Swanage’s first loco placed on display in museum

THE first loco to arrive on the embryonic Swanage Railway in around 1975 was moved to Corfe Castle from Swanage on February 27, following cosmetic restoration.

Beryl (Hibberd 2054 of 1938) is a 4wP loco fitted with a 54hp four-cylinder Dorman 4JORX petrol-paraffin engine.

Hibberd ‘Planet’ Beryl was loaded on to a ‘Lowmac’ wagon at Swanage on February 27 and hauled by Class 33 D6515 Lt Jenny Lewis RN to Corfe Castle for museum display. BOB BUNYAR

It was used in the relaying of the first sections of track at Swanage and is now on museum display at the old goods shed in Corfe Castle station yard. It ws delivered new to Bournemouth Gas & Water Co Pitwines Works, Poole and later passed to Corralls Ltd, Hamworthy, so spent all its working life in Dorset.

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