31625 (SR A625, SR 1625 & BR 31625)

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31625 was built at Ashford Works in 1929. In 1947 it was converted to oil burning as an experiment but reverted to coal burning the following year.

BR motive power depot allocations since 1948.

Date ArrivedDepot
January 1948Exmouth Junction
May 1948Fratton
October 1948Nine Elms
April 1951Guildford
July 1953Eastleigh
September 1953Guildford

I January 1959 the locomotive received completely new frames at its last general overhaul.

It was being withdrawn in January 1964 and sold to Woodham Brothers in Barry for scrap. It arrived in Barry in June 1964 remained at there for nearly16 years – leaving in March 1980.

It was purchased by John Bunch and based on the Mid Hants Railway but in 2014 the owner moved it to the Swanage Railway who agreed a 25 year lease for the locomotive.

Whilst based on the Mid Hants Railway 31625 took part in the Steam on the Met events on the Metropolitan Line of the London underground between Harrow-on-the-Hill and Watford.

31625 last hauled a train in 2001 and is the only U class locomotive with a British Railways modified front end.

It is currently stored off site near Corfe Castle station awaiting an overhaul which is anticipated to commence in 2017 or 2018 but had still not started by January 2020.

Home BaseCurrent StatusOwner
Swanage RailwayStored awaiting overhaulJohn Bunch
31625 hauling a Reading – Guildford freight near Ash in Surrey. Photo taken by Trevor B Owen- June 1963
31625 in Woodham's scrapyard at Barry - October 1968.jpg
31625 in Woodham’s scrapyard at Barry – October 1968
31625 in Woodhams scrapyard at Barry – August 1975
31625 in ex-Barry condition in Ropley yard on the Mid Hants Railway - August 1982.jpg
31625 in ex-Barry condition in Ropley yard on the Mid Hants Railway – August 1982
31625 at Alton on the Mid Hants Railway – May 1998
31625 in store next to 34016 Bodmin at Ropley on the Mid Hants Railway – June 2012

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