SECR tank engines - MikeMorant
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The South Eastern Railway ordered two 0-4-0 crane tanks from Neilson & Co. Which were delivered in 1881 for use at the company's Ashford works in Kent. This Neilson works number 2686 which went on to experience a varied career including a long spell at Lancing carriage works in SR days. In 1938 and renumbered 1302S this 0-4-0CT was allocated to Stewarts Lane shed where it was primarily used at the CWS milk depot. 1302 survived the war and nationalisation only to be withdrawn in July 1949 without acquiring BR branding. This picture was taken on an unknown date at Stewarts Lane mpd and the tender in the background suggests that this was sometime after the war.