From stage to rail – National Railway Museum transfers ownership of rare Victorian steam locomotive

30 Mar 2017

The National Railway Museum has transferred ownership of the T3 class locomotive to the Swanage Railway to support its growing collection.


The National Railway Museum has transferred ownership of the T3 class locomotive to the Swanage Railway to support its growing collection.

In tune with the National Railway Museum, the Swanage Railway has an outstanding record for preserving and displaying items, allowing the public to appreciate the locomotive and attract a new audience to a railway steeped in T3 history.

Built in February 1893 for hauling express trains on the London and South Western Railway, T3 class 4-4-0 wheel arrangement locomotive No. 563 was withdrawn by the Southern Railway at the end of the Second World War in August 1945, by which time it had run a total of 1.5 million miles.

Designed by William Adams for smooth running at up to 80mph – and built at Nine Elms in London – the 81-tonne No. 563 was not scrapped in 1948.

Swanage Railway Company chairman Trevor Parsons said: ‘We are delighted, thrilled and very grateful to the National Railway Museum for donating such a rare Victorian steam locomotive to the Swanage Railway.

‘Thanks to the T3's ownership being transferred to the Swanage Railway, we hope to suitably display the locomotive to the public and illustrate a period of important London and South Western Railway history that has previously not been possible. Our primary aim is No. 563's conservation and preservation.’

Take a look at the full press release to find out more.

Background: L&SWR Adams 563