The colour history of 30075
When sold to 'Project62' in 1990, it was the same colour it had always been - a light olive green
Built inn 1960, 30075 was built by Djuro Djakovic of Slavonski Brod, Croatia. It spent 30 unglamorous years shifting freight for the Store steelworks in Ljubljana
30075 itself was converted for UK use at Swanage and the engine was originally restored in the aforementioned USA Tank Departmental green livery, so that it stood out from other engines. It was returned to steam in late 1992, but after 6 years running suffered a major steam pipe failure in 1998.
After four years dormant, 30075 was transferred to the East Somerset railway in 2002. 30075 was then painted black, to match the original Southampton Dock's livery. It was returned to steam in 2004. East Somerset Railway were supposed to repaint it green before they returned it, however this was not to happen
30075 then went to Barrow Hill & then Ruddington (still in Black Livery!) in 2012. It was reportedly always the intention to re-paint the locomotive green, but this was not done.
Painting has commenced...returning 30075, back to green once again!
30075 then travelled to the Mid Hants Railway (Watercress Line) in 2009, for overhaul, and the green repaint never happened, however the engine was painted from gloss black to matt black
Once delivered to Shillingstone the engine has been gradually dismantled for overhaul. Eventually there has been the opportunity to paint the engine parts undercover. Collectively we have decided to carry out the last mandate, and paint the parts green. This meant that work could carry on restoring these parts undercover.
Come 2023, we expect 30075 to look as it did in the early 1990's, Malachite Green.
Between 2 and 4 original Class 62 engines were painted this colour after they finished their service at Southampton Docks. 30075 will adorn this colour scheme