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    Our aim is to create a living piece of history by steaming this iconic locomotive and preserving it for future generations.

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  • Discover the history

    563 tells an important story about the industrial and social development of the railway in Dorset at the turn of the 19th century.

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The story so far…

In March 2017 the National Railway Museum generously gifted the sole surviving Adams’ designed T3 class, No.563 to the Swanage Railway Trust and ever since day one the exciting ambition has been to return her to steam.

Given our deep-rooted history with the London & South Western Railway, the engine made a welcome return to its spiritual home and the 563 Locomotive Group has been formed to ensure its preservation for future generations but we need your help to do this.

After an extensive strip down and investigation at the Flour Mill workshop in the Forest of Dean, the engine was found to be in a surprisingly good mechanically overhauled condition by Eastleigh Works and although the firebox was life expired, as expected, the boiler barrel is also in an excellent condition with little corrosion inside or out.

The initial anticipated cost of returning No.563 to steam was £350,000 and to help kick start the project, the Swanage Railway Trust’s committed £30,000 for all the copper required to construct the new inner firebox.

As a consequence of COVID-19, the overhaul has been slightly delayed and we’ve since had to renew additional components outside of the original scope. To date, over £240,000 has been raised and we’re just under half way to the revised £500,000 target to complete the engine and tender.

This is proving to be one of the most exciting locomotive restorations in that has taken place in the last 25 years. A locomotive, which many thought would never steam again will be brought back to life on the railway it was built for – It’s time to get on board!

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563 hasn't steamed in over 70 years!

Help bring this unique locomotive back to life by 2023 to coincide with Waterloo station's 175th anniversary - 75 years since the T3 was last seen in steam!

Latest News…

563LG Launches The T3NDER Club!

The restoration of LSWR T3 No 563 is rapidly moving forward. 563’s boiler could steam this year for the first time in over 70 years and the locomotive could be complete next year.  Her tender needs to catch up! Will you help make it possible? Join the T3NDER Club today!

563LG Online Conference – Watch Online

Don’t worry if you missed it, you can watch the our 563LG presentation at your leisure here!

563LG to host first virtual conference on March 26th!

On 26th March at 7pm, the Swanage Railway Trust’s 563 Locomotive Group is hosting an online conference about the ongoing restoration of our London & South Western Railway T3 locomotive No.563.

Engineering Update 6

Work on the overhaul of 563 is hotting up! Premier Patterns & Castings Ltd. and Boro Foundry have recently been heat treating the newly cast girder stays before they can be machined at the Flour Mill….

Project & Engineering Update 5

Some good news in difficult times – 563 is having it’s all new inner firebox assembled! The very heart of the T3 will be completed in due course along with lots of other exciting developments!

563LG Christmas Message

Seasons greetings from our Honorary President, Philip Williams on behalf of the 563LG.

Letter From the Chairman

An update from Nathan Au about progress on 563, in relation to COVID-19.

Swanage Railway Trust 563 Locomotive Group raises over a third of its £350,000 appeal in the first six months!

The 563 Locomotive Group is delighted to announce it has raised £162,000 thanks to exceptionally generous donations and standing orders from the public.

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