LSWR tank engines - MikeMorant
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My eyes nearly popped out of my head when I got my hands on this negative as it features the rarely photographed LSWR Adams radial 4-4-2T No. 3488 which, thankfully, is still with us today at the Bluebell Railway in Sussex. 3488 was the member of this class that was sold to the government in 1917 and then to the East Kent Railway as their No. 5 in 1919 but subsequently bought back by the Southern in 1946 as emergency cover for the other two survivors. This loco deserves to be in a record book for the ultimates in recycling and is a remarkable survivor. This shot was, of course, taken at Lyme Regis which is conveniently chalked on the hand barrow. The livery is plain black and the picture was taken after November 1946 but before its BR number 30583 and lined black livery were applied in October 1949. Withdrawal from BR service was in 1961.