Preservation

Preservation



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After withdrawal from BR service, 30925 was stored at various locations, initially at Fratton shed. In July 1963 there were eight withdrawn Southern Region engines, including 30925, stored there; most of these have since been preserved. 30925 was still at Fratton in August 1964.

Locomotives of the Southern Railway reports that 30925 was stored at Stratford and Preston Park; the former is possibly an error for Fratton, unless members can advise otherwise. When it appeared unlikely that restoration would be achieved by British Rail it was transferred on loan to the Standard Gauge Steam Trust, Tyseley in September 1970, followed by a further move in January 1973 to the Dinting Railway Centre.

It was overhauled at Eastleigh Works in 2012 and repainted as 925 in Southern Railway malachite green livery; this was completed in May, in time for it to attend Railfest 2012 at NRM, York in June. It has now returned to service on The Mid Hants Railway and hauled Santa specials in December 2012.

  
  30925 stored alongside 5596 Bahamas at Dinting Railway Centre. 23rd June 1974. Roger Darsley
  
  Nameplate of 925 Cheltenham at Dinting Railway Centre, after restoration. Keith Sanders
  
  925 was part of the cavalcade at 'Rocket 150', the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway. On 24th May 1980, the locomotive was steaming past the spectator stands near Rainhill station. Roger Darsley
  
  925 positioned at the turntable in the Great Hall of the National Railway Museum, York, on 31st March 1981. This was the sixth year of the new NRM at York. Roger Darsley
  
  925 at Railfest 2012 at NRM, York. 2nd June 2012. Ian Furness (www.wnxx.com)
  
  925 passing Woodhouse Lane Bridge, outside Loughborough, with the 15.00 to Leicester North on 6th October 2012. Max Birchenough
  
  SR "Schools" class 925 Cheltenham at Cheltenham Race Course on Saturday 25th May 2013 during the Cotswold Festival of Steam event on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway. Richard Morris
925 Cheltenham had arrived at Cheltenham Racecourse station on 16th May where it met with staff and students of Cheltenham College, now a co-educational school.
  
  925 Cheltenham was re-dedicated by Paul Kirkman of the NRM, who is seen raising his glass to toast the locomotive at Alresford, Mid Hants Railway on 11th June 2013. Reg Wood
This ceremony was reported in August 2013 RO, p.550.
  
  925 Cheltenham at the rear of the 09.44 Alresford-Alton, before departure hauled by 37901 Mirrlees Pioneer, on 18th August 2013. Andrew Lait
  
  925 Cheltenham waiting to depart from Alton with the 10.48 to Alresford on 18th August 2013. Andrew Lait
This was the final day of a Thomas the Tank Engine 'long week' from 10th-18th August 2013. A very successful event with many parents and young children, who were particularly interested in no. 1 Thomas, which was at Ropley.

Last updated: 10th March 2019