FAST-TRACK OVERHAUL FOR KESR ‘TERRIER’ KNOWLE
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.”
‘Terrier’ No. 32678 hauls a recreated Southern Region branch train for a photographic charter at the Kent & East Sussex Railway on October 26 2015.