A modified version of a standard design by the
German manufacturer, The Bug was ordered
for use during construction of the original line
and the extension to Dungeness.
Her short wheelbase and high water capacity
made her ideal for such work.
However, once the building of the RH&DR was
complete, there wasn't much work for The Bug
and she was sold to a Blackpool showman in
1933. He in turn sold her on to the Belle Vue
Park Railway, Belfast and there she remained
until being sold for scrap in 1950.
However, instead of being cut-up, she remained
buried beneath other scrap until being rescued
in 1972 by Sir William McAlpine and returning,
rather miraculously, to New Romney.
She was restored in 1974 by Dick Cushing,
painted in a Southern Railway green and made
appearances on special occasions, and often
used with a 'transportable' railway for shows
Following an overhaul in 1991, The Bug
re-appeared in Stroudley's improved engine
This cheeky little chappie, known around the
yard at New Romney as 'Basil', now has his
own 'Bug Club' and members receive a
newsletter, badge, membership card and
reduced travel rates.
As well as helping Santa at Christmas time,
Basil the Bug can often be seen at Special
Events, busy weekends and Family fun Days,
pottering around the yard, sometimes giving
rides to lucky visitors as well.