Thirty years ago…

So was the title of the following article in our Newsletter No2 back in the Autumn of 2003… But of course that now was 18 years ago so perhaps it should be called “Fifty years ago (Or thereabouts)”

In this new series looking back at past Urie Society Newsletters we will share with you articles from our society’s history and that of our S15 engines 506 and 499.

No. 2 Autumn 2003


30506 pictured in the dock siding at Alresford not long after arrival from Barry

Working parties have been in action since July 1972, concentrating on protecting 30506 from another winter at Barry. Axle box covers have been made for the tender (ex-King Arthur 30745, Tintagel) and 30499 is being used as a source of spares.

Below all this there appears to be a layer of LSWR apple green.

Ken Cole has analysed the paint removed from the tender and concluded that the liveries it carried in SR days were malachite green with gold lettering, black with yellow lettering and malachite green with yellow lettering. Below all this there appears to be a layer of LSWR apple green.

The society achieved a mark of ‘official’ approval when it became an associate member of ARPS*. Membership reached 168 and raised £1,362 in its first six months.

Woodham Bros announced a 17% increase in the price of engines from January 1973, but says the society can still purchase 30506 for the agreed £4,000. VAT may also be applicable from the following April.

*ARPS – Association of Railway Preservation Societies


The Urie Society’s newsletter, Stovepipe, continues to be released through the year and is available to members of the society.

To become a member and help support the Urie Society’s work to return the only remaining Urie S15s back into service visit our membership page.


30506 waiting outside Feltham shed for removal to Barry in 1964
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