LSWR M7 0-4-4 Tank No. 30053 Steam Engine

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LSWR M7 0-4-4 Tank No. 30053 Steam Engine

The 30053 was built in 1905 at Nine Elms. The class was designed in 1897 by Dugald Drummond for use on the intensive London network of the London and South Western Railway (LSWR). Demoted to rural branchline services in Devon and Dorset, the class was fitted with push-pull operation gear that enabled efficient use on such duties without the need to change to the other end of its train at the end of a journey.
30053 was still hauling passenger trains on the Swanage Branch until May, 1964, when the M7s were withdrawn and sent to the scrapyards to be broken up. Thanks to an American millionaire railway enthusiast buying No. 30053 for his locomotive museum in the USA, No. 30053 was saved from the cutters torch and shipped out to the USA. Some 20 years later, the museum agreed to sell No. 30053 and the M7 returned to Swanage in April, 1987. After restoration to full working order, M7 30053 hauled its first train out of Swanage since May, 1964, in the summer of 1992 and is still hauling trains today. It is the only working class M7 in the world.

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