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London & South Western Railway 4-2-4T Drummond’s ‘Bug’
The Bug at Eastleigh in 1927 H.C.Casserley
Dugald Drummond, Locomotive Superintendent of the London and South Western railway from 1895 to 1912, ordered himself the Victorian equivalent of a company car for conveyance between his home in Surbiton and the Works at Nine Elms, moved to Eastleigh in 1908-10, apart from regular inspections elsewhere over the system, which led to the engine being known by the men as ‘The Bug’. After Drummond’s retirement the locomotive, which had been averaging 30,000 miles a year, saw little use, but survived until 1940. By August 1937 it was a permanent resident at Eastleigh Paint Shop where this photo was taken, now just ‘SR’ livery.
In Eastleigh Paint Shop – H.C.Casserley
After his death in 1912 it was little used, but remained in Eastleigh shed until 1932, when it had a short spell of duty taking small parties of visitors around the new extensions to Southampton Docks then under construction. Thereafter it did little or no work until it was finally cut up in 1940. At first numbered 733 in the capital list it was transferred in 1924 to the service stock as 58S.
Until its resuscitation in 1932 it was still painted in the old pre-1918 LSWR livery, the coach portion retaining the old characteristic salmon and chocolate colours of LSWR days. Still bearing the initials ‘LSWR’ it was also probably at the time the last engine on any railway in nominal (if not actual) service to retain its pre-grouping identity in this manner.
I was doing a bit of research about Drummond’s ‘Bug’ and having lived in the South of England for a while came across what might be a little-known fact about the coach part of the Bug itself. The person I got talking to told me that the remains of the coach after dismantlement got converted into a garden shed in the Eastleigh area. What happened to it after that remains a complete mystery. But worth recording, so long as the memory of the Bug itself doesn’t ever disappear from our collective memories.
You may be interested to know that the coach part of the Bug resides in the back garden of a house in Swanage and can be clearly seen from the trains on the Swanage branch that pass just a few yards from it.
Hi Mike, thanks for the info, regards, John CWS
I want to build a model of the bug and would like to see the remains. Could you give a location please?
As far as we know it was scrapped, but there may be some remains at Eastleigh.
You can see it in the you-tube clip below 2min.50s from the start. I cant imagine it ended up as a shed from here it’s significance was well known.
Thanks very much for that, Richard
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