An interesting carriage has recently appeared in the car park of an Indian restaurant at Polhill near Sevenoaks in Kent.
There is a plate on the underframe showing ‘LNWR Wolverton 1908.’ It carries BR-type electric charging points. On each bogie are chalked ‘PE/DO 01/11,’ which make it appear that it may have run within the last 10 years.
The window arrangement has the appearance of a sleeping car. Does anyone know its story?
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We intend to have dinner to ask why they have acquired it but haven’t yet managed it.
Roger Davenport, email
ED: We’ve been told that the vehicle was privately owned and previously based at the Bluebell Railway, which declined to buy it – editor
An Ivatt tank a long way from home
One of the interesting things about BR operations and trainspotting in particular was the ability of BR to do strange things; that’s what made watching trains and locomotives so interesting!
In your piece “Southern flavour boosts Severn Valley gala success” in issue 227, you advised that No. 41312 “spent its entire 15-year life working life on BR in the Sunny South”.
My box Brownie image of No. 41312 at Crewe Works on May 5, 1963 says otherwise. It seems strange that a locomotive allocated to Brighton should be sent so far to receive an overhaul. I would put money on Crewe (North) sending it on local turns to Northwich and Manchester (Mayfield) while it was running in!
Yes, I did go down to the SVR for a ride behind it. Thanks for great coverage.
John Hobbs, Warrington
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