The aim of the society is to preserve an example of Robert Urie's class S15 4-6-0 locomotives for operation. In fact, the society owns the only two surviving Urie S15's, numbers 30499 and 30506, built for the London & South Western Railway in 1920 at Eastleigh Works to haul heavy goods trains. To compliment our engines, the society also owns a range of ten typical goods vans and wagons to form a short goods train.
30506 was restored from Barry scrapyard condition at Ropley between 1976 and 1987 and was launched into traffic in Southern green as 506 in the October. 506 operated on the Mid-Hants Railway for fourteen years before being withdrawn in 2001 for another major overhaul. It is currently having this overhaul with the intention to return it to steam in 2017.
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30499 is a long-term restoration project to bring her from Barry scrapyard condition to full working order. Much work has been done, on wheels and frames and a new appeal was launched in 2012 to raise the final funds to complete its restoration to run alongside 506.
Urie S15 No. 498 at Eastleigh in official photographic grey livery in 1920. (Mr A Major)