South Devon homecoming for Beattie well tank

THE South Devon Railway is to welcome back one of its former residents for its February 11-19 half-term week services.

No. 30587, one of two surviving Beattie well tanks, in action on the Bodmin & Wenford Railway. PETER ZABEK/SDR

The National collection’s LSWR Beattie 2-4-0WT No. 30587, which was for many years displayed inside the Buckfastleigh station museum, is returning from its Bodmin & Wenford Railway home.

A second guest will be GWR 2-6-2T No. 5542. The home fleet, subject to availability, will comprise GWR 0-6-0PTs Nos. 1369 and 6412 and GWR 0-6-0 No. 3205, so reuniting the Wenfordbridge pair of Nos. 1369 and 30587.

There will be between two and five engines running each day. Every train will have a buffet and bar serving a selection of craft ales and the refreshment rooms, expressway models and the museum at Buckfastleigh will all be open every day during the week.

On selected days, the Lee Moor Tramway museum and the old signalbox will be open to visitors too.

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