- Published: Monday, 25 March 2019 15:40
News and updates on the restoration of 2678
The lockdown in response to coronavirus has slowed work in April and delayed updates here but good progress was made in February and early March.
Boiler test - March 2020 Photo © Dan Dickson
Isle of Wight style bunker fitted and painted - February & March 2020 Photos © Dan Dickson
Cut along dotted line! The preservation-era bunker about to be removed - 7 February 2020. Photo © Andy Hardy
2678 on Schedule for Spring Return To Steam Shed staff and volunteers at the Kent & East Sussex Railway’s Rolvenden Loco Works are making good progress with the overhaul of locomotive 2678 in readiness for the popular “Terrier” Class engine to make a return to traffic this spring – 80 years after the 1880-built veteran first arrived on the line. FULL STORY HERE
Funds are still needed to allow momentum to be maintained.
The old boards from the cab floor have been removed and the metalwork underneath thoroughly needlegunned to removed the accumalted coal dust and other debris.
Photo © Liam Head - 9 October 2019
With the daily running season over the staff and volunteers at the K&ESR's Rolvenden Works have been able to focus on 2678's overhaul and have made rapid progress
Download the latest report here 2678 Update - Sept 2019
The K&ESR's 36ton steam crane was used to lift 2678's boiler
Photo © Alan Crotty - 8 July 2019
Adrian Landi and Dan Dickson removing rivets in prepartion for the removal of the smokebox
Photo © David Nibloe - 26 June 2019
2678 stripped down in readiness for a visit from the boiler inspector
Photo © Robin White - 24 May 19
Terrier Trust members visited Rolvenden following the Trust's AGM on 11 May to see progress on 2678 first-hand. Dismantling is proceeding apace with tanks, dome, chimney and part of the cab removed in preparation for lifting the boiler out of the frames.
A largely-dismantled 2678 stands in the yard at Rolvenden © Graham Hukins - 11 May 19
32678 devoid of chimney as dismantling progresses © Tom White - 30 Apr 19
The remaining cab fittings had been taken off by the end of April © Tom White - 30 Apr 19
Staff and volunteers at the Kent & East Sussex Railway’s Rolvenden locomotive works have made a start on the overhaul of Trust's locomotive No. 32678 which should see the 1880-built Terrier return to service towards the end of this year - the first element of the exciting Terrier 150 initiative.
The sunset of 32678's previous spell in traffic came in late February. She is seen here rounding Orpin's curve near Rolvenden on 22 Feb 19. © Andrew Hardy