Railway Archive Issue 32

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Railway Archive Issue 32

80 pages. 275x215mm. .

SSN 1477-5336 32

£8.25

Contents: The History of the London, Chatham & Dover Railway, Part One by G. A. Sekon, p. 3; The Broad Gauge 'Standard Goods' 0-6-0s of the Great Western Railway by the Revd Canon Brian Arman p. 35; Invicta at Canterbury by John Alsop p. 49; Britain's Railways Canals 100 Years of Railway Control and Ownership of Britain's Waterways Part 3 : Canals for the Nation by A. J. Mullay, p. 55; Wish You Were Here? Railway Postcards of Some Town & Suburban Stations of the L&YR by Jeffrey Wells, p. 69

Railway Archive Issue 32 - Sample Images

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From 'The History of the London, Chatham & Dover Railway' : A ballast train negotiates the curve at the foot of Sole Street bank, near Strood. No. 190, an F1 Class 4-4-0, is working tender first with the fireman hanging over the side of the cab keeping a careful watch. Built by Stirling as an F Class in 1888 to pull the express trains of the SER, it was rebuilt by Wainwright in 1912. Next to the engine is a a Ballast Brake & Riding Van, built in 1899 by the Metropolitan Carriage & Wagon Co. to diagram 1747, and this is followed by seven Ballast Hoppers and a Plough Brake. Five of the hoppers appear to be to diagram 1745, ordered by the SE&CR from the Leeds Forge Co. in 1911. They were the first to discharge to either side or the middle, in any combination, using rotating doors and, at 260 each, cost four times as much as a standard mineral wagon. The remaining two hoppers appear to have side doors to diagram 1746 and probably date to 1915. The Plough Brake at the rear appears to be No. 6330, built at Ashford in 1914 to diagram 1748, when it was found that a plough might still be useful even with these advanced wagons. This Brake survives today in the care of the Midland Railway Trust at Butterley. As related in the text, the steep gradients of Sole Street Bank, along with the track executing a sharply curving S as it climbed away from Strood station, precluded any possibility of fast running along this section of the main line.

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