Margate Gala

September 1988


This was one of Network SouthEast’s popular weekend exhibitions of the 1980s, and one to take place outside of the capital. Organised by the Management of the Business Sector’s South Eastern Section, it was a memorable occasion, for it hosted a variety of interesting rolling stock. Of prominence was ‘’Deltic’’ No. D9000 (or, if you like, Class 55 No. 55022 ‘’Royal Scots Grey’’), which became the first locomotive of its type to reach Margate – previously, on 26th March 1978, No. 55007 ‘’Pinza’’ worked to Dover Marine on ‘’The Man of Kent’’ rail tour. John Horton, one of five organisers for the gala day, was responsible for the rolling stock attractions, these of which were as follows:

4 SUB No. 4732


Starting the pictorial off, we see 4 SUB No. 4732 preparing to break the NSE-branded tape, formally marking

the start of the gala. There are an abundance of smartly-dressed gentlemen on platform 1, including the Town

Mayor. A nice addition was also the NSE-coloured bunting draped across the platform canopy framework.

© John Horton


De-icer No. 013


This smartly-presented unit first appeared in 1979, formed of two ex-driving vehicles of 4 SUB unit No. 4664.

Class 08 shunter No. 97800 ''Ivor'' can just be seen behind the formation. © John Horton


''Hastings'' Unit No. 203001


Hastings unit No. 203001 was painted in this peculiar all-over green livery, wearing both BR roundels and the

1965-inaugurated ''Arrows of Indecision'' logo. After electrification of the Hastings via Tunbridge Wells Central

route in 1986, the shortened four-vehicle unit could be found working on the line across the Romney Marsh,

between Hastings and Ashford. The unit was withdrawn from passenger service in 1990, converted into a

sandite unit, then scrapped in 1996. © John Horton



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