Southern Steam Sunset 50 years ago, following publication of the infamous Beeching Report of 1963, branch lines all over the country were closing, steam locomotives were making way for the new-fangled diesels and the motor car and road transport was seen as the way forward. The classic rural branch lines operating old worn out locomotives for a handful of passengers were soon to become a thing of the past, never to return, or were they? On the Bank Holiday Weekend 23rd, 24th and 25th of May 2015, The Kent & East Sussex Railway will be re-creating the last years of branch line steam with an event featuring visiting locomotive Drummond M7 Class 30053 which is typical of many branch line engines. During the 1960s 30053 worked the East Grinstead to Three Bridges line push pull services before moving to Bournemouth, working the Swanage Branch, now preserved and which is her current home. Locomotives of the same class worked several other branch lines, mainly in West Sussex and Hampshire. In 1967, when steam on British Railways Southern Region finally ended, 30053 was sold by British Railways to the Steamtown Museum in Bellows Falls, Vermont in the USA. 30053 was repatriated to the UK in 1987 for restoration to working order. A 45 minute interval, 3 train passenger train service will operate, which will include the visiting M7 30053 hauling Southern Region green liveried stock. The other locomotives in use will be three of the lines resident steam locomotives, USA Class tank Locomotive No 65 and two of the famous Terrier locomotives, 1872 built in 32670 and 1878 built in 32678, on a variety of passenger and goods trains. The “modern” diesel taking over the branch line will be represented by Class 03 D2023 hauling a small freight, typical of the last years of the Kent & East Sussex Railway.