For those of us who remember the thrill of riding on the little train which ran on the Pier, I have some good news.
The engine named ‘Dreadnought’ has been found almost alive and well in Staffordshire.
It is now owned by Ammerton Railway near Stafford who also have one of the Pier’s old passenger coaches in service. ‘Dreadnought’ is currently awaiting engine repairs before it too will be back on the rails. The photo below is courtesy of our local railway expert John Mann who found the engine.
Here are some more photos of the train when working on the Pier from the 1950s to 1970s
The photo below which Jill Joshua has given to me, shows her father, Roy Turner, who
painted, maintained and drove the engine for many years. Jill, unlike the rest of us, was privileged to ride with her dad in the cab.
While on the subject of steam trains the photo below, which was taken by Ben Brooksbank in March 1960, takes me back to my schooldays when I traveled to school in Colchester on these evocative locomotives.
This is one of the last two steam locomotives based at Walton – a Class N7/5 number 69651 which ran its final service from Thorpe-le-Soken to Walton on the evening of December 31st 1960. Next day it left Walton with engine 69650 for the last time.
As can be seen in the photo, electrification of the line was complete.
Thanks to John Mann for all this information.