Beattie Well Tank 2-4-0 : WT No.30587

L & SWR (SR) Beattie Well Tank 2-4-0 : WT No.30587

Beattie Well TankPhoto:Mr. M.Denholm

Chasewater Railway was proud to feature this locomotive at our Spring Gala, 2004.

Built between 1872 1nd 1876, this loco was one of a class of 85 produced to a design by James Hamilton Beattie, the mechanical engineer of the London and South Western Railway from 1st July 1850, who was succeeded in the same position from 23rd November 1871 by his son William George Beattie.

Based on the three locomotives of the ‘Nile’ class built in 1859, but with many improvements, they were designed in consultation with Charles Beyer, of Beyer Peacock Co. and manufactured at their works at Gorton, Manchester – becoming known as Standard Well Tank engines.

The National Railway Museum selected 30587 for preservation after being finally withdrawn from service in December 1962, after 88 years of service.  The engine was ultimately transferred, on loan, to the Dart Valley Railway at Buckfastleigh numbered 3298 on 22nd April 1978 and remained there as a static exhibit until 2nd December 2001 when it was taken to the Flour Mill Workshops in the Forest of Dean for restoration to full working order, before returning’home’ to Bodmin numbered 30587 on 12th November 2002.

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