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Drummond T9 "Greyhound" class 4-4-0

During World War Two four members of the class were loaned to the LMS for use on the Somerset and Dorset. In 1947 thirteen were converted to oil burners. When this experiment ended in 1948 they were not converted back and were instead withdrawn. Otherwise the majority survived into British Railways ownership. Prior to this a few were repainted into Bullied malachite green livery including the celebrated Royal Engine number 119. In BR days they wore initially plain black but later lined black livery. The last member of the class, 30287, was withdrawn in August 1961. We are fortunate that one member of such a successful design number 120 (30120) survives as part of the NRM collection. It was restored to running condition and from May 1983 was running in BR mixed traffic black livery on the Mid Hants Railway. It subsequently moved to the Swanage Railway where it ran until its boiler certificate expired. It is currently stored as a static display on the Bluebell Railway though plans to restore her to running condition have been halted and a new display home is being sought.
 
30711 Nº30711 at Exeter St Davids during 1958.

photograph: Mike Morant collection

 
N Class Nº31845 waits at Halwill as T9 Nº30709 runs in with a train for Padstow and Bude on 21st April 1960.

photograph reproduced with kind permission of Joanes Publications

30709
30117 Nº30117 photographed at Eastleigh on 22nd May 1960.

photograph: Mike Morant collection

 
Nº30706 thought to be on the approach to Clarendon Road bridge at Alderbury, from the Salisbury direction. Date not known.

photograph: Dr. Ian C. Allan/Mike Morant collection

30706
 
30338 30338 waits at Wadebridge with a train for Padstow.

photograph: Roy Vandersteen collection

 
Nº120 hauling the "Hampshire Venturer", depicted here at Wimbledon on the dismal morning of 10th March 1963.

photograph by Mike Morant

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120 Nº120 at Norwood shed ready for the Blue Belle tour on 15th September 1963. Prior to the tour the shed was open-house which is where we see 120 buffered up to Caledonian Nº123 prior to their light engine working to Victoria.

photograph by Mike Morant

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