Ex-GWR Hall 4-6-0 No. 5965 Horsley Hall at the unlikely location of the Oxted line platform, East Croydon.
Peter Kellett writes: Another story of a Hall straying where Halls should not have strayed is that of 5956 Horsley Hall of Reading shed which had left Reading at the head of the 07:35 Birkenhead to Margate on 14th August 1954. Diverted away from its normal route, due to the collapse of an occupation overbridge onto the line between Guildford and Shalford Junction, to travel via Kensington and Clapham Junction. The locomotive reached Redhill where it was removed and retired to the shed for servicing. The Railway Observer for September of that year reported the event as follows. "As the heat of the emergency faded, doubts evidently began to arise as to the propriety of allowing this out-of-gauge machine to use Central Section metals. Accordingly Horsley Hall was impounded in Redhill loco yard while enquires were made of the Civil Engineer as to means of returning it to its homeland, and on 19th August, it was still in detention, with apparently no immediate prospect of release although a story in the News Chronicle the following day intimated that 5956 could return home if it did not exceed 15mph!"
[Mike Morant collection]