Our facilities

Three of our locos are currently on hire to Swanage Railway, and our agreement gives us access to their workshop at Herston on the outskirts of Swanage which can accommodate three locomotives simultaneously. There is a range of machine tools and facilities to undertake many aspects of locomotive restoration. Our core staff are supplemented by volunteers. For specialist work such as boiler repairs we use a number of subcontractors.


34028 Eddystone approaching the completion of its overhaul in 2021. Its overhaul took seven years, including boiler repairs at Buckfastleigh and axle box work at Tyseley. The finished paintwork was probably the finest we'd achieved in 20 years. Photo: Dave Ensor

In 2020 SLL acquired Merchant Navy 35025 Brocklebank Line from the Brocklebank Line Association, and restarted work at the Sellindge site. Much of the initial work has been to improve conditions at the site which was overgrown by wildlife and without covered accommodation. We with site cleared and installation of a new insulated container we have been able to start basic work on 35025 and also 34010 Sidmouth whose frames have been moved from Herston to facilitate cleaning and repairs.


Sellindge is an open site. SLL has three containers with loco parts, tools, etc. Its initial role was mainly to conserve the work previously done to 35025 and to prepare the frames of 34010 and 35025 for subsequent restoration. Photo: Simon Troy