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Tom Burnham

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  1. Tyne & Wear Archives hold the Hawthorn Leslie archives - I looked out some photos there about 10 or 15 years ago and they were very good about supplying copies. Not sure how much older material (i.e. the R W Hawthorn records you're after) but it may be worth enquiring. They are closed for personal visits at present it seems - https://twarchives.org.uk/
  2. D L Bradley ("The locomotive history of the SE&CR") doesn't give complete allocation details, however Folkestone Junction doesn't seem to have had any C class (possibly ever). Allocations when new included Dover (63, 113, 191, 219, 256, 257, 681, 682, 683) and Ashford (38, 102, 298) - don't you just love SE&CR numbering. He says that up to 1925 "the allocation had not changed greatly over the years", although as Ashford then had 9 of the class and Dover 6, there had evidently been some changes. By 1925 they were being superseded on the heavier goods trains by N class 260s, but n
  3. Coldham's Lane, went there not long after it opened, must be 50 years ago (yikes!)
  4. This is definitely the old station at Swanley Junction (before the 1930s rebuild). The same photo appears on Disused Stations - http://www.disused-stations.org.uk/s/swanley_junction/index.shtml
  5. From the Hastings and St Leonards Observer of Saturday 30 June 1906, reporting LB&SCR train service alterations, "At 8.15 a.m. daily a Pullman breakfast car leaves Hastings for London Bridge; a Pullman will also run on the 5.20 p.m. Victoria to Hastings train."
  6. After WW1 it certainly gradually decayed until it finally sagged into the mud. But from 1876 to 1911 or so it was a primary route to Holland and Northern Germany. Used by lots of British, Danish and German royalty (practically all related to Queen Victoria of course) and a lot of other well-known people including Bernard Shaw going to Beyreuth as a music critic, Theodore Roosevelt and Randloph Churchill (travelling under the name of Mr Spencer). You wouldn't think so to look at Queenborough now.
  7. Sorry to re-activate this discussion, but I notice that the Railway Magazine for May 1898 (p.476) - it's on Google Books - says that a through L&NWR lavatory tri-composite bogie carriage from Willesden Junction was attached to the 11.0 am and 9.5 pm down Dover boat trains and the 8.50 pm down Queenborough boat train at Herne Hill (with corresponding return workings). If the carriage for the Queenborough train arrived at Herne Hill too late for the boat train, it would be worked to Queenborough as a special train. The London, Chatham & Dover (as it still was) had had to have some spec
  8. I was slightly disappointed to see that now the centenary period is past, the search function for East Sussex WW1 resources no longer works, although you can still access the resources (including issues of the Hastings & St Leonards Observer) if you know what issue etc you want.
  9. And Captain Higgins, who I now realise had become a "temporary gentleman" in WW1.
  10. From recent discussion elsewhere, it seems that F.W. Marillier, when he was the Manager of the Carriage and Wagon Works at Swindon, patented what was later known as the Instanter coupling. In 1907, so yet another Edwardian innovation.
  11. I'm no expert on Liverpool railways at all, but looking at Railway Junction Diagrams (the Liverpool sheet is dated 1909), from south to north, there was a CLC goods station at Brunswick (branched off the line into Liverpool Central at Egerton Street Junc), a Midland Railway goods station at Sandon Dock (accessed from the CLC Huskisson Goods branch from Fazakerley North and South Juncs) and a Midland Railway branch to Alexandra Dock Goods, which came off the CLC at Fazakerley Junc (a few yards north of Fazakerley North Junc, just to be confusing). All of these connected with the Mersey Docks l
  12. Do you know whether they were bought secondhand from the GER or built new to a GER design? Either would have been quite likely, given that the GER backed the LD&EC financially, and its general manager, Harry Willmott, had been London Area Goods Manager of the GER for some years. Tom
  13. I have a vague recollection that the Airfix (now Dapol) station canopy kit was at least "inspired by" a Southern Railway original, so is the sort of thing that would have replaced a pre-Grouping one.
  14. A very authentic tramway by all accounts. It certainly gave D H Lawrence pause for thought, which took a bit of doing - https://www.pseudopodium.org/repress/shorts/D_H_Lawrence-Tickets_Please.html A more scholarly if less exciting description at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nottinghamshire_and_Derbyshire_Tramways_Company
  15. These are the Southern Railway's instructions for putting up posters from the 1934 General Appendix. After the period, and I suspect intended to rein in the worst excesses of the pre-Great War period when it comes to publicity. SR poster regs 1934.pdf
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