Kent & East Sussex Railway
The Rother Valley Railway (later called the Kent & East Sussex Railway) bought ‘A1s’ Nos. 70 Poplar and 71 Wapping in 1901 and 1905 respectively. They became Nos. 3 Bodiam and 5 Rolvenden. Both became life-expired in the 1930s so they were combined into one good locomotive in 1932, which returned to service as No. 3 Bodiam and was fitted with a unique bunker. It lasted until 1943 when it was fitted with an ‘A1X’ boiler and smokebox at Rolvenden shed, retaining ‘A1’ splashers. It became BR property when the KESR was nationalised, being numbered 32670. Transferred to the Hayling Island branch when the KESR closed, it was withdrawn in 1963. It is now preserved at the KESR.
KESR No. 3 Bodiam at Rolvenden on September 24 1947. The locomotive sports a unique bunker, fitted in 1932. It was also fitted with an ‘A1X’ boiler at the KESR’S own workshops, with help from the Southern Railway.