FAST-TRACK OVER­HAUL FOR KESR ‘TER­RIER’ KNOWLE

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LBSCR ‘Ter­rier’ No. 32678 (Knowle) is in line for a fast-track over­haul that should bring it back into ac­tion at the Kent & East Sus­sex Rail­way next sum­mer.

The 1880-built Stroud­ley 0-6-0T, owned by The Ter­rier Trust, will make its farewell ap­pear­ance at the Avon Val­ley Rail­way’s ‘End of Sea­son Gala’ on Novem­ber 10/11 – its first trip away from the KESR in over a decade – when it will run along­side Beat­tie 2-4-0WT No. 30587.

On its re­turn to the KESR, the ‘Ter­rier’s’ over­haul at Rol­ven­den works will com­mence be­fore the end of the year and is ex­pected to take six to seven months.

TTT Trustee Gra­ham Hukins said: “We are de­lighted that the KESR has iden­ti­fied a small win­dow in its work­shop sched­ule, and that should mean a speedy re­turn to ser­vice for No. 32678. The ex­ten­sive re­fur­bish­ment of the mo­tion dur­ing the last over­haul in the late 2000s and the sig­nif­i­cant boiler work, in­clud­ing a full re-tube, un­der­taken in early 2017, means the lo­co­mo­tive is in rel­a­tively good con­di­tion, so we hope to see her back in ac­tion to­wards the end of next sum­mer.”

KESR Gen­eral Man­ager Shaun Dewey added: “‘Ter­ri­ers’ have long been syn­ony­mous with the Kent & East Sus­sex Rail­way so we are very keen to en­sure we have at least one avail­able for traf­fic. Fast-track­ing No. 32678 is the best way to achieve that.”

The trust’s other ‘Ter­rier’, No. 3 Bo­diam (BR No. 32670), is in store at Rol­ven­den await­ing over­haul, its boiler cer­tifi­cate hav­ing ex­pired at the end of 2016. How­ever, the trust and the KESR wish to have it back in steam to cel­e­brate its 150th birth­day in 2022. The trust states: “Pres­sure to over­haul the larger lo­co­mo­tives that are the main­stay of the KESR’s ser­vices means that the nec­es­sary work is likely to be un­der­taken off-site by spe­cial­ist con­trac­tors, with the KESR man­ag­ing the con­tract.”

DAVId CA­BLE

‘Ter­rier’ No. 32678 hauls a recre­ated South­ern Re­gion branch train for a pho­to­graphic char­ter at the Kent & East Sus­sex Rail­way on Oc­to­ber 26 2015.

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