Kent & East Sus­sex Rail­way

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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.

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