34028 Eddystone – Preservation Service

Although it needed a few more weeks work, it was decided that it would be nice if Eddystone could be in steam for the Southern Locomotives AGM in October 2003. The locomotive duly put in a brief appearance at Swanage station after the AGM and then retired to the shed. During the winter of 2003/4 the numerous small jobs that needed completing were duly attended to and the locomotive quietly entered service on the Swanage Railway in the Spring of 2004.

Eddystone in action on the Swanage Railway

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Departing from Swanage Station

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Eddystone at Harman's Cross Station

North York Moors Railway

In 2006, Eddystone was moved to the North York Moors Railway, initially for a year.

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Leaving Grosmont Shed

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Eddystone being coaled at Grosmont

Unfortunately, within a few weeks it was discovered that at least two driving wheel tyres had been slipping and the locomotive was withdrawn from service.

Bluebell Railway

It was not possible to do the repairs at Grosmont as there was no means of lifting the locomotive to remove the wheels. An agreement was reached with the Bluebell Railway to make use of their wheel drop to enable the necessary repairs to be carried out and then subsequently run the locomotive there for a year.

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34028 on Freshfield bank
Photo: © T. Page

Once repaired, the locomotive has worked regularly on the Bluebell Railway.

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Eddystone departing from Horsted Keynes
Photo: © T. Page

West Somerset Railway Gala Weekend

34028 visited the West Somerset Railway to attend their gala weekend in March 2009.

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34028 Eddystone on a beautiful March day

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Preparation work being carried out

After the event 34028 received attention to its axleboxes, courtesy of the WSR's lifting equipment.

Eastleigh 100

Both Eddystone and Manston attended the Eastleigh Works Centenary, May 23–25 2009.

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Eddystone and Manston, with Merchant Navy Canadian Pacific in the background outside the works at Eastleigh

 

Churnet Valley Railway - 2010

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Venturing into new territory for an SLL loco, Eddystone visited the CVR in 2011. (c) Paul Gildersleve

 

Eddystone is now in regular service on the Swanage Railway. Its boiler ticket ran to 17th August 2014, when it was be withdrawn from service for its 10 year overhaul.