After spending a forlorn sixteen years and nine months rusting away at the scrapyard, the locomotive was finally transported by low loader back to Eastleigh and arrived home on March 6th, 1981.
Restoration was carried out by a group of society volunteers under the guidance of retired Eastleigh Chief Erecting Shop Foreman Harry Frith (Senior) to a very exacting standard as would have been seen during the days when the locomotive was built at the Eastleigh Locomotive Works. However unlike her original construction, the restoration was carried out in all weathers on a little used siding within the railway works yard outside the BR workshops.
The decision was made to restore her back to pre-nationalisation Southern green and revert to her old number of E828. Twelve hard working years later, the restoration was complete and on September 24th 1992, E828 moved under her own steam at Eastleigh.