ONCE it was feared steam locomotive number 30828 would rot in a scrapyard in Wales but along came the members of Eastleigh Railway Preservation Society (ERPS).

In 1980 the society rescued the locomotive and began the 12-year job of breathing new life back into the steam engine that had been built at Eastleigh in 1927.

This photograph,taken in November 1990, shows a few members of the dedicated task force which between them spent 27,000 hours working on the locomotive.

Although the locomotive looks almost ready to run there was still another two years of painstaking restoration to go until the project was complete.

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Pictured on the locomotive are, from left, Harry Frith, Councillor Godfrey Olson (chairman of ERPS) and Eastleigh mayor Peter Hoadley.