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Some snippets of "Fenchurchiana"


Fenchurch at Horsted Keynes - Keith Harwood - 1965 Fenchurch at Horsted Keynes - Keith Harwood - 1965

Keith Harwood took these two photos of No. 72 'Fenchurch' in about 1965 at Horsted Keynes.


From The Engineer - 17 January 1873:

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Fenchurch in The Engineer - January 1873. Click for enlargement

From The Engineer - 7 March 1873:
Brakes, Buffers, Springs, Pistons and Axleboxes

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Fenchurch in The Engineer - 7 March 1873 p140. Click for enlargement Fenchurch in The Engineer - 7 March 1873 p141. Click for enlargement

Fenchurch in The Engineer - 28 March 1873. Click for enlargement

From The Engineer - 28 March 1873:
Connecting and Coupling Rods, Eccentrics.

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Drawings from The Engineer - 1873:
I have been unable to find copies of these:

Fenchurch in The Engineer - drawings

From The Railway Magazine - February 1941:

   
The Value of a Locomotive

The Southern Railway loco No. 2636 (formerly L.B.& S.C.R. No. 72 Fenchurch) is one of the 0-6-0 "Terrier" tanks of Stroudley's design, and was built in 1872, at a cost of £500. In accordance with general practice, its actuarial value was set at 30 years, so that by 1898 the then L.B.& S.C.R. would shortly have been entitled to replace it by a new loco. In that year, its value having presumably been written down to about £65, it was sold to the Newhaven Harbour Company for £500. As it was a secondhand locomotive, that company estimated its useful life as 20 years, and in 1922, therefore, it should have ceased to have any financial value in the books of the company. In 1926 the Newhaven Harbour Company was taken over by the Southern Railway, and the value of the veteran engine was then placed at £575. The engine is still at work, and it would be interesting to know at what it is now valued, after 68 years of active service. It carried its original name, Fenchurch, until 1925, and is still colloquially so called at Newhaven.
 

 
To put that into context, in 1963 British Railways asked us for £750 to purchase the 91-year-old locomotive from them.
In 2022, allowing for inflation that would be £18,500. It's interesting to consider that Fenchurch's 2020-2022 overhaul is estimated to have cost in the region of £250,000.

See also the main web page for 'Fenchurch'.

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Biography: Frederick Hutchings - 50 years with the LBSCR, SR & BR
Track Layouts through the years: Horsted Keynes - West Hoathly - Kingscote. More to come later!
Map showing how the line relates to other railways in the locality - The Extension

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