North Downs Steam Railway



North Downs Railway

A July 1990 view of the entrance to the society's Dartford site. Although more commonly known as

the ''North Steam Downs Railway'' after the society that created it, the entrance sign used to advertise

it as ''The Stone Lodge Railway'', after the adjacent farm. One of the grounded ex-LC&DR coach bodies

can be seen beyond the sign. The ''Fowler'' diesel, seen on the first page, is on the left and also signs of

change on the road ''Cotton Lane'' itself, with a national speed limit sign in evidence: the road is now

subject to a 40 MPH limit. Mike Glasspool



North Downs Railway

A 1989 view shows the only operational steam locomotive, saddle tank 0-6-0 ''Topham'', on one

of the concrete sleeper track sections, in company of one of eight diesel shunters on site. Two signs

adorn the side of the steam engine: ''North Downs Steam Railway Co.'' and ''Stone Lodge - we're

getting there''. This steam locomotive had been purchased from the Foxfield Light Railway in 1987.

Mike Glasspool



North Downs Railway

Shunting in evidence in 1989 with 0-4-0 Ruston & Hornsby ''Scottie''. One of the ex-Metropolitan

carriages can be seen appearing on the left. Mike Glasspool



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