30120 (LSWR 120, SR E120, SR 120 & BR 30120)

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30120 was built at Nine Elms as LSWR number 120 in 1899 at.

Some early motive power depot allocations.

Date Arrived Depot
1932 Eastleigh
July 1937 Fratton
December 1945 Eastleigh

 

BR motive power depot allocations since 1948.

Date Arrived Depot
January 1948 Eastleigh
July 1950 Fratton
May 1951 Dorchester
December 1952 Guildford
September 1953 Eastleigh
February 1961 Exmouth Junction
October 1961 Eastleigh

In March 1960 the locomotive hauled the last Passenger train between Newbury and Eastleigh.

It was withdrawn from service at Exmouth shed at Exeter in 1961 but remained in capital stock. The following year it was restored at Eastleigh to run in LSWR green livery and numbered as 120 to work special trains and some normal services.

It was withdrawn from capital stock in July1963 but continued to haul special trains until October of that year.

It was then placed in store at Fratton, Stratford in September 1964, Preston Park in February 1968, Tyseley in September 1970 and the National Railway Museum in York in October 1977.

In August 1981 The Urie S15 Preservation Group were given custody of the locomotive and it was moved to the Mid Hants Railway during the following month.

It returned to steam on the Mid Hants Railway in 1983 but because of the steep gradients on the line it was moved to the Swanage Railway in 1991 and remained there until the boiler certificate expired in 1993. It then moved to the Bluebell Railway, who could provide undercover accommodation and access for the public, where it was placed on static display until 2008 when it was taken to the Bodmin and Wenford Railway. Here it was restored to fully working order by the Bodmin & Wenford Railway Trust at the Flour Mill Workshop in the Forest of Dean, and the locomotive had its public debut in 2010.

It is part of the National Collection and was on long term loan to the Bodmin and Wenford Railway. In July 2017, after a head on collision, the locomotive was transferred to Swanage but was due to return to Bodmin by September 2017.

30120 remains at Swanage where it has not steamed again and there are concerns that it will never steam again. The issue being that the cylinder blocks, which are located directly below the smokebox, are vunerable to sulpur-induced corrosion. When the locomotive was last overhauled several holes in the top of the cylinder block were given temporary repairs. It is now felt that a new block may be required.

In the event a heavy repairs to the cylinder blocks was undertaken and 30120 undertook a light engine test run in early November 2017. It returned to service in the following month.

Late in 2017 a long term loan agreement was signed by the National Railway Museum and the Swanage Railway. This will mean that the locomotive will stay on the Swanage Railway until the 30th September 2020 when it will be due for an overhaul.

Home Base Current Status Owner
Bodmin and Wenford Railway

but now at Swanage Railway

Out of service National Railway Museum

NRM Object Number{1978-7024}

30120 at Tyseley-1971.jpg 30120 at Tyseley-1971
30120 at Bewdley.jpg 30120 double heading with 31806 at Bewdley on the Severn Valley Railway-2012
30120 at Bridgnorth-2012.jpg 30120 at Bridgnorth on the Severn Valley Railway-2012
30120 2012.jpg 30120 at Bridgnorth on the Severn Valley Railway-2012

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