No. 23 Holman F. Stephens (WD 191 Black Knight, ARMY 91) by larry flewers

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The Kent & East Sussex Railway is the country’s finest example of a rural light railway. The line gently wends its way from Tenterden – “The Jewel of The Weald” for ten and a half miles, through the unspoilt countryside of the Rother Valley, to terminate in the shadow of the magnificent National Trust castle at Bodiam.

The K&ESR locomotives were all built by Hunslets for the Army after the war. Their works numbers are: No. 23, Wks No 3791 (built 1952); No. 24, Wks No 3800 (built 1953); No. 25, Wks No 3797 (built 1953).

Each was stored initially at the Longmoor Military Railway. The WD logbook for No. 23 shows it was put into service at Bicester in 1956 as WD 191 Black Knight, generally repaired in 1957/58, stored in May 1962 at No. 1 Engineers Supply Depot, Long Marston, before final transfer in December 1967 to No. 1 Railway Group, Royal Corps of Transport at Shoeburyness. There it worked for only nine months before again being put into store. From Shoeburyness it was sold out of Army use, arriving at Rolvenden in February 1972. It ran a total of 23,178 miles during its 20 year military career.

No. 23 entered service in August 1974, No. 24 becoming available three years later. In 1977 Dr. John Coiley, then Curator of the National Railway Museum, named the former Holman F. Stephens after the Railway’s engineer and first Managing Director.In almost continuous use it returned once again from overhaul in 2004
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I have been into photography since 2009 when I had a little Sony Cyber shot Point and shoot camera I then moved onto a Fuji finepix s1000fd bridge camera I now use a Canon 60D and a Canon 500D and the mirror less compact eos m am now looking to update to a full frame I love all forms of photography have recently Got into HDR and Macro work

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  • John Holding
    John Holdingover 1 year ago

    Clicking the image takes you to the group where you can support fellow members.

  • Thank you John

    – larry flewers

  • BigD
    BigDover 1 year ago

  • Thank you so much

    – larry flewers

  • Paul Hutcheon
    Paul Hutcheonover 1 year ago

    Amazing, love the colours and the sky just sets it. Great capture.

  • cheers mate

    – larry flewers

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerover 1 year ago

    Nice one Larry. Welcome to the Vintage Transport Group. – Ted

  • Thank you Ted

    – larry flewers

  • ellismorleyphto
    ellismorleyphtoabout 1 year ago

    Sunday 21st July 2013
    Congratulations! This work has been featured in Surrey and Kent

    Your permanent forum thread can be seen here

  • Thank you so much

    – larry flewers

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