Memories of Kent and East Sussex

After a visit to my family home, I’ve now got my entire photo collection at hand and after a massive scanning session, tonight we have a slideshow of a number of pictures taken on the Kent and East Sussex Railway in the 1990’s.  Look out for (amongst other things) pictures of rural Kent (the garden of…

Kent and East Sussex Railway Saturday Gang Jan-April 2016 Report

Earlier today, the Kent and East Sussex Railway Saturday Gang posted a new update. The group work in the railway’s locomotive workshops in Rolvenden, overhauling and repairing the light railway’s fleet of locomotives. Details of work on the railway’s steam locomotives and Ransomes and Rapier 30-ton Steam Crane DS81 are provided in the latest update that can be viewed in their…

The Ones That Got Away

Well, we thought the tour of Rolvenden report was over, but there were a couple of locomotives that somehow missed the roundup.  The first is Class 33 (33052) D6570 Ashford. This locomotive was looking a little sorry for itself and needs some tlc to get back to running condition. D6570 is a member of a…

Whoops!

Tonight’s blog post is short but sweet! If you look at the writing on the frames of Army Brake Van ( SR Pattern) M 360327 on the K&ESR, you’ll notice that the writing is the wrong way round. Or in other words, the frames are upside down!

Rolvenden Signal Box

My tour of Rolvenden Works on the Kent and East Sussex Railway, had an added bonus that I wasn’t expecting – a look inside the substantial signal box.  It is the line’s largest signal box and like everything (save the concrete water tower) on the site, was installed in preservation.  The design is based on LB&SCR practice…

The Oldest Working Diesel-Electric Locomotive in the UK

A tour of Rolvenden works gave an opportunity to get close to a rare Diesel-Electric locomotive, constructed for Ford’s Dagenham factory by the British Thompson Houston Company (BTH).   Diesel-electric No. 40 is a Bo+Bo shunter, built along similar lines to American Switcher locomotive’s, hence it looking different to most equivalent machines in the UK.  The American connection is natural enough…