Railway’ magazine it was withdrawn from service as long ago as the 1960s and has been in scrap yards ever since. Recent photos show a fairly complete loco but steadily advancing rust, as you can, no doubt imagine.
— Steve Frost

Southern Railway 4-6-2 No. 34039 ‘Boscastle’

Copyright (C) Phil Horton

October 8th, 2017
I was down at the Great Central Railway yesterday where I met a guy involved in 34039. Who told me the all of the bottom end of the locomotive is all complete and all the work now is being turned to the boiler as it needs a new inner steel firebox fitted. The loco should be back in by 2020.

— Russell Newman

Southern Railway 4-4-0 No. 928 30928 ‘Stowe’

Copyright (C) Mike Esau

October 7th, 2017
One of the three surviving ‘Schools’ class locos of the Southern Railway. These powerful three cylinder locos were Britain’s last new 4-4-0s and Europe’s most powerful 4-4-0. They worked express trains on the Southern where their power made for some lively running. All were named after British public schools.

— Steve Frost

London & South Western Railway 4-4-2T No. 488 30583

Copyright (C) Owen Chapman

October 7th, 2017
A loco with a long history. Built by the LSWR for commuter service in the London area, it passed in the ownership of the Government during the Great War, being sold to the East Kent Railway in 1919. The EKR was one of Colonel Holman F Stephens’ collection of light railways which relied heavily on second hand locos like this one.

The rest of the locos passed to the Southern Railway in 1923, and all were scrapped in 1927 apart from two which were retained to work the rural Lyme Regis branch line in Dorset. The loco’s flexible wheelbase made them the only suitable type to work round the sharp curves of the Lyme Regis branch. No 488 was bought by the Southern in 1946 and re-united with its former class mates. Three locos meant that two would always be available for traffic.

In 1948 the Southern Railway became part of the nationalised British Railways and the trio continued to work the Lyme Regis branch until they were replaced by LMS designed class 2 2-6-2T locos in 1960. After withdrawal, the loco was preserved for the Bluebell Railway.

This beautiful Victorian tank engine is a most remarkable survivor, you could almost say it has had a charmed life, but it does need a new boiler before it can work again. Until that day comes it is on display to show what elegant machinery was used on commuter trains in the 19th Century. Far more impressive than the electric units that replaced it.

— Steve Frost