London, Brighton & South Coast Railway 0-6-0T No. 32670 'Bodiam' (Poplar)
Tenterden, Kent, UK
Location: Kent & East Sussex Railway
Status: Operational
Posted: Jun 17, 2022 @ 15:06:51 by Russell Newman
Ex London, Brighton & South Coast Railway Terrier 0-6-0T No. 70 "Poplar" (No. 32670 "Bodiam") will be visiting the Bluebell Railway for Fenchurch’s 150th Birthday Bash on the 29th to 31st of July 2022. Which this will be the locomotive’s first visit to another preserved railway since the completion of its overhaul and rebuild.
Posted: Jun 11, 2022 @ 15:06:45 by Russell Newman
For the first time ever the ex London, Brighton & South Coast Railway Terrier 0-6-0T No. 70 "Poplar" (No. 32670 "Bodiam") is visiting the Docklands Light Railway in London, the first steam locomotive to ever do so. No. 70 will be on display for public viewing at their Poplar Depot in the shadow of Canary Wharf over the weekend of the 18th and 19th of June 2022.
Posted: May 25, 2022 @ 10:05:05 by Russell Newman
After testing and being fully painted the overhaul on ex London, Brighton & South Coast Railway Terrier 0-6-0T No. 70 "Poplar" (No. 32670 "Bodiam") is now completed and the locomotive is operational again and will enter service at the Kent & East Sussex Railway during their Best of British weekend Jubilee Celebrations from the 2nd of to 5th of June 2022.
Posted: May 13, 2022 @ 15:05:11 by Russell Newman
With its overhaul now completed, the ex ex London, Brighton & South Coast Railway Terrier 0-6-0T No. 70 "Poplar" (No. 32670 "Bodiam") has left the North Norfolk Railway and has returned home to the Kent & East Sussex Railway for final painting into its Stoudley’s Improved Engine Green livery and testing before entering service.
Posted: Apr 8, 2022 @ 10:04:05 by Russell Newman
The ex London, Brighton & South Coast Railway Terrier 0-6-0T No. 32670 "Bodiam" is now No. 70 "Poplar" again, what it was orginally named and numbered back in 1872. No. 70 "Poplar" had passed a successful out of frames steam test at the North Norfolk Railway’s Weybourne works with flying colours. A lot of work has been carried out on the locomotive which has seen a brand new chimney made. As said before No. 70 "Poplar" will be turned out in Stoudley’s Improved Engine Green livery for the first time in 120 years and will be a key part of the Terrier 150 celebrations this year. No. 70 "Poplar" will make her public debut back into service at the Kent & East Sussex Railway during their Platinum Jubilee Gala from the 2nd to 5th of June 2022.
Posted: May 2, 2020 @ 07:05:15 by Russell Newman
It has been announced that No. 32670 "Bodiam" will regain its original London, Brighton & South Coast Railway guise as No. 70 "Poplar" in Stoudley’s Improved Engine Green livery for the first time in 120 years when she returns to traffic later in the year.
Posted: Apr 26, 2019 @ 13:04:15 by Russell Newman
No. 32670 "Bodiam" has been moved to the North Norfolk Railway where its overhaul will be carried out there by North Norfolk Engineering. It is hoped the locomotive will be back in service in time for its 150th birthday in 2022.
Posted: Nov 10, 2017 @ 17:11:40 by Russell Newman
No. 32670 "Bodiam" is currently out of traffic for its 10 year overhaul as it was withdrawn from service early this year.
Posted: Dec 1, 2005 @ 07:12:17 by Tom Burnham

Built in 1872 at the Brighton works of the London Brighton & South Coast Railway as No 70 'Poplar' for the company's London suburban services.  Sold in 1901 to the Rother Valley Railway (later renamed the Kent & East Sussex Railway) where it became their No 3 'Bodiam'.  Rebuilt by the K&ESR with a higher coal bunker and the A1x class boiler.  Became part of the nationalised British Railways in 1948 and received the number 32670.  Following closure of the K&ESR line to passengers in 1954 and the introduction of diesel locos for the goods service that continued until 1961, 32670 was transferred elsewhere and withdrawn in Nov 1963.  However, it was sold to a private owner for use on the preserved Kent & East Sussex Railway in April 1964 and has been there ever since.

The photo shows it in the 1960s at Robertsbridge, the K&ESR junction with the Hastings main line, before re-opening.  The preserved K&ESR was reopened between 1974 and 2000 from Tenterden, Kent to Bodiam, East Sussex.  Another company, the Rother Valley Railway, is working to restore the Bodiam - Robertsbridge link, and has established a base on the land seen behind the train in the photo.