Archive Photo’s

Wallis and Steevens 10T Advance roller number 7884 built in 1926. This engine was supplied new to Tarmac Ltd, and subsequently sold to Wrights of Alton. At one point Wrights were using rectangular cast iron owners plates on their engines and living vans, one of which can be seen on the motion covers in place of the usual oval makers plate. Wrights sold the engine in 1954 for scrap to Tom Hirst in Ash Vale, and it eventually resided in an incomplete state in Hardwicks yard at West Ewell. The engine is currently undergoing a major restoration in Northumberland.

Quarry owners ‘Freemons of Pehrhyn’ hauling a block of granite with their engines ‘Epsilon’ and ‘Zeta’. The granite was to form the base for King Alfred’s statue in Winchester, and was transported from Cornwall by train. A Wallis and Steevens engine was used to haul the load from Winchester station to the site of the statue which was cast at the Thames Ditton art foundry.

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