T3 at Shildon Railway Museum // Credit: Wikipedia
T3 at Shildon Railway Museum // Credit: Wikipedia

The National Railway Museum has gifted the Swanage Railway its T3 Steam Locomotive (the one that starred in the Railway Children).

The 4-4-0 escaped scrap when it was selected to take part in the centenary celebrations of Waterloo station.

The ‘T3’ will be transferred from London to Swanage Railway by road in the near future.

What do the National Railway Museum and Swanage Railway say?

Trevor Parsons, who is the Chairman at the Swanage Railway, 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 & South Western Railway history that has previously not been possible. Our primary aim is No. 563’s conservation and preservation.”

A spokesperson for the National Railway Museum said: “We are delighted to gift the ‘T3’ class to the Swanage Railway as part of its growing collection and to have found such a suitable home for this locomotive. The Swanage Railway has an outstanding record for preserving and displaying items, something which is paramount to the museum, allowing the public to appreciate the locomotive and attract a new audience to Swanage on a railway steeped in ‘T3’ history.”

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