LSWR ‘T3’ 4-4-0 No. 563 left the Swanage Railway on November 13 pending assessment for restoration at the Flour Mill Workshops in the Forest of Dean.
No. 563 took part in a special Timeline Events photo charter on November 12, organised to raise funds towards the 4-4-0’s restoration. This atmospheric scene was captured at Corfe Castle station. JACK HAYNES
The 1893-built Nine Elms veteran will be stored under cover at Bream during the winter, but during the early part of 2018 work will begin on dismantling the locomotive in order to conduct a full survey of its condition. This will ultimately reveal whether or not restoring the Adams 4-4-0 is mechanically feasible and financially viable, with the results expected by the end of the year.
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The Swanage Railway Trust (SRT) has already started to raise funds towards the restoration should the examination provide a positive result. Additionally, a Crowd Funding appeal has been set up to raise an initial sum of £50,000, which must close on December 23.
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