Custodians of locomotives No 3 "Bodiam" and No 32678

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2678 - 9 Jan 2000 © Hugh Nightingale

News and updates on the restoration of 2678

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Click here for full details of Terrier 150 programme


APRIL 2020

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 Steam Test Dan Dickson lr

Boiler test - March 2020 Photo © Dan Dickson

IOW style bunker painted Dan Dickson lr

Newly fitted IOW style bunker Dan Dickson lr

Isle of Wight style bunker fitted and painted - February & March 2020 Photos © Dan Dickson

Bunker cut here

Cut along dotted line!  The preservation-era bunker about to be removed - 7 February 2020. Photo © Andy Hardy

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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

George Moffatt Painting one of the big ends in primer Travis Simms

Boiler with new smokebox Jan 2020 Matt

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.

Needlegunned cab floor Liam Head 9 10 19

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

Smokebox Trial Fit September 2019









JULY 2019

The K&ESR's 36ton steam crane was used to lift 2678's boiler

Boiler Lift 8 Jul Alan Crotty

Photo © Alan Crotty - 8 July 2019


JUNE 2019

Adrian Landi and Dan Dickson removing rivets in prepartion for the removal of the smokebox

Rivet removal 27 June 2019 David Nibloe

Photo © David Nibloe - 26 June 2019


MAY 2019

2678 stripped down in readiness for a visit from the boiler inspector

2678 Rolvenden 24 5 19 R White

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.

2678 largely dismantled Rolvenden 11 May 2019 G Hukins

2678 largely dismantled B Rolvenden 11 May 2019 G Hukins

2678 largely dismantled C Rolvenden 11 May 2019 G Hukins

2678 largely dismantled D Rolvenden 11 May 2019 G Hukins

A largely-dismantled 2678 stands in the yard at Rolvenden © Graham Hukins - 11 May 19


APRIL 2019

2678 no chimney 30 4 19 Tom White low res

32678 devoid of chimney as dismantling progresses © Tom White - 30 Apr 19


2678 Cab No Fittings 30 4 19 T White low res

The remaining cab fittings had been taken off by the end of April © Tom White - 30 Apr 19


MARCH 2019

32678 start of overhaul David Brenchley 20 Mar 19

32678 with gauges and some cab fittings removed ready for the start of her overhaul © David Brenchley - 20 Mar 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.


32678 photo charter Orpins sunset 22 Feb 19 Andrew Hardy

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