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This is the sixth in a series of ‘Making Quay Changes’ posts with the Canute Road Quay being transported to either a different location or era or both.  It follows my Making Quay Changes #1 post moving the scene Eastwards, and then back to Southampton with my Making Quay Changes #2 post but in the 1950s ,  #3 post set in the 1920/30s, #4 Being Industrious and #5 the 07 diesels take over. We now move to the South East with ex SECR motive power being utilised.

The P Class No.1558 from Hattons shunts at the quay

The T Class No. 1604 0-6-0T simmers in the background

The P class and T class meet on the Quay and shows the diminutive size of the P class

The LCDR T Class arrives as the quay.

The SER 0-40CT No. 1302 waits its next duty

The P class No. 1558 is about to depart

A busy moment at the quay

Although my usual modelling genre, as regular readers will know, is the Southern Railway between 1946 and 1949, however due to Canute Road Quay has very few visual references to either period or location (yes there are a couple, but hey…) It therefore allows me to change the location and era with different rolling stock, vehicles and details.

For this post we have stayed at Canute Road Quay‘s usual time frame but moved its location slightly. Having deliberately when building Canute Road Quay left the vehicles and other details such as crates, sack stacks and oil drums etc. loose, it enables them to be both be moved around, to give some variety in photographs, and or replaced with other items to different periods.

In this case Canute Road Quay‘s has been transported further to the South East, perhaps through squinted eyes it could on the Medway at Rochester, or or the Channel coast at Richborough Port or Newhaven Harbour perhaps…

The steam locomotives include the Hattons ex SECR P class 0-6-0T, an ex London, Chatham and Dover Railway Kirtey T Class 0-6-0T and even my South Eastern Railway 0-4-0CT crane tank makes an appearance.

The T class 0-6-0T were a class of ten locomotives introduced by the LC&DR (prior to the formation of the South, Eastern and Chatham Railway in 1899) between 1879 and 1893 specifically for shunting duties, with appropriately one of the class being initially used at Dover Docks. Although withdraws started in 1932 two of the class  1602 and 1604 (as my model) lasted until July 1951 and November 1950 respectively. My model is white metal and built from a Q Kit.

The SER 0-4-0CT crane tank number 1302 as per my model, was one of two built for the SER by Neilson in 1881. Like the T class she had worked at Dover Docks and also Richborough although she saw out most of her life at Lancing and Stewarts Lane. She was withdrawn in July 1949 and scrapped at Ashford. My model is built from a South Eastern Finecast white metal kit.

I hope you enjoy this post, the next ‘Making Quay Changes’ post with Canute Road Quay may or may not be set in its usual location, so once again, where and what era will it be…?

 

 

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And now for something slightly different… Last weekend I was lucky enough to have taken a helicopter ride over parts of London. This post concentrates on some of the photographs that I was able to take that are relevant to Southern Railway infrastructure that I thought might be of interest to readers of this blog. The pictures were taken through the side window of the helicopter so please excuse some slight reflections in places.

First up a couple of views of the ex London and South Western Railway terminus Waterloo. first located on this site in  1848. The rebuilding and expansion of this station to 21 platforms was finally finished in 1921 and the later change to add the Eurostar platforms and train shed over the old platforms 20 and 21 occurred  in 1994 (Eurostar services then relocated to St. Pancras International in November 2007).

Waterloo_1  Waterloo_2

LonGen_3

Next up is London Bridge station and the iconic 95 story Shard building (almost translucent from the air as the glass reflects the buildings around it and it is not seen against the skyline).  London bridge station originally opened as part of the London and Greenwich Railway in 1836 and subsequently became a combination of stations with the London and Croydon Railway, the London, Brighton Railway and the South Eastern Railway between 1843 and 1920. It is currently being extensively rebuilt to accommodate longer trains and more frequent services, also increasing the number of through platforms for trains to Cannon Street, Charing Cross, or to Blackfriars and onwards via the Thameslink route. Work started in 2013 and is due for completion in 2018.

LB Shard1 LB Shard2

Between London Bridge station and Cannon Street, Charing Cross and Blackfriars is the notorious bottleneck triangular Borough Market Junction. Since the early 1920s this has been one of the busiest junctions anywhere on the railway network with multiple conflicting movements a minute during the peak hours. A new viaduct, just visible in both the picture above and below, is currently being built along side Borough Market Street that will, when finished in 2016, double the number of lines west from London Bridge.

BMJ

And finally… some more modern infrastructure in the form of the Eurostar’s Temple Mills International depot at Stratford, not strictly Southern Railway related but the trains do pass through Southern territory… And being most up to date even one of Eurostar’s very latest E320 trains, due in service next year, is visible to the left of the depot building whilst a current E300 (BR class 373) train can be seen to the right hand side.

Eurostar

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