31263 (SECR 263, SR A263, SR 1263 & BR 31263)

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31263 was completed at Ashford in 1905.

BR motive power depot allocations since 1948.

Date Arrived Depot
January 1948 Stewarts Lane
April 1955 Redhill
May 1956 Ashford
March 1960 Tonbridge
January 1962 Ashford
June 1962 Three Bridges
September 1962 Tunbridge Wells West
September 1963 Three Bridges

The final member of the class in service, SECR No. 263 (SR 1263, BR 31263), was withdrawn from Three Bridges on 4 January 1964 after being employed working on the push-pull services on the Three Bridges to East Grinstead line right up to its closure.

It remained in store at the locomotive depot until the following November, when it was purchased by the H-Class Trust and moved to Robertsbridge.

Later it was preserved at the South Eastern Steam Centre at Ashford, but in 1975 the Trustees decided that the locomotive would have more scope for running if based on the Bluebell Railway in Sussex. In 2008 ownership was transferred to the Bluebell Railway Trust, which funded an overhaul which started in March 2009. It returned to service in July 2012.

This particular locomotive ended up on the line between East Grinstead and Three Bridges and were withdrawn in January 1964. It is estimated to have run 1,849,668 miles over its 59-year main-line career.

Purchased from BR by the H-Class Trust, it was initially located at Robertsbridge, but soon found a home at the South Eastern Steam Centre at Ashford, where the engine appeared at various open days. However, in 1975 the Trustees decided that the locomotive would have much more scope for running if based on the Bluebell. Since then it has had two periods in steam.

In 2008 ownership was transferred to the Bluebell Railway Trust, which funded an overhaul which started in March 2009, with the locomotive returning to service in July 2012.

Home Base Current Status Owner
Bluebell Railway Operational  

The Bluebell Railway Trust

 

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