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Isle of Wight-style bunker for KESR ‘Terrier’ No. 2678

KENT & East Sussex Railway-based ‘A1X’ 0-6-0T No. 32678 will receive the larger Isle-of Wight-type bunker it carried when it first came to the pre-preservation KESR in 1940 as part of a overhaul at Rolvenden.

The 1880-built ‘Terrier’ and sister engine No. 3 Bodiam (BR No. 32670) are the subject of a joint £150,000 appeal between the KESR and the locos’ owner, the Terrier Trust (RM May). 

Southern-liveried ‘Terrier’ No. 2678 stands at Robertsbridge on April 25, 1940, just two months after arriving on hire at the KESR. Note the larger style of bunker. JOHN L SMITH/RM ARCHIVE

The Terrier 150 project aims to have both Stroudley-designed locos back in traffic by 2022 in readiness for decade-long series of activities to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the LBSCR class.

Next February marks 80 years since No. 32678, as Southern Railway No. 2678, first arrived at the KESR, having been hired to cover a ‘temporary’ locomotive shortage; it stayed until 1958! 

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