01. March 2020 - 9:00 till 18:00
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Hawksworth Pannier tank 1638 at the Kent and East Sussex Railway | Kent and East Sussex Railway, Rolvenden Station | Sunday, 01. March 2020

With thanks to our good friends at the Kent and East Sussex Railway we are pleased to offer a day with Hawkesworth Pannier Tank 1638 . Our set will be a Carmine and Cream coach, couple of box vans and brake van creating a light railway mixed train . 1638 after its winter maintenance is now carrying the British Railways later crest
Built at Swindon, No. 1638 was first allocated to Llanelly in March 1951 ( for service on the BPGV) and was withdrawn from service at Croes Newydd in August 1966. It was purchased for preservation for £1300 and arrived at the Dart Valley Railway on 25 November 1967. The locomotive was acquired for the K&ESR in 1992 and arrived on 1 July 1992This type had its origins in the GWR's 1897-1905 built 2021 class and shared a number of leading dimensions with the earlier locomotives. Although of pure Great Western ancestry and designed by F. W. Hawksworth, the 70 locomotives of class 16XX were built by British Railways between October 1949 and May 1955.
The class was constructed to a restricted loading gauge for use on routes with low over bridges and had a modest axle loading of 13 tons 18 cwt. Many were based in South Wales and there was an allocation of 10 to Lydney in the Forest of Dean. Others worked in Cornwall in one direction and as far afield as Scotland in the other. Workings in South Wales included duties on the Burry Port and Gwendraeth Valley Railway (BPGV), a line which Colonel Stephens had reconstructed as a light railway.Our day will kick off around 9am at Rolvenden and I expect to follow a broadly similar operation to our very successful day with 32678 in February with a finish time around 5pm . Cost is £65 with thirty places available