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T9 locomotive to remain at Swanage

Swanage Railway Trust hopes to return the locomotive to steam.

The Swanage Railway Trust and the National Railway Museum are pleased to announce that they have reached agreement for the national collection’s London & South Western Railway T9 locomotive, 30120 to remain on the Swanage Railway.

This new agreement will see the T9 locomotive stored at Swanage Railway following expiry of its boiler certificate in August 2020. The agreement includes provision for limited disassembly, including a boiler lift, for the Trust to assess the potential for the locomotive to be returned to steam.

The T9 class locomotive was built at Nine Elms Locomotive Works in 1899 for LSWR (London South Western Railway). The locomotive was withdrawn in 1963 and later joined the National Collection where it went on display at the National Railway Museum in York. It was overhauled at the Flour Mill in the Forest of Dean for service on the Bodmin & Wenford Railway in 2010, before moving to Swanage in 2017.

Commenting on the agreement, Swanage Railway Trust said: “The T9 has been a popular member of the Swanage Railway fleet for some years now and we are delighted to have reached agreement with the National Railway Museum for the locomotive to stay in our care and, hopefully, to be overhauled and returned to service.”

Anthony Coulls, Senior Curator of Rail Transport & Technology at the National Railway Museum, added: “The T9 remains a valued part of the museum’s collection, and we have enjoyed sharing it with heritage lines across the country where it has been in steam, especially the Bodmin & Wenford Railway and most recently the Swanage Railway. The National Railway Museum’s Operating Rail Vehicle Strategy published in 2019 is due for review, but we still see a working future for 30120, dependent on the practicality of another overhaul to working condition.”

No timetable has yet been set for the assessment although the Swanage Railway is keen to complete this as soon as possible for it to be included in its overall motive power plan.

The Swanage Railway Trust’s LSWR T3 locomotive, number 563, is currently being overhauled at the Flour Mill Workshop, in the Forest of Dean.

ENDS

For more information, please contact:

Matt McManus (07825 237306 / matt.mcmanus@swanagerailway.co.uk),

Simon Baylis (01904 686 299 / simon.baylis@railwaymuseum.org.uk)

or Pete Livesey (01904 809 646 / peter.livesey@railwaymuseum.org.uk)

About Swanage Railway

  • The volunteer-led Swanage Railway is managed by the Swanage Railway Trust, a registered charity
  • Train services and retail operations are operated by the Swanage Railway Company, the trading arm of the Swanage Railway Trust
  • The award-winning Swanage Railway carried more than 200,000 passengers during 2019
  • The Swanage Railway boosts the Purbeck economy by more than £15 million a year
  • The ten-mile branch line from Wareham to Corfe Castle and Swanage was opened in May, 1885 – after businessmen tried for 40 years to win permission to build a railway
  • Despite many objections, British Rail closed the Swanage branch line in January, 1972
  • Six and a half miles of track was lifted for scrap during the summer of 1972—from Swanage to Corfe Castle and beyond Norden to Motala, half a mile east of Furzebrook
  • The Swanage Railway was demolished in just seven short weeks and it took dedicated volunteers some 30 very long years to relay it
  • The Swanage Railway Trust has a national membership of some 4,000 people
  • Some 450 people regularly volunteer their services on the Swanage Railway in a variety of operational, maintenance and restoration roles
  • Volunteer roles include running trains, locomotive and carriage maintenance and restoration, retail and catering, administration, track maintenance, signalling and telecommunications, marketing and publicity

About the National Railway Museum

  • The National Railway Museum in York has the largest collection of railway objects in the world and prior to Covid-19, attracted more than 750,000 visitors per year
  • The collection includes over 260 locomotives and rolling stock, 600 coins and medals and railway uniform, equipment, documents, records, artwork and photographs
  • Admission to the National Railway Museum is free
  • For more information visit www.railwaymuseum.org.uk
  • The National Railway Museum is part of the Science Museum Group of five national museums.