Cecil J. Allen reported in 1939 on a run with this particular locomotive from Dorchester to Wareham, recording 95mph near Wool - a speed believed to be a record for the class.
Bought from British Railways by Lord Montague, 'Stowe' was for a time displayed at his motor museum at Beaulieu, in the company of Pullman Car Fingall, before moving first to the East Somerset Railway in 1973 and then the Bluebell in 1980 where it was rapidly restored to working order. Having hauled its share of trains for the duration of its boiler certificate, it is now stored awaiting its turn in the workshop.
In September 2000 No. 928 was bought from Lord Montague by the Maunsell Locomotive Society, thus securing its future on the Bluebell. As a start to the loco's overhaul the society's restoration team took on the complete rebuilding of the tender, which has received new dragboxes and a new tender body.
Work then moved on to the locomotive itself, with the boiler requiring a very heavy overhaul, with much of the copper inner firebox being replaced, and the chassis and running gear also being thoroughly overhauled.
Photo above right: 'Stowe' in the running shed at Sheffield Park in December 2007, repainted into Bulleid-era malachite livery, for static display (Derek Hayward)
Class: V, "Schools"
Class introduced: 1930
Designer: R.E.L. Maunsell
Built: 1934 at Eastleigh Works, Southern Railway
Purpose: Express passenger
Total number built: 40
Original number and name: 928 "Stowe"
Later number: BR 30928
Photo: Stowe at Horsted Keynes (Mike Esau)
Length overall: 58ft 9.75in
Weight: Engine: 67 Tons 2 cwt
Tender: No. 714, aquired by 'Stowe' in August 1957
Weight: Tender (loaded): 42 Tons 8 cwt
Water capacity: 4,000 Gallons
Coal capacity: 5 Tons
Boiler pressure: 220 lb/sq.in
Driving Wheels: 6ft 7in diameter
Cylinders: (3) 16.5" x 26"
Tractive effort: 25,130 lbs
BR power classification: 5P
Withdrawn from BR service: 17 November 1962
Preserved: 14th February 1964
Arrived on Bluebell Railway: 10 July 1980
Last major overhaul: 1981
Owned by the Maunsell Locomotive Society
Current status: Under overhaul.
For further information go to the Maunsell Locomotive Society's web page for this engine.