75F Update

Spa Valley Railway Tunbridge Wells West 75F - August 2015 (16) Class 33 0 'R J Mitchell' 33063

The Spa Valley Railway boasts something that is a little unusual – an original engine shed.  Indeed it is the only original LB&SCR steam shed still in operation.  Some of the locomotives based on the railway proudly wear their 75F shed code, as can be seen on the front of the class 33 pictured above.

.Spa Valley Railway Tunbridge Wells West 75F - August 2015 (07) Class 73 73140Unfortunately, unlike my previous post-Christmas ride on the line, this visit was very brief to say the least, but gave just enough time to see progress on the overhaul of A1X Terrier tank engine 32650.

Spa Valley Railway Tunbridge Wells West 75F - August 2015 (13) Ex-LBSCR A1X Terrier class 32650 SuttonSutton was a familiar sight and sound when I was growing up.  I could hear it sometimes chuffing with it’s dog like bark up Tenterden Bank from my school and even on rare occasion (if the wind was blowing the right way) from home that was around five miles away.  At the time it was the Kent and East Sussex Railway’s only working A1X Terrier tank engine, but it has since moved to Tunbridge Wells where its overhaul is progressing.

Spa Valley Railway Tunbridge Wells West 75F - August 2015 (15) Ex-LBSCR A1X Terrier class 32650 Sutton frames

Beyond Sutton was 0-6-0ST RSH no 62 Ugly and just outside the engine shed, visiting Vulcan Austerity number 72.

Spa Valley Railway Tunbridge Wells West 75F - August 2015 (14) RSH 62 Ugly - Vulcan Austerity 72

Details of progress of overhauls, repairs and other works carried out at 75F can be tracked by following the railway’s loco department Facebook page, that is regularly updated and well worth liking (click here).

 

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