Coach 4 arriving at Margate

The S&DRT is pleased to report that our fully restored S&D First Class Coach from 1886 has been delivered to Margate to become part of the new Hornby One Museum being developed there. The coach is on a short-term loan and will be on display as soon as the museum opens which will be a good publicity exercise for the trust. Two other unrestored S&D coaches are now at Shillingstone and will be restored over the coming years which will then form a three-coach set of original S&D passenger coaches.

Coach 4 arriving at Margate

Added to the delivery this week is the second cylinder from our 7F 53808 which was replaced in the major overhaul of some 20 years ago. This will be restored and will show museum visitors how this part of the locomotive works.

53808 cylinder at Margate

If you’re not already a member, please join us in our exciting future developing more ways to tell the story of the famous S&D using our vast archive of information, artefacts and ephemera. The process of overhauling our 7F 53808 will begin soon as will restoration of the two coaches and so volunteers are also welcomed to join us in these ventures.

Roger Hardingham
Chairman, S&DRT

[Margate photos by Tony Mallinson. The last photo, below, is a reminder of the superb standard of restoration of Coach 4.]

Coach 4 at the Norton Fitzwarren Steam Rally