Cornwall in, Defiant out at Quainton Road

The Buckinghamshire Railway Centre has welcomed its newest exhibit, as LNWR 2-2-2 No. 3020 Cornwall arrived at its new home at Quainton Road.

Now ensconced inside the Rewley Road visitor centre, unique LNWR 2-2-2 No. 3020 Cornwall rests in its new home at the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre. DEREK PELLING

Now ensconced inside the Rewley Road visitor centre, unique LNWR 2-2-2 No. 3020 Cornwall rests in its new home at the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre. DEREK PELLING

The unique Francis Trevithick-designed locomotive, on a two-year loan from the National Railway Museum (see SR464) is now on display inside the museum’s Oxford Rewley Road station visitor centre which, appropriately, is an ex-LNWR structure.

Cornwall takes the place of long-time BRC resident ‘Castle’ No. 5080 Defiant. The Collett 4-6-0 departed Quainton Road on May 19 for Tyseley, where it is to be overhauled to main line standard as part of the Vintage Trains fleet (see SR459).

Defiant will make its public debut at Tyseley Locomotive Works’ open weekend on June 24/25, where it will be reunited with classmates Nos. 5043 Earl of Mount Edgecumbe and 7029 Clun Castle.

Until Cornwall took up residence at Quainton Road, No. 5080’s place inside Rewley Road was taken by Beattie well tank No. 30585. The 1874-built 2-4-0WT was withdrawn in September 2016 after its boiler ticket expired, but it is understood that it is already in the BRC’s overhaul queue (see Roster SR467).