- Published: Monday, 27 January 2020 18:57
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. At that time she was on loan from the Southern Railway to help cover a temporary shortage of motive power and ended up staying for over 18 years!
The restoration is part of the Terrier 150 project – a decade-long series of activities around the 150th Anniversary of the pioneering Terrier Class locomotives – contributions are needed to ensure the restoration continues apace, as with sufficient resources 2678 should return to service around Easter.
- Published: Tuesday, 14 May 2019 11:40
The Trust's 1880-built “Terrier” locomotive, 2678, is to be fitted with an “Isle of Wight-style” bunker as part of the overhaul that is currently underway at Rolvenden Locomotive Works.
The work is part of Terrier 150 – the programme recently-launched by the two organisations that will encompass overhauls of 2678 and sister Terrier No. 3 Bodiam in readiness for decade-long series of activities to celebrate the 150th Birthday of the extremely popular class of tank-engines and to tell the story of the versatile and diminutive locos.
Amongst the first events marked as part of the progamme, will be the 80th anniversary of 2678 arriving on the K&ESR which falls early next year. 2678 was hired from the Southern Railway and pressed into K&ESR service on 15 February 1940 to cover a “temporary” locomotive shortage. The dearth of operational engines was in fact so severe that 2678 was based at the K&ESR for 6,821 days - eventually leaving in October 1958 when 03 Class diesels took over duties on the line. During her time on the K&ESR, traffic levels had soared during WWII, the line became part of British Railway with Nationalisation in 1948 and passenger services were withdrawn in 1954!
- Published: Friday, 12 April 2019 09:14
The Kent & East Sussex Railway and The Terrier Trust have launched a £150,000 appeal to ensure the line’s two Terrier Class locomotives Nos. 3 Bodiam and 2678 are returned to action for a decade-long series of activities to celebrate Bodiam’s 150th birthday in 2022 and to tell the story of the once 50-strong class of diminutive locos, whose longevity and usefulness is legendary.
Money is needed to fund twin-track overhauls of both locomotives which are the oldest in the Kent & East Sussex Railway’s fleet and, almost uniquely in preservation, have spent much of their working lives on the line on which they are preserved.
Bodiam, as L&BSCR No. 70 Poplar, was the first of the Terrier Class constructed in 1872 and one of the first batch to enter service. She arrived at the K&ESR in 1901 having been purchased second-hand by the fledgling light railway for just £650. She was a regular performer until the line closed to passengers in the 1950s, before a brief spell in the company of other class members on the Hayling Island Branch after which she was saved for preservation, returning to the K&ESR in 1964.
She has proved a popular locomotive with crews and visitors in the subsequent decades, having worked on and off throughout the preservation era and was withdrawn from service in January 2017 when her latest boiler certificate expired. The Trust, which owns 75% of the loco, and K&ESR, who have a 25% share, have invested heavily in her upkeep in recent decades including fitting a brand-new boiler in the 1990s, so both charities are determined to see her in action for her 150th Birthday.
Work to achieve that commenced on 10 April when No. 3 was moved from the K&ESR to the Weybourne workshops of the North Norfolk Railway for initial dismantling and thorough assessment.
- Published: Saturday, 23 March 2019 14:40
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 locomotive was nearing the end of her current "10 year ticket" but is in relatively good condition having benefitted from extensive refurbishment of her motion during the last overhaul a decade ago and significant boiler work, including a full retube, in early 2017. This, coupled with a suitable window in the K&ESR’s overhaul schedule, has allowed the work to be programmed now.
Work on the loco, will see her re-enter service in her 1940s colour scheme of plain Southern Railway black with sunshine lettering as No. 2678. This was guise she wore when she was first hired by the K&ESR in 1940 to cover a temporary locomotive shortage – she ended up being a mainstay of the line’s motive power until 1958!
- Published: Wednesday, 20 March 2019 15:26
Terrier 150– a £150,000 programme being compiled jointly by The Terrier Trust and K&ESR to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Terrier Class and tell the story of the diminutive yet versatile locomotives has been previewed to Terrier Trust Members and K&ESR staff & volunteers.
The decade-long programme of activities will see Terriers No. 3 “Bodiam” and 2678 overhauled and returned to service. The plucky pair are the oldest in the Kent & East Sussex Railway’s fleet and representatives of a type that has been synonymous with the line for over a century. They are owned by The Terrier Trust CIO* and cared for by the K&ESR.
Ahead of Terrier 150 being publicly announced next month, Terrier Trust Chairman, Tom White, presented K&ESR Chairman, Simon Marsh, with a cheque for £15,000 as fundraising efforts were outlined at the K&ESR’s annual staff and volunteers meeting on Saturday 16 March. The K&ESR has contributed a similar sum to Terrier 150 to enable work to start in earnest ahead of the public launch of the appeal.
