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30499 - SR S15 Class

Status Under restoration


30499 is the second locomotive owned by the Urie Locomotive Society (30506 is the other). It was purchased in 1983 from Woodhams yard at Barry in South Wales. The engine is the oldest surviving locomotive built at the LSWR Works at Eastleigh, being constructed in May 1920.

Its working life was mostly from Feltham shed in south west London. It also had a short period working on the GWR during the Second World War.


Withdrawn in January 1964 it was taken to Barry scrapyard but was fortunate in being one of the 213 engines there to be saved from scrapping. The society purchased it in 1983 and it was brought to the Mid Hants Railway. After a long period at Bury in Lancashire where the wheels and frames were attended to, the locomotive returned to Hampshire in 2008. The restoration is now underway at Ropley where the cab is being reconstructed with new sheet steel. The next stages will be to repair or replace the running plates and attention to a crack in the frames close to the cylinders.

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Built at
Eastleigh Works
Build year
May 1920
Entered service
May 1920
Robert Urie
Last major overhaul
Urie Locomotive Society
Shed allocation
Nine Elms until 1940 then Feltham
Total built of class
20, 45 in total when Maunsell version added
5 January 1964


Cylinder size
21" x 28"
Driving wheel diameter
5' 7"
Max boiler pressure
180 ibs
Total length
65' 6"
Tractive effort
Tender coal capacity
5 tons
Tender water capacity
5000 gallons
Wheel arrangament
Working order weight
135 tons
Valve gear