30541 (SR 541 and BR 30541)

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Built as 541 at Eastleigh in 1939 and operated until withdrawn in 1964 and sent to Woodham Brothers in Barry for scrap and remained there until May 1974.

During its service under BR ownership it was based at Three Bridges from January 1948, when BR was created following the nationalisation of the railways, until September 1953 when it was transferred to Bournemouth. 30541 remained there for nearly ten years before moving to Guilford in March 1963. It was withdrawn from service at Guildford in November 1964.

Bulleid, Maunsell’s successor, improved the draughting arrangements with a multiple blast-pipe arrangement and new chimney, and it was in this condition that 541 was withdrawn from service in 1964. Sent to Barry scrapyard, like many other locos there it escaped the cutter’s torch and was bought by preservationists in 1973 for £3,250.

In 1974 it was moved to Ashchurch in Gloucestershire where it stayed until 1978 when it moved to the Bluebell Railway. At this stage the group who owned the locomotive merged with the owners of other engines and formed the Maunsell Locomotive Society.

Major restoration work saw it return to steam in November 1983, operating for the following decade in Maunsell livery as 541 until withdrawn for overhaul in 1993.

An overhaul started in 2011 and it returned to service in April 2015, carrying BR livery as 30541.

Home BaseCurrent StatusOwner
Bluebell RailwayOperationalThe Maunsell Locomotive Society
30541 at Wareham
30541 – date and location unknown
30541 in Woodham’s scrapyard at Barry next to 92245 – May 1965
30541 in Woodhams scrapyard at Barry – June 1965
30541 and 34105 Swanage in Woodham’s scrapyard at Barry – June 1965
30541 in Woodham's scrapyard at Barry - October 1968.jpg
30541 in Woodham’s scrapyard at Barry – October 1968
30541 at Woodhams scrapyard at Barry – August 1973
30541 at Horsted Keynes on the Bluebell Railway – August 1990
30541 at Sheffield Park on the Bluebell Railway – April 2015
30541 at Sheffield Park on the Bluebell Railway – June 2017
30541 at Sheffield Park on the Bluebell Railway – June 2017
30541 at Bewdley on the Severn Valley Railway – September 2019

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