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30120 - Steam Locomotive

Type: Steam Locomotive
Operation: LSWR 'T9' Class 4-4-0
Number: 30120
Built Date: 1899
Built in: Nine Elms
Condition: See Swanage railway website
Livery: BR Lined Black


Gone but not Forgotten

The T9s were nicknamed Greyhounds on account of the turn of speed they could achieve. When first built, they were used for the lightly loaded expresses from Plymouth to Waterloo at a time when there was fierce competition between the LSWR and the GWR for passengers arriving on the transatlantic liners. In later years No.119 was reserved exclusively for use on the Royal train, but it was No.120 which later achieved celebrity status when restored by British Railways to its LSWR livery it was used on enthusiast’s trains in the early 1960s.

No.120 became part of the National Collection, and was on display at York for a time. It was subsequently returned to working order, and has run on the Mid Hants and Swanage Railways and exhibited at the Bluebell Railway before moving to Bodmin in February 2008..

The locomotive was restored to fully working order by the Bodmin & Wenford Railway Trust at the Flour Mill Workshop in the Forest of Dean, and the Locomotive had its public debut in September 2010. 

In 2017 it was transferred to the Swanage Railway for the remaining period of its boiler ticket. 30120  will not be returning to Bodmin.