* Ownership of No. 3 Bodiam is split, with The Terrier Trust CIO owning 75% and the K&ESR 25%. 2678 is wholly-owned by TTT
- Published: Monday, 25 February 2019 17:17
Glorious weather, a terrific Terrier and two beautifully restored Southern Railway "Maunsell" coaches dating from the 1930s, were the ingredients that combined to serve up a tasty treat to photographers taking part in a special photocharter with 32678 on Friday 22 February.
The photocharter was on the eve of the loco's final weekend in regular passenger service before withdrawal for a fast track overhaul expected to take around 6 - 8 months.
Photos © Andrew Hardy
- Published: Friday, 22 February 2019 09:51
One of the Trust's two "Terriers", No 32678, has a starring role in the latest episode of the popular BBC 2 series Great British Railway Journeys. The show airs on BBC2 at 6.30pm on 22 February and is then available on iPlayer.
The episode sees Portillo head from East Malling to Rye, taking in the Kent & East Sussex Railway en-route. Terriers have been synonymous with the line since its earliest days so it's no surprise that 32678 was chosen to haul the special train for the filming which took place in October 2018. The dimuntive stalwart was paired with SECR "birdcage" coach No 1100 and two wagons to form a mixed train evocative of those that ran on the line in the middle of the last century. 32678 is no stranger to the "the mixed" having frequently been employed on similar workings during her extended stay on the K&ESR from 1940 until 1954, initially on hire from the Southern and later under the auspices of British Railways.
32678 is scheduled to be in action on the Kent & East Sussex Railway on 23 and 24 February working her last trips prior to withdrawal for overhaul.
- Published: Wednesday, 16 January 2019 12:05
Terrier Trust locomotive 32678 is to take part in celebrations to mark the 100th Birthday of the K&ESR locomotive No 376 "Norwegian". The K&ESR's only tender engine was built in 1919 in Sweden for use in Norway and spent some if it's career on snowplough duties within the Arctic Circle including working a line that has a station called "Hell"!
The centenarian will be joined by its older shedmate, No 32678 - currently the line's oldest working locomotive. The overhaul of the 1880-built Terrier, scheduled to start earlier this winter has been postpoed to allow the dimuntive loco to work alongside 376 throughout half term week. Trains will run between Tenterden Town and Bodiam on 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 23 and 24 February with 32678 working a two-car set of restored Southern Railway coaches dating from the 1930s while 376 will be at the head of a train of carriages originally built for Biritsh Railways in the 1950s.
For further details, timetable and prices see the February Half-term event page on the K&ESR website.
- Published: Thursday, 25 October 2018 05:40
Locomotive No 32678, one of two “Terriers” owned by The Terrier Trust CIO (TTT) and resident on the Kent & East Sussex Railway is to undergo a thorough overhaul at the line’s Rolvenden locomotive works, commencing before the turn of the year and expected to take six to seven months.
The 1880-built locomotive’s final duties before withdrawal will be away from her home base as she will be the star attraction at the Avon Valley Railway’s end of season gala on 10 and 11 November, the first time a “Terrier” has visited the Bristol line and 32678’s first trip away from the K&ESR for over a decade.
TTT Trustee, Graham Hukins, commented, “We are delighted that the K&ESR has identified a small window in their workshop schedule that should see a speedy return to service for 32678. The extensive refurbishment of the motion during the last overhaul in the late-noughties and the significant boiler work, including a full retube, undertaken in early 2017, means the locomotive is in relatively good condition so we hope to see her back in action towards the end of next summer.”
- Published: Friday, 12 October 2018 18:02
On Wednesday 10 October, 32678 was in action hauling a mixed train comprising the K&ESR's beautifully restored "Birdcage" coach and two goods wagons to film sequences for a forthcoming TV documentary. The programme is due to air early in the New Year.
Photograph © Phil Edwards
- Published: Thursday, 11 October 2018 14:09
Saturday October 13 will probably be the last opportunity to see the 1880 veteran in action on the K&ESR in 2018. The diminutive loco will head a mixed train made up of passenger coaches and goods wagons departing from Tenterden Town Station at 11.30, 1.45 and 4.00pm.
32678 is no stranger to "The Mixed", such workings were a feature of the K&ESR prior to preservation when they were frequently run as a cost-saving measure and 32678 frequently hauled them when on hire from the Southern Railway in the 1940s or the brief period when the line was run by Britsh Railways in the 1950s.