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Hall Nº5956 Horsley Hall in platform 6 at East Croydon on 14th August 1954, having left Reading at the head of the 7:35 a.m. Birkenhead to Margate. Diverted to travel via Kensington and Clapham Junction, the locomotive reached Redhill where it was removed and retired to the shed for servicing. The Railway Observer for September 1954 reported the event as follows: 'As the heat of the emergency faded, doubts evidently began to arise as to the propriety of allowing this out-of-gauge machine to use Central Section metals. Horsley Hall was then impounded in Redhill loco yard while enquires were made of the Civil Engineer as to means of returning it to its homeland, and on 19th August it was still in detention with apparently no immediate prospect of release, although a story in the News Chronicle the following day intimated that Nº5956 could return home if it did not exceed 15mph'.

text from Peter Kellett


photograph: Mike Morant collection

Hall Ex-GWR Nº5922 Caxton Hall seen at Bournemouth MPD circa 1961/2. We do not presently know what this locomotive was doing at Bournemouth other than that she obviously arrived with an inter-regional working, of which there were three a day in the early 1960s, one from York via Banbury, one from Oxford and one from Bristol to Weymouth, with the loco going on to Bournemouth for servicing. However, as 5922 was a Swindon loco during 1961/2 it would seem likely that she arrived with one of the first two mentioned.

photograph by Michael Blackbourn.



Manor Nº7813 Freshford Manor arriving at a rather wet Dorking Town (now Dorking West) station with west-bound inter-regional service.

photograph by Keith Harwood.

Nº7829 Ramsbury Manor approaching the staggered platforms at Gomshall and Shere on 28th December 1964 during the last week of steam haulage on the Redhill - Reading line. A Manor was regularly rostered for one of the morning trains from Redhill to Reading. Note the similarity in track layout in this and the above photograph of Dorking Town.

photograph by Keith Harwood.



43XX Nº6327, one of the numerous 43XX class that was not converted to a Grange or Manor, arriving at Braunton with a Western Region working to Ilfracombe working.

photograph by John Bradbeer.

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