South Eastern & Chatham Railway H-class No.263
No.263 is seen in Peter Edwards' photo at Three Arch Bridge while on its light engine move up to Horsted Keynes for its re-dedication on Saturday 28 July 2012.
The photo on the right, by Keith Harwood, shows our locomotive, as British Railways No.31263, leaving East Grinstead high level station for Three Bridges. The coaches are a pair of SR Maunsell carriages formed into a push-pull set, which the loco is here pushing.
Purchased from BR by the H-Class Trust, it was initially located at Robertsbridge, but soon found a home at the South Eastern Steam Centre at Ashford, where the engine appeared at various open days. However, in 1975 the Trustees decided that the locomotive would have much more scope for running if based on the Bluebell. In 2008 ownership was transferred to the Bluebell Railway Trust, which funded an overhaul which started in March 2009, with the loco returning to service on 28 July 2012, its third period in steam on the Bluebell.
Class: HAbove right: the H-class approaches Horsted Keynes, with SECR carriages in tow, August 1996. (Richard Salmon)
See also a picture of H-class shunting.
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Last updated 22 May 2017 by Richard Salmon
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