30586 1956-09-10 Wadebridge
LSWR Beattie 2-4-0 well-tank No 30586 shunting at Wadebridge on September 10, 1956.
Peter Kerslake says "Introduced back in 1870 for services in and around the South Eastern territories of the London and South Western Railway, the Beattie Well Tanks lasted there for ten years or so with just three survivng in the late 1890's, all of which were later despatched down into Cornwall for use on the high levels of china clay workings in and around Wadebridge normally with one used as seen here on shunting duties at Wadebridge, one working the china clay freights and one kept as reserve.
30586 shown here, in company with 30585 and 30587, undertook such duties until September of 1962 when they were replaced by three of the "1366" class transferred from Weymouth with 30585 and 30587 then being preserved and still with us today."
Photo: D.M.C. Hepburne-Scott/Rail Archive Stephenson