COLONEL STEPHENS LIGHT RAILWAY LOCOMOTIVES
By Brian Janes Price £25.00
176 pages Published by Pen & Sword
Another superb book from Brian Janes using his depth of knowledge of all things Colonel Stephens while also being able to delve into the Colonel Stephens Museum archives where many of the numerous photos are sourced and used in addition to some detailed information.
This will become an instant hit with all Colonel Stephens enthusiasts, it sets about detailing the vast variety of locomotives that ran across the various railways that Colonel Stephens was involved with. From the numerous recycled, swapped, hired and rented locomotives some might raise an eyebrow to see that Chapter-1 covers New & Novel Locomotives and yes new locomotives were ordered to Stephen’s specifications from Peckett & Sons & Hawthorne Leslie and yes K&ESR’s No4 “Hecate” was unusual, novel & large it was but it was not the only one.
A favourite amongst enthusiasts today there is of course a some wonderful photos of Stroudley’s Terriers which were purchased second hand and while the first two went to the Kent & East Sussex Railway(K&ESR) they were also purchased for the Edge Hill Light Railway(EHLR), Shropshire & Mongomeryshire Railway (S&MR) & Weston Clevedon & Portishead (WC&PR) while two were swapped temporarily to The Sheepey Light Railway (SLR) and East Kent Railway (EKR) to assist with the building of these lines before returning to their original lines.
Ilfracombe Goods & Beattie Saddlebacks, The Ilfracombe goods loco was a small tender engine and in 1910 Colonel Stephen’s moved to purchase and then hire 6 Ilfracombe locomotives, most had been rebuilt in some way with the exception of 0394. He then looked to Beattie Saddlebacks which were similar to the Ilfracombe locos one went to EKR(No7), while the other to K&ESR(No4).
Manning Wardles have their own chapter with 8 acquired, while 3 went to Selsey, 4 to WC&PR and 1 to K&ESR, each loco is detailed by loco name. S&MR Coal Engines, hired from LNWR they were 0-6-2Ts and kept the LMS numbers on them while they ran there. South Eastern Railways O class and 01 class locos arriving from 1923 to EKR (3) where they were especially useful and K&ESR (3) some were still running in the 1950’s
The Chapter Oddments/one-offs/Singletons with 34 pages covers unusual locomotives that ran across various CS-lines from the tiny “Gazelle” to the much larger “Hecate” readers with some knowledge of the Colonels Locomotives may find this to be their favourite chapter.
Narrow Gauge Covers the locomotives that ran on The Rye & Camber Tramway (inc.Camber & Victoria), Ashover Light Railway (Inc. Peggy & Hummy) , Snailbeach District Railway (inc. Dennis & Kerr) and Festiniog & Welsh Highland Railways (with Welsh Pony & Palmerston 2 of the 11 detailed)
Finally the book is wound up with a Namesplates chapter and a very useful Loco Index.
With interest in Colonel Stephen’s lines still on the increase this book will enthral both new and more established enthusiasts while also adding something extra to those who feel they may already have a wealth of knowledge on the King of Light Railways and his locomotives.
Dana Wiffen - October 2023
AGM 2023 News
Appeal to Colonel Stephens Members
We are looking for the following positions to be filled after our AGM in May 2023.
1)Understudy (assistant Webmaster) to learn the ropes from our Webmaser Bruce Hunt. This is a very interesting position and the peron will not need extensive web experience as this will be taught as it goes, this is an interesting position as covers the wide spectrum of Colonel lines and more.
2)Colonel Stephens Museum (CSS Representative)to sit on the museum committee.
3)Zoom meetings managerto take over the running/hosting of Zoom talks for members a knowledge of Zoom on-line meeting procedure would be useful although our current person Sheena will assist.
4)On-line meeting arrangementpersonto be able to find speakers to present inersting talks on railways for CS-members (not only Colonel lines) on a bi-monthly or quaterly period.
If you are interest in any of these positions please contact: Dana Wiffen at;
Sheena Baylis at;firstname.lastname@example.org
5th June 2017
Colin's Ford Railmotor arrives at Tenterden