Last updated November 2018
We currently have four Terriers, finished and available for service. They are:
A1X no 678 ex ‘Knowle’
A1 0-4-2 no 82 ‘Boxhill’
A1 no 655 ‘Stepney’
A1 no 662 ex ‘Martello’
A1 Terrier no 655 ‘Stepney’. Yet another Terrier - a part-built kit given to me to complete - alas no fittings, so a lot of work required to make all the bits needed, and complete the chassis. Fortunately I have a suitable set of Mike Sharman wheels for this engine. It will be finished as Stepney in Stroudley IEG, as number 655.
Stepney was built in 1875 at Brighton Works as number 55, survived the cull of Terriers around 1900, but was renumbered to 655 on the duplicate list in 1901. It survived as an A1 until 1912, before being reboilered and converted to A1X.
In line with the majority of Terriers it spent its early working life around the London suburbs, later moving to West Croydon on motor train duties. Shortly after the grouping it was working out of Fratton on the Hayling Island services, where it remained until purchased by the Bluebell Railway in working order in 1960.
The starting point - a part compete body (Vulcan?) with no fittings, chassis frames and wheels.
And finally, after a year or so on the bench (alongside Martello, a C and a C1), Stepney is now complete and running, ready for the Brighton MRS show 2018.