Custodians of locomotives No 3 "Bodiam" and No 32678

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No 3 Bodiam

tilley32670The Locomotive is an A1X “Terrier” Class 0-6-0 tank engine No. 3 “Bodiam”, built in 1872 by the London, Brighton & South Coast Railway as No. 70 “Poplar” to a design by William Stroudley.

In 1901, it was purchased by the Rother Valley Railway Company (Kent & East Sussex Railway Company from 1903) becoming their No 3 ‘Bodiam’. After nationalisation of the K&ESR in 1948 it become British Railways 32670 after and is also known by that number. It later joined other Terriers that operated the Hayling Island branch. It was withdrawn by British Railways in 1963 whilst still in working order ran under its own steam from Eastleigh back to the K&ESR.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It was owned by the Wheele brothers between 1963 and 1995, by which time major repairs were required.  As a result, The Terrier Trust was set up to secure the future of the locomotive for future generations.  No. 3 is owned 75% by The Terrier Trust CIO and 25% by the Kent & East Sussex Railway Company Limited.  It is currently stored, awaiting a 10-year overhaul.

32670 Ramblers Assoc excursion. Copyright John Gabbe