The Last Southern Railway Steam Locomotive
Did not realise Manston had such an interesting history
Battle of Britain class Manston has the honour of being the last locomotive to be built by Southern Railway. It was originally numbered 21C170 when it emerged from Brighton Works in November 1947 in malachite green livery, in contrast to the later BR Brunswick green livery it now carries in preservation. Manston’s other claim to fame is hauling the first Thanet Belle Pullman train from Ramsgate to London Victoria the following year. Manston spent much of its early life operating in Kent until displaced by electrification to the South West. Manston’s final shed was Exmouth Junction.
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