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4 February 2013

4th Feb 1943: sprats & railways

4 Thur. Cold, white morning frost, cloudy, freshening N. wind. To Wimbledon along line; bought some sprats. Saw a platelayer fitting a new type of insulated rail-joint with thick ply-wood insulation: spoke to the man. Saw an early Wainwright S.E.C.R. loco No 1734.

Note: SECR = South Eastern & Chatham Railway. Fred's loco was built in 1901, withdrawn Oct 1955. See Wainwright D class engines for similar engine built in the same year. That photo is from the 'Mike Morant collection'. 

And, shown here on the left is the same type of locomotive in wartime black livery with Bulleiud's so-called 'sunshine character' style. The picture was taken at Ashford in Kent immediately after the war and prior to Aug 1949 when engine No 1057 became 31057. - This information and the photo is shown with thanks to the 'Mike Morant collection'.

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