"Standard Class 4 Tank locomotive 80078 We have been advised by Southern Locomotives Limited, as owners of Standard 4 MT locomotive number 80078, that they have concluded a sales agreement and have now sold 80078 to a third party whose identity, at the request of SLL, must remain confidential. Furthermore, we understand that the locomotive will now immediately leave the Swanage Railway for overhaul at an undisclosed location. We know that many members of the Swanage Railway Trust will be extremely disappointed that this sale has now taken place. Sadly, there was nothing that we could do to prevent the sale, by the legitimate owners of the locomotive, from going ahead. We have been working for some time to try to reach agreement with Southern Locomotives Ltd. whereby the locomotive would remain at Swanage in perpetuity. However, this has not been possible despite us pressing Southern Locomotives Limited that they did, at least, have a moral obligation to keep the locomotive on our Railway. We are led to understand that the new owner is minded to look to operate the locomotive on the Swanage Railway once restoration is complete. We will be endeavouring to make contact with the new owner as soon as possible to discuss future operating potential. At this time, we have no information as to how long an overhaul is likely to take"